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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Triple SSS Connection

After an unprofitable stint with Flavor, Stan Sheppard banded with Steven and Sterling Rice to form Triple S. The name comes from the first initial of each name: S. Signing with 20th Century Fox Records, the trio enjoyed releases in 1979 and 1980 but never came close to hitting the mother lode. They debuted in 1979 with Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" b/w "Back in Your Arms Again" written by Chauncey Matthews, who was in Flavor but was content playing keyboards and writing songs for Triple S. 20th Century slapped the Wonder side on the back of "Dance the Night Away," also in 1979, for Triple S's second release. They garnered some club play but nothing was smokin' the charts. A third single, "Singing a Song About You" b/w "Love Is Just a Feeling," closed out 1979. A self-titled album came out in 1979 that found few takers.





Not wanting to throw good money after bad, 20th Century cooled on the act and didn't release their fourth and final release until the fall of 1980. "Got to Get Your Number," written by Steve, Sterling, and a third Rice, Chestener, also failed to stroke the fires. The flip side, "Livin' and Lovin' Just for You," was another composition by Matthews who wrote every Triple S. release except the Wonder tune and "Got to Get Your Number." Sheppard left to form Skool Boyz in 1981, a group that included Matthews on vocals and keyboards. The Rice twins recorded one and only album entitled “One magic night” in 1982 on RCA. From this Lp I have chosen track entitled "Just one step".






Which is the group's real name ?



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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pressure featuring Ronnie Laws


When tenor saxophonist/bandleader Ronnie Laws cooked up the Pressure album in 1979, he had already established himself as one of the most promising young musicians in contemporary jazz. Pressure, however, was not the straight-ahead jazz project that some critics had anticipated from Ronnie. Released on the heels of his popular “Friends and strangers” Lp, the album found Laws creating a mixture of jazz, R&B, pop and other elements in tandem with his six-member back-up band. While the album concept is credited to his group, Pressure definitely bears the stamp of Laws' eclectic arrangement and production ideas. Melvin Robinson on guitar, Barnaby Finch on synthesizers & keyboards, Bobby Vega on bass, Pat Kelly on guitar, Art Rodriguez on druma and percussion, Ronnie Laws on tenor sax & vocals. Also vocals by Betty Jo Miller, Samuel Moore, Sandra and Johnny Laws. Produced by himself. I have chosen killer track entitled "Can you feel it".




Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ramsey Lewis - Routes 1980


Last year on October 7, I had posted a live recording of Ramsey Lewis. Here is another one great LP from his glorious career. Ramsey Lewis recorded this Lp in 1980 on CBS records entitled "Routes". One more Lp with members of E.W.&F. Maurice White on vocals, Larry Dunn on synthesizer & piano, Al McKay on guitar, Fred White & Philip Bailey on percussion, Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Michael Davis on trumpet, Rahmlee on Fluegelhorn. Also Paulihno Da Costa on percussion, Byron Miller on Bass, Roland Bautista on guitar James Gadson on drumms and many others. I have chosen two tracks entitled "Whisper Zone" and "Caribbean blue". The last one is instrumental.






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

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chuck Edwards - Ooh la la la 1983



Charles Edward Edwins was born in 1927 in Pittsburgh, PA. He started playing guitar professionally in the late 40’s. He made his first recordings in 1953 for Duke as Charles Edwins and his Orchestra (‘I Got Loose’ b/w ‘Bong Gone’). He eventually took the stage name Chuck Edwards, and continued to record for Duke. For many years he recorded many 45" in various labels. In 1972 he packed up his family and moving to the San Francisco Bay area, living in a motel for the first several months. It was there that the Edwards family became the band The Edwards Generation. By the mid-70’s they released at least one 45 (‘School Is In’ b/w ‘Someone Like You’ on Ghetto), and a full length LP, ‘The Street Thang’ on Tight records.


The group also appeared on television a few times, including the Mike Douglas Show.
In 1983 Chuck recorded two singles on Tight Records, entitled "Ooh la la la" and "Baby baby baby". I have chosen the track "Ooh la la la". Produced by Irene Edwins & Charles Edwins.







