Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all DeBarges in:
 • Garfield Park Cemetery
 • Grand Rapids
 • Kent County
 • Michigan
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Bobby DeBarge
Original name: Robert Louis DeBarge
Birth: Mar. 5, 1956
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1995
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Singer. He was the lead singer of the 1970s Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, and Pop music group called Switch. They recorded the hits "There'll Never Be," "I Call Your Name," "I Want To Be Closer," "Love Over and Over," and "My Friend in the Sky." He was first in the group called White Heat, which released a self-titled album on RCA in 1975, but the band's producer dropped the group and it disbanded. DeBarge was known for his impressive falsetto vocals. He left Switch in 1981 for a solo career that did not prosper. He did successfully produce albums for the group, DeBarge; he joined the group in 1987 as a vocalist. As the oldest of ten children, he took charge to help his talented siblings to overcome the challenges they faced in their careers. His siblings composed the group DeBarge, and two were in Switch. His career came to a halt in 1988, as he was convicted of drug trafficking and was incarcerated for five years. By then, the group was declining and had moved from Motown to a couple other recording companies before disbanding in 1989. In an attempt to make a comeback in August 1995 on A&E Records, he finished an album that was entitled “It's Not Over”, but he died before the album was released. His death was said to be related to his longstanding drug use. (bio by: Linda Davis) 
Family links: 
  Robert Louis DeBarge (1932 - 2009)

Cause of death: Complications of AIDS 
Garfield Park Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Soul
Record added: Sep 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9477989
Bobby DeBarge
Added by: Patricia Lopez
Bobby DeBarge
Added by: Rene'e
Bobby DeBarge
Added by: KrazyCraftyLady
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Rip bobby
- michelle batice
 Added: Sep. 26, 2017
 Added: Sep. 24, 2017

 Added: Aug. 16, 2017
There are 1,024 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 139 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service