Sly, Slick & Wicked

Sly, Slick & Wicked

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Sly, Slick & Wicked's (SSW) name is derived from a R&B hit of the same name by Chicago's Lost Generation. The trio consisted of Cleveland, OH, natives John Wilson (Sly), Terry Stubbs (Slick), and Wicked. They recorded a handful of singles on a variety of labels, local and established, that did nothing. This, their only LP, and last for the Motown distributed Ju-Par label, suffered the same fate, and no singles were released from it. Like most Cleveland R&B vocal groups of the '60s and '70s, SSW was heavily influenced by the O'Jays; Stubbs later worked with, and wrote songs for and with the O'Jays, an avocation he still enjoys. They mimic the Canton, OH, natives on "Nobody's Home," a dramatic ballad and the most engaging tune on a rather bland eight-song set. "Just Let Me Love You" has a stomp, country beat that surely didn't win them any fans expecting R&B. The label went belly-up shortly after this release. Ju-Par (or Motown) has enough unreleased SSW material in the can for an ample CD, but it'll never happen.

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