Soul Fantasy

Monday, March 29, 2010

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs - Fly away (to my wonderland) 1978



Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953 in New York City) is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of films and television programs, including Claudine (1974), Cooley High (1975), Roots (1977), Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), Bangers and Mash (1983), and The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). He began his acting career in the summer of 1969 and graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1971. Afterward, he studied acting with the world famous Negro Ensemble Company and the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble. In 1975, he won the part of Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on the ABC hit comedy series, Welcome Back, Kotter. Hilton-Jacobs starred in a few commercials over the years, including an early 1970s commercial for The United Negro College Fund.

Getting a deal with ABC Records, Jacobs began as singer working with Lamont Dozier and released his first solo album on ABC Records in 1978. Lamont Dozier helped him on production and wrote most of the songs. One of them called “Fly away (to my wonderland)”. Also this song was released as a single. However Ben E.King made the first recording on the same year. Lamont Dozier wrote words and McKinley Jackson wrote music respectively. For Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, words and music were written by Lamont Dozier.





Jacobs' next ABC album was All the Way...Love issued in March 1979 and produced by another Motown alumnus, Freddie Perren (the Corporation, the Jackson 5, the Miracles, the Sylvers, Peaches and Herb).
At the same time Jacobs as producer collaborated with the group Halo Band. He was friend with Karvin Johnson (Lead singer of the group). They released a single entitled "Let me do it".
Later he collaborated with artists such as Lonnie Jordan, Sylvers, Rick James. In 1984 he recorded third album, but he never released. However he released 12 inch entitled "I Never Been Here Before" on Street City Records.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, March 26, 2010

Curtis Cary - Girl of my dreams 1982



Curtis (Gino) Cary was an unknown singer. He was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Cary came by his love and appreciation of music naturally on the street corners of Norfolk where he popped.
Curtis began his professional music career in Norfolk, Virginia, when he became a member of a vocal group called the Anglos. Travelling from coast to coast in the US the group performed at such places as: The Uptown (Philadelphia), The Apollo (New York), The Regal (Virginia) and the Howard (Washington).
He gained much valuable experience with the Anglos backing up such greats as Dionne Warwick, Curtis Mayfield , The Impressions, Jerry Butler and Sam Cooke.
The group also achieved success with a few recordings of their own and it was with them that he first entered a recording studio.
In 1972 Curtis formed his own showband and along with his friend Norris Vines placed audiences throughout Canada and the USA for more than 10 years.
Based mainly in Toronto, however, the group spent a large percentage of their time in and around the Toronto area entertaining in such places as Zodiac Room (Ramada Inn), Canary Cottage (Triumph Hotel), Beaton’s in Toronto and the Penthouse (Sheraton Foxhead Hotel) in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
In 1982 released his first single and has also put together his own group called “The Crew”.
Curtis Cary released 12 inch on Crew Records from Canada which includes two songs entitled “Girl of my dreams” and “Sailor of the road”. They were recorded at Round Sound Studios, Ontario.



The musicians were Lester Boyke on bass, Tony Craig on drums, Kingsley Ettienne on keyboards, Leroy Emmanuel on guitar, Vern Dorge on Tenor and Alto saxophones, Rick Waychesko on trumpet, Flugle Horn.
Arranged, Horns and Strings by Vern Dorge. Produced by Kingsley Ettienne. Music by Kingsley Ettienne. Lyrics by Curtis Cary and Norris Vines.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

J.G.Lewis (AKA) Johnny Gilliam



J.G.Lewis (AKA) Johnny Gilliam is one of the best singers with deep voice in Northern Soul scene. He was a singer from Pittsburgh. He has been recording for two decades. In the 60s he wrote tunes for Jimmy Ruffin, Tommy Hunt and Major Lance, besides serving The Marvelettes as musical director and road guitarist since 1964. In the 70s he did some recordings under the name “J.G.Lewis” on IX Chains Records in 1975 and 1976. One of them entitled "Let the music play" in 1975. Composed and produced by himself. Arranged by Richard Tee.





Afterwards he released two singles entitled "Come back carol / It's true, it's true, it's only you" and "(Tonights the night) Love will make it alright / Thank you for loving me" as John Gilliam on ICA Records in 1977 and 1978 respectively.
I chose the single "Come back carol". Composed by himself.






However once again he released a single as J.G.Lewis. He released a 7 incher entitled “Dance lady dance / That’s her ( That’s the girl for you)” on a small label called "Al & The Kidd Records" in 1980.


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



This single is the last one I have ever seen from him.

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Houston Person Live in Athens



The day before yesterday night I went at the Halfnote to see Houston Person. I can’t describe how I felt when I met Houston Person. That was a great moment an unforgettable experience meting Houston in person. He is a great guy and very joyous person.






The first track entitled "Disco Sax". It was released on the album "Get Out'A My Way" on Westbound Records in 1975.



It was recorded at Pac Three, Detroit Michigan. Arranged and conducted by Jimmy Roach. Produced by Bernard Mendelson, Jimmy Roach and himself.



The second track entitled "Déja Vu". It was released on the album "Pure Pleasure" on Mercury Records in 1976.



It was recorded at Blue Rock Studios, New York. Arranged and conducted by Jimmy Roach. Produced Jimmy Roach, Robin McBride and himself.



Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

I wish to see him again in the future

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Steelers - Pretty lady 1985

This vocal group never made a truly bad record; they were too good a group. Their upbeat pop-like harmonies put a smile on your face and got your toes a-tapping, and the harmonies were simply ethereal. The ensemble was largely a brother’s act, consisting of lead singer Wes Wells, Alonzo Wells, George Wells, Leonard Truss and F.Allen. The group was formed on the West side in 1965, and not long afterward made its first record with veteran producer Al Smith on the Glow Star label, “Crying Bitter Tears”. The song featured excellent soul harmonies and used highly effective switch-off leads with falsetto the primary lead. “The Flame Remains” from 1966, was almost an equally appealing record, but neither record sold much.
The Steelers only scored a national hit after they left Crash. The 1969 song “Get it from the bottom” written by Wes Wells and Al Smith and produced by Smith and Calvin Carter, was apparently impressive enough for Columbia to pick it up and release it on its Date subsidiary. The zesty up-tempo number, reminiscent of the Esquires sound, made it on Cash Box’s R&B chart for three weeks. The Steelers never had another national hit, but they never called it quits.
In the mid 80s they released a single entitled "Pretty lady" on Tre Records. In fact this song was first recorded in 1979 from The Whispers. This cover version from The Steelers is better. Divine stepper with fantastic instrumentation and magnificent vocals. Arranged and produced by Tom Tom 84.





In the late 80s they were still performing on the West Side and still coming out with records. In 2007 they released CD entitled "Steelers Love You" on Capital City Record/Mar-ance Records.



Discography

Glow Star 815 - Crying Bitter Tears / Walk Alone - 1966
Crash 428 - The Flame Remains / Heavens Gift - 1966
Crash 430 - Crying Bitter Tears / Just Beginning To Love You - 1967
Date 1642 - Get It From The Bottom / I'm Sorry - 1969
Epic 10587 - Can't Take The Pain / a Thousand Tomorrow's - 1970
Epic 10773 - You're What's Missing From My Life / You Got Me Calling - 1970

Wes Wells & The Steelers

Torrid 100 - From The Top of My Heart / it Must Be Love - 1974

The Steelers

Torrid 101 - From The Bottom of My Heart / It Must Be Love - 1974
AMG 607317 - Disturbing Thoughts / Love Love Love For Me - 1976
Triple T 002 - It Must Be Love / Dancing Girl - 1984
Tre 83183 - Pretty Lady / Instrumental - 1985
Triple T 004 - Feed Your Own / same - 1985

Note: Discography by Colin Dilnot
Biography by Chicago Soul
The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Nite Life - What's on your mind 1978



Nite Life was an obscure group from Canada. "What's on your mind" is another one of Tony Green's many disco obscurities. It was released on TGO Records (Tony Green Organization) in 1978. Tony is a producer, composer and label owner. He collaborated with many artists such as France Joli, Carolyne Bernier, Goldie Alexander, Geraldine Hunt, Freddie James.
Produced by Tony Green and Nite Life. Arranged by Nite Life.




Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brook Benton - Jet 1982



Seven months ago, I had the pleasure to present one of my favorite songs by Brook Benton entitled "Glow Love". Today I'm presenting one more song of him entitled "Jet".
In fact "Jet"is the flip side of "I cried for you". "I cried for you" also he had released on Polydor Records in 1979. It was released on Catawba Records in 1982. This single is ultra rare and is not included on the site soulfulkindamusic which mentions his discography. Produced by Jimmy Nebb.






Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eric Jones - Baby I Believe



I heard this song on ebay as a sample. The next time where I found it, I bought it immediately. Eric Jones was an unknown singer. He released this single on Ostay Music Co. Composed and arranged by himself. Produced by Brian Ostaszewski.
Great vocals. Enjoy it.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

It was very difficult to find information about Eric Jones

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

James Anderson III - You, me, and love 1983

ONLY FOR COLLECTORS




Jimmy Anderson (AKA James William Anderson III)(born 1947) is a singer, composer and producer. He was more known as a composer than as a singer. He wrote songs for the group called “Exportations” along with Clarence Rome. Today most of the collectors are looking for 7 inches by Exportations on Vir-Ro Records from 1980 and 81 respectively.
Exportations released two singles on Vir-Ro Records entitled “Find another day / I want you” and “Easy come easy go / You did it”.
In 1982 James and Clarence wrote one more song for the group entitled “Party Down” and it was released as a 7 incher and 12 incher on Birdie Records.

Next year he released a single entitled “You, Me And Love” on Olam Records from Detroit. He recorded at The Disc LTD Studios Detroit. Greg Rielly is owner of the studio.
Great musical backing by Detroiters William Green, Tony Willis, Aaron Willis, Curtis Sharp, Al Jones, and Harold Jones. Features backing vocals by Brandye. Composed and produced by himself. Solo sax by Harold Jones.





Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Olam Records from Detroit has released one more 45" record entitled "You did it" which was sold for over 1000$. Tyrone Edwards collaborated with James Anderson III on production. It was composed by Tyrone Edwards & James Andersons III. Date of Creation in 1977. Composers on FAQS appear James William Anderson III, Tyrone Edward Pickens & Clarence Rome, Jr.