Teena Marie: Ivory Queen Of Soul

Teena Marie:  Ivory Queen Of Soul

I’ve been called Casper, Shorty, Lil’ Bit
And some they call me Vanilla Child
But you know that don’t mean my world to me
‘Cause baby, names can’t cramp my style.

Ask anyone where they were and they first heard Lady T, and they’re responses will be varied, but one thing’s for sure….they’ll tell you that she could belt out her songs and that if anything, she was definitely unforgettable.   She may have been called many things when she was growing up, but when all is said and done, she’ll always be Lady T.

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Teena: Uptempo
1 – Square Biz (It Must Be Magic )
2 – It Must Be Magic (It Must Be Magic )
3 – I’m a Sucker for Your Love  with Rick James (Wild and Peaceful)
4 – I Need Your Lovin’ (Irons In The Fire)
5 – 365 (It Must Be Magic )
6 – Behind The Groove (Lady T)
7 – Don’t Look Back (Wild and Peaceful)
8 – Chains (Irons In The Fire)
9 – Ballad Of Cradle Rob & Me, The (It Must Be Magic )
10 – Revolution (It Must Be Magic )
11 – Work It (Naked To The World)
12 – Lovergirl (Starchild)
13 – Surrealistic Pillow (Naked To The World)

 

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Teena: Downtempo, Volume 1
14 – Portuguese Love (It Must Be Magic )
15 – Fire and Desire W/Rick James (Street Songs)
16 – Casanova Brown (Robbery)
17 – If I Were A Bell (Ivory)
18 – Wishing On A Star (New York Undercover: A Night At Natalie’s)
19 – Happy w/ Rick James (Throwin’ Down)
20 – Too Many Colors (Lady T)
21 – Irons In The Fire (Irons In The Fire)
22 – Young Love (Irons In The Fire)
23 – Aladdin’s Lamp (Lady T)
24 – I’m Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat It Too) (Wild and Peaceful)
25 – Yes Indeed! (It Must Be Magic )
26 – Opus III (Does Anybody Care) (It Must Be Magic )
27 – Ooo Wee  w/Kurupt (Sapphire)
28 – Baby I Love You (Congo Square)
29 – Baby I’m Your Fiend (La Dona)

 

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Teena: Downtempo, Volume II
30 – Out on a Limb (Starchild)
31 – Dear Lover (Robbery)
32 – Ooo La La La (Extended Mix) (Naked To The World)
33 – Deja Vu (We’ve Been Here Before) (It Must Be Magic )
34 – Naked To The World (Naked To The World)
35 – Sunny Skies (Emerald City)
36 – Stop The World (Robbery)
37 – Can It Be Love (Lady T)
38 – Now That I Have You (Lady T)
39 – Where’s California (It Must Be Magic )
40 – You Blow Me Away (Sapphire)
41 – Parking Music (Passion Play)
42 – A.P.B. (Sapphire)
43 – Can’t Last A Day w/ Faith Evans (Congo Square)

 

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There has been so much to say about the lady since she transitioned that I’d be duplicating everyone thought of her that have already been said.  I felt it was important to celebrate her life through the recording’s that she’s done.  Believe me, it was time well spent.  I also had a lot of help, thanks to the folks on Twitter and Facebook, helping to make sure I made this as comprehensive as possible. Many, many thanks to them.  It should also be known that I was not alone in my quest.   The one and only T. Grundy from RIBS, has a wonderful tribute to Lady T spread across two mixes, which are available here.   There are more coming, so look back here during the next couple of weeks for more.  Rest in peace, Teena- you will always be in our hearts.

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2010 In Review

2010 In Review

There’s been a lot of things going on right now, and I’m playing catch up and handling things like Teena Marie’s transition (mix coming soon).  It was. however, important to get this out, so without further ado – my view of 2010 from an aural perspective.

2010 In Review.

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Volule 1
1- Good Love  – Richard Earnshaw featuring Erik Dillard
2- Back For More  – Cool Million Feat. Eugene Wilde
3- All Is Well With Love – Zo! Featuring Chante Caan
4- This Love – Si Se
5- Umm Hmm – Erykah Badu
6- Casualties Of Honey – Silhouette Brown
7- Hazy Daisy – Silly
8- Slippin – Quadron
9- You Used To Rock – Blue Six
10- Lay You Down – José James
11- Find A Way – Samantha James
12- Daydream – Dira
13- I Know You – Deborah Jordan
 

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Volume 2
14- Phuncky Times – D-Influence
15- Summer Lovin – Eric Benet featuring India Benet
16- Two Hearts – Teddy Pendergrass and Stephanie Mills
17- Love Gun – Cee Lo Green featuring Lauren  Bennett
18- 2012 – Jaspects fraturing Janelle Monae
19- The Biggest Sin – Wicked Jazz Sounds Band
20- Gettin’ To The Good Part – Herbie Hancock
21- Somethin’ Special – Quincy Jones
22- How Can You Love Me – El DeBarge
23- Open Your Mind – Kleeer
24- 1975 – Incognito
25- Don’t Wait – The Foreign Exchange
26- Serenade – C3
27- Love – Princess Freesia
 

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I really wish  I had time to type it all out, but I did manage to say a little more  in this podcast.  In two volumes, I managed to touch on tributes, tracks from the past, new school, J-Pop, instrumentals, and alternative music.  That being said, there is no set genre here – just what I perceived to be sonically stimulating in 2010.  Please note: there is no acid jazz or Teena Marie tracks- they will be posted seperaately.  Also, there is a post of 2010 in memorial, so stay tuned for that.   As usual, I  look forward to feedback   Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

Temperton: Two

Temperton: Two

Rod- the second time around.

