Major Lance
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Major Lance
Major Lance was an American R&B singer. After a number of US hits in the 1960s, including "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", he became an iconic figure in Britain in the 1970s among followers of Northern soul. Although he stopped making records in 1982, Major Lance continued to perform at concerts and tours until his death in 1994.
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Who Do You Think You Are?, Comedy Showcase and The Batchelor - News Shopper
Google News - over 5 years
Anyone remember the Ulrika Jonsson-hosted TV series Mr Right in which the 'prize', former army major Lance Gerrard-Wright, ended up with the presenter instead of one of the 15 women vying to make it onto his arm? Thinking back to that show,
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Running 'til your feet don't touch the ground: Singer T. Graham Brown remembers - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
That kind of music, with artists including The Drifters, The Coasters, The Tams, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Platters, and Major Lance, all that Carolina shag stuff. I remember we played at a party out in the woods for some rich grownups
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'True Soul Vol. 1 & 2' review: Soul musicians give a shout-out to their roots - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
His voice has grace and power, suggesting a mix of Major Lance, in his smooth tone, and Clarence Carter, in his funky phrasing. East's song "Slipping Around" has a winning melody and an interesting structure, starting as a tight pop piece before
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Huey Lewis and the News dig through the past at Pacific - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
This time it was the doo-wop of the Dominoes' “Sixty-Minute Man” and a subtle bass/horn/drum machine take on the 1964 Major Lance/Curtis Mayfield Top 10 single “Um Um Um Um Um Um.” Two songs that closed the main set were worth the ticket price alone: a
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Your Pictures: In the military - Post-Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Cary assumed command of the unit on June 6 from Major Lance McCartney, who had commanded the unit since July 2010. The change of command ceremony symbolizes the passing of command authority from one officer to another. Cary said after accepting command
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Marine sergeant major, son serve together in Afghanistan - DVIDS
Google News - over 5 years
“In my experience, young Marines are so eager to come out here and do great things that they forget about the need to have a balance between work and taking time to call their spouses to see how they are doing back home,” said the sergeant major. Lance
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Music transcended racial turmoil for The Soul Six - StarNewsOnline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Booking gigs through Bowmar Productions of Wilson, the band built a reputation, on occasion opening for and backing up such performers as James and Bobby Purify, Sam Davis, Major Lance and Arthur Conley. "We played virtually every weekend somewhere,"
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Sound Check: Have Fitz and the Tantrums Help Spark a Soul Revival? - Nooga.com
Google News - over 5 years
Usually, these records sounded like Motown, Chicago soul, or New York soul, but they were records by unknown or underappreciated performers; Major Lance was one of the biggest names on the scene. “These records were dubbed Northern soul because of the
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La Walkyrie, la Vache qui Rit, la place Tahrir Laurent Dispot - La Règle du Jeu
Google News - over 5 years
1914 : aux fins d'agrémenter le moral des troupes, l'état major lance un appel d'offres pour un logo visuel revigorant du RVF qui fasse concurrence à la Walkyrie des Boches. Rabier remporte le concours avec une tête de vache humanisée,
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Curtis Mayfield - A.V. Club Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
By then, Mayfield had long written songs for other artists—in the '60s he penned hits for Major Lance and Gene Chandler, among many more—and the best of that material from the '70s is collected in the box set The Curtom Story
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A night of rich music in Cary - Cary News
Google News - over 5 years
The Monitors have been the back-up band for celebrity artists such as Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams and Milton Bulluck. They provided the opening concert for international stars, Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, once the lead
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From the Bird's Nest: Prelude to the Sun Belt Tournament - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
He's an engineering major. Lance Marvel picked up his All-Conference Award. I'm still trying to figure out how Mike Petello was ignored. Petello took part in the home run contest. His team, with Todd Baumgartner of ASU, Jabari Henry of FIU and Brent
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PineCone & Town of Cary present The Monitors - Jazz-Quad
