Howard Hewett

A George Clinton moment, thanks to Pat Lewis
Welcome to this weeks Science of Soul, I had to pre-record this weeks show due to a prior commitment (seeing George Clinton & Funkadelic live) I know you will understand, Lol. So my apologies to those of you who tried to contact me during the show via fb and in the studio I know given the circumstances you will forgive me lol. A lot of old school tunes on this weeks show I'm saving the new stuff for next week when its back to normal, one exception is the latest single from Howard Hewett who I got a chance to catch up with last week . I have to say the Shalamar live gig was very impressive and Howard is truly one of the greats with an amazing voice and I gotta say Jeffery Daniels vocals were also top notch and newest member Carolyn Griffey is a great edition to the group, daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey she fits the bill perfectly.

Sadly it was announced this week we lost another legendary Soul Man, Percy Sledge. I think he will be immortalized for his classic "When A Man Loves A Woman" a song we all grew up with. Percy continued to perform and was a great southern soul ambassador till the end. On the right is a recent photograph of Percy in happier times with my good friend and singer Randy Darbonne. A job well done Mr Percy Sledge you will not be forgotten. (see the video tribute at the bottom of the page).

 Ok, it's on with the music all will be back to normal next week.

Sunday 19-04-2015

Hour One
Keanya Collins - Barnabus Collins .. Love Bandit
Major Lance - Don't You Know
Lenny Williams - This Is For The 1 That Got Away
Tower of Power - Soul Vaccination
Howard Hewett - Crystal Clear
Howard Hewett - Better Guy
Willie Clayton - Rock Me Baby
Lyndon David Hall - Wanna Be Another You
Victory Tutson - Let Somebody Love You
Gregg Jackson - Sunny Day
Sheyla 'Ray' Charles - Behind The Shades
Winzel Kelly - # 1 Love
Bobby Blue Bland - Sittin' On A Poor Mans Throne

Hour Two

Will Downing - Do You Know
T. K. Soul - Tonight We Make Love
Sam Dees - Our Love Is Still Alive
Mark Staggers - When I Think About Your Love
Chantay Moore - Old School Lovin'
Curtis Mayfield - Little Child Running Wild
The Dells - Soul Strollin'
Denise Williams - Waiting
Floyd Taylor - All Of Me
Enchantment - Where Do We Go From Here
Gerald Levert - Your Smile
J J Barnes - You Are Just A Living Doll

Biography of Howard Hewett
Marie Parkes & Howard 2015
Raised in Akron, Ohio, Hewett moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he met John and Alonzo Daniels, owners of an historical club in the LA Crenshaw district, called Maverick's Flat. It was at Maverick's that Hewett first met Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley (eventually Shalamar). Hewett and the Daniels brothers formed a show group called "Beverly Hills" and through Daniels bookings toured throughout Europe, the UK, Scandinavia and Asia for all of 1978 till the middle of 1979. After returning from overseas, Hewett started recording for Jeffrey Bowen, a Motown producer (The Temptations, Commodores, Bonnie Pointer) who was working on a solo project on guitarist Eddie Hazel (Parliament-Funkadelic).

Hewett never completed the project because towards the end of 1979, he got a call from Jeffrey Daniel, who was on the road with Shalamar in the middle of a promotional tour. They had suddenly found themselves in need of a lead singer and Daniel made Hewett an offer that he accepted. Within three days Hewett flew to New Jersey, where he met up with Watley and Daniel, rehearsed the lip synch and choreography to the current Shalamar single "Take That To The Bank", and found himself in front of a TV camera on a local dance show in Paterson, New Jersey. They completed the promotional tour and returned to Los Angeles and immediately started recording the Big Fun LP with their producer, Leon Sylvers. The trio went on to record songs such as "Second Time Around", "Make That Move", "A Night to Remember", "Dancing in the Sheets" and the ballad "This Is for the Lover in You". Hewett was the group's lead singer from 1979 until 1985. More at Wiki

 Percy singing to his wife

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