Although the full title of this song is Happy (Love Theme from “Lady Sings the Blues”), it did not appear in the film nor the soundtrack album. According to composer Smokey Robinson, the melody of the song was inspired by the movie and Berry Gordy was said to be disappointed that the song was made after the film was finished.
PAL was Rebecca A. Sweet (aka Rebekha Sweet) and sisters Lanetta and Laretta Collier (aka Sinden and Rhett Cellier). PAL’s musical influences included Eurythmics, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac… Most notably, it was Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) who telephoned Motown and inquired about the group after meeting them at an Eurythmics concert. He had assumed that PAL was already signed to Motown and upon being told they were not, asked “Why.” The group’s name was inspired by “Pal” Shazar of Slow Children as it aptly represented the relationship of the members of the group. PAL’s music was only released in Europe as it was welcomed by the European licensees who had been anxiously awaiting a new fresh sound from Motown. PAL’s CD was somewhat altered from their original sound and true musical instincts, but they were lucky enough to maintain some elements true to their musical integrity as was showcased in “Talk We Don’t.” Simply told, PAL was not an” R&B” group but the record company enlisted the services of a Motown producer attempting to infuse R&B into their music in hopes of serving the American R&B base. This approach was again exercised in Motown’s 12 inch remixes of “Talk We Don’t” down-playing the breathing drums that were an integral part of the song’s original music. In January 1986, PAL embarked upon a promotional tour at the request of Motown’s European licensees. The official video for the single “Talk We Don’t” was produced in London utilizing the original track. PAL was told that their single at that time was the highest debuting single by any new group in Holland. PAL toured England, France, Spain, Germany, Holland and Belgium. They loved it! Upon returning to the U.S., Motown was still at a loss as what to do with PAL. Even though the music had been so positively accepted abroad, America was not Europe. Motown never released PAL’s music in America and this freed the group from any further recording obligations to Motown. Around 1988, PAL disbanded and went on to lead very successful lives in other creative genres.
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The Poppies were an American duo consisting of Liberty Martin and Clifford Lane. Producer Roger Greenawalt and Lane wanted to put together a mob of people to make up the band for performances and scouted constantly for new members. They essentially wanted the audience to be part of the show. This unique approach attracted the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them to an album deal. The lovely Martin, who is Penthouse creator Bob Guccione’sgoddaughter, became the main vocalist and focal point for the act. Their sound was very retro sixties with clear influences from acts like the Beatles. The act itself was then promoted as the duo of Martin and Lane. They released two singles, “She Is Revolution” and “That’s What We’ll Do”, and also recorded a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties”. While overseas they got some notice, their sound wasn’t embraced in North America and the project ended. Martin’s whereabouts are unknown, but Lane continues to produce and has had success creating commercial jingles. Greenawalt has also continued producing and writing for other acts.
According to Isle of Deserted Pop Stars, most of the songs from this album were written by songwriter/producer Michael Garvin whose other songs were recorded by the likes of George Benson, Cher, Sister Sledge, Reba McEntire and Jennifer Lopez. The single, ‘Conceal Your Love' managed to be minor dance hit although, the album suffered from sub-par production quality. Not much information about Debra Torre can be found on the Internet although there was a post in the review section of her album on Amazon who claims that she was the artist (and that her real last name is actually Torres) and had no creative control over the album and did not made any money out of it. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.
This 1992 song from the duo prominently features a vocal sample from Kate Bush’s song Cloudbusting. In the 2008 remixed version (released as “Something Good ‘08”), Bush’s vocal sample was re-recorded by former Pop Idol contestant and West End actress/singer Davina Perera.
Dusty Trails is a one-off collaboration of Vivian Trimble (of Luscious Jackson) and Josephine Wiggs (of The Breeders). Their only album as Dusty Trails, which also features collaborations with Emmylou Harris and the rest of Luscious Jackson, presents an album of laidback, folkie, soft rock songs.