- Guy (band)
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Guy
Background = group_or_band
New jack swing, R&B, hip hop
Years_active = 1987–1991; 1999–2000; 2005–present
Label = Uptown/MCA
Current_members = Teddy Riley
Aaron Hall Damion Hall
Guy is a popular 1980s and 1990s hip hop, R&B and soul band that was one of the early pioneers of hip hop/R&B music and which set a trend Fact|date=October 2008 in the late 1980s and early 1990s in a movement called the
new jack swing.
Harlem, New Yorkin 1987 by young musician/ record producerTeddy Riley, the original members of Guy included Riley and R&B singer-songwritersAaron Hall and Timmy Gatling. Riley and Gatling were childhood friends growing up in Harlem, New York. After signing to Uptown Records, the group released their first self-titled album in 1988. Gatling left after the first album was done and was quickly replaced by Aaron's younger brother Damion. Upon its release, the album went platinum three times over and included classics like "Groove Me", "Teddy's Jam," "I Like", "Piece of My Love", "Goodbye Love" and "Merry-Go-Round of Love". That first album quickly established the group and Riley as musical forces.
After producing music for other artists other than his group, Riley returned to the group after they opened for
New Editionand released their second album, "The Future", in 1990. The songs "Wanna Get Wit U" and "Let's Chill" gave them a broader, mainstream fan base. However, as soon as "The Future's" success had dried up, Guy would be album-less for much of the 1990s. In the meantime, Riley went on to produce for artists such as Heavy Dand Michael Jackson, and formed another R&B group named Blackstreet. Both Aaron and his brother Damion recorded solo albums, Aaron being a major influence on the style of R&Bsinger Charlie Wilsonof The Gap Band.
In 2000, Riley and the Hall brothers reunited to release their first album in nine years titled "Guy III". The album featured the modest hit "Dancin'", which peaked at #22, becoming surprisingly their biggest hit on the pop charts, but their label
MCA Recordshad a hard time promoting it. As quickly as it was released, it quickly dropped from the public radar. Since then, Guy has been relatively quiet, but rumors of working on a new album still linger.
In 2006 they were part of
New Jack Reunion Tourline up, along with Blackstreet, Tony Toni Tone, After 7, New Edition, and SWV.
*Aaron Hall and his brother Damion hail from Roosevelt, Long Island in New York, the same place that
Eddie Murphy, Julius "Dr.J" Erving, Public Enemy and talk-radio host Howard Sternemanate.
*In October 2004 "Groove Me" appeared in popular
videogame, playing on R&B, Soul radio station CSR 103.9.
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