Loss of Motown Legend: Johnny Bristol

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The Independent carried the obituary for Johnny Bristol; a Motown-era producer, singer and songwriter. He was best known to Heart 103 listeners for ‘Hang on in there baby‘. Despite his fair share of pop classics, he was a well-respected artist beloved by fans of rare groove.

My own personal favourite was ‘If I can’t stop you‘, which is an interesting mix with blues in its lyrics, disco in its tempo and jazz-funk in the instrumental arrangement.

Post-Motown career

Johnny also contributed to Ian Levine’s motor city records label. (Before producing High Energy and Take That tunes, Ian was one of the biggest DJ’s on the northern soul circuit (and also responsible for a religious schism within it) with a residency at the Blackpool Mecca). Motor City Records made new records by some of Tamla Motown’s legends

If this kind of thing works for you then I would recommend the Strange Games and Funky Things compilations on BBE records.