Friday, 7 June 2013

Disco Ladies: Stephanie Mills' What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (1979)

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Stephanie Mills

''What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'''
( LP 20th Century Fox Records, 1979 )
Catalog # T-583

Stephanie Dorthea Mills (born March 22, 1957) is an American R&B and soul singer, and a former Broadway star.
What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin' is the third album by Stephanie Mills. Released in 1979 and Produced by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas.

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 4:05
A2 You Can Get Over
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 4:59
A3 Deeper Inside Your Love
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 3:54
A4 Feel The Fire
Backing Vocals – John Simmons, Louise Bethune, Mary Johnson
Written-By – Bryson 5:13
B1 Put Your Body In It
Written-By – Moore, King 4:05
B2 Starlight
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 3:35
B3 You And I
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 4:46
B4 Don't Stop Dancin'
Written-By – Mtume, Lucas 3:45

Personnel & Credits:
Acoustic Guitar – Joe Caro
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals] – J. Mtume, R. Lucas
Arranged By [Strings, Horns] – Wade Marcus
Backing Vocals – Brenda White, Gwen Guthrie, Lani Groves
Backing Vocals [Additional] – H. King, J. Mtume, John Simmons, Louise Bethune, Mary Johnson, R. Lucas
Backing Vocals, Arranged By [Vocals], Contractor [Vocals] – Tawatha Agee
Bass – Basil Fearrington
Contractor [Strings, Horns] – Gene Bianco
Drums – Howard T. King
Electric Guitar – Ed "Tree" Moore, Reggie Lucas
Engineer – Carmine Rubino, Jay Mark
Engineer [Assistant] – Carla Bandini, Craig Michaels, Howie "The Doctor" Lindeman, Jim Dougherty, John Potokev, Matthew Weiner
Keyboards – Harry Whittaker, Hubert Eaves
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Percussion – Bashiri, Mtume
Producer – James Mtume, Reggie Lucas
Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Ed Walsh

Notes:
Recorded at Sigma Sound, New York
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:1979

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''What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'''
(7'' Version)


Re-Issue EXPANDED EDITION [CD NEW]:
Label: BBR
Format: CD
Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
Album Tracks:
1. WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN'
2. YOU CAN GET OVER
3. DEEPER INSIDE YOUR LOVE
4. FEEL THE FIRE
5. PUT YOUR BODY IN IT
6. STARLIGHT
7. YOU AND I
8. DON'T STOP DANCIN'
10. WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN' (12" remix)
11. PUT YOUR BODY IN IT (12" remix)
12. YOU CAN GET OVER (12" remix)
13. BETTER THAN EVER
14. WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN' (7" version)
15. YOU CAN GET OVER (7" version)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1979 album from the Pop/Soul vocalist and actress. Although she had released two albums in the mid-'70s, it was the teaming of Mills with James Mtume and Reggie Lucas that made her a bonafide R&B star. The team's first release on 20th Century was this excellent album. The title track reached the R&B Top 10 and became an instant classic. In addition, the album also spawned two massive club hits in the form of 'Put Your Body In It' and 'You Can Get Over'. The album also featured Stephanie's reading of Peabo Bryson's 'Feel The Fire', which to this day is on heavy rotation on the Quiet Storm radio format in the US. This expanded reissue features six bonus tracks, including three original Disco 12" remixes and more. BBR. 2011.
STEPHANIE MILLS first came to prominence in 1975 with her performance as Dorothy in the stage version of THE WIZ on Broadway. Although she had released two albums in the mid-70s it was the teaming of Mills with JAMES MTUME and REGGIE LUCAS that made her a bonafide R&B star.
The team's first release on 20th Century was WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN' in 1979. The title track reached the R&B Top 10 and became an instant classic. In addition, the album also spawned two massive club hits in the form of PUT YOUR BODY IN IT and YOU CAN GET OVER.
WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN' also featured Stephanie's reading of PEABO BRYSON's FEEL THE FIRE which to this day is on heavy rotation on the Quiet Storm radio format in the US.
This expanded reissue features six bonus tracks, including three original Disco 12" remixes and BETTER THAN EVER, Stephanie's single release from the soundtrack of the 1979 comedy STARTING OVER.
BBR is very proud to present WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN', in full, expanded form, complete with extensive liner notes that feature interviews along with added bonus material.
Released in deluxe Super Jewel cases this BBR re- master is a must have for all Soul, R&B and Disco fans out there!
BBR Records

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''What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'''
(Album Version)

