Soul Fantasy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jimmy Jules - The New Year

This 7 inch is very expensive. Two months ago on eBay, it was sold for 300$. Jimmy Jules released a single entitled "The New Year / It's Impossible" on his own label called Jim Gem Records. Both of these songs were included on the album entitled “Xmas done got funky”. Arranged and produced by himself. His real name is Charley C. Julien.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, December 27, 2008


I will be off for about 3 days. I’ll get back for more soul music.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The New York Community Choir - Help 1981

The New York Community Choir is one of the most famous groups of gospel. They recorded many albums since 1970. This album was recorded on Myrrh Records in 1981 entitled "The Gathering". I have chosen the wonderful track entitled "Help". Lead vocals by Clyde Gamble. Written by Benny Diggs and Joseph Joubert. Produced by Benny Diggs.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Whispers - Funky Christmas 1979

One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups. The Whispers recorded two Christmas albums. The first on Solar Records in 1979 entitled "Happy holidays to you" and the second on Capitol Records in 1994 entitled "Christmas Moments". From the first christmas Lp I have chosen the track "Funky Christmas". Co-written by Nicholas Caldwell. Produced by Whispers. In 2008 released DVD entitled "Christmas with the Whispers".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rosie Haynes - He can't fail 1978

An unusual/obscure gospel album, because she sings and plays the sax as well. Rosie Haynes recorded two albums on Sound of Gospel Records in 1975 and 1978. In this 1978 album Dennis Coffey helped on the arrangements together with Marian Lampkin. Produced by Bernie Mendelson and Marian Lampkin. You can enjoy Rosie Haynes. I have chosen two tracks entitled "He can't fail" & "Pay day".

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Lonnie Hill - Cold winter in the ghetto 1984

Lonnie Hill born in Tyler TX, proceeded his move into the Gospel world. After advancing in this escapade, he met and performed with a multitude of famous artists such as the renowned Gospel Keynotes. He also shared the stage with other well-known artists such as James Cleveland, the famous Staple Singers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and the multi-talented Stevie Wonder. Lonnie's talents never seemed to end, especially in the music industry were he has also performed with the fabulous Mr. Edward Hawkins and the talented Isaac Hayes. Later in his music career, Lonnie decided that he wanted to explore more than the Gospel industry.

As he made the transition from Gospel to Rhythm and Blues, Lonnie released his first album entitled "You got Me Running" with his hit singles "Galveston Bay" and "Could It Be Love". His singles were at the top of the charts for 6 weeks in England. This christmas song was originally released in 1984. However, I have the 2002 version as released on Expansion Records.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Luther Vandross - I listen to the bells 1995

This stellar 1995 Christmas album is not your typical release of holiday standards. In fact, Luther helped pen most of the songs on this album. He had also recorded 2 great Christmas songs as LUTHER back in 1976 on Cotillion Records and were included on the compilation LP "Funky Christmas". From the in 1995 CD , I choose the duet "I listen to the bells" with Darlene Love.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Stylistics - When You've Got Love, It's Christmas All Year Long 1992

This track is for the fans of Stylistics and Christmas music lovers. Released in 1992. Co-written and produced by Jeff Tyzik.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rev T.L. Barrett - Lord's Prayer 1979

Pastor, musician, and motivational speaker the Reverend Thomas Lee (T. L.) Barrett was born January 13, 1944, in Jamaica, Long Island, New York. His father, from the Mississippi Delta, was a part-time gospel performer with the Southern Wonders. At the age of nine, Barrett's family moved to Chicago, Illinois, and Barrett continued to struggle in school. When his father passed away while Barrett was still a teen, he returned to New York and found work in a hospital removing brains from cadavers at the age of sixteen.

