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Steve Arrington played in various local bands before joining and touring with The Murphy's, a lounge band out of Toledo, Ohio, in 1975. Approximately a year later, Arrington relocated from Ohio to San Francisco, California, where he learned Latin percussion and drumming, and played with Coke Escovedo, Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.
He joined the funk group Slave on their third LP called The Concept in 1978, originally to play percussion. He later became the drummer and a backing vocalist, before eventually taking over lead vocals, singing on the hit singles Just a Touch of Love, Watching You (which has been sampled by Snoop Dogg) and Wait for Me.
Arrington left Slave in 1982, forming Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, and had hit singles such as Weak at the Knees (which was sampled by Jay Z, Jermaine Dupri, NWA and others) and Nobody Can Be You But You.
His most successful album was his 1985 solo work Dancin in the Key of Life, whose title track became a Top 10 R&B hit. The single also spent three weeks at number two on the dance charts. Another single from the album, Feel So Real, reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in May that year. He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Male Artist of 1986.
In 1990, he left pop music until his re-emergence in October 2009, when he released the album Pure Thang.