Soul Fantasy

Sunday, October 31, 2010

J.G.Lewis - Dance Lady Dance 1980

Some months ago, I presented a great singer of Northern soul scene J.G.Lewis (AKA) Johnny Gilliam from Pittsburgh. However I didn't present in fact the last one single by J.G.Lewis. Now I have the pleasure to do this.
This single called "That's her (That's the girl for you) / Dance lady dance"  was released on a small label called "Al & The Kidd" from Washington.

Both of these songs were written by himself. Arranged by himself and Leroy Kirkland. Produced by himself and W.Prodocimo.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sharalee - When you're near 1978

Sharalee Lucas was born in 1949 on August 13, in Lauderdale, Florida. She is an obscure gospel singer. She appeared in the mid 70s when she recorded an album along with Paul Johnson on Word Records. Next year she released an album entitled "Jesus, You Are My Friend" on Petra Records. In 1978 she released one more album entitled "Daughter of music" on Greentree Records. It was recorded at Great Circle Sound, Nashville,TN.

Most of the musicians were unknown. Shane Keister on piano, Joe Osborn and Jack Williams on bass, Lari London on drums, Bobby Thompson, John Thompson and Steve Gibson on guitars. Also Farrell Morris on percussion, Buddy Skipper on sax and Bobby Taylor on English Horns. Backing vocals by Kathy Thompson, Bob Farrell, Michael Jon Albrecht, Scott Roley and Alan Moore.
Strings by Shelly Kurland. Arrangements by Ronn Huff. Produced by John Thompson and Shane Keister.
I have chosen fantastic song entitled "When you're near".

I want to mention that at "The Dove Awards" on Gospel Music in 1978, held at the Opryland Hotel, the awards were hosted by Jerry and Sharalee Lucas.  Finally, in 1980 she released second album on Greentree Records called "Finally him, finally me".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jesse Gomez

Jesse Gomez was born and raised in Los Angeles California and began singing when he was 10 years old. He worked with a popular band in Los Angeles called “Smooth Water” in the 70’s and 80’s.
Les Baxter was a great influence in his music career. Les Baxter was singer, pianist, composer and producer. He also wrote the "Whistle" theme for the TV show "Lassie". He worked on movie soundtracks for American International Pictures where he composed and conducted scores films.
In 1974 Jesse Gomez sang on all tracks from the movie entitled "Savage Sisters" where the music was composed and conducted by Les Baxter.

In the early 80s Jesse Gomez recorded along with his band some tracks in a small recording studio. Then he released an EP album which included 4 tracks entitled "Baby I really want ya", "Sidewalk cafe", "Sweeter than honey" and "Lace" on Bax Records.  Les Baxter was the owner of Bax Records. Les Baxter printed only 50 copies with blue label.

Then Les Baxter found a major studio and they re-recorded the songs with different sound than songs on the blue label. This time was released a single with red label on Bax Records entitled "Lace / Baby I'm comin at ya" with "Lace" being the A side. The red label "Lace" was played on R&B stations in Los Angeles and charted there locally.

Then Mankind Records made a deal with them but they wanted "Baby I'm coming at you" to be on the A side. So Mankind Records released a single under the name Jessie called "Baby I'm coming at you / Lace". Mankind took record nationally and did not chart but got air play in 20 major cities. These songs were released in 1981.

Also Mankind Records released "Baby I'm coming at you" as 12 incher which some months ago was sold on ebay for 356$.

Jesse Gomez is currently working at a Los Angeles Television station and he continues to do studio session work and do occasional live performances.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

I wanna thank Jesse Gomez. I really thank you from my heart.
## Biography was provided by Jesse himself.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Β.Τ.Α.-Be my love 1986

B.T.A. or Back Together, Again was a group that released two 12 inchers on Macola Records Co from Santa Monica, California. The members were the brothers John Johnson and Carlos Jones.
They released two singles entitled "My rules / Be my love" and "With Fancy dancer / Summer nights" in 1986. They also opened concert of Bobby Brown in 1986. 

From the first single, I have chosen the track "Be my love".
Produced and composed by Carlos Jones and John Johnson. Lead vocals by John Johnson. Sax solo by Mark B.

In fact "Be my love" is the flip side of the "My rules". Carlos Jones was the singer of "My rules". 

