Gene Chandler – 1970 – The Gene Chandler Situation

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This is the Gene Chandler’s 1st album on the Mercury Label (available only in vinyl) and I must say it’s :

“Groovy Situation”.

Listening, over and over again to the album and looking back to the “Duke of Earl” and hearing a completely different sound, all from one man, is truly an experience. That’s what this album will be to you, an experience you won’t soon forget. Here Gene has something for everyone, the pop music lovers will certainly enjoy “Groovy Situation” , “Simply Call It Love” and “It’s Your Love I’m After”. The Soul of Gene comes out as he does “Unforgettable” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”.

[[Gene Chandler]] is best known for his 1962 Doo Wop hit Duke Of Earl. He continued to record after that and had a long relationship with Curtis Mayfield, who wrote most of his material in the mid-1960s. Situation is one of Chandler’s later releases and featured his pop hit Groovy Situation that sold about 1 million copies. That song is by far the best off the album, which is full of the slick Soul and heavy ballads that was popular in Chandler’s Chicago at the time.

This a @320 vinyl rip of the original Mercury record including covers.

A1 Groovy Situation (3:12)
A2 Simply Call It Love (2:35)
A3 Hallelujah, I Love Her So (2:20)
A4 Not The Marrying Kind (3:08)
A5 Give Me A Chance (3:38)
B1 Am I Blue (4:10)
B2 Bright Lights And You, Girl (2:15)
B3 Hey, Little Angel (3:00)
B4 Unforgettable (3:10)
B5 It’s Your Lov
e I’m After (2:25)

Arranged By : Tom Washington – Produced by : Gene Chandler

The reviews


Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s, with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul groove but the best part of all is Gene, who’s an amazing singer with a maturity that stretches years beyond his earlier hits, and which put him in a camp with the best of his generation. The songwriting is excellent throughout, with a great mix of uptempo numbers and heartbreakingly personal ones. Titles include “Groovy Situation”, “Simply Call It Love”, “Not The Marrying Kind”, “Give Me a Chance”, and “Hey, Little Angel”.


….Finally, tired of the road and no viable new hits, Gene turned his attention to the business end of the industry. After all his successes, Gene decided to put his energy into producing, arranging and hyping other acts. Gene formed two music-publishing companies, a production company and was President of Bamboo Records. Gene’s biggest hit at Bamboo was “Backfield in Motion” by Mel and Tim in 1969. Gene selected this song, cut it and sold a million copies. In 1970 Gene signed with Mercury Records and recorded “Groovy Situation”. The Strength of both of these tunes got him nominated for “Producer of The Year” Award for the National Association of Television and Radio announcers (NATRA). Gene won the NATRA award in Houston, Texas in August of 1970. He beat Norman Whitfield, producer of the Temptations and Gamble and Huff of the Philadelphia sound for the award, an astounding accomplishment considering the popularity of the Detroit and Philly revolution in that time period.

” Groovy Situation ” was a top hit that summer, selling another million. Gene’s disco hits were extremely popular in the UK in the 70s and 80s and Gene collaborated with Reggae star ” Johnny Nash ” in London. “Get Down”, another million-seller absolutely rocked the disco revolution. Gene was with Chi-Sound Records, as Executive vice-president under the direction of Carl Davis at the same time “Get Down” was recorded.

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  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:11h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    A beautiful album, still available only in vinyl, by the great Gene Chandler. Perfect for the celebration of the 1st month of the blog.
    Enjoy and thank you all, for your support so far.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:15h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    A great month, Nikos! :¬)
    Thank you for the music!


  • k02
    Posted at 16:47h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    I was so anxious when you displayed this Nikos. Thanks a million, youre genorosity and extensive knowledge is greatly appreciated.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 17:57h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    Do dive some posts below brothers and dig up Gene’s own climax as a producer in Mel & Tim’s “Backfield In Motion” (enjoy their own version of “Groovy Situation” as well!). What a better way to celebrate one month of the new blog by linking it to the old posts and give brother Nikos mad props for his countless efforts to keep us happy. Music itself is groovin’ tirelessly… Keep it groovin’ brother

  • pete
    Posted at 19:29h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    brilliant post been looking for this guy for ages thanks great album

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 21:17h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    Nice post, Nikos. I’ve had this one for a while now. I know people are going to enjoy it.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 22:31h, 02 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos. You’re the Best!!

  • JTF
    Posted at 03:57h, 03 June 2008 Reply


  • gorgio
    Posted at 05:35h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Excellent choice. Gene Chandler rocks. the single is top class, the album is a surprise.

  • Godfaz
    Posted at 08:36h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Lot of thanks !

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 13:09h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Ah – One of my favorite moldy oldies …..

