Curtis Hairston (born Curtis Kinnard Hairston on October 10, 1961 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was a male R&B singer from the 80’s.

Curtis first started singing when he was only three years old. Curtis attended the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and later went to Winston-Salem State University.

He also attended the Julliard School of Music in New York. Curtis was a member of Jazz Transit, which is a group of local musicians sponsored by the Urban Arts program.

During his freshman year at Winston-Salem State University, Curtis won the “Mr. Ram” contest. Curtis performed at several social functions for the Kennedy clan, sang for two presidents, and even performed in Europe & Asia.

In the ’80s, Curtis moved from Winston-Salem to New York City. Former basketball player Earl “The Pearl” Monroe heard a demo tape that Curtis gave him and Earl started his own record label, Pretty Pearl Productions as a means for promoting Curtis.

Curtis’ first single “I Want You (All Tonight)” managed to peak at #44 on the UK Singles Chart, staying on the charts for 5 weeks. The song also peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Curtis’ second single “We Are All One” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. Another single “Summertime” didn’t chart at all.

In 1985, Curtis released the single “I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)” which peaked at #13 on the UK Singles chart, #48 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Songs chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1986, Curtis released his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

The first single from the album “Chillin’ Out”  peaked at #57 on the UK Singles chart, but failed to make the charts in the U.S.

The second single “(You’re My) Shining Star” peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.The third single “The Morning After” peaked at #80 on the UK Singles chart and didn’t appear to chart in the United States.

A promotional single, “Take Charge” was released, but didn’t make the Billboard or UK charts at all.

In 1991, Curtis (who was a life-long diabetic) suffered from kidney failure and moved back to Winston Salem for treatment a year later. Sadly on January 18, 1996, Curtis passed away from kidney failure at the age of 34. Two weeks before his death, Curtis sang in front of a congregation in his hometown.

Curtis Hairston was a talented singer who is remembered & missed dearly by his friends & family.

To see the music video for “I Want Your Lovin’ (Just a Little Bit),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQsW7PRvHQg

To see a fan-made video for “(You’re My) Shining Star,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEoi2DmY6XQ

To see a fan-made video for “I Want You (All Tonight),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL4bw6Bq4jI

To see a fan-made video for “Chillin’ Out,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8GBERMDTVU

To see a fan-made video for “The Morning After,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iWD_TcJ3EY

[updated on 08-17-12]

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