Leroy M. Bell and Casey James were a songwriting and disco funk duo from Philadelphia. Thanks to Bell’s uncle they started writing songs for the roster of Philadelphia International Records (MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, …) before signing with A&M and releasing three albums. Their biggest disco writings are Jackie Moore hit “This Time Baby” (originally written for The O’Jays) and “Are You Ready For Love” by Elton John. “I Love The Music” is the last song from their first album, it was later covered by The Spinners and recently sampled by Joe & Jessey.
Bell & James – I Love The Music (Discogs)
“That’s The Kind Of Love I’ve Got For You” is a song written in 1978 by Dean Parks and Donald Fletcher for the pop diva Dusty Springfield. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and 12” mixed by Tom Moulton. Dusty does disco, no more to say.
D. Springfield – That’s The Kind of Love I’ve Got For You (12” Mix) (Discogs)
Starbow was one of the many project of Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde. One half Belgian, one half French: these guys in the 70’s had a brilliant touch. Together they wrote high number of hits for artists like “The Gibson Brothers“, “Ottawan” and “La Compagnie Créole“. They also released (in 1971) a seminal disco album under the name of “Yamasaki“: a Japanese themed LP which, even today, is really hard to categorize it. Not a problem instead for “Voyager II”, a wonderful slow disco song.
Starbow – Voyager II (Discogs)
Barney Blair Perry was a student of Donald Byrd at the Howard University and later he become the guitarist of The Blackbyrds. The title track of his only solo album is a favorite.
Blair – Nightlife (Discogs)
No info on Enzo Fraiese but always a pleasure to hear it.
Renzo Fraiese – 12 Engle Street (Discogs)