Thursday, June 05, 2014

Nash Chase - Gimme little sign

This is a great local take on a tune made famous by US soul singer Brenton Wood. I only discovered Brenton Wood mid last year, when I was digging at Real Groovy thru their huge 45s shipment, and a mate passed me a 7 by him - Some got it, some don't, a slinky soul stunner. Since then I've picked up Wood's album Oogum Boogum, featuring his big hit of the same name, and Gimme a little sign.

Via Amplifier, who have some of Nash's music digitally available (also on iTunes):

"Born in Taihape, Nash Chase entered the New Zealand pop scene in 1970 with a top ten single What greater Love which peaked on the national chart at number ten. Nash came from a large family of eighteen brothers and sisters and all were musically inclined so it was no surprise when he decided on a career in entertainment.

"In 1971 Nash entered the Studio One TV contest and ended up as winner of the New Faces section, which resulted in a recording contract with EMI. His first single for the label Today I Killed A Man I Didn’t Know became an immediate top twenty hit and was a finalist in the 1971 Loxene Gold Disc Awards. The follow-up releases If You’d Like To Be A Lady, Eye For The main Chance, and Anderson And Wise also became winners with Anderson And Wise reaching the finals of the 1972 Studio One Contest.

"With his commercial appeal Nash was always a favourite with radio and his final single release Maria Isabella also became a finalist in the 1973 RATA Awards. In February 1973 Nash Chase and his wife decided to leave New Zealand for the entertainment circuit in Australia and although EMI there released a selection of singles over the following year he was unable to break into the lucrative Sydney scene." 

EMI reissued his music on a 'best of' CD in 2003. Chase's take on Gimme a little sign featured on the compilation Waiata vol 1: Maori Showbands, Balladeers and Popstars.

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