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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.

 

La Musica Part 1

 

Two music enthusiasts talk about their love for music while Natalie from Luxshop4u plays her favorite songs from her iTunes selection.  In the past Natalie’s love for music has afforded her the opportunity to suggest her favorite 1970s songs to a Grammy nominated artist for his show.  Producer Extraordinaire Jorgie Milliano worked with several chart topping latin artist.

Billy Paul’s song Let the Dollar Circulate is playing in the background the horn and drum section sparks curiosity.

Natalie: Que Pasa mi amigo?  What is this sound that I am hearing?  This drum pattern is bananas!  Diga me, Analog vs Digital?

Jorge: Analog, the benefit of using analog is the pure sound that you hear.  There are several takes in today’s market, Music Executives want music produced rapido.  The negative side to this is that digital is pre recorded and the drum kits sound the same.  I would not recommend it.

Natalie: Ok, listen to this Foundation Roots by Patrick Kelly!  What is this echo that I am hearing?  I have heard it on many of my dads foundation 45 albums. *Foundation is a term that we use for classic older reggae music.

Jorge: It’s called dub platting analog delay.  Dub delays do not necessarily need to be on the keys or instrument, it can also be on the vocals.

We are currently listening to Funky Kingston by Toots & The Maytals

Natalie: Tell me about this guitar technique!

Jorge: The technique is Called guitar skin it is prevalent in ska music.

Natalie: Danny Woods formerly of The Chairmen of The Board and The Showmen is a Cammy awards recipient.  During his time performing over 40 years with the Chairmen of the Board they enjoyed success on the Billboard Music charts and they were also inducted to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.  Give me just a little more time was sampled by Kylie Minogue. On his solo album Aries the song Two can be Lonely is one of my favorite songs by him. How can we turn this into a club banger?  My husband is from Detroit and we listened to a lot of Jit music.  There is a song that samples Godzilla with the Detroit Techno I think that the beginning of the Godzilla rhythem the songs horn section would sound amazing on Two can be lonely if it is looped the right way!  What do you think?

Jorge: Nat, thats awesome!  EDM’s can be created its called sampling!  How do you even know this terminology?

Natalie: I just know what I like and it makes sense to me.

Mary J.Blige Be Happy is now playing

Natalie: Man I am obsessed with the flutes I think Chuckie Booker was on the flutes!

Jorge: You are listening to Pan flutes! Flutes can also be simulated on a keyboard.  Nat, this is great we need to do this again!

Natalie: Let’s reconvene but this time we will focus on your music!

Jorge: Let’s do it!

Jorgie Millano

 

Jorgie Milliano enjoying Dom Pérignon

 

The legendary reggae artist Pat Kelly

Legendary reggae artist Pat Kelly

 

Toots & The Maytals Funky Kingston

Billy Paul Let the Dollar Circulate

*Download these artists on iTunes

 

Danny Woods Aries Album Two Can be Lonely As One

Visit Jorgie Milliano’s website for collaborations on www.JorgeMilliano.com

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