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Thursday, June 4, 2009

When is the Luther Vandross version not the best one? Georgy Porgy perhaps.


zip o Georgy

In 1978 Cheryl Lynn dropped from the heavens onto the stage of the Gong Show. She won and was soon in the studio with the brothers from Toto, David and Marty Paich who produced, arranged and played on her debut album. Which incidentally is one of the most impressive debuts in disco history.

They also brought Cheryl in to record the vocals for Georgy Porgy which David Paich incidentally wrote and included on their own debut l.p. This version remains the definitive version. An out and out disco classic. The mesh of the smooth vocals and the vocal supremacy of Cheryl Lynn is disco history on the jazz tip.

The next version by Charme with uncredited vocals by Luther Vandross was released in 1979 on RCA Records. Luther's voice is as always a rich cup of hot chocolate and the accompaniment of Deborah McDuffie is under-stated. But the package simply sounds flat and tame when held up against the Toto and Cheryl Lynn original. But this didn't stop the label from re-releasing it in 1982 with a Jonathan Fearing mix. At this point Luther Vandross had become a bona fide star in his own right.

A year later in 1980 Side Effect, best known for their own 1976 seminal disco classic, Always There, recorded their own version. It was produced by Wayne Henderson, another name for Roy Ayers. This solid version was released on Elektra and so therefore is not included on their Fantasy records greatest hits release. It too features over the top screaming female vocals but is a bit more R and B then Toto's disco version.


DJ Kool JB said...

links are dead

Michael Vinyl said...

I may refresh the links if I can find the time. But I did write this post 6 years ago. I am mostly concentrated on the new posts.