Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday 12-inch Flashback: ‘Get It Up for Love’

Nuyorican R&B singer Tata Vega cut a few LPs for Motown in the late 1970s, but never burned up the charts.

For the past 25 years, Ms. Vega has been an active session vocalist, backing the likes of Ray Charles, Patti Austin, Melissa Manchester, Elton John, Julio Iglesias and Joe Cocker.

She’s also a “contemporary Christian” artist in her own right.

One of Tata Vega’s standout disco records was “Get It Up for Love” (1979). She sounds kinda Chaka Khanish on this track. Coincidentally, it was co-produced by André Fischer, Chaka’s old bandmate in Rufus.

(A further coincidence: Ned Doheny, who wrote “Get It Up for Love,” also co-wrote “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me”... made famous by none other than Chaka Khan.)

Anyways... Viva Boricua!


bklyn6 said...

Don't recall this one. But she does sound like Chaka here.

My Tata Vega joint is "Just Keep Thinking About you Baby".

Undercover Black Man said...

^ The name "Tata Vega" rang a vague bell... but I don't recall any of her music from back in the days.

Coquinegra said...

"Oh it is Jesus" is the most famous song she ever did. sorry.

Undercover Black Man said...

She should split the difference and do "Get It Up for Jesus."

Must Love Movies said...

i've been trying to find this song for like years. i heard this crazy disco version while i was sitting in a bar in england and loved it.

oh how i love ubm let me count the ways.

MADD MAN said...

Lets not forget that she was Shug Avery's singing voice in The Color Purple. Now that was her real claim to fame.