Classics: Satoshi Tomiie feat. Arnold Jarvis – And I Loved You (Classic Club Mix) (FFRR)
“People are changing…”, used to sing Timmy Thomas back in 1973. And God knows how they’ve been doin’ so. But not only! Our environment and, as a result, the way we’re living. Not to mention the terminology we’re using…
As such, one wouldn’t talk about “soulful”, but “deep” House back in the early days of the genre. Most likely because “deep” encompassed the most emotional side of the things at the time. From Larry Heard‘s introspective approach to the uplifting messages of faith, hope and unity delivered by the likes of <strong>Ce Ce Rogers and Ten City to name but a few.
The late Frankie Knuckles and his protege, Satoshi Tomiie, would perfectly recapture this rare feeling together. First while delivering the unforgettable ‘Tears’ with Robert Owens in 1989. Then when teaming up with Arnold Jarvis on ‘And I Loved You’ the year after.
Here we got put in front of something machines will never be able to reproduce: the inner feelings. With two singers who, by letting their hearts and souls go, submerged us with their emotion, one after another.
And I loved you, and I still do speakin’ of this smoothie. Both ‘Tears’ and ‘And I Loved You’ sayin’ it all…
– Arnold Jarvis‘ road to a musical career began at the age of 16 when he sang with the Baltimore Gospel Choir. His rich, Gospel-inflected baritone and unique phrasing made him one of the choir’s most favored soloists.
A Singer, a songwriter and a performer he, just like Robert Owens and Omar, has a voice gifted by the gods. Therefore, no wonder why he’s been touring with countless artists. From Loleatta Holloway to Jocelyn Brown or Jody Watley. But also Queen Latifah, Ultra Naté and Adeva among many others.
Jarvis has collaborated with an impressive list of House Music top producers. This resulting in countless seminal classics. From ‘Take Some Time Out’ with Tommy Musto and Yvonne Turner. To ‘And I Loved You’ with Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie. Not to mention ‘Life Goes On’ with Louie Vega. And the list goes on along with Teddy Douglas of The Basement Boys fame (‘Love Of My Life’). And Alix Alvarez (‘Rising Into Joy’). If not Benji Candelario (‘You’ve Let Love Slip Away’, ‘Higher’) or Mannix (‘Stronger Than You Think You Are’).
Arnold is as well remembered as a member of UDAUFL. A collective of artists which Blaze put together back in 2003 in order to raise funds against AIDS.
He has also released a solo album – ‘Just Say It’ – produced by Timmy Regisford and Adams Rios 9 years after.
– A quick typing – ‘Frankie Knuckles’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – David Morales. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker, Frankie Knuckles arrived right on time to witness the early stages of the nightclubbing and its music – Disco – in the Big Apple. Eventually hangin’ out with his friend, Larry Levan, before comin’ to play Disco, Soul and R&B jams at The Continental Baths and The Gallery.
Knuckles relocated to Chicago, IL by the second half of the 70’s. This after a friend of his by the likes of Robert Williams had opened a space that was to become The Warehouse. Eventually inviting him to play on a regular basis. There, he came with a blend of everything, from Disco classics to European electronic fueled sounds and Rock. The whole setting up the foundations as what was to become House Music by the middle of the 80’s. This along with the use of drum machines and samplers.
Knuckles made his thing in Chicago, eventually collaborating with Jamie Principle. But he also happened to join forces with David Morales and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with either David Morales or Eric Kupper, Frankie Knuckles has remixed and produced over 600 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Beginning with blasts from the past such as My Mine‘s ‘Hypnotic Tango’ which he came to rework. But also Jago‘s quite sought after ‘I’m Going To Go’. Then Double Exposure‘s ‘My Love Is Free’ and Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’). Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on Swing Out Sister‘s ‘Notgonnachange’. The latter being an example of the demand he generated in the UK. From Tongue’N’Cheek‘s ‘Tomorrow’ to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Live Together’ and D*Note (‘D*Votion 99’). Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Change’ or Loose Ends‘ ‘Hangin’ On A String’).
Of course, Frankie Knuckles made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘Tears’ along with Satoshi Tomiie and Robert Owens. But also ‘And I Loved You’ featuring the same Tomiie and Arnold Jarvis. Both of them on FFRR. And how to not think of the burning ‘One Man’ by the likes of Chanelle back in 1989? Or Lil Louis feat. ChinahBlac‘s ‘Fable’??? With the same applying to Hercules & Love Affair‘s ‘Blind’. Then Sybil‘s ‘Let’s Yourself Go’. With the list to be incomplete without a mention to the Director’s Cut signature which he put together along with long time friend Eric Kupper.
And, just like David Morales, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Michael Jackson (‘Rock With You’). But also Chaka Khan (‘Ain’t Nobody’) and David Peaston (‘We’re All In This Together’). This in addition to The Gap Band (‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’) and Chanté Moore (‘This Time’). Then Toni Braxton (‘Un-Break My Heart’) and Womack & Womack (‘MPB’). Not to mention En Vogue‘s ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ or Will Downing‘s ‘A Love Supreme’…
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Knuckles also made quite an impression. Delivering his debut-album – ‘Beyond The Mix’ – back in 1991. And in the meantime one of his biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘The Whistle Song’. Eventually sharing the bill four years later with Jersey songstress Adeva on the ‘ Welcome To The Real World’ album. With his final album – ‘A New Reality’ – seeing the light back in 2004.
Frankie Knuckles sadly died on March 31, 2014 in Chicago, IL, of complications from diabetes. He was 59…
– A quick look at the credits of Eric Kupper on his Discogs page gives a significant view of his contribution in the maturation of contemporary music. Meanwhile explaining the regular mentions of him on these shores.
A songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and DJ, he came to reccognition by the second half of the 80’s. Playing keyboards along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles and eventually becoming a member of the Def Mix crew. His name is associated with some of the biggest classics in the history of House Music. From Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie featuring Robert Owens‘ ‘Tears’ which he co-produced. To Satoshi Tomiie featuring Arnold Jarvis‘s ‘And I Loved You’. But also L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’. Then Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’. Not to mention Robert Owens‘ ‘Visions’, Ce Ce Peniston‘s ‘Finally’ and Alexander O’ Neal‘s ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ to name a few…
Although he came to leave Def Mix to focus on his own activities and launch his label (Hysteria) in the mid-90’s, he always maintained contact with Knuckles. Eventually setting up the famous Director’s Cut Mix signature with him in the years after. And also contributing to his famous classic ‘The Whistle Song’. Meanwhile, one could also remember the vibrant ‘Missing You’ by Artful & Ridney featuring Terri Walker. A track which he was supposed to remix with Knuckles and finally reworked on his own as a tribute to him.
Kupper has released 3 albums under the Eric Kupper presents K-Scope guise. Remember ‘Latin Blues Pt. 1’??? Meanwhile the most recent, ‘Electrikiss’ saw the light in January 2009 after a ten year hiatus. He also came to reform C+C Music Factory with Robert Clivillés back in 2010. The twosome releasing ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014, then ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017.