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

# I want to thank Carlos Jones for all his info

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tom Grose & The Varsity - More of you 1985

Led a popular band in Atlanta during the mid-80s and early 90s called Tom Grose & The Varsity. He had some successes and some of these songs were played on radio shows. Also one song was played on national television exposure. Won numerous awards. Played and sang on countless albums.
He wrote the theme song for and performed in the first NBA music video with the Atlanta Hawks. Made the semifinals on "StarSearch." Won the $100,000 Grand Prize on "You Write The Songs." Wrote the score for "Rockin' To The Pointe," the first rock & roll ballet performed by The Atlanta Ballet at the Atlanta Civic Center during two seasons in 1989 and 1991. Sang and played on many national and regional radio and television commercials.

He started in 1985 releasing single (today ultra rare) entitled "I'll be allright / More of you" on Crossover Music Group. Both of the songs were included on the album entitled "I'll be allright" released in 1985 on the same label. Two years later this album was re-releasedHowever the title changed to "She wants your money" on Neo Records. It was also released on CD on the same label (Neo Records).

Produced by David Martin. Composed by himself.

I want to mention that this version is a bit different of the other version on the album in 1988.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Martee Lebous - The lady wants to be a star Lp 1976

Martee Lebous is a singer, pianist and composer from Woodstock, New York. She was born on April 12, in 1957. She recorded an album at Downtown Sound, N.Y.C. It was released on Image Records in 1976 entitled "The lady wants to be a star".
In this album great musicians were appeared such as Will Lee on bass, Jeff Mironov, John Tropea on guitars, Joe Farell on flute, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Michael Brecker, George Young and Lou Marini on sax. Also Barry Miles on synthesizer, Ron Tierno on drums, George Devens on percussion and backing vocals by David Lasley, Arnold McCuller and Lynn Pitney.

Produced and arranged by Charlie Calello. All the songs were composed by herself.

I chose two tracks entitled "For David" and "(How can you lose) something you never had". Solo sax by Michael Brecker on the first track.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, October 8, 2010

"Southside" Jerry Mellix

"Southside" Jerry Mellix was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a sax player mainly a tenor man but if needed he can be to pick up an alto, baritone and flute.
He started out playing in The Hill City Marching Band back in 1959 and he has been performing professionally since 1962 at the age of fifteen. He migrated to the high school band and later found jobs, mainly the weekend nights, with a band called 'Little' Willie Beck & The Crossfires.
He went to Soho and Forbes Grade Schools and Fifth Ave. High School. He also went to Pittsburgh University, but left before graduation to go on the road with the show band called "The Memories".
For over 40 years now, he has  performed blues, jazz and  R&B. Since the mid 1960's by 1979, he has played saxophone for various artists performing in Pittsburgh such as Lee Dorsey, The Temptations, The O'Jays, The Coasters and many more. Jerry's incomparable sax and vocal style has been heard from Trump's Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. through the French quarters blues bars in New Orleans to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has influences of his brother and fellow sax player Ron Mellix as well as other players  such as Art Nance, J.C.Gordon and Stunley Turrentine.
Jerry with The Memories released some singles on their Memco Records entitled "Can I / Lovey Dovey" and "Sha-Boom / Once And Awhile" in 1976 and 1978 respectively. Also they recorded and released a mini album on cassete in 1981 on the same label.

From the mini album, I chose a great Christmas song entitled "Santa Claus is coming to town". Vocals by Jul Hopson. Jerry Mellix on sax and flute.
I'm sorry for the quality of the sample, the sound of mp3 was taken from cassette.

The Memories did an album worth of recordings in the mid 70’s , but never released. In the 80s, they performed only in Western, Pennsylvania and in the tri-states (West Virginia and Ohio).
Jerry Mellix spent a few years performing with them (20 years with that band) and decided to strike out on his own. Then, he goes as a member of a South Side blues house band. The leader had trouble pronouncing Mellix during the group intros, and so "Southside Jerry" was born.
In 1997 he released first solo album under his new stage name. It was released on cassete by RAM entitled "Blue'n'at". This album won Pittsburgh's EXCEL Award for best independently produced Jazz/Blues record. Southside Jerry reissued it on CD in 2000 on his own impress, the Jermel label.

This album has all the styles. Blues, Jazz and R&B. Some of the tracks were recorded at Albey Road Studio in Pittsburgh,PA. and Hart Sound Production, Belle Chase, LA.
I have chosen three tracks entitled "What a difference a day makes", "Dream bossa nova" and "Funny (not much)". On the popular "What a difference a day makes" vocals by Bobbi Marbella. Solo guitar by John "Doc" Flaherty. On "Funny (not much)" vocals by Southside Jerry and Bobbi Marbella. Solo piano by Bob Pinkerton. On "Dream bossa nova" solo trumpet by Les "Rusty" Colonelo. Solo guitar by Hugh Garfold. Enjoy them.

