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

“This album was inspired by great artists like Howlin' Wolf,” Saadiq tells The BoomBox of his upcoming set. “Stone Rollin’ has a harder, bluesy sound than my last album. I got the chance to work with [legendary bassist for Sly & The Family Stone] Larry Graham. We did a duet together, a hidden track on the new album called The Perfect Storm. I played bass, but I put my bass down [laughs]. The first day I tried to play bass for him, I couldn’t even play. I froze three times. He’s my all-time idol!” ~ The Boombox: Raphael Saadiq readies Stone Rollin ~ March 15, 2011 © The Boombox

Since his days as the baby-faced singer of R&B bands Tony! Toni! Toné! and, later, Lucy Pearl, Raphael Saadiq has always brought a solid, classic soul quality to the music he makes. ~ The Telegraph: Album review Raphael Saadiq/The Way I See It ~ April 3, 2009 © The Telegraph

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May 14, 1960 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (15) The Everly Brothers, Cathy's Clown ~ #2 (2) The Brothers Four, Greenfields ~ #1 (1) Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, Stuck On You


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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