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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

1 comment:

TranspacJackson said...

Hey friend, this is transpac jackson from anyway, I wanted to ask you, since you seem to know a lot about our friends Freddie Gorman... Was there in fact a 1980 LP on Rene Records called 'Freddie Gorman' ?? As far as I know one has never been sold, but I hear whispers amongst my connections that a modern soul fanatic in Japan has either an acetate of it, or a dubbed reel of it, possibly the original reel but I think he said acetate, and that it contains some songs from the 1997 CD release (earlier versions? I've never heard the 1997 cd so obviously if that cd is 97 material they arent the exact same songs anyway, plus the tracks from this 7in of course).
So, I guess I could believe an acetate might exist, but I wonder if they pressed any? Some small promo batch or something? But then a lot of times they'd promote a nonexistant album on a 45 that never got cut in any form and maybe my sources are telling tall tales. Lety me know if you can shed any light at all on these matters.