Old School Weekly: Temperton: Two
 

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01 – The Groove Line – Heatwave
02 – Light Up The Night – The Brothers Johnson
03 – Razzamatazz – Quincy Jones feat. Patti Austin
04 – Off The Wall – Michael Jackson
05 – Masterjam – Rufus & Chaka Khan
06 – Yah Mo B There – James Ingram with Michael McDonald
07 – Love X Love – George Benson
08 – Motor Mouth – Herbie Hancock
09 – Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
10 – Spice of Life – Manhattan Transfer
11 – The Steamin’ Feelin’ – Bob James
12 – Somethin’ Special – Quincy Jones feat. Patti Austin
13 – Give It All Your Heart – Herbie Hancock and Patrice Rushen
14 – The Star Of A Story – Heatwave
15 – All About The Heaven – The Brothers Johnson
16 – The Lady In My Life – Michael Jackson

Rod Temperton, volume 2 – need I say more? I love this. “Star Of A Story” is one of my all-time favorite slow cuts, while the cuts from The Brothers Johnson, Bob James and Herbie Hancock had never been heard before until now. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

Temperton: One

Temperton: One

The inspiration for this came from TV One’s Unsung and the episode on Heatwave. Presenting:

Old School Weekly: Temperton: One
 

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01 – Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
02 – Boogie Nights – Heatwave
03 – Do You Love Me – Patti Austin
04 – Living In The Streets – Aretha Franklin
05 – The Dude – Quincy Jones
06 – Gettin’ To The Good Part – Herbie Hancock
07 – Rock With You – Michael Jackson
08 – Give Me the Night – George Benson
09 – Live In Me – Rufus & Chaka Khan
10 – One More Rhythm – James Ingram
11 – Sign Of The Times – Bob James
12 – Mystery – Manhattan Transfer
13 – Always and Forever – Heatwave
14 – The Secret Garden – Quincy Jones
15 – You Put A Move On My Heart – Mica Paris

Rod Temperton was one of the original members of the group Heatwave. After meeting Quincy Jones, he became a superstar from behind the scenes, and was sought after by a host of people you see above. He has been so prolific that it goes without saying that you can expect Volume 2 to appear soon. The tracks that grabbed my attention are the ones from George, and Rufus, since they are staples of mine, but being able to unearth tracks from James Ingram, Bob James, and Aretha was a nice touch, since I had never heard them before. Big ups to T. Grundy and Theresa. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

The Family DeBarge

This i s a request that had been in queue for a while. This represents a family of talented musicians and singers on the smoothed out tip.

Old School Wednesday: Debarge
 

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01 – I Like It – DeBarge
02 – Stay With Me – DeBarge
03 – Time Will Reveal – Debarge
04 – All This Love – DeBarge
05 – A Dream – DeBarge
06 – Love Always – El DeBarge
07 – Someone – El DeBarge
08 – Love Me In A Special Way – El DeBarge
09 – Queen Of My Heart – The DeBarges
10 – Where You Are – El DeBarge
11 – Rainy Nights – Chico Debarge
12 – Heart, Mind & Soul – El DeBarge
13 – There’ll Never Be – Switch
14 – Love Over And Over – Switch
15 – I Call Your Name – Switch
16 – This Is My Dream – Switch
17 – I Wanna Be Closer – Switch

I’d forgoten about a few of these cuts, such as “Queen Of My Heart” and “Heart, Mind, and Soul.” There were so many of these cuts that were mellow, it was easier to go with the flow instead of mix in the faster tempo cuts. I’ll make sure they get their exposure in the upcoming podcasts. Big ups to Emeka DJ, abd Theresa. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

SOLAR, Volumes I and II

Dick Griffey, gone but definitely not forgotten.

Sound Of Los Angeles Records, Volumes I and II

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Volume I
 

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01 – I’ve Just Begun To Love You – Dynasty
02 – Your Love Is On The One – Lakeside
03 – It’s a Love Thing – The Whispers
04 – Wet My Whistle – Midnight Star
05 – The Second Time Around – Shalamar
06 – I’ve Been Watching You – Midnight Star
07 – Show Me Where You’re Coming From – Carrie Lucas
08 – A Night To Remember – Shalamar
09 – Two Occasions – The Deele
10 – Be For Real – Cat Miller
11 – I’d Still Say Yes – Klymaxx
12 – This Is for the Lover in You – Shalamar
13 – Sometimes A Love Goes Wrong – Carrie Lucas
14 – Are You Going My Way – The Whispers
15 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – Lakeside

