Thu. Dec. 13, 2018

René & Angela – Save Your Love (For #1)

Classics: René & Angela – Save Your Love (For #1) (Club Mix) (Mercury)

One of the leading duos in the first half of the 80’s along with Ashford & Simpson… California-based René (Moore) and Angela (Winbush) left a consistant imprint on the R&B/Funk circuit. This with classics such as the sought after ‘I Love You More’ and ‘Wall To Wall’. But also ‘I’ll Be Good’ and ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’…

They most likely reached their peak back in 1985. This while joinin’ forces with famous Rapper Kurtis Blow on the firing ‘Save Your Love (For #1). With the whole comin’ up with production work courtesy of Bruce Swedien and Bobby Watson

Embedding percussion parts obviously inherited from Go-Go, this Electro-synth led gem is arguably their biggest classic ever. Eventually gettin’ them to reach a #1 position on the Billboard R&B chart for two weeks back then…

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Overview
René Moore and Angela Winbush met though a mutual friend in Los Angelas, CA by the mid-70’s. They first worked as songwriters. Thus collaborating with luminaries such as Lenny Williams and Tavares. Not to mention Lamont Dozier. They then soon after secured a record deal with Capitol Records. This resulting in the release of their eponymous debut-album back in 1980. An effort that featured the original version of ‘Free And Easy’. A cut which Plush eventually covered two years later.

By 1981, they co-wrote the outstanding although underrated ‘Secret Friend’ for Rufus & Chaka Khan. Eventually putting out their second album – ‘Wall To Wall’ – which saw them bringin’ their sophisticated arrangements to some wider audience. Meanwhile delivering gems such as its title cut and the much sought after ‘I Love You More’. Then by 1982, they heavily contributed in writing material for a then debuting Janet Jackson as a part of her self-titled album. This before the release of ‘Rise’, their third and final album for Capitol the year after…

Ironically, they would reach their peak in 1985. This with the release ‘Street Called Desire’. An album which would mark their debut for Mercury but also happened to be their very last as an entity. Spanning the classic ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ featuring Kurtis Blow and ‘I’ll Be Good’. And also featuring the premonitory ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’ although it never saw the light as a single. The twosome soon after entering into legal proceedings against each other. With Moore blaming Winbush for lending her songwriting and production talents to other artists. And Winbush arguing the demise of the group was due to Moore‘s alleged violent behavior.

From then, Moore and Winbush went on to successful solo careers, as performers, songwriters, and producers. Moore lent his songwriting and production talents to Michael Jackson. This on his 1991 ‘Dangerous’ and 1995 ‘HIStory’ albums. Then he later formed Multi-Media Communications which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012. On her side, Winbush managed to score five top ten R&B hits as a solo artist. Eventually writing and / or producing songs for Sheena Easton, Stephanie Mills and Lalah Hathaway, to name a few.

– A native of Harlem, NYC, Kurtis Blow studied communication and ministry. He managed to be the first Rapper to be signing a recording deal with a major company at the age of 20. This back in 1979 with Mercury releasing the seasonal ‘Christmas Rappin” which sold more than 500,000 copies. His debut eponymous album bringin’ him another hit by the likes of ‘The Breaks’ the year after along with the influential ‘Throughout Your Years’.

‘Party Time?’, his fourth album came to put an end to a dry period in the charts for Blow back in 1983. Meanwhile fusing elements of Hip-Hop with Go-Go influences such as brilliantly showcased on its title track. Its follow-up – ‘Ego Trip’ – including the hits ‘8 Million Stories’, ‘AJ Scratch’ and ‘Basketball’ the year after. Extra successes comin’ up in 1985 by the likes of the title track of his ‘America’ album and ‘If I Ruled The World’. Its follow-up, ‘Kingdom Blow’, failing to make it due to a particularly bad reception. And this despite the presence of the boilin’ hot ‘I’m Chillin” that saw him jammin’ once again with Go-Go famous Trouble Funk.

Blow then most likely moved into production with his recording career waning by the second half of the 80’s. This on the heels of collaborations he’d done with numerous luminaries almost since his debut as an artist. From Sweet G to the Fat Boys and The Krush Groove All Stars. But also Oran ‘Juice’ Jones. No to mention his contribution to the memorable ‘Save Your Love (For #1)’ by the likes of René & Angela back in 1985. Then to the Artists Against Apartheid record ‘Sun City’ the same year.

Kurtis received his salvation “born again” in 1994. He became an ordained minister on Aug. 16, 2009. As the founder of The Hip-Hop Church in Harlem, he serves as rapper, DJ, worship leader and licensed minister.

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