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Chris Bartley RIP


Sad news reported in the forum by Dave Moore of the passing on of Chris Bartley

A fantastically soulful singer Mr Bartley was a perfect foil for the talents of Van McCoy and recorded some of the most sublime mid tempo songs that Van created

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Chris Bartley born April 17, 1947/9 Harlem

Chris Bartley grew up listening to '50s soul and doo wop, and formed his own group in the early 1960's with William Graham, Henry Powell, Sam Nesbitt, and Ronald Marshall. The group was initially called The Soulful Inspirations, but changed names several times, including a stint as The Mindbenders.

Later in the 1960s, Bartley and Marshall auditioned as a duo with Van McCoy, and McCoy elected to sign Bartley to a solo deal with Cameo-Parkway subsidiary Vando Records. Bartley hit the pop charts with the McCoy-penned single "The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven", peaking at #10 on the US R&B Singles chart and #32 on the Billboard pop charts in 1967.Bartley released a full album behind the single and toured both in America and England following the song's success.

above from wikopedia

After Vando ceased he signed for Buddah but retired from recording in the early 70s.

Though did continue performing with appearances in the uk in 1975

more info



soulful kinda music


Can listen to some of his great output via the refosoul link below


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