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24 Carat Black - Mother's Day 

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May 4 2007 2:47PM by Ericka Schiche
Before switching to the name 24 Carat Black, some core members of the Stax supergroup were known as The Ditalians. The Ditalians, a soul group from Cincinnati, Ohio, recorded "Philly Dog New Breed" and "Egypt Land" for the Saxony label. Billy Best and The Ditalians had a major funk hit on the Mercury label with "Baby That Takes the Cake". One of 24 Carat Black's female vocalists, Princess Hearn, is now a gospel singer. Five former members of 24 Carat Black formed a Detroit-based funk group named Shotgun. Shotgun consisted of 24 Carat Black alumni alto saxophonist Greg Ingram, keyboardist Billy Talbert, guitarist Ernest Latimore, bassist Larry Austin and vocalist-drummer Tyrone Steels. Glenn Quackenbush, an engineer for 24 Carat Black, is known as a Hammond organ player and member of Detroit group SRC. 24 CB tenor saxophonist Jerome Derrickson later became known for his work with Zapp and Roger Troutman. 24 CB violinist Albert Edelman had previously backed Elvis Presley on the Memphis Record. 24 CB oboist Nick Vergos is an owner of the Rendezvous barbeque restaurant in Memphis and also worked on other Stax projects, including Isaac Hayes albums. 24 CB cellist Vincent de Frank founded the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Producer Dale Warren worked with the Supremes at Motown before moving to Stax.

Apr 10 2001 11:09PM by Tyrone Steels II

Classically trained Detroit arranger Dale Warren first made his mark at Motown and from 1969 till 1974, penned the majority of the string scores emanating from Stax Records. While writing charts for numerous hit artists, Warren took under his wing the Ditalians, an obscure Cincinnati soul aggregation. He rechristened them 24-Carat Black and composed and produced this 1973 opus about life in the inner city. Featuring the group's searing gospel-imbued vocals and solidly funky instrumental work alongside classical touches, Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth fell on largely deaf ears when released, only to find its grooves sampled years later by such hip-hop artists as Heal, Young Disciples, Eric B. and Rakim, Naughty By Nature, Keith Murray, and Digable Planets.

Song titles
SYNOPSIS ONE: In the Ghetto
God Save the World
Poverty's Paradise
SYNOPSIS TWO: Mother's Day
Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
24-Carat Black (Theme)

David Becker - Viola
Barbara Thompson - Cello
John Gilbert - Violin
Larry Austin - Guitar (Bass)
Kathleen Dent - Vocals
Jerome Derrickson - Sax (Tenor)
Albert Edelman - Violin
Ricky Foster - Trumpet
William Gentry - Trumpet
Noel Gilbert - Violin
Princess Hearn - Vocals
Edwin Hubbard - Flute
Gregory Ingram - Arranger, Sax (Alto)
Ernest Latimore - Guitar, Vocals
Valerie Malone - Vocals
Glenn Quackenbush - Engineer
Robert Snyder - Violin
Tyrone Steels - Percussion, Vocals
James Talbert - Piano (Electric)
William Talbert - Organ, Arranger
James Terry - Flute
Nick Vergos - Oboe
Dale Warren - Piano, Viola, Producer, Engineer, Vibraphone
John Wehlan - Viola
Vincent de Frank - Cello

This CD was re-released in 1994 by Fantasy Records. The compact disc reissue of this long-out-of-print album serves as a tribute to the genius of its recently deceased creator.

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