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Have You Heard? Spring 2014

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  Mike Little is a member of the Electric City Shag Club in Anderson, South Carolina.  He is also a member of the Association of Beach & Shag Club DJ’s and the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Deejays.  He hosted for 3-1/2 years The Saturday Morning Beach Party on WANS, 1280 AM in Anderson, which was rated by Arbitron as the highest rated AM show listened to and number three overall for that time slot.  In 2004, he was awarded the Rufus Oates Award by the National Association of Rhythm & Blues Dee Jays for his writing contributions.  He now serves on the Board of Directors of the NARBDJ.

Have You Heard...

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Mike Little

 

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  I trust you have heard about the new release from Forevermore Records, I Love Beach Music.  This hot album carries the smash hit from Terri Gore, You Made A Believer Out Of Me, as well as the fast rising hit from Craig Woolard, Love Is On Out Side.  Russell Thompkins, Jr. of The Stylistics Fame joins in with two numbers, his hit of If I Only Had Three Wishes and Between Love Songs.  With Johnny Moore's passing, The English Drifters have gone by the wayside.  We now have The Royal Drifters, and they continue to churn out hits.  As a part of I Love Beach Music, The Royal Drifters give us No One (Can Ever Take The Place Of You).  Susan Trexler joins in with a little up-tempo tune, What I Need Is Love.  Terri Gore comes back again, this time with a beautiful ballad, Forever Be The One.  Rochester, New York's Mitty & The Followers have been drawing attention with their new album.  However, I Love Beach Music carries a new song from the group that you won't find on the releasealbum.  Check out Mitty's Whenever You Call My Name.  You also will find music on the album from The Legends Of Beach, Danny & The Juniors and Jay Proctor of  Jay & The Techniques fame, as well as a bonus track from The Legendary Dukes.  The disc is rounded out with a new version and the title track, I Love Beach Music by Jackie Gore & The Original Members.  Producer Chris Biehler has done an excellent job of choosing and arranging the music for yet another great compilation from Forevermore Music.    

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Ms. Jody's Still Strokin' still hovers around the upper part of the charts, if not still on the top in some areas.  But have you heard The Rock by Ms. Jody?  Surely you have.  It hit the charts running and is rapidly rose to the top position.  This hot song first came out on Ecko Records' latest compilation, Blues Mix 12, which carries a few previously unreleased songs, as well as previously recorded songs and remixes.  Shorty thereafter, Ecko released Ms. Jody's new full album, It's All About Me!  I'm Taking Back My Life with the key song also being The Rock.  With the song now being at the top of the charts, this is the album you should buy.  Also, this is not a one-song album.  Check out Every Woman For Herself, I'm Gonna Stand By You and You're The Best No Good Man I've Ever Had.  There is also included a duet with Donnie Ray, I'm Gonna Keep My Love At Home.  Ms. Jody was born in Chicago and raised in Bay Springs, Mississippi, where she presently lives.  With her father a minister, Ms. Jody has been singing all of her life, especially in church.  With one album already released, she visited Ecko Records in Memphis in 2006, shortly thereafter joining the Ecko Records family.  Ms. Jody has a number of albums released now and has won numerous awards over the years, most recently Song of the Year for Still Strokin' at the 2013 Carolina Beach Music Awards.  It is very possible that she might followup with two in a row with The Rock.

 

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KHP Records' release of the Marsha Morgan Band album already boasts of two hits on the charts, and there should be more to come.  Rockin' The Beach carries the hit duet with Gary Lowder, Private Number, as well Shag All Night, penned by Larry Donahue.  Marsha also does a great job with Carly Simon's You're So Vain.  Another number that caught my attention was Don't Snap Your Fingers.  As a bonus track for the CD, Marsha does wonders with Karen Carpenter's Merry Christmas Darling.  Rockin' The Beach was co-produced by Julian B. Fowler, Keith Houston and Marsha Morgan.  The Band of Oz's lead guitarist and vocalist, Jerry West, appears on the album as lead guitarist and vocalist for the project.  Marsha started her career in the entertainment business 25 years ago, performing in a variety of venues.  In the eighties, she worked with Paul Davis and released her first album.  She later performed in We Are The World under the direction of Quincy Jones.  This led to a performance on the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. 

