Patrick Adams (musician)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Patrick Adams and Gregory Carmichael wrote and produced at least fifty composition which transcend disco as genre. Adams and Carmichael, and maybe August Darnell too, were in many ways the auteurs of disco, more so than Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons or Tom Moulton, who were primarily involved in post-production. The only one to rival Adams, Carmichael and Darnell was Arthur Russell, but his story is different altogether."--Jahsonic, 2008
--"Weekend (Tonight Is Party Time)" (1978)
"I went from making about $10,000 a week doing arrangements to zero overnight […] in the studio working on music, I don’t know that disco's dead. Nobody told me, I didn't get the memo."--Patrick Adams, Red Bull Academy, 2013
Patrick Adams (1950 – 2022) was an American composer, arranger and record producer. Adams recorded 300 of his songs and was involved in over 1000 recordings. He earned 32 gold and platinum records.
He is known for his 1970s and 1980s production, songwriting and engineering work on labels such as Salsoul, Prelude Records and P&P; his associations with recording artists such as Black Ivory, Inner Life, Jocelyn Brown, Loleatta Holloway and Leroy Burgess; and studio projects such as Cloud One, The Universal Robot Band, Logg, Phreek, and Musique. He owned and operated PAPMUS (Patrick Adams Productions Music) in New York City.
Notable recordings include "Love Bug" (1976), "Atmosphere Strut" (1976), "My Baby's Got E.S.P." (1976), "Disco Juice (1976), "Making Love" (1977), "Keep On Jumpin'" (1978), "In the Bush" (1978), "Make It Last Forever" (1978), "Weekend (Tonight Is Party Time)" (1978), "I'm A Big Freak (R•U•1•2)" (1978), "I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)" (1979), "Till You Surrender" (1981) and "Touch Me (All Night Long)" (1984).
Although well-known for writing and producing his own material, one of his biggest successes was his 1981 reinterpretation of Ashford & Simpson's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1966) as Inner Life, with vocals by Jocelyn Brown and a remix by Larry Levan.
During his prolific and influential career, Patrick Adams recorded over 300 of his songs and has been involved in over 1000 recordings; including Black Ivory, Leroy Burgess, Inner Life, The Universal Robot Band, Caress, Thomas & Taylor, Sister Sledge, Loleatta Holloway, Venus Dodson, Rainbow Brown, Fonda Rae, Donna McGhee, Main Ingredient, Shannon, Ace Spectrum, The Spinners, Gladys Knight, Skipworth & Turner, Candi Staton, Eddie Kendricks, Herbie Mann, Debbie Taylor, Narada Michael Walden, Rick James, Chatelaine, and Bruni Pagan.
In addition, Adams has worked with rap, hip-hop/R&B and dance/club acts such as Coolio, Cathy Dennis, Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, R. Kelly, Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa and Shades of Love, Jeanie Tracy.
Linking in in 2022
3Bubble and J. Gray, A Night at Studio 54, Ace Spectrum, Awakening (Narada Michael Walden album), Baby Won't You Change Your Mind, Black Ivory, Blue Rock Studio, Candi Staton, Chance (Candi Staton album), Charm (album), Christmas Jollies II, Circle of Love (Sister Sledge album), Class Action (band), Cloud One (band), Dana Dane with Fame, Debbie Taylor, DJ-Kicks: Annie, Don't Turn Around (album), Don't Turn Around (Black Ivory song), Feel It (Black Ivory album), Follow the Leader (Eric B. & Rakim album), Guaranteed (Morris Day album), I Gotta Get Mine Yo, I'll Find Away (Loneliest Man in Town), Inner Life, It's My Beat, It's Tee Time, Jocelyn Brown, Keep On Jumpin', Kleeer, Late Night Tales: Lindstrøm, Leroy Burgess, Let Me Live in Your Life, Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em, Daughters (Nas song), List of songs recorded by Mariah Carey, List of Unsung episodes, Love Goes All the Way, Make It Reign (album), Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, Move to This, Musique (disco band), Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Post-disco, Rainy Davis, Ron Hardy, Russell Patterson (singer), Sapphire (Wink album), Shades of Love (band), Stuart Bascombe, Take Me to Baltimore, The Irresistible Cathy Dennis, The Universal Robot Band, Time Is Love (Black Ivory song), Touch Me (All Night Long), Wax Poetics, You and I (Black Ivory song), You Don't Know What to Do
- Musique/ Keep On Jumpin' 1978, engineered by Bob Blank
- Musique II / Musique II 1979
- Sine / Happy Is the Only Way
- PRLD 597/Sine/Rotation/1984
- "Just Let Me Do My Thing" by Sine
- PRL D 519 Inner Life I'm Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair), 1979
- Fonda Rae "Touch Me (All Night Long)"
Warner Bros / RFC
- Venus Dodson, RCSD 8824 Night Rider (1979)
- Skipworth & Turner 'Won't Get No Better' 0-20577 (1986), remixes by Paul Simpson, production by Ron Kersey
- SG-376/Salsoul Orchestra featuring Loleatta Holloway 'Seconds of Your Love' (1982), mixed by Shep Pettibone
- Salsoul SG-343 Bumblebee Unlimited 'Bumblebee Rap' (1981)
- SG-350/Inner Life/Ain't No Mountain High Enough (N.Ashford/V.Simpson) (1981)
- Christmas Jollies II by Salsoul Orchestra
- Patrick Adams Presents Phreek
- Herbie Mann, Super Mann - 1979, with Art Webb on flute
- You Put A Spark In My Life
- You Blew - Mirage/Atlantic Records by Shannon, best Known For "Let The Music Play"
- Atmosphere Strut P&P Records 1975 by Cloud One
- Universal Robot Band
- Disco Juice (compilation series)
- Boogie (genre)
- Perception Records
- "Dance, Dance, Dance"
- Prince Matchabelli
- Atlantic Records