Bill Spoon

Side A - I Can’t Wait (Until The Weekend)
Side B - The One Who Really Loves You

Catalogue # SJ506

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Bill Spoon - I Can’t Wait (Until The Weekend)

Release Date: February 15th 2010

Bill Spoon’s previously unissued “I Can’t Wait (Until The Weekend)” a excellent 70’s dance track that was discovered by Mr Dave “Top Dog” Thorley on one of his record buying trips stateside, and who later very graciously introduced us to Bill Spoon.

The flipside of this release “The One Who Really Loves You” was previously issued in the early 90’s on a 12” format. an excellent song with a late 60’s feel that should have reached a wider audience but for a then prejudice by some to12” releases and the somewhat muffled vocals on that release, a problem we hope to have rectified on this time around.

William Franklin Bell-Weatherspoon (Bill Spoon) although originally a native of Bessemer, Alabama, first began his performing career when his family later relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.

In Cleveland, Bill’s earliest performances were with a un-named street corner group which also included his close friend, Riki Dannison (a.k.a. Riki Sonda, the co-writer on” I Can’t Wait”). This friendship was briefly interrupted by a stint in the military. Upon their return in1965 they rekindled their friendship and together with Leroy Elie and John Berry they formed the group known as the “Soulnotes” recording “How Long Will It Last” for Way Out records.

Following brief but unproductive spells with Stax records (Memphis) and Polydor records (L.A) Bill later returned to Cleveland. In 1979 a collaboration between Bill, Lou Ragland and West Coast producer Gene Dozier produced Bills most successful recording, a 45 single “Love Is On The Way” for Highland Records.

A decade of inactivity recording wise followed, before in 1990 Bill in partnership with Hense Powell and Herbert Santifer collaborated on the “Talk To Me” project.

This collaboration was to produce the “Talk To Me” album, a four track 12” single containing the previously mentioned “The One Who Really Loves You” and a 7” re-issue single of “Love Is On The Way” all on Hense Powell’s Hense Forth Music Co label. The Hense Forth releases although receiving very little exposure or success in the USA, did go on to find a more appreciative audience within the U.K.