In 1991 a new label formed by super-producers L.A. Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was formed; LaFace Records and the first artist signed was Debra Jean “Deah Dame” Hurd and Bruce Edward “Damian” Broadus, known as the duo Damian Dame!
The first single released from them was the #1 R&B Billboard hit single “Exclusivity” which introduced Damian Dame to the world and stayed in heavy rotation on BET. Their debut self-titled album was released in May of that year and the second single shortly followed, the smooth LA & Babyface ballad “Right Down To It” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B singles charts. The final single released from their album was “Gotta Learn My Rhythm” and the duo released a remix version different than the album version to radio and for the video. That song ht the top 20 as well on the single chart.
Before Damian Dame, Debra released a solo album via Geffen that featured a top 10 hit entitled “Hug Me, Squeeze Me.” Her vocals were also included on songs by Karyn White, The Deele, Shalamar and a host of others. Bruce was a musician who played the guitar and drums by the time he was 16 years old.
While the duo was in preparation to begin work on their sophomore album for LaFace Records, tragedy struck and Deah Dame was killed in a auto accident in Atlanta on June 27, 1994, she was only 25 years old. Damian later would release a solo album entitled “Damian 199sex” in 1997. Unfortunately that would be his last release as he passed away on June 27, 1996 of colon cancer. His album was released 9 days before his death.
Although as faith would have it they would only record one album as Damian Dame, the album itself is such a gem and one of the best R&B album released in 1991. Outside of the singles released which were all great songs, the album included even more amazing tracks including; “When I’m Crying,” “Love Come Near Me,” “Virgin Island” and “Sixty Seconds” featuring another talented artist gone too soon from LaFace Left-Eye from TLC. A side-note, Chilli was a back-up dancer for Damian Dame and that’s how she was discovered for TLC!
Take a trip down memory lane and check out the great sounds of Damian Dame; Gone But Never Forgotten!