Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eddie Kendricks – Date With The Rain (Remix)

Most Wanted! Eddie Kendricks – Date With The Rain (Special Remix Disco Version) (Unofficial)

Taken from Eddie Kendricks‘ second album – ‘People Hold On’ – released in 1972, ‘Date With The Rain’ only got a certain recognition almost 30 years after. We tell you how and somehow why…

If a cut came to the attention back then, it really was the memorable ‘Girl You Need A Change Of Mind’. A song which got heavy support by the likes of David Mancuso at the Loft. This in addition to various cover versions and remixes. But what about ‘Date With The Rain’?
It was just a 2’47 track on the album, which hardly got a 7inch release as the flipside of ‘Born Again’ 4 years after, and no more! No more until someone had the idea to put out an extended version of it…

We therefore would have to wait until 2001 to see this happening. And what a blast, with this jewel reconditioned into a 9 minutes + version. With Dimitri from Paris in charge of the remix duties although he never got any credit for this.
A Revamp which first appeared as the flipside of the remix of The Originals‘ ‘Down To Love Town’ on Duotone Recordings in 2001. But also backed with a Joey Negro remix of Diana Ross‘s ‘Love Hangover’ on some unofficial Motown 12″ promo release. Even though the 12″ format didn’t exist at the time!

This didn’t get him though from attracting a lot of bidders back then…

Overview
Born in Union Springs, AL, Eddie Kendricks started singing Doo-Wop along with Paul Willians. Together with two extra friends, Otis Williams and Melvin “Blue” Franklin, they formed The Temptations back in 1961. David Ruffin joining them soon after…

Although the first tenor in the group, Kendricks is mostly remembered for his incredible falsetto voice. An artistic disagreement with Norman Whitfield on his attempt to bring the group to a psychedelic style led him to leave the band in 1971. But also an absence of real communication with label head Berry Gordy. Not to mention the encouragements of Ruffin who’d done the same 3 years before…

Despite a few classics on his own, Kendricks never managed to really get a notoriety level comparable to The Tempations. And when he eventually started being recognized under his own banner, he got diagnosed with a “pin drop” of cancer on one of his lungs in 1982. He would refuse to go under chimiotherapy at the time though in order to not lose his hair.

Relocated in this native Alabama, Kendricks finally went for surgery by the end of 1991 to have one of his lungs removed in hopes from preventiving the spread of the cancer. He eventually got back to touring through the Summer of the following year though.

He sadly felt ill again, got hospitalized once more, and passed on Oct. 05, 1992, aged 52…

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