Jamaica Girls ‎– Need Somebody New (1983)

Jamaica Girls were Brenda Hilliard, Deborah McGriff, and Rita Saunders. The trio released three singles, the first was “Rock The Beat” on Becket Records in 1982, the second was “Need Somebody New” on Sleeping Bag Records in 1983 and finally “On The Move” on Sire Records in 1986.

Brenda Hilliard had been part of the duo “Brenda & Albert” who released a single in 1974 and of soul-disco band Faith, Hope & Charity (1970-1978), she also released a hard-to-find solo single in 1983.

Deborah McGriff was a member of the Casablanca label’s eurodisco outfit “Ultimate” (1978-1980).

Rita Saunders was also a member of the band “Ultimate” (1978-1980) and after the band split, she would continue to provide backing vocals alongside her bandmate Deborah to such artists as Gwen McRae, Natasha Wilson and Ruffin & Kendrick.

The single “Need Somebody New” was written by Bert Reid (Crown Heights Affair) and Fred Zarr (Madonna/Eartha Kitt/Tina Turner).

Bert Reid also produced the single while Larry Levan & Ron St. Germain mixed the track.

Need Somebody New                           6:07

Somebody New                                   5:50

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The Jamaica Girls ‎– On The Move (1986)

The Jamaica Girls released three singles, the first “Rock The Beat” (1982) on Becket Records, followed up by “Need Somebody New” (1983) on Sleeping Bag Records and finally, “On The Move” (1986) on Sire Records. The common thread through all three releases was electro-funk pioneer Bert Reid who had writing and production credits on all three singles.

Bert Reid was a founding member of Crown Heights Affair and wrote/produced classic tracks for Unlimited Touch, Gwen McCrae, Denroy Morgan, Secret Weapon and many others. Bert worked with the legends of the dance music scene including Larry Levan and Francois Kevorkian. Unfortunately Bert passed away from lung cancer in 2004 but his catalogue of classic funk, disco and electro-soul is a testament to the great man’s talent and well worth investigating.

“On The Move” was one of the few Francois Kevorkian 80’s mixes that I was still missing so special mention to Music Avenue in Paris for helping EV out on this one.

On The Move (Extended Version)             7:42

On The Move (Instrumental)                     7:42

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