Harvey Scales (RIP)

Welcome to this weeks Science of Soul a large chunk of this weeks show is dedicated to the memory of Mr Harvey Scales, one of soul musics real unsung heroes. His music is quite varied but here on the Science of Soul I will concentrate on his mellow side I hope you enjoy the tracks that I have selected they are amongst my personal favorites. On the new music content I have a Blackstreet group member Lenny Harold, plus a great new single from Andre' Lee. It seems all the legends are heading back into the studios! which is a great thing, so music from the O'Jays, Dazz Band and the Undisputed Truth, and all with new product and good product too!

Had the sad news this week that we have lost a lovely lady of soul Ms Katrenia Jefferson, we would often talk on the phone, thanks to my soul Sister Shai Simone, I will be paying tribute to her next week. Some good news is that from Saturday March 2nd The Science of Soul will be available on WMEL Radio based in Baltimore, Maryland, so there are even more options for you tune into the show. I thank the WMEL management for inviting me to become a part of their team. Ok It's music time sit back and enjoy and please remember to spread the word .

Sunday's playlist for 24-02-2019
Hour One 
Starvue - Body Fusion
Kinsman Dazz Band - Soul Jam 
Steve Butler ft. Ron Haynes - Change 
Sam Butler - I Can't Get Over Losing You 
Lenny Harold - More 
Undisputed Truth - Metamorphosis
Beverlei Brown ft Dennis Taylor - Could Be You 
Mr Cadillac Man - I Know You Been Cheating 
Andre' Lee - I Miss My Baby 
O'Jays - I Got You 
Chuckola - Here I Am 
David Hartfield - Special Love 

Hour Two 
Floaters - Let's Try Love (RIP Larry Cunningham d.10/1/19)
Jimmy Norman - I Wanna Make Love 
Randy Hall - How Do You Want Your Love 

Harvey Scales remembered:-
  • I Get Off On You 
  • Single Girl 
  • All In A Nights Work 
  • Welcome Home 
  • Look No Further Than Me 
  • We Gotta Stop Meeting This Way 
  • Spend The Night Together    
Harvey Scales biography:-
Songwriter/singer/producer Harvey Scales is best known as the co-writer of Johnnie Taylor's mega-hit "Disco Lady," and he also co-wrote the R&B hit "Love Is Better in the A.M., Pt. 1." In 1961, the Arkansas native formed the Milwaukee-based R&B band Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. Influenced by James Brown, the group concentrated on funk. Recording for Lenny LeCour's Magic Touch Records, the band had a hit with "Get Down" b/w "Love-Itis." (The latter track was later covered by rockers the J. Geils Band.) In 1969, the group signed with Chicago-based Chess Records and released the LeCour-produced "The Yolk," "I'll Run to Your Side," and "Leave It for the Trashman on the label's Cadet imprint.

Working with Davis, who was having hits with then-Stax artist Johnnie Taylor, Scales cut sides for the Memphis-based label including "What's Good for You (Don't Have to Be Good to You)" b/w "I Wanna Do It." When Stax became inactive, Taylor signed with Columbia, retaining Davis' services. Recording at Davis' favorite studio (United Sound Studios in Detroit), the producer used the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman" and an African dancer he had seen on a vacation to Spain as a template for a partially finished song ("Disco Baby") that Scales had brought to him. Davis took it to Collins and Worrell, who honed and tightened up the groove, while veteran arranger David Van DePitte did the horn arrangements. Brass Construction 5 Based on the success of "Disco Lady," Scales was able to secure a recording deal with Casablanca. His 1978 label debut Confidential Affair was a collection of disco-laced soul, later a favorite years among dance music and Northern soul devotees. His next Casablanca album was 1979's Hot Foot: A Funque Dizco Opera, which included the singles "I Get Off on You" and the 12" single "Baby Let's Rock." Scales also co-wrote (with Bunny Sigler) "You're Gonna Get Yours" on Instant Funk's V LP and the pro-basketball tribute "Slam Dunk the Funk" on the band's Looks So Fine album. Somebody Else's Somebody is the title of Scales' 1997 album on Four Sight. (allmusic.com)

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