Ten City

Ten City

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The Chicago vocal group Ten City was one of the few house units to enjoy mainstream exposure during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Originally called Ragtyme, the trio was formed by vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson, and keyboard player Byron Burke, all under the aegis of producer extraordinaire Marshall Jefferson.
Byron met Marshall at Trax Records after Marshall had loved Byron's vocals on Dezz 7 - 'Funny Love'. They recorded about 5 songs together (unreleased) before recording 'Devotion'.

Atlantic originally wanted to sign Stingily to a solo deal, but he didn't want to sing on stage on his own, so he drafted in his friends and Ragtyme colleagues Herb & Byron Burke. After signing with Atlantic in the late '80s, Ten City's debut LP, Foundation, included the singles "Right Back to You" and "That's the Way Love Is," both of which received a good response in R&B and dance circles. "State of Mind" and "No House Big Enough" followed in 1990 and 1992, though Atlantic dropped them soon after. Just after release from their contract, the single "Fantasy" (written with Masters at Work) did well on the club scene, but by the time Ten City released their fourth album "That Was Then, This Is Now", the buzz had disappeared. The group rapidly disintegrated, though Stingily went on to a successful solo career.
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Ten City Discography

Albums

Ten City Foundation (Album) Atlantic Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Ten City State Of Mind (Album) Atlantic Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Ten City No House Big Enough (Album) EastWest Records America Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Ten City That Was Then, This Is Now (Album) Columbia Europe 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Ten City Devotion (Single) Atlantic US 1987 Sell This Version
Ten City Right Back To You Atlantic US 1988 Sell This Version
Ten City Where Do We Go? (Single, Maxi) Atlantic Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Ten City Funny Love (The Knee Deep Mix) SweMix Records, SweMix Records Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
Ten City That's The Way Love Is (Single, Maxi) Atlantic Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Ten City Suspicious (Single) Atlantic US 1989 Sell This Version
Ten City I Should Learn To Love You (Maxi) Atlantic US 1990 Sell This Version
Ten City Whatever Makes You Happy (Single, Maxi) Atlantic Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Ten City Superficial People (Single, Maxi) Atlantic Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Ten City My Peace Of Heaven (Maxi) EastWest Records America US 1992 Sell This Version
Ten City Only Time Will Tell / My Peace Of Heaven (Single) EastWest Records America, EastWest Records America Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Ten City Only Time Will Tell EastWest Records America US 1992 Sell This Version
Ten City Presents D.J. Shon* Ten City Presents D.J. Shon* - Rejoice Big Beat US 1992 Sell This Version
Ten City Fantasy (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia US 1993 Sell This Version
Ten City The Way You Make Me Feel / Say Something (Maxi) Columbia Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Ten City Goin' Up In Smoke (Maxi) Columbia Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Ten City Nothing's Changed Spiritual Life Music US 1996 Sell This Version
Ten City All Loved Out Spiritual Life Music US 1996 Sell This Version
Ten City Dub Life Volume 1 Ibadan US 1998 Sell This Version
irc033 Ten City Classics 2(12", Ltd, Promo) Ibadan irc033 US 2001 Sell This Version
irc032, IRC 032 Ten City Classics 1(12", Ltd, Promo) Ibadan, Ibadan irc032, IRC 032 US 2001 Sell This Version