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Davitt Sigerson

Davitt Sigerson

Davitt Sigerson was born in New York City and went to school and university in the UK. He wrote for Black Music, Sounds and Melody Maker, and was the disco columnist for Time Out. In 1979 he moved back to New York as American correspondent for Melody Maker, also writing about music for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. In the ‘80s he released two solo albums for Ze/Island Records; wrote songs for or with Philip Bailey, Eddie Money, Kiss and Loverboy; and produced records for David & David, John Doe, Olivia Newton-John, the Bangles, and Tori Amos, among others. He became president of Polydor Records in 1991; president of EMI, Chrysalis and SBK Records in 1994; and chairman of Island Records in 1998. He left at the beginning of 1999, after Polygram was sold to Seagrams. Sigerson’s first novel, Faithful (2004) was published in 2004 by Doubleday in the US and Serpent's Tail in Britain.

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Roy Ayers, Gato Barbieri, Brothers Johnson, Norman Connors, Eumir Deodato, John Handy, Michael Henderson, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Ronnie Laws, Herbie Mann, Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Lalo Schifrin, Lonnie Liston Smith, Gabor Szabo, Grover Washington Jr, Wah-Wah Watson: Blow for Love and Money part 2: Since The Explosion

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1977

In part two of his analysis of crossover jazz, Davitt Sigerson looks at developments during the last three years. ...

George Benson, The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd, Norman Connors, Hank Crawford, The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Lou Donaldson, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Ahmad Jamal, Earl Klugh, Ramsey Lewis, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Stuff, Stanley Turrentine, Miroslav Vitous, Grover Washington Jr, Weather Report, Reuben Wilson: Blow for Love and Money: Crossover Jazz in the Seventies

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1977

In the first part of a detailed investigation Davitt Sigerson chronicles how "jazz" found its way back to the commercial big league. ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby "Blue" Bland: Lone Star Café, New York NY

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, April 1979

Two nights of Bland magic ...

Blondie: Your Instrument Is Your Body

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1979

PEOPLE REMEMBER the face as they see it in photographs, that's axiomatic. And her face possesses that photographic stillness even in life – not as ...

George Chandler: Anatomy of a Soul Record

Report by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1976

George Chandler in the studio at Chipping Norton ...

Chic: Est-ce que c'est Chic

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, February 1979

Yes, it is. For behind Chic's rags-to-Regine's success lies an understanding of style as cool as their musical intelligence. ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

Cheers for Chic ...

DJ Hollywood, The Sugarhill Gang: The Sugar Hill Gang: Freak of the Week

Report by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1979

DESPITE A rhythm track that mangles Chic's 'Good Times' (they settled out of court), 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugar Hill Gang has been the season's ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, January 1977

Davitt Sigerson Probes Into The Mind Of Stony Browder Jr. ...

Dr. John: Dr John: City Lights

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, December 1978

DR JOHN is clean (and mean) and on the scene; so Hail on Mac 'cause it's a stone fact (y'all), the gritty gumbo hustler's back. ...

The Gap Band: Gap Band: Gap Band VI (Total Experience Records) ****

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, March 1985

LEON RUSSELL took the three Wilson brothers out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and L.A. entrepreneur Lonnie Simmons made them funk stars as the Gap Band. Beginning ...

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

EDITOR'S NOTE: A couple of weeks ago, Vivien Goldman trashed Marvin Gaye's new album in these columns. A dissenting voice pleads to be heard ...

Hot Chocolate: Everyone's a Moneyspinner

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

GREAT POPULAR music is generally not a cynical or synthetic product, but something personal to one individual that many, many others find appealing. ...

The Isley Brothers: Ernie Isley: Pride of the Isleys

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, September 1977

"THE ALBUM, 3+3, featuring 'That Lady', was in '73, but since 1969, we've been more or less involved with the Isley Brothers. My father was ...

