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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pure Magic Featuring Marilyn McLeod - Perfect timing (on valentine's day) 1979


Marilyn McLeod became known more as a songwriter than as a singer. Marilyn and Pamela Sawyer were a great duet of composers. They wrote the famous song for Diana Ross entitled "Love hangover". Diana Ross recorded "Love hangover" in 1975 and it was released on the Lp "Diana Ross". They also wrote a variety of songs such as "Walk in the night" for Junior Walker, “You Can’t Turn Me Off” for High Inergy, “Body And Soul” for The Four Tops, “I Get High” for Freda Payne, "Same ole love" for Anita Baker and many others.
Marilyn McLeod was born in Detroit,Michigan in 1942. She has a rich musical background. Both parents were singers. In addition, her mother was a pianist and composer music. Her older brother Ernie Farrow played upright bass with the well-known jazz musician Yusef Lateff. Finally all her brothers and sisters were musicians. One of them was Alica Coltrane who married the legendary saxophone player John Coltrane. 
McLeod started at Motown in 1970, relocated with the company to California in 1972, and stayed with Jobete (Motown's in-house publishing) until 1985.
In 1979 McLeod and Pamela Sawyer wrote a song entitled "Perfect timing (on Valentine's day)" for Jobete Music Co. This song was released as a single in the same year under the name Pure Magic. Marilyn McLeod and Pamela Sawyer collaborated with the guitarist and songwriter Mel Bolton (later member of the group Mighty Fire). Mel Bolton is a fantastic guitar player. In this project he played guitar and did rhythm arrangements.


Produced by Marilyn McLeod and Pamela Sawyer. Horn and String arrangements by Gil Askey. Vocals by Marilyn McLeod.




Mel Bolton who had signed for Motown as a songwriter and producer, he started to collaborate with Marilyn McLeod from the early 70s when they wrote a few songs for Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye such as "Include in your life" and "Love Twins". Mel Bolton along with Marilyn McLeod and Pamela Sawyer appeared on the Dynamic Superiors album in 1976, Jr.Walker album in 1976, High Inergy albums in 1978 and 1979. 


After "Perfect timing (on Valentine's day)"  Marilyn McLeod and Mel Bolton continued their collaboration. Mel Bolton along with Darryl K.Roberts, Perry Payton, D'Lanie McQuaig and Harry Kim formed a great band called Mighty Fire.


Mighty Fire released two albums on Elektra Records. Marilyn McLeod was co-producer and wrote a few songs for the group.

Finally I want to mention that Marilyn McLeod with Janie Bradford released a CD album entitled "I believe in me" in 2010 on Twinn Records. All songs were written by Marilyn McLeod & Janie Bradford.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

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