domingo, 18 de octubre de 2009
Jaibi: The Collection (1964-1967)
Jaibi was the stage name of soul singer Joan Banks (February 6, 1943 - September 4, 1984). Born Joan Pulliam, and later known as Joan Bates after her marriage to her first husband Anthony Bates Sr., she first recorded with a group, the Pleasures, but is best known for her solo records, 'You Got Me' and 'It Was Like a Nightmare'. These were issued on Kapp Records in 1967, written and produced by her second husband Larry Banks (previously the husband of singer Bessie Banks). They were not successful in terms of sales and, after a few more recordings (some with her husband as Lawrence & Jaibi), her musical career ended. She and Banks later divorced, and she completed her schooling acquiring her Masters Degree in Computer Programming. Joan continued her life as an accomplished and successful computer programmer analyst for companies such as Polygram Records, IBM and finally reaching a high level position at Trans America Inter corp. She died of leukemia, on September 4, 1984, leaving behind 4 children (Anthony Bates Jr., Brian Bates, Tracey Banks and Corey Banks). Her recordings are now remembered due to the efforts of soul music pioneer Dave Godin, who regarded them as masterpieces, of "almost indescribable beauty and poignancy", the ultimate expression of Deep Soul music. He wrote: "No matter if you have only ever made one record, or written one book, or made one film, if that work is a great work of art then your name deserves to be remembered and your memory thanked equally as if you had produced dozens. For, in the creation of a masterpiece, even if it only touches the lives of a few, you have enriched life itself beyond measure, and in this respect, those who benefit in this way have been given a precious jewel of experience to add to all those other magic moments we collect as we journey through life." http://en.wikipedia.org/ I have gathered here seven of Jaibi recordings, including a song she recorded with the Pleasures in 1964, 'Don't You Know (I Love You)', a duet with husband Larry Banks, a single she recorded as Joan Bates ('We Can Do It'), and an alternate version of her classic 'You Got Me'.