Monday, December 31, 2007

A free Dee Dee Sharp download

I want to end the year with some Gamble & Huff. Specifically, the once-Mrs. Kenny Gamble... Dee Dee Sharp.

Woman had pipes for days.

From Dee Dee Sharp’s first album for Philly International Records, “Happy ’Bout the Whole Thing” in 1976, I’m streaming her version of “O-o-h Child” on my Vox blog. Click here to hear it.

To download it as a FREE MP3, click the song title below.

Here’s wishing all of you a Happy New Year, and lots of good things in 2008.

“O-o-h Child” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store
Album available at Amazon


Prince Namor said...

Good call on the DeeDee download!
But be on the lookout for her "What Colour Is Love" album...very rare in the US, but available via some UK sources and worth the search.
One listen to "I Believe In Love," "Flashback,""I Wanna Be Your Woman" and "Trying To Get The Feeling Again" will make you a fan for life!

Undercover Black Man said...

Thanks, Prince. I will search. Especially curious to hear what she did with the Manilow tune.

Andy said...

Thanks for that man. I can't stop playing it and I don't even know why. Her voice relaxes me I guess.

My wife was like "You've never heard that song?", and played me one of the other versions, but I prefer Dee Dee's.

Does the last sentence of her allmusic bio look really awkward and a little odd to anyone else:

"And except for some racial incidents in the South experienced by many African-American performers in the era, she emerged unscathed, un-addicted, and unscarred."

Undercover Black Man said...

^ If you like that, Andy, check out Dee Dee's cover of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" (off the same LP).

As for that bio... what bugs you? The expectation that she be a drug addict? Or the fact that it shines on those "racial incidents" in the South?

Andy said...

Thanks for the other track man! It was also very relaxing. I gotta get on that vox/song blog boat, it definitely adds some spice to content. That and I'm a music whore.

re: the bio:

It sounds to me, like the writer is writing for readers who expect her to be a drug addict or something. Or, simply that the writer expected her to take that route.

Maybe I'm just being too paranoid, it seems a very odd interjection at the end of a music bio, especially when there are no circumstances that would (I think) lead one to suspect drug use. I checked a bunch of other bios at random from within and outside their genre labels for her, and didn't see anything else like that....

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