One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Starpoint

“Object of My Desire” by Starpoint

Starpoint was originally formed in 1969 near Annapolis, Maryland. Kayode Adeyemo’s father was a doctor who worked with another doctor, George Phillips, who had four sons: Ernesto, Orlando, Greg, and George, Jr. Kayode Adeyemo was a bass player, and the brothers were multi-instrumentalists. Then afterwards, Renée Diggs came on board as the lead singer, completing the line-up. By the end of the 1970s, the band had scored a recording contract with Chocolate City Records. Renée Diggs and Ernesto Phillips also became romantically involved.

The group released their self-titled debut album in 1980. They would continue to release at least one album every year throughout the first half of the 80s, but could not break through with a major hit. That is until 1985.

They released their album, Restless, and became R&B superstars. And with the song, “Object of My Desire”, they broke through the pop charts, peaking at #25 on December 14, 1985.

They released a few more albums through the rest of the ’80s, but could not dent the pop charts again.

Other band members became involved with songwriting and session work for various other R&B artists. In 1988, Adeyemo was credited with co-writing Milli Vanilli’s hit “Girl You Know It’s True”.

Sadly, on March 25, 2004, Ernesto Phillips died as the result of a stroke. The Ernesto Phillips Scholarship for Talented Youth was established in his memory and as a tribute to his efforts in helping younger children to realize their ambitions of becoming musicians.

Just a week shy of the one-year anniversary of the death of her longtime companion Phillips, Renée Diggs also died (March 18, 2005) at the age of 50, due to a heart condition.

Unfortunately, we will never see this classic lineup again. But at least they left us this gem:

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