Soul Fantasy

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jeb Stuart - Somebody's got to win 1984

I had the pleasure to present Jeb Stuart about two years ago. His real name is Charles Jones from Memphis. There is a strange thing. This great singer never released an album. He released only singles from 1956 until 1989. I think he deserved more recognition.
Today I'm presenting one more single entitled "Hey foxy lady / Somebody's got a win" on Esquire International Records in 1984. This single was released as a 7 incher and a 12 incher respectively.

Composed by himself. Produced and arranged by himself and Mike Levine. Music by Shaka Zulu Afro Rhythm Band.
Only for those who appreciate hearing quality music. Superb vocals.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

# You can see discography by Jeb Stuart here below

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sounds Of Inner City - Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is an American soap opera parody that aired in syndication from January 1976 to May 1977. The series was produced by Norman Lear, directed by Joan Darling and starred Louise Lasser. The series writers were Gail Parent and Ann Marcus.
The TV Show's theme tune is an obscure disco song which was released on West End Records as a 7 incher and 12 incher respectively. It was recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia. For one more time Vince Montana and Tom Moulton did a great work. West End Records released this single under the name Sounds of Inner City. The singer is an unknown artist called Dick Lee. 

The song was written by Art Vallee, Max Spickol and Peter DeAngelis. Produced, arranged and conducted by Vince Montana Jr.



Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Monday, March 21, 2011

Patryce Choc'let Banks

Patryce Choc'let Banks was the lead female singer of the grammy nominated funk group Graham Central Station. She started singing at the age of three in her father's Babtist Church. The beginning of her professional career started upon graduation from Dorsey High with the “Doodletown Pipers,” an “All American” type group of youngsters. With the Pipers she traveled the US and Canada performing in concerts and appearing in a televised series of “Doodletown Piper” Holiday specials.
In the continue Dick Griffey became manager of Patryce. He helped her to do an introduction to the group Sly & The Family Stone, where she met Larry Graham bassist of the group. This meeting was the beginning of her successful career of Graham Central Station. Meanwhile with the group she travelled in the USA and Europe and appeared on TV including "Soul Train" , "Rock Consert".

Later she decided to leave from the group for a solo career. She recorded her debut solo album entitled "She's back and ready" and it was released on T.Electric Records in 1980.  Jim Tyrrell in 1979 formed a black record label called T.Electric from New York. Tyrell was the president of the label. Tyrrell's oldest daughter, Cheryl was T-Electric's director. T-Electric Records was marketed by Infinity Records and was distributed by MCA Records. The label released the two first albums with Patryce Choc'let Banks and Love Committe. 
Also the label recorded one more album by Karin Jones which was never released on the label. That's because the label ran out of money. Later Karin Jones signed with Ron Alexenburg's label, called Handshake Records. Handshake Records released the album entitled "Under the influence of love" which today is an ultra rare album. Karin Jones participated on the album of Patryce Choc'let Banks, as backing vocalist.
It is worthy to note that Jim Tyrrell and his daughter wanted to change the image of Patryce. All the people knew Patryce as a funk singer from the group Graham Central Station. Patryce agreed with her different style because she had a good relationship with them. When the album finally came out, she heard “I Wanna Get Close to You” which she picked to be the first single, on the radio. However it was ironic that the label went bankrupt after her album's release.
In my opinion the album "She's back and ready" is a great album. Although it was her first time to try a different style, I believe that she did it.

The album was recorded at Sigma Sound, New York. Great musicians helped Patryce Choc'let Banks such as Howard King on drums and percussion, Dexter Wansel on synthesizer, Jimmy Williams on bass, Ed Moore on guitar, Dunn Pearson and Bruce Gray on keyboards. String and Horn contractor by Gene Bianco. Background vocals by herself, Tawatha Agee, Karin Jones and Sybil Thomas. Arranged by Dunn Pearson. Produced by herself, Bruce Gray and Dunn Pearson.
My favorite song is entitled "I'm in love" which was written by Bruce Gray and T.G.Conway. Also great songs are "It's lovin time" , "The feeling goes on" , "Sunshine love" and "I waited for love". The last song was written by herself and Gary Glenn. Patryce collaborated with Gary Glenn and sang for him as backing vocalist on the Gary Glenn's album "G.G" in 1980.

After this album Patryce discovered another interesting side of the industry in performing at parties, weddings. One of the most important was a surprise birthday party for Berry Gordy.  Today she has released two books related with her life.
I want to note that Patryce Choc'let Banks also has collaborated with Gary Bartz , Betty Davis and Light of the world.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

# I bought this album in Athens in the late 90s.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miche Braden - (Meet me at) Hart Plaza 1983

Millicent A.Braden a.k.a Miche Braden (born 1953)  is a singer of jazz music, songwriter, musician, actor and also she is a musical & artistic director of PMP Enterprise. She has toured Japan, France, Belgium and across the U.S. appearing in numerous concerts & stage productions. She has portrayed many of the greatest diva’s of the 20th century including Billie Holiday (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), Ma Rainey (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), & Bessie Smith (The Devil’s Music) serving as musical director/arranger for these productions as well. She is presently the Minister of Music at UFC New Brunswick, Elder Kevin E. Taylor, Pastor. Miche Braden is niece of bassist Jim Hankins who also was a cast member of "The Devil Music".

