Monday, 30 June 2014

Quinton Joseph (Part 3)

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

The Chicago Years

One of the best selling
 soundtrack of the early 1970s
During his time as a studio musician at Brunswick Records, Joseph found time to participate in recording sessions at Curtom Records, also located in the “Windy City”. He is featured on all the gold-certified soundtracks produced by the late Curtis Mayfield which include the Billboard Pop Hot 200 Albums and Billboard Top Soul Albums Chart number-one album “Super Fly”, which generated over $20 million for the music industry in North America. In 1975 he did session work for Mayfield playing drums with his friend Phil Upchurch on the soundtrack album and title track  “Let’s Do It Again”, Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart number-one on the 22nd November 1975 (2 weeks) and Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart  number-one on the 27th December 1975 (1 week). The single was also certified gold for one million plus units sold in America, according to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

Natalie Cole's first studio album 
to be certified gold.
While he was working with both Brunswick and Curtom Records, he also played on Natalie Cole’s three gold and platinum-certified albums produced in Chicago at Universal Recording Studios and Curtom Recording Studios. These albums were “Inseparable” “Natalie”, and “Unpredictable”.  These three albums grossed approximately  $15 million during the mid-1970s for the now-defunct Capitol Records, with both “Inseparable (1975) and “Unpredictable” (1977) topping the Billboard Top Soul Albums Chart.

Natalie Cole's second gold 
certified studio album.
In 1976 Joseph played drums along with Phil Upchurch on two chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart in succession; “Turning Point”, performed by Tyrone Davis and “Inseparable” performed by Natalie Cole. Following the success of the first of these two singles, he also played on one final chart-topping single from Cole’s “Natalie” album entitled “Sophisticated Lady (She’s A Different Lady)”, 19th June 1976 (1 week).

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

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Quinton Joseph (Part 2)

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

    The Chicago Years

This was the group's
 first million seller
His signature style drumming techniques is heard on other Chicago soul classics such as “Have You Seen Her”, a one million plus selling single performed the Chi-Lites and produced and co-written by one of the key members of the vocal group, the late Eugene Record and on the following gold-certified single performed by the Chi-Lites, “Oh Girl”. 

This was the only studio album of the group's career
to have achieved the number-one position on
 Billboard Top Soul Albums Chart. Joseph conducted
arrangements and played drums on the album

Joseph conducted arrangements for the group on several singles including the two gold singles mentioned above. The track “Oh Girl” became both a Billboard number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart on 3rd June 1972 (2 weeks) and on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on 27th May 1972 (1 week), preceded by “the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, performed by Roberta Flack and succeeded by “I’ll Take You There”, performed by The Staple Singers. The parent album “A Lonely Man” peaked on top of the  Billboard Top Soul Albums Chart on 10th June 1972 (5 weeks), which was very interesting because it was preceeded by Roberta Flack’s album “First Take”. During the 1970s, Joseph played on all the number-one singles and albums released by Brunswick Records in North America.

Second gold record of the 
group's career
"Oh Girl" 


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

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