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Ed Townsend

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Vocalist/songwriter Ed Townsend wrote and produced the Impressions’ number 1 R&B strike “Finally Got Myself Collectively (I’m a Changed Guy).” Within the mid-’70s, he co-wrote with Marvin Gaye the singer’s common number 1 R&B/pop strike “Let’s OBTAIN IT On.” Townsend also acquired his very own R&B/pop hit one, “WOMAN Appreciate” in 1958. Delivered Apr 16, 1929, in Fayetteville, TN, Townsend was extremely energetic in his minister father’s cathedral. He was an education main at Wilberforce School and graduated from Arkansas Condition College. He trained briefly before signing up for the Sea Corps and spending 2 yrs in Korea. When he came back towards the U.S., he got employment hosting a Television show in LA. His music were documented by Nat “Ruler” Cole, Etta Adam, and others, posting them through his music-publishing company. He also acquired his very own record label. While playing a tune demonstration for Joe Zerga of Capitol Information, the record exec recommended that Townsend record the tune himself. “WOMAN Appreciate” b/w “Again and again” visited amount seven R&B in the summertime of 1958. The follow-up, a cover of Glenn Gray’s 1935 number 1 hit, “WHILE I Grow As well Old to Wish” b/w “YOU HAPPEN TO BE My Everything” managed to get to amount 59 Play nov 1958. Townsend documented various other Capitol singles: “End up being My Like” b/w “WITHOUT One to Like,” “HANG ON” b/w “This Small Like of Mine,” “Fan Get back to Me” b/w “Don’t Ever Keep,” “Richer Than I” b/w “Obtaining By Without You,” and “What Shall I REALLY DO?” b/w “Make sure you Never Switch.” He documented two 1959 Capitol LPs with Nelson Riddle, “Pleased to Be Right here” and “Fresh around.” “FEMALE Like” and “ONCE I Grow As well Old to Desire” will be his just two charting singles. Townsend’s additional records consist of 1957’s “High Develops the Sycamore Trees and shrubs” b/w “MY Dependence on You” on Dot Information, “WHO Deny Me” b/w “Mommy’s By no means Comin’ Back again” on MGM Information, “DO NOT GET Around Very much Anymore” b/w “When My Dreamboat RETURNS” b/w “On the road,” “Inform Her” b/w “Down House,” “THERE IS NO End” b/w “That’s What I Obtain for Like” on Liberty Information, the 1966 Tru-Glo-single “I wish to End up being With You” b/w “Don’t Business lead Me On,” “STICK WITH Me” and “Dreamland” for Warner Bros., as well as the Today! LP on Curtom. Within the ’60s, Townsend composed and created Theola Kilgore’s “The Like of My Guy,” which strike number 3 R&B in springtime 1963 and Dee Dee Warwick’s “Foolish Fool” in early 1969. While going to LA in the first ’70s, a pal of Townsend informed him that Marvin Gaye was thinking about dealing with him. After performing and playing piano for Gaye within the Motown artist’s house, Gaye informed Townsend that he wished to record a few of his tunes. After Townsend negotiated with Motown and guaranteed 50 percent from the posting (something typical for Motown at that time) rights using the label’s music-publishing company Jobete, the maker/songwriter began operating at Motown’s Hollywood documenting studios. For the classes, he used regular Sam Cooke collaborator/arranger Rene Hall. After its July 1973 launch, “Let’s OBTAIN IT On” triggered a controversy using its overt intimate theme. Though Townsend contends the music really was about happening with existence, relating it to his encounter with alcoholism and his treatment. The record stands as you of Gaye’s greatest efforts as well as the artist’s substance appears to be captured within the ecstatic emoting and orgasmic shades of Gaye’s multi-layered vocals. The music stayed at number 1 R&B for six weeks and number 1 pop for 14 days in summer season 1973. The Let’s OBTAIN IT On LP peaked at number 2 play fall 1973. The next calendar year, Townsend would obtain another number 1 R&B strike. After Curtis Mayfield still left the Impressions, the group’s record product sales suffered. Original associates Fred and Sam Gooden recruited Reggie Toran and Ralph Johnson (afterwards of Mystique), changing a departing LeRoy Hutson. Mayfield’s supervisor Marv Stuart fulfilled Townsend in NY on the Queens Reservation Company and asked him if he’d be thinking about dealing with the Impressions. Townsend decided, having known the group from showing up in concerts together when his “A MUSLIM Like” was popular and their “A MUSLIM Precious Like” topped graphs. While participating in a testimonial supper for WVON radio DJ E. Rodney Jones where he provided a conversation on self-help, Townsend developed the foundation of “Finally Got Myself Collectively.” Having got a bout with alcoholism, the songwriter developed the lyrics that band accurate: “(I had developed) just a little smoke cigarettes and just a little beverage/held my head poor therefore i couldn’t believe.” Townsend documented area of the music in Chicago and in LA at RCA Studios dealing with Rene Hall. The monitor features bassist Wilton Felder and keyboardist Joe Test from the Crusaders, guitarists David T. Walker and Melvin “Wah Wah” Watson, and Motown alumnus Eddie “Bongo” Dark brown on drums. Documented live with an orchestra for spontaneity, “Finally Got Myself Collectively (I’m a Transformed Man)” parked at number 1 R&B for 14 days in June 1974. His “I Want I’d Stayed during intercourse ‘ appeared within the group’s 1976 RSO/Curtom LP Loving Power. Additional music by Townsend consist of Jimmy Holiday’s “HOW DO I Forget” (amount eight R&B); “YOU DO NOT Want to trust It (My Guy)” from Joe Simon’s 1975 Planting season/Polydor album Obtain Down; “I WOULD ENJOY IT” and “I Am a See” for Tommy Hunt; and edges for the primary Component, Chuck Jackson, as well as the Shirelles, amongst others. “A MUSLIM Appreciate,” “The Appreciate of My Man,” and “Let’s OBTAIN IT On” had been BMI award-winning music. The vocalist/songwriter’s kid, David Townsend, was an associate of Surface area. Townsend died of the coronary attack on August 13, 2003. He was 74.