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Have you heard that Summerdaze band has released their second CD called Keep Movin'?  And that is exactly what this band has done.  Headlining the album is the group's mega-hit Give Me Something Fried.  The song has been on the charts now going on five months and has neared the top on some.  The album also features the band's 2010 release, a smoothie called Someone's Gonna Fall In Love.  Summerdaze's very first single, Dixie Hummingbird, recorded and produced by Freddy Tripp of Fantastic Shakers and Tripp & Carpenter fame, also takes its place on the new album.  Freddy continues to remain as the band's producer.  Other songs of note are Sho Been Good To Me, Somebody Throw;d Bad Luck On Me and Foolish Heart.  The release also features a bonus track, the seasonal What I Want For Christmas.  The song was released in 2007 and was also produced by Freddy Tripp.  Summerdaze was founded in 2005 by Mitch Simpson, who also founded and played  with The East Coast Rivieras.   One of the most interesting things about Summerdize is that every member of the band takes the lead on vocals at one time or another.  This include Carrie Kessler on keyboards, Shaun Quan on bass, James Jones on guitar and saxophone, Ted Matthews on drums and Adam Rouse on saxophone, guitar and harmonica, as well as Mitch Simpson of keyboards.  Keep Movin' by the Summerdaze Dance & Show Band is released on the KHP Music label.

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Paul Craver has come to be known as the “Emperor of Beach Music” after releasing his super-hit, Emperor Of My Baby's Heart.  Now The Emperor his built his pyramid, as a result of the popularity of his latest hit, Pyramid.  As a result, Paul has now released his latest full studio CD, Pyramid on the KHP Music label.  The song was first released last year on the KHP compilation, Beach Music Treasures and quickly drew attention in the Beach Music world.  Recently, Paul released another single, a souped up version of Marvin Gaye's Got To Give It Up.  Popularity of the song is spreading quickly.  It is hard to determine what the next hit will be after this one.  There is so much to choose from.  The album contains a slow smoothie version of At Last, as well Paul's rendition of Dinah Washington's September In The Rain, Sam Cooke's Send For Me, Benny Spellman's Lipstick Traces as done by The O'Jays and a smooth version of What A Difference A Day Makes.  You will also find an up-tempo number on the album.  Paul jumps with Good Rockin' Tonight.  Going back to the smoothie arena, “The Emperor” outdoes himself with Canadian Sunset, as well as taking on The Futures' Sunshine And You.  Pyramid also contains a gospel number, an up-tempo version of A Closer Walk With Thee.  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Paul Craver was attracted to the sounds of Rhythm & Blues in the late sixties and joined his first group in the early seventies.  In 1981, Paul moved to Columbia and teamed with Willis Blume to form ShagTime, producing a number of hits in the early eighties, including Mr. Beach.  In 1983, The Men of Distinction was formed with Paul joining the group as lead singer.  The Men of Distinction had a number of hits, including It Won't Be This Way Always, Brand New Me and Don't Be Afraid.  In the early part of the new millennium, Paul embarked on his solo career giving us numerous award winning hits over the past decade.  In 2002, Paul was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame.  In 2008, he retired from The Men of Distinction, devoting more time to his solo career and starting a new career in deejaying.

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Another album to be looking for during SOS is the debut album of Classic SoulAfter All These Years.   The album features, of course, classic soul music.  Already the single release, High Blood Pressure, is on the charts and is steadily moving in an upward direction.  The release features a number of classics of which you will recognize, such as Sammy Turner's Symphony, The Impressions' First Impressions and Bobby Hebb's Sunny.  The album also contains a number of songs that you just don't hear very often, such as The Four Tops' Just Ask The Lonely, The Young Rascals' How Can I Be Sure and Brooklyn Bridge's The Worst That Could Happen.  The title track of the album, After All These Years is an original written by group co-founder Warren McDonald.  Warren McDonald teamed together with Jeff Bundy to form Classic Soul.  Their first full CD release, of course, is After All These Years, and has been released just in time for SOS. 

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  In time for SOS, KHP Music will be releasing a new compilation, Party On The Ocean.  The title track of the release will be the Carolina remix of Party On The Ocean by The Dana Robbins Band, featuring Jimmy Hall on the lead vocals.  The album will also feature a new number from Hip Pocket called C'mon Get Your Man.  The song features Jim Quick as lead vocalist.  Also, Phil Wilson is a part of the new record with his rendition of Sunday Morning Woman.  The release is highlighted by the hits of Ken Knox and Company with I'm Ready, Willin' And  Able, The Boulevard Boys' Kiss Me On The Mouth and Classic Soul's High Blood Pressure.  You will also find on the album new music from the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, the Big Time Party Band, The Fantastic Shakers featuring Doug Winstead and The Carolina Breakers.  Party On The Ocean is destined to the hit the beach running for the Spring Safari of SOS.

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Be looking for Gary Lowder's new release. The album is titled Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot...Playin' With Fire.  Steve Owens & Summertime's new CD, Shaggin' The Night Away, is also breaking out for SOS.  The first single off the CD will be a rendition of the O'Jays' I Just Want To Satisfy that only Steve Owens and his group could give us.  Also look for new music from Rhonda McDaniel, The Band of Oz and Sea-Cruz.

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