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  • RE: "Give me Joy" by Cathy Wood - The House Tune that was an Underground Monster

    Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis) - Give me Joy - 1995

    One of the tracks that I hadn’t heard in absolutely ages. And I mean ages was this one.

    The track in question was called “Give me joy” by Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis), which was made in 1995.

    I recently heard it again after going onto You Tube, after searching for other Soulful House music gems from that period of time; for which for the life of me I can’t remember at the moment.

    I remember purchasing this track as clear as day. The year was 1995. I believe the month was April. I remember I was very excited in making my way down to London, where I knew there I would be able pick up new or obscure vinyl that I hadn’t the hope of getting within my home town of Ipswich.

    I went to my usual record shopping haunts at the time within London, which wereUptown records and Black market records.

    I was always excited going to capital. As you knew that you were always going to find something good. I mean Real good, but you never knew what. That was the additional and exciting part about it.

    The downside of it all was that you never had enough money. You could take down £1,000 pounds (English pounds) if you wanted. It wouldn’t mean a thing. Due to the sheer number of great tunes that were available.

    Not too far away from these two great stores anyway was  HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Street, London. Which was at the time the biggest record store in England; and possibly Europe.

    The store had an reportedly number of over 1 million records stored within the store at any given time.

    However, for this particular time; the HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Streetwas not on my mind. Yes the HMW RECORD STORE in Oxford Street had the numbers. However I was used to the service and the stores more obscure vinyl of Black Market and Uptown record stores.

    It was there that I wanted to listen to Deep House tracks that day. The more obscure the better. So visited the Black Market store first.

    Here below is a record buyers views of Black Market Records - before it close down in March, 2015

    I listened to about 30 tracks within the Black Market Record store from labels such as Prescription records, Cajual Records, Relief (Usa); to Irma Records (Italy), and then onto Glasgow Underground records (England).etc, etc… Most of them looked interesting and maybe could yield a really great vinyl sounds for me.

    But the next step was to listen to them. I was lucky. There was a spare listening record bay near the front of the store – which wasn’t that far away from a store assistant. I was too interested in the tracks that I heard though.

    So I handied back the tunes and headed over to UPTOWN RECORDS STORE, SOHO, LONDON – that  was practically over the other side of the street. I knew the drill very well and went straight downstairs with the store which housed the House, Disco House, Garage tracks during 1995

    I managed to gather another pile of interesting enough records for me for my time there. 

    Down in the Basement area of Uptown Records, Soho, London, England

    Strictly Rhythm records and Bottom line records  were showing the most promise that day from the pile that I had collected to listen to.

    However, In between I kept hearing a record that was being played on the decks in front of me that I had to find out what it was…

    The shop assistant went behind to a rail not behind him, and handed me over track. Which surprised me a little as it was on an English label.

    CATHY WOOD - (Katherine Ellis) - Give Me Joy

    Released 1995, Phuture Trax PHTRAX4

    A1 - Give Me Joy (Booker T Nu Soul Klub Mix)

    A2 - Give Me Joy (Underground Mass Dub)

    B1 - Give Me Joy (Bookstone Joy Lick)

    B2 - Give Me Joy (Nu Soul Mass Dub)

    I added this track to the pile which I was gradually getting through.

    Eventually, I now had to play the track that was called “Give me Love”  by an artist that I had not heard of before called Cathy Wood (Katherine Ellis),

    It was after playing the single for the 1st 30 seconds that I knew I had to get it. There was about 4 mixes of the song on the vinyl, however, it was the Bookstone Joy mix that captured my imagination. It was/is wonderful tune.

    A simple, jazzy piano chord progression together with a lovely vocal; and simple House drum pattern. I could see that this was going to be smash.

    And so I bought it. I also bought 4 other x tunes from Uptown records. But the tune of the day was “Give me love”

    The store assistant as he was bagging up the records for me agreed. And stated that the tune was “flying out from the store”.

    I then left store with the biggest smile on my face knowing that I had purchased a really good selection of tunes.

    Within the next couple of months I heard that the tune was huge in London, from a couple friends of mine that lived there. It was on all the Pirates – east, north, south and west within the capital.

    When I visited London nightclubs at the time that featured just House music as their main staple diet – this song was sure to be featured within the night.

    I recently managed to get in touch with all the players that were involved with the single from that period of time.

    The vocalist of the track was Cathy Woodknown these days as Katherine Ellis.

    I managed to catch up with her who helped give a picture of how the single came about.

    I asked her a few questions about her musical background and how she came to record the song.

    Here were the questions asked:

    1. Full name - Katherine Ellis
    2. Born - 21.06.65
    3. Age – 52
    4. Has music always been your passion? Do you come from a musical background for instance:

    Yes it has, my Mother Elizabeth played the piano and accordion, she studied Drama at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA) as did her sister Bronwen.

