Most Wanted: Gary’s Gang – Let’s Lovedance Tonight (SAM Records/Columbia)
Wondering where DJ Pope & Marc Evans‘s familiar sound on their recent ‘Do You Remember’ is comin’ from? Don’t look any further as here we have the answer… I eventually wonder how/why no one has thought of it before… To the exception of Soulsearcher back in 1999 on the memorable ‘Can’t Get Enough’! This most likely being the reason why ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’ appeared all of a sudden on everyone’s want list on eBay at the time.
Not as famous as ‘Keep On Dancin”, ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’ stands nevertheless to me as Gary’s Gang‘s best cut ever. And, in the meantime, one of the definitive highlights from Sam Weiss‘s SAM Records label. Therefore belonging to an impressive list of essential cuts. From John Davis & The Monster Orchestras ‘Love Magic’ to Convertion‘s ‘Let’s Do It‘. Not to mention Rhyze‘s ‘I Found Love In You’. Or K.I.D.‘s ‘Hupendi Muziki Wangu?’ to name fa few. Meanwhile cleverly blending Disco, Jazz and Pop vibes…
All roads seems to be leading to Rome. With Gary’s Gang recording what would be their biggest classic ever – ‘Keep On Dancin” – in a garage! As a matter of fact, Gary Turnier and Joe Tucci (aka Eric Matthew) would officially give birth the group after they sold ‘Keep On Dancin” to Sam Weiss‘s SAM Records. Comin’ straight to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, it would open the path for extra gems such as ‘Do It At The Disco’ and ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’. Extra cuts worth the check from the band including the infectious ‘Showtime’. But also ‘Makin’ Music’ and ‘Knock Me Out’ which Matthew released later on on his Radar Records label.
On the heels of his success with Gary’s Gang, Matthew set up his own label. Producing the memorable ‘Reach Up’ and ‘Lovin’ You’ respectively for Toney Lee and Status IV. But also the smooth ‘I’m Out Of Your Life’ for Arnie’s Love. Not to mention the grooy Boogie ‘Come And Get My Lovin” for Barbara Fowler. He also happened to co-produce Sharon Redd‘s ‘Beat The Street’, ‘Never Give You Up’ and ‘Love How You Feel’ with Darryl Payne. This in addition Sinnamon‘s classic ‘Thanks To You’.