Lost but not least! – Al Wilson – Earthquake (RCA Victor)
1979 happened to be quite a strange year for the Disco scene. On one side, with some of the quintessential releases for acts and artists such as Chic, Michael Jackson, Ashford & Simpson et al… And on the other, with the happening of the Disco Demolition night on the sadly memorable July 12.
Ironically, 1979 would also be the year that saw Soul singer Al Wilson releasing his final album. An LP the title of which – ‘Count The Days’ – almost seemed like a premonition. Wilson scoring his very last hit with its title track. But also making a bit of noise on the floors with ‘Earthquake’, produced by Allan Felder and T.G. Conway, with remixing work courtesy of Morrie Brown.
A sadly underrated upltifing jewel at the end. Although pretty worth the listen, don’t you think???
Born in Meridian, MS, Allen LaMar Wilson started performing at the early age of 12, therefore leading his own spiritual quartet and singing in the church choir.
Teaching himself to play drums, he spent four years touring with Johnny Harris and the Statesmen after graduation. He most likely came to fame back in 1968 with the R&B hit single ‘The Snake’ which became popular on the Northern Soul circuit.
He would score his biggest success 5 years after with the million-selling #1 hit ‘Show And Tell’. “The La La Peace Song’, released in 1974, and ‘I’ve Got A Feeling, We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again’ (1976) keeping him under the spotlights. He finally scored a last hit back in 1979 with the title track of his ‘Count The Days’ album. Meanwhile delivering one of his most beautiful performances on the blowin’ ‘Earthquake’…
Wilson sadly died of kidney failure in Fontana, CA on Apr. 21, 2008, at the age of 68.
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