Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Garry Glenn

Garry Glenn (born on May 12, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) was an R&B singer and songwriter from the 80s.

He was the brother of gospel singer Beverly Glenn and as a teenager, he went on tour with her. By the late 70s, Garry turned his attention to songwriter and by the 80s, he was a frequent songwriting partner with Dianne Quander.

Garry has written songs for artists such as the Emotions, the Dramatics, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Kendricks, Jean Carne, R.J.'s Latest Arrival, Freddie Jackson, Pieces of a Dream and Anita Baker (whom he wrote the song "Caught Up in the Rapture" for her 1986 debut album "Rapture.")
In 1980, Garry released his self-titled debut album on PPL Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
In 1987, Garry released his sophomore album "Feels Good to Feel Good" on Motown Records which peaked at #70 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. On the album, he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs (including four songs with Dianne Quander).
The first single from the album "Do You Have to Go" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The title song featuring Sheila Hutchinson from the Emotions, peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

Sadly on September 27, 1991, Garry passed away from kidney failure at the age of 36. Garry's songs have continued to be recorded & sampled by other artists.

Garry's song "Intimate Friends" (which was recorded by Eddie Kendricks) was sampled on Sweet Sable's song "Old Time's Sake" in 1994 and in 2005, Alicia Keys sampled the same track on her song "Unbreakable" which was nominated for 2 Grammys and won 2 NAACP Image Awards.


To see a fan-made video for "Do You Have to Go," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHZzmMHD9Bg

1 comment:

Kamara Glenn said...

I love and miss you Uncle Garry