Most Wanted! Michael Wycoff – Looking Up To You (RCA)
The second track in order of appearance from Michael Wycoff‘s 1983 ‘Love Conquers All’ album. ‘Looking Up To You’ most likely stands among its highlights along with the boiling hot ‘Still Got The Magic (Sweet Delight)’.
Co-written by Leon Ware and Zane Wallace Grey, it counts as one of Webster Lewis‘ best productions ever. Strangely enough, it got to a wider recognition soon after Zhané sampled it back in 1993 on the memorable ‘Hey Mr DJ’ produced by Naughty By Nature. Therefore gaining big value on the second hand market.
Born on Jan. 01, 1956 in Torrance, CA, Michael Wycoff attended Wilmington, Jr. High and Phineas Banning High Schools in Wilmington, CA. There, he played keyboards and sang in the school’s talent shows where he started makin’ himself a reputation.
He collaborated with a whole bunch of luminaries, from Yarbrough & Peoples to Gwen McCrae and Bobby Womack. Not to mention Stevie Wonder, singing backup on his 1976 released ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ album.
He came to sign a record deal with RCA back in 1980, releasing his debut-LP – ‘Come To My World’ – with production work by the likes of Steve Tyrell. He nevertheless would reach the next level two years after along with producer Webster Lewis on his ‘Love Conquers All’ long player. An album which features the classics ‘Still Got The Magic (Sweet Delight)’ and ‘Looking Up To You’ which is probably his most famous song. His third and final album for the label – ‘On the Line’ – also produced by Webster Lewis getting him to reach his higher ranking in the charts Stateside. (*) A performance which he scored with ‘Tell Me Love’ (U.S. Black Singles #23, U.S. Club Play #23) (* Wikipedia)
Wycoff eventually switched to Independent label Valley Blue Records where he released ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in 1984 and ‘Gonna Chase You (Till You Catch Me)’.
Alas and like many of his alter egos at the time, he succombed to addiction to drugs and alcohol. The consequence for him therefore happened to be immediate. He lost his career and family, eventually becoming homeless for some time.
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