Volume II
 

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01 – Right In The Socket – Shalamar
02 – It’s a Love Thing – The Whispers
03 – Here I Am – Dynasty
04 – It’s All the Way Live – Lakeside
05 – Midas Touch – Midnight Star
06 – Wild Girls – Klymaxx
07 – Pop Along Kid – Shalamar
08 – Is This A Dream – Carrie Lucas
09 – Adventures In The Land Of Music – Dynasty
10 – Slow Jam – Midnight Star
11 – Help Me – Shalamar
12 – Just My Luck – The Deele
13 – Winners & Losers – Collage
14 – Hello Stranger – Carrie Lucas
15 – Real Love – Lakeside

The difficulty in just proiducing two mixes is an indication of just how prolific SOLAR was with good charts and wonderful artists. I will be putting more of my thoughts of these artists and these tracks as time goes on, but for no, just enjoy the vibe. Big ups to Theresa, Garfield, and Tracy. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

The Whole Funk: Anatole’s Birthday, 2010

Last year, Michael Anatole (Lord of the Funk) wanted to celebrate his birthdasy with Earth Wind and Fire This year, it’s the funk, and nothin’ but the funk.

The Whole Funk: Anatole’s Birthday, 2010.
 

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01 – Party Lites – Slave Featuring Steve Arrington
02 – Who’d She Coo – Ohio Players
03 – Movin’ (Extended Mix) – Brass Construction
04 – Party Train – GAP Band
05 – Got To Be Real (Extended) – Cheryl Lynn
06 – You And I – Rick James
07 – We Got The Funk – Positive Force
08 – Five Minutes of Funk – Whodini
09 – How Ya Like Me Now – Kool Moe Dee
10 – Get on the Good Foot – James Brown
11 – DMSR – Prince
12 – Flashlight – Parliament
13 – You Meet My Approval – Slave Featuring Steve Arrington
14 – Funkin’ For Fun – Parliament
15 – Gather Round – Earth Wind And Fire

There’s nothing more to say here. Mr. Anatole requested, and I was happy to provide. Big ups to the man.
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Six Degrees Of Separation, Volume I

…and here we go.

Six Degrees Of Separation, Volume 1. (Check below to listen or download.)

01 – Get Down Friday Night – Leroy Burgess
02 – Hollywood Swinging – Kool and the Gang
03 – Such A Feeling (Original Shep Pettibone 12” Mix) – Aurra
04 – Just A Touch Of Love – Slave
05 – Feels So Real – Steve Arrington
06 – The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) – Sheila E
07 – If You Love Me – Brownstone
08 – Games – Chuckii Booker
09 – Treat U Rite – Angela Winbush
10 – I Love You More – Rene and Angela
11 – Live It Up – The Isley Brothers
12 – Purple Haze (Alternate Recording) – Jimi Hendrix

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Six degrees of seperation is in reference to the idea that one person is at most six steps, or degres, away from another person. Ricky Mac took it one step further for this mix, which contains 2 sets of seperations- refereences to a musical artist or act exactly six degrrs away from another artist or act. Volume I has two sets, as detailed below:.

Six Degrees Of Seperation: Leroy Burgess to Sheila E

Leroy Burgess is renowned singer and songwriter whose career started in the 1960s. He got his first taste of fame with the group Black Ivory in 1971 with the hit “You and I”. The group enjoyed some hits  including the dance classic “Mainline”. 

Fonda Rae –  Touch Me (All Night Long)
Intrigues    – Fly Girl and Together Forever
Aleem – Get down Friday Night
Larry Levan – I know you will
Rick James – Big Time
Phrrek–Weekend (This was later covered by Class Action)

Black Ivory’s manager was friends with Kool and the Gang’s manager. Both managers came up with the idea that Kool and the Gang should play the music for Black Ivory. So Leroy knew the band for a while. It was only in 1993 while at a family picnic that Leroy discovers that he’s the cousin of Kool, Ronald and Kevin Bell from Kool and the Gang.

Kool and the Gang , originally called the Jazziacs was started by Robert Bell in 1964. Later renamed to Kool and the Gang, they were signed to De-Lite records in 1969. They broke into mainstream with 1973’s Jungle boogie and Hollywood Swinging.
Singer James J.T. Taylor joined the group in 1979 with Ladies Night. J.T left the group after a string of hits such as Celebration, Get Down on it, Joanna, Fresh and Cherish. James J.T. Taylor was a school teacher and an amateur night club singer and has released four solo albums to date. He has also collaborated with Regina Belle (All I want is forever)  and Stephanie Mills (Heart to Heart) J.T marries Starleana Young, lead singer of Aurra.

Aurra
starts as an off shoot from the band Slave after producer Steve Washington realises that the Band is too big and asks Starlenna and Curt Young to form Aurra. Aurra releases four albums under SaSoul records and produced hits such as You and me tonight, Are you single and Why don’t you make up your mind. For legal reasons Aurra renamed themselves to Deja but never produced any major hits.

Slave  was formed by Steve Washington and Mark Hicks in 1975 in Dayton, Ohio. Slave produced such hits as Just a Touch of Love, Watching You and Snap Shot. Steve Arrington joins the group in 1978 and becomes their lead singer.Steve Arrington leaves the group in 1982 and forms the Steve Arrington Hall of Fame.

