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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Arthur Rollins Jr. - I Loved You Long Before We Met





In fact Arthur Rollins Jr. became known to the collectors in 2010, when the record 45" entitled "Wherever You Go / Loved You Long Before We Met" on Lavender Lady Records appeared on ebay. Immediately I started to look for info concerning this singer, unknown to me at that moment. 
Arthur Rollins Jr. is a singer from the Bahamas. He was a member of the group Esquires LTD. The group started in 1969 in the Bahamas. They moved to New York in 1972 to continue their career. The members of the group at that time were Wilbur Fawkes, Carlton (Doc) Edwards, Donnie Fox, Arthur Rollins Jr. and Joe Fox. They worked with the Bahamian singer, songwriter and musician Frank Penn. The Esquires LTD released several records on Frank Penn's label called Penn's Records. They sang the song "The Bahamas" which was written by Frank Penn and was released on Penn's RecordsIn 1973 all of them released an album under the name Frank Penn And With The Esquires LTD.  That was the moment that Arthur Rollins left from the group to follow a solo career.
Arthur Rollins Jr. continued to appear in various clubs and hotels. In 1974 he did appearances at the club Kiki Rouge with the band Willpower and Steve McEwan. At the same time he continued to collaborate with Frank Penn.
When Rollins moved to New York with The Esquires, he met the guitarist, singer, producer and composer Jimmy Briggs. So he collaborated with  Jimmy Briggs. Jimmy as a singer has cut a few 45". He also became known as a musical director of Johnny Mathis and Aretha Franklin in the mid 70's. He had also created a label production named Briggsville in the early 70's.  At that time, Jimmy Briggs worked with the singer Lea Roberts on United Artists Records.
As I told you, Jimmy and Arthur collaborated for several years. They released at least two singles. The first single was released on the Frank Penn's label, Penn's Records. This record 45" includes the songs "Walking On My Heart" and the flip side "I Loved You Long Before We Met".


Jimmy Briggs did everything. Both songs were written by himself. Produced, arranged and conducted by Jimmy Briggs.



During the next years, Arthur released another record 45" on Lavender Records. Except for Jimmy Briggs, Arthur was helped by Mary Washington as producer.


This record 45" includes the songs "I Loved You Long Before We Met" which was previously included on the Penn's Records and the song "Wherever You Go". Both songs were written by Jimmy Briggs. Jimmy was also arranger. 



I tried to find more information but it was very difficult. However, I found some information after 2000.
In the decade of 2000 he appeared in various great hotels like at the MGM Grand and Harrah’s in Las Vegas as well as in Atlantic City and Freeport in the Bahamas.



In 2006 the Esquires LTD reunited with the name Foxxfire. In 1973 when Arthur Rollins left from the Esquires LTD, he was replaced on lead vocals by Wendel Johnson. In 1975 Wilbur (Foxy) Fawkes left the group. Joe (Kinky) Fox became the leader of the group and renamed the group, Foxxfire. So in 2006 they were reunited for some appearances. They were Kevin Fox, Joe (Kinky) Fox, Arthur Rollins Jr., and Honory (H) Young.


They appeared for two nights weekly at Jokers Wild! In 2008 he also did a special musical appearance at Junkanoo Beach Club.

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mix Samples-Show (11-1-2015) by Souldennis



First of all, I wish to all my friends and all the visitors on my blog a Happy New Year. I'm sorry for the delay, I was very busy. I decided to present a mix of samples from some of my favorite songs.

  1.  Dexter Wansel - A Prophet Named K.G. 1976 (Lp)
  2.  L.T.D. - Feel It 1979 (LP)
  3.  Mass Production - Never Ever 1982 (Lp)
  4.  Starpoint - Don't Leave Me 1980 (Lp)
  5.  Michael Henderson - In The Summertime 1979 (Lp)
  6.  Mandrill - Getting In The Mood 1980 (Lp)
  7.  Roberta Flack & Friends - You Go To My Head 1982 (Lp)
  8.  Mighty Fire - Missing You 1981 (Lp)
  9.  Joyce Faison - Do You Wanna Dance 1981 (45")
10.  Beth Lawrence - For You 1981 ()
11.  Formula V - She's My Woman 1977 (Lp)



I must mention that the song "For You" by Beth Lawrence was never released as a single. It was included in a rare compilation in 1981.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Randy Brown - At Christmas Time



I decided to present this article which fits with Christmas. I think Randy Brown deserved more recognition. I don't say that he was an unknown singer but he could have more success in his career. Randy Brown released five albums from 1976 to 1981. The album entitled "Intimately" which was released in 1979, reached #46 on the Billboard R&B chart. In my opinion his best album was "Welcome To My Room" which was released in 1978. 
Many people ignore this Christmas song. It was released on Sound Town Records. The label was formed by Homer Banks, Reginald Jenkins & Chuck Brooks in 1983. This Christmas song was penned by Homer Banks & Chuck Brooks. For many years Randy Brown had collaborated with them. Produced by Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks. Enjoy it. Merry Christmas!!!



