Friday, December 29, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Bloodstone was an R & B group from the early 70s similar to the Isley Brothers. Natural High was their one big hit and was written by Jimi Hendrix influenced guitarist Charles McCormick. They started out in 1962 as the a capella doo wop group The Sinceres by Charles Love. They were basically a minor league lounge act when they moved to Los Angeles and became Bloodstone. They couldn't seem to get a record contract so their manager sent them to England. They hooked up with Blue Horizon Records owner Mike Vernon. He was known for producing blues acts like Otis Spann & Fleetwood Mac. He took them into the studio and 1973's Natural High was a top ten hit single. They even made a 1975 blaxploitation film called Train Ride To Hollywood. Bloodstone faded away in the late 70s, made a brief comeback in 1982 ironically on The Isley Brothers' T-Neck label. Love & McCormick even reunited Bloodstone for the 2004 CD Now...That's What I'm Talkin' About. Rhino rereleased Natural High in 1996 with some extra tracks but this is the sort of song you might want to get on a various artists comp like Rhino's excellent 2002 Smooth Grooves:Cruisin' Classics. Here's a video of Bloodstone performing Natural High on Soul Train in 1973.