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.
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.
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:
To see a fan-made video for “(You’re My) Shining Star,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “I Want You (All Tonight),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Chillin’ Out,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “The Morning After,” go to:
[updated on 08-17-12]