Soul Fantasy

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Time for holidays

I will be away on holidays. Next post on August 20.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

3rd Anniversary

I opened this blog three years ago. Today it's the third anniversary. All the posts on my blog come from my personal collection. Yes, believe it or not all my articles come from my personal collection.

First of all, I wanna thank especially all the visitors from my blog.

I would like to thank some special people and friends who helped me last year.

Ron Henderson Jr. on stage
Special thanks goes to Ron Henderson Jr. (guitarist, producer, songwriter, the son of Ron Henderson Sr. who became known in the 70s with the group Ron Henderson & Choice of Colour) for his help to me on my article about Barry Duke.

Alan Kaufman
I would like to thank Alan Kaufman for his info about Barry Duke and Terri Gore's album. I want to mention that Alan Kaufman was also producer on the albums, The Fabulous Kays' entitled "Deep in the night" in 1983 and Terri Gore's entitled "Movin on" in 1984.

Also special thanks goes to Ceasar Elloie for all his info and for his collaboration with me. I believe his music and his singing voice have a lot to offer to the music industry. In 2010 he released a great album entitled "New Orleans to Paris". He is a great person.

I wanna thank Jesse Gomez for all. I really thank you from my heart. Finally, thank you very much for your gifts and for your confidence in me.

I wanna thank Southside Jerry Melix for all his info and for his confidence in me. It is worthy mentioning that he is a great person.

I want to thank Miche Braden for all her kind comments to me. 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.

Also I presented her musical show “The Devil’s Music" in New YorkA musical by Angelo Parra. Musical Direction Miche Braden; Conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. Miche Braden stars as the legendary Bessie Smith. “The Devil’s Music" (The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith).

Shelton "Shelly" Berg

Special thanks to pianist, songwriter, producer Shelton "Shelly" Berg who helped me to find Chris Meyer.

Special thanks to Chris Meyer for his info and his kind comments to me. Chris Meyer released an ultra rare album entitled "Ready, Willing and Stable" on Meca Music Co.

I would like to thank Lee Mays (a.k.a. Percy Mays) for his kind comments to me. Lee Mays released an ultra rare album entitled "Shine Your Love" to 1976.

Special thanks goes to guitarist Gary Alexander, member of the group The Entertainers. I had the pleasure to present The Entertainers two years and a half ago. Gary Alexander and Earl Dawkins did a big honor to me including photos from my personal collection on the page of The Entertainers on Facebook.

Also special thanks goes to Harold known from a great song called "Shortage of love". He is a great friend of mine.

Special thanks goes to Gary Curtis Culpeper for all his info and for his help to me. I presented the song "Happy Birthday" by the group called Sugar for the first time when I had celebrated the second anniversary. About three months ago I presented again "Happy Birthday" because I had more details about this project. I want to note that Gary Curtis Culpepper has written songs for the famous group Kool & The Gang in the 80s.

Note: The above posted single is not played in ful

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Freddie Gorman - Love Has Seen Us Through / Alive again 1980

Freddie Gorman was born in Detroit in 1939 and in my opinion was one of the best singers of his time. Of course he was a great composer who wrote songs for The Beatles, The Carpenters, Marvin Gaye, The Marvellettes, The Supremes, Diana Ross and others. He was part of the original Holland/Dozier/Gorman writing team and also sang on numerous songs for Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Ruffin, Edwin Starr and many others. He was also a longtime member of the group The Originals.  In 1977 he left the group to pursue a solo career. In 1980 he released a single "Love has seen us through / Alive again" on Rene Records.
As I remember when I heard the song "Love has seen us through" on the forum "soul-source" some years ago, I said oh my god and I started listening to it non stop.

Composed by L.Harrington, P.Harrington, Freddie Gorman. Arranged by Hense Powell. Produced by himself.

Composed by E.Croom, L.Harrington and Freddie Gorman. Arranged by Hense Powell. Produced by himself. Solo harmonica by Stevie Wonder.

This single was again released the same year by L.A.International Records. Also the song "Love has seen us through" was again released as a single (stereo/mono) on the same label.

Probably  Freddie Gorman recorded an album for Rene Records but never released it.

