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Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board

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* BIO: General Johnson/Chairmen of the Board

* CD REVIEW: Chairmen of the Board - All In The Family

* COMMENTARY: A few observations about General Norman Johnson...(Chairman of the Board)

* HISTORY: It Will Stand



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I'd like to take this oppurtunity to re-introduce Soul-Patrollers, near and far, around the corner and around the world to....LEGENDARY

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD


I'll bet more than a few of you out there have asked yourself the question...."Whatever happened to the Chairmen of the Board?"

Well we are going to certainly answer that question for you in today's Soul-Patrol Newsletter, but first a little history lesson courtesey of our boy: The Rexx ''Minister of forbidden soul"

Another bad ass band that never got their due! In the books of black music history, we have to give General Johnson his due! This Native American soul brother was and is cold blooded!

Talk about a poet! He wrote ''patches'' that Clarence Carter had a hit with. And for sexy Freda Payne, he wrote ''Band of Gold', and ''bring the boys'' home! He has other songs out there as well! In the 80's they became a beach band in the Carolinas! But man in their heyday! They were awesome! I remember seeing them at the Apollo in 1969! They kicked some butt! ''Pay to the piper'' was the cut in the early 70's and ''finders keepers'' was the cut also!

--The Rexx ''Minister of forbidden soul"



So today, I would like you to give yourself the chance to not only learn a little bit more about the history of OUR MUSIC that may have been hidden from your view previously, but also to turn you on to one of the baddest albums out in the marketplace today, that is also being kept hidden from your view (ears) because of the tyranny of modern commercial radio..

We have two ways for you to do that in this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter,in addition to the reviews and history in this issue:

1. Listen to our special Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Streaming broadcast, featuring the Chairmen of the Board's SLAMMIN new album "All In The Family"
2. Go to Chairmen of the Board's website and check out their story

After you do those two things, please let me know what cha think?

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board



BIO: General Johnson/Chairmen of the Board

General Johnson My career has been a long exciting journey with all roads leading to the musical oasis called Beach Music. In the spring of 1966 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as lead singer of the Showmen, I performed before my first Beach Music audience. Thinking Beach Music was music by artist like The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, we nervously performed a variety of rhythm and blues classics. Surprisingly, each song was met with the audience's approval. As we ended the show with our regional hit "39-21-46" and our nationally charted hit song, "It Will Stand," the audience responded by applauding us back for an encore. Because we didn't know any other songs to perform, we sang two more verses of "It Will Stand" and spontaneously, began to adlib the chorus of Bruce Channel's song "Hey Baby." As we sang "Hey Baby," we waved our hands in the air and to our surprise, everyone in the audience responded by doing the same. When we concluded the show with a bow, the audience showed their appreciation by rewarding us with another thunderous round of applause. That spring night, I understood, appreciated and became a part of the Beach Music phenomenon.

In 1968, 1 moved to Detroit, Michigan to further my career with Invictus Records. As a member of The Chairmen of the Board, I experienced and enjoyed international success as a songwriter and an artist. My success in such a short period of time magnified the business dealings with my recording and management companies. Soon, business disagreements deteriorated our musical relationship and eventually terminated our successful venture. In 1974, 1 left Invictus.


In 1978, 1 returned to the Carolina's with The Chairmen of the Board. For the first time in eight years, I enjoyed performing music without the depression of the music business. I found an independent music industry that was still free of monopoly, politics and categorization. I felt the energy of an industry propelled by its loyal supporters.

In 1979, 1, along with the late Mike Branch, formed Surfside Records. Our objective was to record new music to revitalize the identity of a thriving music market that was slowly being recognized as and too dependent on old recordings.

In 1981, two years after forming Surfside Records, I was contacted by Motown Records, leading to discussions with then CEO Mr. Berry Gordy Jr. The meetings at his home in California were personable and candid. His offer could have proven to be financially lucrative for me but would have meant moving to California and abandoning Surfside Records and the musical utopia that I had found to be a safe haven. I respectfully declined Motown offer and for years, I wondered if I had made the right decision.

