Showing posts with label Deniece Williams. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deniece Williams. Show all posts

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis - Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (1983)
Real magic moment when Deniece walks on stage with out Johnny knowing.

Johnny Mathis (born John Royce Mathis, September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music.
One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s, Mathis concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the adult contemporary audience through to the 1980s. Starting his career with a standard flurry of singles, Mathis was far more popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums receiving gold and platinum status and seventy-three making the Billboard charts to date. Mathis has sold more than 350 million records and albums.[

Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams - Free (1982)
Live at Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Born Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin' Town label.

After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to four of his albums before leaving Wonder to pursue a solo career. Produced by Maurice White of Earth, Wind And Fire, her first album included the UK hits "That's What Friends Are For" and the number 1 "Free" which was revived in 1990 by British group BEF for their Music Of Quality & Distinction Vol II album of cover versions.

In 1978, Williams joined Johnny Mathis for the immensely popular ballad "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" This was followed by an album of duets by the couple, That's What Friends Are For. Returning to a solo career, Williams moved to Maurice White's own label, ARC but her next two albums made little impact. However, a revival of the 1965 song "It's Gonna Take A Miracle', produced by Thom Bell, returned her to the US Top 10 in 1982.

This was a prelude to the release of Williams" most well-known song, "Let's Hear It For The Boy". Originally made for the soundtrack of the 1984 film Footloose, it was issued as a single the following year and headed the US charts. Later records had no pop success although Deniece remained popular in the R&B audience and in 1988 she made her first gospel album for Sparrow. Williams is a prolific songwriter and her compositions have been recorded by Merry Clayton, the Emotions, the Whispers, Frankie Valli and others.