Houston Soul Legend Sammie Relford is back on vinyl
Sammie Relford's forthcoming 7'' single on IZIPHO SOUL RECORDS is a 3 tracker.
First up is 'Breaking Ice On Love', a 70's dancer with real pedigree and impossible to find on original. Secondly, 'Hey Love', the choice cut from Sammie's 1979 LP 'We Are Stronger Together' and on a 45 for the first time. Flip it over for a brand new track 'Hook Me Up' a sensuous soulful stepper, recorded specially for this project.
The record will be released on 18th September at £12.
To use Sammie's expression - This is MUSICAL DOPE!
Sammie Relford grew up in Houston's Sunset Heights neighborhood and got his first taste of fame by entertaining his elementary-school classmates at performances called "Mayfates," where each classroom would put together a talent show. But even before that he would mimic the spirituals he heard his mother singing; that gave him his first clue about his destiny.
Sammie used to wait up at nights for his older sisters to make them re-enact their routines from various talent nights in local clubs, by his teens he himself was singing with various groups and had long learned James Brown's famous "cape" act by heart.
He loved the sound coming out of Memphis and travelled to Stax studios after finding the address on an Isaac Hayes album; Hayes's road manager agreed to give him an audition, by the time he was done, Black Moses himself was in the room! Sammie subsequently ended up touring with Isaac Hayes, singing background vocals over a three year period from The Apollo Theater to The Forum in Los Angeles to The Cow Place in San Francisco. He also toured with the legendary Joe Tex and former Temptation Ali-Ollie Woodson.
Returning to Houston, Sammie resumed singing in local clubs, enjoying a long run as one of the city's most recognizable and popular entertainers.
Sammy Ralford & The New Breed's - 'You Give Me Fever (Part 1) / You Give Me Fever (Part 2) Judnell 45 (circa 1974)
Sammie Relford & The Avengers Of Soul - 'Mi-O-Mi' (Part 1) / 'Mi-O-Mi' (Part 2) Judnell 45 (1974)
Sammie Relford - 'Breaking Ice On Love' / 'Isn't It Amazing' Judnell 45 (circa 1975)
Sammie Relford - 'We Are Stronger Together' Space City USA Records LP (1979)
Sammie Relford - 'Love Is Not For Sale' (Vocal) / 'Love Is Not For Sale' (Instrumental) White Enterprises Records (Unknown)
Sammy Relford - 'Night Person' / Night Person (Special Dance Mix - Vocal) Grand Records 12'', subsequently released on ALA (1984)
Sammie Relford & Kim Yvette - 'Love You All Over' / 'Love You All Over' (Instrumental) Evejim 12'' (Unknown)
Sammie Relford - 'Rooter The Tooter' Brittney Records CD Album (2002)
Sammie Relford - 'Solo Flight' Jalacia Records CD Album (2013)
Fast forward to September 2017 and Sammie is back on vinyl with a brand new track and reissues of two of his most desirable songs.