Soul Fantasy

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Krush - Leading lady 1982

Krush began as a Waialua based band named "New Experience". The members were Edwin Ramones, Wade Kuroiwa, Butchie Canencia and Macky Galibiso. In 1977 they changed their name to the “Fabulous Krush” when Yemun Chung one of the top talent managers, he took several members of New Experience and he added Bobby Gonzalez. They adopted a show band format and by summertime they opened at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. They did their own show until in 1980.
In 1981 they released two albums "Fabulous Krush" which won two Hoku Awards and "Krush". Afterwards they recorded album entitled "Never felt so right" in 1982 on Mele Records. In this album, members were Ben Vegas, Bobby Gonzales, Butchie Canencia, Darryl Alvarico, Edwin Ramones, Jesse Gamiao, Macky Galibiso, Phillip Galaura and Wade Kuroiwa.

I have chosen a brilliant track entitled "Leading lady".

Today, The Krush is back! Edwin Ramones, the leader of the three previous generations of the group, has resurrected the act once again for a one-nighter Saturday at the Esprit Nightclub in the Sheraton Waikiki. Ramones, whose primary instrument over the years has been keyboards, is the only member of any of the three previous versions of the Krush that is participating in what might be dubbed "The Krush 4.0."

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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ronnie LaShannon - Where has our love gone 1976

Ronnie LaShannon was more known as composer and producer than as singer. He collaborated for many years with Aretha Franklin. He wrote some songs for Aretha which became big hits such as "Baby, I Love You" and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)".
In 1976 he recorded single entitled "Where has our love gone" on Brunswick Records. Composed by himself and Tim Brown. Produced and arranged by Tony Valor. It sounds like Archie Bell.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frank-O Johnson - It's too late 1987

Everybody down south knows about Frank-O, host of the radio show, The Frank-O Smooth Soul Show. He's also a columnist/record producer/label owner/singer/songwriter.
Frank-O Johnson was born January 28, 1950 in Florance, Alabama. He wrote and recorded his first song at the age of 14. A song entitled “Your love is weaker than water”. From there he went on to such great music companies as Wishbone Productions, Dan Davis-The Teacher of the man, CBS producer Stax and Motown. He has written over 1000 records for many great artists such as the Temptations, Commodores, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, The Supremes, Ray Charles, Z.Z.Hill, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Denise LaSalle, Johnny Taylor and his good friend Ernie Johnson. He wrote songs such as “ Lay me down”, “Come back kind of loving”, “Can we make love tonight” and “Ain’t no turning back” from the album “After all” by Bobby Bland. “ Lately” on the album Lover Boy by Johnny Taylor.
He had three songs nominated for the Grammies, Aretha Franklin, Thelma Houston and The Temptations. Two songs were nominated to the Jackson Music Awards. Denise LaSalle “Love talking” and Bobby Bland “Can we make love tonight” on the "Members Only" album.
In 1978 under the name of Le Frank O, Frank-O Johnson recorded one single entitled “Keep on gettin’ down” on M M-M Gold Records which is now a collectors item all over the world. Also he was composer, arranger and producer.

Frank-O attempted a movie career but went back to his first and most powerful love music and and proceeded with a career for many years as a staff songwriter for Motown and three years for Malaco Records in Jackson, Ms.
After leaving Malaco Records, Frank-O decided that he wanted and deserved more than being the man behind the scenes and became the man behind himself. He recorded at Ardent Studios, in Memphis, Tennessee. He released first solo album entitled “Flashbacks” on Traction Records in 1987.

From this album I have chosen a fantastic track entitled “It’s too late”. Produced by James Bennett.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, September 18, 2009


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Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis - That's a bet 1977

It was surprise for me , when I noticed that many collectors/ bloggers , don't really know that Bo & Ruth released a 7 incher entitled "Stay by my side / That's a bet" in 1977 on Claridge Records. Both tracks are not included on the album in 1976.
I chose B side of the vinyl entitled "That's a bet". Composed and produced by Bo Kirkland. Arranged by Hense Powell.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dianne Brooks - Go away 1981

