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Jim Gilstrap

Prolific session singer Jim Gilstrap also recorded two albums of his own during the '70s, which blended his smooth soul crooning inclinations with subtly disco-tinged production. Gilstrap was born in Pittsburgh, TX, and grew up listening to blues and R&B, idolizing Bobby "Blue" Bland when he was younger. His family later moved to California, and after serving in the Vietnam War, Gilstrap set about pursuing a career in music. He successfully auditioned to join the Doodletown Pipers as a vocalist in the late '60s, and soon moved on to a more soulful unit called the Cultures, who offered background support to established pop and soul artists. From there, Gilstrap wound up in Stevie Wonder's backing aggregation Wonderlove, singing on Wonder classics like Talking Book and Innervisions. On his own, Gilstrap recorded some Johnny Mathis-like sides for Bell Records that were never released, but subsequently hooked up with Chelsea Records in 1975. His recording of the Kenny Nolan-penned "Swing Your Daddy" (issued on the label's Roxbury subsidiary) went Top Ten on the R&B charts that year, and was also a Top Five pop hit in the U.K. Gilstrap's solo debut, also titled Swing Your Daddy, spun off two more singles in "House of Strangers" and "Put Out the Fire." The follow-up LP Love Talk appeared in 1977, but despite some minor success with the title track and "Move Me," it failed to produce another hit on the level of "Swing Your Daddy." Gilstrap subsequently resumed his primary career as a session vocalist, performing with countless pop and R&B superstars over the next several decades. By the '80s and '90s, Gilstrap was doing more high-profile gigs as a guest vocalist on smooth jazz albums. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Bubblegum Soul

1. Give Me Just A Little More Time

2. Where Did Our Love Go

3. Build Me Up Buttercup

5. I'm Doin' Fine Now

6. Jack In The Box

7. Sad Sweet Dreamer

8. Band Of Gold

11. Want Ads

14. Black Joy

15. Eeny Meeny

17. I've Been Hurt

18. Red Red Wine

19. Melting Pot

20. The First Cut Is The Deepest

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Track List: Greatest Hits Of The 70's

Disc 1

1. It's A Heartache

2. Back Home

3. Ready Steady Go

4. No More Heroes

5. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)

6. My Sharona

7. Tomorrow Night

8. Showdown

10. Up Against The Wall

12. Silver Lady

13. Baby Jump

14. On My Radio

16. Don't Look Back

17. The Second Time Around

18. El Bimbo

Disc 2

1. Spanish Stroll

3. Magic

4. Dancing On A Saturday Night

5. You To Me Are Everything

6. And The Beat Goes On

7. Rapper's Delight

8. Whodunit

9. Greased Lightnin'

10. Roll Over Beethoven

11. Kung Fu Fighting

12. Dreams Are Ten A Penny

13. Freedom Come, Freedom Go

14. Donna

15. Sugar Candy Kisses

16. Beach Baby

17. Brother Louie

Disc 3

1. Child In Time

2. Dance With The Devil

3. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)

4. Radar Love

5. Silver Machine

6. Milk And Alcohol

7. Motor Bikin'

8. 2-4-6-8 Motorway

9. Rubber Bullets

10. Nutbush City Limits

11. Your Generation

12. Isn't It Time

13. Peaches

14. Sylvia

15. This Perfect Day

17. Here Comes The Sun

18. He's Gonna Step On You Again

Disc 4

1. The Air That I Breathe

2. Don't Throw It All Away

3. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

4. Please Don't Go

5. Loving You

6. Tired Of Toein' The Line

7. Dancing In The City

9. If You Can't Give Me Love

10. Hot Child In The City

11. Wall Street Shuffle

12. Popcorn

14. Lay Your Love On Me

15. Mexico

17. If I Had Words

18. Don't Let It Die

Disc 5

1. Hocus Pocus

2. Tears Of A Clown

3. Something Better Change

4. Little Girl

5. Valley Of The Dolls

6. Straw Dogs

7. Judy Teen

9. 7 Teen

10. Homicide

11. Brontosaurus

12. Don't Take No For An Answer

13. A Walk In The Park

15. Don't Give Up On Us

16. Girls

17. Boogie On Top

18. Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)

