It's Where It's At...
CHARLYL338 - DENIECE CHANDLER... Wonder LoveR&B • SOUL • FUNK
DENIECE CHANDLER grew up in a musical family in Gary,
Indiana, rubbing shoulders with the Jackson 5 and singing in church alongside
her parents who were immersed in music,
both religious and secular. Her uncle William Blakely was the Bishop of Indiana
and her sister sang back-up for Lou Rawls! But nothing could prepare them for
the enormity of “Niecy’s” future career.
She was born June Deniece Chandler, June 3rd, 1950, and
attended Tolleston High School school where she studied the flute aspiring to
one day play alongside the great Hubert Laws. While still at school she took a
part time job in a record store owned by one of her teachers. After hearing her
sing he arranged for an audition with Toddlin’ Town Records from neighbouring
Chicago. Label owners Ernie and Tony Leaner offered her a contract and Eugene
Record and Barbara Acklin penned her first single, “Love Is Tears” / “I’m
Walking Away”, which opens our set. The song enjoyed some modest local success,
but more importantly, it caught the ear of Stevie Wonder!
She recorded a total of six singles for Toddlin’ Town, and its associated Lock label, including a duet with Michigan soul singer Lee Sain. The twelve sides were intended to form her solo album, but sadly Lock went out of business in 1970 and Deniece returned to college. A year later the call came from Stevie Wonder and she joined his backing group Wonderlove (the inspiration for our album title). Her big break came in 1975 when she met Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire who took her to Columbia Records and produced the album This Is Niecy which spawned her self-penned single “Free” scoring a top 40 stateside hit and a No.1 in the U.K. Williams would go on to win four Grammys, twelve nominations and become a worldwide household name.
Here, for the very first time, we present her complete early
body of work including unreleased and bonus tracks that showcase her
exceptional four-octave range which, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“would make Mariah Carey quiver”.
Northern Soul Never Sounded So Good
Club Soul charts the inception, development and eventual commercialism of the world’s most enduring underground music movement; Northern Soul. Born in the post-war city club scene, alive with the hot new sound of American Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul would evolve into its own unique style capturing the imagination of the Nation’s youth, seduced by its secret world of all-night dancing, a world alien to their parents and even their peers. Here are hits, standards, rarities, obscurities, and here are too are those very tracks researched, compiled and annotated as never before.
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