Classics: Curtis Hairston – I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit) (London Records)
No matter what, from its very first notes, you can feel it… You can say as to how ‘I Want Your Lovin” has that something particular. Meanwhile Hairston‘s uplifting interpretation seems to be gliding along with infectious synth lines over a bumpin’ bassline. This adding much in terms of conviction to the message. More or less reminding of Peabo Bryson at times. As for Greg Radford‘s production work, it most likely has something of Kashif‘.
I just wish we would have more of him in that vein. Easier said than done though…
From Winston-Salem, NC, Curtis Kinnard Hairston had all to secure a bright future for himself. Born to sing – he grabbed a microphone to perform in a church at the age of 3 – he joined the BB&Q Band in the mid-80’s. Takin’ the center stage vocally speakin’ on ‘Genie’. An album that spanned the classic ‘Dreamer’ and its title track.
As a solo artist, he released an eponymous album which would be his one and only back in 1986 on Atlantic. Although he would score his biggest successes on indie label Pretty Pearl. The first, and probably his most famous one – ‘I Want You (All Tonight)’ in 1983 with remixing work courtesy of Sergio Munzibai and John Morales. And the second – ‘I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)’ – 2 years after. This time with Timmy Regisford and Boyd Jarvis in charge of the remix duties.
Sadly, Curtis died from diabetes related kidney failure on Jan. 18, 1996, at the age of 34…