Steve Arrington was born in Great Lakes Illinois but moved with his family to Dayton, Ohio. By age 13, he was playing at various talent shows and the Dayton Battle of the Bands as well as gigging with other bands in the Dayton area. By his senior year at High School he joined the band the Young Mystics. Several members of Young Mystics would go on to form the band Slave. With Slave Steve played drums and percussion before becoming their lead singer. In 1977, Steve went to California studied Latin percussion and drumming with Coke Escovedo and played drums with Pete and Sheila Escovedo, (also known as Sheila E.) He did a tour with the Salsa West Coast Latin All Stars, led by the Escovedos, featuring Carlos Santana on guitar.

Sheila E
was born in Oakland California and is the daughter of  percussionist Pete Escovedo with whom she frequently performs. Sheila makes her recording debut in 1976 and by her early 20’s she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She also plays violin and guitar. She meets Prince in 1978 and collaborates on the Purple Rain recording and then goes on to be drummer and musical director for Price’s backing band The New Power Generation. During her career she has had collaborated with Beyonce (Work it out), Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and José Feliciano.

Six Degrees of Seperation: Brownstone to Jimi Hendrix


Brownstone
is a Grammy nominated group that was popular in the 1990s. They are best known for the hits If You Love Me, Grapevyne, Pass the lovin’ and the remake of the Eagle’s hit I can’t tell you Why from their debut album From The Bottom Up.
The original members of the group were Monica  Doby, Charmayne  Maxwell and Nichole Gilbert.  Less than a year after the group was formed they were signed to Michael Jackon’s MJJ label. After touring extensively Doby left the group and has become a teacher.  Chuckii Booker was musical director for the group.

Chuckii Booker, born in Los Angeles California, is a singer, songwriter , band leader and multi-instrumentalist. Chuckii began recording music after he was signed to his godfather’s (Barry White) production company.  After this he signed with Atlantic Records and produced his debut album Chuckii in 1989 where he played all the instruments and sang all the vocals. This album produced hits such as Don’t You Know I Love You and Turned Away. His follow up album Niice and Wiild produced the hit single Games. Chuckii has recorded with worked with and produced  artists such as Troop, Barry White, Vanessa Williams,  Kool  and the Gang, Janet Jackson, TLC, New Edition, Faith Evans, Mary J BLige, Jay-Z, Tevin Campbell, Brownstone, Keyshia Cole, Lionel Ritchie, Lalah Hataway, En Vogue, Diana Ross, Anastacia, Commissioned, Bette Midler and Angela Winbush.

Angela Winbush was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up singing in church but did not aspire to a career in music. She studied Architecture at Howard University and made extra money by singing. She switched her major to music education and recorded a demo. The demo was picked up by DJ Gary Byrd who made the call that gave her a spot as a backing vocalist for Stevie Wonder. She became Stevie’s Protégé and learnt the art of writing and arranging songs.  She met Rene Moore in LA and they went on to write and produce together under the name Rene & Angela.

In 1986 Angela was introduced to Ronald Isley by way of Benny Medina who asked Angela to work on the Isley’s next record. She then produced, wrote and arranged on the Isley’s Smooth Sailin’ album. After this Ronald Isley became her manager and helped her release her debut album Sharp from which the song Angel came. She then wrote and produced for Sheena Easton. She also sang backup vocals for Dolly Parton, Lenny Williams and Jean Carn.
Ronald and Angela got married in 1993 and divorced in 2002.

Rene & Angela  
Before meeting Angela Winbush, Rene played with the Brothers Johnson. He is the brother of Rufus’ Bobby Watson (of Rufus & Chaka Khan fame). Rene & Angela went on to create hits such as I’ll be Good, Save Your Love (For #1), Your Smile and You Don’t Have to Cry off the Street Called Desire album. They also produced hits for Stephanie Mills and Kurtis Blow.
Even though Rene & Angela only produced two albums their music has been sampled by R&B and Hip hop artists

I Love You More (1981)
was sampled in
I Love The Dough by The Notorious B.I.G feat. Jay-Z and Angela Winbush (1997)
Jackpotes 2000 by 113 (1999)
I’ll Go by Donell Jones (2000)
900 Degrees by Ian Pooley (2000)
1987 by Poka (2009)

Imaginary Playments (1981) was sampled in
Imaginary Player by Jay-Z

I’ll Be Good (1985)
was sampled in
I’ll Be by Foxy Brown feat. Jay Z (1986)
I’ll be Good by Gospel Gangstaz (1999)

Your Smile (1985)
was sampled in
Smile by Trae feat. Jadakiss and Styles P (2007)

You don’t have to Cry (1985)
was sampled in
Romeo and Juliet by Sylk-E Fine feat. Chill (1988)

Isley Brothers comprises of different line-ups of brothers and a brother-in-law Chris Jasper (of Isley-Jasper-Isley).  Their father wanted his four sons to be singers so no sooner that they could walk and talk they were trained to sing together. They formed the Isley Borthers in 1954 and had success in the gospel circuit. In 1955 one of the brothers Veron was killed in an accident and they withdrew from singing. In 1956 they moved to New York where they were signed and released their first single The Cow jumped over The Moon which flopped. They had early success with the song Shout, which was more successful when it was covered by Joey Dee and the Starlighters and Lulu. They also had successes with songs such as Twist & Shout, Respectable, That Lady, Summer Breeze, Midnight Sky, Hello By Me, For The Love of You and the albums Harvest for the World (1976), Go for Your Guns (1977), Showdown (1978), the double album Winner Takes All (1979) and Go All the Way (1980). They found renewed success in 2001 when they teamed up with R Kelly for the ballad Contagious. The Album Eternal sold two million copies and their follow up album Body Kiss went Gold.

