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Title: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 01, 2013, 08:43:44 PM
Guys............your humble poster and Mrs. Strike saw these two in concert in Nashville this past Friday nite, and we were absolutely thrilled.  I am more than pleased to report that after all these years, some 25+ to be exact, both of them STILL have their voices and it really was entertaining.  :clap:

Cherelle is still fine as ever  ;D, but she let the audience know that she was taking care of herself at 55 yrs old.  ;)  Alex has put on a good deal of weight, but when homeboy started singing, it was still that sexy, sultry, smooth voice that drive the women crazy.  I thought at one point Mrs. Strike was going to LITERALLY jump on stage with Alex.  They each did single sets, and then did two duets, "Everything I Miss at Home," and "Saturday Love".

The show was at a small comedy/jazz club, but the intimacy of the place really added to the atmosphere.  Mrs. Strike and I were both pulling for these two because they both have had personal challenges over the years - like who hasn't  :( - but it was well worth the cost of admission.

If they are performing at a city near you, check them out.  ;)

[Poster's note:  If you have to ask just who these two are, that's what youtube is for.  :lol:]
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: DES on September 02, 2013, 10:26:27 AM
I saw her a few years back with New Edition. I thought she was decent
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 02, 2013, 10:58:44 AM
You are showing yo age Strike...  :lol:

BTW, two words:

FLYTE

TYME!!!!

(http://cdn.americansongwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jamlewis.jpg)
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 02, 2013, 11:30:37 AM
I saw her a few years back with New Edition. I thought she was decent
REALLY?.......................  :(

I think ANY singer whose voice is as vibrant and fresh as it was 25+ years ago is pretty cool in my estimation.  But then, again, I don't regard American Idol, The Voice and the rest of the television "voice" competition shows as the standard for good singing.  ::)
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 02, 2013, 11:34:44 AM
You are showing yo age Strike...  :lol:
BTW, two words:

FLYTE

TYME!!!!

(http://cdn.americansongwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jamlewis.jpg)
:lol:.............yeah, well, I'm delighted to show my "age," and that's why I don't get particularly excited by the current trend of two-bit singers who have a single hit, then fade away into oblivion.  I am old enough to remember when mofos really had to have TALENT to succeed in the business.  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Jaggrad on September 02, 2013, 12:47:44 PM
I'd love to hear Alexander in person!!...  Dude's voice was by far one of the best in the business.  I hate that he has gone through what he did. 
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 02, 2013, 01:31:44 PM
I'd love to hear Alexander in person!!...  Dude's voice was by far one of the best in the business.  I hate that he has gone through what he did. 
Jagg...........reiterating what I have already stated, I can HONESTLY report that Alex's voice was as fresh and vibrant as ever.  But he REALLY HAS put on a lot of weight.  I would guess that he is probably somewhere in the 250 - 300lbs range.  :(  Both and he and Cherelle commented how warm it was on stage, and Alex was sweating PROFUSELY under the lights.  Mrs. Strike and I were both worried that the guy might pass out or something.  :(

But I gotta tell ya, the brutha was dressed very classy.  He wore a grey, pinstripe suit and white dress shirt, no tie.  And he had on a pair of black, laceup, narrow toe dress shoes.  They looked like Johnson and Murphy, similar to what your humble poster has in his shoe collection.  ;)

Btw, Alex's Christmas CD recorded in late 80's, "My Gift to You" is an absolute CLASSIC, and the BEST Christmas CD that Mrs. Strike and I enjoy listening to each season BAR NONE!!!  :clap:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 02, 2013, 01:37:16 PM
You are showing yo age Strike...  :lol:
BTW, two words:

FLYTE

TYME!!!!

(http://cdn.americansongwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jamlewis.jpg)
:lol:.............yeah, well, I'm delighted to show my "age," and that's why I don't get particularly excited by the current trend of two-bit singers who have a single hit, then fade away into oblivion.  I am old enough to remember when mofos really had to have TALENT to succeed in the business.  :tongue2:

Ain't it the truth!!!

And while I'm sure EVERY generation laments about the paucity of talent TODAY compared to back in THEIR day, there is a CLEAR break in the quality and quantity of truly talented singers/composers/arrangers/musicians with the advent of widespread, universal hip-hop music and culture.

I remember WORD FOR WORD songs I literally haven't heard in 30 or 40 years... because the quality of the songs is such that it made a huge impression on me. How many songs will people 30-40 years from NOW be able to truthfully say that about?  :shrug:

 :no:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Maroon and Gray on September 02, 2013, 02:34:07 PM
it's not hard to remember, bitch, crack, ho, sex, n igga know what I mean   :vomit:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Bison 4 Life on September 02, 2013, 03:09:12 PM
Alexander O' Neil could have been one of the all time r&b greats if he left that stuff alone. His first four albums were classics.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 02, 2013, 03:11:46 PM
it's not hard to remember, bitch, crack, ho, sex, n igga know what I mean   :vomit:
Yeah...  :no:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 02, 2013, 03:17:49 PM
Alexander O' Neil could have been one of the all time r&b greats if he left that stuff alone. His first four albums were classics.

