Tuesday, November 27, 2007


So if you haven't guessed by now, we've been kinda stuck in the 80s and the early 90s. What can we say...that's the era of pop music we tend to like here @ Milk Carton Pop Stars...so sue us. To mix things up a bit, today I've decided to feature one of my favorite one album wonders of all-time, PURE SUGAR. Comprised of DJs Richard 'Humpty' Vission, Peter Lorimer and vocalist Jennifer Starr.

The first known recording came in 1995 via the Aqua Boogie label under the name Richard "Humpty" Vission Presents Sugar with the single The Feeling.

By 1998 the act was now known as Pure Sugar and signed with Geffen Records. Their debut single was Delicious:

The single stalled at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 while peaking at #8 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

The video, the group's only video effort as far as we know, was a colorful campy delight:

Subsequent singles failed to set the charts afire, save the Billboard Dance Charts where Hands To Heaven ('98) and These Are The Times ('99) peaked at #8 and at #3 respectively.

All these singles were culled from the group's sole album, the self-titled Pure Sugar.

(Now this is my own personal opinion, but this album has to be one of the BEST dance albums of all time. The beats, the sexy lyrics, THOSE vocals. Pure dance heaven. That's all I can say. If you don't own this album get it today. Hell you can get it for 1¢ used on amazon.com!!)

Aside from their debut, Pure Sugar also appeared on the 1998 soundtrack for the TV series Sabrina The Teenage Witch with a cover of the Waitresses's classic I Know What Boys Like.

After the group disbanded, Vission and Lorimer continued to DJ and create new music, etc. But what became of that soulful, big voiced diva Jennifer Starr? That's what we'd LOVE to know here at Milk Carton Pop Stars. Faithful readers, help us out?


Jennifer is now a photographer. You can visit her myspace page or her official site to check out some of her work. It's amazing!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Let's be blunt, the whereabouts of Icy Blue elude even us here at Milk Carton Pop Stars.

With her debut single Pump It Nice 'An Hard (sampling Salt 'N Pepa's Push It), Icy Blu had a brief chart run in the latter half of 1991. She was often called the female Vanilla Ice (though she was much younger than Mr. VanWinkle) and she looked like your average high schooler circa 1991. With her Merry-Go-Round fashions (like you don't remember that store?), and rapping "skills", this teen white girl rapper brought us the afore mentioned gem which we present to you in all its early-90s glory:

The single stalled at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Her second and last single, and probably her best known, was an ode to early 90s teenage love. I Wanna Be Your Girl was a favorite on the now defunct US network, The Box (remember you'd call and for $2.99 they'd play your video choice)...Let's revisit shall we???

Wow. This song didn't fare that much better, as it peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after it ran its course, so did Ms. Blu :(

Both of these singles were taken from her floptastic self-titled debut album:

The album failed to chart and before we knew it Ms. Blu was all but a blip on the pop culture radar. No follow-up, no spot on VH1's Where Are They Now?.

So we turn to you, our faithful readers, anyone got a clue as to what became of Icy Blu? Was her name even Icy?

Friday, September 07, 2007

A'me vs Amy

A'me Lorain burst onto the pop scene at the very end of 1989 and by early 1990 had a huge hit with Whole Wide World. The song was from the soundtrack to the film True Love and would later be featured on A'me's debut album.

It was this single that gave A'me her one-hit wonder status. There were even two videos for the song. The one most people probably remember:

And an alternate version w/ clips from True Love:

After the success of her debut single (which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 at #9 on the Billboard Dance Chart), A'me released her debut album as A'me Lorain & The Family Affair entitled Starring In...Standing In A Monkey Sea...

Unfortunately it wasn't much of a seller and failed to chart. Probably explains why it was so readily available in the cut-out bins (remember those?) back in the day. This might have had to due w/ the fact that the majority of the album was nothing like her hit single.

But never fear, a second single was released. Like its predecessor, it was produced by Elliot Wolf.

Follow My Heartbeat was realeased in mid 1990 and peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. After this single came and went, little has been heard of from Ms. Lorain.

A few years ago while surfing the net I had come across a fan site that seems to have fallen by the wayside. It has stated that A'me was working on new material and even was recording under her given name Amy Trujillo.

She has a website up at amy-trujillo.com. Unfortunately there's been a pre-register for website launch page up for a few years now. Hmm...what's taking so long? If anything there is this photo up at least...

