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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Jury - A Place For Love 1980

Today I decided to present an extremely unknown vinyl 45". Although it has been released on RCA Records, many people don't really know much about this record. There are not info concerning this band. I tried to find info, but it was really difficult to find anything. The band is called The Jury. They released a single "A Place For Love" on RCA Records in 1980. The lyrics were penned by Michael King and the music by Dereck Brooks. Arranged and produced by Erick King.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Yorkers featuring Will Lee - I Believe In Love 1980

Will Lee on bass and vocals

This record was released only in Japan in 1980 on Warner-Pioneer Corporation. This project was created by session musicians under the name New Yorkers. The musicians were Will Lee on vocals and bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rodgers on trombone, Warren Barnhardt on keyboards, Clifford Morris and George Wadenius on guitars, Crusher Bennet on percussion.

The song "I Believe In Love" was written by Tadao Inoue and Masao Yagi. Arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki. Vocals by Will Lee. Enjoy this masterpiece.

As far as Will Lee, I could write many info but the right thing is to see on Wikipedia or on his site.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lee Mays - Real Love (Upcoming CD)

Three years ago, I had the opportunity to present an article concerning Lee Mays and the album named "Shine Your Love" which was released in 1976. It has been a few years since then, and Lee Mays returned back on recordings with a new album entitled "Real Love". 
For the past 15-17 years Lee Mays has written several songs which were "stashed away". The question has always been whether or not the tunes written years ago would ever be heard. Fortunately, the dream for Lee has come true and the songs are available for the world to hear. It is worth to say that along with the dream of Lee, we have the pleasure to hear great songs that should be our companion along the evenings".

This album includes the song "Do you wanna be my baby" which I presented on my article three years ago. It was written by Lee Mays and recorded in Dallas, Texas. Lee Mays on lead vocals, Derrick "D-Mac" McCampbell on background vocals. Dave Barnett on guitar, Keith Anderson on saxophone, and Lee Mays on electric piano. Produced by Dave Barnett and Lee Mays.

You can also see the video from youtube.

However another song stands out from the album. This song really touched me and it is entitled "A Piece Of Your Heart". It was written by Lee Mays in 1999.

It is excellent song which was programmed by Greg Gianoca. Mr.Giacona programmed the keyboards, drums, bass, and other instruments. Lee Mays had collaborated with Greg Giacona on previous recordings back in 2000. He programmed all of the instrumentation on "Where Would I Be Without Your Love" and "Let Your Love Flow". Lee Mays used him on five songs for the upcoming "Real Love" CD.  Greg Giacona did an excellent job on the piano solo on the song "Real Love". He's a great smooth jazz pianist and has done his own CD album of instrumentals. The saxophone player on "A Piece of Your Heart" was Fulton Turnage.

Fulton Turnage with Lee Mays

Fulton is also an excellent singer and is singing background vocals on "A Piece of Your Heart". The other background singer is Patricia Castillo. Patricia is a gospel singer and recording artist. The guitar player on "A Piece of My Heart" is Denny Lash

Denny has played guitar with Mary Wells, Ike Turner, The Drifters, Don Johnson from Taste of Honey, and Floyd Sneed from Three Dog Night. The recordings mostly took place at The Kitchen Studios in Dallas, Texas. Artists such as Erykah Badu, Andre 3000, Roy Ayers, Betty Wright, Juvenille, and Wiz Khalifa all have recorded projects there.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

# Although the album "Real Love" has not been released in CD yet, you can find digital download here. There are the songs of the album "Real Love" and also the gospel songs from the album of 1976.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Short Tribute To Charles Love of Bloodstone

Left to Right: Willis Draffen Jr, Harry Williams, Charles McCormick and Charles Love
I decided to make an article for a short tribute to Charles Love founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist of the group Bloodstone who died a few a days ago on 7 March 2014 due to complications from pneumonia in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri.
The group was formed in 1962 during a talent show at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Harry Williams and Roger Durham were in one vocal group, Charles Love and Charles McCormick in another, while the guitarist Willis Druffen Jr. and the drummer Melvin Webb made up one half of a four-piece band. In fact they were a seven - piece band members along with Kenneth Smith. They started under the name The Sinceres a name adopted from Harry and Roger's old group.
The group moved to Los Angeles, California. By 1971, the band consisted of Melvin Webb on drums, Roger Durham on percussion, Charles Love on guitar and vocals, Charles McCormick on bass, Harry Williams on percussion, and Willis Draffen on guitar. The managers George Braunstein and Ron Hamady also replaced their drummer Melvin Webb with Eddie Summers, a resident of Los Angeles, California.
In total the group has recorded eleven albums until in 1984.
Unfortunately Charles Love did not sing any hit of Bloodstone because Harry Williams and Charles McCormick sang most songs of the group. However Charles Love has written some great ballads. I have chosen three (3) tracks written by himself.