Reviews:
When Stephanie Mills enjoyed a major commercial breakthrough with her third album, What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin', the singer often found herself being described as a disco diva -- and it wasn't a description that she agreed with. Mills saw herself as primarily a romantic R&B traditionalist, not a disco singer. If you asked her whether she had more in common with Gladys Knight or Donna Summer, Mills would have said Gladys Knight without a moment's hesitation. Nonetheless, this superb LP (which was produced by the James Mtume/Reggie Lucas team) does contain its share of dance-oriented treasures; "Don't Stop Dancin'," "You Can Get Over," and the hit "Put Your Body in It" are disco funk classics that heated up numerous dancefloors in 1979. Mills is equally impressive on romantic ballads and slow jams like "Deeper Inside Your Love," "Starlight," "You and I," and Peabo Bryson's "Feel the Fire" -- and in various interviews, she insisted that those songs were more representative of her than the album's dance-oriented material. At any rate, What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin' remains one of Mills' strongest, most essential albums.
By Alex Henderson (AMG)

Soaring soul from Stephanie Mills – one of the lady's all-time hits, and for good reason too! The album really gives Stephanie's great voice a lot of focus – an upbeat, uptempo groove that sets her firmly on the dancefloor, but always with a touch of class – and a lot more depth than some of the easy come/easy go disco divas of her day! Thanks here is clearly due to the team of Reggie Lucas and Mtume – who strike strongly with the album as one of their key early productions – the sort of work that really helped push mainstream soul a bit further at the end of the 70s, and set some new tones for a lot of growth in the next decade. The keyboards on the record are almost as nice as the vocals – played by Hubert Eaves and Harry Whitaker with a nice degree of sensitivity – hardly the stronger keyboard voice of the early 80s soul scene, and often with a dose of jazziness that's really appreciated. Titles include "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'", "Deeper Inside Your Love", "Feel The Fire", "Put Your Body In It", "Starlight", and "Don't Stop Dancin".
© 1996-2013, Dusty Groove America, Inc.


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''Put Your Body In It''
(12'' Disco Version)

About the 12'' Disco Single Version of Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'?/Put Your Body In It:
Stephanie Mills gets some wonderful help from the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas on this one – stepping up in a warm, full groove that really sends the track over the top – and which sounds great here in an extended 8 minute version!
© 1996-2013, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