Disc 6

3. Proud Mary

4. One Last Kiss

5. Money In My Pocket

6. O.K. Fred

7. Midnight Rider

8. Cocaine

9. Sideshow

10. Gangsters

11. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

13. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

14. Emma

15. Can You Feel The Force

16. American Pie

17. Sad Sweet Dreamer

Disc 7

1. Wild Places

3. Lost In France

4. Alright, Alright, Alright

6. Indian Reservation

8. Streets Of London

9. Give Up Your Guns

11. Rich Kids

12. Knock On Wood

16. Shannon

17. Memories

18. Time In A Bottle

Disc 8

1. More Than A Woman

2. That's The Way I Like It

3. So You Win Again

5. Rock Your Baby

8. Can't Get By Without You

9. Uptown Festival

10. You're My Everything

11. Don't Do It Baby

12. Misty Blue

13. Nice And Slow

14. Boogie Oogie Oogie

15. Gonna Get Along Without You Now

16. Get Off

17. I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet

18. Movin'

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Track List: Millennium 1975 - 1979

Disc 1

1. Daddy Cool

2. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

4. Mississippi

5. January

6. Moviestar

7. I Only Want To Be With You

8. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

9. In Dulce Jubilo

10. Year Of The Cat

11. Rhinestone Cowboy

12. Don't Give Up On Us

13. When I Need You

14. Float On

16. You To Me Are Everything

17. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

18. That's The Way (I Like It)

19. You Sexy Thing

20. Egyptian Reggae

Disc 2

1. Denis

2. Lay Your Love On Me

3. Greased Lightnin'

4. I'm Your Boogie Man

5. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

6. Substitute

7. If You Can't Give Me Love

8. So You Win Again

9. Fire

10. Home On Monday

11. Baker Street

12. It's A Heartache

13. Everytime I Think Of You

14. Wuthering Heights

15. Don't Look Back

16. Right Back Where We Started From

17. Rapper's Delight

18. No More Heroes

19. My Sharona

20. If I Had Words

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Track List: Sounds Of The Seventies

Disc 1

2. Young, Gifted And Black

3. Indian Reservation

4. In The Summertime

5. Lola

6. Rainbow

7. Give Me Just A Little More Time

8. You Can Get It If You Really Want

9. Me And My Life

10. Band Of Gold

11. Double Barrel

12. Banner Man

13. Black & White

14. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

15. The Devil's Answer

16. Mouldy Old Dough

17. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

18. Dancing On A Saturday Night

19. The Man Who Sold The World

21. Kung Fu Fighting

22. Sad Sweet Dreamer

23. Everything I Own

24. Streets Of London

Disc 2

3. Girls

6. Oh What A Shame

7. I Believe In Father Christmas

8. You To Me Are Everything

9. In Zaire

10. Now Is The Time

12. Fanfare For The Common Man

13. Egyptian Reggae

14. Uptown Top Ranking

15. It's A Heartache

16. Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs

17. Jilted John

18. Knock On Wood

19. Hersham Boys

20. Love's Gotta Hold On Me

21. One Day At A Time

22. Rapper's Delight

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Track List: The 70's Album

Disc 1

1. Give Me Just A Little More Time

2. Can't Get By Without You

3. Indian Reservation

4. The Man Who Sold The World

5. Shooting Star

6. Everything I Own

7. Dolly My Love

8. Sunshine Day

10. Love Of The Common People

11. After The Goldrush

15. Knock On Wood

16. Brandy

17. I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me

18. Fanfare For The Common Man

Disc 2

1. Band Of Gold

2. Lost In France

3. Where Did Our Love Go

5. Uptown Top Ranking

6. Banner Man

8. Alright, Alright, Alright

9. In My Chair

10. If I Had You

11. Kung Fu Fighting

13. Uptown Festival

14. I'm Doin' Fine Now

15. Double Barrel

16. Run For Home

17. Dancin' On A Saturday Night

18. Me And My Life

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Track List: The Cream Of Disco Dance Classics Of The 70s

1. Disco Stomp

2. Get Dancin'

4. I'm Doing Fine Now

7. Smarty Pants

8. One Nation Under A Groove

9. Keep It Comin' Love

12. The Hostage

13. Dr. Love

14. If My Friends Could See Me Now

16. I'm On Fire

17. Pop Muzik

18. Let's All Chant

19. Rapper's Delight

20. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

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