DeBarge were an American music group whose repertoire included R&B, soul, funk and pop. Active throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s, members were all part of the DeBarge family. The group originally consisted of Mark, Randy, and El, with Bunny, James and Bobby later joining.
DeBarge released six studio albums, four of which with Motown's Gordy Records; The DeBarges (1981), All This Love (1982), In a Special Way (1983) and Rhythm of the Night (1985), which became the group's best-selling album and garnered the single "Rhythm of the Night", which neared the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. DeBarge entered its decline in 1986, when Bunny and El were offered solo deals with Motown and departed the group, with DeBarge being dropped from Motown altogether soon after. The remaining members signed with Stripe Horse Records, an independent label, in 1987, releasing their final studio album, Bad Boys. The group continued to perform for an additional two years, with Chico DeBarge joining the group in 1988. That year, Bobby and Chico were arrested for drug trafficking and later convicted for the crime. Their convictions led to the group's dispersion in 1989, after 10 years.