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Friday, December 31, 2010

East Coast Offering - Don't take your love away 1984



Tim Eyermann was a saxophonist and for many years was the led of the jazz fusion band called East Coast Offering from Washington.
He was born in Philadelphia. Tim started studying piano at the age of six and continued until he was eleven. At the age of 14 his godmother bought an album by saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. Also his great-uncle was sax player in Downey, California. For this reason he decided to study saxophone.
He graduated with a B.S. in Music from Duquesne University, he also completed his Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory in woodwinds. He worked with Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Julie Andrews, The Spinners and Anita Baker. In 1974, he formed a band the East Coast Offering.
Tim Eyermann appeared at local clubs for years, toured the East Coast with his group, made about 10 albums and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, but he never made any success.
In 1984 Tim released a self-titled album with his group on MCA Records. Tim has had three previous albums to his credit.
It was recorded at Bias Studios, Springfield. Produced by Tim Eyermann and E.C.O.
I have chosen a masterpiece entitled "Don't take your love away". It was written by Isaac Hayes and Lee Hatim. Original recording by Isaac Hayes in 1977. 



This song was released also as a 7 incher and 12 incher.

Tim Eyermann died on May 1, 2007 at the age 60.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Invitations - Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart 1974



The Invitations were Herman Colefield, Gary Grant, Bill Morris and Bobby Rivers. They started to record in the mid 60's. Later in 1972, Lew Kirton joined in the Invitations. They recorded some songs between 1973 and 1974. These songs were released on Silver Blue Records. One of them called "Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart".
It was written by Clarence Reid and Willie James Clarke. First recording by Clarence Reid on the album "Running Water" in 1973 on Alstom Records. My copy is a promo 7 inch.


Arranged by the great Bobby Martin. Produced by Bobby Martin & Joel Diamond. Joel Diamond was the owner of the label. Amazing arrangement. Enjoy it.



Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas





Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Merry Christmas

Froehliche Weihnachten

Joyeux Noel

Friday, December 24, 2010

Rodney Friend - The Greatest Gift 1980



One day before Christmas I decided to present a Christmas song by Rodney Friend. This is the super rare gospel album entitled "Call Him Jesus" that I presented eight months ago. It was released on Pandora Records in 1980. It was recorded at Sound Off Studio Compton, California. 
Also this album includes some Christmas songs. One of them called "The Greatest Gift". Composed by himself. Arranged by himself. Produced by J.E.Lauderdale.



Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The McPhersons - Makin Music / If Forever Could Be 1981



I tried to find info about this group, but it was very difficult. The McPhersons was a family female group. They released a single entitled "Makin Music / If Forever Could Be" on Farja Records in 1981. Both of the songs were produced by George Bohanon. 



Both of the songs were written by Roxanne McPherson in 1979. Roxanne McPherson (born in 1958) is the niece of Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo. She is an experienced and talented singer who has toured all around the world performing in such places as Las Vegas and in the USO tours. However on the songs the music or the lyrics must have been changed, so for this reason when it was released this 7 inch by Farja Records, on the labels mention that "Makin Music" was written by Roxanne McPherson and George Tavy. And the other song "If Forever Could Be" was written by Roxanne McPherson and George Bohanon. 


Rhythm & horn arranged by George Tavy.




Arranged by George Bohanon.



I found that at the same period Roxanne McPherson wrote one more song entitled "With You should be loving me".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ceasar Elloie - New Orleans to Paris 2010


