Sunday, February 1, 2009

"D" Train

"D" Train was an R&B\dance duo consisting of members James "D Train" Williams (who was the lead singer) and Hubert Eaves III (who played the keyboard, bass, and drums).

This group scored a lot of hits on the R&B and dance charts during the 80s.

James and Hubert met in high school and started performing together. Although Hubert spent most of the 70s in the R&B group, Mtume, he and Williams formed "D Train" by the 80s. The group's name comes for James' nickname he got as a high school football player.
In 1982, "D Train" released their debut album, "You're The One For Me" on Prelude Records which peaked at #128 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album peaked at #72 on the U.K. Albums chart.
Their first single, "You're the One For Me" topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 3 weeks in January of 1982. The song also peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #30 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The "Labour of Love" remix version charted at #15 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1985.
The follow-up single from the album, "Keep On" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Walk on By" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #42 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. The song also peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 1983, "D Train" released their sophomore album, "Music" which peaked at #31 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #20 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

It also peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. The remixed version peaked at #62 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1985.
The follow-up single from the album, "Keep Giving Me Love" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #55 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. The song also peaked at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart for 4 weeks.

Another single, "The Shadow of Your Smile" peaked at #88 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.

In 1984, D-Train released their third and last album, "Something's On Your Mind" which didn't chart at all.
The title song became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
In 1985, D-Train released the single, "Just Another Night (Without Your Love)" peaked at #59 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After that, the duo left Prelude Records after releasing three albums on their label. Although they kept working together, James Williams signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist.
In 1986, James Williams released his debut solo album, "Miracles of the Heart." The album scored a top 10 R&B hit, "Misunderstanding." Another single, "Oh, How I Love You Girl" fared moderately well on the R&B charts.
In 1988, James released his sophomore album, "In Your Eyes" which didn't reach the same amount of success as his first album and by the 90's, his success started to fade and "D Train" had seemed to fade into obscurity.

James "D Train" Williams has worked with numerous artists such as Michael Jackson, the late Luther Vandross, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, and American Idol Season 2 runner-up, Clay Aiken.

Along with that, he also works as a jingle vocalist and worked on spots for commercials such as Verizon, K-Mart, AT&T, Kodak, and Got Milk.

James is even an actor, starring in films such as "Keeping the Faith" with Ben Stiller and "A Walk in the Park" with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. He also sang the theme song to the children's tv show, "Pokemon" and did background vocals for the Walt Disney movie, "Hercules."
In 2009, James released his third solo album, "701 Franklin Ave" which is available to download from his official website and off Amazon.com.

As for Hubert Eaves, nothing much has been heard from him. He has seemed to fade into obscurity.

To see James "D-Train" Williams' official website, go to:

To see a fan-made video for "You're the One For Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmteg9guoo

To see a fan-made video for "Keep On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY1RvCU0rII

To see a fan-made video for "Walk on By," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmEgxqSnHXQ

To see a fan-made video for "Music," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sErHC02QODE

To see a fan-made video for "Keep Giving Me Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q27Pg5iWyKk

To see a fan-made video for "Something's on Your Mind," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwdN4nMzwDU

To see a fan-made video for "You're the Reason," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkKrfAClZ-o

To see a fan-made video for "Just Another Night (Without Your Love)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA3mQl2uv6o

Check out James "D-Train" Williams'  fan-made videos from his solo albums:

To see a fan-made video for "Oh How I Love You (Girl)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_tP9y2IUdA

To see a fan-made video for "Misunderstanding," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrlARuWMing

To see a fan-made video for "In Your Eyes," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZso5lazoI0


[updated on 05\24\12]

1 comment:

Jerome Magajes said...

According to James "D-Train" Williams' website, that he born in Brooklyn, NY and he started singing at the age of 6. Also in this website, it says that he continue to be Sirius Satellite Radio's On Air Personality on Channel 51 Heart & Soul.