The first song is the title track "We Go A Long Way Back" of 1982 which was released on T-Neck Records. This song reached #5 at R&B charts in the spring of 1982. Bloodstone met manager Kitty Sears who believed in "We Go A Long Way Back". With Kitty Sears' help, they landed a deal with The Isley Brothers' T-Neck label.
Produced, arranged and conducted by McKinley Jackson. Executive production by Isley Brothers.

Charles McCormick decided to leave the group and was replaced by Ron Wilson and Ronald Bell. Harry Williams had spotted in an L.A. nightclub. They cut one more album for T-Neck Records entitled "Party" in 1984.
From this album I have chosen the tracks "It Feels So Good (With You)" and "Why Be The First One Home" which were written by Charles Love.
Arranged by Gene Page. Produced by McKinley Jackson. I want to note that "Why Be The First One Home" can be heard anytime and anywhere with pleasure.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chris Martino & Tram - (Self-titled) Lp

After having a break for a few days, I'm here presenting an extremely rare album. Today my article is not a soul album but it is very interesting. It was released probably between 1976 and 1977. Chris Martino, a native Italian, was born in Corleone, a small town in Sicily. He left with his family to USA. 
He began singing and playing guitar at an early age. He has recorded for RCA records and Art Kass's Buddah records. He joined in the group Tram in the mid 70s and they formed a group under the name Chris Martino & Tram. The members were Chris Martino on vocals, Doreen Vincent on vocals, piano and violin, Mike Kureczka on vocals and drums, Tom Leonardis on vocals and lead guitar, and Gene Wargacki on vocals, piano, organ and bass.
They appeared in concerts and various clubs across the country. They released at least two albums, this self-titled album and a live album named "Live At The Drop Zone" where Chris Martino sings some favorite italian songs.
The self-titled album was recorded at Vantone Studios, West Orange, N.J. Except for the members of Tram  the musicians Don Frio & Carmine D'Amigo on guitars, Julie Ruggerio on bass, Ron Yacovetti on drums, Lou Toby on keyboards participated. Also Pat Russo & Bernie Glow on trumpets and Barry Rogers on trombone. Produced, arranged and conducted by Lou Toby.
Most songs of the album are covers. I have chosen the tracks "After The Lovin", "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel", "You'll Never Know" and "Never, Never". Vocals on "Never, Never" by Doreen Vincent.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Hi everybody. I want to inform you that for some days my blog will be closed, because I have some problems with my PC and turntable.
I will return soon...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Stage Corp feat. Beverly Flowers - Take Me Right Now 1981

The Stage Corporation was an unknown soul funk vocal group from Columbus,Ohio. The members of the group were Stan Embry, Francine Embry, Beverly Flowers, Jack Marchbanks. They started under the name "Paragon". However they changed their name because there was already another Afro-Carribean vocal group with the same name. The group was unlucky because they had the opportunity to open for Teddy Pendergrass at the Columbus Convention Center and hoped to win a recording contract with Philadelphia International Records but the concert never happened. A few days before the concert, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident. He suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.  

The group has recorded several songs. All the songs were written by Jack Marchbanks. Most of them today are unreleased. However in 1981 they released a single entitled "Take Me Right Now / Desire" on DoubleTree Records. I have chosen the song "Take Me Right Now". Produced by M.Spangler and Jack Marchbanks.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full.

*** Info taken by Ohio Funk Org.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

C.K.Dexter-Heaven - Let's make a memory 1981

C.K.Dexter-Haven is an uknown singer who performed mainly in the early 80s. I have seen two records by him. The first is named "Let's make a memory" and the second "That's why (I love you so)". Both were released as a single. 
Today I'm presenting the song "Let's make a memory" which was released as a single on Crosby Ave.Records in the early 80s. The flipside is enitled "C.K's Theme" and it is instrumental.
Crosby Ave.Records is an indepedent label that was formed in the early 80s by Derek David, Yvonne Pagan and Benjamin Pagan in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Let's make a memory" was written by Yvonne Pagan.

The name of the artist reminds everyone the name of the famous actor and singer of jazz music Bing Crosby who used this name "C.K.Dexter-Haven" in the film "High Society" which was released in 1956. However Bing Crosby and C.K.Dexter-Haven don't have any relation, even though the label has the name of this famous actor.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full