ODDS ‘N’ BODS
Giddy up and yi-hah! All those clubs wanting to hire mechanical bucking broncos/bulls can get them from Western Rodeo UK (01-785 6169) or Dave Gilbrook (Farnbrough 0252-510934), and Dave is planning to tour the country’s clubs with a package as The Club Indoor Rodeo Championships 1984 including a gunslinger fast draw contest as well as the bull, so contact him if interested in that too . . . Thames Valley DJ Association again awarded Record Mirror the Best Industry Publication prize at their Shownite ’84 last month – the first I knew about it was from some understandably bitchy remarks in their current newsletter, just received (nobody told me, but I couldn’t have got there that night anyway: however, many thanks and apologies) . . . Jocelyn Brown tells me that as well as being lead singer for Inner Life and certain records by Cerrone and Change (about which we knew), she’s also been on sides by Chic, The Jammers, while session work has included backups behind everyone from Roberta Flack to John Lennon . . . Bobby King is THAT Bobby King, the one who used to come down to Mayfair’s Gullivers whenever over here as vocalist with Ry Cooder! (he had two albums on US Warner Bros in the ‘70s) . . . Capital Radio’s Roger Scott remarks how strong black music is at the moment, all but two of the American singles on the station’s playlist being black – and a third of last week’s UK pop chart was black too (so, did Top Of The Pops going off air have anything to do with it?) . . . Patrice Rushen’s c105bpm hot tempo-ish swayer ‘Feels So Real’ doubtless surfaced on import last weekend, after my deadline . . . Edwin Starr had scheduled a DJs-dedicated ‘Play It Again’ single for this month prior to rushing ‘Marvin’ instead (er, any chance of re-recording the word “Sunday” as “Monday”, Edwin?) . . . Bobby Womack’s LP review last week confused the Patti LaBelle-duetted 35-71½bpm ‘Love Has Finally Come At Last’ and George Benson/Wilton Felder-backed 67/33½bpm ‘Through The Eyes Of A Child’ . . . Mercury here will have a 4-track LJ Reynolds 12in with ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’/’Weigh All The Facts’/’Love Me All Over’, while Malaco soon belatedly issue Baiser ‘Summer Breeze’ . . . Island are entering the disco competition market with ‘Crew Cuts’ (clever title) including Malcolm X, Art Of Noise, Grandmixer D.ST., Warp 9, Nuance, Junie Morrison all mixed by Chad Jackson (St Helens) – who calls himself “The Man Of The Mix” and recently sent me a cassette of his efforts, a live mix one side and pause button-edited medley t’other, all very good but exhausting (incidentally, is it Chad rather than Chaz who’s walking around under Greg Wilson’s hairstyle?) . . . Bernard Penn, a buyer at Glasgow’s Goldbergs store, got talking soul with Steve Davis when he’d come in to promote his line of snooker tables and played Steve some cassettes he’d mixed himself on a home twin-deck system: this so intrigued Steve that Bernard now wonders if it was this that prompted his subsequent purchase of a disco unit and a course of mixing lessons from Froggy? . . . I can tell you, if you want to make Steve mis-cue, just shout out “Dee Dee Bridgewater”! . . . Cino Berigliano, now doing Ilford Palais Wednesdays with Coral King and Stevenage Annabellas Mondays, is looking to add DJs outside the London area to his Dance Disc Promotions mailing list on 01-551 0631 (office hours) . . . MBT Records want to get PA bookings for new group Universe – call Barry Jameson on 01-476 1880 . . . Switch Records are looking for black music cassette demos or full unsigned masters for a planned compilation LP, or doubtless singles release if up to scratch – details from Loftus Burton on 01-969 7135 . . . Horizon’s Gary Kent needs a new gig for his 1K disco rig to replace a 4 year pub residency (messages on 01-599 1471) . . . ‘Segue’ Steve Goddard sadly has left Horizon – he recently discovered the source of the term “segue” (pronounced segway, meaning one tune following on immediately after another): not surprisingly it’s from “seguera”, Italian for “to follow” . . . Dr Soul more or less knew that! . . . London Town Radio needs more soul DJs: send demo tape and brief CV to LTR, c/o 23 High Street, Little Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU17 8TB, and try and beat the Home Office, and stay off the white lines . . . ‘Fatman’ Graham Canter has horrified his real friends with the avowed intention of buying a pub – don’t even do it! . . . Hammersmith Palais later this month (31) wobbles under the weight of the Weather Girls AND Steve Walsh together on stage – heavy jelly! . . . Cameo play Nottingham Rock City Fri 25, Hammersmith Odeon Sat 26, with more dates due, and Kenny G (minus vocalist Barry Johnson) tours Glasgow, London, Luton, Colchester & Birmingham around that time too . . . Record Shack have formed Anglo-American