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Soul legend to serenade fans at `supper special'.

He sold out eight nights at Wembley Arena in his prime and is set to star at The Sage this Saturday.

But later this month soul legend Alexander O'Neal will be singing his hits while his fans eat their supper in a themed restaurant in County Durham.

O'Neal, originally from Mississippi and still based in America, has sold more than 11 million albums in the last two decades ( and on November 16, the day after his birthday, he will be performing at the Chicago Rock Cafe in Front Street, Chester-le-Street.

Restaurant bosses said last night they were delighted to have booked the soul legend, who embarked on his solo career in 1984.

A spokeswoman said: "He's obviously very popular with quite a range of people and this is quite a coup for the management."

O'Neal's first top 10 hit was a 1985 duet with Cherelle ( Saturday Love ( and he went on to record Criticize, Innocent, If You Were Here Tonight, A Broken Heart Can Mend, Hearsay and (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me?

Before going solo he was the lead singer of a band called Flyte Tyme [corr] which, renamed as The Time, became the backing band for Prince.

Tickets for the Chicago Rock Cafe concert cost pounds 5 and can be bought at the venue or by calling (0191) 387-5012.
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