Jaedes, The

Band members               Related acts

- Frederick Blackmon - vocals

- Ernest Baskerville - vocals

- Fred Jennings - vocals

- Naaman Johnson - vocals

- Curtis Jones - vocals



- none known





Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Jaedes

Company: Athena

Catalog: ZLP-6002

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD


This one's a complete mystery to us.  We've searched in various reference books and checked the internet without success.  What little we know about the quintet comes from the barebones liner notes on what's apparently their sole album.


The group line up apparently consisted of vocalists Frederick Blackmon, Ernest Baskerville, Fred Jennings, Naaman Johnson and Curtis Jones.  Originally from Alabama, they attracted attention in Memphis, becoming one of the first groups signed to Dee Kilpatrick and Rick Powell's newly formed Athena Records.  (Guess who the first signing was ...  Memphis' The Feminine Complex.)

Released in 1968, the cleverly-titled "The Jaedes" teamed the quintet with producer Rick Powell.  Offering up a mixture of  Blackmon penned originals and popular covers, anyone into '60s soul harmony groups will find this set charming.  Strong melodies and great group harmonies make every one of these 11 songs worth hearing.  Highlights include the gorgeous "Uh, Uh What Did I Do", the pseudo-psychedelic "True, True, True" and their weird cover of BS&T's "Spinning Wheel".  Sure, the results are anywhere near as sophisticated as material by such contemporaries as The Delfonics, or The Stylistics, but that certain rawness stands as a big part of the album's charm.   Instantly obscure, this is the only copy of the album we've ever come across.


The Jaedes" track listing:

1.) Uh, Uh What Did I Do   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:20

2.) What'll It Take To Make You Happy   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:27

3.) Teach Me (A Lesson In Love)   (George Byrd) - 2:53

4,) We're Gonna Build a Love Together   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:12

5.) Put a Little Love In Your Heart   (Jack DeShannon - Jimmy Holiday - Randy Myers) - 2:53

6.) I'll Be Back On My Feet Again   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:17

7.) Lay, Lady Lay   (Bob Dylan) - 3:05

8.) True, True, True   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:17

9.) Big Surprise   (Fred Blackmon) - 2:37

10.) Spinning Wheel   (David Clayton Thomas) - 3:00

11.) Color Him Father   (Richard Spencer) - 2:35





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