Forming in 1981, The Deele recorded three albums during the 1980s, and scored two hit singles. In 1984 “Body Talk” reached #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. In 1987 their song “Two Occasions” reached #4 on the R&B charts and was the biggest hit for the group, which created new opportunitiesto write and co-produce for others such as Babyface, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, and The Whispers (Rock Steady) to name a few.
The group reunited in 1993, without Reid and Edmonds, to record their final album, Invitation to Love. The Deele in 2007 is back and currently touring to promote their new single “The Only One” aka “The Only 1” under EIEG/D-Town Records (Dallas,Texas).
The Deele was added to EIEG/D-Town Records in 2006 and is expected to write and Produce for DTR/K2K new young artist putting the S back into “muzic”. The Grammy Award Winning Group “The Deele” is now back in the top 10 spotlight featured in Mariah arey‘s 2005 Grammy nominated hit “We Belong Together”. This would be the beginning of an entity that would give birth to the most influential group of musicians and singers in the music industry today, changing the course of R&B forever.
With Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds branching off into Their on solo careers, Kayo, Carlos, and Dee collectively produced, wrote, Arranged, and performed on pop, adult contemporary, and R&B projects with over 50 million copies sold. Their expertise has included artists as diverse as Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Bar-Kays, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Gill, Babyface, TLC, Bobby Brown, Toni Braxton, The Whispers, Whitney Houston and many more.
In 2016 Five African-American leaders will be honored at the 2016 BET Honors gala held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. They are: producer-director Lee Daniels, Ariel Investments president Mellody Hobson, former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder, singer Patti LaBelle and Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid. Arsenio Hall will host the event which will include performances by Fantasia, Ledisi, and The Deele. L.A. Reid was one of the original members of The Deele. The R&B band was known for their 1980s hit singles “Body Talk” and “Two Occasions.” Reid was on drums, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was on keyboards.
They recorded three albums. In the late 1980s, Reid and Edmonds started crafting their talents as songwriters for other artists including Reid’s girlfriend, Pebbles (“Girlfriend”) and The Whispers (“Rock Steady”). In 1989, the two left the band and founded LaFace Records. The 2016 BET Honors