DeBarge were an American music group active throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s for the Motown label.
All members were all part of the DeBarge family, and the group originally consisted of Mark, Randy, and El DeBarge. Sister Bunny DeBarge, and brothers James and Bobby DeBarge later joined. Bobby and elder brother Tommy DeBarge had previously been part of the Motown group Switch in the late 1970s. DeBarge released several albums for the Motown label from 1981 through to 1985, with the group’s last album producing their hit single and best-known song “Rhythm Of The Night”.
The group entered its decline in 1986, when Bunny and El were offered solo deals with Motown and departed the group. DeBarge were then dropped from the record label altogether and the remaining members signed with an independent label, in 1987, and there released their final studio album.
The group continued to perform for an additional two years, with younger brother Chico DeBarge joining the group in 1988. That year, Bobby and Chico were arrested and convicted for drug trafficking and the group disbanded shortly after (I should think so too!).
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