    My Grandparents both played the piano, my Grandmother also played violin and my Great Grandparents (Mother’s Father’s parents) were also on the stage, she sang Opera and he was a Monologist and after dinner speaker.

    My Mum always loved pop music and we always listened to the top 40 on the radio on a Sunday afternoon and we watched TOTP.

    We had a record player and there was always music playing. My mum says that I was dancing and singing from 18 months and always loved performing.

    I wanted to be an Actress but then at 14 changed my ambition to singing.

    1. Were you/or are you - A full out Singer/Songwriter or a Session singer???

    Yes I am and have been professional for over 30 years now, in that time I have done a huge amount of different things from singing in local bars and restaurants.

    When I first started out to hosting West End clubs to doing sessions for PWL, Capital Radio and Radio One, writing songs for myself and other artists.

    I have had big hits with the Ruff Driverz/ Dreaming, When You Touch Me with the Freemasons and Raven Maize/Fascinated all of which I also wrote.

    I have toured the world singing these songs and others in Nightclubs etc.

    I have done BVS live and in the studio for the likes of Robbie Williams, Chaka Khan, Boy George, Belinda Carlisle, Steps, Tina Cousins and Boy George.I have sung many tv Ads for Gaviscon, McDonalds, Saga, KFC etc and I have also sung in films such as Evita, What a Girl wants and I sang the title track to the movie called Gravity which won 7 Oscars.

    Full ITN Lunch Time Interview with Katherine Ellis talking about the Movie - "Gravity" - 17TH February 2014

    1. THE SONG CALLED "GIVE ME JOY" - How did it come about?? - Was it your idea and concept to make this tune? Or was there other helping hands - so to speak

    This song was written by BB Stone or BookStone (Bradley Carter) and Booker T.

    Bradley is married to an old friend of mine and I have known him since the 80s.

    He called me and asked me to sing the song. Not my idea at all.

    1. How long did the song take to create this tune would you say?

    I don’t know but I guess the vocal session was 2-3 hours

    1. Did you get any feedback about the tune which you had made/and was making such as impression with the Pirates and the club scene.  
    2. Yes, and I did a few PAs at the time.
    1. Did you receive and  do any live Pa work in regards to the tune becoming so many people favourites at the time. If so where???

     A few, I remember singing at the Colosseum Club night (London).

    I only had one garage tune though and never made any more so I didn’t do that much

          10.You mentioned that you only made only one of this type of track

           (Soulful/Jazzy/Funky House music)

    Yes I have made more of other dance music such as House, Breakbeat etc

           11.With regards to the music of House music - have you been able to make music with other  notable producers?

      Yes Joey Negro, The Freemasons, The Ruff Driverz, Roger Sanchez, Utah Saints, MDE, Lee Coombs, Dylan Rhymes, Cerrone..

           12.What if you can say about the scene that you were apart of the Music in the 1990's: as against today?

                Was the industry better back then; or is it better now.

    Impossible to say, in the 90s I was young and single so life was very different, it was certainly fun! 

    I suppose the major change has been the digitisation of everything which has had a huge impact on how musicians and performers make money. 

    13.What are doing with yourself these days? 

    Now I am in my 50s,I am married with 2 teenage sons, although I am still making records

    I am also branching out, I have just made a sample CD with Loopmasters

    https://www.loopmasters.com/genres/57-Vocals/products/6608-Katherine-Ellis-Diva-Acapella

    And I am also writing an Educational course on how to write TOP-LINES (the melody and lyrics)

    which will be available from Feb next year (2018) via the Go Create Academy. I am still gigging

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SongsirenKatherineEllis/events/

    Singing my hits and also singing jazz/soul/pop/house at Jazz after Dark once a month/ I love to sing all types of music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKeLCRyIracA Century of Songs with Katherine Ellis at Jazz After Dark, London

    I also contacted the music producer of the track on the single called “Bookstone joy mix”. I asked him a series of questions about his musical career; and the track that helped to put together.

    Full name: 

    Bradley Carter (Bookstone)

    Where are you born and based??

    Brixton, South London

    Were you a Dj - that decided that he wanted to a make a track, Or were you a Dj/producer from the outset that loves making tracks?

    I was a producer/songwriter that loved making soulful music.

    Did you play any instruments on the song - or did you use samples to create the song?

    I played all the keyboards on the track. The only samples were of Kathy’s voice and some of the drum sounds.

    How long did the song take to make?

    It was fast. That’s often the way with the good tunes. We laid down a basic groove one evening, then thought Kathy would be great on it.

