BOBBY ELI: re JOHN GARY WILLIAMS

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Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulpuss (24.102.217.36) on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 03:23 pm:

I read in another post where you stated that you worked on J.G.W. "The whole darn whole is going crazy". How did that deal materialise. I noticed that on his solo album, he did a stunning version of Spinners "How could I let you get away" and also Four Tops "Ask the lonely". I believe that album was cut in Memphis. What about a Stax single "In love with you"/ "My sweet Lord", did Philly musicians play a part on this. J.G.W is one heck of a singer.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulpuss (24.102.217.36) on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 03:51 pm:

I stand corrected. J.G.W.'s "Ask the lonely" is only on a Stax single with "The whole darn world is going crazy" on the b-side. There must be some interesting hoopla going on at Stax when these sides were cut as Al Bell was under pressure from the banks at the time.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.38.191) on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 07:34 am:

JGW did a batch of things in Philly at Jesse James Future Gold Studios. Among them were the aforementioned song and the Temprees stuff including "Dedicated". Maybe they were mixed at Stax but we sure recorded them in Philly around 1973.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulpuss (24.102.217.36) on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 09:19 am:

Thanks Bobby: I had to go foraging through my albums to fing the J.G.W. lp. My records are not alphabetized. Alzheimer has started to creep up on me. "Ask the lonely" and "The whole darn world is going crazy" is also on the album. There is no mention of Philly on the credits. Musicians listed were the mainstays of Memphis.ie. Lester Snell, Willie Hall,Marvell Thomas,Roy Cunningham,Michael Toles,Bobby Manuel,Michael Cooper,Earl Thomas. Memphis Symphony Orch, South Memphis Horns. Arranger: J.G.W., Johnny Allen, Dale Warren.This must be another case of musical politics at play.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soulpuss (24.102.217.36) on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 09:37 am:

Bobby: Boy I sure passed some interesting albums whilst I was looking for the J.G.W. record. The titles will surely beckon to a soulful time in Philly. You were involved in them all. Whispers (Bingo), Modulations (It's rough out here),Charles Mann (Say you love me too) There is a Eli Tatarsky mentioned along with Norman Harris and Roland Chambers as the guitar players. Is that you. I came across the Clyde McPhatter 'Welcome Home" album. Did you play on this too. I couldn't help but notice that Ronnie, Norman and Earl produced it. How did Clyde hook up with the Philly guys. Let us hear about the behind the scene machinations.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli (151.197.38.209) on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 11:07 am:

Soulpuss.On some records my real name was used because whoever was doing the accounting was not aware of my pseudonym. It appeared that way on the w4's and in haste my real name was used .
As far as I know there is a Stylistics, a BB King, and several others bearing that moniker.

Clyde Mc Phatter was brought in via a production deal with Clyde Otis. It came out on Decca ant it was his last record.
I played on it as well. There have been tons of albums where the credits are wrong or no credits at all.
The Stylistics Round 2 does not have my name on it but I was on every cut. Roland was not on those sessions. Once again it could have been a clerical error.

Top of pageBottom of page   By ted cogswell (69.3.160.138) on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 10:28 pm:

Bobby, have you ever sat down and compiled a list of all the records you've played on? I couldn't even begin to guess what the number would be.

Top of pageBottom of page   By weiss (192.176.237.1) on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 02:23 am:

I think Tatarsky Eli is also used on the Dianne Steinberg album as well. I may be wrong, but I think so.


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