Saturday, 11 April 2015

Freddie Gorman born 11 April 1939

Freddie Gorman (born Frederick Cortez Gorman, April 11, 1939 – June 13, 2006) was an American musician and record producer, most famous as a singer, songwriter for the Motown label in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Born in Detroit on April 11, 1939, Gorman developed his potent bass harmonizing on local street corners, and was still in high school when he made his recorded debut on the Qualitones' 1955 Josie Records single "Tears of Love." Two years later Gorman and long-time friend Brian Holland formed the Fideletones. After issuing "Pretty Girl" on Aladdin Records in 1959, the group splintered and Gorman resumed his day job as a postal carrier, eventually meeting fledgling record impresario Berry Gordy while on his route. 

In time Gordy hired Holland as a staff writer and producer, teaming him with fellow producer Robert Bateman to cut a single for the Motown girl group the Marvelettes. When Marvelette Georgia Dobbins suggested the title "Please Mr. Postman," Holland naturally conscripted Gorman for help with the lyrics, although his contributions to the song went un-noted for decades. "Please Mr. Postman" was nevertheless a huge hit, topping the Billboard pop charts in the fall of 1961, and Gordy returned the favour by releasing the Gorman solo single "The Day Will Come" on Motown's Miracle Records subsidiary.
Holland and Gorman also continued their song writing partnership, which expanded to a triumvirate with the addition of Lamont Dozier. After a series of Motown productions including Mary Wells' "Old Love" and the Supremes' "I Want a Guy," Gorman was edged out in favour of Holland's brother Eddie, and without any contractual leverage in his favor, he returned to his post office position, dropping from sight for several years.  

Gorman finally resurfaced in 1964 alongside song writing partner Bob Hamilton on the Motown rival Golden World with the Reflections' blockbuster "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet." The following year, he cut a pair of solo singles, "In a Bad Way" and "Take Me Back," for Golden World's sister label Ric-Tic. 

When Gordy acquired Golden World's holdings, Gorman was absorbed back into the Motown ranks and in 1966 was added to the lineup of the Originals, a new vocal group also comprising lead

tenor C.P. Spencer, second tenor Hank Dixon, baritone Walter Gaines, and albeit briefly, Joe Stubbs, brother of the Four Tops' renowned lead Levi Stubbs, who exited to pursue a solo career in the wake of the Originals' debut release, a rendition of the Leadbelly perennial "Goodnight Irene." The remaining quartet spent the next two years in search of a hit before capturing the attention of Motown superstar Marvin Gaye, who teamed with wife Anna to write the soulful ballad "Baby I'm for Real."  

After topping the R&B charts, the single crossed over to pop radio, ascending to the number 14 spot. Gaye also delivered the Originals' luminous follow-up, "The Bells," which reached the R&B Top Five and fell just shy of the pop Top Ten in 1970. The group's commercial fortunes nosedived in the years to follow, although in 1976 they topped the disco charts with the dance floor classic "Down to Love Town," the first-ever 12" single released via the Motown imprint. Their 1981 album Yesterday and Today contained the Originals' version of "Please Mr. Postman" but otherwise generated minimal interest, and the group's recording career essentially ground to a halt by the mid-'80s, although they continued touring for years to follow. In 1997, Gorman also issued a solo album; It's All About My Love. He lost his battle with lung cancer on June 13, 2006. Palmdale, California. 

Following the death of Freddie Gorman, long-time member Hank Dixon and Hank's daughter Terrie Dixon reformed the Originals as a live touring act, with Freddie's son songwriter and producer Dillon F. Gorman, plus the son of Gene Chandler, Defrantz Forrest, to complete the line-up.  (Info mainly All Music)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

Found a few of Freddie’s Motown recordings here;

Motown Unreleased 1962 – Guys Vol. 1

1. The Contours - Love I Need You (2:18)
2. The Contours - You Don't Love Nobody But You (2:42)
3. The Contours - Trust In Me (2:26)
4. The Contours - Why Don't You Stop (2:33)
5. The Contours - You've Got To Love Me (3:00)
6. The Contours - Come To Me (2:07)
7. The Contours - Mighty Good Lovin' (2:28)
8. The Creations - Going To a Party (2:41)
9. The Creations - Let's Mash Potatoes (2:52)
10. The Creations - Special Touch (2:34)
11. The Creations - I'm Not Alone (2:34)
12. The Creations - What's Your Reason (2:33)
13. The Creations - Remember Me (2:45)
14. Marvin Gaye - The Good Has To Suffer With the Bad (4:08)
15. Marvin Gaye - Just For You (A Growing Love) (2:31)
16. Marvin Gaye - Past Time Lover (2:21)
17. Marvin Gaye - A Lot of Living To Do (2:12)
18. Marvin Gaye - Out of This World (3:47)
19. Marvin Gaye - Just In Time (2:10)
20. Freddie Gorman - A Living Dream (Called a Girl) (2:59)
21. Freddie Gorman - Connie (2:27)
22. Freddie Gorman - Just Friends (2:44)
23. Freddie Gorman - Tell All Your Friends (2:44)
24. Freddie Gorman - Throw a Farewell Kiss (2:36)
25. Freddie Gorman - Genuine Love (2:51)

For The Originals – 1969 – Baby I’m For Real
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