Most Wanted! Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love (Polydor)
A Jazz and Soul singer, Tamiko Jones made a transient foray into Disco back in 1979. A one off under the form of the memorable ‘Can’t Live Without Your Love’. And what a blast! A stellar track which she produced herself. With writing and production work by the likes of Randy Muller (Brass Construction, Skyy)
Hard to not make some connection with Harry Thumann‘s infectiously synth driven ‘Underwater’ as a matter of fact. Meanwhile it would have been cool to have more of these. Don’t you think?
– Born in Kyle, WG of Japanase, Cherokee and British ancestry, Tamiko Jones first established herself as a Jazz singer. She’s most likely remembered for sharing the duties with famous flautist Herbie Mann on the 1967 releeased ‘A Mann & A Woman’ album. She then would record several duets with Soul singer Solomon Burke on his album ‘I’ll Be Anything For You’ the following year.
Jones scored her biggest hit in 1974 with ‘Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out For Your Love)’ written by Johnny Bristol. A cut backed with an outstanding interpretation of Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Creepin”. Both of them taken from her 1975 ‘Love Trip’ album for Arista.
The lady would leave her contribution to the Disco scene 4 years after with ‘Can’t Live Without You Love’, written and arranged by Randy Muller. Her last chart hit being a cover version of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘I Want You’ in 1986 on Sutra Records.
– Born in Guyana, Randy Muller relocated to Brooklyn, NY where he first took up music at Thomas Jefferson High School. There, he made friends with Solomon Roberts, Jr. and Jeff Lane with whom he would establish some solid partnership along with time.
Muller started arranging songs for Jeff Lane‘s group B.T. Express. Meanwhile the latter became his partner, producing early material for his group, Brass Construction.
A multi-instrumentist, Randy established himself as the driving force of the latter, Skyy, Funk Deluxe and First Circle. This resulting in an incredible series of standards. From ‘Movin” to ‘Love’, ‘Ha Cha Cha’ and ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’. But also ‘Can You See The Light’ or ‘Walkin’ The Line’ for Brass Construction. Then ‘First Time Around’, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and ‘Here’s To You’. This in addition to ‘Call Me’, ‘Skyyzoo’, ‘This Groove Is Bad’ and ‘Show Me The Way’ for Skyy. Not to mention ‘This Time’ and ‘Workin’ Up A Sweat’, respectively for Funk Deluxe and Full Circle.
The depository of an instantly recognizable sound, he has collaborated with countless artists. From Garnet Mimms to Charles Earland. But also Mark Radice and Tamiko Jones (Can’t Live Without Your Love’). Meanwhile he would bring Rafael Cameron to sign a record deal with Salsoul Records. This resulting in extra goodies such as ‘Magic Of You’, ‘Funtown U.S.A.’, ‘All That’s Good To Me’. And last but not least ‘Boogie’s Gonna Get You’ with remix work courtesy of François K.
Still in activity nowadays, Randy runs his own label, Plaza Records, which he launched back in 1988.
Also a flautist, ‘Livin’ In Da Rhythm’ saw him more recently exploring jazzy territories under his Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang guise. Meawnhile he also ventured sporadically into House such as on the firing ‘Devotion’ and on ‘Worm Theory’ as… Worm Theory.
His natural penchant seeing him returning to Soul and Funk vibes along with Carolyn Harding back in 2017 on the blowing ‘Beautiful Feelin”. This with additional remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis.
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