Peaches & Herb

22 06 2011

Stunning work from the team of  Peaches & Herb – a male/female soul duo whose work here rivals the greatness of the Marvin Gaye duets over at Motown! The grooves are wonderfully varied here – upbeat and swinging at some points, laidback and a bit more romantic at others – but always beautifully done, with a sense of honest, soulful expression that goes way past the standard pop duet mode.

A1 Let’s Fall In Love 2.35
A2 Just One Look 2.13
A3 I’m In The Mood For Love 2.44
A4 Becaues Of You 3.01
A5 Time After Time 3.25
A6 Will You LoveMe Tomorrow 2.24
B1 Close Your Eyes 2.37
B2 True Love 2.30
B3 We Belong Together 2.55
B4 When I Fall In Love 2.32
B5 I Will Watch Over You 2.38

The original Peaches, Francine Hurd Barker, a Washington, D.C., native, earned the childhood nickname “Peaches” because of her genteel manner. She sang in neighborhood groups and in her teens she became the lead singer for a group named the Keynotes. Starting her own group, the Darlettes, they auditioned for and were signed to D.C.-area label Date Records, where their name was changed to the Sweet Things. Herb Fame, born Herbert Feemster  began singing in church at seven and continued singing through the years in neighborhood groups. After high school graduation, Herb began working at a record store. His friend, Howard University student Freddie Perren, worked at another record store, Sabin’s right around the corner. One day in January 1965, producer Van McCoy came into the store Herbworked in to ask about doing in-store promotion for a group he was working with called the Sweet Things. He and Herb began having conversations that lead to Herbauditioning for and signing with Date Records as a solo artist. While in New York recording the two acts, the Sweet Things and Herb Fame, separately, McCoy decided to use some leftover recording time to record Herb and Francine as a duo. The original A-side, “We’re in This Thing Together” failed to generate much interest. Then a disc jockey at St. Louis, MO, radio station KATZ flipped the single over and began playing the B-side, “Let’s Fall in Love“. It became Peaches and Herb’s first hit single; it was a remake of a number one pop hit for Eddy Duchin from 1934 that went to number 11 R&B in December 1966. The follow-up, “Close Your Eyes” written byChuck Willis, hit number four R&B, number eight pop in April 1967.

As the hits continued, the duo earned the nickname the Sweethearts of Soul. Next came “For Your Love” (number ten R&B, July 1967), “Love Is Strange” (a remake ofMickey & Sylvia‘s 1956 hit), and “Two Little Kids” written by Chicago soul stalwartsBarbara AcklinEugene Record, and Carl Davis. The duo released two hit albums in 1967 Let’s Fall in Love” and For Your Love. This same year, Francine “Peaches” Barker tired of the rigors of touring and she was replaced with a succession of “Peacheses” including Marlene Mack, thus initiating a practice that goes on to this day. Voted one of the top soul duos of the day by Cashbox Magazine, Peaches & Herb continued to have hits: “The Ten Commandments of Love“; Gamble & Huff wrote and produced “United” a 1966 R&B hit for the Intruders; and “When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)” a number ten R&B hit from spring 1969. The single “It’s Just a Game, Love” (from the Jim Brown movie The Split), which stalled at number 50 R&B and number pop in summer 1970, was Peaches & Herb’s last charting single onDate. Despondent over the act’s failing chart success, Herb abruptly quit Peaches & Herb and got a job with the Washington, D.C. Police Department in July 1970. Then in 1976, Herb decided to re-enter the music business. He found his “new” Peachesin fellow D.C. resident and former model Linda Greene through a mutual introduction by Van McCoy. The duo charted again in June 1977 with “We’re Still Together” on MCA Records from a self-titled album produced by Van McCoy. The following year, they signed with Herb’s old friend, songwriter/producer Freddie Perren‘s production company MVP Productions. Perren had produced and co-written million-selling hits by the Jackson 5the Miracles, and the Sylvers, among others. Through him, the duo inked a deal with Polydor Records. Their first Polydor single, “Shake Your Groove Thing” went gold peaking at number four R&B and number five pop in late 1978. The creamy ballad “Reunited” seemed an unlikely follow-up to the disco-oriented “Shake.” The naysayers watched in shock as “Reunited” earned platinum status, holding on to the number one spot for four weeks on both the R&B and pop charts during spring 1979. Both are on the platinum album 2 Hot (released October 1978). The majority of their Polydor hits were written by PerrenDino Fekaris, Kenny St. Lewis, and Melvin Ragin. Though there were other hits on Polydor, none came close to the success of their early- to mid-’60s Date singles. Though Herb Fame believes it can happen again and employs a new “Peaches” to keep the name current while he holds down a job in the Washington, D.C. police department.

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Elmatic ….. Best hip hop mixtape of 2011 so far!!!!

18 06 2011

XXL and are proud to present Elzhi’s new mixtape, Elmatic, for free download. [ here ]

The 10-track offering—which finds the Detroit lyricist paying homage to Nas’s classic debute LP,Illmatic—was produced entirely by Will Sessions. Fellow D-Town MC Royce da 5’9” and Illmaticbeatmaker Pete Rock also make appearances.

tracklisting :

1. The Genesis
2. Detroit State of Mind (Houseshoes Shout)
3. Halftime
4. Memory Lane
5. The World Is Yours
6. Represent
7. Life’s A Bitch feat. Royce da 5’9 and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition
8. One Love
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Pete Rock Shout)
10. Pete Rock Shout

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