In 1983 Gorman released under the name Freddie Gee an EP on Airwave Records in which were included  four songs. I must note that EP includes the long version (5:07) of "Love has seen us through".
There is a strange thing. Some guys pay 300$ to buy this EP. Unbelievable. They don't know the real name of the artist. They think that he is someone unknown artist. These two songs are from the single on Rene Records in 1980. One more is entitled "Get up of the funk" which is a funk song below average. The last song on this EP, called "Good while it lasted" was probably included on the unreleased album of Rene Records.
In 1997 he released a CD under the name Freddy G called "It's all about love" on Rene Records.

Sadly for us music fans Freddie Gorman passed away in 2006.

Finally I want to note that the song "Love has seen us through" is one of my all time favorite songs.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reverend T.L.Devlin - The Unique 1978 Lp Live

Reverend T.L.Devlin in fact is no other than Thomas L.Devlin who released a single "The love in me" in 1978 under the name of Shae' Devlin on Sha' Fue Records. I presented this single one year ago on this blog. This black gospel album called "The Unique" was recorded live at Divine Shepherd Baptiste Church of Philadelphia. It was released on Sha' Fue Records in 1978. Produced by Mike Bennett and Dave Wilson.
I have chosen again "The love in me". It was recorded in January 1978.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, July 15, 2011

Theresa Davis featuring Jerry Butler - I can't stop (loving you either) 1985

Jerry Butler is a famous American singer. He is also the original lead singer of the R&B vocal group called The Impressions. He did many duets in his career with Brenda Lee Eager, Betty Everett, Dee Dee Sharp, Thelma Houston, Debra Henry, Patti Austin and others. Today I'm presenting another duet alongside Theresa Davis.

Theresa Davis did her first studio backup recording at the age of 15 at Paul Sarano's first studio in Chicago. Theresa was a member of the famous group The Emotions. Theresa replaced the eldest sister of the group. She was with that group for four years, and recorded three albums with them. When the sister decided she wanted to return to the group, Theresa left to pursue solo career.
She has done vocals for Otis Clay, Tyrone Davis, Billy Price, Gene Chandler, Syl Johnson, Walter Jackson, Corky McClerkin, Ramsey Lewis, Gregory Bibb, Brian Culbertson, and many others.

Theresa Davis alongside Jerry Butler released a single entitled "I can't stop (loving you either)" on DJ Records. This single was released as a 7 incher and 12 incher respectively. Composed by C.Otis and H.Kelly. Produced by Bunky Sheppard and Terre Gore.

Today Theresa Davis is a member of the group Tour De 4Force which I presented about one and a half years ago on this blog.

Tour De 4Force

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Longo Brothers - Manhattan / Nightwalk 1983

One month ago I presented the group called The Longo Brothers and the single entitled "Looking for love". Today I'm presenting one more single entitled "Manhattan / Nightwalk" on People City Music in 1983. Both of these tracks are instrumental.

Composed by Frank and Larry Longo. Produced by The Longo Brothers.

Composed by Frank and Larry Longo. Produced by The Longo Brothers.

Note: The bove posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Together - It's you 1983

Together featuring Jeff Morrow was an obscure group which released a single entitled "It's you / You're the one for me" on Together Records in 1983. Jeff has been one of the top studio vocalists and voice-over artists in Chicago for the past 20 years. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University, with a degree in vocal music. He spent 6 years as a music teacher in Hammond, Indiana, while playing in various local bands.
As a session singer, arranger and contractor, Jeff has worked on numerous gold and platinum albums with artists such as: Ramsey Lewis, Brian Culbertson, Peter Cetera, Mavis Staples, R Kelly, CĂ©line Dion, Richard Marx, Jay-Z, Ruben Studdard, Dennis De Young, Michael Bolton, LaShell Griffin and many more.
Today, Jeff works as a singer, arranger, producer, voice-over artist and vocal contractor. He has sung on over 5,000 TV and radio commercials, and has done voice-overs on over 2,000 commercials.

Composed and produced by Jeff Morrow. Vocals by Jeff Morrow.

I have seen one more group called Together which released two albums on Albradella Records. There is another gospel group called Together which has released three albums from 1974 to 1980.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full