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Ten City

Band, 1987-1994 US, Chicago
A.k.a. Ragtyme

The Chicago vocal group Ten City was one of the few house units to enjoy mainstream exposure during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Originally called Ragtyme, the trio was formed by vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson, and keyboard player Byron Burke, all under the aegis of producer extraordinaire Marshall Jefferson. Byron met Marshall at Trax Records after Marshall had loved Byron's vocals on Dezz 7 - 'Funny Love'. They recorded about 5 songs together (unreleased) before recording 'Devotion'. Atlantic originally wanted to sign Stingily to a solo deal, but he didn't want to sing on stage on his own, so he drafted in his friends and Ragtyme colleagues Herb & Byron Burke. After signing with Atlantic in the late '80s, Ten City's debut LP, Foundation, included the singles "Right Back to You" and "That's the Way Love Is," both of which received a good response in R&B and dance circles. "State of Mind" and "No House Big Enough" followed in 1990 and 1992, though Atlantic dropped them soon after. Just after release from their contract, the single "Fantasy" (written with Masters at Work) did well on the club scene, but by the time Ten City released their fourth album "That Was Then, This Is Now", the buzz had disappeared. The group rapidly disintegrated, though Stingily went on to a successful solo career.

PortraitByron Stingily
voc, bvoc *1900 US
PortraitByron Burke
PortraitHerb Lawson
bvoc, b
Popular Tracks   
That's the Way Love Is - Underground Mix; Edit on Foundation by Ten City
I Love Me on I Love Me by Ten City, Wh0 & Marshall Jefferson
Devotion - Extended Version on Foundation by Ten City
That's the Way Love Is - Deep House Mix-Extended Version on Foundation by Ten City
Be Free - Emmaculate & Shannon Chambers Mix on Judgement by Ten City
That's The Way Love Is [Underground Mix-Extended Version on Foundation by Ten City
Love Is Love - DRAMA Remix on Love Is Love by Ten City, Marshall Jefferson & DRAMA
Feel It Too - Ferreck Dawn Remix on Feel It Too by Ten City & Ferreck Dawn
A Girl Named Phil on A Girl Named Phil by Ten City & Marshall Jefferson
Love Is Love on Love Is Love by Ten City & Marshall Jefferson

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Foundation Pt. 2Ten City2004Album
Classics 4Ten City2001Album
Classics 3Ten City2001Album
The Best OfTen City2001Compil.
Classics 2Ten City2001Album
Classics 1Ten City2001Album
Dub Life Volume 1Ten City1998Album
Nothing's ChangedTen City1996Album
All Loved OutTen City1996Single
The Way You Make Me Feel / Say SomethingTen City1994Album
That Was Then, This Is NowTen City1994Album
Goin' Up In SmokeTen City1994Album
Fantasy / AnythingTen City / Culture Beat1993Album
FantasyTen City1993Album
Only Time Will Tell / My Peace Of HeavenTen City1992Single
Only Time Will TellTen City1992Album
RejoiceTen City Presents DJ Shon1992Album
My Peace Of HeavenTen City1992Album
No House Big EnoughTen City1992Album
State Of MindTen City1990Album
I Should Learn To Love YouTen City1990Album
Whatever Makes You HappyTen City1990Album
Superficial PeopleTen City1990Album
SuspiciousTen City1989Album
The House RemixesTen City1989Single
FoundationTen City1989Album
Funny Love (The Knee Deep Mix)Ten City1989Album
That's The Way Love IsTen City1989Album
Where Do We Go?Ten City1989Album
Right Back To YouTen City1988Album
DevotionTen City1987Album
Foundation PT.1Ten CityAlbum
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