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Sam Dees


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At the age of 9, already champion of several singing contests, he founded his own vocal group, the “Bossanovians”. As a teenager he traveled to perform and, in 1968 he recorded his first single at Nashville, Tennessee’s SSS International. He put out his next few singles on Birmingham-based Lolo Records. At the same time he was beginning to earn respect as a writer and producer. Chess Records producer Lenny Sachs gave him an opportunity to self-produce two singles on the Chess label, which Dees recorded in a former church in Birmingham. From there he began recording for Atlantic, which released his landmark album The Show Must Go On in 1975.

Since then, Dees recording career moved to the back burner while he wrote hits for other singers, such as “Am I Dreaming” (Atlantic Starr), “One in a Million You” (Larry Graham), “Save the Overtime (For Me)” (Gladys Knight), “Love All the Hurt Away” (George Benson and Aretha Franklin), and “Lover for Life” (Whitney Houston).

Artists performing Sam’s compositions are Whitney Houston (4 albums), Gladys Knight and the Pips (5 albums), Atlantic Starr (7 albums), Tyrone Davis (7 albums), Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Gerald Alston, Regina Belle, George Benson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Manhattans (5 albums), L.T.D. (4 albums), Teddy Pendergrass, Jackie Wilson, The Brothers Johnson, Loleatta Holloway, Keisa Brown, Ace Cannon, Clarence Carter, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Margie Joseph, Frederick Knight, Denise LaSalle, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Dorothy Moore, Sandra Hall, Willie Clayton, Enchantment, Bobby Patterson, Billy Scott, Arnold McCuller, Ted Taylor, Benjy Myaz, Ol Skool, William “Doc” Powell, Don Diego and many others.


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  • Shannonline

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Great artist, check out Clarence Carter if you like, Patches especially (album + song)

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Silke_Neryn

    A melodic genius; a giant of a man who, in his best moments, almost has the ability to give Soul a new musical meaning.

    8 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Lonely For You Baby. Sheer class. A Tr1xx top 100 Northern Soul track

    29 Dec 2007 Reply

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