Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Temprees -- You Make The Sun Shine

The Temprees started out as a trio named The Lovemen in Memphis, Tennessee when they were in junior high school. Jasper Phillips ("Jabbo"), Harold Scott ("Scotty"),  Deljuan Calvin ("Del") and Larry Dodson who later became lead singer of The Bar-Kays were signed to Stax in 1970 -- and recorded some of the most beautiful music of that era. Their rendition of Dedicated To The One I Love  (Original by The "5"Royales) is probably their best known song. 
Some article I've read about the group claims The Temprees were famous for their "tear jerkers." I do not agree with that statement at all. They made sweet, sweet soul music -- typical 70's, soft and full of feeling. But that does not translate into tear jerking music in my book. And Jabbo's falsetto is without a doubt wonderful. Nothing mushy or kitschy in that song ...

Today's post, You Make The Sun Shine, is from their 1973 album Love Maze



During the 70's they released 3 albums and 12 singles on the We-Produce-Stax subsidiary label which included music by the Bar-Kays, the Isaac Hayes Movement and the South Memphis Horns. 
The group also cut some singles for CBS' Epic sunsidiary in the late 70's in Philadelphia, and reunited in the mid 90's in Memphis. 



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