Thursday, June 13, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Junior

Song:Mama Used To Say
Album:The Best Of Junior

The classic R & B hit Mama Used To Say led to an 80s revival of British soul. It was also the biggest hit for singer songwriter Norman "Junior' Giscombe. He was born June 6, 1957 in London, England. He was inspired by the Philly Soul of Thom Bell to become a musician. In 1980 he was a backup singer for the British soul group Linx. That group's biggest hit was Intuition in 1981. Linx keyboard player Bob Carter liked Junior and they started writing together. An independent release of the single Hot Up & Heated led to a contract with PolyGram's Phonogram label in England and Mercury in the US. Mama Used To Say was Junior's first single in 1982 and it reached #2 on the R & B Singles chart and #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Today it is considered a soul classic and Mama Used To Say was recently covered by Beverley Knight on her 2011 tribute CD Soul UK. It also led to the success of British soul artists like Billy Ocean and Sade. Junior had some other hits like Too Late and his 1987 duet with Kim Wilde Another Step (Closer To You). You can get all his hits on this comp. Junior records occasionally. In 1999, he re-recorded all his hits for K-Tel. But he is mostly behind the scenes writing songs for others. He is also a DJ for internet radio station Solar Radio. His CD Prisoner Of Hope was released on his own label Nov. 2011. Here's the video for Mama Used To Say by Junior.

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