Soul Fantasy

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Leslie Smith

Born 28th September 1949, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Leslie Smith is based in Los Angeles.
In 1973, Peter Bunetta formed the group 'Crackin' and Leslie joined the group that same year. The band released 'Crackin'- I' in 1975, followed by 'Makings Of A Dream' in 1977, 'Crackin' in 1977 and 'Special Touch' in 1978.

This great track is taken from the last album entitled "Nobody else". Solo sax by Ernie Watts.

Leslie is, however, best remembered, amongst soul fans, for his solo album 'Heartache'. The album was released on Elektra Records in 1982. The album included 'It's Something', a track that was penned by Brenda Russell and appearred on her 'Two Eyes' album a couple of years later. The track was, also, covered by Lalah Hathaway on her 1989 debut outing.
Leslie, also, duetted with Merry Clayton on the track 'Before The Night Is Over'.

Additionally, the track 'Love's A Heartache' was penned by Ned Doheny and was later recorded by the Kasu Matsui Project. In 1992, he moved to T-Jam Records, a Polydor subsidiary, for the album 'Les Is More'. That album contained an updated version of 'It's Something'.

Two further releases followed in the Nineties for the Waterbug and Renegade imprints.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

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