For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Second Listen Sunday: Gerald & Eddie LeVert, Father & Son
Jackson, DeBarge, and Sylver are just a few of the names that come to mind when you think of families in R&B music. Today is Father’s Day, so I wanted to highlight a legendary father and son duo for Second Listen Sunday. Arriving in stores on Sept 26, 1995, Father and Son was the first full-length collaboration between the late great Gerald LeVert and his dad Eddie LeVert. The two had many successful collaborations in the past, most notably “Baby Hold On To Me” from Gerald’s 1991 solo debut. Thus a full-length album had to happen at some point.
“Already Missing You” was the album’s first single. Gerald wrote the song with his longtime associate Tony Nicholas. The song is about the emotions that arise when someone leaves or dies. The lyrics express the pain and longing that comes with such a loss and how hard it is to let go and forget. The song effectively delves into the profound emotions of grief, underscoring the significance of cherished recollections and the affection between two former lovers. “Already Missing You” is a heartfelt homage to a profoundly and dearly cherished individual.
Gerald and Eddie continued to tug at the heartstrings for the second single, a cover of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Initially written in 1982, the song has seen versions by legendary artists such as Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lou Rawls, and most famously, Bette Milder for the movie Beaches.
The LeVert men put their spin on the song, with Gerald passionately singing about his admiration for his dad. The senior LeVert sings about how proud he is of his son forging his career in the music industry. At 42, the song hits a bit deeper for me as it reminds me of my grandfather, who went to his eternal resting place in 2016.
Father and Son hit us with a slow jam for the final single: “Get You Thing Off.” The LeVert men were known for their ways with the ladies; this song is no different. The message I always get from the song is that two men know how to satisfy a woman in the bedroom and are not afraid to acknowledge it.
The rest of the album is typical nineties R&B, which is fine. A real highlight is the cover version of The O’Jays You Got Your Hooks in Me” featuring Walter Williams. Overall this is a fine addition to both men’s catalogs. The special bond between father and son and their mutual love and respect for each other is evident throughout the album.
Final Grade: B+
Father and Son by Gerald and Eddie LeVert is available on all streaming platforms.
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.