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Edwin Birdsong

An underrated organist, Edwin Birdsong caused numerous performers in varied music situations. His history is at gospel; Birdsong was the boy of the minister and was raised in a tight fundamentalist environment. He became a member of the LA Community Choir, where he fulfilled such performers as Merry Clayton, Billy Preston, and D.J. Rogers, and finally offered in Vietnam. Birdsong afterwards played in night clubs in Germany, amusing service employees. After shifting to NY, he going a trio that performed blues and jazz. Birdsong went to the Manhattan College of Music and Juilliard being a structure major. He afterwards used the Youngsters Symphony Orchestra before putting your signature on with Polydor in 1971. He released two albums of funk, rock and roll, fusion, and jazz, What IT REALLY IS and Supernatural, in 1971 and 1973. Birdsong released one record for Bamboo, Dance of Success, in 1975, after that documented Edwin Birdsong for Philadelphia International in 1979, including the one “Phiss-Phizz.” But Birdsong got more achievement teaming with vibist/vocalist Roy Ayers. Both co-wrote the tracks “Running Apart” and “Freaky Deaky,” and Birdsong co-produced Ayers’ LPs Vibrations, Lifeline, and Let’s GET IT DONE. In addition they collaborated on productions and tracks for the group Eighties Girls. Birdsong documented the singles “Ideal Like” in 1984 and “Boy of the Rapper Snapper” in 1985 for Salsoul, and continuing session use many performers, including Stevie Question.

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