In 1964 the Isley Brothers hired a young backing guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix the legend that is (nuff respect due !) was born Johnny Allen Hendrix November 27, 1942. He is considered the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music.  At 15 he acquired his 1st acoustic guitar from an acquaintance of his father. He learned to play from practicing constantly, getting tips from more experienced players and listening to records. In 1959 his father bought him his first electric guitar. According to fellow band mates he learned how to play with his teeth and behind his back and his stage antics from Raleigh "Butch" Snipes, guitarist with local band The Sharps. He refined the art of guitar playing on the Chitlin’ circuit performing in his own band as well as playing for Chuck Jackson, Slim Harpo, Tommy Tucker, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson.

Jimi Hendrix’s 1st studio recording was with the Isley Brothers in March 1964 on a song called Testify. He was a guitarist in the band and toured with them. He also in the same year started to perform and record with Little Richard. He also performed and recorded with Ray Sharpe, Lonnie Youngblood, Jimmy Norman and his own band The Blue Flame.

Brownstone is a Grammy nominated group that was popular in the 1990s. They are best known for the hits If You Love Me, Grapevyne, Pass the lovin’ and the remake of the Eagle’s hit I can’t tell you Why from their debut album From The Bottom Up
The original members of the group were Monica  Doby, Charmayne  Maxwell and Nichole Gilbert.  Less than a year after the group was formed they were signed to Michael Jackon’s MJJ label. After touring extensively Doby left the group and has become a teacher.  Chuckii Booker was musical director for the group.

Chuckii Booker
, born in Los Angeles California is a singer, songwriter , band leader and multi-instrumentalist. Chuckii began recording music after he was signed to his godfather’s (Barry White) production company.  After this he signed with Atlantic Records and produced his debut album Chuckii in 1989 where he played all the instruments and sang all the vocals. This album produced hits such as Don’t You Know I Love You and Turned Away. His follow up album Niice and Wiild produced the hit single Games.

Chuckii has recorded with worked with and produced  artists such as Troop, Barry White, Vanessa Williams,  Kool  and the Gang, Janet Jackson, TLC, New Edition, Faith Evans, Mary J BLige, Jay-Z, Tevin Campbell, Brownstone, Keyshia Cole, Lionel Ritchie, Lalah Hataway, En Vogue, Diana Ross, Anastacia, Commissioned, Bette Midler and Angela Winbush.

Angela Winbush
was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up singing in church but did not aspire to a career in music. She studied Architecture at Howard University and made extra money by singing. She switched her major to music education and recorded a demo. The demo was picked up by DJ Gary Byrd who made the call that gave her a spot as a backing vocalist for Stevie Wonder. She became Stevie’s Protégé and learnt the art of writing and arranging songs.  She met Rene Moore in LA and they went on to write and produce together under the name Rene & Angela.

In 1986 Angela was introduced to Ronald Isley by way of Benny Medina who asked Angela to work on the Isley’s next record. She then produced, wrote and arranged on the Isley’s Smooth Sailin’ album. After this Ronald Isley became her manager and helped her release her debut album Sharp from which the song Angel came. She then wrote and produced for Sheena Easton. She also sang backup vocals for Dolly Parton, Lenny Williams and Jean Carn.
Ronald and Angela got married in 1993 and divorced in 2002.

Rene & Angela  
Before meeting Angela Winbush, Rene played with the Brothers Johnson. He is the brother of Rufus’ Bobby Watson (of Rufus & Chaka Khan fame). Rene & Angela went on to create hits such as I’ll be Good, Save Your Love (For #1), Your Smile and You Don’t Have to Cry off the Street Called Desire album. They also produced hits for Stephanie Mills and Kurtis Blow.
Even though Rene & Angela only produced two albums their music has been sampled by R&B and Hip hop artists

I Love You More (1981)
was sampled in
I love the dough by The Notorious B.I.G feat. Jay-Z and Angela Winbush (1997)
Jackpotes 2000 by 113 (1999)
I’ll Go by Donell Jones (2000)
900 Degrees by Ian Pooley (2000)
1987 by Poka (2009)

Imaginary Playments (1981) was sampled in
Imaginary Player by Jay-Z

I’ll Be Good (1985)
was sampled in
I’ll Be by Foxy Brown feat. Jay Z (1986)
I’ll be Good by Gospel Gangstaz (1999)

Your Smile (1985)
was sampled in
Smile by Trae feat. Jadakiss and Styles P (2007)

You don’t have to Cry (1985)
was sampled in
Romeo and Juliet by Sylk-E Fine feat. Chill (1988)

Isley Brothers comprises of different line-ups of brothers and a brother-in-law Chris Jasper (of Isley-Jasper-Isley).  Their father wanted his four sons to be singers so no sooner that they could walk and talk they were trained to sing together. They formed the Isley Borthers in 1954 and had success in the gospel circuit. In 1955 one of the brothers Veron was killed in an accident and they withdrew from singing. In 1956 they moved to New York where they were signed and released their first single The Cow Jumped Over The Moon which flopped.

