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Had a message earlier today from a friend Stateside telling me that Chris Bartley had died. waited until now to get confirmation and can now confirm it is true. No real details as yet but thought it right to post about his passing. 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. Mr Bartley's only main rival in this particular style of soul was Deon Jackson in my opinion. So.....in true Hitsville fashion...I thank Mr Bartley for some fantastic music and memories, and wish him him a safe onward journey. Congratulations Sir, on a job extremely well done.

Sort of poignant with Tony R putting together the VMC CDS eh?

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One of the ultimate sweet soul singers imho-will sping ill take the blame and tommorrow shines on me my 2 favs by him when i get home on friday evening i his memory-massive talent!!

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One of the first tunes to get me into midtempo all those years ago."Sweetest thing this side of heaven".Sad news.

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Thats really sad news Dave , his album on Vando would rate in my all time top 5 albums ever - Van McCoy magic at his best - " Sittin ' pretty " is a fave track from a brilliant set .Best,Eddie

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Very sad news, so many great performances.

Hard to pick a fave but - This Feeling You Give Me is one of my all time faves...

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Sad news indeed guys loved his voice my fave "I've found a goodie" R.I.P. Chris

ATB Steve.

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Sad news indeed guys loved his voice my fave "I've found a goodie" R.I.P. Chris

ATB Steve.

VERY SAD NEWS INDEED :6: , ALSO LOVE I FOUND A GOODIE, DUG IT OUT AND PLAYED IT JUST LAST WEEKEND AVIN A FIX AT ME MAMS, ALSO LOVE I KNOW WE CAN WORK IT OUT (AKA SUGAR BABY).

BRI PINCH.

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RIP Chris Bartley. :sad: One of my faves is I See Your Name by him.

Suz

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I remember rushing out to find a copy of "I found a Goodie" when heard Mike Raven give it it's first and probably only spin on it's UK Bell 45 release.

I also remember sometime later being in Soul City & Dave Godin asked me what artists I liked as it was proving tough to get some money out of me. I saw

the Chris Bartley LP and said that I actually had his "I found A Goodie" and loved it. Well, that was it because Dave told me it was one of his favourite

LP's so i coughed up £3 (a third of my take home pay each week!) and took it home smuggling it into my parents house in case they asked how much i'd

spent.

I was a confirmed Van McCoy & Chris Bartley fan from then on and my favourites are nearly everything he recorded..A & B sides but one track that always

blows me away from the LP is "My Baby" .

Another thing that stuck in my mind about Chris was the story that he had put aside his career at one stage to nurse his Mother when she became ill.

So, yes , it is Job well done & done with Soulfulness. RIP Chris

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Had a message earlier today from a friend Stateside telling me that Chris Bartley had died. waited until now to get confirmation and can now confirm it is true. No real details as yet but thought it right to post about his passing. 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. Mr Bartley's only main rival in this particular style of soul was Deon Jackson in my opinion. So.....in true Hitsville fashion...I thank Mr Bartley for some fantastic music and memories, and wish him him a safe onward journey. Congratulations Sir, on a job extremely well done.

Sort of poignant with Tony R putting together the VMC CDS eh?

Great memories Dave.

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wow! sad news only today listening to that 45 that Dicky boy used to play at Wigan "Im going out of my mind"? What a recors dont think it was pressed i'll bet some collector absorbed it in to their collection- shame really It deserves exposure.

DJ

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Great memories Dave.

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Exactly Mate,

It's why we do what we do. We need another 'field trip' pal. Need to get to as many as possible before it's too late. :thumbsup:

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I always felt that Chris Bartley represented the vocalist that Van McCoy always wanted to be but could not quite achieve as Van decided to concentrate on his writing and production career ...

Also can anyone confirm whether Chris Bartley's vocals appear on any of the tracks on Van McCoy's Dancin LP ?

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More very sad news, very talented man RIP.

Have both his and Van's LP (which I think he sings on at least one track) to digitalise, will do so tonight and out up some soundclips as a

reminder of his talent.

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Very Sad News Indeed.

R.I.P. Chris Bartley

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That's very sad, he was a top quality singer. Sweetest Thing was the first "soppy" record I really liked, then came the Delfonics and Ronnie Dyson and gurls!

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Sad news indeed! Another legendary Soul Singer leaves us!

RIP Chris Bartley

Steve

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rip. If he'd only made 'Tomorrow keeps shining on me' he'd be a bit of a legend in my house, but 'I'll take the blame' and 'Sugar baby' are right up there as well.

thanks chris.

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Had a message earlier today from a friend Stateside telling me that Chris Bartley had died. waited until now to get confirmation and can now confirm it is true. No real details as yet but thought it right to post about his passing. 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. Mr Bartley's only main rival in this particular style of soul was Deon Jackson in my opinion. So.....in true Hitsville fashion...I thank Mr Bartley for some fantastic music and memories, and wish him him a safe onward journey. Congratulations Sir, on a job extremely well done.

Sort of poignant with Tony R putting together the VMC CDS eh?

This is part of the same pic as used on the LP CB facing Kendra Spotswood (Sandi Sheldon). I was very lucky to have them both autograph my copy of the Chris Bartley LP next to their pics..

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RIP Chris Bartley - Love his Vando album - bought in a newsagents/record shop as a cutout for 99p back in the day - stunning work from Mr B & Van McCoy.

