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Eugene Wilde & Joanna Gardner - First Love Never Dies

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2011

Ron Broomfield, aka Eugene Wilde, seemed ready to become a megastar in the mid-'80s. The Miami-based vocalist, who had formerly been with Life, had a resonant, authoritative voice and very confident manner. He scored number one R&B hits in 1984 and 1985 recording for Philly W. Records. "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" and "Don't Say No Tonight" were lyrically predictable, but expertly produced and sang with plenty of suggestiveness and sentimental appeal. Wilde scored one more Top Ten hit with "Diana" in 1986, but switched to MCA and soon lost his momentum. Wilde later sang lead vocals for Cabo Frio on their Zebra/MCA LP before trying again in vain with I Choose You Tonight in 1989.

Joanna Gardner was born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of a police force mechanic and a social and community director for a nursing concern. When Joanna was 16, she decided to start singing full-time. She formed her own group called Joanna's Band and they performed at her mom's nightclub where she also worked as a barmaid during the weekends.

While taking a part-time job at a jeweller's shop, Joanna met British music group, Loose Ends who were recording in Philadelphia with Nick Martinelli. Impressed by Joanna's voice, Nick got a record contract with Philly World Records within five days. Joanna's singing debut was on the song, "Today's Your Lucky Day" with singer Harold Melvin and she appeared on Loose Ends' "So Where Are You" album

After that, Joanna released her self-titled debut album in 1985. The song "Watching You" peaked at #77 on the U.S. Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, but her other songs, "Pick Up the Pieces," "We Can Make it," "Special Feelings," and "I Could Never Love Another Like You" was hit with UK soul fans who got to see Joanna sing in London while on tour with Loose Ends.

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