The ‘80s: Jeffrey Osborne’s ‘Stay With Me Tonight’

jeffreyosborne1Jeffrey Osborne was already a well established name and voice in the music industry in the 1980s.  The Providence, Rhode Island native spent a decade as first the drummer/vocalist and then lead vocalist in the R&B/funk band L.T.D., the group responsible for such hits as “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again,” “Love Ballad,” and “Holding On (When Love Is Gone).” In 1982, Osborne established himself with a new audience when he released his self-titled solo debut, which included the Top 40 hits “I Really Don’t Need No Light” and “On The Wings Of Love,” the latter of which hit the Top 10 on the adult contemporary chart and became one of the popular wedding tunes for the early part of the decade.

In 1983, Osborne released his second solo album, Stay With Me Tonight, collaborating with several popular artists, musicians, and songwriters.  The album kicked off with the track “Don’t You Get So Mad,” co-written with Michael Sembello, known for his single “Maniac” from the soundtrack for the feature film Flashdance.  “Don’t You Get So Mad” went to #3 on the R&B chart, while the album’s uptempo title track peaked at #4. Osborne co-wrote the ballad “Forever Mine” with George Duke and legendary singer/songwriter/producer Leon Ware. The ballad “We’re Going All The Way” could arguably be considered a follow up to “On The Wings Of Love,” and while it didn’t achieve the same pop success, it did strike a chord with the R&B crowd when it hit the Top 20 on the R&B chart. The syncopated funk of “Plane Love” squeaked into the Top 10 on the R&B chart. Stay With Me Tonight was another pop success for Osborne, making it to #25 on the Billboard Album chart and #3 on the R&B chart, and peaking at #56 in the U.K.

—Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is a Dallas, Texas-based, independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado, with a Master of Science degree in Marketing. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his release Inertia at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, follow him on Twitter @MontroseC and check out his blog, Daddy Rock Star.

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