They had early success with the song Shout, which was more successful when it was covered by Joey Dee and the Starlighters and Lulu. They also had successes with songs such as Twist & Shout, Respectable, That Lady, Summer Breeze, Midnight Sky, Hello By Me, For The Love of You and the albums Harvest for the World (1976), Go for Your Guns (1977), Showdown (1978), the double album Winner Takes All (1979) and Go All the Way (1980). They found renewed success in 2001 when they teamed up with R Kelly for the ballad Contagious. The Album Eternal sold two million copies and their follow up album Body Kiss went Gold.

In 1964 the Isley Brothers hired a young backing guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix the legend that is (nuff respect due !) was born Johnny Allen Hendrix November 27, 1942. He is considered the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music.  At 15 he acquired his 1st acoustic guitar from an acquaintance of his father. He learned to play from practicing constantly, getting tips from more experienced players and listening to records. In 1959 his father bought him his first electric guitar. According to fellow band mates he learned how to play with his teeth and behind his back and his stage antics from Raleigh "Butch" Snipes, guitarist with local band The Sharps. He refined the art of guitar playing on the Chitlin’ circuit performing in his own band as well as playing for Chuck Jackson, Slim Harpo, Tommy Tucker, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson.

Jimi Hendrix’s 1st studio recording was with the Isley Brothers in March 1964 on a song called Testify. He was a guitarist in the band and toured with them. He also in the same year started to perform and record with Little Richard. He also performed and recorded with Ray Sharpe, Lonnie Youngblood, Jimmy Norman and his own band The Blue Flame.

In 1966 Jimi met Chas Chandler after being passed on by Rolling stones manager as they didn’t like his style of music. Chas brought Jimi to London where the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed. Word of Hendrix spread throughout London on 1966. His showmanship made instant fans of guitar greats Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck , Brian Jones, members of The Beatles and The Who.

His first single was Hey Joe. He also found success with songs such as Stone Free, Purple Haze which featured the Hendrix Chord (a guitar chord named after Jimi) and The Wind Cries Mary. The three singles were hits in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan but they failed to sell in the US.
Jimi Hendrix went on to perform all over Europe with other bands and artists and is an inspiration to guitar players worldwide. Sadly, he died in London, September 18th, 1970 from an overdose of sleeping pills. His legend lives on.

Shoutouts go to Ricky Mac for pulling this together and doing an amazing job.

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Ashford & Simpson, Volume II

For your ears, the second set.

Ashford and Simpson, Volume II.

 

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01 – The Boss – Diana Ross
02 – Bourgie Bourgie – Gladys Knight And The Pips
03 – Top Of The Stairs – Collins & Collins
04 – Don’t Send Nobody Else – Ace Spectrum
05 – I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
06 – Taste Of Bitter Love – Gladys Knight & The Pips
07 – Solid – Ashford & Simpson
08 – Babies – Ashford & Simpson
09 – Remember Me – Diana Ross
10 – Keep It Coming – Rufus ft Chaka Khan
11 – Love It Away – Ashford & Simpson
12 – Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Jackson 5
13 – California Soul – Marlena Shaw
14 – It’s In There – Jennifer Holliday
15 – Landlord – Gladys Knight & The Pips
16 – Keep Away Girls – Stephanie Mills
17 – Love Woke Me Up This Morning – Temptations
18 – Silly Wasn’t I? – Valerie Simpson
19 – I’ll Be There For You – Ashford & Simpson
20 – Let’s Go Get Stoned – Ray Charles

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This set contains The Bass, I’m Evey Woman, and Solid, three thematic tracks that’s been a stapele since their release.   The track Bourgie Bourgie – the  vocal version recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips, is included here also.  You’ll also notice that  You’re All I Need To Get By is in this mix, recorded by Jackson Five.

Lesser known acts, such as Collins and Collins and  Ace Spectrum are represented here, surrounded by tracks from The Temptations, Rufus and Chaka, Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills, and Marlena Shaw.  Valerie Simpson’s solo effort Silly Wasn’t I? is also here- a fine effort that was released back in 1972.  And, yes indeed, the set ends with no other than Ray Charles in Let’s Go Get Stoned. Shoutouts go to Greg V, DJ, Shelton, Mike P., Ricky Mac, Andre,  Mike E., T Grundy, Theresa, Garfield, Detrel, and Soul Afrodisiac.

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Ashford and Simpson, Volume 1

I think a proper term for this one would be “The Battle Of The Music Fiends.” Presenting:

Ashford and Simpson, Volume 1.