Not much else is known as to her whereabouts or her plans to release new music. I was able to find her brother's website, www.freddytrujillo.com, who it turns out was a member of A'me Lorain & The Family Affair. Wherever you are A'me...or is it Amy....we're waiting for your return.


I was able to track down Amy's brother via his myspace page, asked him what she was up to and here what he had to say:

Amy has been working on an album for an independent label for a while. I am not sure where she is at with it. Otherwise, she was one of the guest on a record, with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, a couple of years back. It has kind of a Bjork kind of vibe to it. Check it out! It is called "Dust" by DJ Muggs. I hear they have been playing "Whole Wide World" on a station in L.A.. That is cool! You take care and I will tell Amy to get a move on.

Freddy Trujillo

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's hammer time...part 2!

Awhile back we featured one of the artists spawned from MC Hammer's incredibly successful career in the late 80's/early 90's, B Angie B. Well, she wasn't the only act to gain notoriety thanks to the Hammer. Oaktown's 357 were MC Hammer's answer to Salt-N-Pepa.

Oaktown's 357 debuted in 1989 with their album, "Wild And Loose". The original line up consisted of Terrible T, Sweet LD and Lil'P. All three had been back up dancers for MC Hammer and were featured in his 1988 video, "Pump It Up". However, when it was time to film the video for the first single, "Yeah Yeah Yeah", Lil'P left the group to get married. Two new members were added, Sweet P and VC, making the group a quartet. After that first single, VC broke her leg and never returned while Sweet P left to replace Sassy C of JJ Fad. Despite experiencing more line up changes than Destiny's Child, by the time the second single was released, "357 Straight At You", the group (now a duo consisting of Terrible T and Sweet LD) were starting to get heavy video and club play. This prompted two more singles to be released, the now old school classic "Juicy Gotcha Krazy" (featuring the unforgettable guest vocals of B Angie B) and "We Like It". Both songs were remixed for their single releases much to the dismay of the fans who bought the album. Neverthless, Oaktown's 357 were gaining visibilty and momentum in the hip-hop community.

After a brief hiatus the girls returned in 1991 with their sophmore effort, "Fully Loaded". This album saw the girls taking more control over their image and music. Long gone were the MC Hammer parachute pants as the girls ushered in a brand new sexy look and sound. The first single, "Turn It Up" wasa Top 20 dance and RnB hit. The video boasted elaborate sets and stunning choreography which helped it gain immense popularity on the now defunt video channel, "The Box". Two more singles were released, "It's Not Your Money" and "Honey". Both enjoyed minimal success but "Fully Loaded" failed to really break these girls into the mainstream. In 1993 there was tentative release date for a follow up EP, "Fila Treatment" but for reasons unknown here at Milk Carton Pop Stars, this release sadly never saw the light of day.

In 2005 both albums were remastered and reissued. The big bonus though was the DVD that came with the reissue of "Wild & Loose" that featured all 7 of their music videos!

Very little information is out there about Oaktown's 357. However, this is one of the reasons why we do this blog. We hope someone out there can tell us what ever happened to the fabulous and fierce ladies known as Terrible T and Sweet LD! Until that happens though we leave you with two of their best videos.

Juicy Gotcha Krazy

Turn It Up

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Louie Louie

Many of you may remember this next singer from his role as Madonna's boyfriend in the early 80s classic Borderline video (remember them up on the rooftop?):

Madonna and Louie Louie in the 'Borderline' video.

Louie Louie had a brief run on the pop charts in the early 90s. From what little info I've been able to find he released a single in 1987 entitled The Girl Who Seduced The World produced by none other than Jon St. James (Stacey Q, Anything Box).

1987 Synthicide Records

In 1990 Louie Louie released his debut single Sittin' In The Lap Of Luxury on WTG Records (whose parent label was CBS Records). The song peaked at # 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the Billboard Dance charts and featured Dizzie Gillespie on the trumpet.

His debut album followed shortly entitled The State I'm In peaked at #136 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Two more singles were culled from this release but failed to set the charts on fire: I Wanna Get Back and Rodeo Clown.

Louie Louie's debut album THE STATE I'M IN

In 1993 he returned w/ a new album and a new label (Reprise). The album Let's Get Started came and went without much fanfare. Though it must be noted he worked w/ both Prince and George Michael on several tracks.

Louie's 2nd effort LET'S GET STARTED

Two singles were released, Thought Of It and Walk With Me. Though neither did much chartwise.