Wow!!! Ladies and gentlemen, today I'm presenting one of the best albums in 2010. I decided to present this album because in a few days the year will finish. In this way I want to honour this artist and his great album.
Ceasar Elloie is the "Caesar" of soul and jazz music with a great deep-voice. He was born in 1953 and raised in the city of New Orleans. As a young kid his favorite toy was his voice. Later around at the age of 14, he discovered that his mother was a clone of Aretha Franklin as she kept music playing at all times in their home. They mostly listened to Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Otis Redding, James Brown and just everybody whose music was out there.
He began to sing Mardi Grass Indian songs on street corners with the fellows. These were known as chants. As he entered High School, he was invited to sing with his first Band. This was the beginning of his love to perform in public. Later he entered Southern University at New Orleans and was invited to sing with the Jazz Band under the direction of Dr.Edward "Kid" Jordan. During that period Dr.Jordan decided that it would be good to give the guys some Recording Studio experience. It was then that he wrote the lyrics of the songs entitled "Who Stole the Funk" and "I don't know". As a result of preparation for recording, he gained an insight on what he needed to do regarding vocal technique.He released a single entitled "I don't know / Who stole the funk" on "New Orleans Records" in 1983.





He was afforded the opportunity to work with some talented artists of New Orleans in that area. Today many of these guys travel the world as professional Musicians. To name a few, Wendall Brunious, Jonathan Moffett, Chris Severin and many others. Later in life he realized that he still loved music, as he had been making his living as a Steam Plant Engineer for the city of New Orleans. During his labor years, he remained close to the music.
Today he still have much love for the music. He released his first full album called "New Orleans to Paris" on Number Three Turbine Records in 2010. It was recorded at Axis Studios, Metairie/New Orleans. There was project prior to the "New Orleans to Paris" project entitled "Behind Closed Doors". This one was described as a maxi single to include four songs.


On the new album appear some great musicians such as Chris Severin on bass and guitar, Herlin Riley on drums, Thaddeus Richard on piano, Carl LeBlanc and Aaron Stampley on guitars, Leroy Jones and Jamelle Williams on trumpet, Wendell Brunious on Flugal Horn, Dwayne "DOC" Paulins on trombone, Clarence Johnson III on saxophone.


Most of the songs are covers. He decided to dedicate this album to Lou Rawls. Lou was one of his favorites back during his experimental years of singing. I chose 3 tracks entitled "Lady Love" of Lou Rawls, "Let's Fall In Love All Over Again" of Billy Paul and "More Than Yesterday" of Spiral Starecase. I want to mention that "Lady Love" is a fantastic cover, maybe it is better than the original of Lou Rawls. Amazing arrangement and great horns.







This album CD seems to have been well accepted by the New Orleans World Wide Community Radio as well as the locals. The Turtle in Nashville and a station in Boulder have played this CD several times.



Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

I highly recommend this album. Available CD and digital download at CDBABY.

I want to thank Ceasar Elloie for his confidence in me.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Joseph Stubbs - Got To Make A Move 1981



Joe Stubbs was the younger brother of Levi Stubbs, lead singer of The Four Tops. Joe had been lead singer with four famous soul groups. The first of these was The Falcons. Then secondly came The Contours. Thirdly with The Originals, and fourthly with Detroit legend Steve Mancha, the wonderful group on Hot Wax, One Hundred Proof Aged In Soul.

After such a legendary career, he had a terrible accident with his car and he was slightly brain damaged, but still able to talk, sing, and perform, but left somewhat childlike, and innocent.
He tried to return on stage and released a single in 1981 on Atkins All-Star Recording. This single called "Got to make a move" was written in 1980 as "Let's make a move" by himself, William Lanier and Claude Wilson. Claude Wilson or Clyde Wilson probably is the legendary on Northern soul scene Steve Mancha member of the groups Two Friends, The Hollidays, One Hundred Proof Aged In Soul.


Produced by Curtis Atkins. Music by The Atkins All-Stars. Background vocals by Star-Fire. Enjoy this rarity. Only for real collectors.



I want to mention that Star-Fire and The Atkins All-Stars released a single entitled "Oh baby" on the same label in the same year.
One year later "Got to make a move" was re-recorded and was released on the same label by The Falcons. Produced again by Curtis Atkins. The Falcons had re-formed in the early 80's by Joe Stubbs, Mack Rice, Willie Schofield, Lance Finnie and James Gibson.