 

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01 – High Rise – Ashford & Simpson
02 – It Seems To Hang On – Ashford & Simpson
03 – Stuff Like That – Quincy Jones
04 – Found A Cure – Ashford & Simpson
05 – Love Don’t Make It Right – Ashford & Simpson
06 – It’s My House – Diana Ross
07 – Have You Ever Tried It – Main Ingredient
08 – Bourgié Bourgié – Ashford & Simpson
09 – Don’t Cost You Nothing – Ashford & Simpson
10 – Street Corner – Ashford & Simpson
11 – Over And Over – Sylvester
12 – Clouds – Chaka Khan
13 – I Ain’t Asking – Phyllis Hyman
14 – By Way Of Love’s Express – Ashford & Simpson
15 – Send It – Ashford & Simpson
16 – Is It Still Good To Ya? – Teddy Pendergrass

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I think that the most fun in putting together this podcast was getting the help of 8 people in putting it together. Because of the time constraint of an audio CD of 80 minutes, there will, of course, be a Volume 2. The dilemma? Trying to decide which tracks go on Volume 1. There were plenty of agreements (It Seems To Hang On, Is It Still Good To Ya?) but there were also a few debates (By Way Of Love’s Express, Found A Cure). Shoutouts go to Greg V, DJ, Shelton, Mike P., Ricky Mac, Mike E.,T Grundy, Theresa, Garfield, Detrel, and Soul Afrodisiac.

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Resurrection

So, you might be wondering….where is EJ and what the heck has been going on with this site for the last week? Well, there were quite a few adventures and mishaps. Note: this may get a little technical at times, so don’t sweat it

Just after my transition period started (also known as the end of employment), my site went down (bad_httpd_conf issue). After more than 24 hours, I finally heard from tech support that the site was being copied to another server. Most everything was copied but there were still some fundamental pieces missing from the puzzle.

Also during the same time, there was an attempt to upgrade the installation (from MT4 to MT5). The installation failed and there has been little help in fixing the problem. This is when I decided to get the help of Todd “Big-La” Kelley to work his magic and help converted the site over to WordPress (while trying to keep as much intact as possible), which is why you see this new site before you. Here’s the lowdown:

1. All of the entries you see before you work now.

2. All podcasts are still available.

3. Radio Blogs (popups to play the tracks) are now gone (yes, all of them). I will try to resurrect all of the ones from 2010, but all of the other ones (from 2004-2009) I am sorry to say, are gone. I can resurrect them upon request, but no promises. (Update:  Radio Blog Club is now closed down so now I am afraid I am missing source code as well.  Until I can find it, Radio Blogs are on a hiatus.)

4. The “About EJ” and “In Real Time” tabs are now on the site. They’re both still being worked on. “About EJ” will be a mini-autobiography, while “In Real Time” will consist of near-real-time updates about what’s going on, including CBox (quick shout outs) and Twitter Thoughts (yep, I’m on Twitter also).

So, after 5 days, we’re back in business, but the site is still being worked on, so you’ll see some changes, but steps are being taken so this issue never happens again. My apologies for this downtime, and major major props for Big La for pulling it together. Any comments or suggestions? Feel free to let me know.

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OSW: Knees

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. It’s been a beautiful week. Now it’s back to the grind. Here we go:

Old School Wednesday: Knees

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01 – Can You Handle It? – Sharon Redd (9:44)
02 – Get Off (You Fascinate Me) – Patrice Rushen (6:20)
03 – Romeo – Jamaica Boys (4:48)
04 – I Could Give You More – Marcus Miller (5:58)
05 – After You – Bernard Wright (4:44)
06 – Hard To Face The Music – Idris Muhammed (4:52)
07 – Inside Your Love – Leon Ware (5:21)
08 – The Sound Of Music – Dayton (5:41)
09 – I Found Lovin’ – Fatback Band (4:03)
10 – Knees – Howard Johnson (5:41)
11 – For Tonight – Bryan Loren (4:25)
12 – Hang Tight – Keni Burke (4:00)
13 – I Love You – Weldon Irvine (3:04)
14 – Love The Feeling – Leroy Hutson (2:51)
15 – Lazy Nina – Greg Phillinganes (5:20)

I wanted to start off with Sharon Redd not only because it’s a great dance tune, but also because of the instrumental arrangement that stands the test of time. The same can also be said about Patrice’s Get Off. After those two tracks, I wanted to get more into Marcus Miller and Bernard Wright, so I thought it would be perfect to drop a good track from the two in addition to including a track from Jamaica Boys, a group they were directly involved in, and which also included Lenny White and Mark Stevens, Yvette’s brother. You may know her better as Chaka Khan.

One of the best things about having to hunt for tracks for Old School Wednesdays is learning or learning more about artists, or discovering artists you haven’t heard of. Both things mentioned are true in this case. I had enough time to learn more about Idris Muhammad, Greg Phillinganes, and Leon Ware. I did not realize that Leon was not only a writer of Inside Your Love but also incorporated the tune one one of his albums, I had to include it in this mix. Idriis’ Hard To Face The Music and Greg’s Lazy Nina are two underappreciated classics,that should also be recognized.

