Jerry Knight

Jerry Knight

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When Jerry Knight was with Raydio, he was paid to help Ray Parker, Jr. carry out his musical ideas. But when the singer/bassist went solo with 1980's Jerry Knight, his goal was to share some musical ideas of his own. Like Parker, Knight wasn't afraid to bring rock and pop influences to his soul/funk foundation. But that's where the similarity ends; no one would mistake this self-titled solo debut for a Raydio album. If anything, Knight was a lot more rock-minded than Parker -- perhaps too rock -- influenced for a lot of program directors at R&B radio. The irresistible "Overnight Sensation" was a Top 20 R&B hit, although black stations seemed to feel that soul/rock gems like "Monopoly," "Let Me Be the Reason," and "Sweetest Love" were too rock for their purposes. And at the same time, this LP was too funky for rock stations. So Knight found himself facing the very problem that the Black Rock Coalition has often complained about, he was too rock for R&B stations and too R&B for rock stations. But from a creative standpoint, this excellent album has a lot to offer and is easily recommended to those who like their soul and funk laced with a lot of rock and pop.

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