Posts Tagged ‘4th & B’Way Records’

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12″ Promo

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12" Promo

This promo 12″ release of “If I Love U 2 Nite” from Mica Paris features the inadvertent inclusion of Prince’s recording of the song.

M/A/R/R/S (1987) Pump Up The Volume 12″

M/A/R/R/S (1987) Pump Up The Volume 12"

“Pump Up The Volume” by M/A/R/R/S was a #1 dance hit in the US and a #1 pop hit in the UK. It’s their only release ever made commercially available.

Dino (1989) Never 2 Much Of U 7″

Dino (1989) Never 2 Much Of U 7"

“Never 2 Much Of U” is the fifth single released by Dino from his 1989 album ’24/7′. The track was written, arranged, produced and performed by Dino.

Dino (1989) Sunshine 7″

Dino (1989) Sunshine 7"

“Sunshine” is the fourth single released by Dino from his 1989 album ’24/7′. It was written, arranged, produced and performed by Dino.

Dino (1989) 24/7 7″

Dino (1989) 24/7 7"

Dean Esposito was born in Encino, then lived in Hawaii and California before finally settling in Las Vegas. After earning a Bachelor’s in Communications/Broadcasting and Music from UNLV, he became program director and morning show on the college radio station. Eventually he was hired at the city’s Top 40 station Power 97, and then was offered a gig at crosstown R&B station KCEP, where he rose to the position of Program Director. Meanwhile, he was singing with a group called Esquire, and after going solo he eventually got signed by the 4th & B’way label; he first appeared on the Dance chart with “Summergirls”, which subsequently got to #50 Pop. From there we’re going into a series of 7″s, including this first single from the debut same-named album, 24/7. His biggest hit, “I Like It”, followed, but we’ll jump to the next two singles and the first single from his second album, Swingin’, during the rest of this week. I believe Dino may hold the distinction of having the most chart singles/Top 40 hits to be without a greatest hits album; thus these songs are rather hard to find in digital form. Most-likely the problem was the first album being on 4th & B’way, a subsidiary of Island Records, who were ultimately owned by PolyGram; then the second came out on a different PolyGram label, Polydor, and finally his last album, The Way I Am, was on EastWest Records, a rebirth of a dormant label from the 50s brought back by Atlantic Records. Thus, trying to get the rights and residuals squared away with three different entities was probably too much trouble for everyone. So add some rare Dino to your cloud this week!

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12″

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12"

Here we have another UK 12″ of “If I Love U 2 Nite” which features a Club Mix by Nellee Hooper.

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12″

Mica Paris (1991) If I Love U 2 Nite UK 12" (Rub U 2 Nite)

Mica Paris released her debut album at the tender age of 19 in 1988. While working on her 1991 follow up album, she recorded Prince’s composition “If I Love U 2 Nite”. Prince originally wrote and recorded the song back in 1979 but, it was never officially released by anyone until Mica included it on her ‘Contribution’ LP. Later Prince would re-record the song with Mayte and that recording was included on the ‘1-800-NEW-FUNK’ album in 1994 and on Mayte’s ‘Child Of The Sun’ album in 1995. This 12″ includes 2 remixes by Nellee Hooper who was in high demand from his recent work with Soul II Soul.

Dino (1988) Summergirls 12″ Promo

Dino (1988) Summergirls 12" Promo

The Brief: In the northern hemisphere the official first day of summer will be June 21 however, in the US the traditional beginning of the summer season is the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up next week.  You guys have already “met” the motley crew of folks that have joined in on the blog as guest […]

Janice – Bye-Bye 12″

Janice - Bye-Bye 12"

The A Side: Bye-Bye 7:47 The B Side: Bye-Bye (Instrumental) 7:47 The Brief: As far as finding info on this record by Janice, it seems to be pretty darned obscure. It was released in 1986 on 4th & B’Way Records, written, produced and arranged by Irvin Lee. The song incorporates elements/samples of The Addams Family […]

Dino – I Like It 12″

Dino - I Like It 12"

“I Like It” came from Dino’s debut album ’24/7′, released in 1989. The track was written by Dino and the remixing was done by Gail “Sky” King.

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