Angel Don’t Break The Spell #RomanticTuesday

The group Heatwave was well-known for dance songs. Two of their biggest hits were “Boogie Nights” and “The Groove Line” after all; songs that were as popular in discos as much as they were on R&B radio. But just as much as they were famous for dance grooves, they could also master the slow jam too. Most people are familiar with “Always And Forever,” sung and played at weddings, slow dances and on Quiet Storm radio shows. As long as people want to hear love songs, “Always And Forever” will be on the playlist.

As much as I revere “Always And Forever,” I’ve got something else from Heatwave for today’s #RomanticTuesday song. If my mother were choosing, she would take “Look After Love,” a beautiful piece of work that features lead vocalist Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Imagination’s Leee John and Ashley Ingram in high tenor and falsetto bliss. But, it’s my blog, and I choose Wilder solo in “The Star Of The Story.”

The song was written by Rod Temperton who was a member of the group at the time. However, he would leave the group after the release of the album Central Heating, which contained today’s song. Temperton would then concentrate on songwriting, and while he continued to write for Heatwave, he also contributed to albums by George Benson (who also covered today’s song on his Give Me The Night album), Rufus, The Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones and most notably Michael Jackson—particularly on Off The Wall and Thriller. There is a story that he offered “Rock With You” to Heatwave, but the group turned it down. Jackson took it, and the rest as they say is history.

Wilder’s story is a bit more tragic. Not long after the band released the album Hot Property in 1979, Wilder was involved in a serious auto accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. Not wanting to stop working with the group he helped form back in 1975, he continued to sing in the studio and write songs for the band. One of his finest moments in the group in my opinion is his vocal on this beautiful song. A fun fact: J. D. Nicholas, who would replace Lionel Richie in the Commodores, performed in Wilder’s spot in Heatwave when the band toured after his accident. After the band effectively disbanded in the 1980’s, Wilder released a solo gospel album My Goals On Light. A highlight from that album is his a capella version of “The Last Mile Of The Way,” made famous by Sam Cooke during his time with the gospel group the Soul Stirrers. Sadly, Wilder passed away in his sleep in 2006.

I hope you enjoy this “slept on” classic ballad by Heatwave; it certainly fits the bill for #RomanticTuesday. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

Because it isn’t so well known, I’ve included the lyrics:

Angel come to me, let me be, part of all the love you are
Cause Angel we could fly, you and I, ride a rainbow to the sky

So hold me all thru the night, light up my life, stay til the day is bright
And Angel don’t ever break (don’t break the spell) the spell
Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell (You are the star, you are the star)

Angel used to say, yesterday, love was only in a dream
But Angel, guess I was wrong, all along, just took you to make me see

So hold me all thru the night, light up my life, stay til the day is bright
And Angel don’t ever break (don’t break the spell) the spell
Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well (You are the star, you are the star)

So hold me all thru the night, light up my life, stay til the day is bright
And Angel don’t ever break (don’t break the spell) the spell

…Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell (You are)
Pa-pa-pa, pa-pa-pa-paaa

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I’ll always tell (You are)

Cause you’re the Star of a Story I love so well

 

12 Replies to “Angel Don’t Break The Spell #RomanticTuesday”

  1. You know them Wilder boys my “cousins” don’t you? LOL!
    T. this is a VERY nice groove.
    You got me on this one Twin because I don’t remember it and that’s saying something because you know I consider myself to be a Heatwave aficionado. LOL!!!

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    1. Go on and claim them! They were good singers; Johnnie especially. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, it gets played a lot on the Quiet Storm (or it did when I listened to it regularly). Everyone knows “Always and Forever,” so that’s why I didn’t choose that one this time. And like I said in the post, my mom’s favorite is “Look After Love.” As a Heatwave aficionado, I know you know that one! 🙂

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