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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Phil Copeland - (My) Lil Darlin 1977

Little Darlin” was written by Maurice Williams, lead singer of the Gladiolas. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs were an American doo-wop/R&B vocal group, active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Originally The (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to The Gladiolas in 1957 and The Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on "The Zodiacs" in 1959.
The song "Little Darlin'" was a #11 hit on the R&B chart in 1957, but did not break the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40. However, when the song was covered by the Canadian group The Diamonds, it moved up to #2.

Phil Copeland

Today I'm presenting one more version from this famous song by Phil Copeland. Phil Copeland is a singer, producer and composer who has composed over 400 cues. Phil won consecutive Emmy awards in 2001 and 2002 for work he produced for ESPN Classic’s “SportsCentury”. He also won an Emmy Award for composing the theme song for “The Guiding Light”. He first achieved fame as the lead singer for the Torques.
In 1977 he released a single entitled "(My) Lil Darlin / Hard lovin man" on III Records. He also re-released the same single on Midwest Records in the same year. In fact "Little darlin" is the same song with "(My) Lil Darlin".

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cheryl Ingram - Living in your love 1983 Lp

Cheryl Ingram is an unknown singer of Christian Contemporary Music. She also is a teacher, pastor and preacher. She and her husband founded and pastored the Word of Faith Family Church in Daytona Beach, Florida for several years.
I have seen only three albums by Cheryl Ingram entitled "Living in your love" in 1983 on Sozo Records, "Follow the light" in 1987 on Int'l Recording Corp and "Stir it up" in 1988 on IMI Records respectively.

She started her professional career in the early 80s when she participated as a backing vocalist on the Bob Thompson album entitled "Each one reach one" in 1982 on Rainbow Sound. Next year she released an album entitled "Living in your love" on Sozo Records. It was recorded at Sonrise Studio in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Some collectors know the label "Sozo Records" from the artist called Ira Watson who released an album called "Shining Star". Ira Watson collaborated with Cheryl Ingram in this album as composer and rhythm arranger. Produced by Win Kutz. Arranged by Alan Moore. Additional rhythm arrangements by Ira Watson. My favorite song is entitled "Living in your love".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering - Walkin' with you 1985 Lp

Six months ago, I presented Tim Eyermann and his band called East Coast Offering. I had the pleasure to present the masterpiece entitled "Don't take your love away" from the self-titled album which was released in 1984. Today I'm presenting you an album called "Walkin' with you" which was released in 1985 on MCA Records. It was recorded at Bias Studio, Springfield, Virginia.

It was a surprise when I noticed the participation of the great Al Johnson on the album. Al Johnson helped Tim Eyermann on the album as an arranger. Not for all but for only the songs entitled "Hell to heaven" and "Catherine". Strings for these tracks by Kim Miller, Peter Tramontana, Jane Stewart, David Hardy, Keith Fleming, Carol Hayes, Malcolm Russ, Cynthia Mauney, Steve Romer and Bruce Myers.

Clint Holmes

"Hell to heaven" is a great classic ballad which was written by Clint Holmes and Peter McCann. Tim Eyermann with his sax accompanies Clint Holmes on vocals. In fact Clint Holmes is a guest vocalist on the album. In 1972 he had a smash hit on the pop chart entitled "Playground in my mind" which was released on Epic Records. Today he is more than a charismatic singer of jazz music... He is a songwriter, plays in musical and hosted his own TV show called "New York at Night". In 2008 he collaborated with the composer and keyboardist Jeffrey Neiman. Together, they have forged new musical ground and recently Jeffrey produced Clint's much acclaimed new CD. Jeffrey is now serving as Clint's musical director. Jeffrey is also serving as Musical Director for the popular Las Vegas show "Vocal Soup" starring Clint Holmes, Susan Anton, Martin Nievera and Domenick Allen. Clint Holmes has just finished writing his latest musical “Just Another Man” with Larry Moss and Bill Fayne.

"Catherine" is a mellow instrumental along with the sax of Tim Eyermann under the arrangements of Al Johnson. Some great jazz musicians create a sweet atmosphere such as Tim Eyermann on sax and flute, Dave Palamar on drums, Wade Matthews on bass,  Bob Sterling on guitar, Bruce Harrison on piano-keyboards, Mick Rossi on synthesizers, Bill Fayne on piano. Background vocals by Elaine Fayne, Robin Doezema and Jon Carroll.
Ιn the other songs also appear Bob Fowler on bass, Steve Branca and Jim Singer on guitars, Don Smallwood on keyboards and Robert "Dupree" Hailey on percussion. Jeaneane Marie, Karen Henderson and Gail Adams on vocals. Produced by Tim Eyermann, Bob Dawson and East Coast Offering.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Casper Peters - Find my way 1970

This song was written by Johnny Melfi. Many people learnt this song by Cameo in 1977. However In 1974 the group started under the name New York City Players which was formed by 23 members. The drummer Larry Blackmon collaborated with Johnny Melfi and the group under the name The Players released a single  entitled "Find my way / Good Company" on a new label called Chocolate City Records. Distributed by Casablanca Records. This release was the first by the label.

Both of these songs were produced by Larry Blackmon and Johnny Melfi.