Biography:
Stephanie Mills first came to fame as "the little girl with the big voice" as the star of the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic book, The Wizard Of Oz. She had many R&B hits such as "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," "I Feel Good All Over," "(You're Puttin') A Rush On Me," "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)" and "Home" along with one certified million selling single, "Never Knew Love Like This Before." In addition, she also had five gold albums: Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin', Sweet Sensation, Stephanie, If I Were Your Woman and Home.
Born on March 22, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY, Mills honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn's Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. At age 9, she began appearing in the Broadway play Maggie Flynn. She was presented with first prize after winning "The Amateur Hour" talent contest six weeks straight at New York's famed Apollo Theater when she was nine. That success led to her being chosen as the opening act for The Isley Brothers, eventually becoming good friends with lead singer Ronald Isley. Many years later, Isley would manage and later marry singer/songwriter Angela Winbush, who co-wrote one of her number one R&B hits. Mills' debut album, Movin' In The Right Direction was recorded for ABC Records in 1974. A year later, she won the role of Dorothy in The Wiz. Her rendition of the beautiful ballad "Home" was a showstopper, mesmerizing audiences nightly for a number of years. The original cast recording of The Wiz was produced by Jerry Wexler and issued by Atlantic Records in spring 1975. Curiously, when The Wiz was made into a full length feature film by Motown Records' film division and Universal Pictures, Diana Ross played the role of Dorothy instead of Mills. The film ended up being a major flop.
Singer Jermaine Jackson referred Mills to Motown head Berry Gordy, who signed her to the label. Her Motown debut was For the First Time, written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, being issued in October 1976. For the First Time is a sweet affair with Mills convincingly covering Bacharach/David standards, most of which were originally recorded by Dionne Warwick. In 1978, she signed to 20th Century Records and was teamed with the hit production duo of James Mtume -- later leader of Mtume, who had a gold single with "Juicy Fruit" -- and Reggie Lucas. Her first LP for the label, Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin', went gold, going to number 12 R&B and number 22 pop on Billboard's charts in summer 1979 and spawned the singles, "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" and "You Can Get Over." Her next LP, Sweet Sensation (#3 R&B, #16 Pop, spring 1980) yielded "Sweet Sensation," "Never Knew Love Like This Before," and the radio-aired LP track, "Try My Love." Around this time, she briefly married former Soul Train dancer Jeffrey Daniels of the group Shalamar. Next came the LP titled Stephanie in spring 1981, which also was a huge hit, peaking at #3 R&B and #30 Pop. The album included notable songs such as "Two Hearts" -- a midtempo duet with Teddy Pendergrass -- "Night Games" and the radio-aired LP cut, "Don't Stop Doin' What Cha Do."
In 1981, Mills switched to Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records. Her LPs for the label included Tantalizingly Hot, Merciless and I've Got The Cure. During 1983, she had her own NBC-TV daytime talk show and reprised on role in a Broadway revival of The Wiz. She also signed with MCA Records, where she released her Stephanie Mills album.
The first single from the Stephanie Mills album was "Stand Back," in late 1985, which also included the passionate ballad "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love." "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love" was initially written by Rene Moore and Angela Winbush -- best known as the hit singing duo Rene & Angela -- as a gospel song and originally was recorded by Alton McClain and Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. The original version is available on Polygram's Power of Love: Best of Soul Essentials Ballads. Because of its massive radio play as an album track, Mills' version of "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love, -- produced by Philly Soul keyboardist Ron Kersey -- was reissued as an A side holding the #1 R&B spot for two weeks in spring 1986. Its follow-up, "Rising Desire" reached #11 R&B in summer 1986.
Her next LP's title cut was the Clay McMurray/Gloria Jones/Pam Sawyer song, "If I Were Your Woman," originally a 1971 #1 R&B, #9 Pop smash for Gladys Knight and the Pips. Philly-based producer Nick Martinelli gave Mills her second #1 R&B hit with "I Feel Good All Over," written by husband and wife songwriting duo, Gabriel Hardeman and Annette Hardeman. The song held the #1 R&B spot for three weeks in spring 1987. Originally submitted to Mills' fellow MCA labelmate Patti Labelle by the Hardemans, the track was included on Mills' LP If I Were Your Woman, issued June 1987 and peaked at #30 Pop in summer 1987. Paul Laurence produced and co-wrote with Timmy Allen the chugging '"(You're Putting) a Rush On Me" giving the singer her third #1 R&B hit in fall 1987. The single made it to #85 Pop and was followed by "Secret Lady," which landed at #7 R&B in late 1987. Her covers of "If I Were Your Woman" and "Where Is The Love" followed. All were included on her If I Were Your Woman album, which peaked at #1 R&B, #30 Pop in summer 1987. Following these hits, Mills contacted Ronald Isley about working with singer/songwriter/producer Angela Winbush who had hits as half of Rene and Angela and was forging a hit-filled career as a recording artist and producer for the group Body among others. The collaboration between Mills and Winbush resulted in another #1 R&B single, "Something In The Way You Make Me Feel," in summer 1989.
Having starred for five years in the smash Broadway show The Wiz and recorded the song "Home for the play's 1975 original cast soundtrack album, she wanted to record the song again as a posthumous tribute to the play's producer, Ken Harper, and the song's composer, Charlie Smalls. On her new version of "Home," Take 6 sung the background vocals. The song went to #1 R&B in late 1989 and was followed by "Comfort Of A Man" and "Real Love." The Home LP ended up peaking at #5 R&B, #82 Pop in summer 1989. She then recorded a charting single with J.T. Taylor titled "Heart To Heart" in late 1991. Her final MCA album, Something Real included the hit "All Day All Night" and "Never Do Wrong." Following this album, she recorded a gospel album, Personal Inspirations, for Interscope Records and recorded several tracks at Philadelphia International Records with Bunny Sigler among others in the late '90s.
By Ed Hogan (AMG)

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Ms. Stephanie Mills

Main Discography:
Movin' in the Right Direction – 1974
For the First Time – 1975
What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin' – 1979
Sweet Sensation – 1980
Stephanie – 1981
Tantalizingly Hot – 1982
Merciless – 1983
I've Got the Cure – 1984
Stephanie Mills – 1985
If I Were Your Woman – 1987
Home – 1989
Christmas – 1991
Something Special – 1992
Personal Inspirations – 1995
Born for This – 2004
Breathless – 2010

Awards:
1974 – nominated for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress – Musical ("The Wiz").
1979 – nominated for American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist – Soul / Rhythm &Blues.
1980 – won Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female ("Never Knew Love Like This Before").
1980 – nominated for an American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist – Soul / Rhythm & Blues
1980 – nominated for Young Artist Awards: Best Young Musical Recording Artist – Female ("Two Hearts").
1981 – nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female (Stephanie).
1981 – won American Music Award for Favorite Female Artist – Soul / Rhythm & Blues
1983 – nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Female ("Merciless").
1989 – nominated for American Music Award: Favorite Female Artist – Soul / Rhythm & Blues

On Line:
AMG
Discogs
Wikipedia
Ms.Mills Official Website
Dusty Groove
BBR Records

Original post: 03/11/2008

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