René & Angela

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René & Angela
Origin U.S.
Genres Soul
Years active 19791986
Labels Capitol, Mercury
Associated acts Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus and Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Lamont Dozier, Stephanie Mills

René & Angela were a duo consisting of artist/producers René Moore and Angela Winbush. They recorded three albums for Capitol Records: their 1980 self-titled debut René & Angela, the second album Wall to Wall and their final album for the label- 1983's Rise.

They later moved to Mercury Records to release 1985's Street Called Desire. Despite the success of the album, the group disbanded by the end of 1986.[1] Disagreements and conflicts caused tension within the band. Moore claimed the source of tension was due to Winbush lending her songwriting and production talents to other artists- most notably, The Isley Brothers, with whom she wrote and produced their 1987 album Smooth Sailin'.[2] However, Winbush said the demise of the group was due to Moore's alleged violent behavior- including an onstage incident in Cleveland, Ohio in 1986.[3]

Winbush said of the dissolution of their partnership:

"It was a shame to break up just when we finally got hot. PolyGram didn't want us to break up. But there was no choice. I couldn't work with him anymore."[4]

The duo had a less than amicable split and the amymosity was so intense, the duo had to communicate through attorneys.[5] Moore and Winbush went on to successful solo careers as performers, songwriters, and producers. Moore lent his songwriting and production talents to Michael Jackson's 1991 album Dangerous and later went on to form Multi-Media Communications- which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012. Winbush went on to score five top ten R&B hits as a solo artist and wrote and/or produced songs for Sheena Easton, Stephanie Mills and Lalah Hathaway, among others.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
1980 René & Angela Capitol
1981 Wall to Wall 100 15
1983 Rise 33
1985 Street Called Desire 64 5
  • US: Platinum [7]
Mercury
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of René & Angela: Come My Way (1996, Capitol)
  • Classic Masters (2002, Capitol)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart Positions
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
US
Dan

[6]
NLD
[8]
UK
[9]
1980 "Do You Really Love Me" 43
"Everything We Do" 39
1981 "I Love You More" 14 31
"Wall to Wall" 37
1982 "Imaginary Playmates" 26
1983 "Banging the Boogie" 33
"My First Love" 12
1985 "Save Your Love (For #1)" 101 1 3 17 66
"I'll Be Good" 47 4 7 21 22
"Secret Rendezvous" 54
"Your Smile" 62 1 47
1986 "You Don't Have to Cry" 75 2
"No How - No Way" 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Angela Winbush--The Charade Is Over". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  2. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Angela Winbush--The Charade Is Over". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Angela Winbush--The Charade Is Over". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Angela Winbush--The Charade Is Over". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Dennis. "Angela Winbush--The Charade Is Over". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > René & Angela". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ "US Certifications > René & Angela". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  8. ^ "NLD Charts > René & Angela". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  9. ^ "UK Charts > René & Angela". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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