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Published on Feb 24, 2012
Russell Stone & Joanne Stone sing "We Do It". The song has been released on to the brand new 2 CD Set issued by Lynx Music UK, it's called "The Very Best Of R&J Stone" and it has 26 tracks from Russell & Joanne. It really is a wonderful CD collection of all their best music recordings including: "We Do It", "One Chance", "Dancin' Jones", "This Will Be", "Nothing's Changed", "It Just Goes To Show" and many more! This is the first time that these recordings have been issued onto CD! Available from Amazon & I-Tunes. Joanne and I met in 1973 on a James Last World Tour. We were both studio singers although Joanne had not been in the UK that long, having moved here from the USA. The attraction was present from the moment I saw her the first day of rehearsals and it wasn't that long into the tour that we got together. We set up home later that year and it was exciting times for both of us, lots of work and lots of play. I had begun writing in 1967 moving my way through various scenarios without a glimmer of success. Joanne introduced me to Jazz and R&B artists I had never heard of and I found that music very inspiring, especially the act Ashford and Simpson, two great singers and writers. I figured I could do the same and in 1975 wrote some 5 songs for Joanne and myself to demo. The demos were heard by Lynn Cornell who was signed with the producer Phil Swern as part of the act The Pearls. She played them to him and he liked the songs and subsequently recorded them. Listening to the end product it was clear to all of us that 'We Do It' stood out a mile and he got a deal for Joanne and myself with RCA. While recording the first few tracks, Geoff Carver the engineer asked for the name of the act to put on the multi-track, Joanne and I looked at each other and we both shrugged, so I said, 'Well you'd better put R&J Stone on for the moment...' It never changed. 'We Do It' was released in January 1976 and eventually showed in the charts reaching No. 5 and staying there briefly. R&J Stone attracted a great deal of attention for the next two years, punching far above our weight in terms of chart position, and the whole R&J experience was a beautiful thing that brought us both great joy. I continue to be touched by the many people who have contacted me since the internet got up and running to share with me their joy of our music from those years, which is why I am so happy that this CD of our songs is now being released. One thing I am grateful for now is that by 1979, the year of Joanne's death, we had faded from the public arena and that allowed her to be with her family during her terminal illness and not bothered by the media which would have been horrendous. After many years I am able to look at those years with great fondness instead of just the tragedy it became for a while. I thank God for allowing me to share her living and dying. I was devastated for many years by what happened but have come through all that stronger and wiser and I would not change a thing. Life is beautiful, death inevitable, bow to inevitability and dance. You can find out more at www.russell-stone.co.uk and access the work I do at www.yogaofsound.co.uk. This video & sound recording has been licensed by Lynx Music UK. (P) & (C) 2012