Nineteen years later, I have absolutely no regrets. Those years have been filled with excitement and personal fulfillment that exceeds any monetary gains that I could have attained.

I'd like to sincerely thank all Beach Music lovers and supporters for affording me the opportunity to create and perform, without compromise, the music that we treasure. I am humbly appreciative and honored to be a part of the Carolina Beach Music phenomenon.

--General Johnson
---------------------------
And there is more!!!
(a whole lot more....)
Check out the site at the following link:
http://www.chairmenoftheboard.com


Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board

CD REVIEW: Chairmen of the Board - All In The Family
(Southern Soul)


Chairmen of the BoardIf I had written this the day I first heard this CD, this review would be filled with oohs and ahhs and a whole bunch of this the best CD i have heard in along time. it has now been over a month and my first impression has changed little. General Johnson has managed to capture some of best memories of 60's 70's and 80's i think there is one remake on this CD, but the whole things sounds familiar, in the best way.

I hear echoes of Al Green, the Staple singers, Curtis Mayfield the Stax Label just for starters. the song "your the one" is an Al Green type song that does just fine with a General in charge, Handsome man is a nice novelty song the type that only southern soul artist seems to create anymore (you know express humor now and then). the title song All in the Family sets the same kind of mood as the Ojays "Family Reunion" but different tempo different song.

Since someone has lifted my copy of All in the Family, I will tell you what i remember after playing it through the 4Th time. This CD is for all in your family, put it on at the BBQ, the family reunion, as halftime entertainment, what I am saying is if you are old school and you miss not only the music but the era, usher in this new era with that ole skool flava provided in a very splendid way by the Chairmen of the Board.

TRACK LISTING FOR: "ALL IN THE FAMILY"

1. All In The Family
2. You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk
3. The Blacker The Berry
4. You're The One
5. The Bottom Line
6. Three Women
7. Handsome Man
8. Somebody's Sleepin'
9. I'll Be There For You
10. Bless Your Heart
11. It Ain't What You Do (it's the way you do it)
12. Shoulda' Woulda' Coulda'
13. Gone Fishin'
14. It Ain't Easy Bein' Me
15. Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix)

-- Enorman WVKO 1580 Columbus OH



Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - All In The Family, Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board


COMMENTARY: A few observations about General Norman Johnson...(Chairman of the Board)


Chairmen of the BoardI first met General Johnson about 5 months ago. He told me that he was initially interested in Soul-Patrol because the Chairman of the Board had a new INDEPENDENTLY PRODUCED CD called "ALL IN THE FAMILY" and he was interested in how we might be able to help get the word out about the new album and his website.

However during our initial telephone conversation, we talked little about the new CD, which incidentally is off the chain and you can listen to parts of it at his website. What that first telephone conversation was mostly about were just two things.

- Him talking
- Me listening

He was most impressed with the fact that Soul-Patrol had so much documentation up on the site about Mr. Jessie Stone. Turns out that General Johnson and Jessie Stone had not only worked together at Atlantic Records back in the 1950's, but also were great friends.

He spent the bulk of that initial 2 hour conversation telling me stories about Jessie Stone and asking me if there wasn't some way of insuring that this man got the recognition that he deserved. Then we started talking about the RRHOF and how certain artists were getting screwed.

Yup, Yup, during that first conversation General Norman Johnson...
TOOK ME TO SCHOOL


In subsequent conversations, we talked quite a bit about how HE HAD GOTTEN SCREWED by the music industry. There is a section up on his site that he calls "The Music Bandits", where he scratches the surface on a concept that has much in common with what we have been calling "Culture Banditry" here on Soul-Patrol.
http://www.chairmenoftheboard.com

When you go to his site and begin to understand the sheer enormity of his contributions it becomes painfully obvious that much like his mentor Jessie Stone, General Norman Johnson also belongs in the RRHOF as well.