By that year, Barrett's musical talents were being noticed, especially his ability on the piano. He began performing at the Waldorf Astoria and the New York City Village Gate, as well as in several church choirs. He gave up his job in the hospital, and in addition to his music, he was working as an executive shoeshine man. Feeling the call to the ministry, Barrett attended Bethel Bible College and passed the New York State Board of Regents ministerial exam. After marrying a young woman from New York, Barrett returned to Chicago in 1967. The following year, he was named the pastor of Life Center Church of God in Christ, and in 1968 he began purchasing airtime on local radio stations to spread his ministry. By 1973, he was a regular on WBMX, and he remained on-air there until switching to WJPC in 1980.
He has also recorded five albums and several sessions of taped sermons. The most known album is entitled “Do not pass me by” on Gospel Roots in 1976. TL Barrett sings with the Youth for Christ Choir.
Also he recorded two tracks entitled “Lord’s prayer” and “Said it long time ago” on Gospel Roots in 1979. Distributed by T.K.Productions. Produced by Roger Phillips.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full


From this day forward until the end of the year, I'm going to post several Gospel and Christmas tunes.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dr James Polk

Dr James Polk on piano with Ray Charles

Dr. James Polk was born into a musical family and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He excelled in all music classes in elementary, junior and senior high school. James moved to Austin, Texas to attend Huston-Tillotson College where he graduated in 1962 with a B.A. Degree in music education. He taught band in Elgin, Texas and later moved to Massachusetts to work at the Rodman Job Corp as entertainment director. He returned to Austin to work for IBM as a Buyer in Production Purchasing where he stayed for ten years. He left IBM to join the Ray Charles Orchestra in 1978 as organist, pianist and later writer, arranger and conductor. James moved back to Austin in 1988 after living in Los Angeles for ten years. He went back to college and received his Master of Music Degree at Southwest Texas State University ’91. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Huston-Tillotson College ‘95. He retired from teaching in 2006 and he received his Professor Emeritus status of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Dr. James Polk arranged two songs for Ray Charles that were nominated for Grammy Awards (Ain't It So - 1979, and I Wish You Were Here Tonight - 1983). He also arranged the Ray Charles Christmas CD

Just Plain Funk (Single) 1969
Power Struggle (Single) 1969
Ain't It So (LP) 1979
I Wish You Were Here Tonight (LP) 1983
You Know The Feeling (LP) 1984
Jamad (LP) 1992
May I Come In (LP) 1998
When Evening Comes (LP) 2001
Go With The Flow (LP) 2007

Dr. James Polk is in the studio working on another wonderful cd project hopefully completed by the end of December 2008

I was the bidding winner on October 27. I bought this album for 100$. In my opinion is one of the best jazz/funk albums. The sound quality is amazing. All the tracks were written by James Polk. I chose three tracks from this Lp.

James Polk & Co - Rini (sample)

James Polk & Co - Subtle feeling (sample)

James Polk & Co - You are the best (sample)

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Moments- Baby let's rap now 1980

The Moments are Harry Ray from Long Branch, New Jersey (joined in 1970, replacing John Moore, who had replaced John Morgan), Al Goodman was born in Mississippi, and Billy Brown from Atlanta, Georgia. In 1968 Al and Billy replaced two of the original three members Mark Greene and Richie Horsley. But after a decade with Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Stang/All Platinum label, The Moments had to move on. We had different ideas from them (Joe and Sylvia Robinson) and we felt had gone as far as we could in the business together. The group admitted it never wanted to change its name. But, as Goodman explained, “the company owned (The Moments), so we just settled for something new. Why Ray Goodman & Brown ? Well, we deliberately didn’t want a groupified kind of name. And because no one can take our real names away from us."

The Moments recorded this single on Sugar Hill Records in 1980. At that time they were recording also as Ray Goodman & Brown. This single isn't the last one as Moments with members of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown. Composed by T.Keith & Moe Moore. Produced by T.Keith & J.Chase. Tommy Keith was lead member of First Class. In fact the last one is entitled "Record Breaking Love Affair" in 1981 on the same label.

