R. J.'s Latest Arrival

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RJ's Latest Arrival
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres R&B, soul
Years active 1979–1990
Labels Buddah, Atlantic, EMI Manhattan
Past members

R. J. Rice : vocals, keyboards, percussion, etc.
DeDe Leitta : Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Craig Lane : Keyboards
Paul Munro : Lead Guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Dean DiPierro : keyboards, backing vocals
Paris Reese : Drums

Rudy "Famous" Maldonado : drums

R. J.'s Latest Arrival was a R&B, dance, and soul music band from Detroit, Michigan who formed in the late 1970s and reached the peak of their popularity in the mid-1980s. They released their self-titled debut album in 1979 (this debut would be the first of three eponymous albums the group released throughout their career, with a second one following in 1982, and a third in 1985). Their biggest hit came with the 1984 single "Shackles," off their Harmony album from the same year, which fused R. J.'s raps and DeDe's soulful vocals. Rudy Famous left the band during The Shackles Tour 1984 and was featured in the follow-up video "Harmony." The group would score another big hit in 1985 with the single "Heaven In Your Arms." They continued to score moderate hits on the R&B chart throughout the 1980s. The group later became more based in traditional R&B and Soul music and broke up in the late 1990s.

R. J. (Ralph J.) Rice went on to form Barak Records, an independent hip-hop label based in Detroit; the labels most notable acts are Slum Village and SMD. Rice also produced the majority of the album Hello by singer-songwriter Poe, including the first single "Angry Johnny".

Paul "Fingers" Munro continued in the entertainment business creating Entertainment/Record company "Zycron Media","Zycron Records", creating/producing/hosting "HOTSPOTS" television show airing on NBC and CBS affiliates also producing international hit recording artist.

Partial discography[edit]


(Incomplete ?)

  • 1979: R.J.'s Latest Arrival (1979)
  1. "Crystal"
  2. "Baby, Love is a Two Way Street"
  3. "Does She Do it Like She Dances"
  4. "Cherish"
  5. "Gonna Get You"
  6. "Made Up Mind"
  7. "Someday, Somewhere"
  8. "Where is Love?"
  • 1982: R.J.'s Latest Arrival (1982)
  1. "Keep Dancin'"
  2. "Stay With Me"
  3. "Serenade"
  4. "War"
  5. "Fantasy"
  • 1984: Harmony
  • 1985: R.J.'s Latest Arrival (1985)
  • 1986: Hold On
  • 1988: Truly Yours
  • 1989: Tangled in Love