Classics: Freddie Jackson – Crazy For Me (The Done Properly Mix) (Capitol)
Produced by Barry J. Eastmond (Billy Ocean) and taken from his 1988 released ‘Don’t Let Love Slip Away’ album. ‘Crazy For Me’ is most likely his grooviest jam. Given a remix by NYC House production pair Cole & Clivilles (C & C Music Factory) who gave it an infectious early House feel.
Crazy for it!
– A native of Harlem, NYC, Freddie Jackson got trained as a Gospel singer from an early age. Singin’ at the White Rock Baptist Church of Harlem where he met Paul Laurence Jones who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. With both of them eventually writing for luminaries such as Lillo Thomas or Howard Johnson among others.
Among the first traces of him, the recording of the obscure ‘Ain’t Got Time’ along with Ednah Holt as Holt’45 on Sutra Records back in 1980. Then Jackson soon after joined Mystic Merlin as their lead singer. This resulting in the release of the 1982 ‘Full Moon’ album featuring the highly sought after ‘Mr. Magician’ and the unmissable altough unsung ‘Full Moon Rising’. Eventually singing back up for Melba Moore. With the latter being of a precious help to get him to sign a record deal.
Jackson finally made his solo debut back in 1985 with the ‘Rock Me Tonight’ album on Capitol. From then, he would establish himself as a solid contender. Competing for supremacy in the R&B scene, along with the late Luther Vandross and Alexander O’ Neal. Meanwhile showing a rare prowess as a balladeer. This resulting in smoothies such as ‘Rock Me Tonight’ and ‘You Are My Lady’. But also ‘Have You Ever Loved Somebody’ and the Quite Stormy ‘Do Me Again’. Even though he made the proof as to how he could groove too on ‘Nice ‘N Slow’. Not to mention the memorable ‘Crazy For Me’.
Years have gone since this flourishing period for him. But Jackson has always managed to come up with quality material from a decade to another. 2014 seeing him makin’ his debut for Climax Entertainment with ‘Love & Satisfaction’. Then eventually releasing its follow-up – ‘One Night’ – by the beginning of May 2017. Then ‘Without You’ in April 2018. With an album – ‘Love Signals’ – still in the pipeline…
– Robert Clivillés… A name that should still ring a bell for many of you. And more precisely as one of the 2 C’s of C+C Music Factory along with the late David Cole. Two guys who most likely pioneered the era of production pairs in the history of House Music. This along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. And of course, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. Meanwhile turning themselves into an impressive hit machine in the second half of the 80’s.
A New York City native of a Puerto-Rican descent, Robert Manuel Clivillés met David Bryon Cole in 1985. Back then, the latter was working as a DJ at the Better Days club. The twosome became friends and soon after started working together, eventually releasing ‘Do It Properly!’ 2 years after. A track which they put out as 2 Puerto Ricans (Clivillés and David Morales), A Blackman (David Cole) And A Dominican (Chep Nuñez). With a follow-up – ‘Scandalous’ – seeing the light in 1989.
From then, the 2 C’s would release an impressive string of gems under various guises. From simply Clivillés & Cole to The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.. Not to mention The 28th Crew among others. This in addition to countless remixes for luminaries such as Natalie Cole (‘Pink Cadillac’) and Freddie Jackson (‘Crazy For Me’). But also Aretha Franklin And Whitney Houston (‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’) to name but a very few.
Robert Clivillés and David Cole would nevertheless score their biggest success under the C+C Music Factory banner though. From the firing ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ to ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmmm’. In addition to ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ and ‘Do You Get Funky’. If not the underrated ‘Share That Beat Of Love’.
Everything went brutally to an end after the passing of David Cole on Jan. 24, 1995 at the age of 32. With the news of his death getting to me when on my way back home from Cannes’ MIDEM. I soon after heard he died from complications of spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS.
Robert Clivillés eventually reformed C+C Music Factory back in 2010 with Eric Kupper. They released two singles since then. Beginning with ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014 and ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017 with remixing work featuring Louie Vega.
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