The Golden World Story
Al Kent

The "Pay the price" session at United Sound Studios - Al is in the blue shirt

Photo courtesy of Edward J. Wolfrum
Al Kent was born Albert Prentis Hamilton in Detroit in 1937.

He had made some solo recordings in New York City for Wizard, Baritone and Checker.

Prior to 1967, he had a small amount of input to Golden World as a songwriter.

After the sell-off however his name appeared on almost every Ric-Tic disc as either a songwriter or producer.

He would also release three solo efforts including the classic "You've got to pay the price" c/w "Where do I go from here". The 45 reached Pop #42 R&B #22.

Al moved on to Motown for several years, then joined Armen Boladien at Westbound, where he worked again with the Fantastic Four.

At Golden World he met his future wife Norma Toney.

Norma was a prolific songwriter who had just co-written "Inky dinky wang dang do" for the Dramatics.

She also co-wrote three songs by the Fantastic Four plus the Flaming Embers "Bless you".

Her finest moment, however, came when she co-wrote the BMI award winning song "Deeper and Deeper" for Freda Payne.



Notes by David Meikle

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