1983 DeBarge – In A Special Way

In a Special Way is the third studio album by American R&B group DeBarge, released by Gordy Records on September 24, 1983. It was recorded at Kendun Records in Burbank and Westlake Audio in West Hollywood; written and produced by lead vocalist El DeBarge with additional writing by Mark, James and Bunny DeBarge.

In a Special Way was certified gold in the United States after the release of the singles “Time Will Reveal” and “Love Me in a Special Way”, which hit number one on the Billboard R&B and adult contemporary singles chart. The album is most memorable for not only its singles but album tracks such as “Stay with Me” and “A Dream” – largely due to subsequent sampling in modern hip-hop and R&B tracks. The album has been regarded by some critics as a “classic” in the family group’s catalog.


1  Be My Lady (James DeBarge) 04:15
2  Stay With Me (Mark Debarge) 03:48
3  Time To Reveal (Bunny DeBarge; El DeBarge) 04:21
4  Need Somebody (James DeBarge) 04:31
5  Love Me In A Special Way (El DeBarge) 04:14
6  Queen Of My Heart (El DeBarge) 03:40
7  Won’t Cha Come Quick (El DeBarge; Bruce Fisher) 04:36
8  I Give Up On You (James DeBarge; James DeBarge; Billy Preston) 03:48
9  A Dream (Bunny DeBarge) 04:26



BassFreddie Washington
BassJames Jamerson Jr
BassNathan East
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
DrumsLeon Chancler
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsEl DeBarge
ProgrammingMichael Boddicker
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsDeBarge

Other Musicians

6 Queen Of My Heart

KeyboardsLarry Nash

7 Won’t Cha Come Quick

Guitar (solo)Carlos Rios

8 I Give Up On You

KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes

Liner Notes

Producer – El DeBarge
Producer (Associate) – Bobby DeBarge
Engineer (Assistant) – Chris Bellman, Dan Marnien, Steve Bates, Walter Borchers
Mastered By – John Matousek
Mixed By – Barney Perkins
Recorded By – Barney Perkins

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Design – Janet Levinson
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
Distributed By – MCA Distributing, Inc.
Produced For – Super 3 Productions
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Recorded At – Westlake Audio
Mixed At – Kendun Recorders
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios