Thu. Oct. 21, 2021

Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You)

Classics: Bunny Sigler – By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You) (Gold Mind Records)

By the way you dance. But did you know that was him? Here we go with one of the biggest contributors to the Philadelphia Sound and its label (Philadelphia International Records). A man who’s been working working with artists such as The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Lou Rawls. But also First Choice, Double Exposure and Linda Clifford among many others… Bunny Sigler eventually switched to Norman Harris‘s Gold Mind label back in the second half of the seventies. A subsidiary of Salsoul Records where he also met success along with his backing band, Instant Funk

The opening cut and, in the meantime, the highlight from his 1979 ‘I’ve Always Wanted To Sing… Not Just Write Songs’ album… ‘By The Way You Dance (I Knew It Was You)’ saw him takin’ the floors by storm back then. This while evolving at the crossroad between a Disco/Funk and Hi-Energy.

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A native of Philadelphia, PA, Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler released his debut-single – ‘Hold On’ – at the age of 18 on V-Tone Records with writing work courtesy of Don Covay and John Berry. Then, 2 years later, local DJ Cannonball eventually signed him on Craig Records. There, he released ‘Come On Home’ as the flipside of ‘I Won’t Cry’. A song which earned him the nickmame ‘Mr Emotion’. He first met Gamble & Huff back in 1965. Initially working with Leon Huff, he released ‘Girl Don’t Make Me Wait’ the year after on Parkway. Scoring soon after his first significant hit with a cover version of Shirley & Lee‘s ‘Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good’.

By the beginning of the 70’s, Bunny Sigler teamed up with Gamble & Huff as staff writer/producer for the Neptune label. Then soon after for Philadelphia International Records. From then, he collaborated with most of the artists asociated to the Philly stable. From Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to Lou Rawls, Billy Paul and The O’Jays. Meanwhile, as an artist on his own, he released ‘That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You’. But also did an outstanding cover version of The O’Jays‘ ‘Love Train’ in 1974. Then, although he kept on writing and producing for PIR, he signed as an artist on Norman Harris‘s ‘Gold Mind Records in 1977.

There he delivered boiling gems such as ‘Let Me Party With You’, as a sort of answer to Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got To Give It Up’. But also ‘By The Way You Dance’. Eventually duetting with Loleatta Holloway on the smooth ‘Only You’. Then with Barbara Mason the year after on ‘Love Song / Locked In This Position’ on Curtom.

Bunny Sigler has also written and / or produced for a myriad of artists. From Jackie Moore to Linda Clifford, The Whispers, First Choice, Double Exposure and Chaka Khan to name a few. Meanwhile, he also contributed as a member of Instant Funk, a group mostly remembered for gems such as ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’, ‘Body Shine’ and ‘Everybody’ on Salsoul Records.

His last album – ‘When You’re In Love At Christmas Time’ – saw the light back in 2013.

Sigler sadly died of a heart attack at his Philadelphia-area home on Oct. 06, 2017, at the age of 76.

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