Tamiko Jones – 1968 – I’ll Be Anything For You

Tamiko Jones 1968 I'll Be Anything For You front

Barbara Tamiko Ferguson was born in 1945, one of ten children, in Kyle, West Virginia, USA.
So exotic in her features, ethnically she might be described as multi-racial: her father was an African-American and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Arma Dalton – who used to live in Charleston – was partly of Japanese descent. Mrs. Dalton’s parents, now deceased, were nisei. Because of her Japanese background, Mrs. Dalton at one time lived in a federal internment camp on the West Coast during World War II. The extreme versatility of Tamiko’s singing is readily appreciated in considering her own musical background. She was raised in Detroit and, while working as a secretary, she auditioned for a talent agency and made her professional debut in 1961 at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit, a room that earlier showcased such talents as Johnnie Ray and Della Reese

Tracks
A1 I’ll Be Anything For You 2:45
A2 Goodnight, My Love 2:35
A3 Where Are They Now? 2:45
A4 Cottage For Sale 2:45
A5 Black Is Black 2:55
A6 Try It Baby 3:15
B1 This Time Tomorrow 2:40
B2 Please Return Your Love To Me 2:00
B3 Peace Of Mind 2:50
B4 I’ve Got My Eyes On You 2:40
B5 Suddenly 2:40
B6 Ya Ya 2:10

Tamiko Jones 1968 I'll Be Anything For You back

She began her recording career on the Checker label in 1963; her first release, credited simply as Timiko, was the happy-go-lucky song “Is It a Sin?” written by Richard “Popcorn” Wylie backed with “The Boy For Me” written by Robert Bateman on the flip side.
By 1964, Timiko became Tamiko and she relocated to the Atco Records imprint releasing the single “Don’t Laugh If I Cry at Your Party” backed with “Rhapsody”. Both tracks were also released in France as side A of a 7″ split EP coupled with two songs by Angela Martin on side B.

In July 1966 she briefly moved to the Golden World label and released her third single offering “I’m Spellbound” on side A and “Am I Glad Now” on side B. The single was produced by Gene Redd who wrote the tunes along with Rose Marie McCoy, Jimmy Crosby and a certain Mike Jones.
During the same year Tamiko also appeared as an extra in a few movies, namely “Penelope”, “You’re a Big Boy Now” and “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.

Tamiko’s career saw some elevation when she signed with Atlantic in late 1966. She teamed up with label mate Herbie Mann and released a single offering “A Man and a Woman”, the theme song from the film of the same name composed by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh, backed with “Sidewinder”, a composition by Lee Morgan which has become a jazz standard nowadays.

Many different versions of “A Man and a Woman” were recorded around this time by different artists, but only the Jones / Mann rendition made the best-selling charts.

«The first Herbie Mann / Tamiko Jones collaboration was a brilliant rendition of the attractive title tune from the French movie “A Man and a Woman”. That recording, released in the fall of 1966, helped make “A Man and a Woman” one of the most popular movie themes of the year. The union of Herbie Mann and Tamiko Jones started almost fortuitously at the Atlantic Recording Studios in New York. Herbie heard Tamiko singing in the studio one afternoon and was so taken by her warm, sensuous jazz-pop styling that he stayed throughout her entire rehearsal. When it was over he asked if she would like to record with him.»

The album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro during three sessions between September and December 1966, and was published by Atlantic in February 1967. It consists of ten songs with musical backgrounds provided by both the Cannonball Adderley Trio and Herbie Mann’s Band, mostly arranged by Joe Zawinul and Jimmy Wisner.

One more single was culled from the album, with side A offering a cover of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” paired on the flip side with “A Good Thing (Is Hard To Come By)”, a Tamiko’s own composition.

Tamiko Jones - I'll Be Anything For You - Inner Gatefold

A few months after the successful release of “A Mann and a Woman”, Tamiko was signed by Jimmy Wisner’s new label December Records. As far as I know, the label didn’t last long and its output consisted mostly of the Tamiko Jones releases and a few more items…
The first Tamiko’s single on the label was released in September, and offered her rendition of “You Only Live Twice”, the theme song to the James Bond movie of the same name, coupled with a cover of Aretha Franklin‘s “Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream”.
Another single followed towards the end of the year; Side A featured a cover of the BacharachDavid tune “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, originally performed by Dionne Warwick, while Side B offered the exclusive “Pearl”, a song written by Tamiko herself and Wisner.
Two more singles were released as promotional items but were not distributed to the public; the first one included “Live For Life”, an English adptation of the song originally written by Francis Lai for the soundtrack of the French movie “Vivre pour vivre”, coupled with “You Only Live Twice” on the flip side, while the second featured “Someone To Light Up My Life” and “Where Do I Go From Here”.

