Raphael Saadqi, singer, songwriter, producer
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Producer
Tony! Toni! Toné! ~ Lucy Pearl
birth name: Charlie Ray Wiggins

Raphael Saadiq

May 14, 1966, Oakland, CA

When you put the words “musical” and “genius” together there are a few artists who should immediately come to mind: Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Prince. However, there is another artist who is sometimes overlooked but just as worthy of inclusion into this pantheon of greatness: Raphael Saadiq. ~ Soul Bounce: Behind the groove with Raphael Saadiq ~ September 11, 2008 © Soul Bounce

Neo-soul solo artist and R&B/Hip-hop superproducer who started out as part of Tony! Toni! Tone! ~ Allmusic: Raphael Saadiq ~ retrieved May 13, 2014 © Allmusic

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May 14, 1966 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (7) Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 ~ #2 (2) The Young Rascals, Good Lovin' ~ #1 (1) The Mamas & the Papas, Monday Monday


As a teenager, he got a job on Prince's Parade tour by accident. In his 20s he was a member of one of the biggest pop-R&B outfits and in his early 30s, he wrote and produced a Grammy-winning masterpiece one afternoon when he popped in to a studio to cadge a spliff. If he thinks a song really needs a Stevie Wonder harmonica solo, he picks up the phone and an hour later, Stevie's in the studio, laying down the part. Today the erstwhile Charlie Ray Wiggins is relaxed and dapper in the London office of his record company, yet despite all the evidence, it's not always easy being Raphael Saadiq. ~ The Guardian: Angus Batey meets R&B artist Raphael Saadiq ~ April 24, 2009 © The Guardian

As a Producer or co-producer

D'Angelo ~ Voodoo (2000) ~ Ranked #481 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ He studied bootleg videos of Sixties and Seventies soul singers and cooked up an album heavy on bass and drenched in a post-coital haze. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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