11th April: David Peaston – Can I

David Peaston was Fontella Bass’s baby brother.  On his debut album for Geffen (Introducing…) he covered this song, originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.  He easily transcends the glossy 80s production as he moves from smooth balladry to fade out on a minor scatfest.  The same album features a version of God Bless The Child that bought the Showtime at the Apollo audience to its feet.

Around about the time the album came out, I saw him in Hammersmith supporting Gladys Knight.  He was superb – the audience, most unaware of who he was and anxious to get to the familiar headliner, talked through his whole performance.  Gladys bought him back for an encore and made sure he received his due.  Respect.