This man has not only performed many, many hit songs. But he has written even more, for many other artists, some of which he has never gotten the credit for. For example, in addition to all of the great well known songs that he wrote that were hits for the Chairman of the Board in the 1970's, turns out that General Norman Johnson wrote many of the MILLION SELLING HIT SONGS we all know and love from artists like Clarence Carter, The Honey Cone, 100 Proof Aged in Soul, Freda Payne.
http://www.chairmenoftheboard.com

Hell, even if he did nothing else but writing the song...
:::"IT WILL STAND":::

Which is a song that very accurately predicts just how this MULTI BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS, created by men like JESSIE STONE, which we refer to today as "rock n' roll" would indeed become a resilient force in American Society.

HE DESERVES HIS PROPS FROM EVERYBODY

Is that what I am saying? Why should you believe me?
After all, I am just a little "colored boy" from Brooklyn
Actually I am only paraphrasing what Dick Clark has said about the song:

:::"IT WILL STAND":::

Want to learn more?
Go to General Johnson's website and be taken to school on some of the history of BLACK MUSIC that you thought you knew and you will quickly learn (just as I did), just how little you do know!

Isn't it ironic that the very people who created this business, such as JESSIE STONE and GENERAL JOHNSON have been relegated to the scrap heap of history, while artists like the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath and others get to reap all of the money and recognition that was made possible in the first place by people like JESSIE STONE and GENERAL JOHNSON?

Once again the questions must be asked..."Why does Soul-Patrol exist"?
"Why bother to even cover an event like the RRHOF Inductions"?
Greer's Comments from the 2006 RRHOF Inductions

It's because we need to be able to discuss things in their proper context. And the stories of men like JESSIE STONE and GENERAL JOHNSON are a reminder of exactly what that context needs to be.

Above and beyond that, General Johnson has actually inspired me to do more with Soul-Patrol. If you go to the following link:
http://www.soul-patrol.com/soul/south.htm

One of the reason we now have this evolving area on our website is because of the inspiration of General Johnson, now giving us a place to talk about NEW MUSIC currently being produced by artists like him! This site isn't quite where I want it to be yet, but if yall can:

::GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MO' TIME"::

I can guarantee you all that:
::IT WILL STAND:::

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - All In The Family, Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board


HISTORY: It Will Stand


Chairmen of the Board

Hi Bob
The song charted in 1961 and from what I can remember it came in at about number 60 on the pop charts. It was on Minit Records out of New Orleans. Same year & label as Mother In Law by Ernie K Doe. Most people don't know this but it also charted three years later on the Imperial Label on both the "pop" & R & B charts. I say maybe in the the 80th position.

It was a regional hit in New Orleans and on the East Coast. I do believe that "hip" people and the city of New Orleans new this was a "classic anthem" and even a few of us hip folks on the East Coast. To others it was just a little different style but very cool. It is a song that has stood the test of time and is in my book "TIMELESS."

Now as far as the dance they did to it I would say it was the "slop." Also the early shag. In 1965 they had a jam called 39-21-46 which was a regional hit. It is a classic "beach jam" to this very day. General Johnson merged the doo wop and soul sound perfectly. The harmonies are close to 50's doo wop with Generals' forceful vocals that would later become 60's soul music. The Jive Five would be very similar to this style of harmonies and then Eugene Pitts powerful voice doing pre soul style.

--John Rozz

Lyrics To It Will Stand by General Johnson:

You take some
music music
sweet flowin music
a little movin and groovin'
and rock n roll will stand

you take heart beat stone beat
finger poppin and a stompin beat
a little dance that looks so neat
you see why it will stand

but folks don't understand it
and that's why they don't demand it
they're out tryin' to ruin
but forgive them
they know not what they're doin

don't you misname it
in fact you might as well claim it
it's swept this whole wide land
rock n roll, forever will stand

Allright
hear those guitars twangin'
sharper than lightnin'
hear those drums beat
louder than thunder

but folks don't understand it
and that's why they don't demand it
they're out tryin' to ruin
but forgive them
they know not what they're doin

don't you misname it
in fact you might as well claim it
it's swept this whole wide land
rock n roll, forever will stand





Chairmen of the Board: All In The Family - All In The Family, Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board


THE AWESOME NEW CD
from the LEGENDARY CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD
"ALL IN THE FAMILY"



Click here to check out the AWESOME NEW CD from the LEGENDARY CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD "ALL IN THE FAMILY"


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