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Norman Connors

Like Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors is best known for his major R&B hits but started out as a jazz improviser. The drummer/composer was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he lived in the same neighborhood as Bill Cosby and became interested in jazz when he was only a child. As a kid in elementary school, Connors was exposed to jazz extensively thanks to such schoolmates as drummer Lex Humphries and the younger brother of bassist and Jazz Messenger-to-be Spanky De Brest. Connors was in junior high when he began sneaking into jazz clubs and sat in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane gig. At 13, he first got to meet his idol, Miles Davis, and started expressing his admiration for the famous trumpeter by dressing like him. Connors went on to study music at Philly's Temple University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Gigs with Jackie McLean, Jack McDuff, and Sam Rivers followed, and he was first recorded as a sideman when Archie Shepp employed him on his 1967 Impulse! session Magic of Ju-Ju.

After touring with Pharoah Sanders and playing on several of his albums, Connors signed with Buddah's Cobblestone label in 1972 and recorded his first album as a leader, Dance of Magic and its follow-up, Dark of Light. A few more jazz-oriented Cobblestone and Buddah dates followed, and it was in 1975 that Connors made R&B his main priority with Saturday Night Special (which included the number ten soul hit "Valentine Love"). The rest of the 1970s found Connors featuring R&B singers prominently (including Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and the late Phyllis Hyman) and scoring such R&B hits as "We Both Need Each Other," "Once I've Been There," and the lovely "You Are My Starship." Connors, who signed with Arista in 1977, wasn't as popular or as visible in the 1980s, although he would make a comeback in the 1990s by signing with Motown's MoJazz label and focusing on both urban contemporary and crossover. The 21st century found him moving along similar lines, releasing Eternity on Starship Records in 2000 and Star Power in 2009 on Shanachie Records. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dark Of Light

1. Dark Of Light

2. Butterfly Dreams

3. Laughter

4. Black Lightnin

5. Twilight Zone

6. Song For Rosa

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Track List: Slew Foot

1. Mother of the Future

2. Back on the Street

3. Welcome

4. Slew Foot

5. Dreams

6. Chuka

7. Jump Street

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Track List: Dance of Magic

1. Dance of Magic

2. Morning Change

3. Blue

4. Give the Drummer Some

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Track List: Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition)

1. Saturday Night Special

2. Dindi

3. Maiden Voyage

4. Valentine Love (Feat. Michael Henderson & Jean Carn)

5. Akia

6. Skin Diver

7. Kwasi

8. Saturday Night Special

9. Valentine Love (Feat. Michael Henderson & Jean Carn)

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Track List: Aquarian Dream

2. Once Again

3. Treat Me Like the One You Love

4. East 6th Street

5. Guitar Talk

6. Let Me Be the One

8. I'll Always Love You "T"

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Track List: Love From The Sun

1. Revelation

2. Carlos II

3. Drums Around The World

4. Love From The Sun

5. Kumakucha (The Sun Has Risen)

6. Holy Waters

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Track List: Star Power

1. I Used To Be

2. Where Do We Go From Here

3. The Sweetest Taboo

4. Walk On By

5. Rock With You

6. You Take My Breath Away

7. Stormin' Norman

8. You Are My Starship

9. Shades Of Brown

10. I Waited All My Life For You

11. Star Power

12. Reach For The Sky

13. Thinkin'

14. Adore (I Love You)

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Track List: The Best Of Norman Connors

1. Once I've Been There

2. You Are My Starship

5. Be There In The Morning

6. We Both Need Each Other

7. Dindi

8. Valentine Love (Feat. Michael Henderson & Jean Carn)

10. Love From The Sun

13. Mother Of The Future

14. Romantic Journey

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Track List: Easy Living

1. One For Mr. C.

2. Easy Living

3. Saturday Afternoon

4. River Nile

5. Precious Love

6. The Day We Said I Do

7. You Go To My Head

8. The Captain's Choice

9. Every Time I Fall In Love

10. Do I Dare

11. Two Thumbs Up

12. Remember When

13. Star Flower

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Track List: Remember Who You Are