Edwards would continue to play locally through the years, eventually releasing the CD ‘Back Again’ (Tight) in 1994, which featured both new, and classic material. His sons, who had played in the Edwards Generation, formed their own band, Movin’ who play frequently in the Bay Area.
Edwards and his wife retired (ironically) to the San Jose suburb of Pittsburgh, California. Sadly Chuck Edwards died around 2000.

Biography by funky16corners


Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thank you very much my friend/collector "John" that you brought this rare version to my attention two years ago.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Masterplan - Loving,Living,Laughing


I have never seen album from this group. They recorded many singles, since the mid 70s until mid 80s. In 1974 The Master Plan released on De-Lite Records with success two of Stanley Lippit's recordings "Clinton Park (a song written about Marvin Holmes young daughter) and "Frying Pan".
This 7 inch was recorded around mid 80s on Fos-Glos Records in the Bay area. Produced by Ron Bell & Warren Foster who also own this label.




Discography
1. Frying Pan / Clinton Park (1974) De-Lite 1564
2. Bennie And Jets / Only You (1975) De-Lite 1571
3. Hey Girl / Destruction (1975) De-Lite 1576
4. Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt (1977) A&M 1985
5. Don't bet your love / Mr.Outside (1977) A&M 1942
6. Music Man / (Will I have to) Dance All Nite (1978) Amani 001
7. Hey Girl You've Won My Heart / Destruction(-) FOS-GLO 001
8. Only You (Can Touch This Heart Of Mine)(-) FOS-GLO 003
9. The Girl In (Clinton Park)(-) FOS-GLO 005
10. Frying Pan (-) FOS-GLO 006
11. Loving Living Laughing(-) FOS-GLO 006

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jesse Davis



Jesse Davis in Greece.

Jesse started his professional career while still very young, touring with The Fabulous Tones as the featured singer. After a year, he decided to strike out on his own, instantly becoming well known in Palm Springs during the "Hollywood playground" days in the 70's. Movie stars Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Darren McGavin, Denise Darcel, David Jannsen, Paul Burke; and singer Jackie DeShannon were a few of the many celebrities that were frequent patrons at Jesse's performances. Of special note, First Lady Betty Ford came to see him twice, the second time bringing her husband, President Gerald Ford. This caused quite a stir, surrounded by Secret Service, particularly when the First Lady said she could not leave until she had a dance with Jesse! The president was very gracious about that and followed suit by dancing with one of the female Secret Service members.

A couple years later a customer put Jack Entratter, owner of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, in touch with Jesse and an audition was setup. Jesse found out a few minutes before the audition that he would be auditioning before Jack Entratter and Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin! Jesse's nervousness was compounded when he arrived at the big showroom to learn that the sound technicians had forgotten to set up a microphone. So Jesse had to audition before these three heavyweights, without a mike!! After just two songs, Mr. Sinatra turned to Jack and said "What are you trying to do, blow the kid's voice out?....give him a job"!! And that began his many appearances at the Sands, we well as the Sahara, Dunes, Miami, Stardust and other Las Vegas venues, as well as many of the hotel casinos in Lake Tahoe and Reno.

While performing in Hollywood, he received a call from a prominent club owned in Sydney, Australia with an offer to headline a large musical review. That engagement lead to bookings throughout Australia, including many TV appearances, as well as the recording and release of this first album, Movin' Along. The also recorded many singles, some of which were only released overseas.
During an engagement in Acapulco, vacationing movie producer Joe Camp (of "Benji" fame) caught Jesse's show and was so impressed that he asked Jesse to co-star in his upcoming television special "The Phenomenon of Benji", to be filmed throughout Europe. Later, he also signed Jesse to record the title song of Benji feature film "I Feel Love", for release as a single.



That song won the Golden Globe award for best song and was nominated in the same category for an Academy Award. Within the next few years, Jesse co-starred in a second Benji TV special, "Benji at Marineland", and had a singing role the western movie "Hawmps".
A sampling of television appearances over the years include: Nightman, Sun Up San Diego, PM Magazine, Good Morning L.A., The Lita Baron Show (Palm Springs), Siempre En Domingo (Mexico City), Tonight Show (Sydney Australia) and Australia's version of Hollywood Squares.

