Sam Dees – 1975 – The Show Must Go On
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One of the best 70s SOUL LPs – killer soul from start to finish.
Sam Dees is one of the best under-rated soul artists & singer/songwriters of the 70’s, he recorded for SSS, Chess, Atlantic & Polydor.
“The Show Must Go On” is one of the forgotten pearls in soul music.
Only a few people seem to know or own this album which is only available on vinyl. If you should come across this remarkable record containing deep and well-arranged soul, buy it.
A1. Child Of The Streets 6.15
A2. The Show Must Go On 3.25
A3. Come Back Strong 3.03
A4. Just Out Of Reach 3.39
A5. Claim Jumpin’ 2.50
B1. Troubled Child 3.45
B2. What’s It Gonna Be 4.45
B3. Worn Out Broken Heart 3.19
B4. Good Guys 3.17
B5. So Tied Up 3.49
Incredible soul music from one of the unsung greats of the 70s! Sam Dees’ only album for Atlantic, The Show Must Go On, is one of our best-selling rare originals, when we manage to get it! If you’re one of the lucky few who’ve got a copy, you’ll know that he’s got an excellent style of soul that mixes a deep soul style with sort of a Chicago style, for a very unique sound.
(Dusty Groove America)
AT SIX FOOT FOUR and two-hundred-plus pounds, Sam Dees is a soul giant in more ways than one. One of black America’s premier songsmiths, he also cut the classic, maddeningly hard-to-find Atlantic album The Show Must Go On (1975), a sampler of sublime ballads like ‘Worn Out Broken Heart’ and funky Southern smessage songs like ‘Claim Jumpin’’. A rare chance for this stellar Alabaman writer to get his own voice heard.
At the age of 9, already champion of several singing contests, he founded his own vocal group, the “Bossanovians”. As a teenager he traveled to perform and, in 1968 he recorded his first single at Nashville, Tennessee’s SSS International. He put out his next few singles on Birmingham-based Lolo Records. At the same time he was beginning to earn respect as a writer and producer. Chess Records producer Lenny Sachs gave him an opportunity to self-produce two singles on the Chess label, which Dees recorded in a former church in Birmingham. From there he began recording for Atlantic, which released his landmark album The Show Must Go On in 1975.
Since then, Dees recording career moved to the back burner while he wrote hits for other singers, such as “Am I Dreaming” (Atlantic Starr), “One in a Million You” (Larry Graham), “Save the Overtime (For Me)” (Gladys Knight), “Love All the Hurt Away” (George Benson and Aretha Franklin), and “Lover for Life” (Whitney Houston).
Artists performing Sam’s compositions are Whitney Houston (4 albums), Gladys Knight and the Pips (5 albums), Atlantic Starr (7 albums), Tyrone Davis (7 albums), Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Gerald Alston, Regina Belle, George Benson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Manhattans (5 albums), L.T.D. (4 albums), Teddy Pendergrass, Jackie Wilson, The Brothers Johnson, Loleatta Holloway, Keisa Brown, Ace Cannon, Clarence Carter, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Margie Joseph, Frederick Knight, Denise LaSalle, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Dorothy Moore, Sandra Hall, Willie Clayton, Enchantment, Bobby Patterson, Billy Scott, Arnold McCuller, Ted Taylor, Benjy Myaz, Ol Skool, William “Doc” Powell, Don Diego and many others.