Now on his own, Mellix expanded beyond his Motown roots, and added Blues and Jazz to his R&B and doo-wop repertoire. He also expanded his stage, performing in places like Buffalo, NY., Rochester, NY., Charlotte, NC, New Orleans, LA., and Atlanta, GA.

His favorite gig was at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. There, Mellix got to perform with The Clovers, which included his old band mate from The Memories, Richie Merritt, who sang for a host of local groups, including the Electrons and is currently with the Marcels.

He joined forces with Morgantown's oldies/shag act, the Subway Band, which toured the east, and in 2005 cut the album "Black, White, & Blues" on their own label. His playing is also heard on albums with Pittsburgh's Stickers, Memphis Mike, and Kari Throm.

Heck, in 2006 he even played a gig with Gary Racan and the Studio E Band for the opening night gala after Matthew McConaughey's and Matthew Fox's "We Are Marshall" movie premier in Huntington, West Virginia.

The Subway job landed him an opportunity to play with Chicago's "Daughter of the Blues," B.B. King's girl Shirley, as a member of the R&B Station. His last performance with her was in Toronto, where Mellix parted ways to work in Nevada's Reno and Carson City casinos with a R&B show band called Musicole w/Michael Coleman.

But when the economy went south, so did the casino budgets. Mellix returned to his old stomping grounds in 2007 to earn his daily bread, and has been doing nicely ever since.

Here, he's back on the oldies circuit, backing The New Holidays, The Four Townsmen, and the Soul Merchants; he also performed with the El Monics before they broke up. He also performed with his own band, the Blues 'N' At Band.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

I wanna thank Southside Jerry Mellix. It is worthy to mention that you are a great person.
## Biography was provided by Jerry himself.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Marc LaRoi Cummings - Lots of Love 1978

Marc LaRoi Cummings was a composer, keyboardist and a singer. He was behind Ronnie McNeir for many years. He appeared in 1974 when he wrote with Ronnie McNeir the song "Wendy is gone" which was released as a single entitled "Wendy is gone / Give Me A Sign" on Setting Sun Records. Also he sang as backing vocalist on the flip side song "Give me a sign". Both of them were included on the self-titled Ronnie McNeir album in 1975 on Prodigal Records. Next year he co-wrote a song called "Strung out for your love" for the group Four Tops. The same year he co-wrote one more song along with Ronnie McNeir entitled "Say you will" for the Ronnie album "Love's comin' down" on Motown Records.
In 1978 he released his first single entitled "Lots of love / Struggling together" on Setting Sun Records. Ronnie McNeir was owner on the label.

From this rarity I have chosen the great song "Lots of love". Produced by Ronnie McNeir and himself. Arranged by Ronnie McNeir and Johnny Allen. Composed by Ronnie McNeir, Palou Houston and Andre Moore.

From 1978 until 1981 he recorded many songs behind Ronnie as keyboartist and singer. These songs were released in 1996 on the Ronnie McNeir album entitled "Rare McNeir".
In 1980 he participated on the David Ruffin album "Gentleman Ruffin" as backing vocalist.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

# Did Marc LaRoi Cummings release or any other records? If you know then please email me at the address above.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wendell Harrison - Rocket love 1982

Wendell Harrison is a Jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. He was born on October 1, 1942 in Detroit. He performed with Motown stars Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin. Shortly after in 1960 the young Harrison headed for New York. He began performing for some of the world’s premier jazz artists: guitarist Grant Green vocalist Eddie Jefferson, and the great Sun Ra. He teamed up with trumpeters Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Owens and Howard Johnson to perform and tour with saxophonist Hank Crawford.
In 1970 he moved back to Detroit and became a session musician. Also he is the founder of some labels. He started the labels Tribe, Rebirth, and Wenha. He released many albums. After of two albums entitled "Organic Dream" and "Dreams Of a Love Supreme" he tried to record one more album. At the start he released single "No turnin' back / Rocket love" on his own label Wenha Records in 1982. The label of the vinyl mentions for the album "The Wendells Of Love" but I think that never released.

This single was recorded at the Wenha Studios, Detroit, Michigan. Wendell Harrison on tenor saxophone, percussion, synthesizer and lead vocals. Pamela D.Wise on piano and background vocals. Kurt Krahnke on bass, Michael Edwards on drums, Gale Benson on lead & rhythm guitar, Larry Fratangelo on percussion and Robert Pearson on hand claps. Also Miche Braden on background vocals. Vocal arrangements by Miche Braden, Wendell Harrison and Pamela D.Wise.
I chose the song "Rocket Love". First original recording by Stevie Wonder in 1980.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full