The Group was formed at Oakland, California, They were popular during the late 1980’s and early to mid-1990’s during the New Jack Swing Area bringin’ soulful music.
They worked with artists like Vanessa Williams , DJ Quik .
They had a guest appearance on Alicia Keys’s Album “Diary” except member , The R&B Singer\Songwriter\Producer Rapheal Saadiq .
Recently Saadiq said on DL Hugley Show that they’re ready for a reunion , I guess we’ll have to wait a lil’ bit for that ….
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Here’s Tony! Toni! Toné!
D’wayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards. Other members were Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil (a lead singer), and Antron Haile. Personnel changes include lead singer Dyson Tate and vocalist Frank Stickemz (son of blues musician Fillmore Slim).
Originally, The band went by “Tony, Toni, Toné” as a joke, until they realized it “had a nice ring to it”.
After their debut album Who? in 1988 followed by The Revival in 1990, the group achieved their greatest commercial success with the double platinum certified Sons of Soul in 1993.Tony! Toni! Toné! disbanded after the release of their fourth album House of Music (1996), which critics cite as their greatest work.
Their first album, Who?, which was produced and co-written by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, was released in 1988. The album went gold and had several hit singles. The first of these, “Little Walter” went to #1 on the R&B charts. The next three singles, “Born Not To Know”, “For The Love Of You” and “Baby Doll” were all Top 10 R&B singles. Who? was a modest success. It charted for 44 weeks on the Billboard Top Pop Albums, peaking at number 69,and produced four singles, including the R&B hit “Little Walter“. On December 5, 1989, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. As of August 1993, it has sold over 700,000 copies in the US.
The group’s second album The Revival was released in 1990 and reached platinum status. The album spawned several #1 R&B hits with “It Never Rains (In Southern California)“, “Feels Good“, “The Blues“, and “Whatever You Want” all topping the R&B charts. “Feels Good” was the group’s first single to breach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and went gold.
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Loyalty No Royalty,The Breakup Of Tony! Toni! Ton’e! 90 min Documentary with music score by D.O.A.