Lee Garrett – 1976 – Heat for the Feets
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Blind since his birth in Mississippi on September 1, 1948, R&B vocalist Lee Garrett is probably better known for the material he wrote or co-wrote than for his own contributions as a performer which, in the end, was quite modest – one lonely nationally charting single. That was the May-June 1976 You’re My Everything which topped out at # 58 Billboard Pop Hot 100 – but for some strange reason fared even worse on the R&B charts, only reaching # 85 as Chrysalis 2112 b/w Love Enough For Two. That had followed his initial single, Heart Be Still b/w Broken Down D.J. (Chrysalis 2101) which failed to make any charts. Even so, that limited success also produced this lone LP, “Heat For The Feets” (Chrysalis 1109) which also emerged in 1975.
As a song-writer probably his most famous of many is Signed, Sealed And Delivered I’m Yours which, in mid-1970, became a monster # 1 R&B (8 weeks at the top) and # 3 Hot 100 for another noted blind-since-birth singer, Stevie Wonder. In fact he and the future R&R Hall Of Famer would collaborate on a number of big tunes, including Jermaine Jackson’s just as monstrous # 1 R&B (6 weeks at the top) and # 9 Hot 100 in the spring of 1980, Let’s Get Serious, and The Spinners’ Aug-Sept 1970 # 4 R&B/# 14 Hot 100 It’s A Shame.
Songwriter Lee Garrett co-wrote Steve Wonder’s number one R&B hit “Signed, Sealed and Delivered I’m Yours“; the Wonder-produced number one R&B hit by Jermaine Jackson, “Let’s Get Serious“; and The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame.” Garrett’s resumé includes stints as the music director for Philadelphia soul music radio station WHAT and singing in nightclubs. Garrett first met Wonder at the Michigan School for fhe Blind. The two began writing songs together with the first fruit of their collaboration beingThe Spinners’ 1968 Motown number four R&B hit “It’s a Shame.” “Signed, Sealed and Delivered I’m Yours,” co-written by Garrett, Wonder, Syreeta Wright (who had a Motown number four pop hit duet with Billy Preston, “With You I’m Born Again”), and Lula Mae Hardaway, held the number one R&B spot for six weeks and went to number three pop on Billboard’s charts in summer 1970. The Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours LP peaked at number 25 pop in fall 1970.
In 1976, Garrett signed to Chrysalis and had a moderate R&B hit with “You’re My Everything,” taken from his lone solo album, Heat for the Feets. Back with Stevie Wonder, he wrote the kinetic “Let’s Get Serious” for Jermaine Jackson, which parked at number one R&B for six weeks and hit number nine pop in spring 1980. The Let’s Get Serious album went gold, going to number six pop in summer 1980.