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Friday, March 16, 2012

Karin Jones - Under the influence of love 1982 Lp


I was fortunate when I found this album in Greece for 3 euro in about 1995-6. Yes, I had bought it for about 3 euro (or 1000 drachmas). As I remember I bought it in Athens between Solonos Street and Skoufa Street. It was a small shop that was selling vinyls.
Some months later I discovered that this album was very expensive because I was receiving lists from the  England shop called "Soul Brother Records".


I want to note that I'm the first man in the world who presents a rare biography of Karin Jones which until nowadays never came out on the public.


Karin Jones was born and raised in Philadelphia. She took her first musical steps singing in church. She was gifted with an extremely talented ear, she was an accomplished pianist, percussionist and drummer, mostly developed without formal training.
She was in pre-teens when she and her two older sisters were formed a group called The Jonesettes. The group was managed by their father. They released a single entitled "Once I had love / Stop look listen" on Cougar Records in 1969. At that time they participated on the black gospel album called "Rev. Arvetra Jones and The Jonesettes" on HSE Records.
The next years, while attending Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Karin worked in a local club as well as in a theater circuit.
In 1976 friends of Stevie Wonder told her that Marvin Gaye was looking for backing singers for a record and tour. Karin went and did audition. Finally she signed and recorded the "Got to give it up". Later she was part of the London Palladium tour with Marvin Gaye. Before, during and after the tour, Karin Jones did session work for Jobete Records. It is worthy to note that the live album of Marvin Gaye "Live at the London Palladium" doesn't mention anything on the back cover about Karin Jones.
She was brought to the attention of Teddy Pendergrass, who was very enthousiastic about her musical style, and signed with him for management in 1979, but with Teddy's own frantic schedule, the arrangement dissolved a year later.
At a convention of the Black Music Association in Philadelphia, Karin was met with Jim Tyrrell, who at the time was establishing his own label, T-Electric. Karin signed with T.Electric Records and recorded an album in 1980. However the album was never released because the label run out of money. However Karin Jones participated as a backing singer on the album of Patryce Choc'let Banks called "She's back and ready" on the same label in 1980.
The album sat on the shelf for two years until Jim Tyrrell brought it to Ron Alexenburg who was president of Handshake Records.
Alexenburg heard the album and liked it. Then Karin Jones signed with the label and "Under the influence of love" was released on the market-place.

It was a great album which was recorded at Sigma Sound, New York and Counterpoint Studio, New York.  Karin Jones collaborated with O'Jays and the Eddie Levert's voice that everyone can understand it.
The album was produced by Howard King & Ed Moore, Jim Tyrrell, Eddie Levert & Dennis Williams, Bruce Hawes. Arranged by Dennis Williams & Dunn Pearson Jr.
My favorite tracks are "Under the influnced of love", "Last night in my dreams" and "Ready, ready love"







After this release, I can't understand why Karin was lost from the music scene.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

3 comments:

Le Sargistanais said...

Thanks Very Much For the biography!
It's hard to find something on karin Jones,

You should listen again to Here I Go Again, a killer track!
Keep up the good work ;)

Souldennis said...

Thank you very much for your kind comments.

fatherof/5sons said...

Is she still alive, I've read a comment on you tube that she died. If anyone know more information.