In a recent court case, for copyright infringement. A Federal judge has ruled "BABY LET'S RAP NOW" be credited Mark Roberts, Tommy Keith, Moe Moore. This information can be verified at or with the United States District Court, S.D. New York.
Thank you very much Mark Roberts for your info.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, December 8, 2008


Born in Glens Falls, N.Y. in 1951, Hilary didn’t begin to study music in earnest until she was 19, but once she got started she didn’t waste any time. She studied at Boston’s Berklee School of music, at New York University and in Brooklyn with tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. She acquired a wide range of playing experience, working with (among others) an all-woman rock band, a Calypso group, a variety of Latin and Brazilian bands, and a ten-piece woodwind ensemble led by the great saxophonist-composer Sam Rivers. In 1978, George Butler, a man known as a perceptive judge of young talent, signed her to Columbia. For her debut album, Hilary flew out to Los Angeles, where she surrounded herself with the cream of that city’s session musicians and enlisted the services of the very hot Wayne Henderson as producer.

The mood on Just Before After Hours is decidedly funky in the best sense of that rather overused word. Hilary writes and plays in a very danceable groove because that’s the way she feels it. “I listen to, and have learned from, all kinds of music: jazz, classical, Latin, Brazilian, R&B and funk,” Hilary says. “I think however, that my first and probably most enduring inspiration comes from the giants of mainstream jazz. I could never grow tired of listening to Coltrane, Miles, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and all of the acknowledged masters. I think that my own music is a reflection of the many, varied present-day influences I have been subjected to but the heart and soul of the music that I feel is, I hope, to be found in the same source from which other jazz artists have found their inspiration.”
It’s not a coincidence that what Hilary feels and what’s happening now are one and the same, just as it’s not a coincidence that the good-looking woman on the cover of this record and the impressive musician on the record are one and the same. It just so happens that one of the things that’s happening now is Hilary herself.
Strings arranged by George del Barrio
Vocals arranged by Augie Johnson
Produced by Wayne Henderson

Note: Biography by Peter Keepnews

The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, December 6, 2008

George Frye - Keep-on Keeping-on 1981

This mega rare album recorded at Worldwide Audio Long Beach, California. Most of the musicians are unknown.
Drums: Danny Woolfolk, Dan Renoux
Bass: Mike Wiggins, Eric Ward
Keyboards: Joel Gains, Tony Tanner, Ed Tet
Synthesizers: John Crowe
Guitars: Joe Clark, John Vestman, Michael Da’Loua
String: Arranged and performed by John Vestman
Background vocals: Caroline Brookins, Candy Hardaway, Crystal Blake, Chris Wright, Jerry “Jericho” Jackson, John Vestman
Horns & Wood Winds: Richard Howell, Kenny Scott, Brian Duran
Inspirational Leader: Tommy L.Ray – Frye Family
Produced by John Vestman and Chris Wright

This album is dedicated to George Frye’s parents

From this album I chose two tracks entitled "Keep-on Keeping-on" and "You're the one". I want to mention that "You're the one" version from album is a bit different of the other version of single.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Bay Brothers - Baby don't give up 1980

The Bay Brothers was an obscure, little-known blue-eyed soul group. They recorded some tracks on Millennium Records in 1980-81. In 1980 they recorded two tracks "Baby don't give up" and "Magic in her love". In 1981 they recorded the famous track entitled "What does it take (to win your love)". Many other Artists or Groups have recorded this track. Also they recorded single entitled "Love never comes easy". From 7 inch in 1980 I chose killer track entitled "Baby don't give up". Produced by Lou Hokenson & Ernie Sorrentino.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

George "Kat" Katsakis

George Katsakis, aka: "Kat" was an original founding member of the Royaltones. The Royaltones had three instrumental hits on the top 100 charts around the world. "Poorboy", "Flamingo Express" and "Our Faded Love". All Royaltone recordings featured George on saxophone.

"Our Faded Love" was the first recording that featured George on the clarinet and has been re-recorded for his most recent CD.
Trivia Fact: "Our Faded Love" was the last instrumental featuring a solo clarinet to appear on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

George was the saxophone soloist who performed on all the Carlton recordings by Jack Scott. The Royaltones were also the back up recording band for Del Shannon.

George has appeared on NBC Today, Dick Clark's American Bandstand and Saturday Night Beechnut Show as well as numerous local television and radio shows around the United States.