Management for tour representation of Miquel Brown, Earlene Bentley, Evelyn Thomas, Break Machine (and soon the likes of Lisa, Pamela Stanley, Thelma Houston, Viola Wills, Vicki Sue Robinson, Village People & Ritchie Family): contact Bill Grainger 0506-54305/The Shack 01-434 1498 . . . Misses Brown, Bentley & Thomas will be live together at a Hi-NRG alldayer next Bank Holiday Monday (28) at Preston’s Clouds, but meanwhile Evelyn Thomas continues energizing London Palm Beach Fri (11), Charing Scanners Sat (12), Brighton Bolts Sun (13), Rayleigh Pink Toothbrush Tues (15) . . . Linda Lewis PAs along with a Miss Wet T-Shirt contest Fri (11) at Bournemouth Boscombe’s The Academy (presumably not a Boys Town night!), Harringey Bolts has Simone Sat (12), Edinburgh Fire Island has Jimmy Ruffin & Jackson Moore Sun (13) . . . Steve Allen & The Mad Mixer attempt to re-establish a regular soul night in Leicester at Coasters Nightclub (Lee Circle off Charles Street) this Thursday (10) and again in three weeks (31) . . . Peter Lee launches a Shredded Wheat guzzling contest over the next three Thursdays at Bolton’s Dance Factory, where Monday (14) break dancing Broken Glass Street Crew and zany DJ (it says here) Wayne Curtis Blow II join him for a teenage disco . . . Chris Dinnis, recovering from glandular fever, now souls Exeter Boxes Wednesdays and Taunton Kingstons Thursdays, plus Yeovil Olivers the Fri (11) . . . Froggy funks Southend Zero 6 Fri (11), and Canning Town Bentleys every Thur/Sat . . . Gary Oldis starts a break dancing competition this Sat (12) with cash prizes (teams or singles) – teams wanting a gig at Scarborough Victorias call him on 0325-84619 (days) . . . Jin Kenny, mixing at Dublin’s Tamango, is trying Hi-NRG on Saturdays although product is head to find and due to Eire’s high VAT even UK releases (imported) are very expensive: Miquel Brown ‘So Many Men’ is huge, KC ‘Give It Up’ hit in Ireland a year before Britain – Jim also needs replacement Destination ‘Move On Up’, Brian Adams ‘Let Me Take You Dancing’ . . . Pete Haigh (0253-824156) needs Bloodstone ‘My Love Grows Stronger’ (US T-Neck 12in), Island’s Adrian Sykes will pay anything for the rare 12in of Willie Bobo ‘Always There’ (Big Phil Etgart still wants it too), and Bobby Lyle’s ‘The Genie’ LP . . . Dougall DJ’s computerised record finding service now seems operational (good timing?) – send your wants list (up to 50), mentioning any bids you’re prepared to pay for hotly sought items, with remittance of £6.50 for a full year’s search to Worldwide Records, PO Box 90, Luton, Beds LU1 3UJ . . . Andy Greg (Gregory), souling Laughton’s Tempo Rico wine bar, has a 7in of Peter Brown’s 1979 ‘Love In Our Hearts’ for Adrian Allen should he want it, and wonders whether Carl Anderson is the same guy that played Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’? . . . ‘Hill Street Blues’ is bustin’ out all over now, and in the words of the immortal Michael Conrad, LET’S BE EXTRA CAREFUL OUT THERE!
JIMMIE GRAY: ‘The Kool People’ (JKO 12 JKO 107, via 01-354 0841)
American singer/keyboardist Jimmie returned home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to remix and speed up this now 115½bpm simple languidly pushing swayer with Tubbs on bass and chix cooing through his own cool vocal, which originally surfaced here in November 1982. Now as then the 117bpm instrumental ‘Keepin’ Kool’ flipside version is possibly even more useful although with the guitar mixed down and everything smoothed off both have become more similar – and equally hypnotic.
YVONNE GAGE: ‘Doin’ It In A Haunted House’ (US Chycago International Music 4Z9 05006)
Stand by for the next Michael Jackson-related smash! Not an answer record as such, this soulfully wailed high “spirited” solidly socking 120-119bpm smacker cleverly appropriates and adapts so many bits from the backing track of ‘Thriller’ that it must be considered as a companion piece (the instrumental flip should be really useful mixed with MJ). Vampiric though this may seem, it’s done with such zest it has to be a hit.
L.J. REYNOLDS: ‘Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down’ (LP ‘Lovin’ Man’ US Mercury 818 479-1 M-1)
The Chocolate Syrup soulster’s great huskily wailing 104bpm rolling and jittering jogger (with Jones Girls support) has already been tipped as possibly – now almost certainly – the next “Dennis Edwards”, but unlike Dennis’s set Larry’s is full of other floor favourites, big up North being the Philly-meets-Brass Construction 118bpm ‘Weigh All The Facts’, romping 127bpm ‘Don’t Worry’, buoyantly skipping 116½bpm title track, the chunkily jolting 111bpm ‘Touch Down’ being his current US single while on three smoochers the man is marvellous as well. Real soul sets rarely come as consistently good. Continue reading “May 12, 1984: Jimmie Gray, Yvonne Gage, L.J. Reynolds, Cherrelle, Jermaine Jackson”