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With a maverick flair that recalled earlier R&B kingmakers like Syd Nathan and Art Rupe, Bronx-born impresario Henry Stone ran the labels that helped usher Miami into the disco age. Of Stone’s many labels, it was the TK imprint that dominated the emerging disco market of the mid-‘70s. TK artists like Clarence Reid, Harry Wayne Casey, and Gwen McCrae excelled at writing simple, dance floor–filling hits that evoked their hometown’s shimmering nightlife and muggy hedonism. McCrae was responsible for many of the label’s finest releases, and her best work combined disco’s freewheeling spirit with the emotional heft of classic soul. In 2006, McCrae reunited with a host of TK Records veterans (including Little Beaver, Latimore, and Clarence Reid) to record Gwen McCrae Sings TK, an album that finds her revisiting her own hits and those of other TK artists such as Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, and Latimore. McCrae is in fine form throughout, even adding a few tellingly modern ad-libs to her take on Little Beaver’s 1974 hit “Party Down.”

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"Gwen McCrae Sings TK"

Check out "Let's Straighten It Out" Gwen Mc Crae and Latimore, it is an awesome rendition. A great Soul Ballad. A great 2006 version..... The whole album is really great. Each song has its own thing and the music is better than ever. This is a must listen to and for me a must buy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Excellent - can't stop pressing repeat!

This album totally took me by surprise and should become an instant addition for any fan of female R&B vocalists. She has her own style, but if I must create a comparison I'd rank Gwen next to Jill Scott & Angie Stone, but she has the smooth strong sound of Ms. Hill. Buy it, tell your friends and enjoy!

Soulful Suprise

Back in the day I loved Gwen McCrae's version of Rockin Chair.This current dip into TK memories is superb.Ms McCrae's bourban and grits vocals compliment the song choices.The production is first rate.Covers of songs like "Clean Up Woman and" "What you won't do for love" stay true to the originals while adding something extra that makes each song sound fresh.This is a great soulful album and I'm glad I stumbled across it.Well done to all involved.

Biography

Born: December 21, 1943 in Pensacola, FL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best remembered for her number one R&B hit "Rockin' Chair" from 1975, Gwen McCrae was a gutsy Southern soul diva with a particular affinity for dance tracks. Along with her husband George ("Rock Your Baby"), Gwen was part of the Miami-based T.K. Records stable, which laid a great deal of groundwork for the disco explosion. Born Gwen Mosley in Pensacola, FL, in 1943, she grew up singing in her Pentecostal church and later discovered secular singers like Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. She began performing...
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