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The Deele


Miami Vice Performer
1981-1988, 1993, 2007-present
Current Members
Carlos "Satin" Greene
Darnell "Dee" Bristol
Kevin Roberson
Stanley Burke

The Deele is an American R&B band whose song "Body Talk" appeared in the episode "Brother's Keeper" of the show Miami Vice.


The Deele were formed in 1981 and became successful in the R&B/Dance genre of the early to mid 1980's. The original lineup consisted of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Antonio "L.A." Reid (drums), Carlos "Satin" Greene (vocals), Darnell "Dee" Bristol (vocals), Kevin "Kayo" Roberson (bass), and Stanley "Stick" Burke (keyboards, guitar). The group recorded their first album, 1983's Street Beat, the only album to feature the original five members. The album featured their first big hit, "Body Talk" in 1984, reaching #3 on the Billboard R&B Chart. After Beat, Burke left the band and was not replaced. Their second album, Material Thangz was released in 1985 but had minimal success. Their third album, Eyes of a Stranger, brought the group their biggest success, including their only Billboard Top 10 single, "Two Occasions", in 1987. During this time Edmonds & Reid began working on songs for other artists, such as The Whispers and Pebbles (Reid's then-girlfriend and later wife, who had a Top 10 single with "Girlfriend" featuring vocals from the group).

In 1989 Edwards and Reid left the group to found LaFace Records, who would later sign such artists as Pink, TLC, OutKast, and Usher, and the band broke up, only to reunite briefly in 1993 with Greene and Bristol recording the album An Invitation to Love, set to a more urban beat than their previous recordings, but it did not sell and the group once again broke up.

In 2007 The Deele reunited again (without Edmonds and Reid) but have not recorded an album, just two singles (one was a Christmas single, "All I Want for Christmas".