Monday, December 11, 2006
Cortez Harris Part 2
Since my previous post on Cortez Harris, I have heard from Dennis K. Hardison, a former friend of Cortez's. He have pasted his comments so you can read what he had to say plus I have now added audio of my favourite track by Cortez:
"Cortez Harris and I combined our businesses into Dennis K. Hardison Productions, in 1977. Our office was located in the David Whitney Building on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. We were 19 & 20 years of age at the time. During this time, he was a member of Al Hudson & the Soul Partners. I met Cortez through Daryl "Nady" Thomas, a neighborhood friend, who sang in other groups with Cortez. When Cortez and I first met, we were 14 & 15 years of age.
The last time that I talked with Cortez; he produced two tracks on one of my clients, Katie Griffin in 1983, the songs were written and composed by Cortez, "Concentrate on Love," a slow ballad, and "I won't leave you," a duet with Cortez and Katie. We recorded these songs in a studio owned by R&B singer, Jerry Carr, who also served as the Engineer on these tracks.
Cortez will be sadly missed bymany. He was definitely a musical genius! One day, he took me to the late Al Perkins, his former business manager, for a meeting to serve as Al Hudson and the Soul Partner's road manager. I accepted the job one morning and resigned later that evening, as I felt that I would not be able to work with Al Perkins, his temper was well known. Nonetheless, as his career escalated, I learned a lot about the music business from him."
Thanks to Dennis for the memories.