Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Lenny Williams – Running (Mr K Edit)

This Beat Is Mine! (*) Lenny Williams – Running (Mr K Edit) (R&S Records, Inc)

I remember all these unoffical labels which started florishing by the end of the nineties, coming up with Edits of Disco, Soul, Jazz and Funk classics. Therefore, I have to admit I so much enjoyed finding these slightly retouched goodies. With some of them so hard to find or eventually at such a huge price which I just couldn’t afford due to the diversity of the offer at the time.

Holy Grail, here I would find two of them with Lenny Williams‘s ‘You Got Me Running’ along with Black Ivory‘s ‘Mainline’. With both of them edited by the one who to me is the king of the genre: Mr K (in other words, Danny Krivit!). And such a respectful work he did…

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A native of Little Rock, AK, Lenny Williams relocated to Oakland with his family by the age of 1.
There, he grew up in a strict Gospel environmment. With his uncle, Bishop Charles Henderson Mason being the founder of the Church of God in Christ. Istelf America’s leading Black Pentecostal church. At school, he studied trumpet. But also sang in Gospel groups, eventually thinkin’ of becomin’ a minister. He would later on develop an inclination for secular song and collaborate with various luminaries. Beginning with Sly Stone, but also Billy Preston and Andraé Crouch among others. Then signin’ his first record deal with Fantasy Records after winning several local talent contests.

Williams only made a quick stop there. Delivering two singles in 1968 and 1969. Switching to Galaxy Records for a one off, he released ‘Feelin’ Blue’ the year after. A cut written by John Fogerty of the Creedence Clearwater Revival fame (the one responsible for ‘Proud Mary’ whch Ike & Tina Turner eventually covered back in 1970). Then would come 1972 which saw him joinin’ Tower Of Power as their lead singer. And 1974 that saw him releasing his debut-album – ‘Pray For The Lion’ – on Warner Bros. Then switching to Motown where he released its follow-up – ‘Rise Sleeping Beauty’ – in 1975.

He would reach his peaktime two years later though. This while teaming up with producer/arranger Frank Wilson and signing with ABC Records. His ‘Choosing You’ album spanning its title track and the 4X12 beat-driven ‘Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!’. And his 1978 ‘Spark Of Love’ album featuring the memorable ‘You Got Me Running’ which Danny Krivit eventually came to reedit years after with its title shortened to ‘Running’. But also a new version of the vibrant ‘Cause I Love You’ in addition to ‘Midnight Girl’.

Williams has kept on releasing albums regularly since all these years. With ‘Still In The Game’ being his latest in the series back in 2012, on Bridle Ridge Records.

More recently, back in 2015, Brighton-based DJ/producer Adam Dubock aka Love Drop came with a firing edit of ‘Please Don’t Tempt Me’ from Williams‘ ‘Choosing You’ album. Eventually retitling it ‘Temptation’ which he dubbed with ‘The Buzz’. Itself an edit of Maynard Ferguson ‘Gonna Fly Now (Theme From ‘Rocky’)’. That same year seeing him resurfacing with a single by the likes of ‘Hooked On You’ on Bridle Ridge Records.

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