Ronnie McNeir - Wendy Is Gone - 2 Step 70s Soul - 45 - 7"

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Ronnie McNeir - Wendy Is Gone

Label: Prodigal Records
Cat #: P614
Country: US issue
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

Condition: VG+ to VG++ (listen to our soundbyte)

A Wendy Is Gone (Mono)

AA Wendy Is Gone (Stereo)

The Camden, AL, native moved to Detroit, MI, at an early age. He taught himself piano by listening to the records of the day, including the sounds of Motown and jazz artists. As a teen, he won a talent contest and was rewarded with a single release, "Sitting in My Class," on the Deto label. In 1972, he made a trip out to California, where while playing in church he met Motown alumni Kim Weston and Mickey Stevenson. Using her private recording studio, he recorded his first album, Ronnie McNeir, for RCA that same year that included the singles "Summertime" (not the Porgy and Bess standard) and "Young Girl." "Summertime" was basis for the McNeir favorite "I'm Your Lover." The Ronnie McNeir LP was reissued around 1978 and became a perennial favorite in the U.K.

Returning to Michigan, he began playing in churches and doing studio work, primarily at United Sound Studio in Detroit. To make ends meet, he also took a sales position with Mattel. In 1976, McNeir recorded a nice mid-tempo groover, "Wendy Is Gone," for Barney Ales' Prodigal label. Prodigal was Motown's "minor league" label; meaning that if a Prodigal release did real well, the act was then transferred to Motown. "Wendy Is Gone" took off in Detroit and other key markets and landed on the lower half of Billboard's soul singles chart. The album Ronnie McNeir (the same title as his RCA debut) was released by Prodigal. The Billboard charting singles, "Saggitarian Affair" and "I'm Your Lover," proved popular enough for McNeir to have a guest spot on Soul Train. "Wendy Is Gone," "I'm Your Lover," and "Nothing but a Heartache" became steppers favorites. Motown signed McNeir that same year.
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Format 12LP
Label Prodigal Records