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David Peaston, the American gospel and R&B singer, dies at 54

David Peaston, R&B and gospel singer, best known for the tracks Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right) and Can I?, has died at 54.

David Peaston’s niece Neuka Mitchell, said the star passed away on Wednesday from complications of diabetes.

The singer, who had a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, came from a family of successful singers.

David Peaston’s mother Martha Bass sang with the Clara Ward Singers and sister Fontella Bass had a top-10 song in 1965.

The musician kick started his career after winning several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo TV show in the 80’s.

David Peaston’s niece Neuka Mitchell, said the star passed away on Wednesday from complications of diabetes

David Peaston’s niece Neuka Mitchell, said the star passed away on Wednesday from complications of diabetes

Two Wrongs was his highest charting single, reaching number three in 1989.


In 1990, David Peaston beat off competition from the likes of Soul II Soul to win a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.

In 2006, after a period of ill health caused by his illness – which led to both his legs being amputated, he returned to music with the album, Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration.

David Peaston is survived by his wife and two sons.

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