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Reaching for the sky...




Peabo Bryson, whose real name is Robert Peapo Bryson, is an American singer-songwriter who began his artistic career at the age of 14 by singing for a local group from Greensville 'Al Freeman And The Upsetters'.


Then we find him two years later in a new group called 'Moses Dillard And The Tex-Town Display', a group that he will accompany during his tour of the Chitlin' Circuit (a set of concert halls in the American Midwest which allowed African-American artists to perform on stage during the segregationist period of the 1960s).


It is the Bang Records label that will identify the enormous potential of the young artist, a label that will allow him to compose his first songs, especially for others.


We find him in 1975 playing the luxury singers for Michael Zagger Band on the title "Do it with feeling", a title that will allow the young singer to finally know the high level.


The solo career, meanwhile, really started in 1976 with the release of a first album "Peabo" under the Bullet Records label. Album which will know a nice success of esteem and launch for good the career of the young Robert.


New label in 1977 and signing with Capitol Records, a label that allowed him to release 2 new albums the following year in 1978, just that, with "Reaching for the sky" and "Crosswinds". Two albums which offer him his first two notorious successes on the album side and which will mainly produce the singles "Reaching for the sky" and "I'm so into you".


Other albums will come out later but it is especially the album "Born to love", album where he co-stars with Roberta Flack, which will make his glory and his fortune in 1983. The album will make a real planetary success and offer him his biggest success on the Singles side with the title "Tongiht, I celebrate my love".


Another major success the following year in 1984 with the album "Straight from the heart", an album whose flagship single was "If ever you're in my arms again".


New duet of shock and charm in 1987 on the album "Positive", album where we find him in charming company on the title "Without you", title which he co-performs with Regina Belle.


The duets bringing him luck are the soundtracks of Disney films that will allow him to inscribe his name for good in the Musical Hall of Fame of the 80s: first on the soundtrack of "Beauty and the Beast", title which he performed in a duet with Celine Dion in 1991. Then "Aladdin" where he once again found Regina Belle in 1992. Two titles which would experience a most favorable planetary destiny and which would win him 2 Grammy Awards !


He will experience a last major success, still as a duet, but this time 100 % masculine on the title "By the time this night is over". Title where he co-starred with Kenny G in 1993.


Other albums will be released later but none will be able to make him find the top of the bill unfortunately...


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others...) :

  • Disco Queen 1975

  • Do it with feeling 1975

  • It’s just a matter of time 1976

  • Just another day 1977

  • Reaching for the sky 1978

  • Feel the fire 1978

  • I’m so into you 1978

  • Crosswinds 1979

  • Gimme some time 1979

  • What you won’t do for love 1980

  • I love the way you love 1980

  • Here we go 1980

  • Make the world stand still 1980

  • Turn the hands of time 1981

  • Lovers after all 1981

  • Let the feeling flow 1981

  • There’s no guarantee 1982

  • Give me your love 1982

  • We don’t have to talk (About love) 1982

  • Tonight, I celebrate my love 1983

  • Heaven above me 1983

  • You’re lookin’ like love to me 1983

  • D.C. Cab 1984

  • I just came here to dance 1984

  • If ever you’re in my arms again 1984

  • Slow dancin’ 1984

  • Take no prisoners (In the game of love) 1985

  • There’s nothin’ out there 1985

  • Love always finds a way 1985

  • Good combination 1986

  • Without you 1987

  • Show & tell 1989

  • All my love 1989

  • Lover’s paradise 1990

  • Can you stop the rain 1991

  • Closer than close 1991

  • Beauty and the beast 1991

  • Lost in the night 1992

  • You are my home 1992

  • Shower you with love 1992

  • A whole new world 1992

  • By the time this night is over 1993

  • Why goodbye 1994

  • How wonderful we are 1995

  • Did you ever know 1999

  • Missing you 2007

  • Love like yours and mine 2018

  • All she wants to do is me 2018


 

Clips :


1975...the very first steps. How to imagine at this stage the incredible career of Lover singer which awaits the young Robert in the years and the decades to come. Not many people, that's for sure...



1975...from the second title the machine is racing in an unexpected way to say the least. It must be said that by partnering with Michael Zager the result could only be up to par !



1976...from the start of his career he displayed a talent that was truly above the norm in the Intimist field. A domain that will become its trademark in the years to come and in what way !



1977 ... a know-how in the Intimist which will make his glory and his fortune. Admittedly, he still has a few steps to climb, but the rest of the events is looking very auspicious, that's clear...



1978...the fame of young Robert now extends to the entire North American continent. Here he lands a new high-caliber success that positions him more and more as one of the phenomena of the moment...



1978...he has become in just a few years one of the biggest providers of high-caliber Intimist titles. And that's just the beginning...



1978...a BIG year 1978 which will have seen him rise to a level of notoriety that he would never have imagined 2 years before. Fair recognition...



1979...an end of the decade which will not see him go any higher for the moment but the essential is done, namely that his career is now ideally launched...



1979... the big novelty all the same of this end of the decade is the fact that he will start to associate with big names of the female musical scene of the moment. Associations that he will multiply in the years to come...



1980...since it had been rather successful for him on the previous title, he puts the cover back on again with the same partner. Unfortunately, this title will not really experience the same level of success as its predecessor...



1980...back in solo on this title and once again in finesse and glamor mode. A know-how in this field which is no longer to be demonstrated and which will always remain its main strength...