Joseph or Jo-Jo (as everyone called him) Stubbs died on the 5th February 1998 from a heart condition.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

BREAKING NEWS !!!!


Recenty I renewed my article about Lady Bianca. You can see here below.


http://souldennis.blogspot.com/2009/01/lady-bianca-thornton.html

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rance Allen - Straight From The Heart 1978 Lp



I remember that I bought this album some years ago for a ballad song called "I belong to you". This song peaked  at #30 on the R&B chart in 1978 and also it was included on the album "Straight from the heart".
The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan and based in Toledo, Ohio. The Rance Allen Group was formed in the late 60's by vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Rance Allen with his brothers Tom Allen and Stephen Allen. They recorded many albums from 1972 until today. They signed to the Stax imprint Gospel Truth and they recorded for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s.



In 1978 they released an album on Stax Records called "Straight from the heart". It was recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley.
The musicians were Gregory Levias on keyboards, Gregory Crockett and David Pruitt on guitars, Romeo Williams on bass, Kenneth Elliott on drums, Robert Zimmitti on percussion. Background vocals by Sharon Hymes, Bonnie Slivier and Selene Stewart. Arranged by Henry Cosby and Benjamin Wright. Produced by Henry Cosby.
I chose two tracks entitled "Security" and "I belong to you".  Enjoy them.





Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Special Message From Tower Of Power



November 28, 2010
Yvonne Depatis-Kupka, wife of Stephen "Doc" Kupka of the Legendary Tower of Power needs a liver transplant.

By Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez
Herald De Paris

Steve Kupka is one of the founding members of the soul band Tower of Power. TOP, The Kings of East Bay Soul have been touring the world for over 42 years bringing their brand of horn fueled furious funk and sweet soulful ballads.

"Yvonne is on the California liver transplant list, seriously ill and urgently in need of this surgery. Simply put, the cost for this major surgery and post-operative care substantially exceeds her health insurance coverage and the family's resources. Major surgery shouldn't bankrupt a family or threaten to financially ruin their lives. So the Friends of Yvonne and Doc Kupka have organized this medical fund to help cover the uninsured portion of these extreme medical expenses.

How You Can Help
(1) Please make a PayPal donation to the medical fund: For More Information go to: http://www.yvonnekupka.com
(2) Share this with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks:
(3) Blog about this fundraiser. Write a short article for your blog to help get the word out.
(4) Buy Doc's latest CD, "Doc goes Hollywood".

In 2008, Doc Kupka released Doc Goes Hollywood, a collection of ballads in a modern "Great American Songbook" style. Included on this CD is Track 5, Yvonne, a touching, moving tribute to the love of Doc's life, Yvonne Depatis-Kupka.

You can buy the CD at http://www.strokelandrecords.com/ or http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sandersross/. All proceeds from the sale of this CD at either outlet are graciously being donated to the Yvonne Kupka Medical Fund. Doc Goes Hollywood: Copyright © 2008, Strokeland Records. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.

The Friends of Yvonne and Doc Kupka have established an Irrevocable Trust Agreement administered by an independent medical fund trustee to govern the proper handling and administration of all donations received. Donations are gifts to Yvonne Depatis-Kupka and are not tax-deductible in the United States under current IRS regulations.
To verify that this is a legitimate fundraising effort and not an Internet scam, visit Doc Kupka's Web site at http://strokeland.com/ or the Tower of Power Web site at http://towerofpower.com/.
With Thanks,The Kupka Family and Tower Of Power

Note: I have taken this message from Gary  Alexander, member of the group The Entertainers.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Charisma - Let Love In Your Life 1983

Melvin Davis in studio

First of all, I want to thank John "AJ"Carter for all his info.

