Monday, May 22, 2017

Northend – Tee’s Happy (Emergency)

Classics: Northend – Tee’s Happy (Emergency)

Inherited from Reggae, the Dub versions in Disco most likely stood as extrapolations from instrumental parts. An exercise speaking of which the late Tee Scott pretty much excelled in. Such as illustrated by his interpretation of Northend‘s ‘Happy Days’ featuring Michelle Wallace.

A rework which he managed to turn into an obsessional Jazzy vibraphone/rhythm guitar led fonky jam. It most likely stands as one of his best post-productions ever…

Overview
Northend saw the light by the late 70’s in NYC from the association between Arthur Baker, Russell Presto and Tony Carbone. They released only two singles. The first one – ‘Kind Of Life’ – as North End on West End Records back in 1979. And their final one – ‘Happy Days’ – with Michelle Wallace singing the lead, on Emergency Records two years later.

– If ever asked about the first name coming out of the hat to summarize the NYC Disco period, chances are great this would be Larry Levan. He’s not the only one though to have played an influential role at the time. How not to think of Tom Moulton who crafted the first 12″ ever? But also of Walter Gibbons whose ascension got sadly interrupted by his early passing. Not to mention Tee Scott and the consistent legacy he has left…

As a DJ, Brooklyn-born Marc Allen Scott aka Tee Scott is best known for his residency at Manhattan club Better Days. Although he has also played at Cheetah Club and Zanzibar in New Jersey. Not to mention the souvenir he left at the Continental Baths. He’s been the first one ever to use three turntables and therefore riding 2 or more records at a time…

Remixwise, the list of his reworks aptly speaks for itself. From First Choice‘s ‘Love Thang’ to Columbus Circle‘s ‘If You Read My Mind’. But also Whodini‘s ‘Magic Wand’, Plush‘s ‘Free And Easy’ and Northend‘s ‘Tee’s Happy’ among others.

Tee Scott progressively disappeared from the radars in the early ’90s. One of reasons why he stopped DJing was cancer, which he was diagnosed as having at the age of 41. Though he put up a valiant fight for several years and remained active, studying electronics and attempting to keep himself afloat financially, he sadly passed away on Dec. 12, 1995, at the age of 47.

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