He is an alumnus of Alcorn State University. He joined a
group called "The Mystics" and played the local cover band
circuit. O'Neal spent a short time in a group "Enterprise" before
being recruited into Flyte Tyme, a band that included Jimmy
Jam, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir.
Later signed by Prince to the Warner Bros. label with their name
changed to The Time, a disagreement with Prince led to O'Neal
leaving the band and being replaced as lead singer by Morris Day.
Allmusic profiler John Floyd asserts that O'Neal was ousted for "looking
'too black." though the real reason was there wasn't enough money in it
O'Neal immediately formed a rock and roll band called Alexander
and recorded a 12" single, "Playroom," for a Chicago-based
independent label, followed by the release of "Attitude" on the
Rich Records Label. Three years later, in 1984, O'Neal signed a deal
with Clarence Avant's Tabu Records. He did some backing vocals
for other artists on the same label, including The SOS Band and
O'Neal released his eponymous debut album in 1985. It included three
singles that reached the top twenty of the R&B Singles Chart. He also
scored his first R&B top ten single with "Saturday Love", a duet
with Cherrelle from her "High Priority" album from 1985. "Saturday
Love" song peaked at #2, and it also reached the top ten of the UK
Singles Chart, peaking at #6.
In 1987, he released the album titled Hearsay. It yielded the #25
pop and #1 R&B single "Fake". The song also peaked at #7 on the
dance chart. The follow-up, "Criticize", peaked at #4 R&B and #70
pop. It also peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. The third single, "Never
Knew Love Like This", another duet with Cherrelle, peaked at
#2 R&B and #28 pop. More Below
In 1991, he released his third album, All True Man. The album's
title single reached #5 on the R&B chart and #45 on the pop chart. In
1992, his first greatest hits album, This Thing Called Love: The
Greatest Hits of Alexander O'Neal, was a top ten album in the UK.
In 1993, his final album with the Tabu label, Love Makes No Sense,
was released. It was the first album made without production from Jam
and Lewis. In 1995, another greatest hits compilation, The Best of
Alexander O'Neal, was released.
In 1996, his first album with One World Records, Lovers Again,
was released. In 2001, he released an album with Eagle Records, Saga
of a Married Man. The album was produced by former Prince drummer,
Bobby Z. In 2005, he recorded his first live album, Alexander
O'Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo. It is a collection of many of his
songs from throughout his career.
In 2006 O'Neal appeared on The Weakest Link All Singing All Dancing
Edition. He was the 5th one voted off. O'Neal participated on the
reality British reality singing contest show Just the Two of Us
in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he released Alex Loves, his first
studio album in six years. In 2008, O'Neal took part in a Wife Swap
UK special, swapping his wife Cynthia with broadcaster and TV
personality Jilly Goolden.
The program included O'Neal being interviewed in-depth by noted UK R&B
writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul. The interview was
featured in full in the August 2008 issue of the magazine.
In 2010, after an eight year absence from the studio, O'Neal issued
Five Questions the New Journey on the CC Entertainment label.
Working with longtime musical director Billy Osborne, O'Neal recorded a
good combination of new material and some remakes very much in the
Minneapolis R&B style of his biggest hits.
In 2011, the TVOne series Unsung profiled his rise to fame, along
with the story of Cherrelle.
Alexander O誰eal - What You Won稚 Do For Love
Alexander O'Neal - A Broken Heart Can Mend
Alexander O'Neal - All True Man
Alexander O'Neal - Crying Overtime
Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
Alexander O'Neal - If You Were Here Tonight
Alexander O'Neal - Love Makes No Sense
Alexander O'Neal - My Gift To You
Alexander O'Neal - My Sunshine
Alexander O'Neal - Thank You For A Good Year
Alexander O'Neal - What You Won't Do For Love
Sources: Wikipedia , whosampled.com, Steppers Music Group,
Freebase.com (John Floyd) soultracks.com (Chris Rizik)
Have something on your mind? Need to talk to Markie Bee? With Google
voice (A REAL phone number) you can call me directly (from the United
States only please) For FREE. If I'm available, I'll call you right
Daily News and SteppersUSA.Com are both
daily publications which update continually. We accept and
publish Steppers classes and workshops, Daily events, weekly events,
monthly events, special events, steppers news, requests for
information which we can't answer but our visitors may have an
answer to. All of this makes us the most complete listing of
Steppers information available anywhere. Send your submissions to us
and send your pluggers/fliers to
TODAY! If you would like your pluggers/fliers to be posted with
your event on the calendar,