Discography:
1. Moving Along
2. They Call Me Mr. Lonely
3. Just Jesse
4. Hollywood Gypsies
5. The Man From Camp Nine




From the last ultra rare album on Essence Records in 1983, I have chosen three wonderful tracks entitled "You are my love" , "Tell me" and "Until you". Drums by Pattie Padden, Sax solo by Tim Welch, female vocal by Peggy Minafee, arranged and conducted by Garfield Verdine II. Produced by Jesse Davis and Garfield Verdine II.







Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Formula V - Phase 1 1977



This album was recorded on 20th Century Records in 1977. In this Lp, Formula V were Richard Cason on keyboards & vocals, Leon Kittrell on drums & vocals, Billy Ray Charles on lead guitar & vocals, Earl J. Espy on bass & vocals and Alfreda James on vocals. Horn & String Arrangements by H.B.Barnum & Charles Richard Cason. Produced by Pete Peterson & Charles Richard Cason. I chose a wonderful track entitled "We've got such a good love" duet Richard Cason with Alfreda James.




Charles Richard Cason is best known for his Rich Cason Orchestra of the early '80s and for his contributions to electro-funk and West Coast hip-hop; it was Cason who wrote the music for Captain Rapp's sociopolitical 1983 cult classic "Bad Times (I Can't Stand It)."

Discography
1. Come And Get Yourself Some 1974 (as Formula IV)
2. Phase 1 1977 (as Formula V)
3. Determination 1985 (as Formula 5)
4. On the rise 1986 (as Formula 5)



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Carlena Williams - When I'm touching you 1984




This vinyl is an ultra rare record 45". Ten days ago it was sold for 150$ on ebay. Also three months ago it was sold for 230$ on ebay.

Carlena Williams grew up in a small town in North Carolina. She sang for the first time in church at the age of 13. She got in the high school and participated in the high school group called Delvettes. When she graduated from high school at the age of 18, she relocated to Buffalo in her sisters. Ηer brother-in-law Jesse was a singer. He sang with the Buffalo Gospel Singers. Along with him she sang at the hottest night spot "The Shalimar Club". There, artists such as Richard Pryor, Arthur Connoly, Eddie Floyd, Millie Jackson and Betty Wright would come as "head liners" and she got open shows for them. Later Vanetta Fields formerly of the Corinthian Gospel Singers of Buffalo and Eddie O'Jay manager at that time of the famous group The O'Jays helped her to be introduced to the Corinthians.
In the 60s, she used the name Carlena Weaver because she was married. She was member of the group Hank Soul Man Mullen, along with the vocalists Hank Mullen and Moe Jones. The band was formed in the mid 60s. They released two singles. She also released as Carlena Weaver two singles in the mid and late 60s on Audel and Mo-Do Records respectively. In 1975 under the name Carlena Williams released the single "I won't be completely happy" on Venice Records.
Carlena also sang for the legendary rock group Pink Floyd as a backing singer, Carpenters, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison in 1977 and David Gilmour's rock album in 1978.
In 1984 she recorded for Broadcast Records two tracks entitled "When I'm touching you" and "When you're near". Most of the artists involved on this single are unknown. Mike Rosati on guitar, Doug Lenier on bass, Michael Vernacshio on keyboards, John Friesew on drums, Steve Madaeo on trumpet, Bill Reichenbach on trombone, Jim Coile on saxophone. Backing vocals by Alfie Silas, Pattie Howard and Joan Johnson. Here below, enjoy this great rarity!




Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, January 16, 2009

Double Exposure - Yes I'm in love with you 1981


The group formed in Philadelphia and comprised of James Williams, Joseph Harris, Charles Whittington and Leonard 'Butch' Davis. They recorded three albums on Salsoul Records entitled “Ten Percent” in 1976, “Four play” in 1978 and “Locker room” in 1979. Before they disbanded, they recorded two tracks entitled “After all this time” and “I’m in love with you” in 1981, for the Gold Coast label. From this 7 inch I chose the track “I’m in love with you”. Produced by Lionel Job.
To my surprise I bought this rare 7inch for only $1. Also I would like to send special thanks to Phil Ward and Nicolas Drosos who introduced me to this wonderful gem.




Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Jigsaw & Lenny White



Jigsaw was an obscure soul/funk/pop group from England. They recorded nine albums and many other singles. This album was recorded on Elektra Records in 1981. From this Lp I have chosen a wonderful ballad entitled "You bring out the best in me". Co-written and produced by Ben Findon.





