March 14, 2016

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Joe Bataan - Sadie (She Smokes) b/w Always And Forever (1980) - single

Joe Bataan (also spelled Bataán) (born November 15, 1942 in Spanish Harlem, New York City is a Filipino-African American Latin soul musician from New York
Joe Bataan was born Bataan Nitollano and grew up in the 103rd St. and Lexington Ave. part of East Harlem where he briefly led the Dragons, a local Puerto Rican street gang, before being sent to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility to serve time for a stolen car charge. His father was Filipino and his mother was African American.
Upon his release in 1965, he turned his attention to music and formed his first band, Joe Bataan and the Latin Swingers. Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop. Though Bataan was neither the first nor only artist to combine doo-wop-style singing with Latin rhythms, his talent for it drew the attention of Fania Records. After signing with them in 1966, Bataan released "Gypsy Woman" in 1967 (the title track is a Latin dance cover of "Gypsy Woman" by The Impressions). He would, in full, release eight original titles for Fania which included the gold-selling Riot!. These albums often mixed energetic Latin dance songs, sung in Spanish, with slower, English-language soul ballads sung by Bataan himself. As a vocalist, Bataan's fame in the Latin music scene at the time was only rivaled by Ralfi Pagan.
In 1973, he helped coin the phrase "salsoul", lending its name to his first post-Fania album. Along with the Cayre brothers, Kenneth, Stanley, and Joseph, he co-founded the Salsoul label, though later sold out his interest. He recorded three albums for Salsoul and several singles, including “Sadie (She Smokes)” an early hip hop hit.

A - Sadie (She Smokes)  (4:05)
Written-By – Joe Bataan / Producer – Joe Bataan / Arranged By – Marty Sheller
B - Always And Forever  (5:51)
Written-By – Rod Temperton / Producer – Joe Bataan / Arranged By – Marty Sheller

Release:  1980
Label:  Salsoul Records
Catalog#  XB-9521

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