  • taco
    Posted at 09:23h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for great music!!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 10:28h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Wow,what a present for today.Thanks for your magnificent work,i love your blog.

  • hooch
    Posted at 11:02h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Awesome – Thank you!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 15:36h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    A special note for those unsung heroes of Chi-sound: The session men. Plus the arrangers “Tom Tom” Washington (see also the post below), Willie Henderson and Sonny Sanders, the composers Barbara Acklin and Eugene Record (Oh yeah..) and the man in charge Carl Davis. They were not that recognisable as Philly’s MFSB, or the Memphis house band, or the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, or Motown’s Funk Brothers, but they did have their own small territory in the vast area of seventies soul and funk music. Hats off to them…

  • G.P.
    Posted at 19:36h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks! I appreciate all of your constant efforts to share this wonderful music!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:15h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Chicago is best known for the soft breezy soul sound of artists like Jerry Butler, The Impressions(in particular, the group’s lead singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield, Gene Chandler, Tyrone Davis, Betty Everett, The Dells, The five Stairsteps, The Chi-Lites and Major Lance.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:19h, 03 June 2008 Reply

    Also to remind that Gene’s “Rainbow” is considered as one of it’s most impressive vocal performances, one of the avatars of chicago soul.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 02:46h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    That’s right Nikos, you set rightly the whole picture of Chicago soul scene. I forgot to state that i was referring to a specific period (late sixties-early seventies) and mostly in Brunwick/Dakar releases where more or less it was the same musicians as in Gene’s “Groovy Situation” who kept the flame firing. Donny Hathaway was also from Chicago and early on he participated in sessions with johnny Pate, Curtis, Jerry Butler and (my goodness) Staple Singers. Well, Chicago soul scene is a big story for sure.

  • Mr.Fean
    Posted at 05:56h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    So grateful for the Chicago scene info’s.

  • SadJake
    Posted at 06:09h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Really love that soulful tunes here. I have to check for more Gene Chandler.

  • Weedy
    Posted at 09:35h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Another brilliant post, nikos.

  • CAN
    Posted at 11:13h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Yes!!Yesssss!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the gem and the hard work, man.

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:25h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Nikos whats good man great post but i cant wait for the new york city post they were a great group

  • rg
    Posted at 17:52h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Last post was dope. all faith this’ll be too, Thanks

  • Raphy
    Posted at 14:54h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you my friend. I’ll definitely will cherish this Gem. Thanks once more

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 16:21h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you. Great one.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 20:30h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Always a pleasure to listen to the forgotten oldies you post for the masses.Love your work.

  • ben
    Posted at 21:30h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    nikos, can’t wait to throw this on my ipod. So groovy….

  • FAkeS
    Posted at 10:53h, 05 June 2008 Reply

    One of the very best blogs in the web. I can´t wait to hear that stuff, too.

  • reOO
    Posted at 23:20h, 06 June 2008 Reply

    Great site. Lot of essentials here. Thanks

  • TalkToMuch
    Posted at 06:59h, 07 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the Duke. Enjoyable album.

  • beats2go
    Posted at 19:42h, 14 June 2008 Reply

    thx alot great album

  • manny
    Posted at 05:25h, 15 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Jmateo
    Posted at 04:12h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Very Nice! Where do you get all this info on these artists!!

    Thanks again for the knowledge and enjoyment of these great tracks!!!



  • nikos1109
    Posted at 05:43h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Jmateo, there’s a few sites like All Music Guide or Dusty Groove with info’s and reviews. A reserch to Google can also give you so many pages about the artist or the album. The important thing is what you choose of all these (and how you display them in the text) so the visitor can easily understand what is all about.

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 14:22h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the ‘Duke Of Earl’…….

  • wkc
    Posted at 23:30h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    Very nice post as alwasys – thanks Nikos!

  • jean
    Posted at 03:48h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    my mum listened to this one when i was kid………..thanks for those memories (from the bottom of my heart)

  • Jordan
    Posted at 04:52h, 13 April 2009 Reply

    thank you!!!! been lookin for this

  • Stanley Turner
    Posted at 03:19h, 19 April 2009 Reply

    I hadn’t heard anything like “Simply Call It Love” before or since. The arrangement and rhythm are unique(not to mention Gene’s singing) and has earned a spot on my soul oldies playlist forever.

  • name
    Posted at 14:10h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    What is it,

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 21:23h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    very nice thanks a lot!

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:33h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks you for great music.

  • Nimmania
    Posted at 09:39h, 08 May 2010 Reply


  • Joeboy
    Posted at 15:08h, 23 July 2013 Reply

    Great anotner timeless classic, thanks guys

    • Joeboy
      Posted at 15:10h, 23 July 2013 Reply

      another – ha ha

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