Thursday, April 24, 2008

O'Bryan

O'Bryan (born O'Bryan McCoy Burnette II on December 5, 1961 in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina) is a male R&B singer from the '80s. He started playing the piano when he was 6 years old and then started singing in church & at local talent shows. 

In 1974, O'Bryan and his family moved to Santa Ana, California where he sang in the Second Baptist Church young adult choir when his friend, Melanee Kersey approached him about a career in music. She introduced him to her husband, music producer, Ron Kersey.

Ron invited O'Bryan to join a group that he was putting together, but the group folded, so he introduced him to "Soul Train" television creator & host, Don Cornelius, who helped him get a record deal with Capitol Records.
In April of 1982, O'Bryan released his debut album, "Doin' Alright" which peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "The Gigolo" peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #62 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Still Water (Love)" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
In March of 1983, O'Bryan released his sophomore album, "You and I" which peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "I'm Freaky" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single, "You and I" (a cover version of the ballad by Stevie Wonder) peaked at #19 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
One of the songs from the album, "Soul Train's A Comin'" became the theme song for "Soul Train" from 1983 to 1987.
In May of 1984, he released his third album, "Be My Lover" which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Lovelite" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. The music video became one of the first R&B videos banned from MTV due to excessive nudity.
The success of the previous single prompted Capitol Records to release the next single, "Breakin' Together" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The last single from the album, "Go On and Cry" peaked at #62 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Due to a lengthy negotiation with Capitol Records, O'Bryan's fourth album, "Surrender" wasn't released until December of 1986. The album peaked at #66 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The lead single, "Tenderoni" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Driving Force" peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks. After that, nothing much was heard from O'Bryan and it seemed as if he faded into obscurity.
In 1996, O'Bryan's greatest hits compliation album, "The Best of O'Bryan" was released on the Right Stuff record label.
On Valentine's Day 2007 (20 years after his last album), he released his fifth album, "F1RST" on his own record label, Headstorm. These days, O'Bryan continues to perform and is planning a nationwide tour.

To see O'Bryan's official website, go to:
http://www.obryanburnette.com

To see a fan-made video for "The Gigolo," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Still Water (Love)," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Freaky," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "You and I," go to:

To see the music video for "Lovelite," go to:

To see the music video for "Breakin' Together," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Go On and Cry," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Tenderoni," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Driving Force," go to:


[updated on 04\18\2016]

1 comment:

Amos Thomas said...

Loeveite baby!O'Bryan you da' man!!!! Amos N.Y.C.