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Saturday, 26 October 2013
COLIN CURTIS presents a JUST MUSIC SPECIAL (Dedicated to Al Johnson) 26th October 2013 New & Classic Independent Soul & Gospel
COLIN CURTIS presents a JUST MUSIC SPECIAL (Dedicated to Al Johnson) 26th October 2013 New & Classic Independent Soul & Gospel Playlist
Al Johnson (musician) 1948-2013 R.I.P. Alfred Orlando Johnson was an American R&B singer, writer, arranger and producer. Born in Newport News, Virginia in 1948, Johnson attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and while there, co-founded the soul group, The Unifics. The group, with Johnson as lead singer, scored three hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and 1969 for the Kapp label. The first, "Court Of Love" climbed to #25, but reached #3 on the R&B chart. The follow-up, "The Beginning Of The End" got to #36 on the Hot 100 and #9 R&B. Two further releases in 1969 reached the R&B chart. Johnson returned to recording in 1978 with a solo album, "Peaceful" which he co-produced, as well as arranging and co-writing, for a small label, Marina, part-owned by former singer, Lloyd Price. In 1980, Johnson collaborated with jazz/soul producer Norman Connors, for an album, Back for More, on Columbia Records. This came after he had sung on Norman Connors' album, "Invitation" for Arista in 1979, singing the lead track, "Your Love". "Back For More" peaked at #48 on the Billboard Black Albums chart. The lead single from the album, "I'm Back for More", a duet with Jean Carn,  reached #26 on the R&B chart, whilst the follow-up, "I've Got My Second Wind", hit #58, both in 1980. Around this time, Johnson was writing, arranging and also playing keyboards on recording sessions, including for the Willie Lester-Rodney Brown production team that released several successful disco/soul albums on Prelude in the early 80s, with acts like Sharon Redd, Bobby Thurston and Gayle Adams. In the 90s, he worked with leading soul group, "The Whispers" on several albums and in 1999, released another solo album for an independent label, Clout. Johnson has since re-formed the Unifics with original group member, Tom Fauntleroy and has also been touring with a solo gospel show. The group issued a new album, "Unifics Return" in 2005. Al Johnson passed away on October 26, 2013. COLIN CURTIS presents a JUST MUSIC SPECIAL (Dedicated to Al Johnson) 26th October 2013 New & Classic Independent Soul & Gospel Playlist
Born In June Vince Broomfield Let Me Sax U Up Vince Broomfield All I Wanna Do James Malone My face Phillip Evans Be Cheri Maree Hold on (trouble won't last always) Derrick Pearson Thank You Lord Edward Clarke 32 Flavors Dianne Reeves We Got To Hold On The Neo-Jazz Project Dear Lord Fe Fea White Family Carmichael Musiclover Tonight's The Night For Love Al Johnson Talk Me Down Vaneese Thomas A womans got to have it Slique You Have My Heart Kenny Lattimore A Hold of You Roszunn All I Really Know For Sure Jeffery Smith Forever Nuwamba Reminisce Lawanda Lee It's time for love Minister Marvin Webb Should we Raven Williams I'm Back for More Al Johnson * Jean Carn Lord Thank You Reggie Boone Nobody Loves Me Like Jesus Lauri G. A Million Ways Alex Lattimore Say yes Daniel Young Music Ministry We Got Some Catchin' Up To Do Jean Carn The right woman Omar Cunningham I Am God Minon That's my jam Omar Cunningham In My Life Derek Damian What Took You So Long Tyrone Lee Best friend Divine Brown I've Got My Second Wind Al Johnson Smokin' Room Lawanda Lee Fall 4 U Tyrone Lee Come 2 me Marvin Winans Jr. Starvin' like Marvin Amp Fiddler show me the way Seville Stuff that I like Will Downing A Drive (original mix) Urban Retropolitan Movement ft' Dana Weaver Don't Break My Heart Sheilah Cuffey Get 2 Know U Tyrone Lee Hold that thought Willi Langer White World, Black World Barsheem Need You In My Life Barsheem I Need You Dileesa Hunter A Good Man Tk Soul I'm Loving You More Every Day (Remix) Leela James
This show dedicated to Al Johnson who sadly passed away yesterday a TRUE SOUL LEGEND who I know most SOUL fans around the world held in the highest esteem. We will cherish his musical legacy and send our prayers out to his Wife & Family and friend Jean Carne. AL JOHNSON 1948 - 2013 R.I.P.