Category Funk

Jewel – Cut ‘n’ Polished (1982)

Jewel - Cut 'N' Polished (1982)

1. Gotta Make It Better
2. We Cannot Say Good-Bye
3. Song Of Life
4. Rhythms Of Home (Majai)
5. You’re So Jealous
6. Something You Should Know
7. Soon You’ll See The Way
8. Jewel’s Groove

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Deon Estus – Spell (1988)

Deon Estus - Spell (1988)

01. Me Or The Rumors (The Jellybean Remix)
02. Spell
03. Love Me Over
04. You’re The Only One
05. False Start
06. Heaven Help Me (Feat. George Michael)
07. Blue Envelope
08. Love Can’t Wait
09. Solid Ground
10. Me Or The Rumors (The George Michael Mix)

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Deon Estus (born Jeffery Deon Estus, 1956, Detroit, Michigan) is an American bassist and singer, best known as the bass player of Wham! and as George Michael’s bassist on the latter’s first two subsequent solo projects.

Estus was born in Detroit and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1974. He sang second tenor in the choir at Northwestern under the direction of Brazel Dennard. His bass (guitar) teacher was the late James Jamerson of Motown’s The Funk Brothers.

Estus joined the R&B band Brainstorm as a teenager, recording two albums with them and scoring a hit with “Popcorn”. During the early 1980s, he appeared as a session bassist on several mainstream albums, including Marvin Gaye’s 1982 comeback album, Midnight Love.[1] After his bass talents were recognized, he was invited to join the UK pop group, Wham!. He went on to tour China with Wham! and later backed Wham! frontman George Michael on his ‘Faith’ tour. He also participated in the late-1980s collective, Boogie Box High, which was spearheaded by George Michael’s cousin, Andros Georgiou, and featured Michael along with other high-profile musicians; Estus appears on the group’s only album, Outrageous, released in 1989. Estus later performed with Michael at Rock in Rio and has continued to play bass as part of Michael’s backing band.

In 1989, Estus released a solo album entitled Spell, produced by Colin Campsie & George McFarlane, with several tracks produced by George Michael. Released before the album, the single “Me or the Rumours” reached #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in 1988. In 1989, the album’s title track hit #11 on the Adult Contemporary charts. However, the album’s biggest hit was the #5 Billboard Hot 100 single “Heaven Help Me,” for which Michael supplied backing vocals. It also peaked at #3 on both the Adult Contemporary and Hot R&B charts. The album itself ultimately reached #89 on the Billboard 200 and #44 on the Top R&B Albums charts.

He has also played with Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Frank Zappa, George Clinton, Annie Lennox, Edgar Winter, Aaron Neville, and Elton John. He most recently produced and co-wrote songs for aspiring singer Julie Anne, who boasts a five-octave range.

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The Whispers – Love For Love (1983)

1. Tonight
2. Keep On Lovin’ Me
3. Love For Love
4. This Time
5. Had It Not Been For You
6. Try It Again
7. Do They Turn You On
8. Keep Your Love Around
9. Lay It On Me

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The Bendeth Band – The Bendeth Band (1981)

1. I Was There
2. Love Collect
3. Rollin’
4. Feel The Real
5. Make It Pop
6. A Colorful Dream
7. Goldmine
8. Better Believe

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Finis Henderson – Finis (1983)

01. Skip To My Lou
02. Making Love
03. Lovers
04. You Owe It All To Love
05. Blame It On The Night
06. Percussion Intro
07. Call Me
08. Vina Del Mar
09. Crush On You
10. I’d Rather Be Gone
11. School Girl

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D Train – Music (1983)

01. Keep Giving Me Love (Album Mix)
02. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From “The Sand Piper”)
03. Are You Ready For Me
04. Music
05. Children Of The World
06. Let Me Show You (A World Of Wonder)
07. Don’t You Wanna Ride (The D Train)
08. Keep Giving Me Love
09. Keep Giving Me Love (Radio Edit)
10. Are You Ready For Me (Radio Edit)
11. Music (Radio Edit)
12. Music (Dub Version)

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James Ingram – Never Felt So Good (1986)

James Ingram - Never Felt So Good (1986)

01. Always
02. Never Felt So Good
03. Red Hot Lover
04. Lately
05. The Wings Of My Heart
06. Trust Me
07. Tuff
08. Say Hey
09. Love’s Been Here And Gone
10. Right Back
11. Crazy

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James Ingram – It’s Your Night (1983)

James Ingram - It's Your Night (1983)

1. Party Animal
2. Yah Mo B There (Feat. Michael McDonald)
3. She Loves Me (The Best That I Can Be)
4. Try Your Love Again
5. Whatever We Imagine
6. One More Rhythm
7. There’s No Easy Way
8. It’s Your Night
9. How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (Theme From “Best Friends”)

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Sedan – Sedan (1985)

Sedan - Sedan (1985)

1. Keep It Comin’
2. You Ain’t Got To Do Nothing
3. Just Be My Lover
4. Security
5. All Night Affair
6. Kraz-y ‘Boutcha
7. Stick To Your Dream
8. Snake Dancin’

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Howard Johnson – Keepin’ Love New (1982)

1. So Fine
2. Take Me Through The Night
3. This Is Heaven
4. Jam Song
5. Keepin’ Love New
6. So Glad You’re My Lady
7. Say You Wanna
8. Forever Falling In Love

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