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P.M. Dawn is an American hip hop act formed in 1988 by brothers Attrell Cordes (known by his stage name Prince Be, sometimes credited as Prince Be the Nocturnal) and Jarrett Cordes (known as DJ Minutemix) in Jersey City, New Jersey. They earned significant crossover success in the early 1990s with music that merged hip hop, older soul, and more pop-oriented urban R&B.

After recording their debut single "Ode to a Forgetful Mind" in 1988, P.M. Dawn released their first album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience in 1991 to critical acclaim. It achieved immediate commercial success because of its single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss". Their 1993 follow-up The Bliss Album...? was also praised by critics and featured the hit singles "I'd Die Without You" and "Looking Through Patient Eyes". P.M. Dawn continued to receive strong reviews, but sold poorly with their subsequent albums Jesus Wept (1995) and Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad (1998).

The Cordes brothers' father died of pneumonia when they were children. Further family tragedy saw their baby brother Duncan drown at the age of two. The two elder brothers were raised by their mother and their stepfather George Brown, a founding member of Kool & the Gang.

Prince Be began DJing parties and composing songs in ninth grade. Within a few years, he had determined to make a demo tape of some of those pieces with the $600 he had set aside from his after school job as a security guard at a homeless shelter. By then, he and his brother were putting in studio time as P.M. Dawn.

They first approached Tommy Boy Records, the rap music subsidiary of Warner Brothers, with their demo, but they were told that they were too much like alternative hip-hoppers De La Soul, and not hardcore or ghetto, and were turned away.[citation needed] Eventually, Warlock, an independent record label, issued a debut single, "Ode to a Forgetful Mind", in 1989, but it went unnoticed.

The record label that released the single in the United Kingdom, Gee Street Records, found greater success. Gee Street mixed and marketed the song so that it earned considerable attention from music reviewers, and P.M. Dawn found themselves courted not just by Gee Street's head, Jon Baker, but also by most of the major UK record labels. Gee Street brought the brothers to London in 1990 to record tracks for an album; however, the label found itself facing bankruptcy during the recording. The entire Gee Street operation, along with P.M. Dawn's recording contract, was sold to the highest bidder, Island Records. Island issued a few more singles in the United Kingdom before releasing their debut album, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience.

In 1998, their fourth album, Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry For Bringing You Here, Love Dad was less successful again, with the album's single, "Being So Not For You (I Had No Right)" being only a minor chart hit.

In 2000, they released a greatest hits album, The Best of P.M. Dawn, a release of previous tracks plus new singles.

In June 2005, P.M. Dawn won the fifth round of NBC's hit TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time, performing "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss", and covered Puddle of Mudd's "Blurry", designating their $20,000 charitable prize to go to Child Diabetes research.

2005 also marked the year of some major changes within P.M. Dawn. Member (and brother) J.C. decided to leave P.M. Dawn to pursue an interest in a solo career. This led to the introduction of Doc.G, who is also family (paternal first cousin).

In June 2006, P.M. Dawn commenced a summer tour called "Summer of Bliss, 2006.", playing venues across the United States in an effort to promote a new album, P.M. Dawn Loves You which was to be released in 2007 with a live album also expected to be recorded that year. As of November 2008 neither album has been released.



90's Hits

I'd Die Without You
Looking Through Patient Eyes
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss

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