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David Peaston – We’re All In This Together (Remix)

Lost but not least! David Peaston – We’re All In This Together (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales We’re All Clubbing Mix) (Geffen)

“We’re all in this together. It’s up to us, we can make it better…” Strange as to how these few words seem to sadly remain so up to date in regards to the state of the world. With David Peaston‘s interpretation bringin’ the whole to a rare level of emotion.

A R&B song which David Morales and Frankie Knuckles got into another dimension on their remix. Just the way they did as a matter of fact speakin’ of Miles Jaye‘s ‘Heaven’. Therefore bridgin’ the gap with their House Music background. Meanwhile, the Club Mix with mixing work courtesy of New Jack Swing originator Teddy Riley stands among his best productions ever. Makin’ of the whole a valuable purchase…

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Saint Louis, M0 native David Peaston surely had one of the most beautiful voices of all time. Raised in a family of musicians, his mom, Martha Bass, was a member of Gospel band The Clara Ward Singers. Meanwhile his older sister, Fontella Bass, made herself a high reputation in the Soul circuit from the release of the classic ‘Rescue Me’ back in the mid-60’s…

David Peaston got straight to fame with the release of his debut-album – ‘Introducing…’ – along with producer Michael J. Powell. We were then at the early days of New Jack Swing. And no surprisingly Teddy Riley came to remix ‘Two Wrongs Don’t Make It Right’ and ‘We’re All In This Together’. Two of the boiling offshots from the album. Not to mention his emotional interpretation of ‘Can I?’. This was not any song as a matter of fact, but the first single ever by the likes of Eddie Kendricks back in 1964!
‘Introducing…’ got David Peaston to win a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist the year after. Meanwhile David Morales and Frankie Knuckles brilliantly remixed ‘We’re All In This Together’. Therefore signing one of their best reworks ever.

Touring with Gerald Alston in Europe and Gladys Knight in America, David Peaston switched to MCA in 1991. There, he delivered his second album (‘Mixed Emotions’). He then joined his sister and his mom on a Gospel album entitled ‘Promises: A Family Portrait Of Faith’ 2 years later.

Diagnosed with diabetes during that decade, he had his legs amputated back in 2004, forcing him to use prostheses. This didn’t get get him away from performing though and releasing a last album – ‘Song Book: Songs Of Soul & Inspiration’ – in 2006.

David Peaston sadly succumbed from complications of the disease in his hometown, on Feb. 01, 2012. He was 54.

– A quick typing – ‘Frankie Knuckles’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – David Morales. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.

A native New Yorker, Frankie Knuckles arrived right on time to witness the early stages of the nightclubbing and its music – Disco – in the Big Apple. Eventually hangin’ out with his friend, Larry Levan, before comin’ to play Disco, Soul and R&B jams at The Continental Baths and The Gallery.

Knuckles relocated to Chicago, IL by the second half of the 70’s. This after a friend of his by the likes of Robert Williams had opened a space that was to become The Warehouse. Eventually inviting him to play on a regular basis. There, he came with a blend of everything, from Disco classics to European electronic fueled sounds and Rock. The whole setting up the foundations as what was to become House Music by the middle of the 80’s. This along with the use of drum machines and samplers.

Knuckles made his thing in Chicago, eventually collaborating with Jamie Principle. But he also happened to join forces with David Morales and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.

All in all, on his own or along with either David Morales or Eric Kupper, Frankie Knuckles has remixed and produced over 600 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Beginning with blasts from the past such as My Mine‘s ‘Hypnotic Tango’ which he came to rework. But also Jago‘s quite sought after ‘I’m Going To Go’. Then Double Exposure‘s ‘My Love Is Free’ and Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’). Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on Swing Out Sister‘s ‘Notgonnachange’. The latter being an example of the demand he generated in the UK. From Tongue’N’Cheek‘s ‘Tomorrow’ to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Live Together’ and D*Note (‘D*Votion 99’). Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Change’ or Loose Ends‘Hangin’ On A String’).

Of course, Frankie Knuckles made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘Tears’ along with Satoshi Tomiie and Robert Owens. But also ‘And I Loved You’ featuring the same Tomiie and Arnold Jarvis. Both of them on FFRR. And how to not think of the burning ‘One Man’ by the likes of Chanelle back in 1989? Or Lil Louis feat. ChinahBlac‘s ‘Fable’??? With the same applying to Hercules & Love Affair‘s ‘Blind’. Then Sybil‘s ‘Let’s Yourself Go’. With the list to be incomplete without a mention to the Director’s Cut signature which he put together along with long time friend Eric Kupper.

And, just like David Morales, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Michael Jackson (‘Rock With You’). But also Chaka Khan (‘Ain’t Nobody’) and David Peaston (‘We’re All In This Together’). This in addition to The Gap Band (‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’) and Chanté Moore (‘This Time’). Then Toni Braxton (‘Un-Break My Heart’) and Womack & Womack (‘MPB’). Not to mention En Vogue‘s ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ or Will Downing‘s ‘A Love Supreme’…

Meanwhile, under his own banner, Knuckles also made quite an impression. Delivering his debut-album – ‘Beyond The Mix’ – back in 1991. And in the meantime one of his biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘The Whistle Song’. Eventually sharing the bill four years later with Jersey songstress Adeva on the ‘ Welcome To The Real World’ album. With his final album – ‘A New Reality’ – seeing the light back in 2004.

Frankie Knuckles sadly died on March 31, 2014 in Chicago, IL, of complications from diabetes. He was 59…

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