Stuart Bascombe

Stuart D. Bascombe (born January 20, 1954) is an American singer, songwriter,[1] musician, and record producer. Bascombe is an original member of the R&B/soul vocal group Black Ivory[2] who recorded a number of R&B hits in the 1970s, including "Don't Turn Around", "You and I", "Time Is Love", "I'll Find a Way (The Loneliest Man in Town)", and their disco hit "Mainline".[3]

Stuart Bascombe
Bascombe in 2015
Bascombe in 2015
Background information
Birth nameStuart D. Bascombe
Born (1954-01-20) January 20, 1954 (age 67)
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
GenresR&B, disco, Soul, funk
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer, singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active1968–present
LabelsTodays/Perception, Buddah, Kwanzaa/Warner Bros.
Associated actsBlack Ivory Logg

Early lifeEdit

Bascombe was born in Harlem, New York City, and was raised in Harlem and in the Bronx.[4]

HistoryEdit

CareerEdit

Bascombe, along with songwriter and prolific disco producer Leroy Burgess,[5] and Russell Patterson[6] released their debut album while still attending High School. Black Ivory was first signed to the East Coast label Today/Perception Records, which was run by record producer, Patrick Adams, who was also the group's manager.

 
Black Ivory's First Promo Photo 1971

Bascombe with his group scored 3 top 40 R&B hits in 1972, including "Don't Turn Around" #38, and "You And I" #32 [7] from their hit debut album, "Don't Turn Around", which peaked at #13 on the Billboard R&B Album Chart in May 1972.[8] Bascombe is credited as co-writer on four songs from that album.[9] Another single from that album, "I'll Find A Way (The Loneliest Man In Town)" peaked at #46 on Billboard R&B Chart.[7] Their single, "Time Is Love" was the third top 40 hit peaking at #37. Other charting singles included, "Spinning Around" #45, "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" #44, and "Will We Ever Come Together" #40. Although they recorded several uptempo tracks, such as "Big Apple Rock", "Walking Downtown (On A Saturday Night)", "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" and later, "Mainline" with Russell Patterson as lead singer (written by Burgess, but recorded after he left the group in 1977), they were primarily known for sweet soul ballads.

On June 1, 1974, Bascombe appeared on season three of Soul train and on PBS television show, SOUL![10] March 1, 1972 with his group Black Ivory.

In 1976, Bascombe scored the lead role as Moses in a made for TV children's film "Turkey Treasure" which aired on WABC 7.[11][12]

In 1995, the group reunited and returned to the stage on the Classic Soul circuit, featuring all three original members, with Stuart Bascombe doing most of the leads. They have been performing together ever since.

Bascombe is a contributing writer on Wu-Tang Clan rapper, Raekwon's single, Criminology[13] off of his 1995 hit album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...". On October 2, 1995, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[14]

Recent yearsEdit

Bascombe is a contributing writer on the single, "Gettin' Up"[15][1] on Rapper and Musician Q-Tip's album, "The Renaissance",[16] which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.

In 2011, Bascombe with his group released a Christmas single entitled "Snow", and a CD/album (which Bascombe co-produced and co-wrote three of the songs) entitled Continuum[17] on their own label, SLR Records LLC.[18]

Bascombe is a featured guest in the award winning 2018 documentary, "Mr. Soul!"[19][20][21][22] a film based on the host and executive producer of SOUL!, Ellis Haizlip, the first “black Tonight Show.” In 1968, SOUL! was launched as a local, New York broadcast. In 1969 the series rolled out nationwide on PBS, on WNET Channel 13. Haizlip had produced over 130 hour-long shows featuring a dazzling array of A-list guests. Actor Blair Underwood is the Executive Director and narrator of the film.[23][24]

In October 2019, Bascombe along with Black Ivory's band-mate, Russell Patterson traveled to the UK and joined Leroy Burgess on stage at the famous London's Jazz Cafe.[25][26] It was the first time that Black Ivory performed in London together. They were honored with awards to commemorate their 50th Anniversary. In addition, Black Ivory was featured in a 13 page article in the London magazine, The Soul Survivors.[27]

As of 2020, Bascombe is still writing and performing with his group Black Ivory, which are one of the only classic Soul/R&B groups from the 1970s, who are still performing with all of the original members from their first recordings.[28]

DiscographyEdit

With Black Ivory

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

  • "Don't Turn Around" (1971) #38 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "You and I" (1972) #32 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "I'll Find a Way (The Loneliest Man In Town)" (1972) #46 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "Time Is Love"/"Got to Be There" (1972) #37 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "Spinning Around" (1973) #45 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" (1974) #44 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "Will We Ever Come Together" (1975) #40 Billboard R&B Chart
  • "Daily News"
  • "You Mean Everything to Me"
  • "Walking Downtown (Saturday Night)" (1976)
  • "You Turned My Whole World Around" (1978)
  • "Mainline"/"Dance" (1979) #57 Billboard Dance Club Chart
  • "You Are My Lover" (1984)
  • "I've Got My Eye On You" (1985) #18 Billboard Dance Club Chart

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stuart Bascombe | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  2. ^ "Black Ivory | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Black Ivory". Billboard. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Harlem's heartthrobs: Black Ivory". amsterdamnews.com. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Leroy Burgess | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Russell Patterson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "Black Ivory". Billboard.
  8. ^ a b c "Black Ivory". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Don't Turn Around Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Soul: The Young People's Show - March 1, 1972 | Soul!". Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Television: Weekend, 28 - 29". New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. 30 January 1984. p. 93. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Black Ivory". The Pittsburgh Courier. 8 January 1977. p. 7. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Gettin Up All Music Credit". Retrieved 15 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "The Renaissance - Q-Tip | Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Black Ivory Amsterdam News". Retrieved 7 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Continuum Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "MR. SOUL". FirelightMedia.tv. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "MR. SOUL! - Film Behind Ellis Haizlip and his TV Program SOUL! - to World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival". VIMOOZ. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "MR. SOUL Documentary". FirelightMedia.tv. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Admin, Wordpress. "Apollo Live Wire: Mr. Soul!". Apollo Theater. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Mr. SOUL! | 2018 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ Linden, Sheri (10 December 2018). "Mr. Soul!: Film Review, LAFF 2018". Hollywood Reporter. Movies. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ "Black Ivory Page 10 Soul Survivor". Retrieved 16 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Black Ivory Soul Survivor Magazine". Retrieved 16 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "The Soul Survivors Magazine Issue 84 Page 10". Btpubs.co.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ PERRY, BRANDON A. "They can still 'bring it': Classic groups offer excitement with original members". Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper. Retrieved 22 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)