David Peaston

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David Peaston
Born (1957-03-13)March 13, 1957
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died February 1, 2012(2012-02-01) (aged 54)
St. Louis, Missouri
Genres Soul, gospel
Occupations Singer
Years active 1981–2006
Labels Geffen, MCA
Associated acts Fontella Bass, R. Kelly

David Peaston (March 13, 1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B and gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He was mostly known for the singles, "Two Wrongs (Don't Make it Right)" and "Can I?", the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

Life and career[edit]

He was a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. As a child, he attended the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church along with his mother, Martha Bass, a member of The Clara Ward Singers gospel group. His sister was R&B/soul singer Fontella Bass.[1]

After graduating he worked as a school teacher but, after being laid off in 1981, moved to New York City and begin working as a background singer on recording sessions.[2] In the late 1980s, he won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of "God Bless the Child."[1] He was signed by Geffen Records, and his first single, "Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Right)" rose to no. 3 on the Billboard Black Singles chart in 1989.[3] He had further hits on the R&B chart with "Can I?" and "We're All In This Together", and released an album, Introducing...David Peaston. He also toured with Gerald Alston in Europe, and with Gladys Knight in the US, before moving to the MCA label in 1991, where he issued the album Mixed Emotions.[4]

In 1993, he recorded a gospel album with Fontella and Martha Bass entitled Promises: A Family Portrait Of Faith. He also sang on Lester Bowie's 1982 album, The One and Only (ECM).

Peaston was later diagnosed with diabetes and had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prostheses.

In 2006, Peaston returned to music with his album, Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration. The album featured eight new tracks by Peaston, as well as several of his biggest hits.

Peaston died from complications of diabetes in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 1, 2012, at the age of 54.[5][6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Introducing...David Peaston (1988)
  • Mixed Emotions (1991)

Singles[edit]

  • "Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Right)" (1989) #3 R&B
  • "Can I?" (1989) #14 R&B
  • "We're All in This Together" (1990) #11 R&B, #45 Dance
  • "Take Me Now" (1990) #77 R&B
  • "String" (1991) #69 R&B
  • "Luxury of Love" (1991) #41 R&B

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "David Peaston: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Biography by Ron Wynn at Allmusic.com
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 343. 
  4. ^ David Peaston at SoulWalking.co.uk
  5. ^ "David Peaston, St. Louis singer who had string of R&B hits in late ‘80s, early ‘90s, dies". The Washington Post. 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  6. ^ "R&B and gospel singer David Peaston dies". Stltoday.com. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 

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