Posts Tagged ‘Portable Music Co.’

Toots & the Maytals – Sunny

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This week’s top tune is by arguably one of the best known ska and reggae groups of all time, Toots and the Maytals, and their cover of Bobby Hebb‘s iconic R&B/pop tune “Sunny”. The Maytals’ seminal and distinctly Jamaican sound blends mento, folk, and gospel influences into a powerful sound that, while rooted in rural traditions, delivers a completely modern feeling. Throughout the 1960′s this sound – featuring the inimitable Toots Hibbert on lead vocals – propelled the group to being the biggest selling musical act Jamaica had ever known at that time, and they are still going strong today. “Sunny” was recorded between tours at Toots Hibbert’s family studio in Kingston, Jamaica in October 2011 and arranged and mixed by Jeremy Page in Brooklyn, NY.

Check out Sunny Dub by Michael Goldwasser of reggae collective, Easy Star All-Stars! Happy Summer everybody.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Inc. (BMI).
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com

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Billy Paul – East

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The arrangements are complex but deeply funky,
perfectly suited to Paul’s sage-like vocals.”

– Jason Ankeny of Allmusic.com

Billy Paul under the guiance of Philadelphia International masterminds Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, produced this week’s Top Tune on the 1971 progressive soul masterpiece, Going East. Best known for his hit “Me and Mrs. Jones”, Billy worked with iconic artists such as Dinah Washington, Miles Davis and Roberta Flack and is considered an important proprietor of socially conscious post-revolution ’60s civil rights music.

Billy Paul has been sampled by everyone from KRS-One, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, to Coolio, Mary J. Blige and Drake.

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Contact & Licensing Info:
Tyrone William Brown is published by Portable Music Co. (BMI)
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Philadelphia International Records/Sony

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Bobby Hebb – I’ll Be Anything For You

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It was Bobby Hebb‘s personal outpouring of grief over his divorce that’s been said to have fueled the beauty, anguish, and wistful hope displayed on his quietly influential 1970 album, Love Games.

“I’ll Be Anything For You” with an incredible arrangement by James Fleming and Dave Roberts, seeks to close that deal. The Love Games album came four years after Bobby Hebb’s monster 8 million selling single multi-format classic, “Sunny”, and a full two years before similar work by Gamble & Huff & The O’Jays. It would provide the template for the direction R&B would take through the late 70′s and early 80′s, music that one keeps for special moods, private times, and most of all, as David Morpheus points out on the original liner notes, for times perhaps when one is not in love at the moment but should be.

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Contact & Licensing info:

“I’ll Be Anything For You” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com. Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Sunny 50th Anniversary

SunnyCompilation Cov37DBF1 1024x1024 Sunny 50th AnniversaryHappy birthday to Bobby Hebb! Celebrate with the 50th Anniversary remastered deluxe edition of his classic 1966 lp Sunny from the good people at Trocadero Records. Get the 180 gram vinyl & 8 page booklet or CD Digipak now plus the 50th Anniversary Collection (Various Artists 1966-2016) also available on 180 gram vinyl. Click HERE for more info and to order.

Sunny one so true, we love you!

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