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EDDY AMOO DIES....

Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLong time member of UK soul group THE REAL THING, EDDY AMMO has died. Though details are sketchy it seems that Eddy, who was 73, died suddenly whilst in Australia.

Born to Ghanaian parents in Toxteth, Liverpool, Eddy's first forays into music were in the 60s when he was part of vocal group, The Chants. The Chants boasted a classic harmony group line up and played the Liverpool club circuit – at times using the Beatles as their backing band. They recorded for Pye and many of their singles are now hugely collectable – notably a doo-wop flavoured version of 'I Could Write A Book'.

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When the Chants folded Eddy joined his younger brother, Chris in a new group, The Real Thing. After a successful run on TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, the group became David Essex's backing singers which helped them to secure a recording contract. Working with writer/ producer Ken Gold, the Real Thing enjoyed huge success with hits like 'You To Me Are Everything', 'Can't Get By Without You', and 'Can You Feel The Force'. Amongst their albums was the hugely influential 'Four From Eight' which was inspired by their experiences in Toxteth.... Liverpool 8. Amongst the album's tracks was 'Children Of The Ghetto' which was eventually covered by people like Philip Bailey, Courtney Pine and Mary J Blige.

After the hits dried up, The Real Thing continued to tour and, indeed still do though it's been confirmed that all remaining 2018 dates have been cancelled. A spokesperson for the band said:"It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our brother and inspiration, Eddy Amoo. Eddy was a showman, a songwriter, and a legend in British music."

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Last Updated on Sunday, 25 February 2018 19:23

 

BARBARA ALSTON DIES....

Saturday, 24 February 2018 16:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS media sources re reporting the death of sometime lead singer with THE CRYSTALS, BARBARA ALSTON. Few details are currently available, save that Barbara was 74 and died on Friday 16 February after contracting flu.

The Crystals were formed by big band entrepreneur Benny Wells – Alston's uncle and the original quintet, Alston, Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright and La La Brooks soon came to the attention of Phil Spector. Though Ms Brooks was the designated lead singer, Spector felt Alston was a safer bet and it's her vocal that fronted the Crystals' first hit 1962's 'There's No Other Like My Baby'. After that the Crystals history becomes a little murky as Spector used different versions of "The Crystals" on various projects (some involving the incomparable Darlene Love). What is clear though is that Barbara Alston played an important part in the formation and early years of one of the classic girl groups of the 60s.

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FALLING, FALLING.....

Friday, 23 February 2018 20:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month we strongly recommended a fab new tune from Aussie soul man DANIEL MARCH. Said song was the ultra catchy 'Falling'... oddly the same title as the man's 2015 debut single. This new 'Falling' was new (if you see what I mean) and it won young Dan (who now works out of London) loads of friends.

Amongst those friends was mixer man ASHLEY BEEDLE who's given the tune a remarkable new makeover. This "North Street" mix keeps everything that was good about the original but garnishes it with plenty of classy and inspired touches – like a drum sample nicked from an annoyingly familiar tune which for the life of me I can't pin down! (We're thinking Jade's 'Don't Walk Away') It does add to the magic of the mix though ... watch out for this one!

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 February 2018 17:14

 

SMOKE AND FIRE....

Friday, 23 February 2018 19:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAt the back end of 2017 swathes of California were devastated by forest fires. One person affected was 16 year old pop/soul singer SYDNEY BROWN who at the time of the fires was working in California with garlanded writer/producer/artist NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN.

The pair decided to work on a song about the situation and issue it as a charity record to benefit needy victims of the fires and 'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke And Fire' has just been released on Walden's Tarpan Records.

The song is more pop than soul but it's driven along by Walden's signature percussion and, of course, all profits are headed for a worthy cause, Walden and Brown have joined forces with YOU CARING and THE CALIFORNIA RED CROSS to ensure that all monies raised are properly targeted.

Find out more @ www.sydneybrown.com

Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 20:08

 

RETURN TO LOVE TOWN...

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBooker Newberry's 'Love Town' still stands as one of the great soul anthems – a staple of every soul weekender everywhere! Well now the old chestnut has won a revival courtesy of the Sed Soul crew. Rob Hardt is the man at the control desk on a slightly faster version of 'Love Town' from BIG JANO GREEN.

We're not saying the new version is better than the original but it's certainly full of pace and excitement and boasts a crazy percussive break. Like the revered original, it's set to fill dance floors everywhere! Out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:15

 

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