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By any name or secondary hit, this '80s pop star wore out his welcome quickly



Where you tired of Terrance Trent D'Arby and Wishing Well in the '80s? If so, perhaps you missed If You Let Me Stay.

If You Let Me Stay was the first single released by New York native D'Arby and though it only peaked at No. 68 on the U.S. Singles chart it was a Top 10 hit in the UK and hinted at the success that was soon to come in his native country. The video is from a performance on England's Top of the Pops and shows off the great voice and energetic dance moves of D'Arby.

The ‘80s file on D'Arby is fairly known. Born Terrance Trent Howard and then adopted by his stepfather with the last name Darby, young Terrance became a Golden Glove champion and was a member of the Army boxing team when he enlisted. After going AWOL, he was discharged, moved to Europe and started performing music as D'Arby and released his debut album Introducing the Hardline According to Terrence Trent D'Arby in 1987. In 1988, the second single Wishing Well went No. 1 and gave the confident D'Arby little reason to be humble as he declared his album was the most important album since The Beatles Sgt. Pepper.

After little success in the ‘90s, D'Arby seeked a fresh start in 2001 and changed his name to Sananda Maitreya. He continues to release records but has failed to chart under new name that came to him in a series of dreams.


[Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:13am]


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