Saturday 26 February 2022

EBO 2 - Running For Your Love/Slow Down the Merry Go-Round (1983)

We almost let Black History Month slip by without posting anything marking the contributions of Black artists to our city. The stages in our city have tended to be dominated by white males, with people of colour often pushed to the sides. So, we're pleased to have this Doug Wong-manufactured single today, featuring the soca stylings of EBO 2.

Finding details on the band was a bit tricky, but it looks like the lineup included Jimmy Carver on keyboards, Kirby Small on guitar, and Jimmy Page on drums. We're not sure if Dale Hensel (credited as songwriter on this single's B side) was in the band or the person behind the Nikki Records label. Small and Page both came to Calgary with riches of musical experience - Small with the likes of Harry Belafonte and Martha and the Vandellas, Page with Albert Collins and Otis Rush. The guitarist and drummer both passed away in the late 2000's, but it appears Carver is still playing strong.

Get your soca fix here!

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