Tony! Toni! Toné! is an Americansoul/R&Bgroup from Oakland, California, popular during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. During the band's heyday, it was composed of Dwayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards. Other members were Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Amar Khalil, who is the current lead singer of the group, and Antron Haile.

Originally, the band went by "Tony, Toni, Toné" as a joke, until they realized it had a nice ring to it.[2]

After their debut album Who?[3] in 1988 followed by The Revival in 1990, the group achieved their greatest commercial success with the double platinum certified Sons of Soul in 1993.[4][5] Tony! Toni! Toné! disbanded after the release of their fourth album House of Music (1996), which critics cite as their greatest work.[7][8]

History

Their first album, Who?, produced and co-written by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, was released in 1988. The album went gold and had several hit singles. The first of these, "Little Walter" went to #1 on the R&B charts. The next three singles, "Born Not To Know", "For The Love Of You" and "Baby Doll" were all Top 10 R&B singles.

The group's second album The Revival was released in 1990 and reached platinum status. The album spawned several #1 R&B hits with "It Never Rains (In Southern California)", "Feels Good", "The Blues", and "Whatever You Want" all topping the R&B charts. "Feels Good" was the group's first single to breach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and went gold.

The single "Me & You" appears on the soundtrack to the motion picture Boyz n the Hood.

In 1993 the group released their third studio album, Sons of Soul. The album went double platinum and had hit singles "If I Had No Loot" which hit #7 on the Hot 100, "Anniversary" which reached #10 on the Hot 100, and "(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow" which reached #4 on the R&B charts.

Following the release of Sons of Soul, the group was a part of the R&B supergroup Black Men United, along with Silk and H-Town. The song "U Will Know" appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Jason's Lyric.

In 1996, the group released their final studio album to date, House of Music. The album lacked the strong singles of earlier entries, only getting "Thinking Of You" & "Let's Get Down" into the top 10 on the R&B charts, with "Thinking Of You" hitting #22 on the Hot 100. The album reached platinum status.

Tony! Toni! Toné!, with Amar Khalil singing lead vocals (in place of Saadiq), has been touring since late 1998.

Other endeavors

Raphael Saadiq released his first solo effort, the Top 20 Billboard hit "Ask of You" for the Higher Learning soundtrack, in 1995. Around the same time, Saadiq became a much-sought-after R&B producer, scoring hits for D'Angelo, Total, The Roots, and others. Later in the 2000s, he started a solo career, releasing two albums: Instant Vintage (2002) and Ray Ray (2004). Regarding changing his surname to 'Saadiq' for a solo career, in February 2009 Raphael stated to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: "I just wanted to have my own identity".[9]

Lucy Pearl was an R&B supergroup formed in 1999 as the brainchild of Raphael Saadiq. The other members of Lucy Pearl were Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). They released their self-titled debut album in 2000. After two singles, "Dance Tonight" and "Don't Mess with My Man", Dawn Robinson left and was replaced by Joi. The new line-up released the track "Without You". The group split up shortly after, releasing no other material.

In 2005, D'wayne Wiggins became the band leader for the Weekends at the D.L. television show hosted by comedian D. L. Hughley, which aired on the Comedy Central cable network until 2006.

D'wayne Wiggins solo album, Eyes Never Lie, was a disappointment only selling approximately 150,000 units despite its acclaim as some of the most innovative writing and artistry from the Tony's founder.

In other media, on September 27, 2015, the song "Feels Good" was featured on sci-fi cartoon Rick and Morty.

Reunions

In 2003, members of Tony! Toni! Toné!, except for Saadiq, were invited by Alicia Keys to be guest artists on her album The Diary of Alicia Keys. The song that resulted from that session was called "Diary", and when it was released as a single in the fall of 2004, it gave them their first Top 10 US hit in eleven years.

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
US
[10]
US R&B
[10]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
UK
[14]
1988Who?
  • First studio album
  • Release date: April 18, 1988
  • Label: Wing
6914
1990The Revival
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: May 8, 1990
  • Label: Wing
344
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
1993Sons of Soul
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: June 22, 1993
  • Label: Wing, Mercury
243687066
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[5]
1996House of Music
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: November 19, 1996
  • Label: Mercury
3210
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak positions
US
R&B

[10]
1997Hits
  • First studio album
  • Release date: November 4, 1997
  • Label: Mercury
54
200120th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tony! Toni! Toné!
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 14, 2001
  • Label: Motown
2011Icon
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: March 1, 2011
  • Label: Mercury
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[10][2]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Dan

[10]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
FRA
[16]
GER
[17]
NLD
[18]
NZ
[19]
UK
[14]
1988"Little Walter"47143Who?
"Born Not to Know"4
"Baby Doll"544
1989"For the Love of You"6
1990"The Blues"461432392The Revival
"Feels Good"9138968885
"Oakland Stroke"4850
"It Never Rains (In Southern California)"34169
1991"Whatever You Want"481
"House Party II (I Don't Know What You Come to Do)"19House Party 2(soundtrack)
"Me and You" 27Boyz n the Hood
1993"If I Had No Loot"78451217475119844Sons of Soul
"Anniversary"102704416
1994"(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow"314
"Leavin"824130
"My Ex-Girlfriend"76
"Slow Wine"10721
1996"Let's Get Down"305833House of Music
1997"Thinking of You"2236
"Boys and Girls" 52
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Note

Did not chart on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts (Billboard rules at the time prevented album cuts from charting). Chart peak listed represents the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

As featured artist

YearSingleArtistPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[10]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Dan

[10]
2004"Diary"Alicia Keys821The Diary of Alicia Keys