A SINGER known for his 1990 chart-topping love song has been hauled off a Massachusetts stage and arrested on charges of owing $US420,000 ($431,056) in unpaid child support.

Steven Bernard Hill of Las Vegas was arrested on Friday night at the MassMutual Centre, where he was performing on tour.

Hill performs as Stevie B and is best known for the song Because I Love You (The Postman Song). It reached number one on the Billboard charts in late 1990.

Springfield police Sgt John M Delaney told the Springfield Republican that Hill was surprised by the arrest and concerned that he might miss a weekend show in Providence, Rhode Island.

Hill is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.