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Full Name Ed Townsend
Date Of Birth April 16, 1929
Died August 13, 2003, San Bernardino, California, United States
Weight 91 kg
Profession Singer
Education Arkansas State University
Children David Townsend
Music Songs For Your Love, How Could You Do It, Cherrigale, Please Never Change, I Love Everything About You, If You Can't Take Me Higher, Don't Ever Leave Me, Where Did Those Signs Go, Rockin' Chair, I Love To Hear That Beat, This Little Love of Mine, Then Came Love, I Will Love You, Maybe I'll Bump, I'm With You, Mam'selle, New in Town, The Moving Finger Writes, Till the End of Time, When I Grow Too Old To Change, What's Wrong With Me, You Are My Everything, Deep in a Dream, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Got A New Lease, Prisoner of Love, That's What I Get for Loving You, Over and Over Again, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Stay With Me, Goin' My Way, You Walked In
Albums Essential Masters, New in Town / Glad to Be Here, Now, For Your Love: Golden Classics, New in Town (Mono Version) [feat. Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra], For Your Love - The Best Of, I Will Love You


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Ice Age: Collision Course 2016 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Britain's Got Talent 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Nunca es tarde 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rizzoli & Isles 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forever 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Flash 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Today at Wimbledon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parenthood 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
R.I.P.D. 2013 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Big Dirty List Show: 50 Years of Sex and Music 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Voice UK 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Filthy Frank Show 2012 TV Series short writer - 2 episodes
Días de vinilo 2012 writer: "Let's get in on" - as Edward Townsend
The Dictator 2012 writer: "Let's Get It On" - as Edward Townsend
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Magic City TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Change-Up 2011 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Marmaduke 2010 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Frankie & Alice 2010 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Bounty Hunter 2010/I writer: "Let's Get It On"
Dancing on Ice 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fighting 2009 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Cinematic Titanic: Legacy of Blood 2008 Video writer: "Lets Get It On" - uncredited
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Perfect Holiday 2007 writer: "Let's Get It On" - as Edward B. Townsend
The Game Plan 2007 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Blades of Glory 2007 writer: "Let's Get It On"
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile 2006 Video writer: "Let's Get It On"
Crank 2006 writer: "Let's Get It On"
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Holiday 2006 "Let's Get It On"
The X Factor 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Un vrai bonheur, le film 2005 writer: "For Your Love"
American Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
After the Sunset 2004 writer: "Boombastic Sting/Shaggy Remix"
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 writer: "Let's Get It On" - as Townsend
School for Seduction 2004 writer: "Let's Get it On"
Desperate Housewives 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr 3000 2004 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 2004 Video Game "Let's Get It On"
Saturday Night Live 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Something's Gotta Give 2003 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Real Cancun 2003 Documentary writer: "Boombastic"
Scrubs 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crossroads 2002/I writer: "Let's Get It On" - as Edward Townsend
Malcolm in the Middle 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Parole Officer 2001 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Simpsons 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Animal 2001 writer: "Lets Get It On"
Monkeybone 2001 writer: "Let's Get It On"
High Fidelity 2000 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Three to Tango 1999 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Love Stinks 1999 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 writer: "Let's Get It On"
A Walk on the Moon 1999 writer: "For Your Love" 1958
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Simon Birch 1998 writer: "For Your Love"
Ally McBeal 1998 TV Series 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
George of the Jungle 1997 writer: "Boombastic Sting Re-Mix"
Nine Months 1995 writer: "Let's Get It On"
Rebel Highway TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1994 writer - 2 episodes, 1994
Confessions of a Sorority Girl 1994 TV Movie performer: "For Your Love" / writer: "For Your Love"
The Inkwell 1994 writer: "Let's Get It On"
The Wonder Years 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 writer: "Let's Get It On" - as Edward Townsend
Queens Logic 1991 writer: "Let's Get It On"
6.20 Soul Train 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Into the Night 1985 writer: "LET'S GET IT ON"
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ultimate Thrill 1974

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ultimate Thrill 1974 conductor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song High Fidelity (2000) · Marvin Gaye (music and lyrics by)
· Jack Black (performed by)


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