Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sade – Smooth Operator (Portrait)

Although ‘Smooth Operator’ got released back in 1984 as the fourth and final single from Sade‘s debut album ‘Diamond Life’, this is the song that would get Ibadan, Nigeria-born Helen Folasade Adu, OBE and her band (named after her name) signed on Epic Records. A band named featuring Paul S. Denman (bass), Andrew Hale (keyboards) and Stuart Matthewman (sax). As many musicians she previously happened to collaborate with alongside others in a London combo named Pride. This is most likely where she would meet Ray St. John who co-wrote this Soul/Jazz manifesto with her with. The rest being history…

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  1. Reblogged this on michaeltigre and commented:
    My 8th sound track. What a time, vibe and zeitgeist . The 2nd British invasion of music included this sultry,très chic and charismatic beauty. My favorite of her early tracks was ‘Your Love is King’. Joyeux anniversaire Ms.Adu.
    El Tigré

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