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Don Blackman - Just Can't Stay Away 7"
Don Blackman - Just Can't Stay Away 7"
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Don Blackman - Just Can't Stay Away 7"

Don Blackman was an American pianist, singer and songwriter from Jamaica, Queens in New York. Better remembered for his seminal self titled album released in 1982 on Arista, his influence stretches much further. Blackman played in his younger days with household acts such as Parliament, Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Roy Ayers; and through collaborating as a songwriter and session musician with artists such as Kurtis Blow, Bernard Wright, Roy Ayers or Weldon Irvine.

In 2002, Blackman released his second and final album dedicated to his family, "Listen", in the UK in CD format only. Among the songs included on the CD, one of the tracks wasn’t supposed to be there until Blackman’s spouse convinced him otherwise: "Just Can’t Stay Away", a straightforward DIY boogie banger with a soulful edge, was originally written and produced by Blackman as a greeting message for her answering machine! DJs such as Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeremy Underground, Sadar Bahar and Floating Points have been playing the tune for some years now but it’s in 2018, whilst Floating Points was DJing in the US and played "Just Can’t Stay Away", that Blackman’s children, Kyle and Irene happened to be in the crowd and a connection was made.

Carefully remastered, MEL017 is presented in 7-inch format for the first time and comes with a 14’x14’ poster.


1. Just Can't Stay Away (Stereo)
2. Just Can't Stay Away (Mono)


Artist:  Don Blackman
Label:  Melodies International
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Funk, Soul & Disco
Format:  7" vinyl
Cat Number: MEL17
Released:  16th August 2019

Regular price £11.00