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She was actually born in Africa, but from the age of four, she spent most of her life in New York, but now lives in England, and at the Mecca, she performed "You Tore Apart My Broken Heart", and also sang the actual theme song for the massive DVD box set "The Strange World Of Northern Soul", a song called "Seven Days", and the video for that can also be seen on here. We also cut a song called "Too Much Too Late" on her, a song which was discovered by my mentor Chris Hill when he was head of Arista records. It was an obscure single in the early nineties by a group called Rufus Doors, a brother/sister act, but he left Arista before ever signing them, so I snatched up the song and did it on Tammi. That video can also be seen on here too. We cut a whole album on Tammi, but it's never yet been released on CD although it is on iTunes.

Tammi Lavette makes a fabulous new version of my 1976 Disco classic, and Northern Soul floorfiller, originally sung so wonderfully by Doris Jones, "No Way Out", which came out on United Artists in both England and America, and then was also remixed and featured heavily on the hit disco album by Doris Jones in 1979 on AVI Records. Tammi was a teenager when I first discovered her, way back in 1993 and I have watched her blossom into the most fabulous soul diva.. Her version of "No Way Out" is my favourite track off "Yesterday And Tomorrow". Tammi also sang that huge 1970s Northern Soul classic recorded by Bettye Swann on Atlantic, "Kiss My Love Goodbye", as great a Philly song as you could ever wish to hear. It had such a dreamy, timeless, smooth orchestrated feel, that I always planned to cut it on someone one day. Tammi Lavette's real name was Tamla Dhani, and when I first met her in 1993, we cut a song called "My Heart Keeps Saying No", and I initially named her Tamla Tyrrell, which, on reflection, sounds quite nice in itself. But in the end we settled on Tammi Lavette. But I discovered her in time for the Blackpool Mecca Reunion in 1998, and we took her up there to perform on the Saturday night in the Highland Room in front of a thousand people. She was actually born in Africa, but from the age of four, she spent most of her life in New York, but now lives in England, and at the Mecca, she performed "You Tore Apart My Broken Heart", and also sang the actual theme song for the massive DVD box set "The Strange World Of Northern Soul", a song called "Seven Days", and the video for that can be seen on here. We also cut a song called "Too Much Too Late" on her, a song which was discovered by my mentor Chris Hill when he was head of Arista records. It was an obscure single in the early nineties by a group called Rufus Doors, a brother/sister act, but he left Arista before ever signing them, so I snatched up the song and did it on Tammi. That video can also be seen on here too. We cut a whole album on Tammi, but it's never yet been released on CD although it is on iTunes. Having decided that Tammi reminded me a bit of Doris Jones, then who else in the world could possibly do justice to "No Way Out", but the wonderful diva, Tammi Lavette. And so she's redone the song for the iconic "Yesterday And Tomorrow" album, because there are very few singers around who can do justice to that particular jewel in my crown. So yes, my last album, "Yesterday And Tomorrow", from where this song comes, is probably the most dear to my heart project that I have ever undertaken. I decided after thirty three years since I made my very first record, "Reaching For The Best" by The Exciters, to take a trip back down memory lane and recut thirty of my classics on artists who I am currently working with, reinterpreting them in 2008 without losing the magic that made them special in the first place. It's a totally self indulgent project, but one which already has my fans salivating with delight. I first got the idea when I recut Evelyn Thomas's wonderful classic "Have A Little Faith In Me" with Ebony Alleyne, last year. So I'm doing thirty in total, twenty four for the CD and six more extra ones for the DVD, picking either my biggest hits, my most beloved tracks, or the songs which people most requested to see a video. As I must clearly explain, these are not the original versions. And that's what makes the project exciting and new.These are brand spanking new interpretaions of the classics, by Centre City's current roster of artists , built up over a thirty three year career of making records.

. Tammi was from New York and moved to London. In 1998 we took her to the Blackpool Mecca Reunion where she performed this song specially for the upcoming release, which originally came out first as a video box set in July 1999. This is the actual footage that was shot there, and later on location, to be the title sequence of the entire documentary. But there were so many bits of vintage footage and captions overlaid, that you couldn't actually see her sing the song. So this has never been seen till now.

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