Second generation Brothers of Soul  [L-R]  Robert Eaton, Fred Bridges and Ben Knight. The image was shot in Chicago

The opening of Tera Shirma Studio B in February 1968, gave BKE some new options and like Studio A, it had it's own unique character. 

Fred recalls "I liked the view I could get from the elevated control room. There was also plenty of space for musicians and separate rooms for horn players and other musicians."

'The love I found in you', 'Come on back', 'You better believe it', 'A lifetime', 'Love is fever' and 'One minute baby were all recorded in Studio B.

Some truly magical songs.

'You better believe it', led by Fred, became BOS second most successful 45 after Ric negotiated a distribution deal with Fantasy-Galaxy

Chuck Bernard's three BKE outings were also recorded there in 1969. Two tracks, 'Bessie girl'/'Love can slip away' made it onto Zodiac1014. The other song, 'The other side of my mind', was released on the flip side of Zodiac1018. 

Chuck originally hailed from St Louis and joined Williams in 1968 after a stint at Satellite Records in Chicago. 

Fred remembers him as "a great performer and singer, used to work two clubs in the one night, nice guy."

One other Brothers Of Soul 45 was cut in Chicago, 'Wait for me' b/w 'I'd be grateful'. This time Fred's arrangements were put on paper by legendary music man Johnny Pate who was working at that time with Curtis Mayfield at Curtom Records. Johnny was also a key player at Okeh and worked with numerous artists over the years as both an arranger and producer.

A change had also taken place within the Brothers of Soul for this 45 when  former Imperial, Ben Knight (no relation), replaced Richard Knight. "Ben took Richard's place when Richard was detained in New York on a minor charge." says Fred. 

Other spin offs came from Fred's travels to Chicago.

One of Ric's buddies was a promotions man there. He was also managing a short and pretty light skinned Black girl called Sheryl Swope. Apparently Sheryl, who hailed from the Windy City, was a sister of the guy's girlfriend.

Fred recalls bringing Sheryl over to The Place on Linwood Street. "I remember we did 4 songs on Sheryl Swope. At least three of these were BKE songs and they were all released on the Duo label." says Fred. "The first on Duo7451 was 'Can't get him off my mind'. The other on Duo7453 was 'Ain't gonna do you right this time' b/w 'Run to me'."

Mike Terry also approached the team with an offer from Don Robey in Texas who had been releasing a number of quality Detroit productions on his excellent Backbeat label.

The artist was to be Little Carl Carlton who became a fixture at Backbeat between 1968 and 1973. Chicago Soul Queen Joshie Armstead was also involved, as were the Funk Brothers and other worthy musicians from Detroit.

Carl Carlton

The outcome was a string of excellent songs in 'Look at Mary wonder'(#42 R&B June 69)/'Drop by my place' and 'Two timer'(#12 R&B, #78 Pop June 70/ 'I can feel it' (#47 R&B January 1971).


Notes thanks to David Meikle.


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