Curtis Hairston

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Curtis Hairston
Birth name Curtis Kinnard Hairston
Born (1961-10-10)10 October 1961
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Died 18 January 1996(1996-01-18) (aged 34)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Genres R&B, funk, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1980–1995
Labels Pretty Pearl Records, Atlantic, Reverse Spin Entertainment,
Associated acts Luther Vandross, B. B. & Q. Band, Madonna, Richard Marx, Whitney Houston, Change

Curtis Kinnard Hairston[1] (10 October 1961 – 18 January 1996)[2] was an American soul/funk vocalist, who had a number of Top 75 hit singles in the UK and US, both as a solo artist and as a featured artist in the B. B. & Q. Band.

In 1985, Hairston reached #13 in the UK Singles Chart with "I Want Your Lovin' (Just a Little Bit)".[2] In 1986, as a member of the B. B. & Q. Band, he sang vocals on the song "Dreamer", which reached #1 in the UK Dance Chart and the US Dance Chart.

A longtime sufferer of diabetes, Hairston died of related kidney failure at age 34 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in January 1996.[1][3]

He had attended both Winston-Salem State University and the Juilliard School of Music.


  1. ^ a b biography
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 239. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Curtis Hairston at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-01.