    I called her and she came down our studio at Mile End a couple of days later. I remember writing the lyrics as Kathy was walking down the stairs.

    Kathy recorded all the vocals that afternoon. She has a wonderful voice. Every vocal idea I suggested, she nailed. That afternoon recording her was great fun.

    Were you into the music of Soulful House and Garage - when you made this track.

    Or were you into other styles of Music's such as Jungle/Drum and Bass; or Hip Hop music - then decided to try you aim at making a Uk Soulful/Funky House track for this moment.

    I was really into soulful house. Still am. Before I became a producer I used to play keys for other producers such as Frankie Fonset and Judge Jules.

    How did you get to know Katherine Ellis. Were you school friends for instance?

    I moved to Brighton when I was 16 and met Kathy down there. 

    Was she your first choice to use as your vocalist for the track?

    Yes

    Did you follow the whereabouts of how the track was doing??? For instance were you the person that liked to go to nightclubs and listen to any Pirate Radio show that were playing the track - when you visited London for instance? If not London your own area of the World?

    Yes. Paul Trouble Anderson used to have a great night UK in Camden. One night I heard him play six of our tunes in a row, including “Give me joy”. I was a happy man.

    Have you played on Radio stations, or even Pirate Radio stations in your time???

    I’ve performed live on Radio 1.

    Did you ask to make any more of these types of House and Garage Music?

    We made quite a few of soulful house tunes and remixes.

    Are you still involved in making music in anyway. In fact are you still involved in music at all.?

    Not anymore. It was a wonderful way to make a living. The next generation of soulful producers/musicians are coming out of South London now. My daughter is one of them.

    Do you miss that period the early to mid1990's in regards to the music industry that you were a part of? Or do you think today's setup with Streaming and Digital downloads are better for the music industry?

    It was a lot of fun. In one week you could be in a studio with Dj Disciple, then at a club night with David Camancho playing and Barbara Tucker singing, then doing remixes in Soul II Soul’s studio.

    On the industry side, I think the management and the labels had too much power back then. Nowadays, artists can get their music out. That has to be better for music.

    Here below is another tune/mixes that was created by BB Stone or BookStone (Bradley Carter) and Booker T:

    I then spoke to Gary Booker (known asBooker T)  

    He provided the other mix on the same single called - The(Booker T Nu Soul Klub Mix)

    He confirmed what I thought about the song when it released in 1995.

    “The song blew up big time. It was all over the Pirates, and most of the dj’s if they didn’t have the track at the time had to get it. I can’t believe it did not get into the charts” – Gary Booker (aka Booker T)

    The one and only - GARY BOOKER (aka BOOKER T) BELOW:

     The  Uk House and Garage music Producer From London, England

    I personally loved a lot of the soulful tunes in the mid 1990s. But I was at amidst as to how this single didn’t chart?

    All I can gather was the tune was a huge success on the pirate radio station network; and at all the major clubs in London and the South East of England.

    However, was it staple play for the House Dj’s within the Usa and the rest of the world??

    That’s a question that maybe the can supply me? If you were a dj of that time based in the Usa, or the rest of the world. Maybe you can let us know?

    Well thats all folks for me now anyway.

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  • UpTown Records based here in London, England surprises us all in 1998 ....

    Uptown Record - London, England surprises the whole lot of us - what a surprise! 

    The one and only Uptown Records, London, England - Sadly closed down in 2008 - Missed by many!!

    I used to be a regular record buyer at these two London vinyl records stores each month (Uptown Records and Black market records ). Both have now gone I am been told, but both of them will leave never in my heart.

    The same goes for others I think that were vinyl record buyers at the time. The Record stores that I am talking are Black market records and UPTOWN RECORDS. Both of the record stores were at the time splendid record stores. If you wanted Usa House and Garage music or other genders of House music in general here was the place.

    I used to check out Black market records for the styles of Deep House, whilst I used to check out Uptown Records for the more Soulful and Vocal styles of House and Garage music.

    Black market records - The world reknown record store now gone. Closed its doors for business during teh year of 2012 - Sadlty missed for vinly record buyers for House, Garage and Drum ad Basss music!!

     However, on one occasion I was left spell bound. Dj Superstar Roger Sanchez in regards to the music of House and Garage took us all by surprise by being behind the counter of Uptown records playing the hot records of the time, and also a few that he made himself. When did this all happen?

    Well it happen at the beginning of the year of 1998. I took the train down from Ipswich Town to London, and eventually made my way to Oxford Circus (London) via the London Underground tube system. It was from there that I made my way on this occasion to Uptown records this time via the street known as D'Arblay Street, within the Soho area of London.

