Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Whitfield Records)

Born on May, 12, 1940, Norman Whitfield stans as one of the most iconic producers of his generation. Credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound, his name is associated with gems such as ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Begg’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Ball Of Confusion’ (The Temptations) and ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ (Marvin Gaye) to name but a few. But also Undisputed Truth (‘You + Me = Love’), Stargard (‘Which Way Is Up’) and ‘Car Wash’ for Rose Royce
Fronted by Gwen Dickey, the vibrant ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’, released back in 1978, stands among their signature cuts along with ‘Wishing On A Star’ on a mellow tip. And also ‘Do Your Dance’, on some hypnotic psychedelic Soul mood which Whitfield is remembered for, ‘R.R. Express’ and ‘Is It Love You’re After’, later on sampled by S’Express on their memorable ‘S’Express Theme’…
Norman Whifield died on Sept. 16, 2008, aged 68, from diabetic complications at the Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center…

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