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Monthly Archives: May 2010
A Lost Classic: Junior’s “Ji”
Criminally overlooked. That is how I would describe Norman “Junior” Giscombe. A pioneer of the UK R&B invasion of the 80s (which would include Sade, Loose Ends, Billy Ocean, Soul II Soul and others), Junior landed at #2 on the R&B charts (and #30 on the Top 40) with “Mama Used To Say,” a major hit that was unavoidable in 1982. The follow-up hits were “Too Late” and “I Can’t Help It.” The album, Ji, made a splash in the U.S. when it was released, but his subsequent albums failed to make much of an impression, and nowadays, most remember him only for his biggest hit.