Chuck RobersonBorn in Augusta, GA, Chuck Roberson is a dynamic singer that sounds like a cross between Jackie Wilson and Tyrone Davis. Roberson began his musical career in the mid-'70s issuing several singles on the Albradella label, including such titles as "Love Affair," "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," and "I Feel It Coming," which enjoyed regional success but failed to break through nationally. In the late '70s, Roberson relocated to Philadelphia in hopes of launching a disco career, but eventually returned back home in 1983. Things improved for Chuck with the release of two lps in the late '80s. "I Don't Think You Heard Me Yet" on Traction Records and "Lollypop Man" on Vision raised his profile. "Lollypop Man" became his signature tune. In 1991 he released an obscure LP, "The More We Are Together", on a Florida label called Soul Potion. That record was a flop but he was signed by Ecko Records in 1996. The label positioned him as a singer of ribald Southern Soul Blues on his debut LP "Something Good For You" with bawdy titles like "A Whiskey Glass And A Woman's Ass", "Lollipop Man 2" and the title track. This formula continued for six more albums for the label before Chuck found himself back on the independent level. He promptly formed his own imprint, Cruise On Records, and issued a new record in 2005 called "Expressions Of Yesterday". The release compiled the choicest sides from his first two LPs from the late 80s with the addition of several new songs. In 2009 Roberson signed with CDS Records for a full band CD with 100% real instruments.
"I Don't Think You Heard Me Yet" (Traction 1987)
1. Hit & Git
*** Produced by James Bennett this LP introduced Roberson to a wider audience. The singles "Hit It And Git It" & "Good Thang Man" remain two of his most beloved recordings. Other highlights includes the stomping funk rollers "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone" & title track, plus a fantastic version of "You're Gonna Make Me Cry".
"Lolly Pop Man" (Vision 1988)
1 Lolly Pop Man
"The More We Are Together" (Soul Potion 1991)
1 The More We Are Together
** Chuck gets a touch of Bobby Brown-itis ("New Jack Swing") on this LP. Spirited performances of mostly mediocre songs. The small budget production and material is just not well suited to Mr. Roberson. The title cut, however, is a pleasant shuffling pop tune. The LP also contains a version of his masterpiece "Hurt Keeps Getting Stronger", which he later covered in superior fashion on "Meet Me Tonight".
"Something Good For You" (Ecko 1996)
1. You Can Do What You Feel and Still
Be a Lady
*** Debut disc on Ecko Records finally showcases Roberson's powerful vocals. His version of McKinley Mitchell's "The Town I Live In" is a tour-de-force fully showing off his raspy range. Chuck can sing blues too as evidenced by the cheeky "A Whiskey Glass And A Woman's Ass". Chuck claims those are his two weaknesses. The CD includes two x-rated bonus cuts ("Lollipop Man 2" & a dirty version of "Something Good For You")
"Meet Me Tonight" (Ecko 1997)
1. Lollipop Man
**** Once again Chuck puts on a vocal clinic with remakes of "Hurt Keeps Getting Stronger" & "I Was Born All Over". Roberson wrote "Hurt" and it's perhaps his best song. It's also one of the best vocal performances of his career showing great range and power- reminiscent of the great Jackie Wilson. Just listen to how he sinks his teeth into Deadric Malone and Johnny Copeland's "Born All Over" and see what I mean. Two more excellent updates appear via "Lollipop Man" & "Got To Have Your Love"- both superior to the originals. "Got To Have Your Love" dates back to his "disco period" and retains much of it's flavor and "Lollipop Man" is now his signature song. There's not a bad song in the bunch. This is probably the high water mark of his Ecko discography and one of the better albums of it's kind..
"Love Power" (Ecko 1998)
1. Love Power
***1/2 More upbeat soul, blues and R & B. Here Chuck improves upon two songs previously released by the late Ollie Nightingale (the hit dancers "Booty Scoot" & "Make It Sweet"). Another great blues cut shows up ("You Ain't Cheatin' By The Rules") in which he rebukes his lover for giving more lovin' to the other man than him at home. Also the joyous title cut is pure ear candy.
"Love Freak" (Ecko 2000)
1. I'l Even Blow Down There
*** Just ignore the joke of a cover because this is seriously good southern soul blues. The Tyrone Davis-inspired "I'll Even Blow Down There" shows just how determined the "Lollipop Man" is to please a woman. If that doesn't convince her try "Candy" where he uses a candy bar as a metaphor for similar purposes. The poignant "If You're Lucky Enough To Have A Good Woman" balances out the many cheating songs that appear on his albums. Two blues cuts this time in "You Ain't The Only One I'm Giving Some" & "She Made A Hoochie Man Out Of Me". Chuck handles blues as well as he handles soul. Plus he's both a "Love Freak" and a "Party Freak" on this same album according to the so-named songs. Topping this fun disc off is the irresistible disco soul of "Back In The Day".
"I'm Your Candy Man" (Ecko 2001)
1. Candy Man
"Let's Party" (Ecko 2002)
1. Keep It in the Bedroom
"A Woman Wants A Freak" (Ecko 2003)
1. Turn It Loose
**1/2 Album number 7 and final album for Ecko Records continues the successful formula of mostly programmed party soul music- only with diminished results. "Turn It Loose" & "Chuck Strut" were the minor hits here. Amazingly after 7 albums the Ecko/Chuck Roberson formula never got tiring.
"Expressions Of Yesterday" (Cruise On 2005) 1. You Gonna Make Me Cry
2. Lollipop Man
3. Good Thing Man
4. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
5. Do It All Over
6. She's Pouring It On
7. Doing What My Heart Say Do
8. Man Is Got to Have a Woman
9. Let's Stay Together
10. I Wanna Make Love Tonight
11. Hit It and Get It
12. I Feel Sexy
13. Give Me Some of That
****1/2 When I hear Chuck Roberson sing I hear Jackie Wilson and bit of Tyrone Davis. Roberson has a powerful voice- with huge range, able to hit operatic highs and raspy lows. After releasing 7 quality albums of party soul blues on Ecko Records we now have the independent "Expressions Of Yesterday" and it's his best. I suspect this is material that was recorded in the late 80s (8 or 9 tracks remixed and remastered from his LP-only "Lolly Pop Man" & "I Don't Think You Heard Me Yet" albums) because the production is slightly dated at times but actually bodes just fine in the Southern Soul circuit. This 13-song gem includes his signature songs "Lollipop Man" (with different lyrics) and "Hit It And Git It"- both written by Roberson, plus the excellent upbeat dancers "Good Thing Man", "Let's Stay Together" & "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone" and slower soul wailers like "Your Gonna Make Me Cry" & "I Wanna Make Love Tonight". Nearly every song is Grade A which makes this sound like a "best of"-type CD. You gotta discover Chuck Roberson.
"The Best Of" (Ecko 2006)
1. Mr. Lover Man
"For Real This Time" (CDS 2009)
1. We're Gonna
Have a Party
"Deep South Southern Soul" (CDS 2010)
1. Stop! (The Ladies & The Babies)
"I'll Take Care Of You" (Desert Sounds 2011)
Gonna Make Me Cry
"The Devil Made Me Do It" (Desert Sounds 2012)
It Shouda Been Me
"The Other Side Of Me" (Cruise On 2014)
"Over In The Woods" (Cruise On 2016)
1 Disco Lady
""2 On 1: For Real This Time + Deep South Southern Soul" (CDS 2017)
1. We're Gonna Have a
"The Clean Up Man" (Cruise On 2019)
1. Over In The Woods
"Stroke Me Right" (Cruise On 2021)
1 Stroke Me Right