The Ebonys – 1976 – Sing About Life

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One of two albums ever cut by The Ebonys – a consistently great group from the 70s, as is testified by their constant popularity in our racks! The quartet had a 3 man/1 woman harmony sound that was very hip – often applied to righteous themes worked out in a heavy soul model, and which sounded just as great on the ballads as it did on their midtempo dancefloor numbers. This second album’s slightly less sublime than their first one, but it’s filled with loads of nice cuts, and has some great production and arrangements from Tony Camillo.

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A1. One Thing On My Mind 3.37
A2. A Love Of Your Own 5.04
A3. Neighborhood Gossip 3.44
A4. Mr. Me, Mrs. You 3.46
A5. If You’re In Need 3.41
B1. (I’ll Know) When True Love Really Passes By 3.36
B2. Sing About Life 3.02
B3. Waiting For The Last Goodbye 4.31
B4. Nobody But You 3.22
B5. Laughing 4.39

Another ’70s soul group whose commercial track record doesn’t do its music justice, the Ebonys made gripping, dramatic ballads that no soul fan undervalues. On the Philadelphia International label during an era when they routinely cranked out transcendent, genre-smashing hits, this New Jersey vocal group started in 1968. Jenny Holmes, David Beasley, James Tuten, and Clarence Vaughan formed the lineup, and Leon Huff discovered them. They scored their first hit with “You’re the Reason Why” a number ten R&B single in 1971. Their greatest song, “It’s Forever” appeared in 1973; it only reached number 14. That was their last hit; their other Philadelphia International singles were often nicely done, but commercial flops

The Ebonys’ second LP (the first was on Philadelphia International) doesn’t have the highs of the Gamble & Huff production, but it doesn’t have the lows, namely “Sexy Ways” and “Hook Up and Get Down” either. Their only Buddah hit “Makin’ Love Ain’t No Fun” charted at number 83 in 1976 but didn’t make this party for some inexplicable reason. The label did, however, include that song’s successor, “Neighborhood Gossip” which made some club noise but didn’t chart. There’s some heavy soul wailing on “If You’re in Need” and “Mr. Me, Mrs. You” which producer Tony Camillo did again with Creme D’Cocoa; Jennifer Holmes, who co-leads it here, did the same on the Creme D’Cocoa version, a group whose lineup included Holmes and three former Ambassadors (“I Really Love You”). The other Ebonys were David Beasley, James Tuten, and Clarence Vaughn. Also contained here is a torchy rendition of Average White Band’s “A Love of Your Own“.

You can also listen to their debut album in our back pages here.

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  • eric R
    Posted at 22:52h, 08 May 2011 Reply

    Downloading this based on the preview and pretty much everything else I’ve got from here.
    This blog has changed my musical world and therefore my life and there’s still so much I haven’t listened to, artists like Lou Bond, True Reflection and FBI have become part of the fabric of my existence here on this planet!
    Massive thanks for the effort you put into this site.

  • Raphy
    Posted at 23:27h, 08 May 2011 Reply

    I personally don’t know of this LP, but this Group Is one of my faVorites.. Thanks

    Big [email protected]!

  • Simon666
    Posted at 01:06h, 09 May 2011 Reply

    Excellent, thanks guys 🙂

  • Paul
    Posted at 11:53h, 09 May 2011 Reply

    Brilliant. Thanks Mr.Moo and Nikos.

  • Zoi
    Posted at 18:32h, 09 May 2011 Reply

    This looks very cool…and if my gut is right, this will become a new favorite. I’m not familiar with the band, but I soon will be. Thanks.

  • rich
    Posted at 20:31h, 09 May 2011 Reply

    thanx nikos and mr. moo great album

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:32h, 10 May 2011 Reply

    A new band to me.Very much looking forward to this. Thanks.

  • Alice
    Posted at 19:06h, 10 May 2011 Reply

    Great blog !
    I used to get some maaaaarvelous Funky music in here!
    I come back after a short break and it’s still on on the top!
    Thank you so much. Keep on.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 01:17h, 11 May 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this one. Loved their self titled album you posted a couple years back. Can’t wait to hear this one.

  • Fernando
    Posted at 08:46h, 11 May 2011 Reply

    Otro excelente aporte sobre musica soul, muchas gracias!

  • hooch
    Posted at 13:53h, 11 May 2011 Reply

    Many thanks – lovely LP!

  • Tako
    Posted at 18:29h, 11 May 2011 Reply

    thanx, i wanna listen it when i free from work)

  • Geoff
    Posted at 18:47h, 11 May 2011 Reply

    Many thanks for all the gems I find
    on your super blog!!

  • Henry
    Posted at 08:21h, 12 May 2011 Reply

    thanks for keeping your blog going. its very informative.
    peace and music

  • Phil
    Posted at 11:05h, 12 May 2011 Reply

    New to me but sounds good. Many thanks

  • Peter
    Posted at 20:46h, 12 May 2011 Reply

    THANK YOU! I have this vinyl, but I bought it used, and terribly scratched. Always wanted a better copy. Great music!

  • Harry
    Posted at 08:47h, 13 May 2011 Reply

    Great stuff. Simply love the pickings in this blog.

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 11:56h, 13 May 2011 Reply

    Haven’t been here in a while; love this album. Thanks for posting.

  • Helen
    Posted at 18:19h, 13 May 2011 Reply

    Thanks a bunch…been looking for this!

  • David
    Posted at 09:40h, 14 May 2011 Reply

    Wow! I never heard any of The Ebonys other than “it’s forever”. Much Thanks For This!!

  • Berthold
    Posted at 13:52h, 14 May 2011 Reply

    Much love from Berlin.

  • John
    Posted at 11:00h, 15 May 2011 Reply

    thanks, i was always aware of this but never heard it, and its quite good !

  • Seth
    Posted at 10:45h, 16 May 2011 Reply

    Thank you for this album. Excellent stuff and a joy to hear.

  • Paul
    Posted at 11:46h, 17 May 2011 Reply

    Those were the days…Thanks.

  • daptweezy
    Posted at 05:43h, 18 May 2011 Reply





  • mike
    Posted at 21:44h, 17 June 2011 Reply

    this blog is honestly like digital gold

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:14h, 30 July 2011 Reply

    thanks for this one nikos and mr moo

  • sus
    Posted at 01:21h, 04 March 2014 Reply

    Great work. Thanks from the UK!

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