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Sam Dees

Sam Dees is a prolific songwriter, producer, and recording artist who wrote or co-wrote hit songs for Atlantic Starr (their radio-aired LP track "Am I Dreaming," "Send for Me"), Larry Graham's million-selling number one R&B single "One in a Million You," Gladys Knight and the Pips' number one R&B hit "Save the Overtime (For Me)," and Whitney Houston's "Lover for Life," among others. After the classic soul era, Gerald Alston of the Manhattans covered "Send for Me" on his 1992 Motown LP Always in the Mood. "Am I Dreaming" was redone by Ol Skool featuring Keith Sweat and Excape.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native was born in 1945, and is mentioned in the same breath as other top soul/pop songwriters as Lamont Dozier, George Jackson, Bunny Sigler, and Jo Armstead. Dees won singing contests as a child and in his early twenties began recording for Nashville producer Shelby Singlsgon's SSS International Records. The following year in 1969, Dees began cutting for Natte McCalla's Birmingham label, Lola Records, including a song originally meant for Percy Sledge, "It's All Wrong." In the early '70s, he recorded singles for Chicago-based Chess Records, "Love Starvation" b/w "Maryanna" and "Can You Be a One Woman Man" b/w "Put You Back in Your Place." Dees' 1975 LP The Show Must Go On was released on Atlantic Records. In the late '70s, Dees was introduced to Gladys Knight by Jack Gold who produced Knight's solo debut, Gladys Knight. Dees co-wrote and co-produced half of Gladys Knight and the Pips' Visions LP.

Other artists who recorded songs written/co-written and or produced by Dees are the popular radio-aired LP track "Lover for Life" from Whitney Houston's I'm Your Baby Tonight album, which was jazzily covered by Doc Powell on Laid Back and Kirk Whalum on For You; Loleatta Holloway's "Cry to Me" (number ten R&B, early 1975); Gladys Knight and the Pips' "My Time" from early 1985; Barbara Hall's "Drop My Heart Off at the Door"; Carl Carlton's "I Never Got Over You," "Mama's Boy," and "Free Fine and 21" from his 1986 Casablanca album Private Property; Rozetta Johnson's "Who Are You Gonna Love"; Larry Graham's "One in a Million You" (gold, number one R&B, number nine pop from spring 1980); Rockie Robbins' danceable, inspiring "Hang Tough"; Tyrone Davis' "Homewreckers" from spring 1975; Margie Joseph's "Just As Soon As the Feeling's Over"; the George Benson/Aretha Franklin duet "Love All the Hurt Away" (number six R&B from summer 1981); Dorothy Moore's "Special Occasion"; Denise LaSalle's "Keep Your Pants On" on Right Place, Right Time; and TK/Juana artist Anita Ward's "Spolied By Your Love." Anti-drug themes surface in Dees' songs "Signed Miss Heroin" and "Aint No Use for Drug Abuse." With singer Jeffrey Osborne, Dees co-wrote "Where Did We Go Wrong," a number seven hit for LTD in summer 1980, and "Greatest Love Affair" for Osborne's 1983 A&M LP Stay With Me Tonight.

Forming his own Pen Pad label, Dees issued his Secret Admirer album in 1988, which yielded the singles "After All" (later issued on RCA) and "Just Wait Until I Get You Home."

Other Sam Dees-related releases are his own Second to None CD (released July 18, 1995) and Heritage of a Black Man (the title track was originally recorded for but not included on The Show Must Go On) issued September 29, 1998. ~ Ed Hogan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Action Speaks Louder Than Words

2. Dancing To The Beat

3. Lonely For You Baby

4. Soul Ranger

5. The Hiccup

6. Lonely Man

8. Action Speaks Louder Than Words

9. Do Your Duty

10. There's A Break In The Road

16. I Don't Worry Myself

17. Sticky Sue

18. Fancy

19. Having My Glory

24. Cloud Nine

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Track List: Holding The Losing Hand - Hotlanta Soul 3

3. Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody

5. Good Times

6. That's How Long I'll Be Loving You

8. A Better Way

9. Beautiful Day (Keep Moving On)

10. Johnnie Mae Wright

11. Hanna Mae

12. We've Got To Sing Together

14. Claim Jumping

15. Stop This Merry-Go-Round

17. Let's Make Our New Love Something Special

18. I Got That Will

19. Men

22. I Am Free Of Your Love

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Track List: Shake What You Brought! SSS Soul Collection

1. Sticky Sue

2. There's A Break In The Road

3. Lonely For You Baby

4. Don't Talk Like That

5. Piece Of My Heart

6. Natural Soul Brother

8. Take A Chance With Me

10. The Hiccup

11. Hit Record

12. Having My Glory

13. You Can Never Get Something For Nothing

14. Pretty Little Women

15. I've Really Got Something To Be Proud Of

16. I Almost Called Your Name

18. Proud Woman

19. Soul Serenade

20. Soul Ranger

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Track List: The Sad Soul Of The Black South

2. Down On Bending Knees

3. Dead

4. Lonely For You Baby

7. I Cried

10. Love Don't Love Nobody

11. He Kept On Talking

13. Shell Of A Woman

14. Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

15. Road Of Brokenhearted Men

17. Sit Down And Cry

18. That Did It

19. Let Me Down Easy

21. Carried To The Cleaners And Hung Out To Dry

23. Ghetto Child

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