Music Birthday Shout-outs for August 22nd

Happy Birthday to R&B and soul singer James Curtis DeBarge (born August 22, 1963). James was one of the members of the singing family group DeBarge.

 

Happy Birthday to R&B singer and actor Christopher Williams (born Troy Christopher Williams on August 22, 1967).

 

Happy Birthday to keyboardist Dexter Gilman Wansel (born August 22, 1950). He contributed to the development of the Philly Sound and worked with producers Gamble and Huff at Philadelphia International Records. Wansel led the musical group, Yellow Sunshine. He has worked with Phyllis Hyman, The Jacksons, MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, The Jones Girls, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Grover Washington Jr. and Lou Rawls, amongs many others. He also wrote The Jones Girls 1981 soul music song "Nights over Egypt" and Patti Labelle's 1983 #1 R&B hit, "If Only You Knew", with Cynthia Biggs. His "Theme from the Planets" has been sampled and was featured on the breakbeat compilation album, Ultimate Breaks and Beats.

 

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