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J. Blackfoot' is a nickname John Colbert picked up during his boyhood years in Memphis, Tennessee. He broke into the music business at age nineteen as lead singer of a new line-up of The Barkays, whose original members had died in the plane crash that also killed Otis Redding.
 

Isaac Hayes and David Porter (famed for their Sam & Dave productions) then recruited Blackfoot to sing lead in a new vocal group, The Soul Children (who scored 15 R&B hits between 1968 and 1978).
 

After the group split up, Blackfoot began his career as a solo artist, produced by Stax colleagues Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks. Success came with the R&B smash 'Taxi´ followed by 'Just One Lifetime.’ After the Banks and Brooks partnership ended, former Stax keyboard maestro Lester Snell teamed with Homer Banks, and Blackfoot’s output continued seamlessly with no hiccup in quality or quantity.
 

J. Blackfoot died of cancer in November 2011. He was 65. “What I remember more than anything about him was his naturalness,” said Stax songwriting legend David Porter, who discovered Blackfoot more than 40 years ago. “When I first heard him, there was naturalness in his phrasing, in his charm, that was unique. He always stayed true to that.”


LocoBop’s vault contains around 60 tracks by J. Blackfoot, from which we’ve released five albums prior to this one. We chose 12 of those tracks to “refresh” for Blackfoot’s old fans and to hopefully engage many future fans as well.

 

 

 


STREET GIRL

TAXI

U-TURN (ALT. MIX)

SUNSHINE LADY

WAY OF THE CITY

I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN

COOL THIS FIRE

I DON'T REMEMBER LOVING YOU

RESPECT YOURSELF

I CHOOSE YOU

HALF WAY IN, HALF WAY OUT

I’M GOING AWAY




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