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Formed 1975 in Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

Disbanded 1984

Switch were:

Bobby DeBarge (keyboards, drums and lead vocals) (d. 16th August 1995 from A.I.D.S.)

Tommy DeBarge (bass and background vocals) (b. Thomas DeBarge, 6th September 1957, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. d. 21st October 2021, New York, U.S.A. )

Eddie Fluellan (keyboards / trombone / vocals)

Renard Gallo (percussion / vocals)

Attala Zane Giles (keyboards)

Phillip Ingram (lead vocals)

Greg Williams (keyboards / vocals)

Jody Sims (drums)

Gonzales Ozen (percussion / vocals)


Gregory Williams (keyboards / vocals)

Switch were another Ohio funk band, who began as First Class in 1975.


Jermaine Jackson discovered the group that included lead vocalist Phillip Ingram and Bobby DeBarge, Greg Williams, Tommy DeBarge, Eddie Fluellen, and Jody Sims.

They had a huge hit in 1978 with 'There'll Never Be,' a Top Ten R & B single.

They also had two others during their tenure on Gordy, 'I Call Your Name' in 1979 and 'Love over and over Again' in 1980.

Phillip Ingram went on his own in 1980, and Bobby and Tommy also departed to join the family group DeBarge.

Percussionist / vocalist Renard Gallo and Gonzales Ozen and keyboardist Attala Zane Giles were their replacements.

They left Gordy for Total Experience in 1984, cutting the LP 'Am I Still Your Boyfriend?, containing the popular single 'Keeping Secrets'.

In the UK, Switch are fondly remembered for their track 'I Want To Be Closer', taken from their first album.


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Switch (Gordy Records 1978)

Switch II (Gordy Records 1979)

This Is My Dream (Gordy Records 1980)

Switch V (Gordy Records 1981)

Reaching for Tomorrow (Motown Records 1980)

Am I Still Your Boyfriend? (Total Experience Records 1984)

The Best of Switch (Motown Records 1991)

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