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Jeff Lane is best known for producing the number one R&B singles "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" and "Express" by BT Express and Brass Construction's 1976 number one hit "Movin'." The producer's first number one R&B hit was BT Express' "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)." The gold single held the number two position on the pop charts for two weeks in summer 1974. Its gold follow-up, "Express," went to number one R&B and number one pop in early 1975. Both were included on the gold LP, Do It ('Til You're Satisfied), which reached number one R&B, number five pop in late 1974. Their next LP, Non Stop, held the number one R&B spot for two weeks and made it to number 19 pop in summer 1975, boasting the double sided hit "Give It What You Got" b/w "Peace Pipe" and a cover of the Carpenters' 1970 number one pop hit, "Close To You." The group's releases were on Roadshow Records, distributed by United Artists Records.
Lane began working with Brass Construction after the band won a battle of the bands contest. Their first single, "Two Timin' Woman," was issued on Lane's Dock Records. They also released a mid-'70s single as Wood Block and Steel that later became popular with house music fans in the '80s. Brass Construction's first LP, Brass Construction, was produced by Lane and issued on United Artists Records in February 1976. One driving track called "Movin'," which was initially created from an impromptu jam session, became popular in disco clubs and started gaining airplay on R&B and disco-oriented radio stations. Released as a single, "Movin'" b/w "Talkin'" hit number one R&B on Billboard's charts in spring 1976. The follow-up, "Changin'" made it to number 24 R&B in summer 1976. Brass Construction went platinum, parking at number one R&B for three weeks in spring 1976. It also yielded the radio-aired LP tracks, "Peekin'," with its the funny voyeur theme, and the optimistic "Love."
The band's next album, Brass Construction II, issued December 1976, was their best album. The first single, "Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)," went to number eight R&B in early 1977. The follow-up was the double-sided hit "The Message (Inspiration)" b/w "What's On Your Mind (Expression)." The singles as well as the radio-aired LP tracks "Now Is Tomorrow" and "Branded" (funk wrapped in swirling strings) were huge disco hits. Just about every track on Brass Construction II got radio and club play. The album went gold, making it to number three in late 1976. "What's On Your Mind (Expression)" has been sampled by numerous hip hop and rap acts. Other Brass Construction albums produced by Lane were Brass Construction III (released November 1977); Brass Construction IV (November 1978); Brass Construction 5 (December 1979).
Lane produced albums by former Temptations member Eddie Kendricks (Vintage '78), the band Mandrill (We Are One), Broadway star Vivian Reed of Bubbling Brown Sugar (Another Side), and Wilson Pickett (Right Track). In the '90s, Lane concentrated on audio engineering jobs. ~ Ed Hogan