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b. O'Bryan Burnette II, 5th December 1961, Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, U.S.A.

O'Bryan recorded nine singles that made the R & B charts in the 1980's, as well as record four albums for Capitol.

He became involved in the music business after a female friend, in the choir that he sang in with as a young adult in Southern California, married Ron Kersey, who had worked in Philadelphia with groups like the Trammps in the 1970's.

Upon her recommendation, Ron Kersey got O'Bryan into a group he was forming.

That quickly fell apart, but Kersey helped the singer connect with Soul Train impresario Don Cornelius, who helped O'Bryan land a deal with Capitol.

The track, 'The Gigolo', made number five on the R & B charts in 1982.


The parent album 'Doin' Alright' became a rare groove, mainly due to the title track.


The album 'You and I' followed in 1983, the title track being a version of the song penned by Stevie Wonder.

The instrumental 'Soft Touch' was also popular.


The following year, the album 'Be My Lover' hit the streets, with 'Lovelite' being a successful single release.


A final album, for the Capitol imprint, was released in 1986 and was entitled 'Surrender'.

He hasn't released any albums since leaving Capitol in the late '80's, although there are new recordings available from his website in 2007 (see below), in the shape of a new album entitled 'First'.

o'bryan 2007

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Doin' Alright (Capitol Records 1982)

You And I (Capitol Records 1983)

Be My Lover (Capitol Records 1984)

Surrender (Capitol Records 1986)

First (Headstorm Records 2007)

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