Jeffrey Osborne’s self-titled debut album of 1982 reached #49 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B albums chart. He followed that up with 1983’s ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ which reached #25 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B albums chart. The title track “Stay With Me Tonight” was the second single released from the album and we will take a look and listen at the UK 12″ release of that tune from 1984. As per usual with UK 12″ releases, we get goodies that didn’t appear on the US releases. The A side is the US Club Mix that clocks in at 5:43. Over on the B side is a medley of Osborne’s hits titled “The Jeffrey Osborne Soul Mix” and credited to Froggy’s UK Mixes. Also included on this side is a remix of “Plane Love” that is also credited to Froggy. So, who is this Froggy, you might ask? Well, his name is Steven Howlett and on a trip from the UK to the US in the late 70s, he met Larry Levan and visited the Studio 54 and Paradise Garage clubs where he soaked in all the DJ knowledge he could absorb. He returned to the UK and set up a sound system based on what he learned in the US and took it on the road, wowing crowds at Knebworth and at Caister Soul Weekenders. Froggy is also well-known on UK radio and the BBC where he has hosted shows on Radio One and London’s Capital Radio.
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Former LTD member Jeffrey Osborne has always generated a positive response whenever I’ve posted his records in the past. So, when I ran across a couple of UK 12″ releases, I immediately snapped them up. Osborne’s first two albums, “Jeffrey Osborne” and “Stay With Me Tonight”, are still on rotation in my personal playlists, both were produced by the legendary George Duke and still hold up very well today. “On The Wings Of Love” was the second of only 2 charting singles from Osborne’s debut album. This 12″ only contains an album cut of “On The Wings Of Love” but, that isn’t the features of this record. The second song is the track “I’m Beggin'” which is a non-album cut that has never been issued on CD from what I have been able to determine. On the flip side is the US Dub Mix of “Plane Love” as remixed by the famous Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan (his name is misspelled on the labels). I am fairly certain this cut is vinyl only as well.
The A Side: Stay With Me Tonight (Extended Remixed Version) 5:52 The B Side: Plane Love (Specially Remixed Version) 6:17 The Brief: From an A&M Records “Extended Memories” re-issue, we get two of Jeffrey Osborne’s more danceable tunes in their full on extended mixes. Both songs came from the former LTD front man’s second LP […]
Jeffrey Osborne’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 was “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)”. The 12” features remixes by Arthur Baker.
“She’s On The Left” was the last single by Jeffrey Osborne to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. Despite that, it was also his only #1 on the Hot Black Singles and his highest charting song on the Dance charts. The song was from his fifth solo release ‘One Love: One Dream’ in 1988 and his final LP of original material recorded for A&M Records. The mixes on this 12” were done by Keith “KC” Cohen and Steve Beltran.
Side A: Stay With Me Tonight (Extended Remixed Version) 5:52 Side B: Stay With Me Tonight (Dub Version) 6:42 The Brief: Jeffrey Osborne started off as the drummer for LTD and eventually took over lead vocalist duties before departing the band in late 1980 for a solo career. “Stay With Me Tonight” is the title […]