At some point during the mid 90s (1996) to be exact, Louie Louie resurfaced recording under this real name Louie Cordero and released an album with Interscope featuring songs in both English and Spanish reflecting on Louie's Puerto Rican heritage. The album featured the singles Ain't No Other Woman (which was released in both English and Spanish) and Don't Say You Love Me. Needless to say the album came and went. One would think that after all these years Mr. Cordero has faded into obscurity. Well we thought wrong. He is a live and well!!

Turns out he is performing in Vegas!

Here are some highlights from his current bio:

The party started a little more than 3 1/2 years ago when Louie Louie first came with his band to Las Vegas as the House Band for Sunset Station. In time, the Las Vegas Hilton gave Louie Louie both his own showroom and the freedom to play with his act.

In 1998, Nevada Governor Bob Miller declared July "Louie Louie Month" to honor the performing artist for "bringing Las Vegas back to its roots – back to the days when the best performers were in the lounges of Las Vegas’ legendary hotels." On August 21, 2002 Louie was awarded the Key to the city by Mayor Oscar Goodman.

For more info please visit the following website. Don't you love it when your fave acts of yesteryear are still out there doing their thing? 'Til next time...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Chasing Keedy

It was the summer of 1991 and a new voice was taking the Billboard charts by storm with her debut single Save Some Love. That singer was Keedy who after cracking the Top 20, released a follow-up, Wishing On A Same Star. Both these songs were featured on Keedy's debut album Chase The Clouds which was released on Arista Records in 1991. Like many acts of this era, it seemed as if Keedy had quietly faded away into pop obscurity. Now let me just say that Keedy holds a special place for two of our contributors (myself and ChicagoSexBox) , because just like Keedy we all hail fom Milwaukee, WI and grew up listening to her. On a personal note I am beyond geeked to be bringing you this Milk Carton Pop Stars exclusive interview. So what is Mootown's First Lady of Song up to these days? Well let's find out! Without further ado...


Keedy Arista Records promotional picture circa 1991
(Photo courtesy of Keedy & Royce Hall)

1. Welcome to Milk Carton Pop Stars Keedy! We are honored to have you here. Your debut single "Save Some Love" became a Top 20 smash during the spring of 1991. It remains one of my favorite songs of all time, tell us how this song came about.

Thank you it’s great to be here. I love reading about other artists and their stories, so it’s fun to be a part of the gang.

Well… “Save Some Love” was written by Greg Gerard during a time when I was in the Milwaukee based band GERARD. Greg and his brother Bill Gerard had been recording songs with a number of different singers in the band and the idea was if one of us could get a foot in the door we could help the rest of the gang. “Save Some Love” and “Lazy Day” were the songs that caught the ears of record industry people.

“Save Some Love” was written about two members in the band that had an on-again off-again relationship. I always loved the solo and the bridge section in that song and to this day it still makes me happy to hear it.

2. Two of our contributors (myself included) are from your hometown of Milwaukee. Tell us about growing up & how music played a part in that.

I grew up all over the place because my dad worked for UPS and we were transferred every 5 years it seemed. Music was my one constant friend that I had wherever I went. I would sit in my room for hours listening to my latest favorite records or the radio count down and I would play piano and guitar dreaming about playing for people. My uncle Buddy who played guitar with guys like Don Rich (Buck Owens) was my first influence with music. I believe Buddy had the greatest impact on my journey in music. Milwaukee was the last stop on the UPS transfer program for me, my parents had to move onto Connecticut but I was in Gerard and doing what I loved, so I considered Milwaukee my home even though I was born in Texas.

3. What led to you getting a record deal w/ Arista?

Lisa Wells at Geffen Publishing heard “Lazy Day” and loved it. She flew to Milwaukee and came to a Gerard performance and signed Greg and I to a publishing contract. She then contacted Mitchell Cohen at Arista and said you have to hear this… at that point (I’m not sure if this is true or not but it’s what I was told) Mitchell was playing “Save Some Love” and Clive Davis walked by his door and heard the song and said who is that… go find her… within a few months I was signed to a record deal with Arista.

4. You also released a second single which also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, "Wishing On The Same Star". After your debut album reached it's peak, so to say, fans were naturally expecting a follow up to "Chase The Clouds". What happened?

