Sunday, June 6, 2021

Black Music Month Spotlight: Damian Dame

Damian Dame were a male/female R&B duo from the '90s that consisted of Deah Dame (born Debra Jean Hurd on September 20, 1958 in Houston Texas) and Damian (born Bruce Edward Broadus on September 13, 1966 in Marshall, Michigan).

Deah started singing at a young age and when she was 18 years old, she toured with her older sister and brother-in-law's band. In 1983, she released her self-titled solo album on Geffen Records. She also provided vocals on artists' albums such as Babyface, Karyn White, The Deele and Shalamar.

Damian taught himself how to play the piano when he was 9 years old and by the time he was 16, he was already playing in clubs in Kalamazoo. He was a member of a group called Shy Boy and had his own production company, K-Zoo.

Originally, Deah was going to be a solo music act, but after Damian heard her voice on a demo tape from another musician, he wanted to sing with her. A year after the pair met in Los Angeles, they signed a record deal with LaFace Records, moved to Georgia and formed Damian Dame.

In 1991, Damian Dame released their only self-titled album which peaked at #21 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The duo's first single "Exclusivity" peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100, #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks in July of 1991, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

Their second single "Right Down To It" peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.

The last single from the album "Gotta Learn My Rhythm" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

On June 27, 1994 (just as the duo was planning a follow-up album), Deah passed away in a car accident at the age of 35. Donations in her memory were given to the United Negro College Fund. She is survived by her parents, brothers & sisters.

In 1995, Damian released his only solo album Damian 199sex which was dedicated to Deah Dame. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted at all.

On June 27, 1996, he passed away from colon cancer at the age of 29 (ironically two years after Deah's death). Damian is survived by his wife Carol Morrow, a daughter named Sky (who was featured on MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen)" and a son named Dominic Dixon.

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