1. Remember Who You Are (Feat. Phyllis Hyman)

2. I Can't Wait Till I See You Again (Feat. Denise Stewart)

3. Only When She Cries

4. You And I (Feat. Angela Tomasa Bofill)

5. Tell Me A Bedtime Story (Feat. Eve Cornelious)

6. A Song For You (Feat. Spencer Harrison)

7. Naima

8. Lush Life (Feat. Spencer Harrison)

9. Just Like This (Feat. Denise Stewart)

10. Kellie's Theme

11. Remember Who You Are (Feat. Phyllis Hyman) (Reprise)

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Track List: Take It To The Limit (Expanded Edition)

1. Take It To The Limit

2. Melancholy Fire

3. You've Been On My Mind

4. I Don't Need Nobody Else

5. Justify

6. Black Cow

7. You Bring Me Joy

8. Everywhere Inside Of Me

9. Melancholy Fire (7")

10. Take It To The Limit (12")

11. Take It To The Limit (7")

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Track List: Invitation (Expanded)

1. Your Love

2. Handle Me Gently

3. Be There In The Morning

4. Invitation

5. Together

6. Disco Land

7. I Have A Dream

8. Beijo Patrido

9. Kigston

10. Your Love (7" Version)

11. She's Gone (7" Version)

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Track List: Romantic Journey (Expanded Edition)

1. You Are Everything

2. Once I've Been There

3. Destination Moon

4. Romantic Journey

5. Last Tango In Paris

6. For You Everything

7. Thembi

8. Once I've Been There (7" Version)

9. For You Everything (7" Version)

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Track List: You Are My Starship

1. We Both Need Each Other (feat. Phyllis Hyman & Michael Henderson)

2. Betcha by Golly Wow (feat. Phyllis Hyman) (Remastered)

3. Bubbles

4. You Are My Starship (feat. Michael Henderson) (Remastered)

5. Just Imagine

6. So Much Love

7. The Creator Has a Master Plan

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Track List: Rock With You (Cd Single)

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Kool
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Smooth soul
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Where has all good music gone to.
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grandmother1 9 5 6
I loved
Him since starship
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edgecombesd
Love Michael Henderson's voice on this song! Yes!
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The Best!!
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Norman Connors, and The Whispers jammin
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civvie
There is no music like the sounds from the 70's!!!!
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Ayeee...
And the classics just keep comin...
Pandora is do her thing....
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It brings me joy to know Norman Conners is still alive. So many of my favorite artists from the 70s have passed away. Musicians often die young...but at least we have their music to always remember them by. Anyway I'm happy Norman is still with. He made some wonderful music!
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Norman Conner were are you when we need u most...s**t blood!!
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I know its a new year 2014 yesh but that year this song came out I ead having the time of my life
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Not sure if words to explain what this is like, I tell my children you would have had to been there.
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This was and still is the shi_!
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Brother Frankie Beverly...la s t of the real soul singers!
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solomonzen
Butterfly... . . . . . . Sweet Phyliss on this one song.... rare is there a musical moment as sublime ever since...
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Auhhhhh, Michael McDonald, I love your voice, not to mention that you're sexy too!!! (STILL)
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Takes me back! My high school sweetheart choreographe d a dance routine to You Are My Starship - standing ovation. Love it!
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the man who should get the big grammy for makin arstia records rich.
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Love Norman Connors!!!(a n d Phyllis Hyman)
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twentyelaine 7
One of my most favorite female artist, Phyllis Hyman, and one of my most favorite songs by her. I will always remember You, Phyllis. The lady with the sounds of heaven!!!! I will love and miss you forever!!!
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twentyelaine 7
I agree with riquaann - music like this is now only preserved for the ones who can appreciate the sounds of love. Most music today is not even understandab l y audible - what are they saying anyway!!! Where is the love -- left with Connors and others like him? Such music so many have missed!!
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like so many popular artist that were innovative what happened to norman connors ?i can't believe i'm the only one who liked his older stuff but still haven't given up on him. he has lost his creativity if continues to record music i hope he finds his personality again.
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bowmanmartin a
i love the song listen by norman connors trying to find it and cant can somebody help me
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norman connors was a one hit wonder they dont make music with the same soul and feeling nowadays.i was born in 67 and appreciate wonderful music.thanks mom and god for creating me in tthat great era.....
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power_jam12
I agree with the lovely Jade........ . . .
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cflanigan9
This song takes me back to my childhood. I love it!
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clovermac
my absolute favorite love song next to voyage to atlantis, of course !
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i'm trying to find out who sang melon kinda fire i was told you can find it on normans record's
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I love when he and Phyllis get together.

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