Nightclub appearances include Caesar's Palace (Las Vegas, NV), Harrah's (Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV), Fountain Bleau Hotel (Miami, FL) and the Latin Quarter in Tokyo, Japan. Appearances in other countries include China, Thailand, Philippines, Okinawa and Taiwan. George has also appeared at the Howard Theater (Washington, D.C.), The Royal Theater (Baltimore, MD), and The Brooklyn Paramount and Apollo Theater in New York.

George has appeared on the same bill with: Redd Foxx, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Julius La Rosa, Cozy Cole, Neil Sedaka, Sonny James, Harry James, Sam Butera, Don Cornell, Bobby Rydell, Jack Scott, Jerry Butler, Little Anthony & The Imperials and The Dave Clark 5 and many others.

I chose the instrumental entitled "You'll never find" (originally recorded by Lou Rawls). He told me that this track was recorded about three years ago.

Thank you very much Mr.George.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mavis Staples - Love gone bad 1983

Born Jul 10, 1939 in Chicago, most of Mavis Staples' career has been as a lead singer for the Staple Singers. According to ROLLING STONE magazine, she was voted as the 56th greatest singer of all time. In 1983 she recorded on Phono Records the single “Love gone bad” produced by Brian Holland and it's not the Chris Clark recording written by Holland-Dozier-Holland. This single was included on her self-titled album in 1984. As a single it reached #75 on Billboard's R&B singles chart in January 1984.
However, the 7" single is a bit different from the LP track. Originally the album released in 1984 as "Love Gone Bad,". The album didn't come out when it was completed, but years later (1995) on HDH Records. The re-release was also renamed to "Mavis Staples". Which one you think is better? Please tell me your opinion.

This is 7 inch

This is Lp track

I would really appreciate your comments

Note: In my opinion this 7 incher should be more expensive on Ebay

Friday, November 28, 2008

William "Sonny" Criss

Alto saxophonist William "Sonny" Criss was an anomaly of the jazz musicians who came up during the bebop era. Criss moved to Los Angeles from Memphis at the age of 15, and at 19 played in Howard McGhee's band with Charlie Parker and Teddy Edwards. As was the norm for every alto player, Parker exerted a huge influence on Criss' playing. His beefy, earthy tone can be heard on a number of Savoy sessions beginning the next year. Criss drifted, playing in jazz and R&B groups, including those led by Johnny Otis, Billy Eckstine, and Stan Kenton. After joining Buddy Rich in 1956, Criss recorded Jazz U.S.A. for Imperial as a leader; it's one of the true underground classics of the hard bop era. Imperial -- mainly an R&B label specializing in New Orleans acts such as Fats Domino -- put no promotional push behind it. Nonetheless, he was able to cut two more sessions for the label: the excellent Go Man! and Sonny Criss Plays Cole Porter. Still playing with Rich, Criss cut At the Crossroads while on tour in Chicago for the Peacock label; the set featured Wynton Kelly and was critically well received. The saxophonist continued to work, fronting his own band in Los Angeles and gigging with others for brief out-of-town jaunts. He signed with Prestige in 1965 and issued a host of fine recordings, This Is Criss! and Sonny's Dream among them. Criss also cut various sessions for Xanadu, Muse, and ABC/Impulse near the end of his life. He committed suicide in 1977 due to the painful consequences of stomach cancer.
Before he committed suicide he recorded two albums. The first was entitled "Warm and Sonny" and the second "The Joy of sax".

From Lp "Warm and Sonny" on ABC/Impulse Records in 1976, I have chosen one of the best instrumentals entitled "Sweet summer breeze". Concert Master by Charles Veal. Produced by Esmond Edwards

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Biography by Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Richard Stepp

Richard Stepp's first taste of fame came when he joined rock group The Northwest Company in 1967. They were often the opening act for visiting groups like The Who and The Byrds. After their lead singer departed, Richard found himself pulling triple duty as drummer, lead singer and songwriter. His songs were also picked for the A side for the groups last three singles.

After the NW Co broke up in 1974, Richard landed a deal with the brand new Mushroom Records and then with Casino Records with veteran producer Andy DiMartino. Fronting a new band, Shakedown, he became a strong draw in western Canada, playing clubs, doing TV, and concerts with Chuck Berry, Trooper, and Long John Baldrey.

