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Post subject: Andre Williams' 45s - Label Scans & Production Work  PostPosted: Feb 22, 2008 - 04:50 AM
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Andre Williams is a very interesting character. He produced a lot of artists across a stack of labels. I'm not aware of any discographies that cover his production, only those that cover items that he released under his own name.

He seems to release more material with grungy rock bands than with soul artists these days or maybe I'm just missing something. Anybody pick any of that stuff up?

I'm going to whack some scans up of Williams' 45s and hopefully might see a few new items from others out there.

This is a favourite of mine and listed as his first from 1955 on the Fortune label.

I started a thread like this a while back but it was lost during the great crash of 2007.


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Williams produced one side of this 1966 release from Ric-Tic.

J.J. Barnes is a great soul vocalist and this has a very grimy groove to it.

Like Fortune, Ric-Tic is a Detroit label.
 
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This is a very, very, very groovy instrumental from 1965. With barely three minutes across two sides it's lucky that it's so damn good.

I don't really know anything about the Avin label.
 
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Not very dancey this one. Released by Ray Scott on the Checker label in 1970.

The 'Lily White" song is countryish in a wacky kind of way.

"The Prayer" is more like a funeral sermon. Except the funeral sermon is more like a curse against the governor.
 
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This history of The Five Dollars and Andre Williams at Fortune paints a rough picture of Williams. There is an angry reply posted by Williams linked at the end.

http://home.att.net/~marvart/5Dollars/5dollars.html
 
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Keep posting, I love Andre Williams. I have several of his 45's, though his Fortune stuff never turns up.

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Just noticed The Prayer was written by Red Foxx,wonder if it is the same Red Foxx as in Sanford & Son,whose real last name was believe it or not Sanford.
 
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I suspect it is the same Red Foxx. I think Ray Scott is a comedian, rather than a singer (per se), Foxx was probably an associate.
 
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This 45, featuring 'Jail Bait', is almost a cult item and revered by grunge rockers throughout the decades. A classic of sleazy, dirty R & B, it was released on the Fortune label in 1957. Williams performs a sort of proto-rap over a simple R & B backing track.

The flip 'My Tears' is a very nice doo-wop style ballad. It is rumoured that Williams doesn't feature on the track.
 
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A lot of awesome soul was released on the Golden World label, not least of which is my holy grail 'Heart Trouble' by The Parliaments.

As far as I know Williams was only involved in one 45 on the label and that is this one credited to Gino Parks from 1966. 'Talkin' About My Baby' is a decent slice of mid-tempo soul. The flip 'My Sophisticated Lady' is a bit saccharine compared to most of Williams' output.

Golden World had a sister label called Wingate. Both were run by Ed Wingate and Williams also released some work on that label. The labels both feature similar graphics, although Wingate is Red.

Williams and Parks also released an earlier 45 together on Fortune by the name of 'Put A Chain On It'. A 45 for which I am on the hunt and one of my favourite of Williams' early releases.

Parks also released material under the name Gino Purifoy.

The label is a litttle on the rough side for this one, the vinyl is nice though.
 
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