Google News - over 5 years
They have been the back-up band for celebrity artists such as Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams, Joyce Thorne, Connie Harvey, Maceo Parker and Milton Bulluck. They provided the opening concert for international stars Ray Charles and
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Charlotte Video Production Company Begins Work on Guitar-Legend Documentary - dBusinessNews Charlotte (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
Later, he opened for jazz trumpet player Miles Davis, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and he also shared the stage with the Spinners, Lou Rawls, Little Richard, Clarence Carter, The Platters, Major Lance, the Coasters, Lynn White, Joe Tex,
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Caps urged for college tuition hikes - Indianapolis Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Purdue English major Lance Bruck said if it was up to him and many other students, Purdue would not raise tuition at all. "We are all supposed to be cutting our budgets these days," the 22-year-old Michigan native said, "and to demand more money from
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A Big Box for an Overlooked R&B Career
NYTimes - about 6 years
FOUR years ago Syl Johnson, a Chicago soul singer beloved by R&B purists but otherwise not well known today, was approached by the Numero Group, a small record label that wanted to reissue some of his music from the 1960s and '70s. Mr. Johnson said bluntly that he was not interested. ''I don't like record companies,'' he recalled this week. To
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CHEAP SEATS; Rock My Budget
NYTimes - over 10 years
IT was one of the more painful financial decisions I have made in a while, up there with renewing the lease and choosing a cellphone: Should I buy that $5.50 hot dog? I was starving. I was at a concert at Jones Beach and had not eaten in about six hours and hadn't had the courage to sneak a snack past the guards. It was getting dark, and that hot
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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 3-26-06: ON LANGUAGE; Rock Star
NYTimes - almost 11 years
You no longer have to be a rock star to be a rock star. The Associated Press quoted Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, saying of Barack Obama, the freshman senator from Illinois, ''He's one of the Democratic Party's few rock stars. Hillary Clinton would be another, and it's hard to name a third.'' A
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Major Lance, 55, Soul Singer in 60's
NYTimes - over 22 years
Major Lance, a Chicago-born soul singer whose biggest hits were in the 1960's, died on Saturday at his home in Decatur, Ga. He was 55. The cause was heart disease, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Lance performed at music festivals and clubs until his death, said his agent, Linda Speer. In June, he sang at the 11th annual Chicago Blues Festival
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AMERICA'S NATIVE MUSIC POURS FORTH IN REISSUES
NYTimes - about 35 years
America has its blues lovers, its country music fans, its jazz aficionados, its rock-and-rollers, its specialists in rhythm-andblues and gospel music and soul. Anyone who investigates any of these musics very deeply soon realizes how imprecise and artificial the categories are. Blues performers are influenced by country music and jazz, much soul is
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Major Lance
    FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 54
    He died in 1994 in his sleep from heart disease in Decatur, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details He is buried at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, Illinois. On February 28, 1995, shortly after Lance's death, Sony released a CD collection called Everybody Loves a Good Time: Best of Major Lance. It features 40 recordings for Okeh from 1962–1967 on 2 discs. Allmusic reviewer Richie Unterberger gave the CD 4 and a half stars, calling it a "Delightful 40-song, double-CD compilation of Lance's best work for Okeh between 1962 and 1967, including all of the chart singles, quite a few misses and B-sides, five previously unreleased cuts, and some Curtis Mayfield songs from his debut LP." Sony later released a shorter version of the CD collection titled The Very Best of Major Lance.
    His final performance was in June 1994 at the 11th Chicago Blues Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Major Lance was married to Christine (née Boular) Lance. He had nine children. He was arrested twice in his life. In 1965, he was arrested in violation of the Paternity Act. A Chicago woman, Para Lee Thomas, claimed she had a son by Lance, Ronnie Maurice Lance, born. She asserted that Lance had promised to pay her doctor and hospital bills of around $375, but had defaulted on these payments. Judge Benjamin J. Kanter issued a warrant for Lance's arrest, setting Lance's bond at $1,000.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 38
    After recording briefly for the Motown subsidiary label Soul, he was convicted of cocaine possession in 1978 and served a four-year prison term. In 1987, Lance had a heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details He later became nearly blind from glaucoma. As a result, he made no more recordings.
