103.7 Da Beat Spotlight-Randy Hall


103.7 Da Beat Spotlight-Randy Hall

Musicians don't come more stellar, multi-faceted and gifted than Randy Hall, an ace guitarist, vocalist, composer,arranger and performer. The Chicago-native has been a highly coveted musician for several decades and a chart-topping R&B star as well as a supporting player for an impressive, genre-defying resume of artists that began withThe Staple Singers at age 15, The Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross, Snoop Dogg, Dave Koz and - most definitively - the man who launched Hall as an international player with whom to be reckoned: the legendary Miles Davis. Now in 2020, after decades away from recording his own music, Randy Hall has made an astounding return with two runaway hit singles on the U.K charts. For a follow-up, Randy came back with another song entitled "A New Way of Love. It too flew to #1 on the international charts, prompting Randy to set his sights on the American market.

A strategy to conquer America became even more of a necessity after another vault song he dusted off, "I Love What We Make Together," became a key component of the 2019 Miles Davis project, Rubberband, that also shot up the charts - this time on the jazz side. This was with Davis that Randy first sprang to international attention. First, Randy was a co-writer and player on the 1981 instrumental "Shout," the first song to reintroduce Davis after 6 years away with a splashy funky flair. Then Randy was the lyricist and vocalist of the album's mood-drenched title track, The Man with The Horn, a welcome back tribute to the legend that became a jazz and Quiet Storm radio classic. It was quite an accomplishment because Hall was only 21 when that album was released by corporate giant Columbia Records.

The 2020 success of "I Love What We Make Together" (originally written with the late Al Jarreau as its intended singer), as well as additional Rubberband songs that feature Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi, all bring Randy back full circle to his roots. Right after his tremendous success with Miles Davis on the aforementioned The Man with The Horn, Randy was briefly a member of the highly respected Seattle launched funk-jazz band Pleasure for the album Give it Up (RCA - 1982) featuring the Top 30 single "Sending My Love." A move to Los Angeles and connecting with Ray Parker Jr. resulted in Randy being signed to MCA Records for which he recorded two albums: I Belong To You(1984) which garnered the Top 20 R&B hit "I've Been Watching You (Jamie's Girl)" followed by Love You Like a Stranger (1988) which contained the Top 40 single "Slow Starter."

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