“Paying For Your Love/Let’s Get Nasty” (Soul Junction SJ1011) 7′
Release Date: Monday 9th April 2018
Chuck Stephens originally hailed from upstate New York reputedly Buffalo. He was during the mid 1970’s one of the leading disc jockey’s on the popular New York radio station WWRL AM. Chuck had always hankered with the aspiration of being a recording artist and in the pursuit of his dream approached the respected New York songwriting team of brothers Richard and Robert Poindexter.
Featured Track: "Kofi Nomad"
Release Date: 6th April 2018
Freestyle Records – Digital EP (FSRJESDIG01)
A mainstay of London’s alternative music scene, Jessica has worked with the like of Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason, Japan’s United Future Organisation, and UK soul diva Juliet Roberts The deeply percussive, afrocentric ’Kofi Nomad’ features Tamar ‘Collocutor’ Osborn.
“The following is based upon my personal knowledge, personal research and personal experiences”
Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.
“All My Life” / “Disco Hustle” (Soul Junction SJ1010)
Release Date: Monday 12th February 2018
The Nu-Rons, were a family group consisting of two sets of brothers and cousins, the four young men in question being brothers Daryl Howard and Raymond Gibson (Daryl’s mother registered him under his father’s surname of Howard and Raymond under her maiden name of Gibson) together with Otho Bateman and Charles Bateman. They were all born and raised in Salem, New Jersey and from the age of ten and eleven began singing with a fifth member and Gibson brother Rudolph in a group called The Gospel 5. They eventually decided to crossover to secular music and as a group known for their energetic dance routines they came up with the new performing name of ‘The Nu-Rons’ (taken from the word ‘Neuron’ which is a cell that transmits nerve impulses). However Rudolph was soon to leave the group due to physical illness. Also Daryl Howard and Charles Bateman had also been part of a working group known as The Devotions prior to becoming The Nu-Ron’s.
Recently Mick invited me to write a column reviewing records that I particularly like and which are keeping me warm at home during these winter nights. So I have selected 20 sides that hopefully some of you may not be familiar with and for those who do know the records, hopefully you will feel I have done them justice.
Well it’s been a long time coming, some 20 years since the first public airing, but at long last…the incredible John Edwards – ‘Walls That Separate Our Love’ is to appear on a Vinyl 45 in March of this year.
“Take a little time/”My next step” (Right Combination) 7’
Between The Two was the creation of the late great fashion designer Bill F. Whitten, whom is highly known for his remarkable designs for the following Artist: Michael Jackson, The Jackson’s, E.W.F., Stevie Wonder, etc The band originated from his home town of Bessemer
Alabama, which he relocated all eight of the original group to Hollywood in March of 1977. Continue reading Between The Two→
Ki is one of the most phenomenal artists of the 21st Century. This gifted and powerful author, singer, songwriter and poet of truth has given us a CD that defies categorization. Some would call it Gospel and others musical dramatization… others just hear music. But most call it brilliant.
We Got A Sweet Thing Going On Volume THREE Catalogue #SJCD5014
The third volume of our “We Got A Sweet Thing Going On” series returns with yet another esoteric mix of sweet and group harmony soul. This compilation features both sides of The Scott Three’s in demand rarity “Running Wild (Ain’t Gonna Help You)/Gotta Find A New Love” they are joined by fellow Georgian Robert Montgomery (check out his two recent Soul Junction 45’s) with his previously unissued recording “Love Song About You”. The City of Brotherly Love is heavily represented in this compilation with acts such as The Toppiks with both sides of their desirable Larsam 45 “Give It A Chance To Grow/Surrender” and their previously unissued track “Win All Your Love” a recent release on a Soul Junction 45 (SJ1009) as the flip to The Cooperettes version of the same song, a double dose of Philly soul heaven.
Featured Track: "You Make Me Weak/I’m So Glad (That I Met You) SJ539 (Soul Junction) 7"
Release Date: Monday November 20th 2017
There were several groups within the Detroit music scene that shared the name of ‘The Holidays’. From the 1950’s through to the late 1960’s our version of The Holidays who took their name from a group members car, a 1954 Oldsmobile ‘Holiday’, would record for the Star-x, Markie, Master and Holiday record Labels. Founding member James Holiday would also briefly pursue a solo career with releases on the Markie, Syco and Blue Rock labels respectively.