Mon. Sep. 20, 2021

Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – How Do You Do

This Beat Is Mine! Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – How Do You Do (ABC Records)

“How Do You Do (we love you too)…” Man, I just can’t believe nearly 40 years since the release of this slammin’ Funk jam. And in the meantime that I’m about the same age! I just got to it from the collection of my dad who happened to be DJing at the time. I couldn’t believe the expression in his eyes when I offered him a promo copy of it which I’d got at some record fair. ‘How Do You Do’ happened to be one of his favs. And I have to say I still love the energy it’s spreading. In addition to it, I thought it would be quite acurate to send this to you after what you’ve been goin’ thru with your connection probs.

Big ups, guys and keep up the good work. I love your spirit and I’m surely not the only one!

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From Detroit, MI, Al Hudson (vocals), Kevin McCord (Bass) and Dave Roberson (guitar) started as the nucleus of Al Hudson & The Soul Partners in the mid-70’s. Together with additional musicians, they released a couple of singles on Atco before switching to ABC Records. There, they released 3 albums between 1977 and 1979. Scoring their biggest success from this period with ‘Spread Love’ and ‘How Do You Do’ from their second one (‘Spreading Love’).

With ABC being acquired by MCA at the time, the period happened to be quite confusing. As they released their last album – ‘Happy Feet’ – as Al Hudson & The Partners on ABC. Meanwhile MCA released their eponymous debut-album as One Way featuring Al Hudson. With both of them featuring the memorable ‘You Can Do It’ and a new singer by the likes of Alicia Myers. Then, a year later another album saw the light with the same title. Featuring ‘Copy This’ and the infectious ‘Do Your Thang’.

They released its follow-up – ‘Fancy Dancer’ – the year after, simply as One Way. Delivering gems such as the P-Funk ‘Pull Fancy Dancer / Pull’. Another album – ‘Love Is… One Way’ – followed that same year without generating a substancial following. Meanwhile, Alicia Myers left to pursue a solo career that would give birth to classics such as ‘I Want To Thank You’ and ‘You Get The Best From Me (Say, Say, Say)’.

One Way scored their biggest chart entry the year after with ‘Cutie Pie’, from their ‘Who’s Foolin’ Who’ album. The intoxicating ‘Can I’ saw the light later that year (in 1982) as a part of their ‘Wild Night’ album. Meanwhile their 1983 ‘Shine On Me’ album spanned its title track and the psychedlic ‘Let’s Get Together’. Other gems worth the mention comin’up during the following years. From the vocoderized ‘Mr Groove’ to the boling ‘You Better Quit’ from their 1986 ‘One Way IX’ album that would be their last for MCA.

Switching to Capitol 2 years later, they released ‘A New Beginning’ which featured the minor hit ‘Drive Me Crazy’. A final album – ‘One Way With Alicia Myers & Friends’ – seeing the light 5 years later on indie label Back To Back Records.

Detroit DJ/producer Scott Grooves bringing both Al Hudson and Dave Roberson to our memories. This while jammin’ with them on the swingin’ P-Funk ‘So Glad’ by the beginning of Autumn 2017.

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