Tuesday, June 02, 2009

One for the late night crew (or is it five?)-Curtis Mayfield and....

I'm not ashamed to say that the first time I heard this groove back in the day was on Mary J Blige's huge "Be Happy" track, a biggie for me at the time. But i soon fell in love with the original, by Curtis Mayfield, a track i initially used have trouble mixing as their is a nick on the start of the 7" vinyl I have. I soon got different copies and also found a lessor known version by Junior English, posted below. The Mary J Blige track leads to another story, of a classic Keith Murray assisted remix, using the ubiquitous "Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all" groove from Jimmy Spicer.

Curtis Mayfield

Junior English

Mary J Blige

and the classic remix


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