Forgotten Grooves From The Crates

Melba Moore
Enjoy these forgotten Grooves From The Crates! Only the song by Brooklyn-based Catey Shaw is brand new. She tells everyone about her broken relationship... I hear some bits and pieces of 'Jungle love' by The Time in the song, but that makes it even better! The track by The Dells is on the new compilation 'Soul On The Real Side 4'.

"Bohannon, make it funky!" 'Let's start II dance again' by Hamilton Bohannon, Carolyn Crawford and Dr. Perri Johnson was one of the first rap tracks on the Dutch pop charts. Hamilton Bohannon was the bandleader for several Motown tours in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Marvin Gaye mentions his name on his very funky track ‘Checking out’. When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Hamilton Bohannon started a career of his own, later supported by former Motown singer Carolyn Crawford. In 1963, at the age of 13, she signed a contract to Motown Records, after winning a talent contest. She recorded a few singles for the label and she also sang backup vocals for some of the Motown artists. Her final record for Motown, 'When someone's good to you', released in December 1964, failed to chart and her contract was not renewed. Ten years later Crawford was signed to Philadelphia International and released several strong singles with the Gamble and Huff label, like 'Good and plenty'. It never came to a full album, maybe because the label was so focused on smooth singers like Jean Carn and Dee Dee Gamble. After the success of 'Let's start the dance' by Bohannon, she made 2 solo albums in the late 1970s and changed her name into Caroline Crawford.

Bohannon
Melba Moore embodies the highest level of soulful disco. 'Pick me up, I’ll dance', written by McFadden & Whitehead, is a 'Philly soul' song in every way. It was recorded at Sigma Sound (in Philadelphia and the satellite location in New York) with the same studio musicians heard across dozens of recordings from the era, including releases by aforementioned Carolyn Crawford, Three Degrees, MFSB and the Salsoul Orchestra, not to mention Philadelphia International's the Futures, who provide background vocals.

The guys from archetypical rock band The Sweet were huge Motown fans and that's why they covered 'Reflections' from The Supremes in 1971. Twelve years later The Sweet's bassist Andy Scott would cover 'Gotta see Jane' from Motown singer R. Dean Taylor under his moniker Ladders.

Tracklist:

Catey Shaw – Tell Everyone (2015)
Quango & Sparky – Soljering On (Hot Hot Hot) (1980)
Billy Paul – It's Critical (1979)
Sister Sledge – Pain Reliever (1975)
The Dells – Your Song (1980)
Carolyn Crawford – Good And Plenty (1975)
Tommy Stewart – Disco Hop (1976)
Benny Golson – Happy I’m Happy (1978)
Gladys Knight & the Pips – It’s A Better Than Good Time [John Morales Remix] (1978)
Larry Page Orchestra – Erotic Soul (1977)
Melba Moore – Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance (1978)
True Reflection – That’s Where I’m Coming From (1973)
Sweet – Reflections (1971)
The Marvelettes – Here I Am Baby (1966)
Jackson 5 – Body Language (1975)
Black Ivory – What Goes Around (Comes Around) [Pat Les Stache Edit] (1974)
Bohannon – Gittin' Off (1976)
Executive Force ‎– Drop That Body (1981)
Martha Reeves ‎– No One There (1971)


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