Diane Warren wrote “Wishing On The Same Star” and I was asked by Clive to give it a chance. The week it came out Bryan Adams’s song “(Everything I Do) I Do For You” was being played and a number of the radio stations went with the Bryan Adams song as there wasn’t enough room in their play lists for another new ballad. My manager (at the time) and I took off on a radio road trip and hit every radio station we could from Milwaukee to Florida trying to get support for the record but we kept running into the same questions “why should we play your record when your own home town’s Top 40 radio station isn’t playing it. The main radio station in Milwaukee decided they weren’t going to play it because it wasn’t “Sorry” which was the song THEY liked and if we could get the record company to release that one they would lend their support (nice of them huh?). After a couple of weeks I was told that support for “Wishing On The Same Star” was being pulled because Whitney Houston’s new record was having trouble, and all the label’s resources had to go to helping her record out. “Wish On The Same Star” fizzled out and the end of “Chase The Clouds” came shortly after.

Greg and I then moved to Los Angeles and wrote and demoed over 100 songs for the follow up to “Chase The Clouds”. Arista had to accept 6 songs before they would start recording the second record. They would like 4 and then say you need 3 more like this one and so on and so on. Then we found out that there was a shift in management at Arista and we were lost in the shuffle. My new A&R guy didn’t believe in what we were doing and hip-hop was taking off as was Nirvana and grunge. After trying to get the second record off the ground for several years it was apparent that I needed to be released from any dealings with Arista. It was a liberating feeling and the end of that chapter of my life. “And what an amazing chapter it was!”

5. What little info I was able to find out about your whereabouts, I see you used to perform w/ a band called The Orphans in Milwaukee. Were you involved w/ any other groups and/or projects over the years?

I have been involved with lots of projects over the years. Mostly involving writing and recording but for a number of years I played with The Orphans and had a great time doing 70’s folk, country and rock tunes. I really learned how to play rhythm guitar in that band. During that time I wrote with two of my friends Mykl Stanley and Alec Miller. We wrote every week for a couple of years and I felt real growth as a writer.

A current photo of Keedy & her husband Royce Hall (photo courtesy of Keedy & Royce Hall)

6. I was very happy to find out that you are still making music. Can you tell us about your current project?

For the last six years I have been writing, recording and playing with my husband Royce Hall. We write and record when inspiration hits us and then post the songs on myspace. One thing I wouldn’t do again is get mixed up with a major label and have them get between me and my feelings for music. (You know… no suits in the art department!)

7. Are there any upcoming gigs that fans can check out? Any plans to release any new music?

We aren’t doing any gigs right now as we have multiple things on our plate but we are thinking of doing a video podcast or something of that nature in the future. As for new music we are always writing and recording but only some of it makes it to myspace.

If we had the inclination to pursue music full time we would want to put out CDs and end up on Austin City Limits with radio airplay on The World Café. But to do that you have to work so hard that all other areas of your life get put on hold and life’s just too much fun right now to do that.

8. Other than music is there anything else that you are passionate about?

Royce & I have an antique business and we go out treasure hunting for collectibles. I have also been making art out of buttons and newspaper and taking photos.

9. I finally just saw the video for "Save Some Love" after all these years! Itunes has it for purchase and I immediately purchased it. You were rockin' the early 90s fashions like there was no tomorrow! Any stories you'd like to share about the filming of the video?

The director wanted it to be a take on the 1954 Fellini film “La Strada”. It was shot in LA at the Sepulveda dam, where a lot of movies were and are shot. It was a two-day shoot. And it may seem crazy when you watch it but the day outside at the Sepulveda dam it was freezing cold. There is also a part where I’m roller-skating but you can’t see my skates… J The zebra and camel had a little fight. Oh and the day before we started shooting I thought I would be really cool and go and get the longest red finger nails I could, when I walked in and the stylist saw them I thought she was going to faint. So it was a seriously nutty time just like the video.

10. Keedy thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Any final words for your fans and our readers?

Thank you for keeping “Chase The Clouds” alive, you have been a beautiful light in my life for a long time and I thank you for giving me so much.

I'd like to give a huge thanks to Keedy and her hubby Royce for being so generous in helping get this interview done. For all you fans out there, make sure and visit Keedy and Royce's myspace page @ http://www.myspace.com/roycekeedy. Tell 'em Milk Carton Pop Stars sent ya!

