Happy Birthday, Steve Arrington! 03/05/1956
Born in Great Lakes, IL and raised in Dayton, OH, drummer Steve Arrington got his start playing with the Young Mystics. After they disbanded, he moved from Ohio to San Francisco and in 1978 joined the group Slave, which emerged from a union of two former Ohio bands, the Young Mystics and Black Satin Soul. Arrington started as a background singer but became lead vocalist on such hits as “Just a Touch of Love,” “Watching You,” and “Wait for Me.” Arrington left Slave in 1982 and formed a new band, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame. He experienced a religious conversion in 1984 during the recording of Positive Power. Arrington recorded for both Kongflather and Atlantic, enjoying his greatest success with the 1985 LP Dancin’ in the Key of Life. It included a Top Ten R&B hit in the title track and Top 20 single with “Feel So Real.” By 1986, Arrington began using his shows as forums for his religious beliefs, and in 1991 he left pop music to become a minister and guest musician on various albums. In the fall of 2009, Arrington released Pure Thang, his first solo release since 1987’s Jam Packed.