Saturday, May 23, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dru Hill

Artist:Dru Hill
Song:In My Bed

Dru Hill had brief success in the 90s that was curtailed when Sisqo went solo with The Thong Song. That caused problems with the group and the record company. In My Bed was one of their three top ten pop hits and number one R & B hits. Dru Hill were from Baltimore. Mark "Sisqo" Andrews and James "Woody Rock" Green were friends in middle school. Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin suggested they form a group. The other two members were Bravette Fleet and Chris Thomas and they were called 14K Harmony. They started out performing gospel music and a proposed deal with Elektra fell through when Green's mother pulled him from the group when they started performing secular music. She allowed him back in. But by then, Fleet and Thomas left and Ruffin brought in Larry "Jazz" Anthony. They renamed themselves Legacy and Island Black Music president Hiram Hicks saw them and suggested the name change to Dru Hill after Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. In My Bed was the second single from their 1996 debut CD Dru Hill. It topped the R & B Singles chart and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sisqo sings lead. It was written and produced by Daryl Simmons who had just split with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds after a long partnership going back to Manchild in the 70s. Raphael Brown of Next and Ralph Stacy were co-writers. There is also a remix featuring Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat. The album was certified Platinum. Never Make A Promise was their other #1 R & B hit from that album. Then Dru Hill scored a #2 R & B hit with We're Not Making Love No More from the film Soul Food. Their 1998 album Enter The Dru did even better when the single How Deep Is Your Love topped the R & B Singles chart and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was from the film Rush Hour. The album was certified 2XPlatinum. Things started to fall apart when Woody Rock left in 1999 to return to gospel music. He recorded for Gospocentric Records. Island attempted to keep Dru Hill together and there were plans to record a new album. At the time, Island had merged with Def Jam and the new management wasn't as loyal to Dru Hill as previous management. So Sisqo went solo and had a huge hit with Thong Song and the Dru Hill album was put on hold. Dru Hill returned to the studio in 2000 but tension over Sisqo's success forced a split and more delays. Sisqo recorded a second solo album. It didn't do as well as his first album and Ruffin reformed Dru Hill with Sisqo and new member Rufus "Scola" Waller. The CD Dru World Order was released in 2002 but it didn't perform as well as previous albums and Dru Hill was dropped. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Dru Hill reformed to tour in 2008. But during an interview to promote the tour, Woody Rock announced he was leaving for the ministry and Sisqo walked out. Sisqo returned for the 2010 CD InDRUpendence Day which included a reality show on Centric. Dru Hill is currently on a 90s R & B nostalgia tour with Immature and Next and they are planning to record a new album. Here's the video for In My Bed by Dru Hill.

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