All True Man Alexander O’Neal
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November 15, 1953(age 66).
Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
The S.O.S. Band.
In a music profession spanning more than 40 years, O’Neal is an accomplished R&B and soul singer. O’Neal came to prominence in the middle of the 1980s as a solo artist, releasing fourteen singles that went into the Top 40 charts in the US throughout the 1980s as well as 1990s. His solo singles, often dealing with lost love include “If You Were Here Tonight“, “Fake“, “Criticize“, “The Lovers“, “(What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me“, “The Christmas Song“, “All True Man“, “Love Makes No Sense“and also “In the Middle“. He is also known for duets with fellow R&B singer and Tabu labelmate Cherrelle such as “Saturday Love“ as well as “Never Knew Love Like This“. All Music has described O’Neal as having a “tough voice that has the same grain and range as that of Otis Redding.“
O’Neal released his debut album, the eponymous Alexander O’Neal in 1985. Ever since, he has actually released nine studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums.
In 1981 O’Neal was signed by Prince to the Warner Bros. label as well as the band name was changed to The Time. Following a dispute with Prince, O’Neal left the band and also was replaced as lead singer by Morris Day.
O’Neal consequently formed an R&B band called Alexander and recorded a couple 12“ singles, “Do You Dare/Playroom“ as well as “Attitude“ for a Chicago area independent label, based in Merrillville, Indiana, called Erect Records.
In 1984 O’Neal signed a deal with Clarence Avant‘s Tabu Records. He did some backing vocals for various other artists on the very same label, including The S.O.S. Band and also Cherrelle.
1985— Present: Solo Career
In 1987 O’Neal released the album entitled Hearsay, which produced the No. 25 pop as well as the number-one R&B single “Fake“. The song also peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard dance chart. The follow-up single, “Criticize“, peaked at No. 4 on the R&B chart and also No. 70 on the pop chart. The third single,“Never Knew Love Like This“, one more duet with Cherrelle, peaked at No. 2 on the R&B chart and No. 28 on the pop chart. By this time, O’Neal was taking pleasure in greater success in the UK than he was in his native US. Hearsay peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart, eventually certifying as triple platinum, as well as generating seven charting singles. The highest of these, “Criticize“, peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also included on 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV. “Fake“ ended up being a UK Top 40 hit two times, first in 1987 followed by a remix (“Fake ‘88“) in 1988. The “Hit Mix“ (a mega mix of O’Neal‘s greatest hits to date) reached the UK Top 20 in December 1989. O’Neal also recorded a Christmas album, My Gift to You, which was released in December 1988.
In 1991, O’Neal released his fourth album, All True Man. The album‘s title-track reached No. 5 on the R&B chart and also No. 45 on the pop chart. The album was another success in the UK, peaking at No. 2, though sales did not reach the levels of his previous album. In 1992, his first greatest hits album, This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits of Alexander O’Neal, came to be one more Top 5 success in the UK.
In 1993, O’Neal‘s last album with the Tabu label, Love Makes No Sense, was released. This was the first album made without production from Jam and Lewis. Although it reached the UK Top 20 and two singles from the album reached the UK Top40, sales were not as strong as his earlier releases. After leaving Tabu O’Neal signed for Motown however no singles or albums were released. In 1995, an additional greatest hits compilation, The Best of Alexander O’Neal, was released. A year later the compilation was re-released with three added tracks from O’Neal‘s brief duration with Motown.
In 1996, his first album with One World Records, Lovers Again, was released. The album did not chart in the UK, though the single “Let‘s Get Together“ reached the UK Top 40. In 2001, he released an album on Eagle Records, Saga of a Married Man. The album was produced by former Prince drummer, Bobby Z. In 2005, he recorded his very first live album, Alexander O’Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo, including songs from throughout his career.
In 2008, O’Neal released Alex Loves …, his first studio album in six years. The album peaked at No. 49 in the UK, as well as was his first charting album of new material in 15 years. In 2014, O’Neal signed a new management deal with Howard Perl Management (Beverly Hills), which granted him extensive tours and also a cast member on Celebrity Big Brother.
In June 2016, O’Neal teamed up with Manchester-based funk band, Mamma Freedom, on the single, “Fake“, a re-recording of his 1987 single of the same name. The single was released shortly prior to O’Neal launched a UK tour, with Mamma Freedom offering support.
In 2017, O’Neal collaborated with Manchester-based funk band Mamma Freedom on the album “Hearsay30“, a re-recording of his 1987 album. The album was released on December 1,2017.
In 2011 the TV One series Unsung profiled O’Neal‘s rise to fame, along with the story of Cherrelle.
In 2015 O’Neal participated in the Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother. On Day 12 O’Neal chose to leave the show.
Alexander O’Neal (1985).
My Gift to You (1988).
All True Man (1991).
Love Makes No Sense (1993).
Lovers Again (1996).
Saga of a Married Man (2002).
Alex Loves … (2008).
Five Questions: The New Journey (2010).
Hearsay 30 (2017).
30 Years of Hearsay Tour (2017).