Larome Powers

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"Shake And Shimmey"

Larome Powers

Composed by Gerald Robinson




March 1, 2015: NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO ALERT!

With the release of his new CD, Stepping Out, Larome Powers has ramped up his YouTube presence. Although he's taken down the long-running YouTube page referenced for years in Daddy. B. Nice's original profile of the artist (below)--the link for "Shake & Shimmy" is now gone--Larome has added a handful of new videos, including:

Listen to Larome Powers singing "What's The Name Of That Thang" on YouTube.

And, just posted....

Listen to Larome Powers singing "I'm Knockin'" on YouTube.

And, recently posted....

Listen to Larome Powers singing "I Feel Like Cheating Tonight" on YouTube.

And your Daddy B. Nice is most gratified at unearthing this delightful mutation on Pat Cooley's and Denise LaSalle's "Older Woman Younger Man." (The YouTube video is buried under the title "Various Artists," making it impossible to find doing a search under the artist's name.)

Listen to Larome Powers singing "Older Man (Looking For A) Young Thang" on YouTube.

Watch for "Older Man (Looking For A) Young Thang" on Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten Singles Review in March 2015.

Sample/Buy Larome Powers' STEPPING OUT CD.

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January 4, 2015: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy Larome Powers' STEPPING OUT CD, including Daddy B. Nice's #11-ranked Southern Soul Single of 2014, "What's The Name Of That Thang?"

See Daddy B. Nice's Best Of 2014.

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See Heiki Suosalo's welcome and valuable new profile of previously obscure artist Larome Powers at Soul Express DEEP #6/2014 (December).

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Daddy B. Nice's Original Artist Guide



Earlier this year, a new sound from an old, familiar face surfaced as follows:

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

JUNE 2011

3. "I'm Knocking"-----Larome Powers

Remember the "Shake And Shimmey" guy? That was a great song. Larome Powers, its author, is back with "I'm Knocking At Your Door," slower and more groove-oriented. This song is going to get inside some heads. Hypnotic.


The single of "I'm Knockin" did get inside some heads, rising as high as #2 on Soul & Blues Report's National Top 25 Southern Soul Songs Chart. As of this writing (10/16/11), "I'm Knockin'" was still holding down the #4 spot on the chart compiled from Southern Soul deejay playlists.

Even more interesting from a larger-picture standpoint, the Larome Powers single bore the mark of Waldoxy Records, the Tommy Couch Jr.-owned label that--along with parent label Malaco Records--had recently moved away from Southern Soul music.

Powers' one and only album with Waldoxy, What's Life Without Love (2006), had been a mixed blessing.

Although the Waldoxy imprint had lent an immediate credibility and prestige--altogether justified--to Larome Powers' bid to become a well-known Southern Soul artist, the label's insular approach to marketing and promotion doomed the CD to minimal exposure. Fans were lucky if they heard "Shake And Shimmy," the stunning centerpiece of the album, on a handful of key Southern Soul radio outlets little heard outside the Deep South.

With a great, deep-bass, voice-over intro, "I Feel Like Cheatin' Tonight," the follow-up single, received even less air play, and the rest of the exemplary collection was never heard from again.

How good was "Shake And Shimmy"? Written by Powers himself under his pseudonym Gerald Robinson, the uptempo anthem was not just good but crossover-good: a sumptious blending of groove, melody and arrangement anchored by one of the most interesting, man-sized voices in contemporary rhythm and blues.

Few vocalists, even in the singer-rich ranks of Southern Soul, have the deep, growling baritone power that defines Southern Soul's primary characteristic: grit. Reggie P. had it. And Larome Powers has it.

"I was at the club
The other night.
And the women
Were wall to wall.

All the fellas
Hanging down tight,
Everybody
Having a ball.

Man, this girl
Was so sexy,
Kept coming
On so strong. . . "

The pounding rhythm section accompanying these standard, girl-on-the-dance-floor lyrics and the terrific, fully-realized, tornado-lifting-Dorothy-out-of-Kansas arrangement give "Shake And Shimmey" an almost preternatural momentum.

"She said
'I came out to rock
Let champagne
Bottles pop.

Tonight I'm
Gonna party big time.
I'm going to
Shake and shimmey,

Party to the limit,
Have big fun tonight."

Songs with the melodic magnetism and dancefloor appeal of "Shake & Shimmey" only come around once in a great while, and singers with the lasting, deep-soul resonance of Larome Powers are even more rare.

In fact, "Shake & Shimmy" may be the most perfectly realized picking-up-a-partner-on-the-dance-floor fantasy recorded yet in contemporary Southern Soul.

As club dancers are so well aware, the reality of dancing turning to foreplay turning to one-night-stands is "the stuff dreams are made of," especially for the lonely singles who make a practice of the pursuit.

