The Lone Lost ‘Guy’ Founding Member Talks About Why He Left The Group

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Teddy Riley , Aaron Hall & Damien Hall

History Of New Jack Swing

Who can forget the new jack swing of the late 80’s and early 90’s and r & B legendary group Guy? Formed in Harlem, New York in 1987 by R&B singer-songwriters Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling.

The concept for the group was formulated by Timmy Gatling and Aaron Hall when they worked together at the same clothing store in 1987. Shortly thereafter, Teddy Riley was introduced to Aaron Hall by Timmy Gatling and Guy formed as a trio. As the story goes, the group was managed by Gene Griffin, which led to a meeting with Andre Harrell at Uptown Records. Upon hearing the music the group created, they were signed to the label immediately. It would be here where they would stake their claim as a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. After signing their record deal, Guy would release their debut album a year later and the rest would be history.



Riley and Hall collaborated on other songwriting and production projects, including Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid”. However Teddy’s childhood friend Timmy Gatling left the group shortly after the first album and was replaced by Damien Hall , Aaron Hall’s brother.

The question is what happen to Timmy Gatling? In an interview Timmy Gatling tells his side of the story:

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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