Saturday, December 23, 2006

Johnnie Taylor At The Summit Club 1973

I have just found out that Concord, who now own the rights to the Stax catalogue, will finally be releasing a Johnnie Taylor "Live At The Summit Club" CD in February 2007. The live set came about because Johnnie was unable to get on stage at the Wattstax concert in 1973 when the event overrun. He was not the only Stax star not to make onto the stage that night.

Stax were left with the problem of how to feature some their best seling stars in the film even though they didn't make the concert. The Emotions sang in a neighbourhood church, Little Milton was filmed on rail road tracks in the LA area, Luther Ingram had some concert footage spliced into the film and Johnnie's gig at the LA Summit nightclub was filmed. The sequence of Johnnie is now avaible on You Tube and strangely ended up being on of the iconic moments of the film - a master at work alongside some wonderful footage of some "brothers" and their ladies arriving for the gig!

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