Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-’80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles (“You’re Mine,” “It’s Over”) and the 1988 full-length Another Side.The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard’s burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over.
Owens had already released tracks on his own - “Bring Down the Walls” and “I’m Strong” for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP “Rhythms in Me” was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known singles of the late ’80s, the epic house moment “Tears,” appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles and producer Satoshi Tomiie.) In 2000, Robert Owens appeared on the Photek hit “Mine to Give.”
He collaborated with Coldcut on their album Sound Mirrors, on the track “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” in 2006. He also collaborated with Rob Pearson on single “Escape from the Madness” which was released on Plastic City in 2007.
Edited by discotequedude on 14 Mar 2011, 04:18
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