Friday, July 20, 2007

New features

If you look to your right you will see we've added a shout box. Please leave us feedback (as well as in our comments section), ideas on artists you'd like to see featured, etc. We have an exclusive interview w/ a lost pop star coming very soon. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Technical Difficulties

We have a few bugs to work out. Mainly noticed that no one could leave comments. Thought it was strange that we hadn't gotten any new comments on any of our pieces in the last month or two. Comments are working now. Just working out some bugs w/ the template. The main graphic will be back soon. Thanks for your patience!

Friday, July 06, 2007


Tigra and Bunny, better yet L'Trimm! It's time to celebrate THE sexiest rappers to ever bring their rhymes to the mic.
Miami-based teen rap duo and best friends Lady Tigra and Bunny D (real names still unknown!) were discovered and signed by Paul Klein (of production trio Davis Stone Klein aka DSK) at Hot Productions studios when he heard them fooling around with raps in a recording booth while waiting for a friend.

Loving their girlish, unpolished rhyme flow, and riding the wave of success of female hip hop groups like Salt 'N' Pepa and JJ Fad, DSK produced and released their first single "Grab It", a 'response' to Salt 'N' Pepa's mega-hit "Push It", released in 1987. After the song drew attention, they were signed to Atlantic Records and released an album with the same name. An even bigger hit was soon released off the album in the form of "Cars With The Boom", a bass heavy ode to the bass. Some versions of the single also included remixes of the track "Don't Come To My House".

Thanks to the magic of Youtube, you can watch the "Cars With The Boom" video and see the girls in action.

One more poppier single was released, "Cuttie Pie", but it didn't receive much fanfare. By this point, L'Trimm were beloved by fans, but ridiculed by critics and hip-hoppers alike as talentless fakes.

The girls perservered, however, and released their follow-up album "Drop That Bottom" in 1989. The album continued with the miami-bass sound, pushing the bass even deeper, especially in the title track, which was released as the first and only single. At this point the miami-bass sound was losing it's appeal with the public, however, and the girls were eager to work on a new album that would hopefully extend their career beyond being a novelty. They wanted to expand their musical palette, and hit the recording studio with a direction that was poppier but also delved into the house sound of groups like C&C Music Factory that was all the rage.

They left the label during the recording of this third album "Groovy" after disputes with their production crew and label owners over the direction of their sound, and the album was completed with half-finished vocal tracks the girls had previously recorded. The album was released in 1991, however. Two singles were also released. "Get Loose" heavily imitated the C&C sound and some versions of it had Techno mixes of another track, "We Got Da Beat" on the B-Side. "Low Rider" was a remixed version of a track carried over from the "Drop That Bottom" album that utilized War's funk hit of the same name. Both singles failed to have any success, however, and the duo broke up soon after and left the music biz.

And that is where the story seemed to end. Other than a couple remixes of "Grab It" and "Cars With The Boom" in later years, the girls were never heard from again. It was said that Lady Tigra went on to manage a club, while Bunny D became a stay-at-home mom. The L'Trimm sound was echoed in newer groups like FannyPack and Gravy Train!!!, but the ladies themselves seemed to fade into obscurity...
Until now! Lady Tigra is BACK and hotter than ever! She is expected to release her new album, "Please Mr. Boombox", sometime in 2007. Check out her website and myspace page for more info on her exciting new direction. We can only hope she can convince Bunny D back to the mic as well, but until then, her new solo album looks very promising. Always imitated but never duplicated. Welcome back, Lady T!

The Lady Tigra Live + Interview (outrageous!)

Graffiti artist spray paint mural of The Lady Tigra (features a new track!)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Chris Cuevas

Many times while researching a lost pop star, we come to find that an artist is still performing. Such was the case w/ early 90s recording artist Chris Cuevas.

Chris released his debut album in 1991 on Atlantic Records. Some of you may remember his singles Hip Hop, Somehow, Someway and his duet w/ Deborah "Debbie" Gibson Someday. After wondering whatever happened to him, we recently found him on myspace.

With that said, I decided to try something new here at Milk Carton Pop Stars...our first ever interview! I'd like to say a big thank you to Chris for taking the time to answer our questions. Without further ado...


1. Hi Chris, welcome to Milk Carton Pop Stars. Tell us where you are from and where you grew up?
Long Beach, Mississippi... Lived there until 1990

2. How did you get started singing?
I grew up in a musical family, so I started out singing at birth I think...

3. Who were your musical influences growing up?
Journey, Hank JR, Waylon Jennings, Inxs, U2

4. In 1991 you released a pop album on Atlantic Records. How did that come about?
My dad got intouch with Diane Gibson, Deborah's Mom. At the time Diane was her manager. She liked what she heard so I played for Atlantic and the relationship started.