Andy DiMartino recognized Richard's obvious talents, and took him to Los Angeles where they recorded an album of strong MOR/AR music using some of LA's top players. The album Holiday In Hollywood was released on MCA's speciality label Infinity Records and the title track was released as a single, doing very well in Richard's native Canada, as well as several European countries, South Africa, and Australia and New Zealand.

Holiday In Hollywood was recorded in Hollywood in 1978 and 1979 using members of Toto and Frank Zappa's group. The producer was Andy Di Martino, who had previously procuded a range of artists like Glenn Yarborough, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, and The Cascades' "Rhythm Of The Rain". The strings were scored by movie great Jimmy Haskell and conducted by Sid Sharp. The backup vocals were handled by the Waters Family singers.
The MCA/Infinity Records release of "Holiday In Hollywood" earned Stepp a Maple Leaf award for songwriting, as well as a Juno nomination for best new male vocalist in 1980. The record was well received around the world, though Infinity's demise cut sales short.
Two songs from the newly remastered CD have recently been released in the UK, where they are dance club hits. They are also available on a compilation CD in the UK.
The "Holiday In Hollywood" CD was remastered from the original master studio tapes, and repackaged with the original cover plus a booklet with full credits and all the lyrics.

Andy Di Martino
Drums: Ralph Humprey, Ed Greene, Mike Baird
Bass: Dennis Belfield, David Hungate, Ray Pohlman
Guitars: Thom Rotella, Ben Benay
Keyboards: Bill Cuomo
Synthesizer: Bill Cuomo
Sax: Pete Chrislieb
Background Vocals: Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Oren Waters

Richard Stepp - When we meet again 1979 (Sample)

It was enough to earn him a nomination as "Best New Male Artist" in the 1980 Canadian Juno Awards ,along with Bryan Adams. He won a PRO Canada 'Maple Leaf Award' for songwriting that year. Richard Stepp's self titled second LP was released on Vera Cruz Records in late 1981, in Canada only.

A lot of demos were recorded during the rest of the eighties, and more serious recording was done in 1990 with Bill Cowsill and Prism's Lindsay Mitchell. These recordings have remained unreleased. Richard has performed mostly as a solo for the last 20 years, working on the cruise ships, travelling the world, with extended stops in Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands. A Christmas CD was released in 1997. Currently he is recording songs for an upcoming CD, and playing piano around town to fans of his rockin' piano, strong vocals, and rootsy style.



Time For Everyone/She's A Woman Apex Records 1968

Can You Remember/Sunday Song Apex Records 1969

Rock'n'roll Lover Man (Stepp)/Let It All Coast Records 1971

Everybody's Got To Care (Stepp)/Don't Hear Me Complain Coast 1971

Sweet Suzy (The Bandit) (Stepp)/Ain't Nothing Wrong Stamp 1973

History Of Vancouver R'N'R Vol. 3 Neptoon/VRCA 1983

History Of Vancouver R'N'R Vol. 4 Neptoon/VRCA 1992


Good To Have You/Driving Down The Freeway Casino 1977


Chasing A Dream/You On My Mind Mushroom 1975

Holiday In Hollywood/If I Could Write A Song Infinity 1979

Holiday In Hollywood/Good To Have You Harbour (UK) 1979

Can You Feel My Love/Imagination Vera Cruz 1981

Sooner Or Later/Summer Love Vera Cruz 1982

Holiday In Hollywood Infinity 1979

Richard Stepp Vera Cruz 1981

Hooray For Santa Claus RS Records 1997

Don't Steal My Feel RS Records 2007

Holiday In Hollywood remastered RS Records 2008

All the above information was given to me and Nicolas by Richard himself.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, November 24, 2008

Charles Johnson - Good good lovin' 1980

Scholars researching the influence of Batman on soul music including rap and hip-hop should put the name of Charles Johnson in bold-face type, providing they can figure out just which Charles Johnson is under discussion. Not to be confused with the gospel guitarist, to name just one possible case of mistaken identity, this Johnson has more than three decades of experience as a performer and began toiling as a producer in the early '90s. In this period he began constructing his dream recording studio, a facility that came to be known as the Funkcave because of Johnson's adoration for the aforementioned masked and caped crusader. This led to a record label called Funkcave in 1996, founded by Johnson and his best friend, the late Eddie Dean, Jr.