Toronto R&B singer Dianne Brooks was very much in demand as a backup vocalist in Toronto recording scene through the 1970s. She working for everyone from Anne Murray to Funkadelic , on the brilliant America Eats Its Young, recorded when the group lived in Toronto in the early '70s. She lent her voice to "Try A Little Harder" / "The Land" (GRT 1233-06), the impressive debut single of the Doctor Music gospel-R&B (and later jazz) group assembled by Doug Riley. (The earliest incarnation was essentially a studio group including Doug Riley, Steve Kennedy and guitarist Terry Bush from the Silhouettes, Mouse Johnson from the Soul Searchers, and a veritable choir of Toronto's top singers.)
However busy Dianne was, the closest thing to a record release of her own during this period was a five-song set recorded in 1974 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for airplay at its radio stations across the country (LM 404). Interestingly, the material recorded for this rather low-key project -- four originals from the pen of arranger John Capek, plus the Cahn-Van Heusen chestnut, "I'll Only Miss Him" -- is what Dianne looks back on with the most satisfaction. As she says on the album jacket, "The day that I can get myself into something and don't have to sing background vocals anymore, it'll be the greatest day of my life."
In 1976 Dianne put together a nightclub act, and also recorded a second album, Back Stairs of My Life (Reprise 2244) -- this time with producer Brian Ahern. Despite some outstanding performances -- and vocal and instrumental help from Bonnie Raitt, Anne Murray, Amos Garrett, Billy Payne of Little Feat, Smitty of Motherlode, Mouse of the Soul Searchers and many others -- the record was largely ignored. A subsequent change in management did little in the great scheme of things, but at least took Dianne to Australia for a string of engagements in 1979.
The 1980s carried Dianne first to Los Angeles, where she joined the group Kitchen (who'd just left Sergio Mendes), and then to New York where she recorded "Go Away" / "Drums", (Town House 1051), both co-written by her manager at the time, Nathan Kipner. "Go Away", in particular, is a strong song, exceptionally well performed in Dianne's distinctive soulful style.

Biography by Bill Munson

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Black Russian - Leave me now 1980

This single is not rare and is not expensive. However many collectors don't really know this group.

Black Russian were Serge Kapustin, his wife Natasha and her brother Vladimir Shneider. They are dissident Soviet Jews who immigrated to the U.S. in 1976.
The Motown label signed them (as one of its rare white acts) and issued their debut LP, Black Russian in 1980. Also Motown released a single entitled “Leave Me Now”.
It is included on the album "Black Russian". Music by Serge Kapustin and lyrics by Serge Kapustin and the great Allee Willis. Produced and arranged by themself.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Natasha Shneider died in 2008.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ron Kenoly

Ron Kenoly was born December 6, 1944 in Coffeyville, Kansas. Ron Kenoly is no other but Ron Keith. In fact, label executives changed his name to Ron Keith. After high school, Ron ventured to Hollywood. Faced with poor job prospects, he joined the Air Force in 1965. While in the military, Ron met and married his wife, Tavita. During this time he also joined the Mellow Fellows, a Top 40 cover band which toured military installations. In 1968 Ron left the Air Force and resettled in Los Angeles where he planned to seek his fortune in the music business. Over the next few years, Ron launched his career by singing demos of Jimmy Webb ("MacArthur Park") songs for the Audio Arts label. He also released his first single, "The Glory of Your Love (Mine Eyes Have Seen)," for the company.
Ron Kenoly and Candy were the first act signed to Semper's Inner City label. Their "Lovely Weekend" single was a massive success selling close to 200, 000 copies. "The two of them came and sang the song at my house and I knew straight away I wanted to sign them," explains Semper. "We recorded it at CBA (Clark Brown Audio) recording studio in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles in 1972.

Composed by Ron Kenoly and Arthur Woods. Arranged by Arthur Woods. Produced by George Sember.

However, it was at A&M Records that Ron had his greatest secular success. Label executives changed his name to Ron Keith. They thought an Italian last name would confuse the R&B marketplace. Simply entitled Ron Keith & the Ladys, the A&M album featured the R&B hit "I Betcha I'll Get Ya" and "Soul Vaccination" which was later covered by Tower of Power. Also he released some singles. One of them was entitled "I Can't Live Without You" on A&M Records in 1975. I have this of another label that was released later.

