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New Book - The Last Note: A Northern Soul Classic, the Stories Behind the Songs - Sharon McMahan

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Mark B from Big Man Records has passed on news all about an upcoming book from Sharon McMahan

Going by the title it could be an interesting one, due out on Feb 12th,  details and link below


The Last Note: A Northern Soul Classic... the Stories Behind the Songs! by Sharon McMahan


About the Author

Sharon was born in Sevierville, Tennessee but raised and musically disciplined in Detroit, Michigan.

Sharon began her career, as a teen in Detroit, Michigan. She wrote her first songs at the age of 12. After auditioning her, Ollie McLaughlin launched her writing career by publishing and producing and releasing several of her songs on his own record lables, KAREN, CARLA, MOIRA & RUTH Records. McLaughlin recorded Sharons songs on major artists, Barbara Lewis, Deon Jackson, Gracie Darnell and Johnnie Mae Matthews. He also secured a UK release for Sharon's song, Someday We're Gonna Love Again, recorded by the London based group, The Searchers. It charted to #11 in Billboard, in several countries and to #23 here in the United States, in 1964/65. Thus, Sharon has a tremendous fan base in the UK and Western Europe.

Later, another Detroit based publisher/producer became familiar with Sharons writing skills. He was Don Davis, producer of Johnnie Taylor, executive producer of The Dramatics and many more artists. He recorded Sharons songs on current Hall of Fame artists, Etta James and Mavis Staples. He was also responsible for Sharons song to be recorded and released on The Three Degrees.

In 1973 Sharon was signed to Columbia Records as a writer/artist, under the direction of then president, Clive Davis. Her released single was titled, Get Out Of My Life, produced by Toxey French, who arranged the rhythm section. The strings and horns arranged by Philly master arranger, Bobby Martin.

Sharon was later associated with Benny Golson, jazz composer and musician. He included one of her songs on his Columbia Records album. The song title is Love Is The Key.The album title, I'm Always Dancing To The Music.

In the late 1980's, Sharon was introduced to Elvis Presley, songwriter, Otis Blackwell. He recorded and released a McMahan song titled, I'm Happy Just The Way I Am, on his own Bullion record label.

In 2007, Sharon released a CD of original songs with herself as artist. The CD was titled, Somebody Else. It was released on CDBABY and It is still available in digital downloads.

In June 2015, Sharon was invited to perform in London, England (UK) at the Beachcomber Holiday Centre in Cleethorpes. She was invited to sing several of the songs she wrote in the 1960's for other artists during her teens. Most of the songs she performed that night, she had never performed for anyone before. She was well received and musically embraced by lovers of Northern Soul.

Sharon continues to work in association with the crafts loves.

Her favorite quote: THE JOY IS IN THE JOURNEY

Product details
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bookbaby (12 Feb. 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8218326388






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