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The Best of Ace Cannon: The Hi Records Years

Colin Escott, The Right Stuff/Hi Records, 2001

SPARE, FUNKY, and disarmingly simple. Ace Cannon and Bill Black defined a sound. There was never a surplus note or inflection. These were records that said what they had to say in two-and-a-half minutes, and required not a second more. It's true that Ace Cannon, like Bill Black, had relatively few Top 10 hits but, in a sense, he didn't need them. For years, he had the jukebox market sewn up. He knew that whenever someone wanted to do the slow grind around the jukebox, the dance floor, or the living room, they would reach for an Ace Cannon record. In some parts of the world, they still do.

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