Colonel Abrams

Real Name:
Donald Abrams
Profile:
American house music singer/songwriter, producer, and artist.

Born: 25 May 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Died: 24 November 2016 in New York City, New York, USA (aged 67).

Raised in New York, Abrams was one of the first artists to bring house music into the mainstream notably with the Music Is The Answer in 1984. This began a string of dance hits that capitalised on the electronic sounds that were popular in the mid-1980s. He continued to chart on the Dance and R&B charts into the mid-1990s and released music sporadically through the early part of the 2000s. He formed his own short-lived label Colonel Records in 1996.

In 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Colonel Abrams among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in Universal Music Group's 2008 back catalog fire.
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Albums

MCA-5682 Colonel Abrams — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams (Album) MCA Records MCA-5682 Nigeria 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-42029 You And Me Equals Us — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams You And Me Equals Us (Album) MCA Records MCA-42029 US 1987 Sell This Version
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SBAB 75232-1 About Romance — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams About Romance (Album) Scotti Bros. Records SBAB 75232-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
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USACD 702 Make A Difference — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Make A Difference(CD, Album) Music USA USACD 702 US 1996 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SWRL 1123 Leave The Message Behind The Door — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Leave The Message Behind The Door (Single) Streetwise SWRL 1123 US 1984 Sell This Version
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SWRL 2235 Music Is The Answer — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Music Is The Answer (Single, Maxi) Streetwise SWRL 2235 US 1984 Sell This Version
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SWRL 72235 Leave The Message Behind The Door / You Are The One — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams / Beau Williams Colonel Abrams / Beau Williams - Leave The Message Behind The Door / You Are The One(7") Streetwise SWRL 72235 US 1984 Sell This Version
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258 810-7 The Truth — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams The Truth (Single, Maxi) MCA Records 258 810-7 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-23568 Trapped — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Trapped (Single, Maxi) MCA Records MCA-23568 US 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-24043 I'm Not Gonna Let / You Can Do It — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams / One Way Colonel Abrams / One Way - I'm Not Gonna Let / You Can Do It MCA Records MCA-24043 US 1986 Sell This Version
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MCA-52927 Speculation — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Speculation (Single) MCA Records MCA-52927 US 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-52773 I'm Not Gonna Let You — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams I'm Not Gonna Let You (Single) MCA Records MCA-52773 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-52847 Over And Over (12 Colonel Abrams Over And Over (12" Version) (Single) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA-52847 US 1985 Sell This Version
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MCA-53208 Nameless — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Nameless (Single) MCA Records MCA-53208 US 1987 Sell This Version
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MCAT 1179 How Soon We Forget — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams How Soon We Forget (Single, Maxi) MCA Records MCAT 1179 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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L33-17521 Soon You'll Be Gone — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Soon You'll Be Gone (Single) MCA Records L33-17521 US 1987 Sell This Version
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VR-1252 Bad Timing — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Bad Timing(12") Horus Records VR-1252 US 1990 Sell This Version
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SPEC-1538 Imagination / I'm Gonna Let You — Colonel Abrams Belouis Some / Colonel Abrams Belouis Some / Colonel Abrams - Imagination / I'm Gonna Let You Unidisc SPEC-1538 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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URBX 89 DJ You Don't Know (Somebody Tell Me) — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams You Don't Know (Somebody Tell Me) (Single, Maxi) Urban (2), Urban (2), Acid Jazz, Acid Jazz, Polydor, Polydor, Scotti Bros. Records, Scotti Bros. Records URBX 89 DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
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SPEC-1542 Trapped / Leave The Message Behind The Door — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Trapped / Leave The Message Behind The Door(12") Unidisc SPEC-1542 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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SPEC-1616 Crash Goes Love / Music Is The Answer — Colonel Abrams Loleatta Holloway / Colonel Abrams Loleatta Holloway / Colonel Abrams - Crash Goes Love / Music Is The Answer(12") Unidisc SPEC-1616 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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SBAB 75345-1 Never Be Another One — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams Never Be Another One Scotti Bros. Records, Acid Jazz SBAB 75345-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
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SBDJ 75323 2 When Somebody Loves Somebody — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams When Somebody Loves Somebody (Single) Scotti Bros. Records, Acid Jazz SBDJ 75323 2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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MIC 302 I'm Caught Up — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams I'm Caught Up (Maxi) Micmac Records, Inc. MIC 302 US 1993 Sell This Version
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SC1893 As Quiet As It's Kept — Colonel Abrams Colonel Abrams As Quiet As It's Kept Soul Creation SC1893 US 1993 Sell This Version

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Ricoh

Ricoh

March 8, 2017
This is such sad news. A true pioneer of house music, from his early raw tracks to Trapped and latterly with Omar S. The Colonel will be missed.
keepitvinyl

keepitvinyl

November 27, 2016
By some accounts he was homeless last year, and had ongoing health problems sad times. R.I.P.

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