Major Lance

Singer 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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Decatur, Georgia

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Who Do You Think You Are?, Comedy Showcase and The Batchelor - News Shopper
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 - almost 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 11 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 12 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 23 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 36 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
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    FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 54
    He died in 1994 in his sleep from heart disease in Decatur, Georgia.
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    His final performance was in June 1994 at the 11th Chicago Blues Festival.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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".
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1965
    Age 25
    In 1965, Pate left Okeh and Mayfield began to concentrate on working with his own group.
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  • 1962
    Age 22
    In 1962 he signed with Okeh Records on Mayfield's recommendation.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    Mercury released his single "I Got a Girl", written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in 1959; it was not successful.
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  • 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.
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  • 1939
    Born
    Lance's gravestone also states he was born in 1939. 'Major' was his given forename, not a nickname or stage name.
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