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This now exists: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
August 21, 2013, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul, Forte, Newsworthy

Forte Slip

In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown’s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor’s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She’d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK’s death, and she’d lived the life, despite its rigors—to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including “I’ve Lived The Life” and “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear,” which made national rounds in 1972. By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who’d stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago’s RCA studios on “Baby Be Good.” In ’68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding “Give Me Love.” Progressing in the middle ’70s, Everyday People got “Super Black” on Forte’s pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco-funk with Sharon Revoal’s “Reaching for Our Star.”

Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman’s work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans detailing all iterations of Forte’s logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike—though what moves “The Hen” required remains anyone’s guess.

Compact disc:

1. Gene Williams – Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
2. Lee Harris – I’m Gonna Get Your Thing
3. Tear Drops – I’m Gonna Get You
4. Louis Chachere – The Hen Part 1
5. The Fantasticks – Cry Night And Day
6. Marva W Taylor – I’ve Lived The Life
7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Mini Mini Afro Twist
8. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – I’ll Never Be Satisfied
9. The Rayons – You Confuse Me Baby
10. The Four Darlings – Baby Your Love Is Amazing
11. Lee Harris – Lookin’ Good
12. Marva Whitney – Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear
13. Gene Williams – Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
14. Everyday People – Is It Really That Bad
15. The Rayons – Baby Be Good
16. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – All Along I’ve Loved You
17. Lee Harris – I’ve Got To Have Somebody’s Love
18. Everyday People – Super Black
19. James Whitney – With Fun In My Life
20. Sharon Revoal – Reaching For Our Star
21. Marva W Taylor – Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)

Long playing double album:

A1. Gene Williams – Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
A2. Lee Harris – I’m Gonna Get Your Thing
A3. Tear Drops – I’m Gonna Get You
A4. Louis Chachere – The Hen Part 1
A5. The Fantasticks – Cry Night And Day
A6. Marva W Taylor – I’ve Lived The Life
A7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Mini Mini Afro Twist
B1.Tony Ashley & the Delicates – I’ll Never Be Satisfied
B2. The Rayons – You Confuse Me Baby
B3. The Four Darlings – Baby Your Love Is Amazing
B4. Lee Harris – Lookin’ Good
B5. Marva Whitney – Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear
B6: Gene Williams – Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
B7. Everyday People – Is It Really That Bad
C1. The Rayons – Baby Be Good
C2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – All Along I’ve Loved You
C3. Lee Harris – I’ve Got To Have Somebody’s Love
C4. Everyday People – Super Black
C5. James Whitney – With Fun In My Life
C6. Sharon Revoal – Reaching For Our Star
C7. Marva W Taylor – Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
D1. Four Darlings – Give Me Love
D2. Unknown Artist – Dearest Lover
D3. Fantasticks – Live And Let Live
D4. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Ya Gotta Be Doing It
D5. Lee Harris – Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
D6. Tear Drops – Don’t Fade Away
D7. Marva Whitney & Ellis “Gripey” Taylor – We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

You can go ahead order either format (or digital download) here. 


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how are the artists who are dead or no longer performing get compensated? at what percentage? and or their families, estate etc? thanks

Comment by necia gamby

All recordings are licensed from the copyright holder and every effort is made to track down songwriters and performers for remuneration. If either comes out of the woodwork at a later date, we provide a full accounting and pay what is due pr the terms of their original recording agreement or generate a new agreement.

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