Ten City

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Ten City
Ten City (promotional photo).jpg
(left to right): Burke, Stingily, Lawson
Background information
Also known asRagtyme
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresHouse, R&B
Years active1987–1996
LabelsAtlantic, EastWest Records America, Columbia
Past membersByron Burke
Herb Lawson
Byron Stingily

Ten City (derived from intensity) was a Chicago, Illinois-based R&B and house music act that enjoyed a number of club hits and Urban radio hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was one of the first exponents of deep house.[1] Formerly known as Ragtyme, the group comprised vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson and keyboardist Byron Burke and were augmented by producer Marshall Jefferson.[2] The group was signed by Atlantic Records and released the album Foundation[3] in 1989, which became the group's only album to cross over, peaking at No. 49 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.


Ten City is best known for the singles "Devotion", "Right Back to You" and "That's the Way Love Is,"[1] which hit No. 1 on the US dance chart and No. 8 on the UK Top 40 in 1989.[4] Stingily, who left the group and became a successful solo artist, re-recorded the song and brought it back to No. 1 on the US dance chart in 1999.


Studio albums
  • Foundation (Atlantic, 1989) UK #22
  • State of Mind (Atlantic, 1990)
  • No House Big Enough (EastWest Records America, 1992)
  • That Was Then, This is Now (Columbia, 1994)
Compilation albums
  • The Best of Ten City (Ibadan, 2001)
  • "Devotion" (1987)
  • "Right Back to You" (1988) UK #80
  • "Funny Love" (1989)
  • "That's the Way Love Is" (1989) UK #8
  • "Devotion" (1989) (re-release) UK #29
  • "Where Do We Go?" (1989) UK #60
  • "Suspicious" (1989)
  • "Whatever Makes You Happy" (1990) UK #60
  • "Superficial People" (1990) UK #96
  • "I Should Learn to Love You" (1990)
  • "Only Time Will Tell" / "My Peace of Heaven" (1992) UK #63
  • "Fantasy" (1993) UK #45
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" (1994)
  • "Goin' Up in Smoke" (1994)
  • "Nothing's Changed" (1996)
  • "All Loved Out" (1996)


  1. ^ a b "Foundation album review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  2. ^ "Ten City bio". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  3. ^ "Foundation track listing and credits". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
  4. ^ "Ten City UK Top 40 hits". everyhit.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20.

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