Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc

SoulfulDetroit.com FORUM: Archive - Beginning May 30, 2003: Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc
Top of pageBottom of page   By BSMG (66.72.201.225) on Friday, May 02, 2003 - 09:56 pm:

Because this forum is a source of great knowledge, my recent search of one of my favorite underrated singers has been unsuccessful.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of GQ's lead vocalist?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Top of pageBottom of page   By medusa9e (66.73.8.234) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 12:05 am:

Sorry, but I haven't heard from those guys N a while...but I'm sure someone on this forum will know something soon...believe me! some very special folks here.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph (209.240.198.62) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 10:31 am:

I'll second that Medusa.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sly fan (64.169.106.146) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 06:02 pm:

He and GQ was just out in LA doing a show not too long ago...GQ was a very tight band..lets not even talk about the releases they had on the Vigor label prior to Arista...classic...

You gotta hear the Demo version of "Disco Nights"....bananas!! I only heard it one time at a radio station out here in LA...I only wish I was near my tape recorder then...Its funny because the radio personality swore up and down it wasnt a demo (Disco Nights doesnt have congas...this one did..).. I am gonna get that demo one day...

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.76.48) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 06:07 pm:

GQ was the Rhythm Makers on Vigor where they cut some nice club jams like "Zone" and "Prime Cut." They also did the original version of "Disco Nights" there "Love On Your Side" or something like that. Does anybody know the connection between GQ and Keith Sweat. One site said he sang with them but this couldn't be, he's too young, but it's possible one of the members was a close kin?

Top of pageBottom of page   By BSMG (66.72.206.48) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 10:14 pm:

Emmanuel was the lead singer of GQ. One of the band members was Keith Crier who later changed his name to Keith Sweat. I purchased a CD by them a few years ago. The entire album was a tribute to Marven Gaye and Billy Stewart. Absolutely, one of the best compositions of songs I have ever heard. I have looked high and low for any info on Mr. Leblanc to no avail.
This site was my last attempt.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.78.174) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 10:40 pm:

But BSMG is the GQ Keith Sweat (Crier) the Keith Sweat? I don't think so cause I got the Rhythm Makers album and a couple by GQ and none of those guys look like him. Plus, if you check B.M.I. and ASCAP the songs attributed to the two are separate entities.

It's also hard to find a good interview or info on Keith Sweat. He doesn't talk to reporters or writers much at all.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.78.174) on Saturday, May 03, 2003 - 11:31 pm:

BSMG here's a link to a profile on GQ that you probably already seen.

http://www.theiceberg.com/artist/17753/gq/

Who ever wrote it thinks that Keith Crier became THE Keith Sweat and went on to solo success.

Can't the guys at ITP Records who put out that GQ CD you spoke of help you? They (ITP) have a website with an email address.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Wonder B (80.13.241.238) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 02:23 pm:

I read about that link between Crier and Sweat... It went on for ages on that particular website... Personnally I don't think they are the same person because he'd have to be way older to have been able to perform in GQ (not even mentioning The Rythm Makers and their only LP Soul On Your Side). But I could be wrong. And then he would have needed face surgery as I cannot see any resemblance between the guys in GQ and K.S... and I have two promo pictures of GQ which are pretty close shots...

Top of pageBottom of page   By BSMG (66.72.204.135) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 02:42 pm:

Keith Sweat and Keith Crier are the same people.
He is also know as "Sabu". (Checked it out with Google)
Emmanuel Lablanc is listed as vocals in almost all of Keith's recent recordings.
With the resurrence of 70's group, I just thought they'd pop up somewhere.
(Disco Nights was cowritten by LeBland and Crier)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.79.183) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 03:41 pm:

BSMG I have the Rhythm Makers album there are numerous pictures of the four group members on the album. More than most albums--on the front and the back--none of the guys look anything like Keith Sweat. Ditto for the GQ albums, again none of the four resembles Sweat. Plus Keith Crier was the groups' bass player. Why when you check Keith Sweat's songs in Ascap they list his name as Keith D. Sweat. And when you check Raheim's (BMI) they are under Emmanual Raheim Leblanc? If they were the same person wouldn't the songs be under one name?

Top of pageBottom of page   By BSMG (66.72.204.135) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 04:28 pm:

I just put in "keith sweat keith crier" in google and it brought up a web site of famous people who changed their name. Keith Crier was listed as Keith Sweat. Keith list Emanuel is his song credits. I assumed they were the same people. Now you got me very confused. I definately could be wrong. You people are WAY too smart for me.

Top of pageBottom of page   By gdwms (65.178.178.213) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 04:51 pm:

A little history here,Arthur Crier,was in The
Halos.His son Keith was in G.Q.,and his son,Keith
Junior is Keith Sweat.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.79.183) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 05:30 pm:

Thanks GDWMMS, I knew about Arther Crier being in the Halos and being Keith Crier's dad, the missing piece was rather Keith Sweat was Crier's son. I always suspected it but had no proof. I still need to see something from either G.Q. or Sweat to verify this but as you know that info is not out there. Keith Sweat never talks about G.Q. and G.Q. never talks about Keith Sweat. If you read a Keith Sweat or GQ bio you won't find a mention of the other in either. Rahiem has done some backing vocals on Keith Sweat's CDs. Another son of a GQ member had a number one R&B hit in the '80s or '90s but his name escapes me at the moment.

Before they were G.Q. and the Rhythm Makers they recorded as Flame & The Sons of Darkness and The Sons of Darkness.

Top of pageBottom of page   By JoeR (205.188.209.109) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 05:44 pm:

Keith Crier must be GQ bassist Sabu Crier. He is the son of doo wop legend Arthur Crier of the Mellows ('Smoke From Your Cigarette' - led by Lillian Leach).

A few years after GQ broke up, I ran into Raheim in the Bronx at the Executive Towers complex off of Yankee Stadium. He was working on a demo produced by Tony Lopez. At the studio were Keith Sweat and unknown singer (forgot her name but she's NBA Mark Jackson's wife). Raheim had done background vocals of Keith Sweat's debut LP. The one that sticks out in my mind is Sweat's cover of the Dramatics' 'In The Rain'

JoeR - http://mypages.netopia.com/channels

Top of pageBottom of page   By Lost 45s (151.196.242.46) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 05:52 pm:

If my memory serves me the artist was Suave' with the 1988 hit My Girl. I don't remember which member it was, but one of the members of GQ was his father.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Scratcher (65.132.79.183) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 06:11 pm:

Right, Lost, it was Suave. The song was not a number one R&B hit as I stated but it did reach number 20 Pop. Suave was Waymond Anderson.

Top of pageBottom of page   By BSMG (66.72.204.135) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 07:56 pm:

Thank you all, I knew the forum would provide info that you can't get anywhere else.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ralph (209.240.198.62) on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 10:47 pm:

This forum never fails to impress me BSMG.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sly fan (67.115.74.165) on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 12:18 pm:

JoeR: Mark J's wife is Desiree Coleman.

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 12:20 pm:

Suave's version of "My Girl" was released on Capitol Records in 1988, charting at #3 on the R&B listings and #20 on the pop charts (source - Billboard).

Kevin Goins - KevGo


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