Wed. Aug. 15, 2018

Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker (Salsoul Records)

Most Wanted! Leroy Burgess – Heartbreaker (Salsoul Records)

A key figure in the Disco scene, Leroy Burgess‘s name is associated with some of the most talented activists from that period. From Patrick Adams to Black Ivory, Logg, Convertion and Aleem to name a few.

Burgess would make a brief appearance under his own name with ‘Heartbreaker’ on Salsoul Records back in 1983. A Disco/Funk one shot written by his late cousin – Sonny T Davenport – with remixing work courtesy of Shep Pettibone

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Overview
– A singer, songwriter, keyboardist, arranger and producer, Leroy Burgess stands as a key figure in the NYC Disco scene. He started as a backing singer for Black Ivory at the age of 17 and would write most of the band’s hits, beginning with the seminal ‘Mainline’.
Burgess is also remembered for his countless collaborations with Patrick Adams. Be it as a member of Inner Life (along with Jocelyn Brown), The Universal Robot Band or Bumblebee Unlimited. But he also happened to work with producer Greg Carmichael under the Convertion guise. A transient act whom you might remember for ‘Let’s Do It’ which Frankie Crocker heavily championed back then on WBLS. With Louie Vega givin’ it a revamp back in 2015.

As a solo artist (he also recorded as Logg), Leroy Burgess scored a substantial amount of club hits such as ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘(You’ve) Got That Something’ and ‘I Know You Will’.

He joined Taharqa and Tunde Ra Aleem to form Aleem (later known as The Fantastic Aleems) in the mid-80’s. Together, they would drop gems such as ‘Get Loose, ‘Confusion’ and ‘Love’s On Fire’. They also produced the memorable ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ for Fonda Rae.

Meanwhile, joining forces with artists of the current times was just like a natural progression for him. Collaborating with luminaries such as The Sunburst Band, Cool Million and Yam Who? But also Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart. With his latest delivery – ‘More Love’ – seeing him sharing the duties with NYC vet DJ/Producer Kenny Carpenter.

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