Soul Fantasy

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

1 comment:

PhillyDave said...

Loved this one, and had never heard it, now picked up the LP.