OLIVER CHEATHAM is best remembered for his anthem, ‘Get Down Saturday Night’. The cut packed dance floors throughout the 80s and in the right sort of place it still works the same magic.
CHEATHAM however has a career that predates his biggie. He actually debuted in Detroit in the mid 60s on the Tier label before joining vocal group The Young Sirs who enjoyed a regional hit with ‘There’s Something The Matter’. In the 70s OLIVER worked solo for Grand Junction records then as part of a group called THE GASLIGHT. He then was a member of SINS OF SATIN and ROUNDTRIP before leading another group known simply known as OLIVER. During all this he also recorded as a solo singer and UK label SOUL JUNCTION RECORDS have just “discovered” a couple of his solo recordings that till now were acetate only.
The songs in question are the poppy dancer ‘Don’t Pop The Question’ and the sweet ballad ‘Good Guys Don’t Make Good Lovers’. The former is ultra catchy with a great hook while the latter shows off CHEATHAM’S falsetto to good effect. Both are quite different to ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ but both worth investigating and available now as the A and B side of a 7″ vinyl single …. find out more @ www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk