Before Al Hudson and the Soul Partners were climbing the charts for Atlantic Records with “I’m About Loving You,” they were just another Detroit group trying to break city limits. Their debut single appeared on Major Reynolds’ M-R imprint—a subsidiary of his Tri-Sound studios. The group’s 1972 single is steeped in the Motown school of production—with syrupy strings, in-the-pocket drums, cool and controlled vocals, and a puddle of actual tears on “Cry Baby.” Hudson and co. morphed into One Way at the end of the decade, scoring half a dozen Top Ten R&B hits at the Music Cemetery of America throughout the 1980s.
- Al Hudson Cry Baby
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