Wed. Jan. 16, 2019

Heatwave – Boogie Knights (Epic)

“We are the results of history”, said to me one day House singer and long time friend CeCe Rogers, explaining that Northern American architecture would probably have been way different if the Frenchies or the Italians had invaded the country as opposed to the Brits.
A statement which pretty much illustrates both the constitution of this British-based International band uniting artists comin’ from the USA, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, England and Jamaica. But also their saga, from the way lead singer Johnny Wilder, Jr. got to work with songwriter Rod Temperton (later reknown for his collabs with luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and James Ingram and countless others, to their progressive end on the heels of a car crash which would get Wilder paralyzed from the neck down in February 1979, even though he kept on working with the group after he got back home from hospital.
The third single from their debut-album – ‘Too Hot To Handle’ – released back in 1976, ‘Boogie Knights stands among their biggest classics, together with ‘Always And Forever’, ‘The Groove Line’ and ‘Gangsters Of The Groove’ in 1982…

Wilder passed during in his sleep on May 13, 2006, at his home in Dayton, Ohio, aged 56, with the cause of his death remaining unknown.

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