The group soon changed its name to Cameo after concerns that "New York City Players" might cause confusion between them and the funk band Ohio Players.
In 1977 Cameo again released "Find my way" on the album entitled "Cardiac arrest".

Cameo re-released this song on the album "Secret Omen" in 1979

However how many people really know there is another version by unknown singer called Casper Peters who released it in 1970 on Enterprise Records. Casper Peters released a single "Find my way / April". Distributed by Stax Records. Produced by Steve Cropper and Don Nix.

When I heard this song I did not believe that it was released in 1970. Fantastic arrangements for as early as 1970. Amazing backing vocals.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

# Original recording by the group called The Tymes in 1969 on Columbia Records. Also you can check another version by the female group Three Degrees in 1972 on Roulette Records.

## I want to thank jayinches for his info

Monday, June 13, 2011


Recently I renewed my article about Sandra Richardson or Sandra Feva. You can see this below.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Longo Brothers - Looking for love 1978

The Longo Brothers was an unknown blue eyed soul group formed by the brothers Frank, Larry and Dino Longo from Canada. They have written and produced singles/albums for many other recording artists. They are focused on placing their songs with major producers and artists as well as with producers of television/commercials/movies. They have recently had 16 songs signed to a long term publishing contract with a prominent Los Angeles Publisher.

In 1978 they released a single entitled "Looking for love / Sun side up" on People City Music. Both of these songs were recorded at Zaza Sound, Toronto. Produced and arranged by Paul Zaza.

Both of these songs were included on the album entitled "Imitation Life" which was released on the same label in 1979.
Later they recorded some songs along with the female singer called Jill Vogel such as "In the middle of the night" and "Easy Life" with Jim Mancel. They also recorded "The nightlife" and "Manhattan" which were both very good tracks. "Manhattan" is a incredible and fantastic instrumental which released on People City Music in 1983. I don't know if this group ever released another album.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, June 6, 2011

C.P.Love - Falling 1987

C.P.Love is one of the best contemporary performers of blues music. His real name is Carrollton Pierre Love. He was born in New Orleans on 1 May 1945, and raised in the city on it’s jazz and R & B roots. He started in the 60s when he played with various bands. His first release was in 1967 on King Walk Records.
CP Love began opening for top acts in the early 70's for entertainers such as BB King and Fats Domino. He has performed at many Blues and Jazz Festivals, including New Orleans' famous Jazz Fest as well as appearances from California to New York and to Canada at the Montreal Blues Festival, with over 250,000 people in attendance.
His music style ranges from Blues to Soul to R&B and Jazz. He has released only singles from the 60's until 80's. In 1987 he released an EP on his own label called CP Love Productions. EP includes four (4) songs. One of them is entitled "Falling".

All the songs were recorded at Mars Studio, Aptos,CA. Produced by Ken Kraft and Tiran Porter. The musicians were Ken Kraft and Warren Nabonne on guitars, Craig Owens, Harold Scott and Tiran Porter on bass, Jim Norris and Tom Williams on drums, Gene Barnholt and Keith Vinet on keyboards, Ruben Ramos on congas, Danny Hull and Nancy Wright on sax, Jeff Lewis, Ed Morrison on trumpets and Marvin Goss on trombone. Backing vocals by Tiran Porter, C.P. Love and Craig Owens.
Sax solo by Danny Hull.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Miche Braden on The Devil's Music (The Life And Blues Of Bessie Smith)

A musical by Angelo Parra. Musical Direction Miche Braden; Conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. Miche Braden stars as the legendary Bessie Smith. It’s 1937 and the final performance of Bessie, as the fiesty singer regales her audience with tales from her life, and many loves and losses. Miche Braden not only captures the soulful richness of the singing style of the “Empress of the Blues” and one of the greatest singers of her era, but the essence of her boozy, feisty personality.
The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" had its world premiere at Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, and Andrew Horn, Executive Director) in Stony Point, New York.

I want to note that I presented Miche Braden about three months ago.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rose Weaver - There's a feeling of love / Where the sky meets the sea 1977

She was born into a farming family in McDonough, Georgia. She studied at Emory University, and was generally interested in the theater and museums. She also wrote an essay for a competition on this subject. She gained success as the only black in the drama club at all white Brown High School in Atlanta, and in the drama and singing clubs at elite Wheaton College.
She was the first and only black woman to win the title, Miss Foxboro (home of the Patriots), in the Massachusetts State Beauty Pageant.
After college, she played leading roles such as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille, The Witch, in Into the Woods, and Bernice in August Wilson’s,The Piano Lesson.

Weaver has performed and toured with the Taper in Europe. As a sassy jazz singer, she has been a featured vocalist with the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Conrad Janis and the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.  She has appeared in numerous radio plays for Scribbling Women and commercials. Rose wrote and began touring her one-woman show, Menopause Mama which has received rave reviews from Bermuda to Providence. She has appeared multiple times on National Public Radio with Deborah Becker and read her monologues. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, New York, is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actor’s Equity Association.
As a singer, she released a single entitled "There's a feeling of love / Where the sky meets the sea" on Bevco Music in 1977. Produced by Lee Norris. Arranged by Lee Norris and Artee Azenzer.

Composed by Eddy Courts.

Composed by Eddy Courts and Fredrika

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full