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Back In The Day - November 1980 Issue's 315/316

Back In The Day with Sharon Davis
Back In The Day with Sharon Davis

I very nearly killed myself balancing on a ladder in my garage to pull out one of the boxes holding my back copies of B&S. Anyway, the very fact that Iâm writing this proves St Jude was looking out for me. So, letâs return to 1980â¦.

Aretha Franklin graced the magazine cover to advertise David Nathanâs B&S exclusive under the heading 'Lady Soul Cooks'. The pictures accompanying the interview showed her in The Blues Brothers movie where, playing a waitress, she erupted into Think . A slice of film history indeedâ¦. after 14 years with Atlantic, she switched to Arista to release her finest album in years. Titled Aretha, she shone brightest on Come To Meâ¦.. B&S Newsbeat included news that Kool & The Gang were due to tour the UK. The groupâs Celebration album had just been released, from which the title track had been lifted as a single. It was their first product since Ladies Night the previous yearâ¦..Eddy Grant, who had recently hit the charts with Living On The Front Line, resigned with Ensign Records. Do You Feel My Love was scheduled for releaseâ¦...

A gold album was awarded to George Benson for his Give Me The Night, while The OâJays, after 23 years since their formation, had sold a staggering total of over 10 million albums during their prolific careerâ¦â¦Betty Everett signed to 20th Century to release Hungry For Youâ¦..the top UK soul album was Randy Crawfordâs Now We May Begin, with George Bensonâs Give Me The Night and Bob Marleyâs Uprising as follow-upsâ¦..Stevie Wonderâs Masterblaster (Jamminâ) was the top soul single; Ms Crawfordâs One Day Iâll Fly Away at two, and Odysseyâs If Youâre Looking For A Way Out at threeâ¦.New US albums included The Jacksonsâ Triumph... where the five brothers excelled on the albumâs only true ballad Time Waits For No Oneâ¦..Following his brief flirtation with Euro disco artist Amii Stewart, Johnny Bristol reverts to solo status with his next single Love No Longer..â¦Jimmy Cliff signed to MCA (US) with the initial album release I Am The Livingâ¦..The trio Coffee and their chat with Mr Nathan was spread across the centre pages. The girlsâ De-Lite album Slippinâ And Dippinâ had just been released. The trioâs recording career began in 1976 when they recorded a single for Lovelite Records titled Your Lovinâ Ainât As Good As Mine produced by Clarence Johnson, who co-produced the ladiesâ current album with Riccardo Williams....

The Detroit Spinners cancelled their planned British tour because they had fallen behind with their recording commitments. They hoped to re-schedule for the New Yearâ¦.Have already mentioned Bob Marley but this time itâs about rumours within the music industry regarding his health. It was announced that he was suffering from severe exhaustion and not cancer as had been rumoured following treatment in New Yorkâs Sloan Kettering Hospitalâ¦..ah, and I wrote a piece about 400 Pounds Of Soul â getting to grips with the Two Tons Of Fun, later The Weather Girls. As the Tons they supported Sylvester on record and stage â an explosive combination to say the least, but it was in the air that the two would part company to enable Izora and Martha to enjoy their own careerâ¦..Teena Marieâs album Irons In The Fire had just been issued, from which I Need Your Lovinâ was extracted as a singleâ¦.High Inergyâs Make Me Yours single prompted reviewer Mick Clark to write â âMotown have high hopes that High Inergy will turn out to be the Supremes of this decade. (the single) is really a very average song with a slight sixties feel to it that makes the comparison with Diana etc easierââ¦..Of the Commodoresâ Heroes single, he penned â âAbout a year ago I voiced the opinion, in these very pages, that the Commodores should no longer be seriously considered as a soul group and that the quality of their releases had been steadily declining over the last four albums. The release of their âHeroesâ album did nothing but enhance that opinionââ¦â¦

The Crusaders were featured in the magazineâs regular Hall Of Fame column â¦In Checkinâ It Out, Frank Elson caught up with Eddie Floyd who was in the UK to promote his current single The Beat Song and to check out the possibilities of touring with a sixties showâ¦.John Abbey, on the other hand, in his New American Singles column wrote that a new Jermaine Jackson album was due with the imaginative title of Jermaine. He wrote â âAnd though the prodigal Jackson is going to have a job trying to emulate Letâs Get Serious, the new single Little Girl, Donât You Worry is a far stronger bet than âYouâre Supposed To Keep Your Love For Meââ¦â¦ Of Evelyn âChampagneâ Kingâs new release, he opined - âItâll be tough (for her) to ever outdo Shame but, together with her producer, T Life, she bubbles brightly enough at times on her third RCA set Call Me. â¦.John also came âFace To Faceâ with Maurice and Verdine White from Earth Wind & Fire. They chatted about the new album Faces and a whole lot moreâ¦..

Reporting from New York, Mr Nathan mentioned in his American Boogie page that he saw Nina Simone at NYâs chic Grand Finale â âwhose musical policy has expanded to include such attractions as Dusty Springfield and Nancy Wilson. ..(Nina) sounded hoarse and so there seemed to be a good deal of effort involved with her performance: however, miraculously, she seemed to grab the audienceâs attention and mysteriously created a magic in the room which belied her obvious vocal problems.â.. â¦And in an advertisement for his dj-ing skills, Mr Chris Hill sat in a chair while a lady dressed in a basque, stockings and suspenders stood behind him. What the hell has this to do with spinning discs? Or have I missed out on something!

SHARON DAVIS

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