Thursday, April 24, 2008

Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band - Black Superman - Muhammad Ali



ok, i had way too many beers last night at band practice but i'm up bright and early this morning and already at work getting ready for my 5 hour meeting today (Ugh!) & it looks like it's going to be another beautiful day here on the east coast so please check out & enjoy this odd little nugget and story....

Oh, yeah and if your in the area and fancy some hard guitar driven rock n' roll, pony on up to the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ tomorrow where yours truly will be weilding the 1959 Les Paul TV Yellow Special and laying down some think & heavy riffs with my band Solace! Speacial guests, The Shame Club & Angels of Meth: (not for the faint of heart) Thanks & Cheers!

Singer Johnny Wakelin traversed the oddest of paths from the seaside cabarets of Brighton, to the top of the British charts. An unassuming, mustachioed white gentleman with a droll humor that sat well within his taste for R&B, reggae, and African rhythms, Wakelin was one of the more surprising of Britain's entries into the mid-'70s disco movement. His hits, after all, might have condemned him to be remembered as a mere novelty artist, but he was also capable of some surprisingly effective rhythm and beat. Discovered by Pye Records producer Robin Blanchflower, the man who launched Carl Douglas to the top of the charts with "Kung Fu Fighting," and working with Steve Elson and Keith Rossiter in addition to Branchflower, Wakelin set about writing songs that would, he hoped, "catch people's eye." His first release did just that, diving into the socio-political arena by way a tribute to boxer Muhammad Ali, "Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)"; the pugilist was making his much-heralded comeback at the time, and "Black Superman" effortlessly rode the wave of attendant interest. Credited to Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band, the song appeared in late 1974 and, by January 1975, was making its U.K. chart debut. The catchy tune would eventually peak at number seven in Britain, while it reached number one in Australia and spent a staggering six months in the U.S. charts. 1975 brought a further single, "Cream Puff," backed by "Gotta Keep on Going"; it flopped, but both songs would be incorporated into Wakelin's March 1976 LP debut, Reggae, Soul & Rock'N'Roll. Abandoning the Kinshasa Band, Wakelin returned to Muhammad Ali for his next release, and promptly scored another major hit single in July, 1976. "In Zaire," replaying the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" fight, surpassed its predecessor, climbing to a stunning U.K. number four. And, while it was to prove Wakelin's last hit, the remainder of the 1970s would be just as fruitful for him, on a musical level, at least. The next three years brought a further three albums to the racks, African Man, Double Trouble and Golden Hour, respectively. All were accompanied by a fresh crop of singles, including the radio hit "Africa Man" in 1976, "Afro Afrique" and "Doctor Frankenstein's Disco Party" in 1977, and "Lay down and Rock Me" in 1978. Wakelin continues to write and perform in England.

Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band - Black Superman - Muhammad Ali

6 comments:

dk said...

Can't believe you took down the drunken post!!!

dk said...

Admit it, in the cold grey light of morning you don't love us all quite as much...

Devil Dick said...

haha!

You don't miss a beat!!!!

yes, i was very drunk lasy night but i still love you all & JJB just the same...

ok JJB a little bit more than most...

Planet Mondo said...

I had this on a K Tel type comp when it first came out - I've never noticed intro time on a label before - that's a first.

I'm gonna have to do a squiffy post one day

Anonymous said...

Great tune I've not heard in decades!

dhd said...

Today is the gold für wow second day of 2009 ,world of warcraft gold it also a mesos special for me .cheap wow gold Because i have cheap maplestory mesos a chance to go to an english speech of LiYang and crazy to learn english follow him . He is a firendly,kindly person who make me feel good.wow gold kaufen What‘s more ,maple story mesos he very confidence .And he make me sure what he can do i also can do,as long as i make a determination and force myself to do it every second,Crazy just like him .wow geld I learn one setence from his book ever :maple story items If you want to succeed always force yourself to do more .I can't agree more with him .wow gold farmen To be honest ,when i was a littel girl i already fall in love with english.But what a pity i am poor in english ,Maple Story Account and it make me feel frustrating .So i want to give up many times ,but i can't as i still love it .So i tell mysefl :if you think you can you can wow leveling,and all your maple story power leveling hard work will pay off.wow power leveling Today i am very happy i can listien this wonderful speech of LiYang. I reap a great benifits from him .maple story money As he say :i am the best ,and every one can do it . world of warcraft power leveling Yes,i belive i can do it if i crazy as he