Ethel Beatty is an artist from New York who primarily worked as an actress in theatre, appearing in Broadway musicals. She appeared in ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Sugar Hills’, ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ and (with Gregory Hines) in ‘Eubie’.
Her most significant recording is this double header with writer/producer and master of the vibes Roy Ayers on Uno Melodic Records. I Know You Care is the bomb for me here.
While both songs have been been issued on 7” and compilations over the years, it is still the 12” with the full length tracks that people that people want. Rare original copies have sold for £500.
“It’s Your Love” is co-written by another soul jazz icon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, both tracks having that Roy Ayers vibe that makes this record extremely sought after by rare groove fans.
Both tracks continue to be endlessly sampled on the hip hop and r&b scenes whilst Olivier Boogie more recently nabbed “I Know You Care” for his 2015 EP on Whisky Disco.. Remastered version of iconic full length versions from 1981.
A – I Know You Care (5:50)
B – It’s Your Love (4:08)