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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kenny Lupper - Passion flower 1978

Kenny Lupper is a keyboartist, singer, songwriter of gospel music. He worked with great artists as a keyboartist like Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, The Gospel Keynotes, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, High Inergy, Rev.Isaac Douglas and D.J.Rogers. As a songwriter he collaborated with Diana Ross and Jermaine Jackson. He toured and recorded as a member of Billy Preston’s band for a period. After that, he played on James Cleveland’s Savoy gospel album "All You Need’" and then had some gospel releases on Mankind and Creed Records. His first album was released in the mid-70s entitled "Testify" on Creed Records.
In 1976 Kenny Lupper wrote a song for Diana Ross entitled "You're Good My Child". He also co-wrote along with Gwen Gordy Fuqua the song entitled "Kiss me now". These songs were included on the second self-titled Diana Ross album on Motown Records in 1976. The song "Kiss me now" a year later re-recorded by Thelma Houston & Jerry Butler.
Kenny Lupper also co-wrote and co-arranged a song for Jermaine Jackson entitled "Who's that lady" which was included on the album called "My name is Jermaine" on Motown Records.

In the continued he collaborated with the female group called High Inergy. In March 1978 he released a single entitled "Passion flower / Kiss me now" on Tamla Records. "Passion flower" was written by Kenny Lupper and T.Laws. Arranged by Kenny Lupper, Clay Drayton and Sylvester Rivers. Produced by Kenny Lupper, G.G.Fuqua and Kent Washburn. Backing vocals by High Inergy.

The other song "Kiss me now" was arranged by James Carmichael. Produced by Kenny Lupper and G.G.Fuqua. Backing vocals by High Inergy.

Next year he played on piano for the High Inergy album called "Shoulda gone dancin" on Motown Records.

In 1981 he released a self-titled album on AVI Records. This album include the same songs with the first album on Creed Records in 1975. I don't know if he re-recorded the same songs or include the old recordings.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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