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Thread started 09/06/12 12:54pm

TonyVanDam

How many of you remember this Prince-clone by the name of Bryan Loren?

Bryan Loren -- Lollipop Luv

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Reply #1 posted 09/06/12 1:04pm

Gunsnhalen

eek holy hell!

This is a more obvious prince wannabe song then that of Georgio lol

But it's not a bad tune actually cool

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Reply #2 posted 09/06/12 1:41pm

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I remember!! I didn't really think of him as a Prince clone, though. I do remember that song getting a lot of airplay when it came out. I really liked that album, especially "Lollipop Luv" and "Do You Really Love Me"

I also remember that he ended co-writing and producing a Sting song, "We'll Be Together Tonight"....

Another Kool tune, featuring Michael Jackson:

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Reply #3 posted 09/06/12 2:32pm

MickyDolenz

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paligap said:

Another Kool tune, featuring Michael Jackson:

I think he had something to do with Mike's Superfly Sister too. Remember this song:

Bryan produced her debut album. I still have it.

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Reply #4 posted 09/06/12 3:01pm

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I just pulled out the record and looked at the credits and Bryan did co-write it with Mike.

I like the remix of Sting's We'll Be Together better than the one on the album. The video has the 45 single version of the remix.

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Reply #5 posted 09/06/12 3:22pm

TonyVanDam

Gunsnhalen said:

eek holy hell!

This is a more obvious prince wannabe song then that of Georgio lol

But it's not a bad tune actually cool

Bryan even used the Oberheim OB-X, the same analog synth that Prince used. nod

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Reply #6 posted 09/07/12 2:36am

chocolate1

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I had that record! music

I think it's still at my parents' house... hmmm

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Reply #7 posted 09/07/12 7:08am

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He produced Vesta's debut album. And that shit was slamming. But I heard Vesta and him did not see eye to eye during the recording of the album.

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Reply #8 posted 09/07/12 9:05am

vainandy

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I'd lick his lollipop. I remember him well. Got the 45 in my stacks. I never thought of him and Prince in the same sentence though.

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Reply #9 posted 09/07/12 9:08am

MickyDolenz

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vainandy said:

I never thought of him and Prince in the same sentence though.

Lollipop never sounded like Prince to me either. Just sounds like early 80's R&B to me.

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
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Reply #10 posted 09/07/12 5:50pm

SoulAlive

lollipop luv...get your licks on a stick

supplies are fading fast,so you'd better do it quick

Vanilla,chocolate,ice cream tastes so fine

this lollipop I've got,is sure to blow your mind

lol

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Reply #11 posted 09/07/12 6:43pm

Caramelpfe

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His debut had some nice cuts on it, but I never saw him as a prince clone
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Reply #12 posted 09/08/12 5:50am

SpaceCowboy

He did a song with Janet for the Rhythm Nation sessions as well

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Reply #13 posted 09/08/12 9:21am

Shango

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"For Tonight" is my jam

And a surprise to see there was an official video of his debut album

Bryan Loren

I met him a few years back when he toured with Al McKay's All Stars with their EW&F Experience (snaphot above) who he's family related to. I had his second and in Japan limited-released cd-album ("Welcome To The Real World") signed, and a few other lps + singles as well. He told me he that before he eventually got that first solo-deal on Philly World Records, he often went to a music gear shop and the owner gave him the opportunity to practice and practice anytime and as long there as he wanted (kind of reminds me of Owen Husney giving the studio keys to Prince in his early years lol)... anyway, so one of his earliest official gigs was as "Bryan Hudson" (I think his real name is something like Lorenzo Hudson) with Fat Larry's Band's track "Zoom", and appeared in their video as well:

Fat Larry's Band went on to tour and Bryan couldn't join them unfortunately because of his age. Around 1986 he recorded with them again on their album "Nice". Another gig he missed out to perform was for Bootsy's jam "Body Slam". Not sure what the circumstances were, but he was about to do the piano-solo break which appearance-role was then replaced by the late Kae Williams from the group Breakwater. One year before his debut album in 1984, he also appeared as "Bryan Hudson" on Cashmere's album:

He did some great production work after his first album, often with Billy Valentine from the Valentine Brothers, and from which these are a few of my favorites:

He also told me about how he met Sly Stone in the studio around the mid-80s. Bryan had one of his demos playing over the studio speakers when Sly was somewhere there in the buiding as well. Sly seemed to have heard Bryan's demo and liked it, walked in the room where it played, gave it a good listen again and then recorded afterwards his vocals over it. The track appeared on the soundtrack of "Soul Man":

Chuckii Booker and other newjack/swingbeat synthcats were influenced by Bryan's work.

[Edited 9/8/12 10:15am]

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Reply #14 posted 09/08/12 9:30am

Shango

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paligap said:

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Another Kool tune, featuring Michael Jackson:

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Great track cool

This version also appears on Bryan's second album from 1992, which A&M executive John McClain shelved unfortunately. A limited number of copies were pressed and released by Arista Japan though. It's Bryan singing the main lead parts, and Michael singing the chorus parts. If i remember correctly as well, the late Clare Fischer composed, arranged and conducted the strings.

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Reply #15 posted 09/08/12 6:01pm

JamFanHot

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VERY cool info, Shango (as ever)~~ cool

I also loved Bryan's production work on Shanice Wilson's debut. Absolutely Bangin.

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Reply #16 posted 09/09/12 1:20am

Shango

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JamFanHot said:

VERY cool info, Shango (as ever)~~ cool

I also loved Bryan's production work on Shanice Wilson's debut. Absolutely Bangin.

Thanks man biggrin you're welcome thumbs up!

Yeah, those Shanice jams are tight exclaim

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