The Isley Brothers: Winner Takes All

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, June 1979

3 + 3 DON'T MIND they just keep on jamming. Strings and horns? Uh-uh. They just go up to Bearsville. Ernie puts down the drums ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, October 1987

MICHAEL JACKSON is a man. Agreed, he is a young man, emotional age about thirteen, with a young man's interest in cars, girls, scary movies ...

Rick James: Glow (Gordy)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, August 1985

OH, SLICK RICK, you can trade your beads for a hennaed perm, but they still won't put you on MTV. As Dylan said of George ...

Ben E. King: The Chimes of Big Ben

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1977

An album and a successful tour with the Average White Band has lifted soul veteran Ben E. King back to the top. He tells Davitt ...

Krispy And Company, MFSB: Krispi And Company, MFSB: More Disco Madness

Profile by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

What kind of madness is it when two bands adopt different names to record versions of a 30s showtune called 'Brazil'? Just put it down ...

Madonna: True Blue

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, July 1986

OF ALL CURRENT superstars, none has manipulated the apparatus of fame more astutely than Madonna. Like Prince, she recognized the virtue of a one-word name ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Wake Up, Everybody (Philadelphia Int.)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1976

'Wake Up Everybody'/'Keep On Lovin' You'/'You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good'/'Don't Leave Me This Way'/'Tell The World How I Feel About 'cha ...

Van Morrison: "Sam Cooke Still Turns Me On"

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, July 1978

A short and rather scruffy man, accompanied by a handsome L.A. Ethnic (tee-shirt, jeans, clean black moustache) is milling around Oxford on an afternoon characterised ...

Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John: Olivia Newton-John: Soul Kiss/Diana Ross: Eaten Alive

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, February 1986

HERE WE HAVE two of the biz' primo canaries coming up with long-awaited (and, you can bet, carefully considered) albums and not exactly setting the ...

Prince Strips Down: Parade

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, April 1986

WHO BUT PRINCE fills us today with the kind of anticipation we once reserved for new work by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling ...

Raydio: Rock On (Arista)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, April 1979

IN A YEAR already generous with good R&B albums comes Ray Parker's second release, and it may be the best of all. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: You Won't Be Able to Tune In, Turn On and Cop Out...

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1976

Davitt Sigerson goes to New York to rap with the angry poet of revolution, Gil Scott-Heron ...

The Spinners: The Detroit Spinners: Spinners Wynner

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, June 1976

The Detroit Spinners have recently celebrated twenty years in the music business. Their leader, Philippé Wynne, talked to Davitt Sigerson in New York about his ...

Stuff et al: The 'Citteh'

Report and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1976

Davitt Sigerson investigates New York's soul music underground ...

Sun Ra: Squat Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, September 1979

Panto time with Sun Ra ...

Sylvester

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, August 1978

WEBSTER’S gives "Excessive, extravagant; Fanciful, fantastic; violent, unrestrained" as definitions of ‘outrageous’. ...

Randy Travis: Storms Of Life (Warner Bros.)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, September 1986

OF ALL THE cool new Country stars, expect Randy Travis to last the longest. ...

Tina Turner: Break Every Rule (Capitol)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, November 1986

Tina repeats a winning formula ...

War: Youngblood (MCA)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

WAR WAS a multi-platinum album act in America with such classic Top 40 streetfunk singles as 'All Day Music', 'Cisco Kid', 'The World Is A ...

Womack and Womack, Bobby Womack: Bobby Womack: So Many Rivers (MCA); Someday We'll All Be Free (Beverly Glen); Womack and Womack: Radio M.U.S.C. Man (Elektra)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, December 1985

THESE THREE records from the illustrious Womack clan — two from Bobby and one from brother Cecil and wife Linda (daughter of Sam Cooke and ...

Stevie Wonder: Technology and R&B: Get Arp And Get Down

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex ...

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Get Arp And Get Down!

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex. DAVITT SIGERSON explains all. ...

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