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Starpoint was an American R&B band who began recording in the 1980s. They were an African-American sextet from Maryland. Throughout the 80�s, the group would have a string of R&B hit singles. Their 1985 song, �Object of My Desire�, released on the Elektra label, reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only Top 40 hit on the US pop charts.

Starpoint, initially performing under the name �Licyndiana,� was originally formed in 1969 near Annapolis, Maryland by the children of two local doctors. Kayode Adeyemo, whose parents had been immigrants from Nigeria and Barbados was born and grew up in Crownsville, Maryland. His father, a doctor, worked with Dr. George Phillips at Crownsville Hospital. In this way, a young Kayode Ademeyo was introduced to Dr. Phillips� four sons: Ernesto, Orlando, Greg, and George Jr. Soon thereafter, Adeyemo began jamming with the four Phillips brothers, each of whom were multi-instrumentalists. Initially, Adeyemo played bass guitar in the group. After this foundation had stabilized, Ren�e Diggs came on board as the lead singer, completing the Licyndiana line-up. With so much musical/instrumental talent between them, the Phillips brothers ultimately came to specialize in particular instruments within the band, with Ernesto Phillips handling lead guitar; Orlando Phillips on bass guitar, keyboards, and saxophone; Greg Phillips on drums; and George Phillips, Jr. on keyboards. Diggs and Adeyemo became the vocalists, with Diggs handling most of the lead parts. By the end of the 1970s, the band had scored a recording contract with Chocolate City Records, at which point they changed their name to �Starpoint.�

The group released their self-titled debut album in 1980. One of the singles from this album, �I Just Wanna Dance With You� became their first top 20 hit on the R&B chart. They would continue to release at least one album every year throughout the first half of the 80s, scoring several more minor hits on the R&B chart. When the band�s record label, Chocolate City went out of business, they remained with that label�s parent company, Casablanca Records for one more album, but they were eventually picked up by Elektra Records. Ren�e Diggs and Ernesto Phillips also became romantically involved.

However, major success in the R&B/soul market was elusive until 1985, when the band released their Restless album. This album not only made them superstars in the R&B world, but it also brought them significant crossover success onto the pop charts with the Top 30 single, �Object of My Desire.� Co-written by Kayode Adeyemo and Ernesto Phillips (along with noted R&B musician/producer Keith Diamond), the tune also became Starpoint�s first of several R&B top ten hits. The follow-up single �What You�ve Been Missin�� followed �Object�� into the R&B top ten. The title track (�Restless�) was also released as a single and did decently on both the pop and R&B charts. The band embarked on a lengthy tour in support of the album, during which not only did Ren�e Diggs become well-respected for her explosive vocal abilities, but also Greg Phillips earned a reputation for his drumming skills.

Unfortunately, later in 1985, while the band was on tour and at the peak of their success, Ren�e Diggs was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. However, while touring became more of a challenge for the band at this point, Diggs was determined to continue touring and recording with the band and living up to her potential. She remained with the band and persevered without sacrificing any of her exuberant stage presence.

In 1987, the band released their next album, Sensational. While the single �He Wants My Body� became the band�s third top ten hit on the R&B chart, it barely made a dent on the pop charts, and the overall success of the album paled in comparison to its predecessor. The band released two more albums before eventually breaking up in 1990.

Life After Starpoint

In 1990, shortly after the band�s break-up, Ren�e Diggs recorded a solo album titled Oasis that was not initially released in the U.S., although it did see a release in Europe. Several of the tracks on this album were co-written by Diggs and Starpoint guitarist Ernesto Phillips, her longtime lover. She remained involved in the music industry throughout her life. She also created the Ren�e Diggs Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, to help bring attention to the disease.

Other band members became involved with session work for various other R&B artists.

Sadly, on March 25, 2004, Ernesto Phillips passed away as the result of a stroke. The Ernesto Phillips Scholarship for Talented Youth was established in his memory and as a tribute to his efforts in helping younger children to realize their ambitions of becoming musicians.

Just a week shy of the one-year anniversary of the death of her longtime companion Phillips, Ren�e Diggs also died (March 18, 2005) at the age of 50, due to a heart condition. Her album, Oasis was finally released in the U.S. posthumously.

--- Courtesy of Wikipedia


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1980I Just Wanna Dance With You
1981Keep On It
1982All Night Long
1983It�s So Delicious
1984It�s All Yours
1988Hot To The Touch
1990Have You Got What It Takes
2005Wanting You
2006Object Of My Desire & Other Hits


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1980 I Just Wanna Dance With You

01. I Just Wanna Dance With You
02. Gonna Lift You Up
03. We�re Into Love
04. Show Me
05. Angel
06. Wanting You
07. Starnite Your Night
08. Miracle Love

1980 Starpoint

01. Gonna Lift You Up
02. Let Me Love You
03. Never Find A Better Love
04. Don't Leave Me
05. I Just Wanna Dance With You
06. Your My Sunny Day
07. Get Ready,Get Down
08. Girl I'm Up For Your Lovin

1981 Keep On It

01. I Just Want To Be Your Lover
02. For You
03. Interlude
04. Keep On It
05. I Want You Closer
06. Baby Let Me Do It
07. We�re Into Love
08. Starpoint�s Here Tonight

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1982 All Night Long

01. Bring Your Sweet Lovin� Back
02. Get Your Body Up
03. All Night Long
04. Show Me
05. I Like It
06. I Can Give You Love
07. Miracle Love
08. It�s You

1983 It�s So Delicious

01. Don�t Be So Serious
02. Put Your Love On Me
03. Something In our Eyes
04. It�s So Delicious
05. Behind Your Back
06. Give Real Love A Try
07. I�m So Crazy �Bout You
08. I Got The Love
09. Let Go

1984 It�s All Yours

01. It�s All Yours
02. Am I Still The One
03. Satisfy Me Lover
04. Send Me A Letter
05. Breakout
06. This Is So Right
07. Use Me
08. Always On My Mind

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1985 Restless

01. Object Of My Desire
02. One More Night
03. Emotions
04. See The Light
05. Till The End Of Time
06. Don�t Take Your Love Away
07. Restless
08. What You Been Missin�

1987 Sensational

01. He Wants My Body
02. D. Y. B. O.
03. Prove It Tonight
04. Sensational
05. Another Night
06. The More We Love
07. Touch Of Your Love
08. Second Chance

1988 Hot To The Touch

01. Fresh Start
02. One Step Closer To Your Love
03. Tough Act To Follow
04. Say You Will
05. Hot To The Touch
06. Swept Away
07. After All Is Said And Done
08. Heart Attack
09. Park It

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1990 Have You Got What It Takes

01. I Want You-You Want Me
02. Your Lover
03. Midnight Love
04. Have You Got What It Takes
05. When They Love You Back
06. I Don�t Need Another Lover
07. Step By Step
08. True Love

2005 Wanting You

01. Wanting You
02. Do What You Wanna Do
03. Angel
04. Last Night
05. Try Me
06. Shake It Out
07. Break Up To Make Up
08. Starnite Your Night

2006 Object Of My Desire & Other Hits

01. Object Of My Desire
02. Restless
03. He Wants My Body
04. Don�t Be So Serious
05. D. Y. B. O.
06. It�s So Delicious
07. Am I Still The One
08. What You Been Missin�
09. The More We Love
10. Till The End Of Time

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