Record Label: Get On Down
Soulful Disco Jam And Paradise Garage Classic From The Producer Of Hits Like Taana Gardner’s “Heart Beat” & Gwen McRae’s “Funky Sensation” Although coming from a family with a music background, it wasn’t until later, in 1979, that Kenton Nix started to make moves in the industry. Kenton had a test pressing of this song of his, a song he called “Work That Body.” The record didn’t have vocals yet, but he brought the record to the legendary Paradise Garage and gave it to the even more legendary Larry Levan in the DJ booth. Larry and the crowd loved the record and Kenton asked Larry if he couldn’t help him get the record to Salsoul Records. Larry said; “No, we’re not gonna go to Salsoul this is a West End’s record, we gonna give this to West End.” And since Mel Cheren, the owner and founder of West End Records, was part owner of the club – Kenton got to meet him, it hit off and the rest is history. The first of his songs on West End Records was “Work That Body”, there were now vocals added to the song from this young lady called Taana Gardner. This Disco workout was followed by other hits for Taana like “When You Touch Me”, “No Frills” and the song that would become West End’s biggest hit & most sampled to this day – “Heartbreak.” Similar to Kenton’s other productions for Taana Gardner, “There’s Never Been (No One Like You)” is a classic Disco jam which paired with Larry Levan’s mixing style, gave West End its signature sound. This record has been very influential in dance music. If you’ve ever heard Ten City’s “That’s The Way Love Is” you can probably notice the similarities in the arrangements and vocal stylings. This essential West End release is available now on 7’.