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Tony! Toni! Toné! was a late 1980s/1990s R&B group from Oakland, California (near San Francisco). It was comprised of D'wayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Wiggins (aka Raphael Saadiq) on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian on drums. Other members were Elijah Baker, Carl Wheeler, Randall Wiggins, and Antron Haile. Their best-known songs were "Little Walter," "Feels Good", and "If I Had No Loot," not forgetting the classics "Anniversary", "It Never Rains (in Southern California)" and "Lay your Head on my Pillow". Raphael Saadiq released his first solo effort, the Top 20 Billboard hit "Ask of You" for the Higher Learning soundtrack, in 1995. Later in the 2000s he has started an actual solo career, releasing two albums, "Instant Vintage" (2002) and "Ray Ray" (2004). In 2003, most members of Tony! Toni! Toné! except for Saadiq were invited by Alicia Keys to guest on her album The Diary of Alicia Keys. The song that resulted from that session was called "Diary", and when it was released as a single in the fall of 2004, it gave them their first Top 10 US hit in 11 years.

Discography

Singles

  • 1990: "Feels Good" (US #9)
  • 1990: "It Never Rains in Southern California" (US #34)
  • 1993: "If I Had No Loot" (US #7)
  • 1993: "Anniversary" (US #10)
  • 1994: "(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow" (US #31)
  • 1997: "Thinking of You" (US #22)
  • 2004: "Diary" (Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!) (US #6)
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