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.

The group announced their reformation in January 2021 and released their fifth album, Judgement, in June 2021, their first in 27 years. The album was produced remotely while in lockdown, with Marshall in Manchester, England, and Byron Stingily in Chicago. Byron Burke and Herb Lawson were not involved in the Judgement album.
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Albums

78 19391 Foundation — Ten City Ten City Foundation (Album) Atlantic 78 19391 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
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7567-82146-1 State Of Mind — Ten City Ten City State Of Mind (Album) Atlantic 7567-82146-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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7567921704 No House Big Enough — Ten City Ten City No House Big Enough (Album) EastWest Records America 7567921704 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
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COL 474594 1 That Was Then, This Is Now — Ten City Ten City That Was Then, This Is Now (Album) Columbia COL 474594 1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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UL 02750 Judgement — Ten City Ten City Judgement(10xFile, FLAC, Album) Ultra Records UL 02750 2021
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Singles & EPs

DMD 1099 Devotion — Ten City Ten City Devotion (Single, Maxi) Atlantic DMD 1099 US 1987 Sell This Version
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DMD 1169 Right Back To You — Ten City Ten City Right Back To You (Single) Atlantic DMD 1169 US 1988 Sell This Version
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PR 3056 Suspicious — Ten City Ten City Suspicious (Single) Atlantic PR 3056 US 1989 Sell This Version
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TENSIT10., TENSIT 10 Funny Love (The Knee Deep Mix) — Ten City Ten City Funny Love (The Knee Deep Mix) SweMix Records, SweMix Records TENSIT10., TENSIT 10 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
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78 64090 Where Do We Go? — Ten City Ten City Where Do We Go? (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 78 64090 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
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A 8963, 788963-7 That's The Way Love Is — Ten City Ten City That's The Way Love Is (Single, Maxi) Atlantic A 8963, 788963-7 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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ATM 43 The House Remixes — Ten City Ten City The House Remixes(12", Single) Atlantic ATM 43 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
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DMD 1677 I Should Learn To Love You — Ten City Ten City I Should Learn To Love You (Maxi) Atlantic DMD 1677 US 1990 Sell This Version
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7567-87806-2, A7819CD Whatever Makes You Happy — Ten City Ten City Whatever Makes You Happy (Maxi, Single) Atlantic 7567-87806-2, A7819CD Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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7567-87780-7, A 7780 Superficial People — Ten City Ten City Superficial People (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 7567-87780-7, A 7780 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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DMD 1862 Rejoice — Ten City Ten City Presents D.J. Shon* Ten City Presents D.J. Shon* - Rejoice Big Beat DMD 1862 US 1992 Sell This Version
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DMD 1855 My Peace Of Heaven — Ten City Ten City My Peace Of Heaven (Maxi) EastWest Records America DMD 1855 US 1992 Sell This Version
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A8516T Only Time Will Tell / My Peace Of Heaven — Ten City Ten City Only Time Will Tell / My Peace Of Heaven (Single) EastWest Records America, EastWest Records America A8516T US 1992 Sell This Version
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DMD 1920 Only Time Will Tell — Ten City Ten City Only Time Will Tell (Single) EastWest Records America DMD 1920 US 1992 Sell This Version
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659504 Fantasy — Ten City Ten City Fantasy (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia 659504 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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XDJL 93076 Fantasy / Anything — Ten City Ten City / Culture Beat Ten City / Culture Beat - Fantasy / Anything(12", Promo) Sony Records, G's Factory XDJL 93076 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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38T 77611 The Way You Make Me Feel / Say Something — Ten City Ten City The Way You Make Me Feel / Say Something (Single, Maxi) Columbia 38T 77611 US 1994 Sell This Version
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COL 660316 2 Goin' Up In Smoke — Ten City Ten City Goin' Up In Smoke (Maxi) Columbia COL 660316 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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XPR 2037 That Was Then, This Is Now — Ten City Ten City That Was Then, This Is Now(12", Promo, Smplr) Columbia XPR 2037 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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SLM 365 - 1 Nothing's Changed — Ten City Ten City Nothing's Changed Spiritual Life Music SLM 365 - 1 US 1996 Sell This Version