John Edwards – 1973- John Edwards

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A great sweet soul album.

The first album by John Edwards a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album’s a very different effort and features John singing in a deep Southern Soul style, mixed with the smoother production of the Hotlanta scene. The real strength of the record, though, is the songs as John sings a great set of tracks by writers like Sam Dees (“I’ll Be Your Puppet”, “Claim Jumpin”, “Stop This Merry Go Round”), Jimmy Lewis (“Careful Man”), Floyd Smith (“You Were Made For Love”, and Bobby & Linda Womack (“It’s A Groove”). Nice stuff, and the production and arranging’s as strong as the writing!

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Aware Records LP including covers.

A1 Stop This Merry-Go-Round (2:58)
A2 Spread The News (2:29)
A3 Careful Man (2:33)
A4 Claim Jumpin (2:25)
A5 I’ll Be Your Puppet (3:25)
B1 You Were Made For Love (3:14)
B2 Messing Up A Good Thing (2:56)
B3 It’s A Groove (3:00)
B4 Exercise My Love (5:05)

Arranged By – Skip Lane
Producer – Floyd Smith

Once an extremely popular regional attraction, John Edwards moved from the chitin circuit to the big time when he joined the Spinners. Born in St. Louis, Edwards began singing in men’s clubs while stationed in Germany during his Army days. When he was discharged, Edwards came to Columbus, GA. He appeared once with Wilson Pickett and then did several dates in Chicago, where he met Curtis Mayfield in 1968. Mayfield got Edwards a session at Weis Records and Jo Armstead produced “If I Don’t Lose My Head” in 1969. Armstead produced other singles for Weis and Twin Stacks before Edwards moved to Bell in 1972. Floyd Smith co-wrote and produced “The Look on Your Face,” after which Edwards moved again to Aware, in 1973. Smith produced his LP John Edwards, and “Messing up a Good Thing” generated some attention. But it was “Careful Man” in 1974 that got Edwards his first and only hit as a single act; it reached number eight. When Aware folded, Edwards did a few dates with The Spinners in 1973, but continued his solo career withCotillion. His 1976 LP Life Love and Living contained some excellent deep soul tunes, particularly “Baby, Hold on to Me,” but didn’t get much attention. Edwards joined The Spinners full-time in 1977 and remains with them currently. “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl” and “Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time” in 1980 are the biggest Spinners hits featuring Edwards to date.


John Edwards – 1976 – Life Love and Living

Kind of a key transitional point for Edwards slicker than his southern soul material for the Aware label, but not as polished as his work with The Spinners later in the 70s. The album was produced by David Porter, and has an odd Carribean groove on many cuts not really reggae, but with kind of a light tropical flourish over the top. The real strength, though, is Edwards’ voice which on the best cuts has a strong vibe that runs the gamut of southern soul influences (Al Green, Sam Dees, and others) from the time. Titles include “You, Trouble, & Me”, “That’s That”, “The Key To My Life”, and “Baby, Hold On To Me”.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Cotillion Records LP including covers.

A1 I (Who Have Nothing) (3:29)
A2 Honey, I Don’t Mind (3:11)
A3 Forced To Fight (This Losing Battle) (3:07)
A4 The Key To My Life (4:02)
A5 Thats, That (3:24)
A6 Sister Rose (3:00)
B1 You, Trouble And Me (6:19)
B2 (You’ve Got) My Mind Working Overtime (4:44)
B3 Baby, Hold On To Me (4:53)
B4 Nobody, But You (4:07)

Download link – Life Love and Living


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  • k02
    Posted at 13:43h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    Aooreciate the genorosity.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:45h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    Perfect! :¬)
    Thanks, bro!


  • wallofsound
    Posted at 16:52h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    Thank you for sharing these. The 1973 album really is an unrecognised classic, and long been a favourite in my collection. I think the tracks were re-released in the UK by Kent. I have heard parts of the 1976 LP, but never had the whole thing, so thank you for making it possible to judge the whole thing.

  • manny
    Posted at 17:07h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting, appreciate it

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 17:30h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    thanks for the albums. much appreciated.

  • jean
    Posted at 18:17h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    encore un sans faute…..merci dude

  • rich
    Posted at 18:55h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    really appreciate these albums by john edwards cant wait to hear them.

  • Messiah of Soul Power Music Group
    Posted at 19:48h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos……i can honestly admit i’m not familiar with Mr. Edwards at all……going to enjoy this….Peace


  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 20:58h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    Much Appreciated Nikos! These LP’s Look Great. I can’t wait to hear them.

  • dcat in the cornpatch
    Posted at 21:35h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    A long overdue THANK YOU!! for sharing all the great music. Cheers!

  • Larry
    Posted at 23:12h, 28 October 2008 Reply

    another great post. Thanx man.

  • roger1
    Posted at 00:23h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    very nice selection, thanks nikos

  • Elen
    Posted at 10:10h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    Thank u for introducing Mr.Edwards.

  • War
    Posted at 13:26h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    I was looking for that, thanks!!!

  • War
    Posted at 13:50h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    damm didn’t realize this was a double post , never heard either of these albums, cannot wait to check them out, many many thx in advance Nikos, good shares as always…. Doctor Okehdius…

  • ultraFunk
    Posted at 21:05h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    Fantastic! thanks so much!

  • Unnerholm
    Posted at 22:07h, 29 October 2008 Reply

    Great addition to my collection – I only had a great christmas song by him before – Many Thanks Nikos

  • hooch
    Posted at 00:51h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    Many thanks indeed Nikos!

  • FRM
    Posted at 12:09h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    Another great post. Thank u.