1980... he can no longer do without women at first sight and here he is again in charming company, this time with Minnie Riperton. And it works again !



1980...then it was Roberta Flack's turn to enter the scene. A Roberta Flack with whom he will produce the biggest success of his entire career. Not on this title there but from their first association we feel that something is happening between them...



1981... his duet with Melissa Manchester will also remain as one of his greatest successes. Definitely, women bring him luck, it's undeniable...



1981... a know-how in the Intimist which is no longer to be demonstrated but we would still like to see him from time to time go to other musical fields a little more rhythmic, just to change a little...



1981... it won't be on this track anyway. Rarely has an artist produced so many titles in the Intimist register. And his career is far, far from over...



1982...the years pass and nothing changes in this area. A status of Serial Lover that he assumes perfectly and that he claims above all loud and clear through his music...



1982...a year 1982 where not much new will happen in the Bryson galaxy. He is content to unroll in the same register without bringing much new. It's called making it easy...



1982...we can't blame him, that's clear. But a little change and alternation of style would be really welcome...



1983 ... he will find Roberta Flack in this year 1983 and on this one the magic duo will work wonders. So much so that this title will be a real global hit and offer the artist one of the biggest successes of his entire career. MA-GIC !



1983...the whole year 1983 will take place in the same way, that is to say in duet mode with the same partner. With a level of success that will no longer have much to do with that encountered on the previous title...



1983... this one will know a destiny already a little more favorable. One might think that their collaboration stops there, but it may very well be that we find them again later...



1984...one of his very rare forays into the field of Dance. We no longer believed in it, but it's done. Like what when he wants...



1984...the magical duo is back with a title that once again literally floats in the air. They cover here the flagship title of another legendary duo namely Shelly West/David Frizzell and their version has nothing to envy to the original, or almost !



1984...yet another title that floats in the air and not the least. He obtains here one of his most emblematic successes, a title that we will find as the credits of one of the most prominent series of the moment, namely...Santa Barbara. HU-GE !



1984...everything smiled on him in the middle of the 80s and especially this year 1984 which saw him string together big caliber hits. When it wants, it wants !



1985...new successful foray into Dance. There's really reason to wonder why he hasn't come across it more often. Really unfortunate...



1985... suddenly, as it worked rather well on the previous title, he decided to stay in the same musical niche. But while slowing down the tempo a bit, something that will not really succeed for him more than that...



1985...the foray into Dance was short-lived. He immediately returns to his comfort zone, a comfort zone in which he feels particularly safe...



1986...surprisingly, 1986 will be a single-title year, something that hadn't happened to him before. Slight air hole or worrying phenomenon to say the least ? The future will tell us...



1987... suddenly, he calls a good friend to ward off fate. And since women have always brought him luck, business is picking up again...



1989... he will rarely have taken the title of the others but once again it succeeds him rather well. The proof with this revisited version of the title of Al Wilson dating from 1973 which will bring him his biggest success in the R&B Charts to date...



1989...a decade of the 80s which saw him reach the highest level alone or with others. Will the following decade be one too many or one of final consecration ? To be continued...



1990...for now, the new decade is starting out on the same basis as the previous one. Same style, same tempo, no notable evolution concerning him...



1991...same style, same tempo but this one will receive a much better reception from the general public. Sometimes you don't have to try to understand...



1991... how many Intimist titles will he have produced, 10, 20, 30, 40, more...? We don't even know how many there will have been...



1991...once again it is a woman who will push him to produce the best of himself. It must be said that associating it with Celine Dion on one of Disney's flagship soundtracks was frankly an excellent idea. And the result is definitely worth it !



1992... the sequel will necessarily be on a smaller scale but the adventure continues anyway and rather in a beautiful way. No worries about him for now...



1992... the level drops from title to title and you still have to wonder if it's a basic trend or a simple accident. The future will tell us...



1992...usually women did pretty well for him. The exception that makes the rule with this duet title which will only experience a very limited level of success...



1992...it's another Disney soundtrack that will allow him to give the best of himself. After 'Beauty and the beast', here he is on 'Aladdin' with Regina Belle. A new association of shock but above all of charm which will offer him the biggest success of his entire career. MA-GIC !!



1993...it's another duo, this time 100 % male, a rare thing for him, which will offer him one of his greatest successes. Successes which will unfortunately be one of the very last...



1994... the sequel will be much more complicated to manage than expected, despite this title of more than certain quality. The problem is, at some point, too much Intimist kills the Intimist. This is what the singer will learn at his expense...



1995...he hopes to save the furniture by associating again with a female partner. It starts from a good feeling but the result will not really live up to his expectations in terms of success in the Charts, far from it...



1999... nothing went right for the singer and he disappeared from the radar for almost 4 years. Not wanting to renew style and sounds, the sanction will have been heaviest at the end of the 90s...



2007... there we are going to lose him outright for almost 8 years. He will try to come back again but this time the return will be more furtive and especially losing...



2018... with each new decade he will tempt us with an improbable comeback and each time the result will be the same, that is to say a losing comeback...



2018... a little over 40 years after its debut, he is still there ! Afterwards, why does he decide to come back inexorably, that's the kind of question he's the only one who can answer. Anyway, to be continued...


 

Wiki :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peabo_Bryson

Greatest Hits :

https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/64412

Discography :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFV6GgZcgmzPyYPkjHlXSuw/featured




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