Thursday, January 1, 2009

René & Angela

René (born Jimmy René Moore on March 19, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) and Angela (born on January 18, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri) were an R&B duo from the 80s.

René is the brother of Rufus member, Bobby Watson and he played with the Brothers Johnson during the 70s.

Angela began singing in church and studied architecture at Howard University, singing only to earn extra money. She was also in a group called "Hot Tea" while attending Howard. By 1977, Angela changed her major to music education and recorded a demo.

After shopping the demo to various record labels to no success, but thanks to a personal introduction by music businessman, Wayne K. Garfield, the demo was heard by New York disc jockey, Gary Byrd, who knew Stevie Wonder and made the call that landed Angela a spot in Stevie's backing vocal group, Wonderlove.

While working with Stevie, Angela learned a lot about writing & arranging songs. Angela met René while she was in Los Angeles and the two of them formed a duo.
In 1980, René & Angela released their self-titled debut album on Capitol Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
The first single from the album, "Do You Really Love Me" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Everything We Do" peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1981, the duo released their sophomore album, "Wall to Wall" which peaked at #100 on the Billboard 200 and #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "I Love You More" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks and #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart along with the song "I Wanna Be Close To You."
The title song peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. The third single, "Imaginary Playmates" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Secret Rendezvous" peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1985, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
In 1983, René & Angela released their third album, "Rise" which peaked at #33 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Banging the Boogie" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

The follow-up single, "My First Love" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. They had originally planned to produce it as a song for Janet Jackson's self-titled debut album, but Janet reportedly turned it down, so the duo recorded the song for themselves. In 2000, R&B singers Avant and Keke Wyatt scored a hit on the R&B charts with their version of the song.

René & Angela began writing and producing music together and individually for artists such as Janet Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Michael Jackson, and the Isley Brothers. In 1984, the duo signed to Mercury Records.
In 1985, René & Angela released their fourth and final album together, "Street Called Desire" which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Save Your Love (For #1)" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #66 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single, "I'll Be Good" peaked #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #22 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "Your Smile" peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 21 weeks, #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, and #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales along with the song, "Drive My Love."
The fourth single, "You Don't Have to Cry" peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The last single from the album, "No How, No Way" peaked at #29 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

By 1986, the duo went their separate ways and focused on their own solo careers.

In 1993, Angela married Ronald Isley (lead singer of the Isley Brothers), but they separated a decade later. In 2003, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but after successful surgery and 6 months of chemotherapy, the cancer was in remission.

In 2010, Angela performed live on the "Mo'Nique Show" and on the TV One documentary series, "Unsung" where she revealed that René was violent towards her. He declined to be interview for the show.

René formed Multi-Media Communications, which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012.

To see the music video for "I'll Be Good," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVj1m8uy5AM

To see the music video for "No How, No Way," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuL8MrS0bsk

To see the music video for "You Don't Have to Cry," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYc5hjBjuhE

To see a fan-made video for "Save Your Love (For #1)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX8slUqz_Rc

To see the music video for "Your Smile," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV6gvzjy730

To see a fan-made video for "Imaginary Playmates," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27biuUfLlPk

To see a fan-made video for "My First Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NuBgelHxpo



[updated on 03/24/13]

2 comments:

Krystal (aka Pirouette) said...

I still jam A Street Car Named Desire. It's a great album!

Kyleigh said...

Glad u like it! Keep checking back for more new updates!!