After two years, Lenny White re-recorded the same track on Elektra Records. Vocals by Vaneese Thomas and James (Crab) Robinson (was member of Change). Produced by himself.



Which version you think is better? Please tell me your opinion.

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lady Bianca Thornton


Bianca Thornton was born in Kansas City, Missouri on 8th August 1953 and was the oldest of two sisters and a brother. She learned the art of playing Blues at a very young age by listening to her father, who was always singing and playing Blues, although he claimed it was Gospel music.
At the age of 17 Bianca’s first paying gig was with Quinn Harris and the Masterminds. Quinn was a San Francisco saxophonist and keyboardist and they performed as a side attraction at the Brass Rail in Sunnyvale. It was Quinn Harris who first gave Bianca the name Lady Bianca as she was so pure and conservative.
It was also with Quinn Harris and the Masterminds that Bianca made her recording debut in 1970 on the Reynolds Records LP “All in the Soul”. This features 2 tracks written and performed by Bianca titled “Stop! Telling Me Lies” and “We Got To Live Together”. These were also released as a single on Reynolds Records.
Her first major performance was in 1972 at the San Francisco production of singer Jon Hendricks' revue Evolution of the Blues. In that acclaimed show, she sang "Good Morning Heartache" and "God Bless the Child" and eloquently captured the spirit and essence of Billie Holiday.
Throughout the mid-70’s she appeared with a series of bands at Big Al’s and other topless nightclubs along San Francisco’s Broadway Strip.
The house bands included many locally well known Bay Area R & B musicians including guitarist Lloyd Gregory and Eugene Blacknell, drummer Bobby Cochran and bassist Henry Oden who was later to become her husband for 15 years. Throughout much of this period they worked together in the Top 40 clubs and blues joints in the San Francisco Bay Area.
At this time Bianca was doing backing vocals for Jon Hendricks and the gay disco diva Sylvester, who she says is where she got her style of dressing from.
Bianca was then invited to tour as a backing vocalist and pianist for Sly & the Family Stone for a year, unfortunately this was towards the end of his successful career. During this time they released one LP “Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back”.
In late 1976 she was invited by Frank Zappa to tour with him as a backing vocalist and pianist but this only lasted a month as Bianca felt uncomfortable singing some of his highly sexual lyrics. Bianca’s is featured on “Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station” from the Rykodisc Cd “You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6”. Other performances can be found on various Zappa bootlegs.
During this same year Bianca was featured on Lp by the San Francisco Medicine Ball titled “Slowboat To China” on Real Turkey Records singing “America The Beautiful”.
When she wasn’t away touring or performing in and around the Bay Area with her husband Henry Oden, she was in the studio recording backing vocals for artists such as Lee Oskar, Merle Haggard and Taj Mahal. She also could be heard on some of the California Raisins commercials and did voice-overs for Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater.



In 1977 Lady Bianca Thornton along with David Gardner and Paul Smith (2 other Oakland musicians) formed Vitamin E and released an album titled "Sharing" on Buddah Records produced by Norman Connors. In this album appeared some great musicians such as Reggie Lucas on guitar, Basil Farrington on bass, Mtume on percussion, Harry Whitaker and Hubert Eaves on keyboards, Randy Brecker on horns.


I chose track entitled "Pretty girls" with a very good arrangement. Composed by Paul Smith and J.Newman.



When Sharing failed to have any commercial impact, the group began falling apart.
Two years later she sang for an album which was released by pianist Bill Bell on Brown Door Records. It was recorded at Tewksbury Studio, Richmond,CA.


In this album participated some great musicians such as Marvin Holmes on guitar, Fred Washington on bass, Coke Escovedo on timbales, Jules Broussard on alto sax, Clayton Richardson on tenor sax, Larry Baptiste on trombone. Music arranged by Bill Bell. Produced by Marvin Holmes and Bill Bell.

In 1980 Lamont Dozier formed a soul group called Zingara. Lamont found a trio of singers James Ingram, Lady Bianca and Wali Ali. Lamont found Bianca in Oakland, North Carolina and he said: Her voice, her presence… she had it all.
Dozier discovered that she had established her own following on the local live circuit which was opened three times a week.
On the Zingara album Lady Bianca performed two amazing songs entitled "Are you ready for love" and "You sho' know how to love me" a duet with James Ingram.


