Chairmen of the Board

Bless You

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Although only an album track back in the day (it originally appeared on 1970's Give Me Just a Little More Time), "Bless You" is remembered and beloved on both the Carolina beach music and British Northern soul scenes. Written, like almost all Chairmen of the Board's best material, by the excellently named lead singer General Norman Johnson with Ronald Dunbar and lyricist Angelo Bond, "Bless You" is a showcase for Johnson's unique lead vocals. One of the more unusual R&B singers of the era, Johnson's stylized tenor vocals have an inimitable keening sound and an odd, characteristic stutter, both of which are fully on display on this gospel-tinged love song. Holland-Dozier-Holland's production recalls the trio's work with the Four Tops, and the arrangement is in the usual Motown lite style of most of its Invictus and Hot Wax singles, keeping Johnson's sterling performance front and center much like the producers used to with the equally distinctive lead vocals of Levi Stubbs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Greatest Hits 1992 Fantasy 2:59
HDH Solid Gold, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
HDH / Fantasy 2:59
The Chairmen of the Board/In Session 1999 Sequel 2:59
Everything's Tuesday: The Best of Chairmen of the Board 2000 Invictus (Japan) 3:00
Give Me Just a Little More Time/In Session Plus 2009 Edsel 2:59