    He briefly recorded for Motown Records, and released the last ever single on its Soul Records subsidiary, "I Never Thought I'd Be Losing You", in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He later found that his recordings had become popular on the beach music circuit in the Carolinas, where he continued to undertake live performances. He recorded a comeback album, The Major's Back, and several tracks for the Kat Family label.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    Lance returned to Atlanta in 1974, and recorded an updated disco version of "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" for Playboy Records.
    More Details Hide Details He set up a new label, Osiris, with former Booker T and the MG's drummer Al Jackson, but again with little success, and his career hit a downward spiral.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    In 1972 while in England he recorded an album, Major Lance's Greatest Hits Recorded Live at the Torch, recorded at the Torch, a club in Stoke on Trent, which has been described as "perhaps the best Northern Soul album ever made".
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    In 1972, he relocated to England, so as to capitalize on the success of his older records among fans of Northern Soul music, in dance clubs which played mostly rare and obscure American soul and R&B records.
    More Details Hide Details According to one writer, "the Major's contribution was truly phenomenal and unforgettable He was to become legendary as a UK club act, known to deliver 110% at every performance."
  • 1971
    Age 31
    He left Curtom in 1971, and recorded briefly for the Volt and Columbia labels.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    Over the next two years he worked with several producers, with only "Without a Doubt" becoming a minor hit in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Soon afterwards Lance left Okeh and moved to Dakar Records, where he had the Top 40 R&B hit "Follow the Leader." He then moved to Mayfield's Curtom label, which resulted in his last two Top 40 R&B hits, "Stay Away From Me (I Love You too Much)" and "Must Be Love Coming Down." One of Lance's song recorded at Curtom called "Stay Away From Me" was listed #4 in Jet Magazines "Soul Brothers Top 20".
  • 1965
    Age 25
    In 1965, Pate left Okeh and Mayfield began to concentrate on working with his own group.
    More Details Hide Details Lance and Davis continued to work together, and "Too Hot To Hold" was a minor hit, but they had diminishing success before Davis in turn left the company. During the 1960s, Lance toured the UK, where he was supported by Bluesology, a band including pianist Reggie Dwight, later known as Elton John.
  • 1962
    Age 22
    In 1962 he signed with Okeh Records on Mayfield's recommendation.
    More Details Hide Details Major was constantly showing up at the Okeh offices, offering to run errands for Carl Davis, telling him about the record he'd once made and how he and Curtis Mayfield were friends from their childhood. His first single, "Delilah", was not successful, but established his partnership with a writing and arranging team of Mayfield, Carl Davis, and Johnny Pate, often with members of Mayfield's group the Impressions on backing vocals. Together they developed a distinctive, Latin-tinged sound which epitomised Chicago soul in contrast to music recorded elsewhere. The second Okeh single, "The Monkey Time" (also written by Curtis Mayfield), was Major Lance's first hit, became a #2 Billboard R&B chart and #8 pop hit in 1963. "The Monkey Time" became Okeh's first hit single for 10 years. "That was my introduction with working with Carl Davis," Pate said. "We had a ball, making some very great music."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    Mercury released his single "I Got a Girl", written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in 1959; it was not successful.
    More Details Hide Details Lance worked at various jobs over the next few years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Age 1
    There has been some dispute over Major Lance's birth year; some sources claim he was born in 1941 or in 1942 (as Lance claimed). However, 1939 appears to be the correct year of birth.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1940 U.S. Census, there is a "Mager" Lance listed in Washington County, Mississippi as the one-year-old son of Lucendy Lance, a widow.
  • 1939
    Born
    Lance's gravestone also states he was born in 1939. 'Major' was his given forename, not a nickname or stage name.
    More Details Hide Details Lance, who was one of 12 children, moved with his family on the northwest side of Chicago in the Cabrini-Green projects, a high-crime area, as a child where he developed a boyhood friendship with Otis Leavill, both attending Wells High School. This was the same school Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler attended. Mayfield called Lance a "sparkly fellow, and a great basketball player, which is probably how we met. His hero was Jackie Wilson, and he was always coming round and looking through my bag for songs that I'd written but didn't want to do with the Impressions. He was pretty good at picking them, too." Lance was also a baseball player. Lance and Otis both did boxing, and also singing as members of the Five Gospel Harmonaires. Both of them also worked together at a drug store.
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