Al Downing

Real Name:
Alexander Downing
Profile:
Rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, country and soul singer - songwriter - pianist.

Born: January 9, 1940
Died: July 4, 2005 from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Known as well as Big Al Downing
Brother of Don Downing.
He started his career from Bobby Poe's The Poe Kats in the late 50's.
After his hit with his duet with Little Esther, "You’ll Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)" he was singed to Warner Bros.
Although he had a disco hit with "I'll Be Holdin' On" (1974), he had a series of country music hits between 1978 and 1989.
He built a five-decade career around his powerful singing voice and his hard-driving rockabilly-style piano.
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Al Downing Discography Tracks

Albums

TRA-2001 Al Downing - Big Al Downing album art Al Downing Big Al Downing(LP) Team Entertainment Records TRA-2001 US 1982 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Thank You album art Big Al Downing* Thank You (Album) Vine Street Records US 1988 Sell This Version
EA-R 90116 Al Downing - Rockin' Down The Farm Vol. 1 album art Big Al Downing* Rockin' Down The Farm Vol. 1(CD) Eagle Records (8) EA-R 90116 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DFGCD 8440 Al Downing - Back To My Roots album art Big Al Downing* Back To My Roots(CD, Album) DixieFrog DFGCD 8440 France 1995 Sell This Version
23042 Al Downing - One Of A Kind album art Al Downing One Of A Kind(CD, Album) Platinum Express 23042 US 2002 Sell This Version
AD3701 Al Downing - My Personal Favorites album art Al Downing My Personal Favorites(CD, Album) Celebrity Direct Entertainment AD3701 US 2005 Sell This Version
AD3701 Al Downing - My Personal Favorites 2 album art Al Downing My Personal Favorites 2(CD, Album) Celebrity Direct Entertainment AD3701 US 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Al Downing - Oh! Babe / Down On The Farm album art Al Downing With The Poe Kats Al Downing With The Poe Kats - Oh! Babe / Down On The Farm (Single) Challenge US 1958 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Miss Lucy / Just Around The Corner album art "Big" Al Downing* Miss Lucy / Just Around The Corner (Single) Carlton US 1958 Sell This Version
507 Al Downing - It Must Be Love album art "Big" Al Downing* It Must Be Love(7", Single) Carlton 507 US 1959 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Yes I'm Loving You album art Big Al Downing* Yes I'm Loving You (Single) V-Tone Records (2) US 1960 Sell This Version
220 Al Downing - If I Had Our Love To Live Over / Words Of Love album art Al Downing If I Had Our Love To Live Over / Words Of Love(7", Single) V-Tone Records (2) 220 US 1960 Sell This Version
230 Al Downing - There'll Come A Time album art Big Al Downing* There'll Come A Time(7") V-Tone Records (2) 230 US 1960 Sell This Version
Al Downing - The Story Of My Life / I'd Love To Be Loved album art "Big" Al Downing* The Story Of My Life / I'd Love To Be Loved (Single) Kansoma US 1962 Sell This Version
Al Downing - You Never Miss Your Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) / If You Want It (I've Got It) album art "Little Esther" Phillips* & "Big Al" Downing* "Little Esther" Phillips* & "Big Al" Downing* - You Never Miss Your Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) / If You Want It (I've Got It) (Single) Lenox Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Mr. Hurt Walked In album art "Big Al" Downing* Mr. Hurt Walked In (Single) Lenox Records US 1963 Sell This Version
Al Downing - I Feel Good / Georgia Slop album art "Big" Al Downing* I Feel Good / Georgia Slop (Single) Columbia US 1964 Sell This Version
Al Downing - I'm Just Nobody album art Big Al Downing* I'm Just Nobody (Single) Columbia US 1964 Sell This Version
Al Downing - I'll Be Your Fool Once More / Give Me Good Loving album art (Big) Al Downing* I'll Be Your Fool Once More / Give Me Good Loving (Single) House Of The Fox US 1969 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Medley Of Soul album art "Big" Al Downing* Medley Of Soul (Single) Silver Fox (2) US 1969 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Cornbread Row / The Saints album art Big Al Downing* Cornbread Row / The Saints Silver Fox (2) US 1969 Sell This Version
6146 022 Al Downing - Bring Your Good Lovin' Home album art Al Downing Bring Your Good Lovin' Home(7", Single) Janus Records 6146 022 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Al Downing - I'll Be Holding On "Disco Mix" album art Al Downing I'll Be Holding On "Disco Mix" (Single) Chess US 1974 Sell This Version
Al Downing - Baby Let's Talk It Over / I'll Be Holding On album art Al Downing Baby Let's Talk It Over / I'll Be Holding On (Single) Chess Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Al Downing - I'll Be Holding On / Baby Let's Talk It Over album art Al Downing I'll Be Holding On / Baby Let's Talk It Over (Single) Chess US 1974 Sell This Version

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jlrake

jlrake

September 19, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
TY for the deep background on Downing's place in disco history, Mr. L. I've a country album by him from '82 on an indie label that's not listed here. Most frustrating when the bio's reference works that aren't listed in the discographies proper.

Mr.Loriz

Mr.Loriz

May 9, 2008
We all know that "Ten Percent" from Double Exposure was the first official twelve inch for the market. But here it is, the true background story about Tom Moulton's experience and his invention for the super sound single:
Sometime in early 1975, after doing an edit of Al Downing's "I'll be holding on", Moulton took the mix to New York's Media Sound to be mastered onto a seven-inch metal blank as a reference disc. However, they were out of them and had only twelve-inch blanks left, so Moulton and engineer Jose Rodriguez used one of those instead. "Oh, my God, boy was that so hot", Moulton enthuses, remembering the sound when they first played the twelve-inch. "It just made the regular forty-fives sound like such shit. The levels were so much... the dynamic, the bass, the everything, etc... (note: complete text at Peter Shapiro's book "the secret history of disco" turn the beat around; P/45) For Moulton's next edit, "So much for love" by Moment of Truth for the Roulette label, he went one step further and gave some test pressings to DJs like Richie Kaczor and David Rodriguez. Although not released commercially until 1976 (by Salsoul) this was the very first twelve inch single. And Al Downing's acetate the frankenstein of the twelve inch invention.
By the way did you know that before Double Exposure's "ten percent" there were 136 promotional twelve-inches printed, mostly by Salsoul, Warner, Atlantic. For DJ's only, from june 1975 to may 1976 when Walter Gibbons did the first mix for Double Exposure's "ten percent".

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