Eugene Wilde

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Eugene Wilde
Birth nameRonald Eugene Broomfield
Born (1961-12-06) December 6, 1961 (age 59)[1]
OriginNorth Miami Beach, Florida
GenresR&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1979–Present
Labels4th & B'way Records (UK), Philly World, Atlantic (US) MCA (US)

Eugene Wilde (born Ronald Eugene Broomfield,[2] December 6, 1961)[1][3] is an American R&B singer who had two No. 1 hits on the US Billboard R&B charts in the 1980s.

Career[edit]

Broomfield was born in North Miami Beach, Florida and raised in Miami. He grew up as part of a family group, La Voyage, playing in local clubs. In the 1970s, the group became Tight Connection, and was later known as Simplicious.[2] Broomfield also recorded an album with Curtom Records in 1979 as a member of Today, Tomorrow, Forever.[3]

On learning Broomfield's middle name was Eugene, his manager insisted that he go by that name professionally; the last name was inspired by Broomfield seeing an advertisement for a New York club named Wildflower's.[4]

In 1984, Eugene Wilde joined Philly World Records, and wrote and recorded his first hit, "Gotta Get You Home Tonight". It rose to No. 1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[5] and also made No. 18 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] After a couple of less successful follow-ups, he hit No. 1 again a year later with "Don't Say No Tonight." He also had some lesser hits, including "Diana" (1986).[7] His track "Personality" peaked at No. 34 in the UK.[6] Subsequent releases on the MCA label, solo and with the group Cabo Frio, ("I'll Get Back To You", 1987) were less successful.[8]

In 1985, Wilde appeared in the film Rappin' with Joanna Gardner, where they performed the song, "First Love Never Dies", a duet that also appeared on the film's soundtrack.[9][3]

In 1987, he recorded a duet with Sheena Easton, "What If We Fall in Love", which appeared on Easton's album, No Sound But a Heart. He later ran the independent label Wilde City Records in Florida.

Starting in the 1990s, Wilde found success behind the scenes as a songwriter, having penned "I'll Never Break Your Heart" with Albert Manno for the Backstreet Boys. He co-wrote album track "Dear Diary" with Jason Blume and Britney Spears for Spears's 2000 album, Oops!... I Did It Again. He co-wrote the song "I Wish" with Peter Biker, and Kenneth Karlin and Carsten Schack (who are better known as the Danish production/songwriting duo Soulshock & Karlin) for Victoria Beckham for her 2001 album, Victoria Beckham - which was planned as Beckham's third single, a duet with Robbie Craig, but the release was canceled. The song was in the film Bend It Like Beckham, whose title referenced Victoria's husband, David Beckham.[10]

In 2010, the Danish production duo of Rob Hardt and Frank Ryle, known as Cool Million, released the title song of their new CD, "Back for More," with Wilde providing the lead vocal,[4] announced with a teaser video via their YouTube account, rylehardtmillion. "Back for More" was written by Wilde with Hardt, Ryle, and his son Du Juan. This same group, along with Felix Luis Collazo II and Diane Williams, co-wrote another track, "Loose", which featured Wilde singing a duet with his sister Dee Dee Wilde and also had a teaser YouTube video.

In 2018 Wilde launched a new record label; 50ish Music Group.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album UK
[11]
1984 Eugene Wilde 67
1985 Serenade
1989 I Choose You (Tonight)
1992 How About Tonight
2011 Get Comfortable

[12]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US R&B
[13]
US Pop
[13][14]
UK
[11]
1984 "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" 1 83 18
"Rainbow" 22
"Personality" 34
"Chey Chey Kulé" 69 83
1985 "Don't Say No Tonight" 1 76 80
"Diana" 10
1986 "30 Mins. to Talk" 79
1989 "Ain't Nobody's Business" 50
"I Can't Stop (This Feeling)" 35
"I Choose You (Tonight)" 56
1992 "How About Tonight" 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilations[edit]

  • The Best of Eugene Wilde - Got to Get You Home Tonight (1996)
  • Eugene Wilde - The Greatest Hits (2004)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Famous People Born in December". Onthisdayinhistory.co.uk. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Weinger, Harry (January 19, 1985). "Eugene Wilde is just Wilde about his new name, hit". Billboard Magazine: 55. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Eugene Wilde Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Kantor, Justin (2010). "Wilde and Free". Soulmusic.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Weinger, Harry (April 13, 1985). "Philly World Renews Atlantic Ties". Billboard Magazine: 59. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 602. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "Eugene Wilde at Celerity Records". Archived from the original on November 9, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Nash, Jay Robert (1997). The Motion Picture Guide: The Films of 1985. 1986 annual, Volume 12. Cinebooks. p. 161. ISBN 9780933997165. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Eugene Wilde on IMDb. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "EUGENE WILDE - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Eugene Wilde album discography". SoulandFunkMusic.com. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Eugene Wilde Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Eugene Wilde - Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2020.

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