Chris & Deborah's video for "Someday"...

5. "Someday", the duet you did w/ Deborah Gibson is a gorgeous song. What was it like working together and do you still keep in touch?
Thank you, It was a honor working with her on that song. I'll never forget the first time I played it for her. She loved it, we then played it for Atlantic and it was included on the record. We catch up every once in while.

6. You've been under the pop radar for quite some time, what did you do after you debut album?
I went on a world tour with Deborah, reaching from NY to LA, and Europe to Asia. Once the record reached it's peek, I decided to pursue writing because of the change in pop music at the time.

7. Can you tell us about your new musical direction and where you are based nowadays?
My new music is where my hearts always been, Country Pop. I'm based out of Mobile, Alabama.

8. Do you play any regular gigs? I am sure some of our readers would love to check out your act live!
I do play spot gigs from time to time. Just check out my myspace page...

9. Do you still have any diehard fans from back in the day?
I really don't know. But would love to hear from them.

10. What's the wildest rumour you've heard about yourself over the years?
Can't really recall any.....that wild...........

Any final words for our readers and your fans?
Yeah, To those who read this...Thank you for your support over these years and believing in my music. Who knows, maybe real soon I'll have another shot at the dream I've always been chasing.

Thanks again,

Chris Cuevas

Don't forget to check out Chris's myspace page! Tell him Milk Carton Pop Stars sent ya!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I had been planning on doing a piece on early 90s teen pop act PC Quest for a while. Remember them? Probably not. They had 1 song chart on the Billboard Hot 100 called After The Summer's Gone. They were kinda like a knock off of The Party imo. Anyhoo...here's what they looked like back then:

But today while browsing through wikipedia I came across an astonishing fact! Turns out the lead singer (he's the blonde boy in front) is now the frontman for Shiny Toy Guns! Holy crap! His name is Gregori Chad Petree.

That's him, second to left.

His brother Steve who was also in the band is now a Christian singer and even has his own myspace page. You can purchase his latest cd on cdbaby.com.

As for the other two members, Drew has a myspace page and continues to perform with other acts. And Kim? Hmmm...from what little info I could find seems she's a married woman and a mom now.

Who knew?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Turn around make your move

A quickie update on one of our more popular profiles. While I still haven't found out a lot of info on what Denise Lopez is doing now, I did obtain the video for her 1990 dance classic Don't You Wanna Be Mine!!!!

My obsession for all things Ms. Lopez has even led me to start a myspace page for her, which you can find by find by clicking here. WIthout further ado, here is the video. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I Like It

Ok peeps...we've been MIA for too long. Sorry. Since it seems we've done features only on females (What do you expect...this bitch is run by gay men)...I decided to break the trend and feature a gasp male singer.

So ladies & gents...I give you...

Dino was a former DJ who made a splash on the music scene in 1989 w/ the singles 24/7 (Billboard Hot 100 #42), Summergirls (Billboard #50), Sunshine (Billboard Hot 100 #23) and the smash hit I Like It which went top 10 peaking at #7.

His debut album 24/7 peaked at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Dino's 2nd album Swingin' was released in 1990 (again on Island Records):

Three singles were culled from this album: Romeo (Billboard Hot 100 #6), Never 2 Much Of U (Billboard Hot 100 #61) and Gentle (Billboard Hot 100 #31). Next a performance of Romeo on the Arsenio Hall Show...

A third album was released in 1993 entitled The Way I Am:

This album was released via East/West Records and spawned 2 singles. The first, a cover of The Five Stairsteps 70s hit Ooh Child (which peaked at #27) would be Dino's last appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single Endlessly failed to chart.

So not much has been heard about Dino for awhile. But after some further research, turns out Dino is alive and well. Seems producing is his thing now:

Under the Island Record label he formed his own production label: ONID Productions, which is his name spelled backward. After his singing career he began producing other artist songs such as Watch Me Shine by Joanna Pacitti, which was released on the Legally Blonde soundtrack, and other songs by artists such as Tonya Mitchell and Paul Taylor.
(Source wikipedia)

So just when you thought your favorite pop star of yesteryear was off working some od d & random job, it's nice to know every now and then their creative juices are still being utilized to the fullest extent.

Dino myspace fan page
Dino fan site
Dino wikipedia entry
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