By All Means

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By All Means
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Background information
Origin United States
Genres R&B music
Years active 1988-1992
Labels Fourth And Broadway
Island Records
Associated acts Elle Varner
Past members James Varner, Lynn Roderick, Billy Sheppard
Notable instruments
bass guitar, keyboards

By All Means was an American male/female vocal group, consisting of James Varner, Lynn Roderick, and Billy Sheppard.

Their single "I Surrender To Your Love" was released on the Fourth And Broadway label, and entered the UK Singles Chart on 18 June 1988. It reached a high of #65, and was in the chart for two weeks.

Their self-titled album was also released on the Fourth And Broadway label, and it entered the UK Albums Chart on 16 July 1988, and reached #80; it was only in the chart for 1 week. They released another album in 1989 called Beyond A Dream and their final album on Motown Records It's Real in 1992 before splitting up.

Two of the members of By All Means- Lynn Roderick and James Varner- have a famous daughter in music named Elle Varner. They both made appearances on her debut album Perfectly Imperfect as background singers, songwriters, and producers on a few songs.


Year Album Record Label
1988 By All Means Island Records
1989 Beyond A Dream Island Records
1992 It's Real Motown


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