Joe Smooth

Joe Smooth

Real Name:
Joseph Lorenzo Jr. Welbon
Profile:
Joe Smooth is one of the pioneers of the style of music known today as house music. He is a self-taught musician who, from the age of 12, has been creating music that is inspiring to all that his sound has touched. In 1985 he joined the DJ International family and quickly became a central force behind everything written or produced from the visionary label. He has worked with such artists as Frankie Knuckles, Marshal Jefferson, A Guy Called Gerald, Lil Louis, D'Bora, Tyree Cooper, Fast Eddie, Fingers Inc., The Art Of Noise, Sterling Void, The Pet Shop Boys, Janet Jackson, Brian McKnight, Atlantic Starr, The Style Council, New Order, Steve Hurley... and The List Goes On.

At the age of 16, Joe Smooth began having house parties and DJing throughout Chicago's underground music scene. At 18, he opened his first night club called east Hollywood Mannequins. In 1983, Joe began DJing at the famous Smart Bar nightclub and created an atmosphere and mystique that still lives today. In 1985, the limelight contracted Joe for their Chicago nightclub as musical coordinator. In 1987, he also started working for the soulful Charlie club nightclub as head DJ/musical coordinator.

In 1988, with musical production work building and travelling abroad Joe Smooth left the club scene for a short break to put his concentration fully into his productions. In 1990, Joe Smooth saw a need for a serious underground house club in Chicago and opened the Warehouse nightclub, named in tribute to the legendary Warehouse nightclub of the early eighties. Joe Smooth looking for new horizons ventured to Rome to work on a label idea with producer Claudio Donato "Active Bass Music" distributed by the now dissolved flying records network. Through the nineties till present day Joe Smooth has done extensive work with Slang Music Group and Nu Soul. Joe's work at Slang and Nu Soul would include projects featuring Whitney Houston, Donnell Jones, Destiny's Child and Sisqo to name a few.

In 2015 he started his own label Indie Art Music (indieartmusic.com)
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Joe Smooth Discography

Albums

CDART 903, DJART 903 Joe Smooth Promised Land (Album) D.J. International Records CDART 903, DJART 903 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DJC-1027, DJ1027 Joe Smooth Rejoice (Album) D.J. International Records DJC-1027, DJ1027 US 1988 Sell This Version
IAM003 Joe Smooth, Paris Brightledge Joe Smooth, Paris Brightledge - We've Got To Love(8xFile, WAV) Indie Art Music IAM003 US 2015

Singles & EPs

DJ 943 Joe Smooth Featuring Anthony Thomas Joe Smooth Featuring Anthony Thomas - Goin' Down D.J. International Records DJ 943 US 1987 Sell This Version
DJ-905 / DJ 950 Joe Smooth Inc.* Featuring Anthony Thomas / Full House Joe Smooth Inc.* Featuring Anthony Thomas / Full House - The Promised Land / I Remember(12", Promo) D.J. International Records DJ-905 / DJ 950 US 1987 Sell This Version
DJINT 13 Joe Smooth I'll Be There (Single) D.J. International Records DJINT 13 UK 1988 Sell This Version
D J -905 Joe Smooth Inc.* Featuring Anthony Thomas Joe Smooth Inc.* Featuring Anthony Thomas - Promised Land (Single, Maxi) D.J. International Records, BCM Records D J -905 US 1987 Sell This Version
DJ997, DJ 998 Joe Smooth / Tyree* Joe Smooth / Tyree* - They Want To Be Free / Let The Music Take Control D.J. International Records, D.J. International Records DJ997, DJ 998 US 1989 Sell This Version
DJ997 Joe Smooth They Want To Be Free (Single, Maxi) D.J. International Records DJ997 US 1989 Sell This Version
12287 Joe Smooth Can't Fake The Feeling(12") BCM Records 12287 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
DJ 929 Joe Smooth I'm Not Givin' Up / One Moment In Love D.J. International Records DJ 929 US 1990 Sell This Version
TX306 Joe Smooth Untitled(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records TX306 US 1993 Sell This Version
UMM 353 Joe Smooth Back Home (Tommy Musto Remixes) (Maxi) UMM UMM 353 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
ABM 001 Joe Smooth He'll Lift You Up(2x12") Active Bass Music ABM 001 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
NPT 01 Joe Smooth Disco Acid EP Vol. 1 (EP) Nepenta NPT 01 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ANIMUS 007 Joe Smooth Walking Into Sunshine Animus Records ANIMUS 007 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
NPT 10 Joe Smooth Disco Acid Vol. 2 Nepenta NPT 10 UK 1998 Sell This Version
VU 022 Tanya Louise vs. Joe Smooth Tanya Louise vs. Joe Smooth - I Made It Over(12") V.O.T.U. Records (Voice Of The Underground Records) VU 022 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
upus 008 Joe Smooth Save The Children E.P. (EP) Upbeat Records USA upus 008 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
NPT 16 Joe Smooth Disco Acid Vol. 3(12") Nepenta NPT 16 UK 1999 Sell This Version
USDP001 Ultrasonus (2) V Joe Smooth Ultrasonus (2) V Joe Smooth - Wonderland / Promised Land United States Of Dance USDP001 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CTX 492 Joe Smooth Disco Acid 4 Trax Records CTX 492 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 505 Joe Smooth Alternative 3 (Single) Trax Records CTX 505 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 500 Joe Smooth Disco Acid Vol. V(12") Trax Records CTX 500 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Skreatch Vs. Joe Smooth Skreatch Vs. Joe Smooth - Promised Milkshake (Single, Maxi) Airplay Records none France 2007 Sell This Version