Smartly arranged with a Bossa Nova flavour, probably as an attempt to repeat the exploit of “A Mann and a Woman”, the “Tamiko” album was released on December Records in February 1968 and is featured in another post here on Stereo Candies.
During the first half of 1968, Tamiko signed with A&M, and between June and September she was busy recording her second solo album at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis and at Van Gelder Studios. “I’ll Be Anything For You“, the subject of this post, was released later that year on CTI which at the time was still an A&M imprint. Among others, the album featured Solomon Burke, Bernard Purdie and Richard Tee, and marked a change of direction in Tamiko’s career…

Tamiko Jones 1968 I'll Be Anything For You Label A

 

The dozen songs in the album begin with the vibrant “I’ll Be Anything For You“, written by Bobby Hebb, the author of “Sunny“. This and many of the Memphis sides are enhanced by arranger Teacho Wiltshire‘s subtle use of strings. Note the especially engaging low string figures he uses throughout “I’ll Be Anything For You“. In 1970 Hebb included the song in his own album entitled “Love Games” (posted on FMS).

The next tune, “Goodnight, My Love“, perhaps more than any other side in the album illustrates the driving intensity of the Memphis Sound, with Tamiko’s singing riding above the band with real conviction.

Where Are They Now?“, written by Brad Praich and Py Whitney, has almost a country and western feel to it, with Tamiko providing a plaintive rendition of the lyric. This song was also released as the flip side of the “Ya Ya” single (A&M 956) and as Side A of another single backed with “Please Return Your Love To Me” (A&M 1016).

Cottage For Sale” is Tamiko’s favorite side in the album and understandably so. Her treatment of this ballad is immediately reminiscent of the fine old standards recorded in the late ’50s by Dinah Washington. The song has a long story, with artists from a variety of genres creating many notable recordings; in 1930 it was an hit for The Revelers vocal quartet, while Frank Sinatra recorded a popular version in 1959.

Black Is Black” is a personal favourite of mine and one of the highlight of the album. The original version by Los Bravos, a Spanish beat group, was a hit in 1966 and sold over one million copies worldwide.

Try it Baby” also brings to mind Dinah Washington and the memorable duets she recorded with Brook Benton. Tamiko’s singing partner on this song is Solomon Burke, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the ’60s: incidentally he was Tamiko’s boyfriend at the the time this album was recorded… Tamiko opens by giving her side of the story, with Solomon underlining her statements and then giving his version. The intrinsic humor of the song, written by Berry Gordy, Jr., is perfectly portrayed by Tamiko and Solomon as soloists and in tandem.

Tamiko Jones 1968 I'll Be Anything For You Label B

Side B starts with voices backing Tamiko’s lusty rendition of “This Time Tomorrow“; the song swings comfortably, led by Richard Tee’s driving organ playing as a foundation.

Please Return Your Love To Me” features once again Solomon Burke, this time as a backing vocalist; the song had been a hit for The Temptations just a few months before.

Peace of Mind“, written by Nick Woods, has both a jazz and gospel undercurrent to it as sung by Tamiko. The song was originally recorded by Nina Simone earlier the same year.

I’ve Got My Eyes On You” is a popular song by Jackie Rae and Les Reed, it offers an unusual sound courtesy of Don Sebesky‘s combination of cellos and violas which perfectly underscores the pathos of the song. The chamber music feel is both brooding and yet at the same time lively and sparkling the way Tamiko, and the vocal chorus supporting her, interpret it.

The lively “Suddenly” was penned by Solomon Burke and originally performed by him as flip side of the “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” single in 1966.

Ya Ya“, the famous Lee Dorsey song, moves out of its teenybopper musical image through the decidedly polished and assured manner with which Tamiko approaches it. The band, conducted by Artie Butler, really walls behind her on this version and shows the apparent enjoyment felt by both musicians and singer in working together; it is characteristic of the feeling that seems to pervade throughout the album. The song was also released as a single (A&M 956) in July 1968 backed with the quiet “Goodnight, My Love“.

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21 Comments
  • Q7
    Posted at 12:08h, 30 March 2017 Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Excellent write up.

  • Kaela Howard
    Posted at 16:29h, 30 March 2017 Reply

    I had never heard of Tamiko Jones, until fifteen minutes ago.
    My life just got a little bit better.
    She is awesome.

  • The Candyman
    Posted at 17:08h, 30 March 2017 Reply

    What’s the point in taking my post – which is still available on my blog – and copy half of it in a “new” post on your blog?

    What about asking my opinion BEFORE doing it rather than simply link the original at the top of “your” post?

    As far as I always appreciated your blog, you really made a faux pas acting the way you did.