BTW - How good is "You Get Next To My Heart" ??????????????? Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!

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That is one very sad loss indeed. RIP.

Marc

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RIP Chris Bartley - Love his Vando album - bought in a newsagents/record shop as a cutout for 99p back in the day - stunning work from Mr B & Van McCoy.

BTW - How good is "You Get Next To My Heart" ??????????????? Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!

A few CB 45s amongst these. David

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RIP Chris Bartley - Love his Vando album - bought in a newsagents/record shop as a cutout for 99p back in the day - stunning work from Mr B & Van McCoy.

BTW - How good is "You Get Next To My Heart" ??????????????? Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!

Another true legend passed on, they are dropping so quickly now. RIP.

I agree, just dug out my 'Sweetest thing' and then followed it with 'you get next to my heart' which is sheer quality. Then the flip 'For You' which is beautiful mid tempo too. One of the masters of that genre without a doubt.thumbsup.gif

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Yeah always sad when the Soul world loses one of its sons/daughters. Just want to add i always thought Chris Bartley was also a vocalist for the Ray Alexander Techniques( and seeing as the album was recorded in Harlem and Chris Bartley was born there...etc.....Can anyone confirm???) and their rare LP 'Let's Talk on Lu JUn Productions, a must have album for any discerning 70's/Crossover vinyl collector, with such gems as 'Save Me' and ,Taking The Long Way Home. Brett F

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Had a message earlier today from a friend Stateside telling me that Chris Bartley had died. waited until now to get confirmation and can now confirm it is true.

Dave

Chris's funeral is tomorrow. What a tragedy, it was great he got to perform in New Jersey in

2006. I understand some of the guys will be singing (Bobby Shivers, Eller Weas, Ray Block etc.)

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Another gem gone, but never forgotten.....................I'll never forget his Van McCoy stories,

a real gent.

Chris L

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His contract when he appeared on the Clay Cole Diskotek Program in 1967.

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RIP Chris

Sweetest thing this side of heaven will always be one of my all time faves

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Sad, sad loss

"I'll take the Blame" on Buddah, sheer class from the big fella, amongst others.

RIP

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His last performance in New Jersey 3 years ago (he's the one in the middle).

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Died of kidney failure aged 62, far too young.

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His last performance in New Jersey 3 years ago (he's the one in the middle).

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Died of kidney failure aged 62, far too young.

Great pic Chris.....and Elouise looking like a doll too! Great stuff. Great talents.

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Great pic Chris.....and Elouise looking like a doll too! Great stuff. Great talents.

The pride of place is this baby, getting him and Sandi Sheldon together to sign it for me was a real

knockout. An orginal publicity poster from October 1967. It takes pride of place in my collection.

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Top people these soul singers. Eller Weas is crushed, too sad to talk, guess they'll all feel better

after the funeral, you know how tight that lot all are, the New Jersey sixties soul set.

Chris L

ps I see it's 23° today in Mo-Hacker good.gif

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The pride of place is this baby, getting him and Sandi Sheldon together to sign it for me was a real

knockout. An orginal publicity poster from October 1967. It takes pride of place in my collection.

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Top people these soul singers. Eller Weas is crushed, too sad to talk, guess they'll all feel better

after the funeral, you know how tight that lot all are, the New Jersey sixties soul set.

Chris L

ps I see it's 23° today in Mo-Hacker good.gif

What is the temp in Kabul though?

Got my LP cover signed by them both Chris ..in the water either side of them... well chuffed !

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Just going through my 12"s and found one by Chris,don't know when I got it probably '86 the date on the record.Its on the Move label from Edinburgh,all of Chris's story on the sleeve notes by John Smith and it says if it sells theres an album ready to go.He has recorded a version of the Originals "Baby I'm for real" and 3 of his earlier tracks "I've found a goodie" "Truer wordswere never spoken" and "The sweetest thing this side of heaven" It says its part of a series the first of which was Tommy Tate,anyone remember it oranything about it. ATB Steve

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Just going through my 12"s and found one by Chris,don't know when I got it probably '86 the date on the record.Its on the Move label from Edinburgh,all of Chris's story on the sleeve notes by John Smith and it says if it sells theres an album ready to go.He has recorded a version of the Originals "Baby I'm for real" and 3 of his earlier tracks "I've found a goodie" "Truer wordswere never spoken" and "The sweetest thing this side of heaven" It says its part of a series the first of which was Tommy Tate,anyone remember it oranything about it. ATB Steve

Chris did release an album on Vando and there was that 70s SS International release where it was purported he'd

done a couple of tracks.

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Classic Urban Harmony, some soul/doo wop fans, collectors & writers based in the New Jersey area

have made this fitting tribute to Chris Bartley, a wonderful piece of work.

http://www.classicur...y%20Tribute.htm

Do read it.

Chris Lalor

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Classic Urban Harmony, some soul/doo wop fans, collectors & writers based in the New jersey area

have made this fittinf tribute to Chris Bartley, a wonderful piece of work.

http://www.classicurbanharmony.net/Chris%20Bartley%20Tribute.htm

Do read it.

Chris Lalor

Nice job by Pam and Charlie Chris, thanks for posting.

As an aside I have a tape of Norman Donegan singing "Think Of Me" that we recorded with Bev and Dave F in NJ. Great afternoon.

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