True.  :no:

Kicked him out of The Time... Prince did NOT tolerate substance abuse.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 02, 2013, 04:57:56 PM
Alexander O' Neil could have been one of the all time r&b greats if he left that stuff alone. His first four albums were classics.

True.  :no:

Kicked him out of The Time... Prince did NOT tolerate substance abuse.
:no:............yeah, agree with both of you bruhs.  But to simply state that he should have "left that stuff alone" is really nowhere NEAR as simple as that sounds.  Like MANY families, I have been exposed to substance and alcohol abuse CLOSE AND PERSONAL and, trust me, it is NOT a pretty picture.  :(

But, bless his heart, to his credit, at least on this past Friday nite, in one little club in Nashville, TN, Alexander O'Neal performed to the standard that so many of his fans remember back in the day.  Guys, believe me when I tell you that both Mrs. Strike and I were on pins and needles anticipating BOTH Cherelle and Alex.  We really didn't know WHAT to expect.  But they both were on point and, although it appeared to be a physical struggle for Alex at times - who knows, there may still be an "issue" with him going on ??? - he managed to get through his set, including getting the cooperation of the FULL house singing the recurring stanza on "Saturday Love" without any musical accompaniment.

We were both glad to have been there to experience them both.  :clap:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Bison 4 Life on September 02, 2013, 05:08:41 PM
I saw him in 1986 at the Budweiser Superfest at RFK Stadium in DC. The bill had  Ashford & Simpson, Al B. Sure, Alex, Cherelle, New Edition and Maze.

Mr. O' Neal was star of that bill even with an early slot.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 02, 2013, 05:32:14 PM
Alexander O' Neil could have been one of the all time r&b greats if he left that stuff alone. His first four albums were classics.

True.  :no:

Kicked him out of The Time... Prince did NOT tolerate substance abuse.
:no:............yeah, agree with both of you bruhs.  But to simply state that he should have "left that stuff alone" is really nowhere NEAR as simple as that sounds.  Like MANY families, I have been exposed to substance and alcohol abuse CLOSE AND PERSONAL and, trust me, it is NOT a pretty picture.  :(

But, bless his heart, to his credit, at least on this past Friday nite, in one little club in Nashville, TN, Alexander O'Neal performed to the standard that so many of his fans remember back in the day.  Guys, believe me when I tell you that both Mrs. Strike and I were on pins and needles anticipating BOTH Cherelle and Alex.  We really didn't know WHAT to expect.  But they both were on point and, although it appeared to be a physical struggle for Alex at times - who knows, there may still be an "issue" with him going on ??? - he managed to get through his set, including getting the cooperation of the FULL house singing the recurring stanza on "Saturday Love" without any musical accompaniment.

We were both glad to have been there to experience them both.  :clap:
Well Frat, the encouraging thing is you do NOT see any overweight cocaine/crack addicts...  :clap:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: GALFAMU on September 02, 2013, 11:03:41 PM
Alex's voice was as fresh and vibrant as ever.  But he REALLY HAS put on a lot of weight.  I would guess that he is probably somewhere in the 250 - 300lbs range.  :(   and Alex was sweating PROFUSELY under the lights. 

Yes...I know what you mean.

I saw Alex about 6 or 7 years ago at one of the clubs on the DC's waterfront.  His voice was strong, soulful and clear. However, he was HUGE! ANd just sweating like crazy!  It was a good show...I  certainly miss real singers like him, Johnny Gill, Glenn Jones.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 03, 2013, 08:40:25 AM
...........thanks, GAL,  for your comment^^^^^^.

And you're right about "real singers" from back in the day.  But I don't want to say TOO much about that, otherwise, I'll begin to sound like my parents who pretty much said something similar back in the late 60's/70's about the music my siblings and I grew up with, and all we would do in response is  ::).    :lol:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Capler on September 03, 2013, 11:57:54 AM
Didn't they divorce years ago?
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 03, 2013, 04:26:09 PM
...........thanks, GAL,  for your comment^^^^^^.

And you're right about "real singers" from back in the day.  But I don't want to say TOO much about that, otherwise, I'll begin to sound like my parents who pretty much said something similar back in the late 60's/70's about the music my siblings and I grew up with, and all we would do in response is  ::).    :lol:


 :nono2:

No; there is both a quantitative and qualitative difference between the quality of music from the period pre-1999 and this GARBAGE that passes for "music" today.

And while OUR parents may have complained about content differences between music from the '40s and '50's and what WE listened to in the '60s, '70s, and '80s... they would no doubt agree with us whole-heartedly about the superiority of music recorded from their time up until about 2000 over the dreck that came afterwards.