Johnson is considered something of an innovator in the recording craft, his ideas in the area of sound design unique and refreshing. His most devoted fans look for traces of his talent in even his earliest collaborations, while collectors of the so-called Northern soul style seem to be willing to part with as much as a thousand bucks for a mint copy of Johnson's own singles such as "Never Had a Love So Good." Cheapskates can find the song on several compilations, including Essential Modern Soul, Vol. 1 and Soul Underground, Vol. 2.
Also he recorded another one 7 inch single on Dash Records in 1980. Distributed by T.K.Productions. Produced by Horace Straws & Nathaniel Dean.
This track is also my ring tone!

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

Biography by Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide

Friday, November 21, 2008

Joyce Cobb

Joyce Cobb is recognized as one of Memphis Tennessee's finest vocalists. For decades, Joyce Cobb has been delivering her unique elegant style of jazz, pop, contemporary, and soul music to audiences throughout the mid-South region and across the country! Joyce Cobb definitely has one of the deepest song lists you'll ever hear, - everything from jazz to blues, standards to pop, r&b to country, and even some "scattin'" and reggae thrown in for good measure. Joyce Cobb is a master at reading the audience and playing to them, and leading them on a magical musical journey!

Not only is Joyce Cobb one of the most versatile vocalists in the region today, but she can also scale her show to your needs, performing as a trio, quartet, large band, and even a full orchestra! Her seven piece band is comprised of some of the finest players in the region: Joyce Cobb: vocals & harmonica; Jim Arnold: guitar; Mike Adams: electric & upright bass; J.T. Page: piano; Kim Trammell: drums; Nokie Taylor: trumpet; Sonny Williams: saxophone.

As a singer, teacher, and actor, Joyce has done it all: Signed a deal at Stax Records, cut a Top 40 hit, "Dig The Gold," for the Cream label, opened shows for The Temptations, Muddy Waters, and Al Jarreau, toured Europe, performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and starred in local productions of Ain't Misbehavin' and the Center For Southern Folklore's Beale Street Saturday Night (which she co-created).
In 1979 Joyce Cobb was the lead vocalist for Disco group THP (Three Hats Production). She also recorded some singles. One of them is "That's what love will do" in 1980.

Born in Oklahoma and reared in Nashville, Joyce has been immersed in music since her childhood days singing in her grandmother's church. A popular and sought-after performer, she is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Memphis' Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, where she teaches jazz vocals.

Joyce Cobb's many awards and honors include:

* Best Female Singer (The Recording Academy/NARAS)
* Best Memphis Band (Memphis Flyer Readers' Poll)
* Music Pioneer Award (United Music Heritage)
* Women of Achievement Award for Initiative
* Beale Street "Walk of Fame" Brass Music Note
* W. C. Handy Heritage Award (2007)
* Honorary PhD in Music (Grand Valley State University)
* Only Woman to Have a Beale Street Club Named in Her Honor

In 2004 and 2006 Joyce received rave reviews and was nominated for Ostrander Awards for her performance in Theatre Memphis' one-woman musical plays Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and The Devil's Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith.

You can hear Joyce Cobb on the radio every Tuesday 2-4 pm and Wednesday 8-10 pm central time on WEVL FM 89.9 in Memphis!

Biography by Memphis Sound Entertainment

William Eaton - Friends and lovers 1977

William Eaton recorded in 1977 on Marlin Records the album entitled “Struggle Buggy” which features appearances by Ralph McDonald ,Steve Gadd, Michael & Randy Brecker, Eric Gale ,Tom Scott and some vocalists as Patti Austin , Vivian Chery and Zack Sanders. I chose the track “Friends and lovers”. Vocal by Zack Sanders. Tenor sax solo by Michael Brecker. Produced by Ralph McDonald, William Salter & William Eaton. Enjoy it.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm back

I'm back. I experienced a minor health problem. Thanks for being patient all this time. Making up for lost time, I decided to post the incredible talent of DEMO CATES.

