Friday, May 15, 2009
Rare Disco by Tonight Show's Doc Severinsen
Johnny Carson's Musical Director and Trumpet Player Doc Severinsen released this White Label Promo 12" on Columbia Records in 1976. I Wanna Be With You remains a solid disco nugget and rather obscure. It got little to no promotion.
The vocals were handled by Leon Thomas a very well regarded session singer. His 1975 release Thank You Baby on Don Records is extremely hard to come by. Here are parts I and II from the 45 rpm single.
In 1998 a Leon Thomas Anthology was released on Soul Brothers U.K. It includes work he's done with Carlos Santana, Pharoah Sanders, and more hard to find Leon.