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Honoring Danny Woods

Father-In-Law Rocking the crowd of thousands of beach goers

 

Honoring Danny Woods

While the Grammys did not mention our beloved Danny Woods, I call upon Rolling Stone, Billboard Music Awards,  Billboard , Soultrain, NAACP and American Music Awards to do so!

I would like to thank a few of my friends in the music industry who are voting Grammy members that advocated on our behalf.  We the family would also like to thank the millions of Danny Woods fans around the world who are helping us get his name mentioned during award ceremonies and are taking action to fulfill our request for him to have his own Danny Woods day in Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and North Carolina.

A huge thank you to The National RnB Society Inc. for honoring him!

 

Photo courtesy of The National R&B Society Inc

 

 

History in the making! 

Danny began his amazing journey in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1942, the son of Daniel Woods, Sr. and Julia Dukes Woods. During his formative years, he strengthened his amazing voice and set the foundation for his faith while singing in the church choir.  Along the way, he caught the eye of Gladys Knight and developed a friendship that resulted in taking his first step onto a stage and performing during one of her shows.

Possessing a strong desire to share his talents with the world, Danny left Atlanta and headed to Detroit.  In Detroit, Danny befriended David Ruffin, later of the Temptations, Clyde Wilson, and Melvin Davis. With the talent this quartet possessed, forming a group was the only logical course.  They toured throughout Michigan, earning accolades from all who saw them.  It was during this time that Danny also performed with Rare Earth and Aretha Franklin.  Danny and David took the next step and moved to New York to find fame. There Danny met his hero, the great Jackie Wilson. While in New York, Danny’s talent wasn’t lost on the greats of the time. Danny performed many times at the Apollo Theater with the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Manhattans, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, and numerous other entertainers.

 

 

As word of his talent spread, his exposure increased and the number of fans skyrocketed!  Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success.  During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well.  With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.

 

In 1967, when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and established Invictus/Hot Wax record labels, they needed a flagship act with talent to spare and charisma like no other.

 

 

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Pops on the left of this Getty image photo

That’s when they turned to Danny, General Norman Johnson, and Harrison Kennedy to be their premier talent as Chairmen of The Board.  It was during this time that Danny appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and “The Johnny Carson Show.”

 

The rare and highly coveted Aries Album

 

Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success.  During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well.  With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.

 

1983 at The second annual Beach Music Awards pops on the far right

 

In the late 1970’s General Norman Johnson and Danny Woods made the decision to bring their dynamic energy and untouchable talent back to the Chairmen of the Board, and the legions of fans, awards, hits, and successes were boundless.  As one of the top entertainers in the Beach Music genre he helped to create, Danny Woods has been inducted into the North Carolina and the South Carolina Music Halls of Fame, both as a member of Chairmen of the Board and as a solo artist.  He received awards, accolades and recognition that went far beyond the dreams of the young boy in Atlanta, singing in the church choir.

 

 

 

Astoundingly, through all of the successes Danny enjoyed, he remained as he was in his youth.  Above all in his life was his devotion to his Heavenly Father and his faith.  He praised his Father for all that he had received in his life and recognized that his talent was a gift from God, a gift he loved to share with others.  When not performing or visiting with others, Danny could be found wetting a hook, either on a river bank or on a pier; it never mattered to him as long as he was fishing. He never outgrew his roots.   Offstage, he enjoyed the farm life, meeting people, making them smile, and leaving them with the love he had for all, spreading his love of Christ. His stage presence was larger than life, his energy infectious, and his personality endearing.  Many called him friend and reached to share a bit of his light.”  Elaine Woods

*Photos provided by Danny Woods Facebook page by his fans and sourced from Getty Images.

Danny Woods Grammys 2018

 

Dear Recording Academy,

I am asking you to please honor American Music Icon  Danny Woods 3/27/1942-1/12/2018 during your live broadcast this weekend!

Danny Woods formerly of the Chairmen of The Board passed away on January 12th, 2018 at his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was 75.  The 6 octave vocal range performer had an infectious smile and an electric presence.  “Chairmen Of The Board, one of the most popular Detroit acts in the early ’70’s, had a top 10 hit with “Give Me Just A Little More Time,” as well as several Top 10 hits on the R&B Singles chart, including “Pay To The Piper,” “Chairmen Of The Board” and “Finder’s Keepers.”  Grammys

 

Chairmen Of The Board on tour with Funkadelic.

My father-in-law’s Aries album is highly coveted amongst vinyl junkies.  Danny Woods’  “Top Songs” on Shazam are “Down At The Beach,” “You Had Me Fooled,” “Do Right,” “Pay To The Piper,” and “Back To The Beach.”  I am confident that his gospel albums will do the same!

Corey and I also call upon the beach community and Danny Woods fans everywhere to hashtag #DannyWoodsChairmenOfTheBoardGrammys to get the attention of the Recording Academy, American Music Awards and  and the Billboard Awards #DannyWoodsChairmenOfTheBoardBillboardAwards in hopes that they mention him!  Lastly I challenge his fans to petition your mayors to create a Danny Woods Day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Atlanta, Detroit and North Carolina.   I know that you can do it!  Thanks in advanced!

*Grammy photo is from the Grammy Instagram page.

 

Soul and Beach Music Icon Danny Woods

 

 

 

Danny Woods music career spans over 50 years he is one of the founding members of the legendary music group Chairmen of the Board.  Chairmen of the Board has sold over a million of copies with their chart topping hits “Give me just a little more time” the song was sampled by Kylie Minogue.  Chairmen of the Boards song “Patches” was later re-made by Clarence Carter and it received a Grammy Award.  The group shared the stage with many music legends and  was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

 

*Questions for this Q and A was written by Natalie the interview was conducted by Natalie and her husband one of Danny Woods son’s.

Natalie: Congratulations on your successful music career. What is your key to longevity?

Danny Woods: God, keep God first!

Natalie: Your fans do an amazing job of posting your music dating all the way back from the 1960’s! How many records did you release and how many music groups were you in?

Danny Woods: They asked me to be in the Spinners, but I turned it down because I was making money on my own. I would say that I am on about 50 records.

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie: How old were you when you signed your first record deal?

Danny Woods: I was about 19.

Natalie: Maintaining a healthy voice is a full time job. What’s your best practice to exercising and keeping your 6 octave vocal range healthy?

Danny Woods: The more you sing the better you can sing.

Natalie: What was the feeling that you pulled to hit that high register during the song “Danny Boy?”

Danny Woods: I was singing that song for my son Danny that’s why I sing it so good I was singing to my son Danny. 

 

 

Original Chairmen of the Board members General Johnson, Danny Woods, Hendricks Kennedy and Eddie Custis

Natalie: What was it like being in a premier group for Holland Dozier Holland?

Danny Woods: It was tough, I did not get paid.

Give me just a little more time was released in 1970 from the album “The Chairmen of The Board”

Natalie: How did you celebrate being number 3 on the Billboard Charts and selling over 1 Million copies for “Give me just a little more time?”

Danny Woods: I did not celebrate because I did not have any money.  I was on the Johnny Carson show and Soul Train several times.

 

 

1983 Beach Music Awards

 

Natalie: What emotion did you experience when the R.I.A.A presented Chairmen of The Board with a certified gold record?

Danny Woods: Well, London was an exciting time for me at ABC’s 50th anniversary everyone in the industry was on that show, Rock N’ Roll Super stars!

A special thank you to my father-in-law Mr. Danny Woods for affording us the opportunity to interview him for an exclusive Q and A.

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