Farley "Jackmaster" Funk

Farley "Jackmaster" Funk

Real Name:
Farley Keith Williams
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b. Jan 25, 1962 in Chicago, IL
DJ and producer. First made his name broadcasting on Chicago's WBMX-FM as a member of the Hot Mix 5 DJ team. Farley also appeared at the Warehouse club and then began a residency at the Playground.
Known as Farley Keith or Farley Funkin' Keith until 1984. He then adopted the name Farley "Jackmaster" Funk and together with Jesse Saunders, created the first house single to reach the UK charts. His anthem Love Can't Turn Around (cover of Isaac Hayes' I Can't Turn Around) made the Top Ten in mid-1986.
By the late '80s, he had lost his DJ residency. His recorded output during the '90s was relatively small, preferring to concentrate on performing on the global DJ circuit.
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Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Discography

Albums

Farley "Jackmaster" Funk No Vocals Necessary (Album) House Records (3) US 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jack Master Funk* Aw Shucks (Let's Go Let's Go) House Records (3) US 1985 Sell This Version
Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick Trax Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Funkin With The Drums Again Trax Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jessie Saunders* Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jessie Saunders* - Love Can't Turn Around (Single, Maxi, EP) House Records (3) Spain 1986 Sell This Version
TX116 Farley "JMF"* Give Your Self To Me(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records TX116 US 1986 Sell This Version
Darryl Pandy With Farley Jackmaster Funk* Darryl Pandy With Farley Jackmaster Funk* - Free Man D.J. International Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Ricky Dillard Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Ricky Dillard - It's U D.J. International Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & The Shy Boyz Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & The Shy Boyz - U Ain't Really House (Maxi) House Records (3) US 1987 Sell This Version
BL 2411 T-Coy / Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & The Shy Boyz T-Coy / Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & The Shy Boyz - Cariño / Really House(12", Maxi) Bulletin Records BL 2411 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
HU 15 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Hey Norton (Aw Shucks)(12") House Records (3) HU 15 US 1987 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard - As Always (Maxi, Single) Trax Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
12130 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk U Ain't Really Acieed (House)(12") BCM Records 12130 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Farley Jackmaster Funk* & The Hip House Syndicate Farley Jackmaster Funk* & The Hip House Syndicate - Free At Last (Maxi) Champion UK 1989 Sell This Version
Farley Jackmaster* Presents Precious Red Farley Jackmaster* Presents Precious Red - Think! Champion UK 1989 Sell This Version
BCM 20191 Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk* Love Can't Turn Around / U Ain't Really Acieed(CD, Single) BCM Records BCM 20191 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
OG 4168 Steve "Silk" Hurley / Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jesse Saunders Steve "Silk" Hurley / Farley "Jackmaster" Funk & Jesse Saunders - Jack Your Body (Club Your Body) / Love Can't Turn Around (Club Mix)(12") Old Gold (2) OG 4168 UK 1990 Sell This Version
HF-1 Farley Jackmaster Funk* Presents Xaviera Gold Farley Jackmaster Funk* Presents Xaviera Gold - Hold Me Again(12") House Records (3) HF-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Housemaster Boys* Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Housemaster Boys* - Love Can't Turn Around / Housenation Trax Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Pray 4 Me (Single) 4 Liberty Records Ltd UK 1994 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Another Day (Single) 4 Liberty Records Ltd UK 1995 Sell This Version
RR 1003 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk The Resurrection EP(12", EP) Renegade Records RR 1003 US 1996 Sell This Version
BC97016 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk / Pleasure Zone Farley "Jackmaster" Funk / Pleasure Zone - Trax²(12") Bonzai Classics BC97016 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk vs. Gm* Farley "Jackmaster" Funk vs. Gm* - I Wanna Rock You Caus-N'-ff-ct (UK) Germany 2000 Sell This Version
S 3036 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Beat That Bitch With A Bat(12") Saber Records S 3036 US 2000 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

August 13, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
The magic moment. That's when the DJ puts up that fantastic sequence, makes that mixing, or use of 'that' acappella. Or even, do many of these things together, and the result, obviously will be the cataclysm on the dancefloors.

I experienced this kind of situation when I heard a set from Farley Jackmaster Funk @ WBMX, Chicago manny2, 1987 where he created an incredible mixing atmosphere. Farley is the type of DJ you definitely won’t forget if you have the chance to witness (and listen). Specially when he combines 'MFSB - Love Is The Message' amazing orchestration arrangements with the super classic 'Carl Bean - I Was Born This Way' drop; the piano lines goes amazingly with Carl's super vocals in this magnificent production made by the trio Norman Harris , Ron Kersey , T.G. Conway.
Suddenly, with two records beating together, Farley Jackmaster Funk makes a backspin on one of them, and you hear with the beats the quote "You, you! You may not understand.... I was born this way!"; "Hell the World, I was born this way!" - followed by the drop out with all the orchestrated horns, bass & piano arrangements of "I Was Born This Way". This classical Disco orchestration ensemble sounded very special on that moment of is WBMX set of Chicago, 1987 - the sequence falls in a new drop with guitars & rhythmic Disco hi-hats, when Farley puts together a Martin Luther King quote of his famous 'I Have A Dream' acappella where he says "I wanna thank God! Once more for life, and me to be here with you!", creating a sublime moment; then, the same orchestration continues with the greatness of Carl Bean's vocals again, followed by a piano solo of the same tune... you just couldn’t believe in it.
The result of this music combination had a so strong impact in my life that became one of the main reasons behind the changing in the way I used to see a DJ repertory as a whole.
As if it wasn't enough, the next music choosen by Farley was 'Change - Glow Of Love' with its beautiful pianos and Luther Vandross' vocals. If you by any means think that this repertory had any less than great moment, you're wrong - that mix had also tunes such as 'Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire' feat Loleatta Holloway, 'Taana Gardner - Work That Body', 'Jungle Wonz - The Jungle' (by Marshall Jefferson), 'Rhythim Is Rhythim - Kaos (Juice Bar Mix)', 'Fingers Inc.'s dub atmosphere on "Distant Planet", among another fantastic music masterpieces. "My Love Is Free", the tune that opened Farley's DJ set is, needless to say, is one of the most amazing Disco masterpieces ever.

Regardless of your opinion about Farley 'Funkin' Keith (baptized later 'Jackmaster' Funk) as a producer, he deserves respect as a DJ for being one of the few to understand (and to master) the holistic perspective of a repertory construction. That performance which took place at WBMX Chicago in 1987 had tunes from the seventies and eighties, new and old, from different types of music styles, harmonically connected. An example to be followed, as well as what The Wizard (Jeff Mills) used to do on WJLB at that time.

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