JIMMY LEE and TONY STRONG are two soul veterans who prove the old adage that old soul men never fade away! Both are still active and indeed are promoting new releases.
Jimmy Lee has been a fixture on the Philadelphia and New Jersey soul scene for decades. He’s worked solo and as a member of Blue Magic and Fat Larry’s Band and it’s the Fat Larry classic ‘Zoom’ that Jimmy’s chosen for his new record. His version – produced by Butch Ingram – doesn’t stray too far from the original and we’re told that it’s taken from his upcoming ‘Lovely Day’ album.
Tony Strong is another Philly soul journey man. He’s worked in various incarnations of groups including the Perfections, Blue Magic, the Intrigues, the Ebonys and the Intruders. For his latest single, Tony has chosen a new song – ‘If I Could Only Talk To Daddy’. It’s another Butch Ingram production with many of the Ingram clan on board helping with instrumentation and vocals.
The gentle ballad –its sentiments a sort of cross between ‘Dance With My Father’ and ‘Colour Him Father’ – is aimed at those looking for something unusual for the upcoming Fathers Day but it will have considerable appeal to Philly collectors too.