Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out! was originally published on BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM

1. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

2. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

He and DeBarge were signed by Motown Records in the late 1970s.

3. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

He is the father of twelve children, the first of which he had when he was fifteen years old.

4. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

5. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

In 2001 he was arrested for cocaine possession and was given probation. In 2006 he was arrested again for possession of a controlled substance and was once again given probation. In 2007 he was arrested in a domestic dispute and was held without bail. The charges were later dropped.

6. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

He made an appearance at the 54th Grammy Awards in February 2012.

7. Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

Black Music Month: Think You Know El Debarge? Let’s Find Out!

He’s the uncle of Kristinia Debarge, one of the stars of We TVs Growing Up Hip Hop

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