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MUSIC IS THE KEY TO THE HEART AND SOUL
IT TOUCHES THE YOUNG, MIDDLE AGED AND OLD
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DAMIAN DAME


THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY TO THE MUSICAL DUO (DAMIAN DAME) WHICH CONSISTED OF DEAH DAME(DEBRA JEAN HURD) AND DAMIAN (BRUCE EDWARD BROADUS).- FOR SOULS AND GOOD MUSIC NEVER CEASE TO EXIST.

DAMIAN DAME Consisted of members Deah Dame (Debra Jean Hurd) and Damian (Bruce Edward Broadus). They were the first act on the Laface/Arista record label in 1991. They were famous for hits such as "Exclusivity", "Right Down To It" and Gotta Learn My Rhythem".
Deah Dame was the lyricist and Damian wrote the music. Damian Dame is credited for writing their own cuts on the album such as "Virgin Island", "Love Come Near Me" and "Believer". She chose her lyrics as what best described her personality and her high standard morals. Deah particulary preferred singing ballards because she said that there was a strong emotional impact both to singer and audience when the song was done right. Deah originally was going to be a solo act but after Damian heard her voice on a demo tape from another musician he was determined to sing with her. She was blessed with a limitless vocal range. Only a year after they met they met in Los Angeles, they hooked up with Laface records, and then moved to Geogia, formed the duo Damian Dame and put out their self titled album.
Before there might have been a second album Deah's physical life was taken away by a fatal automobile collision on June 27, 1994, She was 35 years old. She is survived by Her parents Dr Chester, and Mrs. Hurd sisters Carrie, Lucille, Janet, and brother Matthew. Donations in her memory went to the Untited Negro College Fund.

In 1995 Damian moved on and put out a solo album called "Damian 199sex", which is on "Chip Records and H & H Productions. This album shows his own style and creativity. Trust me the album is all that and more. He dedicated the album and a wrote a special song in her Deah's memory called "Guess You Didnt Know". The songs on this album were still relationship orientated as their first album, but basically focuses on a sexual theme. It's all good though- it's message is promoting Safe Sex and a One Partner Relationship, but you need to go by the album to see that. It has love songs, as well as dance songs, rap and 2 songs with a female called Babydoll. You can hear samples from it by clicking my friend Tiffany's, DAMIAN MEMORIAL PAGE at the favorite links section at the bottom of my page. I have made a seperate MEMORIAL PAGE FOR DEAH there too with her work- B sure to check it out.

Unfortunately, Damian passed away on June 27, 1996 of colon cancer, only days after his solo album was released. Strangely enough, this is the same day that Deah passed away, two years apart, and they were born seven days apart. He is survived by his mother- Zona, Alene Broadus, Grandmother Zona Nance , sister Angie Broadus, son Dominic Dixon, daughter Sky Morrow-Broadus, and friend Carol Morrow.

PERSONAL BIO'S

Deah Dame was born Debra Jean Hurd on September 20th, 1958 in Houston Texas and raised in San Jose California. She last resided in Atlanta Georgia. She was 5'1", very soft spoken, poetic, lyrically deep, quite articulate, very focused, professional and quite a free spirit and a conservative dresser. As quoted by her father, as an infant she was already humming out tunes. She sang in the choir with her older sisters and at the age of 18 she toured with her older sister and brother in-laws band. Prior to "Damian Dame, she was no stranger to the music biz, she had a self titled album "Debra Hurd", on David Geffen Records in 1983. She performed cover songs such as "Gotta Broken Heart Again" by "Prince" and "Hug Me Squeeze Me" by Brandon Barnes and Calvin Frost. She also song on "Babyface's" album "Lovers". She sung a duet with him called "Faithfull", and can be heard at the beginning of the song "lovers". She also has sung on albums by the group "The Deele", "Karyn White", Shalamar, The Jazz Crusaders- a.k.a. the Crusaders,(they had that hit that crossed over to R & B (Keep that same old feeling), also Ronnie Laws, - who is mainly Jazz, but crossed over with R & B hits, such as (Very Special), I know ya'll remember that one he sang as a duet with his sister (Debra Laws)- back in the 80's, It was a big hit. She has worked with (Perri-Pebbles Reid)- who now has started her own christian ministry called (Woman Of God Changing Lives Through Christ)-(if you like pebbles, you can find her ministry online. Chilli, of TLC, got her start as a dancer for Damian Dame with the "Showcase Babydolls, shoutouts to the other members Meleika, Leon, Greg and Deneen. And I believe she did some engineering/producing work on a group called "On Edge" in 1994 and maybe some music with jazz group "Pieces Of A Dream", as she hung with them. Deah's musical influences were Deniece Williams, Teena Marie,(Teena is spiritually deep- listen close to her lyrics-), Minnie Ripperton (RIP) Chaka Kahn among other artist.

Damian was born Bruce Edward Broadus on September 13, 1966 in Marshall Michigan. He was later raised in Battle Creek. He last resided in Atlanta Georgia. Damian taught himself the piano at the age of nine, through a cousin who played in gospel singer "Andre Crouch's band." He also played the drums and guitar.( A musical genious). By sixteen he was already playing in clubs in Kalamazoo. He was in a group called "ShyBoy" in the 80's, and had his own production company called (K-Zoo) in LA. In 1994, he produced a group called "On Edge" who had out an album called "Edge of my Bed". He was 6'1", wore a lot of ying/yang and silver jewelry, loved doing card tricks, and a free spirit who kept it real. . And, boy of boy could the brother dress, talk about style. He and Deah also has a cut on the soundtrack "Boomerang" called "Reversal Of A Dog". His musical influences were Michael Jackson and Prince (yup-prince is the man), Public Enemy, among others.
Both will be greatly missed, but have left us with a beautiful gift of song and a positive message. So remember, if you dont have it already, get the album Damian Dame, Damian 199sex 'Debra Hurd"-, "Boomerang", the other stuff they participated on and help keep their memory alive.

REMEMBER THE NAME-DAMIAN DAME
PEACE & LIGHT & LOVE TO YOU BOTH.

BIG UPS 2 DAMIAN'S PEEPS - Joseph Reed, Angela Broadus, George C, & Darlene Daniels Smith

BIG UPS 2- DEAH'S PEEPS- Joeseph Vincent, Brent Musson, Deborah Robinson, Janet Hurd, Steven Boyd, and Calvin Frost

SPECIAL THANX- to all who peep this page. Shout outs to Eddie Earl Hatch and Grandmaster D(Drew) of Whodini.

BTW- Damian's daughter (Sky) is a singer, check out her website by clicking the link "Sky broadus" in my links section.

DO NOT use soundclips, Reprint my biography on Damian Dame, Pics, or copy/paste any parts from this page on other webpages without authorization of the author (Marlene A. Richards).I don't care if you use my url address to link to your page, but DO NOT REPRINT any parts of my bio in Any Language. I give acknowledgements to Tiffany Haggerty, Joesph Reed, Joseph Vincent and George C for their input.

1998 Marlene A. Richards
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FYI- MSN changed their system and Damian's Memorial page was deleted, Maybe the owner (Tiffany Haggerty) will redue it. Anyway, Tiffany has written recently written a book. Be sure to order it by clicking on the link called "Mind Blowing Decisions"

*Special Thanks to Angie Broadus for all the pics of Damian before he was famous, hope to see you soon. Speical Thanks to Justin Vox for the Debra Hurd CD.

DAMIAN DAME - 2 Fly 2 Ever Die

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