Chuckii Booker

Turned Away

Composed by Chuckii Booker

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Chuckii Booker's musical roots run deep. His mother was a gospel pianist, his uncle a jazz flutist, and his godfather was Barry White. Booker's best friend was keyboard player Rex Salas. When Salas began touring with Jeffrey Osborne, he asked Booker to fill in for him in Tease. After playing on an album by Gerald Albright, Booker gave a demo tape to the sax player's manager, Raymond Shields, who got him a deal with Atlantic Records. Collaborating with Albright bandmember Donnell Spencer, Booker wrote the song "Turned Away." Booker thought that the song was too different to be a hit. A&R exec Sylvia Rhone picked the track to be a single. From Booker's LP Chuckii, "Turned Away" went to number one R&B and number 42 pop in the summer of 1989.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chuckii 1989 Rhino 5:43
Strawberries & Cream, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
AMC 4:13
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