Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Genius: Paradise - Change / Native New Yorker - Odyssey

Genius’d Song: Paradise
Artist: Change
Album: Journey into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Selection: Native New Yorker
Artist: Odyssey
Album: Native New Yorker

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Paradise - Change
It Should Have Been You - Gwen Guthrie
Down To Love Town (Dim's Secret Re-Edit) - The Originals
The Boss (Original 12" Mix)- Diana Ross
He's The Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge
Ready Or Not Here I Come - Delfonics
Someday We'll All Be Free - Donny Hathaway
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Don't Walk Away - Jade
Fire and Desire - Rick James & Teena Marie
Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq
A Dream's A Dream - Soul II Soul
Sing A Simple Song - Sly & The Family Stone
Turn Off the Lights - Teddy Pendergrass
Golden - Jill Scott
A Lover's Holiday [12" Version] - Change
We Got The Funk [12" U.S. Re-Edit Version] - Positive Force
Machine Gun - Commodores
Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
Appletree - Erykah Badu
Sunshower - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
I Want To Be Free - Ohio Players
Native New Yorker - Odyssey
Found A Cure - Ashford & Simpson
Jealousy - Club Nouveau

"Native New Yorker" is a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell.
It was a 1977 hit single for the dance band Odyssey, reaching #5 on the UK charts and #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was also recorded by Frankie Valli in 1977 and Black Box in 1998.

Odyssey was a New York based, dance music band. It grew out of the talent of the Virgin Islands born Lopez sisters: Lillian Lopez (born 16 November 1945), Louise Lopez (born 22 February 1943), and Carmen Lopez who later dropped out of the group.

Filipino singer Tony Reynolds was added, at which point the band became known as Odyssey. The group was known for its December 1977 hit "Native New Yorker", which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also covered by Frankie Valli. Although a string of albums and singles followed, the group managed only one other R&B smash, the Slave-produced "Inside Out", which was in all actuality, Slave's hit "Watching You", with new lyrics and some orchestration added, and which peaked at #12 in 1982. Reynolds, for unknown reasons, left after the first album and was replaced by Fayetteville, North Carolina native William "Bill" McEachern, who remained with the group throughout the remainder of its RCA record label output.

In the United Kingdom, the band with its gentle Caribbean style had more success, totalling five Top Ten hits between 1977 and 1982. One of them, "Use It Up and Wear It Out", reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in 1980. Odyssey thus became the third U.S. act of the year (after Fern Kinney and M.A.S.H.) to reach Number one in the UK, despite failing to chart in their home country.

Native New Yorker (From "The Stud")

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