Saturday, 8 January 2011

NS534 Terry Callier [1972] - Ordinary Joe [Cadet CA 5692]

b/w: Golden Circle Of Your Love
Format: 45
Label: Cadet
Cat No: CA 5692
Year: 1972
Value: £0

Taken from his 1972 album 'Occasional Rain'.  This was a huge tune which still gets plays today.  Jerry Butler also did a version on his 1970 album 'You And Me' (see below).

The first time I heard Terry Callier was back in the mid/late 80s on Steve Aggasild's Soul City Show on North Sound Radio in Aberdeen.  It was 'Sign Of The Times' from his 1978 'Turn You To Love' LP. Apparently this track was used by DJ Frankie Crocker (who had a Northern hit with 'Ton Of Dynamite' as Frankie 'Loveman' Crocker) and became Callier's only chart hit (#78 R&B in 1979).   At the time I felt it was a bit 'folky' and African for my taste.

Callier hailed from Chicago and was friends with some of Chicago's greats Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler and Major Lance.  He debuted with 'Look At Me Now'.

He released 3 critically acclaimed albums 'Occasional Rain' 1972, 'What Color Is Love ' and 'I Just Can't Help Myself' 1974 for Cadet but were not successful commercially and he was released from Cadet.  He released another 2 albums on Elektra 'Fire On Ice' 1977 and 'Turn You To Love' 1978.

He continued to perform until 1983 when he retired from music.  In the late 80s his music was 'discovered' by DJ's in the UK.
He returned to music and started recording again in the late 90s and has released 5 albums since 1998.

Callier only release 3 45s on Cadet, all of them have been played and in demand on the Northern scene.
5623 - Terry Callier - Look At Me Now / / You Goin ' Miss Your Candy Man – 1968
5692 - Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe / Golden Circle Of Your Love – 1972
5697 - Terry Callier - I Just Can't Help Myself / Get Closer To You – 1973

Some of the 'heavy weights' who also recorded for Cadet included Ramsey Lewis, Etta James, The Dells and Marlena Shaw.

Jerry Butler Version

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