Sadly no longer with us, James Ralph Bailey cut some excellent material before passing in 1980, just 48 years old. Previously a member of the Doo-Wop groups The Halos and The Cadillacs, this is (I believe) his first record as a solo artist. Released in 1968 on Nate McCalla´s and Morris Levy´s New York based Calla records, it precedes perhaps his most famous work by a couple of years. In 1974 Bailey had an excellent album out called "Just Me n You" on MAM records. Although very hard to come by in its original format nowadays, this underground soul classic has be re-issued on CD by Soul Brother records. JR. Bailey was also a gifted songwriter and penned amongst others "Sweet Sweet Lovin´" for The Platters and "Seven Days Too Long" for Chuck Wood (which Dexy´s Midnight Runners later covered) as well as the excellent "Love Love Love" which has been featured on these pages earlier with Donny Hathaway. This track though was written and produced by Billy Guy (Ex Coasters) who Bailey also had a label together with called GuyJim records. Enjoy!
Love Won´t Wear Off (As The Years Wears On)