R. J.'s Latest Arrival

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RJ's Latest Arrival
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres R&B, soul
Years active 1979–1990
Labels Buddah, Atlantic, EMI Manhattan
Past members R. J. Rice
DeDe Leitta
Craig Lane
Paul Munro
Dean DiPierro
Paris Reese
Rudy "Famous" Maldonado
Ericko Nelson

R. J.'s Latest Arrival was an American R&B, dance, and soul music band from Detroit, Michigan, United States, who formed in the late 1970s and reached the peak of their popularity in the mid-1980s. They released their debut self-titled debut album in 1979. In 1984, they scored one of their first big hits with "Shackles," featured on their Harmony album. Drummer Rudy "Famous" Maldonado left the band during The Shackles Tour in 1984, although he was featured in the video for the follow-up single, "Harmony." The group scored their biggest hit single in 1988 with "Off The Hook (With Your Love)."[1] They scored other moderate hits on the US Billboard R&B chart throughout the 1980s.[1] The group later became more based in traditional R&B and soul music, but broke up in 1990.

Rice went on to form Barak Records, an independent hip-hop record label based in Detroit. The label's most notable acts were Slum Village and SMD. Rice also produced the majority of the album Hello by singer-songwriter Poe, including the first single "Angry Johnny".

Munro continued in the entertainment business creating the entertainment/record company Zycron Media and Zycron Records, creating, producing and hosting the Hotspots television show airing on NBC and CBS affiliates.

Partial discography[edit]


  • R.J.'s Latest Arrival (1979)
  • R.J.'s Latest Arrival [second self-titled album] (1982)
  • Harmony (1984)
  • R.J.'s Latest Arrival [third self-titled album] (1985)
  • Hold On (1986)
  • Truly Yours (1988)
  • Tangled in Love (1989)



  1. ^ a b "R.J.'s Latest Arrival | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  2. ^ "R.J.'s Latest Arrival | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  3. ^ R.J.'s Latest Arrival Discography @Discogs.com Retrieved 10-5-2014.