Steve Arrington

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Steve Arrington
Birth name Steven Ralph Arrington
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956 (age 58)
Origin Dayton, Ohio, United States
Genres Funk, soul, R&B, gospel, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, drummer, producer, engineer, minister
Years active 1979–1990
Labels Tummy Touch, Stones Throw, Atlantic, Manhattan, God Factor Records
Associated acts Slave, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame

Steve Arrington (born Steven Ralph Arrington, March 5, 1956), is an American singer, songwriter, drummer, record producer, engineer and minister, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio.[1]


Arrington played in various local bands before joining and touring with The Murphy's, a lounge band out of Toledo, Ohio, in 1975. Approximately a year later, Arrington relocated from Ohio to San Francisco, California where he learned Latin percussion and drumming as well as played with Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.

He joined the funk group Slave (founded 1975) on their third LP called, The Concept in 1978 originally to play percussion, then later becoming the drummer and a backing vocalist. Eventually Arrington took over lead vocals, singing on the hit singles "Just a Touch of Love", "Watching You" (which has been sampled by Snoop Dogg) and "Wait for Me".

Arrington left Slave in 1982, forming Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame,[2][3] and had hit singles such as "Weak At The Knees" (which was sampled by Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, N.W.A, and others), and "Nobody Can Be You But You".

His most successful album was his 1985 solo work, Dancin' in the Key of Life, whose title track became a Top Ten R&B hit. The single also spent three weeks at number two on the dance charts.[4] Another single from the album, "Feel So Real" reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart in May that year.[5] He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Male Artist of 1986.

In 1984, Arrington experienced a religious conversion, later becoming a licensed minister and, in 1990, he left pop music until his re-emergence in October 2009, when he released the R&B, Funk, spiritual album Pure Thang.

In September 2010, Stones Throw Records announced that Arrington was working with producer Dâm-Funk on a new album.[6] In February, Arrington did an interview with The Revivalist[7] and told them his new album, "Love, Peace and Funky Beatz" was due out late summer early fall 2011.

On August 6, 2013, Stones Throw Records released Arrington + Dam-Funk's, Higher.

In September 2014, Tummy Touch released the album "Way Out (80-84)", a collection of songs from Hall of Fame Vol 1 & Positive Power plus unreleased and previously unfinished material.[8]



  • 2013: 1Question? - Steve Arrington + Snoopzilla + Dam Funk (Stones Throw Records)
  • 2013: Higher - Steve Arrington + Dam Funk (Stones Throw Records)

Solo albums[edit]

  • 2014: "Way Out (80- 84)" (Tummy Touch)
  • 2009: Pure Thang (God Factor Records)
  • 1987: Jam Packed (Manhattan) (US R&B #50)
  • 1986: The Jammin' National Anthem (Atlantic)
  • 1985: Dancin' in the Key of Life (Atlantic) (UK #41 / US #185 / US R&B #32)

Solo singles[edit]

  • 2011: "Goin' Hard" (Stones Throw Records)
  • 1990: "No Reason" (RCA) (US R&B #89)
  • 1988: "Lost and Found (You Can Find Me Present)" (Nubian) (US R&B #90)
  • 1987: "Stone Love" (Manhattan) (US R&B #33)
  • 1986: "Homeboy" (Atlantic) (US R&B #28)
  • 1986: "The Jammin' National Anthem" (Atlantic) (US R&B #42)
  • 1985: "She Just Don't Know" (Atlantic)
  • 1985: "Turn Up The Love" (Atlantic) (US R&B #80)
  • 1985: "Dancin' in the Key of Life" (Atlantic) (UK #21 / US #68 / US Dance #2 / US R&B #8)
  • 1985: "Feel So Real" (Atlantic) (Belgium #7 / Germany #16 / Netherlands #13 / New Zealand #42 / UK #5 / US #104 / US Dance #5 / US R&B #17)
  • 1980: "Summertime Lovin'" / "Special Effects From Mars" (Salsoul)

Albums with Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame[edit]

Singles with Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame[edit]

  • 1984: "Hump to the Bump" (Atlantic) (US R&B #25)
  • 1984: "15 Rounds" (Atlantic) (US R&B #85)
  • 1984: "Mellow as a Cello" (Atlantic)
  • 1983: "Nobody Can Be You" (Atlantic) (US Dance #23 / US R&B #18)
  • 1983: "Way Out" (US Dance #49 / US R&B #68)
  • 1983: "Weak at the Knees" (Atlantic) (US R&B #33)
  • 1982: "Pocket Full of Air" (Konglather)
  • 1982: "Way Out" (Konglather)

Albums with Slave[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2006: Slave: The Definitive Collection
  • 2003: Party Lights (Rhino / Atlantic)
  • 1994: Stellar Fungk : The Best of Slave Featuring Steve Arrington (Atlantic) (US R&B #44)


  1. ^ "Steve Arrington Biography". 
  2. ^ Vincent, Rickey (1996). FUNK The Music, the People, and the Rhythm of The One. St Martin's Griffin. pp. 228 and 283. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Steve Arrington". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 23. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "Steve Arrington & Dam-Funk "I Be Trippin"". 
  7. ^ Gao, Boyaun (March 2, 2011). "Steve Arrington’s Revival: Exclusive Audio, Video, & Funk". Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
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