René & Angela

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René & Angela
OriginUnited States
GenresR&B, soul
Years active1977–1986[1]
LabelsCapitol, Mercury
Past membersRené Moore
Angela Winbush

René & Angela were an American R&B duo consisting of musical artists and producers René Moore and Angela Winbush. They formed in 1977[1] and disbanded in 1986. They are most remembered for their 1985 song "I'll Be Good".


They recorded three albums for Capitol Records: their 1980 self-titled debut René & Angela, the second album Wall to Wall and their final album for the label, 1983's Rise.

They later moved to Mercury Records to release 1985's Street Called Desire. Despite the success of the album, the duo disbanded by the end of 1986.[2] Disagreements and conflicts caused tension with the two singers. Moore claimed the source of tension was due to Winbush lending her songwriting and production talents to other artists – most notably, The Isley Brothers, with whom she wrote and produced their 1987 album Smooth Sailin'.[2][3] However, Winbush said the demise of the group was due to Moore's violent behavior[3]- including an onstage incident in Cleveland, Ohio in 1986,[2] as well as Winbush singing sole lead on the song "Your Smile", which became a number one hit.[4]

Winbush said of the dissolution of their partnership:

"It was a shame to break up just when we finally got hot. PolyGram didn't want us to break up. But there was no choice. I couldn't work with him anymore."[2]

The duo had a less than amicable split[3][4] and the animosity was so intense that Moore and Winbush had to communicate through attorneys.[2]

Moore and Winbush went on to successful solo careers as performers, songwriters, and producers. Moore lent his songwriting and production talents to Michael Jackson's 1991 Dangerous and 1995 HIStory albums and later formed Multi-Media Communications, which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012. Winbush went on to score five top ten R&B hits as a solo artist and wrote and/or produced songs for The Isley Brothers, Sheena Easton, Stephanie Mills and Lalah Hathaway, among others.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1980 René & Angela Capitol
1981 Wall to Wall 100 15
1983 Rise 33
1985 Street Called Desire 64 5 Mercury
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of René & Angela: Come My Way (1996, Capitol)
  • Classic Masters (2002, Capitol)


Year Title Peak chart Positions Album


1980 "Do You Really Love Me" 43 René & Angela
"Everything We Do" 39
1981 "I Love You More" 14 31 Wall to Wall
"Wall to Wall" 37
1982 "Imaginary Playmates" 26
1983 "Banging the Boogie" 33 23 Rise
"My First Love" 12
1985 "Save Your Love (For #1)" 101 1 3 17 66 Street Called Desire
"I'll Be Good" 47 4 7 21 22
"Secret Rendezvous" 54 Wall to Wall
"Your Smile" 62 1 47 Street Called Desire
1986 "You Don't Have to Cry" 75 2
"No How – No Way" 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hunt, Dennis (January 3, 1988). "Angela Winbush—The Charade Is Over". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Ross, Kev (May 27, 2010). "UNSUNG REVIEW: Angela Winbush (Rene and Angela)". Radio Facts. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Kevin C. (October 24, 2010). "Angela Winbush tells of career struggles, cancer battle in 'Unsung'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > René & Angela". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "American certifications – Rene & Angela". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ultratop > René and Angela in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "NLD Charts > René & Angela". MegaCharts. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "UK Charts > René & Angela". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2012.

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