Note: The above posted single is not played in full.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The New Minstrels - Smile



After my article concerning the japanese band ChickenShack, I decided to present an article for a great show band from Philippines. The band named New Minstrels is a popular show band of the 70s in Asia. The New Minstrels (Second generation) started in the late 70s. The group won 2nd place at the 3rd Metro Pop Music Festival for their song “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo, Magkakapatid”. Later they released a single with english lyrics entitled "Smile / I Don't Love You Anymore". It was released on OctoArts International in Philippines. Both songs were written by Butch Monserret. Arranged by Eddie Munji. Enjoy the beautiful song "Smile".



Later as they wanted to change their format, they also decided to change their name to Something Special. Under that name, they enlivened the entertainment night scene in the most popular bars during that era.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ChickenShack (Self-Titled) 1986 Lp




ChickenShack is a japanese band that was formed in the mid 80s. The members of the group were Hidefumi Toki (Sax), June Yamagishi (Guitar), Darek Jackson (Bass), Toru Tsuzuki (Keyboards) and Koji Miura (Drums). Τhe band released some albums from 1986 to 1990. One of them is the debut self titled album in 1986. The album was recorded at Smoky Studio, Ginza. It was released on Meldac Records.
The additional musicians were Teruo Matsusoto & Marty Bracy on drums, Yoshikazu Kishi on trumpet and Shizue Hirano on trombone. Backing vocals by Paula Desmond, Michael Wilson, Valerie W.Walker, Dempsey Leonard and Lonnie Hirsch.
Produced by ChickenShack. I chose two tracks entitled "China Blue" and "Verano". The lyrics of "China Blue" were written by Darek Jackson and Nancy Krasn, and the music by Darek Jackson.
The lyrics of "Verano" were written by Darek Jackson and the music by Hidefumi Toki.





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roberta Flack And Friends - Cream Smooth Jazz 1982 Lp


I decided to present an album which I recently discovered in Athens. I immediately understood that many people ignore this album and they have not given the appropriate attention. It seems that fans of soul and jazz music don't know about it, because this album was recorded for the Manischewitz Wine. It was released on Ron Records in 1982. Almost all the songs are related to the wine.
Manischewitz Wine invited Roberta Flack so as to record an album.
The album was recorded in two studios, at Rosebud Recording Studios and JAC Recording, both in New York.. 
Two songs, which were recorded at Rosebud Recording Studios, were produced by Roberta Flack, Bill Eaton and Ralph McDonald and arranged by Bill Eaton and Roberta Flack. All the other songs, which were recorded at JAC Recording, were produced by Joel Herron and arranged by Leon Pendarvis, David Spinnoza and Joel Herron.
On the first studio, at Rosebud Recording Studios, participated some great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Eric Gale, Yogi Horton, Ralph McDonald, Marcus Miller, Tom Scott and Richard Tee.
From these recordings, I have chosen the song "A Cool Glass Of Wine" which performed by Roberta Flack.



On the second studio, at JAC Recording, participated also great musicians such as Paul Griffin, Jon Faddis, David Spinozza, David Friedman, David Tofani and Bucky Pizzarelli. On vocals appears the one and only Grady Tate. I want to note the album mentions that some songs are performed by Roberta's Guys and Roberta's Girls. The names of  the vocalists are unknown.
I have chosen two songs, the masterpiece song entitled "You Go To My Head" which is one of my all-time favorite songs and the song "Things For You To Do When I'm Not There" which was performed by Grady Tate.
"You Go To My Head" is a popular song of 1938, composed by J.Fred Coots, with lyrics by Haven Gillespie. The original song was recorded by Teddy Wilson's Band with the vocals by Nan Wynn. The same year it  was also recorded by Billie Holiday. Enjoy this masterpiece.







Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rick Bowen - Want My Love 1980 Lp


I discovered this album in this summer. It is not soul music but includes very nice music. I saw it for the first time on ebay. Later, I was fortunate to find it in a record shop in USA.
Rick Bowen was a business man and president of a manufacturer's rep firm. In order to save his company, he tried to write and sing radio commercials. One of those commercials had such a big success that the audience kept requesting the commercial thinking it was an actual song.
After being informed by the radio producers, he went to the Ronnie Millsap label Ronjoy Music and collaborated with Rob Galbraith in order to turn the spot's tune into a possible hit song.


The result was that Rick Bowen recorded an album entitled "Want My Love" in 1979. It was released in 1980 on Gemini Records. Produced by Bruce Dees. The self-titled song is a disco tune which was written by himself. Rick Bowen along with the talent singer Vicki Sue Robinson sang the self-titled song.



Here's one more song entitled "Believe Me Baby". This song was written by Chip Hardy and Cross Keys.



I want to note that he wrote his first song called "Snake In The Grass" in 1977, about a guy who could not find a girl friend.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Announcement

Hi everybody. I'm sorry for the delay. I'm very busy with my job. I want to inform you that I will be back on Thursday... 
Best Wishes