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Here’s Why Ralph Tresvant Secretly ‘Filled in’ for Bobby Brown on ‘Every Little Step’

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(L-R) New Edition members Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Michael Bivens. Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Bobby Brown arrives at the 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.
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*Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown of New Edition fame were such good friends back in the day that Ralph had to step in and record the lead parts of “Every Little Step” because Brown was allegedly too out of it at the time. 

Bobby’s former manager, Marty Machat, explained in an interview with Dazed Digital (via ILOSM) that Ralph ended up “filling in” for a drug fueled Bobby on one of the singer’s biggest hits off his multi-platinum 1998 album, “Don’t Be Cruel” — peep what he had to say below. 

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Marty Marchat: “The beginning and last tracks of the album I did with MCA A&R Louis Silas so the album would be filled with numbers. The song ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ is on there three times! Silas begged Babyface and L.A Reid to produce it – Bobby did not show up at the studio. He only came by sometimes to try to sing. And that was an endless wait. Drugs were part of the make-up of this album. Bobby was missing from the studio when we were scheduled to finish ‘Every Little Step’. He was on a drug run and New Edition’s Ralph Tresvant was waiting for him. Babyface and L.A were about to leave, so Ralph filled in. ‘Every Little Step’ has two singers. Bobby and Ralph. Go back and listen to the lead vocals. Then listen to Ralph.” -via Dazed Digital

Below is the video for “Every Little Step,” — can you hear the parts with Ralph’s voice? 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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