Wade Donald

As far as I’m aware New York artist Wade Donald only had the two 45s released – but both of them are absolutely essential. His first for the tiny Brooks label ListenYou Know How I Feel has some doo-wop elements to it especially in the chord changes but Donald’s wholly committed vocal is full of gospel fire. You couldn’t really call this anything but the deepest of soul. No wonder that interesting character Jack Taylor picked it up for his Rojac label.

Loving you every day - EMPIRE CITY 101Donald’s second 45 may just be even better. Like Charlie Ford’s superb 45 for Jimmy Terrell's Empire City ListenLoving You Every Day is simply outstanding. Check out Donald’s screaming performance here for a masterclass in the heaviest of soul singing. Great plodding rhythm section led by a fine pianist too, and if you add a female chorus and the gritty horn section you have a perfect deep soul ballad. 10 stars - even on the garish blue vinyl.



I love you so come on home / ListenYou know how I feel ~ BROOKS 3106 / ROJAC 1000 (1962)
ListenLoving you every day / Walking – EMPIRE CITY 101 (mid 60s)


Thanks to Mike Atherton for the suggestion.

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