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Sade - Cry Me a River - London 1982

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Published on Dec 11, 2009

PRIDE: London FACE Magazine article 1982 Ft Helen Adu, Stuart Mathewman, Paul Cooke & Paul Denman, Ray St John, Barbara Robinson and Nick Moxon on vocals. This one of the first press articles on Pride featuring the smaller group Sade that was formed as a scaled down part of the live act. The smaller group proved so popular that we decided to run with the group and abandoned the rest of the members in the future in favour of the smaller outfit as with ms Adu we where getting lots of record company attention. We called the band Sade after the singer and the rest is history. Andrew Hale wasn't a part of the original Sade group and joined in late 1983. Pride featured the song writing genius of Ray St John who wrote the original Smooth Operator song that made Sade famous. This song was originally called Diamond Life and Sade based the first album release on this title. So Ray St John's original song title for Smooth Operator was responsible for the album name choice. Ray St John was supposed to join the band Sade but it was decided that we would go with the image of the smaller group as that is what was appealing to the record companies and fans at the time. In fact so much so that myself, Paul and Stuart had our own title the Martini Boys.....Article from the FACE MAGAZINE1982. For more on the Sade Story please find the work by Paul Cooke at Amazon and Audible.com

To re-cap ‘My Sade Story’. The singer in October 1983 transferred without my knowledge the rights of the RCA sessions and recordings to CBS on the 19th October 1983. Including songs such as Smooth Operator & Your Love is King.

The producer Robin Millar and his engineer Mike Pela sampled my drums in the RCA sessions and then in November 1983 without my knowledge used a Linn drum and a session drummer to re-create some of the songs such as Cherry Pie et al in isolation from the rest of the band?

In January 194 the singer Sade Adu sacked me from the band and gave me an invoice for work done in the studios sessions as if I was a session drummer. This was in consideration of her contract with CBS Records. Further to this in 1996 I was represented by the record company as a session musician on some of the Sade recordings for Diamond Life?

In 1984 I performed with my former band Sade on the BBC ‘Top of the Pop’s show performing the drums for ‘Your Love is King’. The singer Sade Adu represented the band Sade as five members of the group signed to Epic Records her record company.

In 1985 the record company Epic Records removed my drums on Smooth Operator for the video track. I was replaced on the video by John Rose who was later convicted of drug dealing in the same year. A non drummer. My drums had been re-performed by a session musician called David Early.

In 2001 or thereabouts the band Sade re-recorded Smooth Operator in The USA removing my drums once again and creating a new version of the song that appears on ‘Sade essentials’ product by Sony.

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