Eleanor Grant – Lovin’ Your Good Thing Away, 1984 (Catawba Records/CBS Records)

eleanor-grantTurns out that the songwriters on this tune are a lot more interesting than the singer. Eleanor Grant has a great voice, and she is still singing today. She has a myspace— you should check some of her stuff out.

But lets talk about George Jackson and Raymond Moore for a minute. Long time figures in the Southern Soul scene. Moore grew up in Memphis and in the 1960’s signed an exclusive contract to write for Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Today he writes exclusively for Ecko Records in Memphis, a contemporary R&B label specializing in promoting artists on the Chitlin Circuit, “a conglomerate of African-American nightclubs, concert promoters, radio stations, and mom-and-pop record shops concentrated in the Deep South and sprinkled throughout Northeastern and Midwestern cities.” (Read the full article about Moore and Ecko Records here.)

George Jackson has known a considerable amount of success in his life. He has penned hit songs for James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner and The Staples Singers. While working alongside Moore at Fame studios Jackson wrote “One Bad Apple” for the Jackson Five. It got picked up by the Osmonds instead and it went to #1 on the pop charts in 1971 for FIVE consecutive weeks.

(I don’t say this often, but read the comments in the youtube post. People are arguingabout whether or not this would have been better preformed by the Jackson 5. I think the answer is a resounding YES.)

Jackson later wrote a song called “Old Time Rock and Roll” for Aretha Franklin… she turned it down, but it was picked up by Bob Seger who took it to #28 on the Hot 100 Charts in 1979.

OK, enough of my blabbering. Without further ado, here is Eleanor Grant with “Lovin’ Your Good Thing Away.” Definitely one for the steppers, this track has a solid bass line and plenty of 80’s syth-y goodness. You will like.

Eleanor Grant – Lovin’ Your Good Thing Away (download)

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