Major Harris

 Thanks for returning back this week for more of my Sunday morning selections. November 2012 will musically remembered for the loss of two soul greats; Terry Callier & Major Harris. In this weeks show we tribute Harris with the 'Three-In-A-Row' feature at 11am. All of Harris's albums contain a number of quiet storm songs, none more popular than 'Love Won't Let Me Wait'. 

Sadly two funerals will be taking place in my local community this week that I'll read out in my show. 
Douglas McCoy, Thursday 29th November at 11.30am at Gibson Road, Handsworth B23 UE, on to Witton Cemetry and after at Parklands Banqueting Suite. Secondly Mrs. Edmead, Friday 30th November, sevice at Wellright Church, Holyhead Road, Handsworth. My condolences go out to friends and loved ones of  all the above family's at this time.

If there is any music you think I'm missing in my show please phone me or leave a message at the bottom of this Blog page and I'll try to see to your needs. 

Tracklist for 25th November 2012
Hour One
01 - Fredrick - Gentle
02 - Denice Williams - It's Going To Take A Miracle
       Joe Sample - The Road Less Traveled (bed)
03 - Terri Wells - Falling Leaves
04 - Marcus Miller - Much To Much
05 - Chukki Booker - Games
06 - Bigg Robb - Macaroni Cheese Song
07 - Angie Stone - Do What You Gotta Do
08 - Foster Sylvers - I'm You're Puppet
09 - Isley-Jasper-Isley - Carnaval Of Love
Hour Two
10 - Three-In-A-Row Feature: Major Harris
        I Love You/ Love Won't Let me Wait/ I Believe In Love
13 - Mica Paris - I Should Have Known Better
14 - Windjammer - Tossing & Turning
15 - James Brown - Stone To The Bone
16 - Bobby Thurston - Na Na Na Na Baby
17 - The Jacksons - Heartbreak Hotel
18 - Loose Ends - Going To Make You Mine
19 - Eddie Henderson - Prance On

Major Harris
Harris was born, Feb 9-1947 in Richmond, Virginia. Early in his career, Harris sang with groups such as The Charmers, The Teenagers, The Jarmels, and Nat Turner's Rebellion, which also featured his songwriting brother, Joseph B. Jefferson, and recorded a few solo 7" records on the Laurie and Okeh labels. 

In the early 1970s, he took over from Randy Cain as a member of The Delfonics; he quit the group to go solo in 1974. Signing with Atlantic Records, Harris scored a string of R&B hits in the United States, including the Top Ten single "Love Won't Let Me Wait", which peaked at #5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #37 in the UK Top 50. Written by Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, "Love Won't Let Me Wait" was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975.

When his success as a soloist subsided, Harris returned to the Delfonics, and continued to tour with one of two touring ensembles that used the name in the 1990s and 2000s. Major was a cousin to the late Philadelphia record producer and arranger, Norman Harris. Harris died in a Richmond, Virginia hospital on November 9th, 2012 from congestive heart and lung failure at the age of 65. (Wiki)


The Manhattans

 Welcome to my Newstyle radio Blog. My show brings you, the listener, a wide variety of Soul music from many decades including current styles and is designed to bring the maximum enjoyment for the 'lost and found' fascists of the Black music genre. If you have a message of love lost or found please call or text me at the studio and I will give your message an airing now! People visiting my web page for song details of my last shows can also find recordings of my earlier programs here. Please feel free to click the 'like' button if your a Facebook user and your friends will soon find what naughty things you've been getting up-to.  (artwork www.blackartdepot.com)
Show from 18th. November 2012 (adds/news removed)
Hour One
01 - The Chil-lites - Heavenly Body
02 + Patti Austin - That's Enough For Me
03 - Boney James - Sweet Thing (inst. saxophone)
04 - Robert Parker - Caught You In A Lie
05 - Atlantic Starr - Love me Down
06 + BabyFace/Gwyneth Paltrow - Just My Imagination
07 - The Whispers - Are You Going My way
08 - The Gap Band - I Found My Baby
09 - Gwen Guthrie - Bitter Sweet Love
10 + Tavares - Never Had A Love Like This Before
11 - Chaka Khan - Make It Last Forever
12 - Tanya Marie - Come Go With me
Hour Two
'Three-in-a-row' (regular feature with a short bio):
13 - The Manhattans - One Life To Live/Crazy/ It Feels So Good
16 - Alex Lattimore - Rising To The Top (sound bed)
17 - Johnny Guitar Watson - The Lone Ranger
18 - Billy Paul - Bring The Family Back
19 - Keni Burke - Hang Tight
20 - The Bar-Kays - Shine
21 - The Valentine Brothers - This Kind Of Love (Is So Special)
22 - The Active Force - Give Me Your Love
23 + Bernard Wright - Who Do You Love
24 - Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You

 Tracks pre-marked by '+' are slightly distorted

The Manhattans Story:

Formed in 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, about 10 miles south of New York City's borough of Manhattan, this enduring soul group enjoyed its greatest success during the 70s. The original members were lead vocalist George Smith, bass singer Winfred "Blue' Lovett , tenor Edward Bivins , tenor Kenneth Kelley and baritone Richard Taylor. Specializing in smooth ballads, the group recorded first for the Newark, New Jersey-based Carnival label, on which they placed eight singles on the US R&B charts, beginning with 1965"s "I Wanna Be (Your Everything)". In 1969, they changed to DeLuxe Records, on which they recorded their first Top 10 R&B hit, "One Life To Live", in 1972.

The previous year, Smith died, and was replaced by Gerald Alston. The group left DeLuxe for Columbia Records in 1973, where their now-sweetened soul style resulted in a string of Top 10 R&B hits, including the 1976 number 1 "Kiss And Say Goodbye', which also made number 1 on the pop charts, and 1980"s "Shining Star' (number 4 R&B/number 5 pop). After 1983"s number 4 "Crazy", the group's chart popularity waned, although they continued to release recordings for Columbia. Taylor left the group in 1976 and was not replaced; he died in 1987. Alston left in 1988 for a solo career, following which the group switched to the Valley Vue label. Lovett and Alston were reunited in 1993, and alongside new members Troy May and David Tyson have carried the Manhattans flame into the new millennium. (music.us)

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