Monday, 5 May 2014

Quinton Joseph (Part 1)

   "The R&B and Soul Music Drummer with a Signature Touch"

    The Chicago Years:

The legendary Quinton Joseph was born on 28th August 1946 in the city of Chicago that is also affectionately known as the “Windy City”. He is one of the few studio musicians during the golden era of R&B and Soul music to have played on hit records from two cities that produced distinct signature sounds between the 1960s and the 1980s. 

The first million selling record that Joseph played on .
Performed Barbara Acklin.
She was also staff song writer at Brunswick Records
According to Ed Hogan of ALL Music, “Joseph absorbed a myriad of musical influences while growing up in his multi-cultural neighbourhood. As a child, he would beat out rhythms on cereal boxes and garbage cans. At about the age of ten his mother brought him a drum set to further develop his craft and techniques as a drummer while feasting on the “Windy City’s” rich musical diversity.” 

In his local neighbourhood he got involved with future in-demand session musicians who also made a name for themselves in the music industry in Chicago. These men became very close friends of Joseph; guitarist Danny Reed and bassist Bernard Reed. As a close unit they began playing for singer/songwriter Billy Butler, who was the brother of the legendary Jerry Butler (known as the “Ice Man”).

This was second million selling single that Joseph actually 
played drums, released by Brunswick Records in 1969.
The song was performed by the late Tyrone Davis

This led to the opportunity to work on the road with the The Artistics, from the Chicago branch of the once-mighty New York city Brunswick Records, best known for their Chicago soul classic hit of 1966 “I’m Gonna Miss You”  that sold almost a million copies in North America. With this success under their belt, they began to develop a reputation for being extremely tight which helped them become a much in-demand rhythm section, and their session work schedule increased tremendously as they started to support various local recording acts such as Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Major Lance, Gene Chandler and Tyrone Davis.
This was the second gold certified single of the
Davis' career. The entire album featured Joseph on
drums and the late Michael Jackson's sound engineer 
Bruce Swedien
The first million selling record that Joseph played on was Barbara Acklin’s gold single “Love Makes a Woman” released in 1968 on Brunswick Records. The following year , he played on Tyrone Davis’  first gold single of his career entitled “Can I Change My Mind” which charted and peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart on the 1st February 1969
( 2 weeks ), preceded by “I Heard It the Grapevine” performed by the late Marvin Gaye. He repeated the same success with Davis on his second chart-topping single “Turn Back The Hands of Time”, Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart number-one on the 2nd May 1970
( 2 weeks ) which peaked at  number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and became a million selling single in the process. He also played on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart number-one single “Turning Point”, 7th February 1976 (1week).

                                   Researched and compiled by               
                                   Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   
                                  ©RCM Music/Signaturesoundsonline2013-2014 


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