     Inside part of downstairs for the House and Garage music section of Uptown records

    Instead of trying out Black market records this time. I don't why, but I decided to go to Uptown records first. As I approached the store, it seemed much more busier then normal. It was always a popular store in its time. But something didn't seem right as I approached the store. Both of the records stores mentioned attracted people from all over the world who were into House and Garage music, Uk Garage music or Deep House.

    Inside Black Market records London England. Or part of it. They had a down stairsways as well

    But to get to it you need to go down to the spiral stair case of Uptown records to get to the Basement of the House and Garage part of the store. As Upstairs you had the finest Rnb and Hip Records that was being looked after by Ronnie Herrel who was Rnb Dj/presenter on 1 X XTRA (BBC off shoot station) and now working at MI-SOUL.COM (RADIO) here in London, England. Eventually, after making my way down the spiral stairs you could see that it was packed. The reason why? Well at first I couldn't believe my eyes.

    The distance between myself and the counter was about 8ft away. And there behind the counter - standing in front of 2 turntables was the one and only Roger Sanchez.

    "Oh my goodness" I said. As I tried to make my way forward to the front of the crowd and in the front of the counter to see about some tracks that I come all the way from Ipswich town from to buy. But no one was budging they couldn't believe it as well. Here in front of us all was the one and only Roger Sanchez.

    Right in front of or eyes. To be honest we would normally we would be paying £20 to £30 pounds to see him live at the time at a nightclub within London (or even more!) . And he was performing on the decks for free for us! As he played a few still asked for records; others (I don't know how to be honest) were still listening to limited edition House or Garage tracks amid the commotion of what was going on around them via the head phones that were supplied as standard by the store.

    Many were trying to get a hand shake from their idle Roger Sanchez as he was djing. Paul Farris, the Store manager (DOWNSTAIRS - FOR HOUSE AND GARAGE MUSIC) was taking it all in; and at the same time was smiling from ear to ear with the response of what he witnessing in front of him. HOWEVER - THE OVERALL DIRECTOR OF THE WHOLE OPERATION THAT WASIZZY - THE DIRECTOR AND OVERALL OWNER OF UPTOWN RECORDS, SOHO, LONDON, EMGLAND; WAS NO WHERE TO BE SEEN FROM WHERE I WAS STANDING.......

    People were cheering, pumping their hands in the air and general expression great appreciation on such a track being played live in front of them by the producer who helped to make the track himself. Eventually Roger Sanchezz finished his set, to a round of applause.

    Withing the set that he did for us he dropped one of his biggest records of his career upto to this day. The record is - Roger Sanchez - "I need you" As soon as the opening bars/chords of the songs pumped the speakers and area that we wre jostle together in.

    There was an almightly cheer. Roger Sanchez just looked and a smiled beemed from ear to ear on his face. In my opinion Roger Sanchez still has not made a better record then this. It is one one the best House records ever made. Have a listen yourselves and then make up your own minds Just click on the You Tube video yourself to hear it below:

    Paul Farris made a speech thanking everyone that came down today to Rogar; and also thanked Roger for coming down to the store and playing the way he did.

    It was impossible to be able to shake the hand of Roger Sanchez that day as the queue, and time it took to get to the front of the queue would have taken up vital "Record buying" Time.

    I got speaking to a few people who were thinking like me, and were interested in getting to the vinyl records that had come into the store that day. I had about 30 records staked by my side of me that I needed that I needed to listen to that day. However, through my time of listening to these records.

    I managed to get into talking to few other dedicated records buyers that all loved House music (In all its formats); and Usa Garage music at the time. Most of them were searching for records by Labels.

    You had one guy to the right of me that was searching all the Strictly Rhythm records releases for instance that day. You had another guy to the left of me that was searching through all the Eightball records that were released at the time.

    From time to time, all 3 of us would stop listening to the vinyl single on the decks in front of us and motion to the other two that the single that they were listening to at the moment was "Hot", and if they have the time you should have a listen to it.

    Roger Sanchez eventually left to a hail of cheers through the back entrance of the store. But before he left he managed to interrupt that cheering by adding a little speech on how he had enjoyed himself. I looked forward to doing this again some time. And would you believe it that he did just that.

     The one and only Roger Sanchez

    As during the year of 2001, he came back to the same store and did it all again. Please read this link below that will tell you a little bit more about his second visit to England, and to the vinyl record store known as "Uptown Records" - 3 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London

    Uptown Records, London England and Roger Sanchez 2nd appearance at the store - 2001

    If you were there in 1998 at Uptown records and saw Roger Sanchez performing please let us know.

    Did you see him instead during the year of 2001 where he appeared at the same record store again?

    Are you an ex employee of Uptown records - - 3 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London - and you have a great insight to this then myself. If so please do let us know.

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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