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Friday, September 2, 2011

Dino - She Ain't Shy (1993)

Dino Esposito had a huge hit in 1989 with the funky pop song "I Like It", which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Before embarking on a solo career he had some success as part of the electro group Impakt. Then he released a couple of freestyle singles on indie labels until he got a deal with Island Records offshoot 4th & Broadway in 1988. He released a few charting singles off of his debut album, 2/47, most notably "24/7" (Hot 100 #42) and "Sunshine " (Hot 100 #23). He released his second album on Island, Swingin', his sound less freestyle and more R&B. Three more singles charted: "Romeo" (#6), "Never 2 Much Of U" (#61) and "Gentle" (#31). In 1993 he switched to the EastWest label and released his third and final major label album The Way I Am, which was heavily influenced by the new jack swing sound. The single "Ooh Child", a remake of the Five Stairsteps classic, reached #27 on Billboard, but he was soon dropped after the hits dried up. The track "She's Ain't Shy" differs from most of the tracks on the album as it hearkens back to his 24/7 sound with a house edge. It deserves to be discovered anew! For more on what Dino's been up to since, including extensive production work, check out this website.

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