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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gary Wilson - Cornerstone 1983 Lp

Gary Wilson was born in 1951 and was raised in Denver Colorado. He grew up with 3 members of Earth, Wind and Fire: Phillip Bailey, Andrew Woolfolk, and Larry Dunn. He has been singer in the Mid-West for most of his life. He began singing as a child in church and school choirs. His first band was called the Citations and they performed at talent shows and school dances. In 1973 he joined the group called "Energy". This group was formed by guitarist Tommy Bolin. In the mid 70’s Gary moved to L.A. under the guidance of music management of Alan Goda and Debbie Burnett to pursue his music career. He returned to Boulder in order to write and record with Gerard McMahon at Caribou Ranch.
He joined the latin funk band called "Santiago" as lead singer. This band was formed by the drummer Nefty Santiago who was the original member of the group Mandrill. In the continued Gary Wilson along with Billy Bass Nelson and Charles Watson formed the group Majique in Canada. They released an album on Big Tree Records.
In 1979 he collaborated with Wilson Pickett as backing vocalist on the Wilson Pickett's album "I want you" on EMI Records.
In 1983 he released an independent album entitled "Cornerstone" on BridgeFire Music.

Cornerstone” was voted as “Best Album” locally in the Denver Post and the Westward newspaper polls. The album was recorded at Salem Studios by Jay Salem. All music and lyrics were written, arranged and produced by Gary Wilson. Except the song "Goodbye my love" which was arranged and produced by Chris Lege. Lyrics was written by Chris Lege, P.K.Lege and Gary Wilson. Music was written by Chris Lege. Almost all the musicians were unknown.
The musicians on the song "Goodbye my love" were Geoffry Ortega on drums, P.K.Lege on bass, Efren "Oso" Olvera on guitar, Chris Lege on piano, percussion and trombone, Gary Sosias on congas, Forrest Means on trumpet and flugelhorn, Byron Lingenfelter on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Cimeno on trombone  and Steve Watts on solo sax.

After this album Gary Wilson collaborated with producer Dik Darnell. Dik Darnell started a new label called Urban Sound Records and Gary signed to a recording contract. Later Gary Wilson, Wally Winzer and the bass, guitar player Rusty Allen member of the famous group Sly and The Family Stone formed a group called DAHOOK. In the continued Gary recorded several albums with Tim Duffy, the All Stars and an album with Chester Owens.

A big surprise for me was when I discovered that Gary Wilson has released an album CD in 2008 on BridgeFire Music. In this album participate "Oso" Olvera on guitar, strings, flute and horns, Kim Stone on bass, Larry Thompson on drums, Chester Owens on guitar, Rustee or Rusty Allen on bass, Wally Winzer on drums and keyboards, Brian Hunter on guitar, L.C.Copeland on percussion and finally Bob Redholtz on saxophone. Vocals by Coco Brown. Backing vocals by Sheryl Renee, Bonnie Boyer, Robert Johnson, Suzie Nelson and Sam Bruton.
I have chosen a great song entitled "Dancing with the moon".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

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