  • Noa
    Posted at 19:07h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    Never heard of it, looks interesting. I’ll give it a listen. Thanks

  • Elinor Rigby
    Posted at 22:32h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    Lovely tunes! thanks for sharing.

  • Darko
    Posted at 23:34h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    very cool stuff. Love it. Thanks again nikos.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 04:04h, 31 October 2008 Reply

    Was already ‘aware’ of the John Edwards Aware LP from an excellent CD called ‘Careful Man’ released several years ago. However, prior to that I had heard a few tracks from the Cotilion LP, which I haven’t heard since they were aired on radio back in ’76. Those tracks were ‘Key to my life’, ‘Baby hold on to me’ and Gladys’ ‘Nobody but you’ (who sang it originally ?). Wow, I didn’t know just how good these tracks were, ‘Key’ being a joyful Al Green experience (and soo Philippe Wynne-like), and with ‘Hold on’ being the main one I was looking forward to hearing again, and not being disappointed in the slightest. The guy makes me realise just how much Philippe Wynne (whom he replaced at the Spinners) sounded like Al Green and Sam Cooke. If my memory serves me correctly, the ‘Rubberband Man’ track was his first ‘secret’ lead Spinners vocal – debated heavily at the time as it sounded sooo much like Philippe who was still fronting the band !! Personally, I have a very soft spot for Philippe, but these albums really do highlight what a find the Spinners had in John Edwards – utterly stupid wonderful, Nikos !!

  • aaron
    Posted at 11:00h, 31 October 2008 Reply

    Awesome blog! Can’t wait for the smoke.

  • Motorboy
    Posted at 15:00h, 31 October 2008 Reply

    Good stuff! Thanks nikos

  • Michael
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 November 2008 Reply

    Great albums. I’m grateful.

  • kizza
    Posted at 17:05h, 02 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks yet again! You never cease to amaze me with your generosity!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 17:16h, 03 November 2008 Reply

    2 more fantastic treats, thanks Nikos!

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 02:20h, 18 November 2008 Reply

    Unfortunately, John Edwards will be known as the voice that replaced Phillipe Wynn as the lead singer of The Spinners. However, very few knew he recorded these two gems before joining the Atlantic Records group. A great voice that did not receive the attention he deserved as a soloist. Thanks for these rare and great gems. Great blog and keep the music coming along. We appreciate this rare stuff.

  • LK
    Posted at 13:06h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Holy blessings – thanks a lot for your excellent work, Nikos! The last two songs on the Life, Love & Living album just blows me away completely, love the gospel-style delivery. Amazing grace!

  • hecdolo
    Posted at 00:08h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    thanks, another great one

  • pedro
    Posted at 14:30h, 06 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for this didn’t think i’d get this one 3 time lucky top lp this stuff is all class

  • Alice Hughes
    Posted at 04:23h, 17 December 2008 Reply

    Trying to locate John Edwards rendition of “Christmas Song”

  • spc
    Posted at 01:11h, 28 January 2009 Reply

    Thank you for sharing these – I’d never before heard of John Edwards, and was amazed. My favourite post since that LP by Darell Banks! Really appreciate all the hard work that goes into this blog.

  • Claudio
    Posted at 05:50h, 03 March 2009 Reply

    Amazing music, thanks for sharing this!!!

  • A9
    Posted at 21:15h, 03 May 2009 Reply

    The 1976 lp has been a part of my collection since long time ago, the 1973 is even better. Thanks for sharing! Thanks also for mentioning the connection with the Spinners, which I hadn’t recognise. As I have a lot of records by the group, it was a pleasant surprise.

  • DBruce
    Posted at 04:54h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    How is John doing now? Since he left the spinners due to illness? Does any one know?
    I didn’t know about his career prior to the spinners. Thank you for the info. I am a true Spinners (John Edwards) fan.

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 03:24h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    This is funky!!!

  • troods
    Posted at 05:53h, 08 September 2009 Reply

    Sexy John Edwards, he was delicious. Thank you so much for reuniting me with the vinyls. Been a long time.

  • pigneguy
    Posted at 10:55h, 28 January 2010 Reply

    i left this in the U.K 12 years ago… fantastic !

  • jc
    Posted at 05:08h, 22 July 2010 Reply

    Is John Edward alright after his stroke. How can
    we email or send cards to him. I am a true undying
    fan. What a fabulous singers.

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  • brian
    Posted at 21:53h, 13 October 2010 Reply

    is john ok after his stroke? i hope so,please let me know how he is doing!!! bigtime spinners & john edwards fan

  • Sue
    Posted at 09:32h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    John this is Sue from Mpls. I have been looking for you, I miss you

  • Sue
    Posted at 09:36h, 01 July 2011 Reply

    would like to see you again I miss my friend, it’s been to long this time maybe the cross road is right,at this time,

  • Leona
    Posted at 18:48h, 15 August 2011 Reply

    John is just fine. He is now married and living in Atlanta, Ga.

    • Rick W.
      Posted at 04:33h, 11 October 2012 Reply

      Is this the same Leona that I know ? This is Rick W. , guitarist from the fun loving J.E.B. ! Lemme know wassup !

      • Leona
        Posted at 19:22h, 02 November 2012 Reply

        JR, we need to get in touch with each other. Would love to hear from you. I told John you had contacted me via this site.

  • Henrique
    Posted at 14:10h, 19 March 2012 Reply

    I miss him in the Spinners. Nobody else sings Working My Way Back To You like John.

  • Leona
    Posted at 18:38h, 15 October 2012 Reply

    Ricky… good to see your name. Would love to get in touch with you.

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