O´Bryan – Doin´ Alright (1982) – Lp
Artist: O´ Bryan
Title: Doin´ Alright
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog# 2C 068-400071
Born in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, O’bryan McCoy Burnette II was playing the piano at 6 years old and then began singing in the church and at local talent shows. In 1974, he and his family moved to Santa Ana, California. O’Bryan was singing in the Second Baptist Church young adult choir when his friend Melanee Kersey approached him about considering a career in music. Melanee Kersey introduced the young singer to her husband, producer Ron Kersey.
A former keyboardist for The Trammps and a veteran of the ’70s Philadelphia music scene, Kersey invited O’Bryan to join a group he was putting together. That group quickly folded, so Kersey later introduced O’Bryan to “Soul Train” television show creator and host Don Cornelius, with whom Kersey formed Friendship Producers Company.
His debut album ‘Doin’ Alright’ became a rare groove, mainly due to the title track. “Doin’ Alright,” was released in April 1982 and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. The lead single, “The Gigolo,” was a slice of funk with new wave and rock elements that emphasized O’Bryan’s falsetto. Released in January, “The Gigolo” peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts.
The follow-up single was an updated cover of The Four Tops’ “Still Water (Love),” peaking at No. 23. Among the other standouts on O’Bryan’s debut album we find the elegant ballad “Love Has Found Its Way” and the sentimental “Can’t Live Without Your Love.”
1. Right From The Start (4:21)
2. Love Has Found Its Way (4:26)
3. The Gigolo (4:56)
4. It’s Over (5:20)
1. Doin’ Alright (5:22)
2. Can’t Live Without Your Love (5:54)
3. Mother Nature’s Calling (3:35)
4. Still Water (Love) (4:14)