Paul Johnson, Loose Ends, Kenny Thomas, and Light Of The World, selected by Paul

20 06 2011

I’ve got four tracks from UK artists – well, actually the first one was born in New York

Paul Johnson ~ Every Kind Of People ~ CBS ~ 1988

Originally a hit for Robert Palmer in 1978 written by British rock musician Andy Fraser who, among many credits was in Free for a while and co-wrote All Right Now. New York born Paul Johnson had two albums with Sony and has since worked with Bryan Ferry, Stevie Wonder, Bros, Mica Paris, Juliet Roberts, Loose Ends, Al Green, Tom Robinson, Cliff Richard, George Michael, Soul II Soul and M People. Last heard of he was working in London as head of a department in an inner city college where he works with young people and adults who despite very difficult circumstances are attempting to improve their lives through accessing education.

Loose Ends ~ Slow Down ~ Virgin ~ 1986

Produced by Nick Martinelli, taken from their Zagora album, sounds a bit like Hangin On A String [part 2 – but it’s better than that. Number 1 on the US Hot Black singles chart, 49 on the Hot Dance Club play chart and a UK number 27

Kenny Thomas ~ Outstanding ~ Cooltempo ~ 1990

Originally a 1982 hit for The Gap Band and written by Gap Band member Raymond Calhoun, here’s London boy Kenny Thomas with his 1990 version of Outstanding on Cooltempo (the 12” has a rap by Black Sheep) UK number 12 – flippin’ brilliant!

Light Of The World ~ London Town ~ Ensign ~ 1980

Messers Wellington, McKreith, Babtiste, Bello, Johnson & Hinds with a Brit Funk classic. Especially to make our mate Pete from down under homesick.

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