    I couldn’t download the RAR file you’re offering: does that include MY remastering too?

    IF that is the case, such remastering is still available on my blog, so I’ll ask you again: WHAT’S THE POINT?

    My blog is free from ads and donation requests, what I do is based only on my love of music. I don’t want to earn a penny from it so I DON’T WANT THAT MY WORK IS SHARED ON BLOGS THAT FEATURE ADVERTISMENTS AND ASK FOR MONEY: IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH?

    God, I’m speechless…

  • Nikos
    Posted at 19:57h, 30 March 2017 Reply

    I feel i should apologize if I insulted by any means. We share the same love for music.

    It never crossed my mind that I needed your approval to post your review.

    I’ve been running this blog for 9 years and every link and review of mine ( a very hard work to turn vinyl into mp3 as you know) is used every where without any permission and most importantly without been mentioned. Good or bad, this is how it goes. I realised that from the day I got involved into this.

    I really love your work and I respect what you do. That’s why I used the best review I found on the web for this album. It was so accurate and complete that couldn’t be described better from me or anyone else.. I thought that nowdays to mention your name at the beggining of the post and furthermore to link your blog so as to be known to everyone, was the right think to acknowledge your work.

    No the link is not yours.

    This is not a profit blog my dear CundyMan. Those commercials help me to maintain this blog alive (admin, server, premiun accounts etc..) so any music lover and the new generation can enjoy those forgotten gems of the past. I never posted any new album or compilations so I can gain easy money. Can you imagine more than 800 albums alive???

    I respect the artists and their legacy. No one has ever complained to me and even a lot of the artists themselves or members of their families have made favourable comments on the posts. No records companies ever asked me to remove any link or post. They understand that this is a special place.

    My passion and the love I receive keeps this blog alive.

    I love to share my knowledge and my collection!!! I FEEL HONOUR to share it with everyone through THIS BLOG or ANY BLOG/SITE AROUND with or witout mention me.

    I JUST CURRY THE LOVE AROUND!!!!!!!

    • The Candyman
      Posted at 22:47h, 30 March 2017 Reply

      You don’t seem to understand: WHAT IS THE POINT to take my post, cut away some parts and repost it here?

      The post is available on my blog in its original and complete form since more than three years, I would understand if you had taken it and enriched with more information or re-elaborated it to express your views or appreciation, but YOU DIDN’T ADD ANYTHING TO IT, WASN’T MY ORIGINAL POST ENOUGH?

      Please, don’t talk to me about HONOUR, LOVE and so on, your use of rethoric won’t help, just answer the question: WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 23:06h, 30 March 2017 Reply

    I surely do not intent to contradict with you. If you feel so insulted I could simply remove it. Let’s ended it here.

    • The Candyman
      Posted at 23:50h, 30 March 2017 Reply

      OK, no answer then, I see…

      If you really need to have my writing included here, then please delete that “Review by The Candyman” on top of the post: as I wrote earlier I don’t want to be associated with advertisement banners and other similar stuff.

  • Matrix
    Posted at 09:23h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    Definitely you have the best site, I haven’t seen any other like it and I been following your blog for along time now.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:25h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    Don’t know much about this artist but compelled to give it a try.
    Many thanks

  • Damien Lewis
    Posted at 10:30h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    thank you guys so fucking much for your dedication.
    much appreciated.

  • Remi
    Posted at 11:23h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    A case of respect to Tamiko and also to you my friend. Beautiful.

  • Vicky
    Posted at 18:42h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    I just stumbled upon this blog. Thank you for posting such treasure. I’m entranced.

  • Phill
    Posted at 22:31h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    A sadly missed era…

  • Gary
    Posted at 23:04h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    She’s CLASS itself. My Fav blog by far. Thnks Nick.

  • Sebastian
    Posted at 23:18h, 31 March 2017 Reply

    Underrated. Nice gatefold cover too,

  • John Graham
    Posted at 09:39h, 01 April 2017 Reply

    when songs you grew up on finally apply to you

  • Adelino
    Posted at 10:18h, 01 April 2017 Reply

    My kind of music ..love love

  • Gigi
    Posted at 00:49h, 02 April 2017 Reply

    Complimenti per il dolcissimo e bellissimo LP

  • AnotherSoulover
    Posted at 16:01h, 02 April 2017 Reply

    Thanks for keeping the music alive, been in love with this site, keep up the good work.
    Can you please post more 60’s groups? Love from Amsterdam.

  • Freddie
    Posted at 21:39h, 02 April 2017 Reply

    Congrats for your work and willingness to share soulful music with us.

  • American
    Posted at 09:28h, 03 April 2017 Reply

    This is needed music. Thank God it’s still with us.

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