Wed. Oct. 20, 2021

René And Angela – I’ll Be Good (Special Mix)

Classics: René And Angela – I’ll Be Good (Special Mix) (Mercury)

A native of St Louis, MI, Angela Winbush was meant to become an architect. Eventually singing to make extra money. She joined Mtume in the second half of the 7O’s. Then Gary Byrd would give her a push while introducing her to Stevie Wonder. This resulting in her joinin’ his Wonderlove as a backing vocalist.

Winbush soon after met René Moore. With both of them becoming one of the leading duos in the first half of the 80’s along with Ashford & Simpson. Meanwhile leaving a consistant imprint on the R&B/Funk circuit. This with classics such as the sought after ‘I Love You More’ and ‘Wall To Wall’. But also ‘I’ll Be Good’ and ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’

From their 1985 ‘A Street Called Desire’ album which would mark their debut on Mercury, but also would be their very last one together, ‘I’ll Be Good’ most likely stands among their signature songs. In some SOS Band / Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced kinda vein as a matter of fact. With its complex synth and rhythm guitar lines comin’ up over an infectious funky groove. Moore and Winbush soon after parting ways to pursue solo careers…

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René Moore and Angela Winbush met though a mutual friend in Los Angelas, CA by the mid-70’s. They first worked as songwriters. Thus collaborating with luminaries such as Lenny Williams and Tavares. Not to mention Lamont Dozier. They then soon after secured a record deal with Capitol Records. This resulting in the release of their eponymous debut-album back in 1980. An effort that featured the original version of ‘Free And Easy’. A cut which Plush eventually covered two years later.

By 1981, they co-wrote the outstanding although underrated ‘Secret Friend’ for Rufus & Chaka Khan. Eventually putting out their second album – ‘Wall To Wall’ – which saw them establishing their sophisticated arrangements. Meanwhile delivering gems such as its title cut and the much sought after ‘I Love You More’. Then by 1982, they heavily contributed in writing material for a then debuting Janet Jackson as a part of her self-titled album. This before the release of ‘Rise’, their third and final album for Capitol the year after…

Ironically, they would reach their peak in 1985. This with the release ‘Street Called Desire’. An album which would mark their debut for Mercury but also happened to be their very last as an entity. Spanning the classic ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ featuring Kurtis Blow and ‘I’ll Be Good’. And also featuring the premonitory ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’ although it never saw the light as a single. The twosome soon after entering into legal proceedings against each other. With Moore blaming Winbush for lending her songwriting and production talents to other artists. And Winbush arguing the demise of the group was due to Moore‘s alleged violent behavior.

From then, Moore and Winbush went on to successful solo careers, as performers, songwriters, and producers. Moore lent his songwriting and production talents to Michael Jackson. This on his 1991 ‘Dangerous’ and 1995 ‘HIStory’ albums. Then he later formed Multi-Media Communications which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012. On her side, Winbush managed to score five top ten R&B hits as a solo artist. Eventually writing and / or producing songs for Sheena Easton, Stephanie Mills and Lalah Hathaway, to name a few.

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