For several years many collectors and radio producers thought that Melvin Davis was the lead singer of the group called Charisma. One reason was that the voice of singer seemed with the voice of Melvin Davis. The second reason was that the record was released on Rock Mill Records, label of  Melvin Davis.
In fact Charisma was a soul/funk group which was formed by Ray Green the brother of Jerry Green of the Contours who had his own version of the Contours touring Detroit from 1976-1981. The members of the group were Ray Green, Louis Carter Jr, Al Chisholm (former Contours), a gospel singer named Chris and Chris' brother named DougJohn "AJ" Carter was collaborator and manager.
Melvin Davis recorded the song "Let love in your life" in 1979 for himself, but the song didn't take off and Melvin shopped around for someone to produce it on. This song was included on CD entitled "His Greatest Recordings" which was released in 2004.






Melvin was friend of Ray Green and he asked him to form a group. Ray Green took three members of his version of the Contours who had split off. 
Melvin took these singers into the studio and recorded their voices over his track and sped up the tempo. AJ Carter wrote the intro line of the song and revamped the lyrics. Louis Carter brother of AJ, sang it as a member of Charisma. In fact Louis Carter sang only the intro line and the lead singer was Chris (a gospel singer). They had auditioned several singers before they ended up in Chris whose voice is similar to Melvin's. For this reason until nowadays many people thought that Melvin Davis was the singer. During the audition they also liked a guy called Tony Coates who later collaborated with Babyface.
They released a single entitled "Let love in your life / Gonna never give up" in 1983 on Melvin Davis' label called Rock Mill from Detroit. Both of these songs were recorded at Dearborn Studio A, Detroit.


Enjoy "Let love in your life". Produced by Ray & Pam Green and Melvin Davis. Composed by Melvin Davis.



After single's release John "AJ" Carter and his brother Louis Carter Jr. left Charisma because they wanted as lead singer Tony Coates who was also a songwriter and piano player. However Ray Green and Melvin Davis had chosen Chris as they thought that he was better on stage.
In the mid 80s Charisma appeared on Detroit's "The scene". What is remarkable is that other than Ray Green, none of the singers who sang on television were the ones who had previously recorded the song in 1983.

Note: The above songs are not played in full

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Its - Rainbow 1980 Lp

Its with Lee Ritenour and Don Grusin

Its was an obscure soul jazz group from Japan. Its were Izumi Kimoto, Teruhisa Tohgoh and Sumie Shima. They released an album entitled "Rainbow" on JVC Records in 1980. It was recorded at Victor Studio, Sound Inn Studio, Tokyo.
In this album participated some great Japanese musicians such as Masahiko Satoh on piano, Kazumi Watanabe on electric guitar. Also Kenji Ohmura on guitar, Yasuaki Shimizu on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, Akira Okazawa on bass, Shuichi Murakami and Yuhichi Togashiki on drums and Tadaomi Anai on percussion.


Kohji Hadori, Tokikazu Suyama, Takehisa Suzuki and Tetsuo Fushimi on trumpet, Eiji Arai, Yasuo Hirauchi, Sumio Okada, Tadao Taniyama, Akira Fujimoto, Katsuyuki Sugimoto on trombone, Yukihiko Nishizawa, Akira Fujiyawa, Takeshi Shinohara on flute.
Strings by Ohno group. Arranged and conducted by Masahiko Satoh. Produced by Akira Taguchi.
Most of the songs are compositions of Don Grusin, Lee Ritenour and Patti Austin. I have chosen three tracks called "Bird of beauty" of Stevie Wonder, "Rainbow" and "Tequila Mockingbird". "Rainbow" written by Don Grusin and original recording by Lee Ritenour. Finally "Tequila Mockingbird" is well known as an album title song of Ramsey Lewis but the vocal version of Dee Dee Bridgewater. Music written by Larry Dunn and lyrics by Roxanne J.Seeman.








Its released another album in 1981 entitled "It's Wonderland" on JVC Records.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full