Demo Cates - Memories of moments 1981

Canada has not been kind to creative artists in general and black artists in particular. Consider the fact that Rick James, Claudja Barry, Eric Mercury and Gino Vanelli all had to leave before the international spotlight shone on them.
Demo Cates’s second solo album Memories and Moments should reverse this situation. The obvious questions is who is Demo Cates and what’s so special about his album Memories and Moments?

Demo wears many hats as a producer, arranger, songwriter, musician and vocalist. He hails from Detroit, a city that he credits for giving him his awareness of a wide spectrum of music. Today he resides in Canada.
His roots are based in Jazz, which can be traced to when his mother gave him a saxophone at age 10. He grew up listening to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Joe Henderson and Eddie Harris. He plays alto, tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the flute.
Demo was an intricate part of the Counts, local legends in Detroit for 12 years and he credits them with drawing him closer to gospel and rhythm ’n’ blues. But, he’s quick to point out, he drew them into jazz. “It was a good marriage,” says Demo.
As a vocalist, Demo’s style can simply be called “smooth”. His vocal influences include Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Lou Rawls.
Demo’s talents have been recognized by some of the giants of black music. In 1974 he was offered a job with Miles Davis. He received a call from his friend Michael Henderson, who has playing bass with Davis at the time. Henderson said “Ya man, Miles heard you on tape and he wants you to come to go to Brazil with us”.
Demo declined because he was going through some changes in his life and didn’t want to deal with the touring end of the business and wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue in music period. Lucky for lovers of good music he didn’t drop out of the business.
Memories and Moments is a potpourri of sophisticated funk, Latin, jazz fusion and easy listening. It showcases Demo’s versatility as a vocalist, musician, songwriter, arranger and producer.
Demo is in the vanguard of helping to shape the sound of Toronto. Memories and Moments bring together people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Says Demo,“I feel that Toronto can develop into quite a musical capital of the North. All the elements are here for a fusion of West Indian, American black music and Canadian music both black and white. There is a new sound coming out of Toronto that is a fusion type of sound.”
Demo wants his music to reach every corner of the earth. “I try to write and arrange my music so it will have an international appeal. Because I love Latin, it will have a Latin feel to it. It will have some rawness from the funk side and of course it’s going to have some jazz, because that’s what comes out of me,” says Demo.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The story behind Richard Stepp's success!

About a year ago, I and my friend Nicolas Drosos ( found an unknown sample. A week later we sent this sample to Paul Collins known for his Radio show “The Soul Cellar” on Solar Radio. Paul found this unknown track. The track was “Caught up in a whirlwind” by RICHARD STEPP from 1979 !!! Then Paul bought the original LP and played this track on his show. In a few days this track became big success (Top Ten on Radio stations in England). After one year, Expansion Records released it as a 7”inch reissue and also was included in the recent Soul Togetherness Vol 8 compilation.

Even CD BABY re-released this week Stepp's album on CD !!!!

Enjoy this special arrangement here below.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

I would really appreciate your comments on this one.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wee - I want to show you 1977

Wee was an obscure soul group from Columbus, Ohio. Norman Whiteside was the Band leader especially as songwriter, Glen “Spanky” Jones on bass, Benji Harris on drums, Victor Martin (childhood friend with Norman) and Bimbo Brown. They recorded one and only ultra rare Lp in 1975-76 and released in 1977 on Owl Records. The pressing was a modest 1000 copies. Recently the label Numero Group re-released on CD. I chose unreleased track "I want to show you".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ronnie Foster - When will I write you a song ? 1979

