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Jesse Belvin – Witchcraft

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A great singer, performer, and songwriter too (penning, Earth Angel among others), Jesse Belvin inspired many vocalists in the early days of of rock & roll, soul & R&B. Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin, and Lou Rawls just to name a few.

Etta James called Belvin, “The most gifted of all…even now I consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole”.

Sadly, her prediction never came to be as Belvin‘s life was cut short after he and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Cooke and Jackie Wilson. It was Feb 6, 1960, just a year after he had recorded his major label debut album for RCA, Just Jesse Belvin.

Groomed by his label to become the next Nat “King” Cole, Jesse and his A&R man Dick Pierce put together a collection of standards by Coleman/Leigh, George & Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern & others and started to define Belvin’s smooth, sophisticated West Coast sound.

We hope you dig the sweet spells of Witchraft.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing (Carolyn Leigh) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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Jesse Belvin – The Best is Yet to Come

Signed to RCA Records in 1959, R&B singer and pianist, Jesse Belvin had previously co-written the massive crossover hit “Earth Angel” recorded by The Penguins. Jesse also co-wrote and sang “Good Night My Love” (for Modern Records) which became the outro theme for Alan Freed‘s legendary rock and roll radio show.

After years of signing to labels under different names and giving away too much credit for too little in return, he was inspired by his wife and manager Jo Anne to develop his style at RCA. Soon after he had a Top 40 hit with “Guess Who” (written by his wife). His new label began molding him as a potential crossover star, a rival to Capitol Records’ Nat “King” Cole whose style and talent he greatly admired.

Eventually Jesse was paired with the great arranger Marty Paich (Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich) and an orchestra including saxophonist Art Pepper to record soulful covers of standards like this week’s Top Tune, “The Best is Yet to Come” by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh. His nick name, Mr. Easy also became the name of the album. Described as a powerful and charismatic performer, Belvin was believed to be well on his way to becoming a major star. Sadly, on February 6, 1960 Jesse and his wife were killed in a head-on car crash shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock, AR on a bill with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He never got to hear the finished album which was released later that year.

We hope you enjoy one of the best from an artist of great talent whose career was cut way too short!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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