Al B. Sure: All Night Long Staying Power
Whenever you mention Al B. Sure, all those images come flooding back. Even after over 30 years in the music business, Al still has it.
Albert Joseph Brown, III was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 1968 but raised in Mount Vernon, New York where he was the star quarterback on the high school football team. Still, he turned down a full scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue his love of music under the alias Al B. Sure! In 1987, he was tapped by Quincy Jones as the winner of a Sony Records talent search and, found fame while still in his teens with the spectacular debut album “In Effect Mode” featuring numerous hits, including such instant R&B classics as Rescue Me and Nite and Day.
Known for the velvety-falsetto on his romantic love songs, Al released other solo CDs while collaborating on duets with everyone from Diana Ross to David Bowie to Al Green over the course of a recording and producing career which has garnered the R&B heartthrob numerous Grammy nominations as well as Soul Train and American Music Awards.
“I’m a human being just like you are. And I hurt and love just like everybody else, and people tend to forget that.”
That statement rang true when Sure’s son, Quincy, went public about his estranged relationship with his father. The son posted an open letter that detailed his love for his adoptive father, Sean “Diddy” Combs (Combs and Al both have childrent by the same woman, Kim Porter). In that same letter he expressed his frustration and his unsure feelings about his biological father, wondering where Al was while he was growing up.
But since then, the two have made up and even started working together.
Nearly 29 years after Al B. Sure’s “Nite and Day” hit No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the track is back courtesy of the collaboration between Quincy and his dad.
“I didn’t want to devalue the beauty that is, was, and always will be in (the original),” Quincy tells Billboard. “I’m not trying to present this as the new ‘Nite and Day.’”
Quincy’s version, titled “I Can Tell You (Night & Day 2.0),” appears on Quincy’s new album, “This Is For You,” which was released on Valentine’s Day. Sure’s original spent three weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart…