Fri. Oct. 19, 2018

Gwen McCrae – Keep This Fire Burning (Edit)

Most Wanted! Gwen McCrae – Keep This Fire Burning (The Revenge Need II Edit) (TR Productions)

Gwen McCrae delivered one of the most energetic tracks from the Disco/Funk period. With its title – ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ aptly speaking for itself. Not to mention its infectious bassline by the likes of Nate Watts! In other words, a monument from back in the day, to say the least…

Well, Glasgow-based producer Graeme Clarke revamped in an even more energetic way 28 years after under his The Revenge guise. Eventually turning its title into ‘Keep This Fire Burning’. And what a rework he did, huh?

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Overview
Pensacola, FL-born Gwen Mosley first started singing along with her former husband, George McCrae in the 60’s. There she got brought to the attention of label manager Henry Stone (TK Records) by Betty Wright (born the same day as her). From then, she would drop a series of jams contributing to her recognition along with time. From her cover version of Bobby Bland‘s ‘Lead Me On’, to ‘Rockin’ Chair’. Not to mention the seminal ‘Rock Your Baby’ with her husband. And how could we ever forget the smooth ‘90% Of Me Is You’ back in 1974? If not the firing Betty Wright produced ‘All This Love That I’m Givin” in 1979. A cut which eventually resurfaced 11 years after on UK label Outer Rhythm.

She relocated to New Jersey after TK Records collapsed and signed a record deal with Atlantic. She then scored her biggest (Disco/Funk) successes with ‘Funky Sensation’. A cut produced by Kenton Nix from her 1981 released self-titled debut album. The uplifting ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ coming up the year after. Written by Wille Hutch and produced by Webster Lewis. A cut which Glasgow-based producer Graeme Clarke revamped in an even more energetic way 28 years after under his The Revenge guise. Eventually turning its title into ‘Keep This Fire Burning’.

Gwen McCrae has released a total of 12 albums from 1974 to 2006, including a live and a TK Records Best Of. In addition to this, she eventually shared the bill with Ferry Ultra back in 2010 on ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. A cut which resurfaced 5 years later with remixing work courtesy of Opolopo.

On a sad June 02, 2012, back from a live performance, Gwen had a stroke in her hotel room in England. This resulting in a paralysis on the left side of her body and her inability to walk.

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