Since his initial solo style favoured funky vamps instead of risky improvisation, organist Ronnie Foster was frequently dismissed by jazz purists during the peak of his career in the first half of the '70s. However, he was a talented mainstream funk and soul-jazz keyboardist who managed to cultivate a successful career as a sideman (working frequently with George Benson, in particular) and producer during the late '70s,'80s and '90s. Furthermore, his '70s records for Blue Note became cult items among a new generation of listeners raised on acid-jazz. Even if he rarely led a session after 1979, Foster wound up playing a some sort of a role in mainstream and funk-jazz during the '80s and '90s.
I have got two albums by Ronnie Foster on Columbia Records. From Lp in 1979, I chose sweet track “When will I write you a song?” Drums by Leon Ndugu Changler, bass by Robert Popwell, keyboards and lead vocal by Ronnie Foster, background vocals by Phyllis Hyman, Khabir Ghani and Jim Gilstrap. Produced by Jerry Peters.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Carlton Robinson & (Tomorrow's People) - Ain't nothing to it, but to do it

Carlton Robinson is a guitarist, bassist and the leader from the group Ujima (1972-75) and Anglo Saxon Brown (1976). He is also the uncle of Stacy Henry who had a group named "The Majestics" from mid-60's to the early 70’s. This 12 inch is an obscure and rare. The style is boogie/jazz. Carlton Robinson recorded for Style Records And Tapes with the jazz band Tomorrow’s People around 1982. Produced by August Moon and Carlton Robinson.
Carlton Robinson also together with August Moon produced a single for R.L.Jackson circa 80s.
August Moon was the producer of "The Whole Darn Family" album in 1976.

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

Did Carlton Robinson release any other records? If you know then please email me at the address above.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lew Kirton

Lew Kirton was born in Barbados where he first sang in his local Anglican choir and in local ensembles where he was known as Jigs Kirton. In 1969 he joined the Sam & Dave Revue as their drummer before becoming a member of The Invitations in 1972 and scoring a hit with "They say the girl's crazy". The Invitations in fact cut a number of Philly flavours for Silver Blue Records in the 70s that today remain extremely collectible. In 1977 he recorded the 12" single only release for which he is best known "Heaven in the afternoon" for Zagora Production and distributed by TK Records.

In 1979 signs as guest artist with Brad Baker. In 1980 "Just Arrived" was released on another TK subsidiary, Alston Records. It was his only album for the label, though while at TK Records. In 1983 Lew moved to New York and recorded a further album "Talk to me" for Believe In A Dream Records through Sony.

I have chosen the track entitled "I Can't Live Without You".

In 1986 the single "Don't wanna wait" became his last release to date. Lew still lives in New York where his newly recorded album awaits a release.

Monday, October 27, 2008


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Station Braake - Tell her no, no, no 1989

Station Braake was an obscure, little-known soul/boogie group that recorded for Mega Records & Tapes in 1987-88, but released in 1989.
The Band are: Bass and guitar by Shawn Westmoreland , keyboards by Tex Richardson and Sonny Maupin, guitar by Enrique Corro, drums and percussion by Greg Brown, alto sax by John Kadell, trumpet by Chuck Dalton, tenor and baritone sax by Jim Murphy and trombone by Andy Newell. Lead vocals by Tex Richardson and Kathy LaMar. From this album I chose a wonderful modern soul track "Tell her no, no, no". Horn arrangement by Tex Richardson. Produced by M.David Bell.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, October 25, 2008

David Spinozza - On my way to the liquor store 1978

Fusion guitarist David Spinozza shines on this classic 1978 album released on A&M Records, which features appearances by Leon Pendarvis, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, and the great Luther Vandross. From this Lp I have chosen a great instrumental "On my way to the liquor store". Arranged by Leon Pendarvis. Produced by Mike Mainieri and David Spinozza.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, October 20, 2008

Arnie Love & The Loveletts - Me, Myself & I

I bought this 12" for 11 pounds in 1996 from England. However, I was wrong about it. In fact, I wanted to buy Arnie's Love. I got lucky. After 12 years I sold it for over 300$. It was recorded and released probably in 1980 on TAP Records. Arranged by Nathaniel Yisrael, David Parker and Arnie Love. Produced by Nathaniel Yisrael. From this ultra rare 12", I have chosen a ballad "Me, Myself & I".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full