Classics: The Whispers – This Kind Of Lovin’ (SOLAR)
“This kind of lovin’, I only get from you…” With the same to be said about this kind of sound, with the “you” there applying to Leon F Sylvers III. A musician and producer who’s been for much in the recognition of groups such as Shalamar and Dynasty. And, in the meantime, the one of Dick Griffey‘s SOLAR label. Establishin’ it as a solid West Coast R&B alternative.
The Whispers probably did the best choice they could have thought of by joinin’ the label in the late 70’s. Opening their most successful period with the memorable ‘And The Beat Goes On’. The first in an impressive string of infectious gems. With ‘This Kind Of Lovin”, the opening cut to their album of the likes, takin’ on where they left with its predecessor featuring the intoxicating ‘In The Raw’ and ‘Emergency’. Meanwhile one could subtly feel the contribution of Dynasty group members Kevin Spencer, Nidra Beard and William Shelby who wrote it…
Texas natives Walter and Wallace Scott formed The Whispers soon after moving to Los Angeles, CA back in 1964. Eventually joined by Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon whom Leaveil Degree replaced in 1973 after he injured his larynx in a car crash. The Whispers releasing their self-titled debut-album back in 1969 on Soul Clock.
The band had moderate success though until they started working with producer Leon F Sylvers III (Shalamar, Dynasty, Lakeside…). Their second eponymous album, released in 1979, including the memorable ‘And The Beat Goes On’ and ‘Out The Box’. Two gems in an infectious vein which The Whispers set their new reputation on. Following the vibe with tracks such as ‘It’s A Love Thing’ and ‘I Can’t Make It Better For You’. But also ‘In The Raw’, ‘Tonight’, ‘This Kind Of Lovin” then ‘Contagious’. Not to mention ‘Rock Steady’ which saw them collaborating with the then emerging production pair made of L.A. & Babyface. As a matter of fact, it’s fair to say the band had their heyday on SOLAR.
Switching to Capitol Records with the release of their ‘More Of The Night’ album featuring the Robert Brookins produced ‘Innocent’, they started losin’ their status from then. Delivering a majority of M.O.R. R&B/Soul cuts.
Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer and sadly died of it in 2000.
Nicholas Caldwell sadly passed of congestive heart failure on Jan. 05, 2016 at his Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA home.