P.M. Dawn is a hip hop/R&B musical group, formed by brothers Attrell Cordes (a.k.a. Prince Be, sometimes credited as Prince Be the Nocturnal) and Jarrett Cordes (a.k.a. DJ Minute Mix), in 1988 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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.
P.M. Dawn's 1993 follow-up album The Bliss Album...? (Vibrations of Love and the Anger and the Ponderance of Life and Existence) contained the Billboard Top 10 single "Looking Through Patient Eyes", in the spring of 1993 (featuring backing vocals by Cathy Dennis and sampling George Michael's hit "Father Figure"), and their other hit single (Top 5) "I'd Die Without You" was also featured in the 1992 comedy film, Boomerang soundtrack. They also recorded "More Than Likely" with Boy George. Their 1995 album Jesus Wept was less successful: the album's highest charting single was "Downtown Venus", which reached #48 on the Billboard charts.
P.M. Dawn contributed a cover of "You Got Me Floatin'" to the 1993 tribute record Stone Free, a compilation album of 14 Jimi Hendrix songs by musicians ranging from Pat Metheny to Eric Clapton to Living Colour. Mixing the swishing, flanged surreal sounds of the original, from the album "Axis: Bold As Love", P.M. Dawn added a layered hip-hop sound and a strong backbeat.
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 February 2008 neither album has been released.
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