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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Post Number: 1565
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 8:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

After Soul Sister mentioned Jimmy working with Narada Michael Walden, I wondered whatever happened to Wanda Walden, who was REPORTEDLY his sister. Back in '81, she released an LP titled "Searching For Love". It was a predominantly mellow LP with some nice songs like: Searchin' (a duet with her brother AS REPORTED), Take Your Heart, Lost & Found, Wanna Love You Tonite, Just To Love You & It's Gone Now. The LPs two dance records were done similar in style to what Michael was doing with Sister Sledge & Stacy Lattisaw. Holding On was nice but the standout on that LP was the cut, Don't You Want My Lovin'. That song had a great arrangement, a great vocal & a great Chic-like break. The break reminds me a big of Good Times, with higher energy. I played that song like it was a slot machine for my skate crowd. However, I never heard it anywhere else, before or after.

Around '82 or '83, she came out with the dance cut, I Must Be Dreaming, which was very similar in sound to what Kashif was doing with Evelyn King, or, Patrice Rushen with Forget Me Nots. Here in NY, IMBD was quite popular. To my shock, it never charted at all!!!

Does anyone have any information about Wanda Walden. As I've stated, at the time this LP came out, it WAS reported that Wanda & Michael were siblings. If this is erroneous, please let me know. I've already been through the misinformation road with Ms Janice McClain. I desire no repeat of that :-)

Soul Sister, anyone???
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 611
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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 8:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes Juice.... I bought that album right when it came out... great tracks and your favourite was also my favourite and guess what??? I use to skate to that one all the time too... LOL
I don't think though that they were brother and sister but I think she was narada's sister in law or something like that... they are indeed related but not as close as you think
I'll go do some research as soon as I get back home right now I am at the internet spot in front of NYC's BB KING Bar and Grill LOL

Wonder B
If you mess with the 'fro, you gotta go
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 924
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 9:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WB,
How long will you be in the apple??
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Post Number: 1567
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 9:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Err, ahh Wonder......

WHY IN HELL DIDN'T YOU TELL US THAT YOU WERE HERE IN NYC??? Just trying to sneak off with some more of those rare photos & LPs, aren't you????

:-)
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 614
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 3:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hahahaha yes indeed I was there to snatch a few LP's from you... In fact I flew back Saturday afternoon and arrived this mornign (Sunday) here...
I promise the next time I'll let you guys know in advance and perhaps you'll have some time to share with me (I'd be delighted). I usually stay at a hotel near Times Square (Millenium or Novotel)...
This time I got word of my flight at the last minute so I couldn't get back on the forum... but I fly to NYC almost every month so it's only a matter of time before we meet...
Juice I'll bring you some pics! LOL
I'll bring some nice Champagne so we can celebrate the occasion too! LOL Hope you both like it....!

Wonder B
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Jester (jester)
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Post Number: 19
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 62.255.64.7
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 8:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sister - in - law is indeed correct...& her LP is great! Sorry that I don't have any news of her subsequent ventures;o((
BTW - I'm staying in Conneticut for about 10 days starting 8/9 would appreciate any suggestions for places to visit/record stores; 'Soulwise' of course;o)).. since I'll be just about an hours drive from The Big Apple.

Jester.
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Jester (jester)
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Post Number: 20
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 8:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

...forgot to add, decent clubs; gigs that are happenin' round about that time too... and indeed any local talent that have a 'residency' somewhere but haven't broken out..so to speak but are just pure class/unmissible?

Jester
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Post Number: 1150
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 12:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Juice;
I'll ask Narada about his sister-in-law next time I speak with him.
S.S.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Post Number: 1594
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 1:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good afternoon all!!!

Wonder, Jester & Soul Sister, I thank you all for sharing the info. I'm also glad that this time, my "source" was at least in the ballpark. At least she was/is connected to him in some capacity. I'd appreciate any additional info. I sure did like her LP!!!

After the Janice McClain embarassment, I will preface all questions where "sources" have given information in this manner. It's a shame when you can't trust the word of Radio DJ's.

Oh well, ONWARD & UPWARD!!!
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 615
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 5:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hahahaha Juice don't beat yourself up!!!! So many people have info which is not verified so it's hard to know if you are hearing the real facts or some 'hearsay'...
I found myself a few times in the same position as you were on the Janice McClain thread... what can you do...
That's why it's great to get the real deal from other knowledgeable persons... and also why this forum is an absolute MUST!!! LOL
Hope to see you next time I am in the big Apple!

Wonder B
If you mess with the 'fro, you gotta go!
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Post Number: 1606
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Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 5:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wonder B,

I hear you. I've just gotten to the point where I no longer wear the big nose with glasses disguise outdoors. I'd already weaned myself off the paper bag over the head disguise. Little by little I'm getting there, one day at a time!!!

One day when you revist us, a few of us should try to hook up. I'll be the guy with the mask over his head :-)

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