There are two artists in this case that I had never heard of which also included this time: Weldon Irvine and Leroy Hutson. I’ll be immersing myself into their tracks from them, and there’s a good change you’ll hear them in the upcoming podcasts. One of the things that I was shocked to learn was Weldon’s biography and his involvement in the industry. I was even more astonished to hear more about his death. The realization that he was so prolific really hit home. Information about his life can be found in Colin H. Jackson Jr’s writeup, available here.

Great tracks from Dayton, Bryan Loren, Fatback Band, Keni Burke, and Howard Johnson are also here. Howard’s track was produced by Jam & Lewis and Monte Moir fan that I had never been able to get my hands on until recently (and considering I am a huge Jan and Lewis fan, this was a minor victory for me.)

Hope you enjoy it. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Take it light.

 

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OSW: EJ’s Birthday

Volume one, thanks to Mr. McCarthy. It’s a wonderful thing.

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01 Bustin’ Loose – Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

02 Another Man – Barbara Mason

03 Let Me Show You – Larry Wu

04 Your Personal Touch – Evelyn ”Champagne” King

05 Tossing And Turning – Windjammer

06 Love’s Comin’ At Ya – Melba Moore

07 Best Part Of The Night – The Jeff Lorber Band Feat Gavin Christopher

08 Get Me Through The Night – Barbara Mitchell

09 Let It All Blow-  Dazz Band

10 Medicine Song – Stephanie Mills

11 You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me) – David Joseph

12 I’m Not Gonna Let You Go – Colonel Abrams

13 Billie Jean [Original 12" Version] – Michael Jackson

14 Rock With You (Single Version) – Michael Jackson

15 Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder

16 Stomp – The Brothers Johnson

17 Galaxy – War

18 System Of Survival – Earth Wind & Fire

19 Ai No Corrida – Quincy Jones



I was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough time to do anything this week for my birthday. Thanks to Ricky, he was able to drop a nice mix whicih allowed me to focus on other things. While he manages to kill me with the sublime Winjammer track and the never-heard-before tracks from Barbara Mason and Larry Wu. It also doesn’t hurt that he placed Stevie, Earth Wind And Fire, and a whole host of others. Good Stuff.

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Starpoint vs Skyy

This is the first time this has been done- a comparison of two band. Predenting….
Old School Wesnesday – Starpoint vs Skyy.

Volume 1.
 

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Volume I:

01 – Starpoint – Object Of My Desire
02 – Skyy – Call Me
03 – Starpoint – He Wants My Body
04 – Skyy – Show Me The Way
05 – Starpoint – Restless
06 – Skyy – Givin’ It To You
07 – Starpoint – Keep On It
08 – Skyy – Superlove
09 – Starpoint – Bring Your Sweet Loving Back
10 – Skyy – Here’s To You
11 – Starpoint – I Just Want To Be Your Lover
12 – Skyy – High

Volume II:
13 – Skyy – Jam the Box
14 – Starpoint – Its All Yours
15 – Skyy – Let’s Celebrate
16 – Starpoint – One Step Closer To Your Love [Extended Version]
17 – Skyy – Start Of A Romance
18 – Starpoint – Fresh Start [Extended Version]
19 – Skyy – Groove Me
20 – Starpoint – Gonna Lift You Up
21 – Skyy – Skyyzoo
22 – Starpoint – Have You Got What It Takes
23 – Skyy – It’s Real Love
24 – Starpoint – Till The End Of Time
25 – Skyy – When You Touch Me

I have seen a battle of the bandsd but never participated – but this time I had a request from Paul that I couldn’t refuse. It’s pretty impossible for me to say whi is better (I think they’re both fantastic). What’s your opinion? Much props for the one and only Paul who was the mastermind behind this (and trust me, there will be more to come…believe me.)

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OSW: Angela Winbush

This week’s feature….Angela.

Angela – Uptemp
 

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Uptempo:
01 – Rene and Angela Featuring Kurtis Blow – Save Your Love (For #1)
02 – Rene and Angela – I Love You More
03 – Janet Jackson – Say You Do
04 – Angela Winbush – It’s The Real Thing
05 – Rene and Angela – I’ll Be Good
06 – Janet Jackson – Young Love
07 – Angela Winbush – Run To Me
08 – Angela Winbush – Dream Lover
09 – Angela Winbush – Treat U Rite
10 – Stephanie Mills – Something In The Way (You Make Me Feel)

Downtempo:
11 – Sheena Easton – Fire And Rain
12 – Angela Winbush – Angel
13 – Rene and Angela – You Don’t Have To Cry
14 – Rene and Angela – Imaginary Playmates
15 — Angela Winbush – Spend The Night (Ce Soir)
16 – Angela Winbush – Menage A Trois
17 – Rene and Angela – My First Love
18 – Angela Winbush – Your Smile
19 – Isley Brothers – Koolin’ Out
20 – Angela Winbush – You Had A Good Girl

There’s not much I can say about this – Angela at he finest takes two separate mixes because of the longevity, particularly for those who like to listen to this on a CD in the car. Much props for the one and only Paul who was the mastermind behind this (and trust me, there will be more to come…believe me.)

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