• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are in the pipeline for October 2021! The new book Carpenter: The Musical Legacy will be available on October 19 and can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is being released October 22, and is available for ordering here.

Siedah Garrett

Walkinat9

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And then of course, in the second half of the '90s, Siedah joined British group The Brand New Heavies, with whom she recorded the album "Shelter". She was the follow-up to N'Dea Davenport (both N'Dea and Siedah are my favorite female voices with the band :cool: ).

 

goodjeans

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And then of course, in the second half of the '90s, Siedah joined British group The Brand New Heavies, with whom she recorded the album "Shelter". She was the follow-up to N'Dea Davenport (both N'Dea and Siedah are my favorite female voices with the band :cool: ).

How did I not know this?
Thank you Walkinat9.
 

motownboy

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If I may deviate a bit from the main topic briefly, this mention of vocalist credits reminded me of a story I read years ago about which I found really interesting.

The seemingly inconsequential process of painstakingly listing all vocalists on a record is taken for granted now, but back in 1990 there was a track released by Black Box called “Ride On Time” that was a massive dance hit across Europe (it reached #39 on the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart). Shortly after its release, there was a huge controversy when it was discovered that the girl in the video (and on the album and single sleeves) was miming to the voice of veteran session singer Martha Wash, who had recorded the original demos for RCA. The label kept these demo vocals and - without her knowledge, permission or credit - used them on five tracks on the finished album. Wash later filed a successful lawsuit against RCA and this legal action spurred legislation in the United States making vocal credits mandatory on albums and music videos - which is now the norm. I always make a point of carefully poring over album credits because not only is it interesting to see who’s worked with who, but that tiny printed mention of someone’s name on a record can make the difference between its success and a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

Back on topic, I didn’t realise until quite recently that Siedah also co-wrote “Keep The Faith” for Michael’s Dangerous album. Another great tune!

I need to correct you on this. "Ride On Time" by Black Box was not Martha Wash, but it was the sampled acapella vocals of Loleatta Holloway's 1980 song 'Love Sensation." You can hear the "Right On Time" sample used in the Black Box song at 1:34 in the video below. Also, you can hear a few of the other samples used at 1:50 and 1:10 in the video. A released 12" single of "Love Sensation" had the acapella version on it and that is what Black Box used for the sampled vocals.

 
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newvillefan

I Know My First Name Is Stephen
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"Ride On Time" by Black Box was not Martha Wash, but it was the sampled acapella vocals of Loleatta Holloway's 1980 song 'Love Sensation."

Correct, my error on that particular track. It was six other tracks on the album, Dreamland, that Martha’s voice was retained for. Black Box were actually sampling more than one uncredited singer at the time!

The worst offender for this at the time was Frank Farian, who produced other artists miming to the original vocalists, like Milli Vanilli and Boney M.
 
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