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Eight Minutes: straight outta chicago’s soul cradle

The Eight Minutes were yet another family based kiddie soul group out of Chicago.  Oh yes, there were a bunch. For those just joining us, let’s recap:

There’s The Five Stairsteps: The Burke Family is of course best known for “Oooh Ooh Child”, but recorded a number of classy Chicago cuts on Curtis Mayfield‘s stable of labels in the sixties (some of which were penned by Mayfield himself)

Of Course, Gary, Indiana gave rise to The Jackson Five a few years later… The first cut was “Big Boy”, cut on Steeltown records well before Motown took notice

By the late sixties/early seventies came a slew of others, including Brighter Side of Darkness (known for “Love Jones”) and The Eight Minutes.  Phew…..

Anyway, the Eight Minutes mainly consisted of the children of two families: the Sudduths and the Goggins, plus Juwanna Glover and Carl Monroe.  They started out in the late sixties  on the Zago/Porter family of labels here in Chicago, releasing a bunch of rare, funky, danceable cuts, including: “Here’s Some Dances” and “Ain’t got Time”.  They put out a couple more singles, both related to Perception Records out of New York, who also released a very rare LP by the group, titled “American Family”.  Even though the group had a very high level of quality in their records, they never really impacted the charts, disbanding soon after the release of their only album.

Eight Minutes Discography:

Jay Pee 100 – Take My Love And Set Me Free (Part 1) / Take My Love And Set Me
Free (Part 2) – 1968
Jay Pee 125 – Oh Yes I Do / Time For A Change –
Jay Pee 130 – Will You Still Be Mine / Here’s Some Dances – 1968
Pee 200 – Take My Love, Don’t Set Me Free / Let’s Sign A Peace Treaty –
Perception 511 – Next Time He’ll Be Good / I Can’t Wait –
Perception 533 – Looking For A Brand New Game / Find One Who Loves You –

The Get Down: keep on singing

The Get Down is back! This Thursday, February 11, let’s celebrate what we love: feel good music!  Soul, Funk, Disco, and Bluesy Groovers spun with love by yours truly (DJ Ayana).  Expect a healthy helping of both rare and classic homegrown monsters, plus all the darkjive featured music you’ve come to love.

Thursday, February 11  @ the Morseland (don’t forget to check out their revamped menu… their kitchen is open late!)

1218 West Morse Avenue / 9:00pm-1:00am
No Cover!

Sneak Peak music:

Chicago’s own Keni Burke (of Five Stairsteps [“Oooh Ooh Child”] fame) released his self titled debut on George Harrison’s Dark Horse Records in 1976.  “Keep on Singing” keeps me high to this day.  Enjoy and see you soon!

The Five Stairsteps… in a World of Fantasy

Produced by Curtis Mayfield, the Burke brood had a number of hits years before the Jacksons hit the scene.  Have a listen to an early television appearance…    Chicago’s own….I dare you to step to this underage smoothness…

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Danger, She’s a Stranger!

The Five can’t-say-too-much-good-stuff-about-them Stairsteps recorded this petite cherie in 1967.  Local Chicago record co-written by Curtis Mayfield (check the cartoon Marina Towers on the record label).  When I listen, I always picture a blustery autumn day, a’la that sad, sad Cliff Huxtable Thanksgiving episode.

NOTE: When Cliff is just a soggy silhouette in the doorway, Play the Cosby Show clip on mute with the Five Stairsteps record as a soundtrack….