See M&G's last post.

At least Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing STILL contained SOME innuendo and a modicum of respect. These people today openly talk about the size of their organs, their sexual prowess, and their perverse intentions in the most GRAPHIC and shocking terms.

That is, when they aren't openly bragging about criminal exploits and violent acts.

No Strike my brother... NO comparison at all. :no:

PLEASE feel free to criticize this GARBAGE 'till your heart's content.  :tiptoe:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Strike79 on September 03, 2013, 04:41:10 PM
 :lol: :lol:...............Big Cholly, no doubt I both sympathize and agree with so much of what you state here^^^^^.  But I can ALSO assure you that many peeps will read your words and simply dismiss you out of hand as being old school and out of step. 

Ms. Strike was born in 1989, which puts her FIRMLY in the "millenium" generation.  For those folks, artists like Kanye, Kendrick Lamar and the like are considered "high art".  I learned sometime ago that in order to keep "peace" with Ms. Strike, I would simply refrain from criticizing in any way the artists and people she holds dear.

When its all said and done, I'd like to think that, like her mother and me, she, too, will grow and evolve. And then, if the good Lord blesses HER with children, the process will start all over again.  :lol:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Jaimac on September 03, 2013, 04:49:05 PM
Didn't they divorce years ago?

They were not married.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Jay_Thomas on September 03, 2013, 06:13:30 PM
They weren't even involved. Alex was married with 29 chillens.
Cherrelle was involved with one of her background singers.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Bison 4 Life on September 03, 2013, 08:44:48 PM
Cholly/ Board,

There is still good music out there, just ignore the corporate crap out there.
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 04, 2013, 12:52:53 AM
^^^Oh, I never said there was NO good music out there. I did say however, that there is much less of it and that it isn't as good as the majority of the music produced up until about 1999, maybe 2000.  :no:

...and yeah; there was crap made before 2000. (Ever heard of Snooky Tate? "Merry Christmas? MERRY EVERYTHING!!!")

Good stuff now is hard to find.  :no:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Bison 4 Life on September 04, 2013, 03:37:06 AM
Cholly you aren't looking hard . What genres are your favorite?


Try :


(http://audioasis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/valerie-jun-pushin-against-a-stone.jpg)

(http://2a56b976980e0793ddee-5cc5435fcbc367bb03f9a415e7067a97.r91.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Gary-Clark-Jr-album-e1346335365100.jpg)

(http://www.carolinachocolatedrops.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/leaving-eden.png)

(http://www.soulculture.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/jose-james-blackmagic.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/94/Emeli_Sande_Our_Version_Of_Events_Re-release_Album_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 04, 2013, 09:05:59 AM
Dude... for every good Album you scrounge up there are 20, 30, 40 GARBAGE albums filled with hoz-drugs-beetches-neegars-muthaf'ers-money-bling-killing.

 :brickwall:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Jay_Thomas on September 04, 2013, 03:14:27 PM
Dude... for every good Album you scrounge up there are 20, 30, 40 GARBAGE albums filled with hoz-drugs-beetches-neegars-muthaf'ers-money-bling-killing.

 :brickwall:


You're probably right, Cholly, but you and I ain't checking for that set.
Thats for the those who just reached puberty...and a few years older.  :lol:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Bison 4 Life on September 04, 2013, 03:43:53 PM
Cholly I think you need to get out of the mindset of "buying" music.  There are so many ways to  listen to music without paying and no I'm not saying that you need to steal it.

The Radio One's & Clear Channel's of the world exist to feed the masses garbage so many artists have left that plantation and found other ways to get their product heard. Modern day so-called urban radio sold out years, if not decades before and the diversity of content is a distant memory.Terrestrial radio on the music side has no use for the over forty demographic. Thank God for the net, AOL Music, Spotify, Pandora and indie stations out there.  :clap:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: Cholly on September 04, 2013, 04:48:53 PM
Musician here. I will NEVER get out of the "buying music" frame of mind frat.  ;)

Dude... I don't even buy the stuff I like USED because I want the artist to make a living so he/she/they can bring me more music.  :nod:

Don't forget; up until about 10 years ago I was VERY involved in the music business... at least I was on the list of 3 different distributors and 5 record companies because of my radio and DJ days. ;D

I got all kinds of stuff for free... including trade magazines. But I STILL purchased the stuff I liked. :nod:
Title: Re: Cherelle and Alexander O'Neal
Post by: CIAA-FAN on September 04, 2013, 04:53:54 PM
I saw him in 1986 at the Budweiser Superfest at RFK Stadium in DC. The bill had  Ashford & Simpson, Al B. Sure, Alex, Cherelle, New Edition and Maze.

Mr. O' Neal was star of that bill even with an early slot.

WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN.  TO THIS DAY, HIS CHRISTMAS ALBUMN IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING FROM HIM.  :clap: