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Johnny Daye


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Johnny Daye is a soul singer from Pittsburgh[1] who released six singles between 1965 and 1968[2]. In 2007 he came out of retirement to sing on two tracks on Robert Peckman’s first solo CD, “Stirrin’ Up Bees” Blue-eyed soul singer Johnnie Daye was introduced to Stax Records by Otis Redding, who was at that time mentoring the singer (as he also did with Arthur Conley and Billy Young). Two excellent 45s were released, one in the waning days of the “blue” Stax era and one in the early days of the “snapping fingers” era. “I Need Somebody” was the flip to “What I’ll Do For Satisfaction” (which Janet Jackson covered in the ’90s) and features a nice beat, strong singing by Daye, and great horn charts. All of Daye’s recordings for Stax, Jomada and Cameo-Parkway are worth checking out, most notably Daye’s final single for the label, the exquisite ballad “Stay Baby Stay,”


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