"Shake And Shimmey" lays down the perfect script, both musically and conceptually: wading onto the dance floor on your own, keeping your cool and making your moves, attracting a like-minded, lithe-moving dance partner of the opposite sex, and wordlessly forging a bond through the music and the dance.

This is what it's all about. And, as every single knows, the highs are higher and the lows are lower. And most nights the reality sends the lonely, love-starved dancer/hunter home alone once again.

But every so often the hunter captures the game, or is simultaneously captured by the game, and it's that poignant meeting of two strangers in a whirlpool mix of music, dance and sexual give-and-take, with a happy ending in sexual bliss, that "Shake and Shimmey" memorializes to perfection.

Larome Powers contributed the vocal arrangement, as well as producing and arranging duties as a whole, to "Shake And Shimmey" and the What's Life Without Love album.

--Daddy B. Nice


About Larome Powers

Under his given name, "Gerald Robinson," longtime songwriter Larome Powers has 99 registered song titles at BMI, including Jesse James' "I Can Do Bad By Myself."

Robinson was born in Tupelo, Mississippi--the birthplace of Elvis--in 1952, but spent most of his formative years in Michigan (Ann Arbor), moving to Detroit in his twenties.

Proficient as a singer, producer, bassist and pianist, Powers entered the music business in the 70's as a composer while also performing at various West Coast venues.

Under his given name, Robinson, Powers worked as a staff writer under producer/writer Don Davis at Groovesville Productions for a decade, then became CEO of his own company, Super Disc Productions (later SGH&R), working with artists like Harvey Scales on Casa Blanca and Melvin Griffin on the Henry Stone label. Five of Super Disc's writers, including Larome, also toiled as writers in the April Blackwood Division at CBS.

During that time Powers wrote or cowrote such hits as "I Can Do Bad By Myself" (Jesse James), "It Ain't What You Do" (Johnnie Taylor) "Come Inside" (The Dramatics) and "That Thing That You Got" (Harvey Scales). He also produced Kenne Wayne's debut album, Old Fashion Love (1996), and Reggie Wayne Morris's touted Blues Binge CD (2001).

Powers made his solo recording debut on the Blues Club International label in 2003: Somebody's Chasin' My Cat.

That led to a recording contract with Southern Soul label Waldoxy Records (a Malaco affiliate) and the release of Larome Powers' signature single, "Shake And Shimmey," and the album, What's Life Without Love, in 2006.

Five years went by without Powers recording until, in 2011, he released the single "I'm Knockin' (At Your Door)" (Waldoxy), awakening fan interest and becoming Power's biggest Southern Soul single since "Shake And Shimmey."

Larome Powers resides in the Memphis, Tennessee area.

Larome Powers Discography

2003 Somebody's Chasing My Cat (Blues Club International)

2006 What's Life Without Love (Waldoxy)
Stepping Out (2014)

2014 Stepping Out (Waldoxy)


Song's Transcendent Moment

"I hit the dance floor
And started doing my thing.
Every move I made,
She made it with me,
Mesmerizing my brain

The way you dance
And make those dirty moves,
You need somebody
Who knows what to do.

We're going to
Shake and shimmey,
Party to the limit,
Have some fun tonight."


Tidbits

1.

October 16, 2011:

Larome Powers appears on two Malaco compilations from 2007:

"I Feel Like Cheatin'" appears on:

Simply Soul

"Shake And Shimmey" appears on:

Southern Soul Radio


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

"If you liked The Doors' "Riders On The Storm," you'll love Larome Power's "Shake & Shimmey."





Honorary "B" Side

"I'm Knockin'"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Shake And Shimmey by Larome Powers
Shake And Shimmey


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

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What's Life Without Love


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy I'm Knockin' by Larome Powers
I'm Knockin'

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I'm Knockin' MP3


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy What's The Name Of That Thang by Larome Powers
What's The Name Of That Thang


CD: Stepping Out
Label: Waldoxy

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Stepping Out


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy I Feel Like Cheatin' by Larome Powers
I Feel Like Cheatin'


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

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What's Life Without Love


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy No Need To Lie by Larome Powers
No Need To Lie


CD: Somebody's Chasin' My Cat
Label: Blues Club International

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Somebody's Chasin' My Cat


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Are You Lonely by Larome Powers
Are You Lonely


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

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What's Life Without Love


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Freaky Tonight by Larome Powers
Freaky Tonight


CD: Somebody's Chasin' My Cat
Label: Blues Club International

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Somebody's Chasin' My Cat


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Get Down On It by Larome Powers
Get Down On It


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

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What's Life Without Love


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Let's Make Love Tonight by Larome Powers
Let's Make Love Tonight


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

Sample or Buy
What's Life Without Love


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Nothin' But A Party by Larome Powers
Nothin' But A Party


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

Sample or Buy
What's Life Without Love


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy What's Under That Hood by Larome Powers
What's Under That Hood


CD: What's Life Without Love
Label: Waldoxy

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What's Life Without Love


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