Jim Hankins, Scott Trent, Miche Braden and Anthony Nelson

She collaborated with Wendell Harrison several times as backing vocalist. First in 1980 on the album "Organic dream" on Wenha Records at The Wenha Studios in Detroit. Next year she sang on the album "Dreams of a love supreme" on Wenha Records. In 1982 she participated as backing vocalist and helped Wendell Harrison on vocal arrangements. Wendell Harrison released a single entitled "No turnin back / Rocket Love" on Wenha Records.
In 1983 she collaborated with Earl Van Dyke Quartet and released a single entitled "(Meet me at) Hart Plaza / Earl's theme" on Har-Den Music Co from Detroit. "(Meet me at) Hart Plaza" composed by herself. The other side of a vinyl record includes jazz instrumental in which appears the Earl Van Dyke Quartet. Composed by Earl Van Dyke, Uriel Jones, Ralph Armstrong and C.Edwards.
Earl Van Dyke Quartet were Earl Van Dyke on piano/organ, Ralph Armstrong on bass, Uriel Jones on drums, Lefty Edwards on tenor sax, Thomas Beans Bowles on baritone sax and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet/Fluegelhorn. Produced by T.Harold Bowles Jr (sadly passed away on Sunday, May 29), eldest son of the late Thomas "Beans" Bowles of Motown.

Next year she co-wrote a song entitled "The Rhythm & The Blues" which was released on Get Down Records. Kellie Evans, Don Albert and Sandra Feva released a single "The Rhythm & The Blues / Have you tried jesus" in 1984. This song was written by Miche Braden, Barry Hankerson and Ron Milner.
In 1985 she sang again as backing vocalist on the Wendell Harrison's album entitled "Reawakening" on Tribe Records from Detroit.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

#  I want to thank Miche Braden for all her info

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Loyal Garner - Love me slowly

Some days ago I presented the song "Destiny". One of the versions was by Loyal Garner. Loyal Garner the "Lady of love" of Hawaii and twice honored as the "Na Hoku Hanohano" female vocalist of the year in 1982 and 1993 respectively.

She released a single entitled "Destiny / Love me slowly" probably in 1980 on Paradise Records. The flip side of a vinyl record is one of the best mid-tempo songs ever called "Love me slowly". It was written by Jeff Phillips.

Sample from 7 incher

"Destiny" and "Love me slowly"  were included on the self-titled album which released on the same label. It was recorded at Conway Studios in Hollywood. The musicians were Al Ciner and Tom Rotella on guitars, Bill Cuomo on keyboards, Carlos Vega on drums, Wayne Nelson on bass. Background vocals by Laura Creamer, Linda Dillard, Len Gale and Gino Cunico. Arrangements by Al Ciner, Frank Day and David Kauahikaua. Produced by Frank Day.

Sample from Lp

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Monday, March 7, 2011

Jesse Davis - Hollywood Gypsies 1979 Lp

I was the first blogger in the world who presented Jesse Davis and his album entitled "The Man From Camp Nine" which released in 1983 on Essence Records. I presented an article for Jesse Davis two years ago.

Today I'm presenting one more album by Jesse Davis called "Hollywood Gypsies"  which was released in 1979 on Essence Records. I want to mention that "Hollywood Gypsies" is one of my favorite albums.

It was recorded at Studio West & Musicreation, San Diego. The musicians were Carl Evans Jr. and Mike Woffard on piano, keyboards, Ron Ogden on drums and congo, Steve O'Connor on guitar. Backing vocals by Shirley Saunders, Marquerita Page, Nathan East and Bob Ward. Arranged and conducted by Steve O'Connor. Produced by Steve O'Connor and Jesse Davis. Great solo guitar by Steve O'Connor on "It takes loving".
Steve O'Connor is well known for not only his masterful jazz guitar work but as a composer, arranger and producer. In 1972 he was awarded the prestigious Down Beat Magazine scholarship for jazz composition and improvisation to Berkeley School of Music where he attended for a time. He collaborated with Red Mitchell, Bob Magnusson, Bob Mover, Jim Plank, Ronny Ogden, The Joe Farrell Big Band, Charles McPherson, Bud Shank, Gary Barton and many others.
My favorite songs from the album are "Never could have made it" , "Tonite you belong to me" , "It takes loving" , "You are the one" and "Is this love". Most of the songs were written by himself. Also Jesse wrote some songs along with Deanna Davis.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Today many people know the song "Destiny" from the group Woods Empire.  This song was included on the album "Universal love" in 1981 on Tabu Records. It was released as a single  "Universal Love / Destiny". Also it was released as a single (stereo/mono) on the same label. Produced by David N.Crawford.

However, how many people really know that the original recording was by the American country/pop group "The Exile" in 1979 ? The song was written by  James P.Pennington and Linda Lee Lawley.

The Band released an album entitled "All there is" in 1979 on Warner Bros Records and "Destiny" was included on the album.

Today I want to present another version and more rare of "Destiny" by Loyal Garner from Hawaii. Loyal Garner (born 1946) the "Lady of love" of Hawaii was de facto leader of the four Local Divas. She got her nickname when she played host to the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon years ago. She was twice honored as the "Na Hoku Hanohano" female vocalist of the year in 1982 and 1993 respectively.

Loyal Garner released a single called "Destiny / Love me slowly" on Paradise Productions. Both of the songs were included on the self-titled album on the same label which was recorded at Conway Studios, Hollywood.

Produced by Frank Day.

Sadly Loyal E. Garner died on November 15, 2001, at the age of 55.

Note: The above posted songs are not played in full

Which one you think is better?