Soul Fantasy

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Time for holidays

I will be on holidays in the island of Lefkada. Next post in late August.

4th Anniversary

I opened this blog four years ago. Today it's the fourth anniversary. All the posts on my blog come from my personal collection.

First of all, I wanna thank especially all the visitors of my blog.

I would like to thank some special people and friends who helped me last year.

Special thanks go to Ron Henderson Jr. (guitarist, producer, songwriter, member of the groups "Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs" , "The Chairmen of the Board" and the son of Ron Henderson Sr. who became known in the 70s and 80s with the group Ron Henderson & Choice of Colour) for helping me on my article "Ron Henderson Sr. is back on recordings".

I want to thank Peter Silberg co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and member of the group SpaceArk for all his info. Peter help me so as to create one of the best articles on my blog. Thank you very much from my heart.

I would like to thank Clarence Mann for his help.

I want to thank Big George Collier for his info and for his help to me.

I want to thank the manager, producer John "AJ" Carter for all his info. John help me to present the story of the group Charisma and the single "Let love in your life".

Now, it is time for me to go on holidays. I decided to present a song which is appropriate for the holidays.

This record entitled "Holiday Madness / Caribbean Christmas" was released on Luther Wilson Records in the mid 80s. Luther Wilson Jr. was an unknown singer, songwriter and owner label. In this record Luther Wilson used on vocals the singer called Bettejo Miller. I chose the song "Holiday Madness". It was written by Bettejo Miller. Produced by Bettejo Miller. Co-produced by Luther Wilson Jr.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, July 21, 2012

David Sea - Who's been warmin' my oven 1984

Two years ago I presented another single entitled "Angel (You're the sunshine" by David Sea. Today I'm presenting a lesser known single entitled "Who's been warmin' my oven / Do it right now" which was released on Crown Limited Records in 1984.

Both of these songs were produced in Muscle Shoals. Roscoe Robinson helped David Sea as a executive producer.

I have chosen the song "Who's been warmin' my oven".

David Sea also covered a tune of Roscoe Robinson entitled "Do it right now". This song was written by Robinson and he had released it in the mid 60s which reached  #40 on the R&B charts in 1967.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, July 13, 2012

Virginia Smith & Company - Oh, Tell Him Lp

Virginia Smith was an unknown songwriter and singer of gospel music. She started writing songs in the 70s. In 1976 she formed a label called Cindy Records. She released two albums. The first was released under the name "Virginia Matlock Smith" and it was recorded live. This album entitled "The glory of the lord is here" was released on V.M.S Records in the 70s.
Some of the musicians who appeared on the album were Ronnie Jackson on keyboard, Roy Jackson and Ronald Goss on saxophone, Johnnie Black on drums, Charlie Taylor and Elisa Hooks on guitars.

In the 80s, she released the second album entitled "Oh, tell him" under the name Virginia Smith & Company that was released in two labels. In 1983 it was released on Tempo Music Publication. The next year, it was released on Morada Records.

The musicians who participated in this album were Charles R.Tresvant on piano, Elisa R.Hooks on bass, Marion "Wolf" Collins on drums,  Greg Allen on percussion, Paul Evans on guitar, Jim Sellers & Jay Sollenberger on trumpet, Marvin Hart & Bill Hartman on trombone, Dave Brandon & Marshall DeMuxnck on saxophone & flute. Finally Drew Dimal on synthesizer and Mark Hayes on fender rhodes. Vocals by Barbara Verser, Ella Theus & Patricia Ann McCoy.
Produced and arranged by Mark Hayes & Drew Dimal. All songs written by Virginia Smith.
I have chosen two great songs entitled "You chose me" and "Sprinkle your love".

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Johnny Otis Show - feat Barbara Morrison - Hey boy! I want ya'

I had the pleasure to present Barbara Morrison three years ago, when I presented the album from the legentary guitarist David T. Walker entitled "With a smile". Barbara Morrison sang the song "Dreams in flight". 

Barbara Morrison was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and was raised in Romulus, Michigan. She recorded her first appearance for radio in Detroit at the age of 10. She has collaborated with great musicians such as Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Etta James, Joe Sample, David T.Walker, Leslie Drayton, Johnny Otis and many others. 
Barbara Morrison worked with Johnny Otis for many years. The collaboration of Johnny Otis and Barbara started about in the mid 70s. In the late 70s Johnny Otis released a single under the name The Johnny Otis Show entitled "Hey Boy ! I Want Ya / Nigger, Please". It was released on Jazz World Records and was never included on any album by Johnny Otis. It was distributed by ALA Records.

I have chosen the song "Hey boy ! I want ya". It was written by Tony Hithe. Produced by Johnny Otis, Tony Hithe and Carlos Pueblos.

In 2001, this song was included on CD called Johnny Otis & Friends - Watts funky.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full