All the songs were written by Lamont Dozier. Produced by Lamont Dozier.





Unfortunately, Wheel Records ran out of money way before they had a chance to put any promotional muscle behind their release, and the whole Zingara thing fell apart just as quickly as it had come together.

From 1981 to 1985 Bianca routinely toured with Van Morrison throughout the States as well as Europe and recorded backing vocals for several of his releases including "Beautiful Vision", "Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart ","A Sense Of Wonder" , “Live At The Grand Opera, Belfast” and “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher”.
In 1982 Stanley Lippitt had heard Lady Bianca on the local radio singing "Willow Weep For Me" with the Marvin Holmes band. It was a late-night radio broadcast from Ivey’s, a popular Oakland club. Stanley was so impressed that he rushed the club that night but unfortunately the club had by this time closed for the night.
When she wasn’t touring Bianca could be seen singing in local clubs and was also part of Mark Naftalin’s rotating cast of blues artists.
Marvin Holmes released an album called "It's about time" on Brown Door Records in 1983.It was recorded at Different Fur Studios, Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco,California. Lady Bianca Thornton sang for the album.
On the Marvin Holmes' album appeared several finest musicians such as Bill Bell on piano, Pee Wee Ellis on sax, John Parrish on trumpet, Jamie Davis and Zorina on vocals. Zorina was known from her collaboration with Fats Gaines in the same year. Produced by Marvin Holmes. Arranged and conducted by John Parrish.


I have chosen track entitled "The art of loving you". Composed by Marvin Holmes. Lady Bianca accompanies Marvin Holmes on vocals.



In 1984 Bianca finally got to meet who was later to become the true love of her life Stanley Lippitt.
They formed a partnership in both the record label, publishing and production company. Stanley wrote the lyrics and Lady Bianca the music.
They produced their first record together entitled 'Daylight Melody' in 1984 followed by "Passion" backed with "Made Up My Mind". This was later re-released in 1991.
During the mid to late 80's Lady Bianca joined several other Bay Area musicians and recorded several releases for Tom Stern's Suspex label as part of the Usual Suspects series. These included “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Fool’s Paradise” on the Faraway Places LP (1985), "Let's Make Plans Together" backed with "It's Just A Matter Of Time" on the Reunions LP (1986), these were also released as a single "In The Middle Of The Night" backed with "I Can't Stop Dreaming" on the Dreams LP (1987) , also released as a 12” single and ”They Played Our Song Today” on the Music About Music LP (1988). These were nearly all song-writing collaborations by Lady Bianca and Stanley Lippitt.





She was soon performing and became a favourite at festivals and special events throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere in northern California.
In 1989, 1990 and 1991, she was named Oakland's "female vocalist of the year."
In 1994 they put the record company on hold and went into a deal with Telarc Records. Telarc released a CD entitled "Best Kept Secret" Lady Bianca and Stanley wrote and arrange all of the songs on this CD.
Throughout the 90's Bianca continued to do backing vocals for many well known artists including Frankie Lee, Muria Muldaur, John Lee Hooker and many others.
In 2000 they met Jim O'Neal and he brought them to Rooster Blues Records. Where Lady Bianca cut her second CD in 2002 entitled "Rollin" once again they wrote, arranged and produced the entire album and this received a nomination for a Grammy in both the Blues and R&B Fields - "Daddy Blues Was a Witness" in the Blues category and "Little Drop of Water" in the R&B category.
The Mayor, and the city of Oakland also recognizing her contribution to the Arts, gave Bianca the "Key to the City" Award in 2002.
The Oakland Blues Society awarded her "Best Dressed Female vocalist" and "Best R& B Female Vocalist of the year" 2002.
Also in 2002 Stanley and Bianca stopped their busy schedule of writing, recording, touring and teaching as Bianca works with up and coming Blues artist's in and around the Oakland Bay area to celebrate their love for each other and got married!
Stanley Lippitt and Lady Bianca have created what is now known as the "Mighty Oakland Sound". A sound that is indigenous to the Bay Area.
In 2004 Lady Bianca released 'All By Myself' on their own label Magic-O Records, followed by “Let Love Have Its Way” and now March 2007 the new release "Through A Woman's Eyes".
In all Lady Bianca has recorded and performed with many who's who of Hall of fame legends such as: Bobby Bland, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone, Irma Thomas, Koko Taylor, Joe Louis Walker and dozens more.
Lady Bianca and the Magic-O Rhythm Band have participated in many Blues Festivals including the San Francisco, San Jose' , Monterey, Sarasota, Morrow Bay, Poconos, Ojai, Shasta CA, Russion River, Boise Blues Festival Boise Idaho, Utah Blues and Jazz at Snowbird, Marine County, Hayward, Rutherford Hill Winery, Santa Rosa, Two Rivers in Carrolton KY, Kansas City, Blues and Brews at Mammoth Lake, Absolute ALA Carte ALA Park, The Alameda County Fairgrounds at Pleasanton, CA, and the San Francisco's Jazz and Blues Cruise and continues to regularly tour with her current band ably supported by her co-partner and Master of Ceremonies Stanley Lippitt (see www.ladybianca.com for the current tour schedule).
When Lady Bianca is not on tour she is always seen on a Sunday morning at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Richmond, California playing piano and singing with the choir whom she is the director.
Her performances can be seen on several video's / DVD's - "Mark Naftalin's Blue Monday Party's Volume 1 & 2", "Survivors - The Blues Today", "Live At Wilebski's" and "The Essence of Jazz".
Bianca has also been photographed for several book publications "Black and White Blues" by Marc Norberg and "Really the Blues" by Stephen Green.


Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, January 9, 2009

Madagascar - Spirit of the street 1981

Madagascar were:

Gerald Albright (Saxophones and Flute)

Marva King (Vocals)

John Barnes (Producer, keyboards, synthesizers and vocals)


Donald Griffin (Guitars)

Ed Greene (Drums)

and Raymond L.Brown (Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Tamborine)



Madagascar were essentially a group of session musicians. They recorded one and only album on Arista Records in 1981 entitled "Spirit of the street".



I have chosen two tracks entitled "Rainbow" and "Thank you for our song". Produced by John Barnes.





Note: The above posted singles are not played in full

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Front Row - My love my song 1983


I first heard this track about three years ago. Immediately I found it. My friend/collector "John" sent it to me on MP3. However, I bought it on 7-inch. I don't know much info about Front Row. They recorded this track on "To Be Continued Records" in 1983. The flip side is entitled "Wanting you". Also TBC Records released a 12-incher with one more track entitled "You're the one". Produced by Phillip Miller.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, January 5, 2009

Gene Harris - In a special way 1976


I love this album. One of the most accessible of all jazz pianists, Gene Harris’ soulful style was immediately likable and predictably excellent. He recorded this Lp on Blue Note Records in 1976. They participate lots of good artists such as Philip Bailey (Percussion and vocals), Jerry Peters (Producer and electric piano), Azar Lawrence (Tenor Sax), George Bohanon (Trombone). Also vocals by Deniece Williams, Stephanie Spruiell, Merry Clayton and D.J.Rogers. I have chosen two tracks entitled "Love for sale" and "It's your love".

Gene Harris - Love for sale 1976



Gene Harris - It's your love 1976



Note: He died on January 16, 2000, at the age of 66

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lady 1982

This 7 inch is not rare and is not expensive, but Lady recorded two wonderful boogie tracks on Mega Records in 1982 entitled "Number one" and "Living for the thought". I don't know if she was the same female artist who sang for disco group Stratavarious from Canada and also she recorded two rare tracks on Mark-Lin Records in 1976 entitled "You're still the one" and "Whatever happened to the love".
Co-written and produced by Jerry Marcellino. Jerry was known as composer and producer for the early 70s recordings of Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross.









Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, January 1, 2009

O' Malley Jones - Layin' for you girl 1983


Recently I bought this 7 inch. However, I would like to thank a special gentleman from England for his unconditional help. Thank you very much John (one of the best collectors in Europe) that you brought this amazing version to my attention. O'Malley Jones recorded this track on Airwave Records in 1983. Three years ago he sang for "Ty & Towana" group on Sheridan House Records. Produced and arranged by Ceasar Valentino. Background vocals by Fred Foley, Greg Lee, Karen Jackson and Robin Alexander.




Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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