Kellee Patterson – 1977 – Turn On The Lights – 1979 – All The Things You Are
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Kellee Patterson – 1977 – Turn On The Lights – Be Happy
Kellee Patterson’s rise into the public eye came in 1971 when she was the first black girl to become Miss Indiana when she entered the Miss America pageant with merits for her singing talents. Her singing started professionally when she was just 16 and following the sucess in the Miss America pageant she toured the world where she both sung and gave speeches. Kellee broke into TV to host Harambee in Chicago and continued on with her singing career later when she moved to the West Coast.
Her musical recording total only four albums, that have remained fairly underground gems that sported afew minor singles.
Maiden Voyage was Kellee’s debut album on the Black Jazz label which is a jazzy and melow album.
Kellee’s second album, Kellee was a collection of cover versions on Hubub Records in 1976. It showed the first signs of her transgression to the disco movement and contains an amazing cover version of the Barry White classic, I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby
This is the third album with more disco vibes in 1977.
A1 Overture (2:46)
A2 Heaven (4:14)
A3 If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It (5:17)
A4 Yesterday Was Love (4:51)
A5 Be Happy (3:23)
B1 Turn On The Lights (7:45)
B2 Movin’ In The Right Direction (3:54)
B3 Let’s Hold On To Love (3:57)
B4 I’m Coming Home (4:52)
In case you’re wondering, this is the album Kellee recorded after the classic self-titled set with “I’m Gonna Love You a Little More Baby“. This album’s not as jazzy funky as that one, but it’s still a pretty sweet set overall sung by Kellee in her nice vocal style, with kind of a lightly grooving, boogie-inflected soul style. The best cuts include “If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It” and “Turn On The Lights” both of which are pretty great and other tracks include “Moving In The Right Direction“, “Heaven“, and “Be Happy“. Kellee’s definitely getting a bit more pop oriented here but she’s still got some good soulful moments.
Kellee Patterson – 1979 – All The Things You Are
Kellee’s final album is a true disco, funky mix of classic ballads. All The Things You Are was released in 1979 on Shadybrook.
A1 Let Go, Let Go (5:32)
A2 Fancy Dancer (4:30)
A3 So In Tune With You (6:22)
B1 All The Things You Are (6:34)
B2 Feelings Old Feelings (4:24)
B3 Nice Girl (3:50)
B4 How I Love Your Smile (3:24)
Groovy Emmanuel about Kellee
This is just the moment when the neon-lit atmosphere of Kellee’s debut album (way back in 1973) goes sexy! And here we have a gentle attack of some excellent mellow disco grooves to the aforementioned early singing career of the former but eternally beautiful Miss Indiana!
And yes, her voice is still embracing the sensual moods, no matter if she’s caressing the nasal side or not, and Gene Russell, the founder of Black Jazz Records, is still running the executive production (with the exception of side one of “All The Things You Are”) with some big help from the great musicians who participate in both records.
Special note on Larry Farrow who has done a tremendous job in composing-producing-arranging and conducting the whole set of “Be Happy”, and to Victor Hall & Harry Bowen in side one of “All The Things You Are”. It seems that they are all moving in the right direction.
Now it’s time for the rest of us to turn on the lights.
Enjoy her debut album “Maiden Voyage” here