Produced by John Florez

Ron remained in R&B music another year to fulfill contractual commitments. When he left LA, he relocated to Oakland, CA.
Ron taught music and physical education at Alameda College from 1978 to 1982. Still, the fire to sing burned within him. Ron tried four years to get a gospel record deal to no avail.
"It was real low point," he recalls. "But as much as I loved music, I loved God more. I couldn't go back to secular music even if it meant never singing again."
Ron produced a custom-made album entitled "You Ought To Listen To This" in 1983 and sold it wherever he sang.

This album was recorded at Rainbow Sound Inc Dallas, Texas. The musicians were Whitey Thomas on keyboards, Brady Mosher and Jerry Matheny on guitars, Marc Jaco on bass and Mike Collier on drums. Arranged by Whitey Thomas and J.Daniel Smith. I have chosen two tracks entitled "I'm never gonna look back" and "Stop hauling water".

Soon, word of Ron's musical talents began to spread around the Oakland area, and he found himself invited to lead praise and worship at numerous churches.
"I didn't even think of myself as a praise and worship leader," Ron says. "All I knew was I would go and sing my songs and something special would happen."
Leading worship for high-profile pastors like Lester Sumerall and Jack Hayford brought Ron to the attention of evangelist Mario Murillo who commissioned Ron to lead worship at his crusades. Leading worship for high-profile pastors like Lester Sumerall and Jack Hayford brought Ron to the attention of evangelist Mario Murillo who commissioned Ron to lead worship at his crusades.
Through Murillo, Ron met Pastor Dick Bernal, who founded the Jubilee Christian Centre, a congregation in San Jose, CA.
Ron became the church's music minister in 1987 and was content to stay there without the thought of ever recording again.
The next year's Welcome Home album earned Ron his first Dove Award. His last recording was 2001's Dwell in the House, which was a first-round Grammy award nominee.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Dorothy Moore - Lonely 1980

Born to Mary Moore and Melvin Hendrex Snr., Dorothy was raised by her great grandmother. She began singing with The New Stranger Home Baptist Church Choir at the age of five, and, eventually, she became a soloist. While attending Jackson State University, she formed an all-female group called The Poppies with Fern Kinney, Petsye McCune and Rosemary Taylor. The group recorded for Columbia Records' Date subsidiary, reaching number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966 with "Lullaby Of Love". Abortive solo singles for the Avco, GSF and Chimneyville labels followed
Her career took off with a series of ballads for Malaco Records. "Misty Blue" (# 2 R&B, # 3 Pop) and "Funny How Time Slips Away" (the Willie Nelson penned song, # 7 R&B, # 58 Pop) scored in 1976, while "I Believe You" (# 5 R&B, # 27 Pop) charted the following year. Moore's recordings in the next few years were not nearly as successful as she succumbed increasingly to the disco trend.
In 1980 she released a single entitled "Talk To Me-Every Beat Of My Heart" R&B #87 on Malaco Records. The flip side entitled "Lonely". This single is included on the album entitled "Talk to me" in 1980 on the same label. I chose the flip side "Lonely". Composed by Carson Witchett. Produced by Tommy Couch, Wolf Stephenson and Carson Witchett.

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

Biography by Wikipedia

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Willy Bridges - Riverside drive 1977

Willy Bridges has been contributing to the field of entertainment for many years. He was a member of several bands such as: Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Lloyd Price, and a host of others. He has recorded with several artists such as Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny & Cher, just to name a few, including our group Gladys Knight and The Pips. His record speaks for itself. He is definitely one of our world’s finest. He recorded one solo album. This album was recorded at Sigma Sound in 1977 and released on Buddah Records. Great musicians, helped Willy Bridges, such as Leon Pendarvis, Horace Otts and Kenny Williams on piano, Cornell Dupree and Jeff Mironov on guitars, Anthony Jackson and Wilbur Bascomb on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Seldon Powell on sax and Garnett Brown on trombone. Strings by Irving Spice & Co.
I chose a great instrumental entitled "Riverside drive". Composed by himself and Ivy G.Hunter. Produced by Ivy G.Hunter.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

In other instrumentals arranger was David Van De Pitte. David Van De Pitte, the arranger who helped Marvin Gaye take jazz, soul and the rumblings of the counter-culture and turn it into the genius of "What's Going On," died on Aug. 9 of cancer. The arranger, composer and music director, a longtime Metro Detroiter, was 68.