Wed. Jan. 16, 2019

The O’Jays – Darlin Darlin Baby

Classics: The O’Jays – Darlin Darlin Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love) (Philadelphia International Records)

From their 1976 ‘Message In The Music’ album… The O’Jays delivering the mellow and vibrant ‘Darlin Darlin Baby’.
Fuelled with these elements constitutive of the Philadelphia Sound, it’s a standout composition in the genre. With Bobby Martin adding much to this with his typical arrangements.

A worth the listen instrumental cover version followed the year after. It was the work of Californian guitartist Steve Khan. Bob James, and the Brecker brothers joining him for the best. Not to mention David Sandborn and Steve Gadd! For the Jazz headz…

Overview
– Fellow high school students Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, Bobby Massey, Walter Powell and Bill Isles first sang together as The Triumphs then The Mascots in the early 60’s. They would get their final name as a tribute to Eddie O’Jay, a Cleveland-based DJ who helped them dropping their first release…

The O’Jays would reach their peak along with producers Gamble & Huff who signed them to their P.I.R. label in 1972. A liaison which led to countless classics. From ‘Love Train’ to ‘Back Stabbers’ that same year. To ‘Now That We Found Love’ and ‘For The Love Of Money’ in 1973. ‘Livin’ For The Weekend’,‘I Love Music’ and ‘Give People What They Want’ in 1975. This in addition to ‘Message In Our Music‘ and ‘Darlin Darlin Baby’ the year after. Not to mention ‘Put Our Heads Together’ in 1983.

The end of the 80’s eventually saw them switching to EMI-America. One of their ultimate tracks worth the listen from then being the vibrant ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ with remixing work courtesy of Tony Humphries.

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