Guilty / Don't Stop Dancin'

A 2 track soul single (8m 33s) — released June 4th 2012 on Soul Spectrum

Soul Spectrum presents two utterly mesmerizing sides from the young Jackie Stoudemire. Originally released on the ultra rare Tap Records in 1983 and impossible to get unless you prepared to fork out $1000+. It does not get more special than this, we do rare records all day every day and it never fails to make our eyes do disco sparkles! Worth it for that alone!

A chance meeting between Jackie Stoudemire & Tap's Jeremiah Yisrael at a high school talent show seemed, to Jeremiah, entirely fortuitous. In Jeremiah's eyes, she combined the perfect trait set: mature talent and work ethic with youth and impressionability. Within a few months, she was in the studio, where she would spend the lion's share of 1982. Jeremiah was putting significant dollars into the recordings, using dozens of musicians for every session (purportedly Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra), sometimes spending weeks perfecting the backing tracks. He upgraded studios, recording primarily at Right Track and Power Station, neither of them known for their affordability. Jackie's voice was cool and sure, not a hint of her age coming through the mix. The real nugget 'Guilty", one of the last songs Gene Redd would ever pen and some of the finest production work in a career that spanned four decades. They logged eight to ten hour days in the studio, culminating at the beginning of 1983 when her 12" was given a limited issue on the Tap label. Lack of distribution and promotion killed the pressing, but Jackie still felt good about it. For a woman of any age, it was an accomplished piece of work. The end for Tap began with tragedy: Gene Redd passed unexpectedly early in 1983 from a frightening illness that as yet had barely been named: AIDS. Deeply misunderstood, the disease was half a decade away from even primitive treatments, and Redd was gone before anyone knew he was sick. Stoudemire went on and graduated from high school in 1983 and went immediately to performing arts college, after which she spent years as a somewhat successful stage player. Her hit finally came in 1994 when she signed to the Eightball Records label and blew up the club charts with 'Appreciate.'

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