Norma Jean Bell

Norma Jean Bell

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Norma Jean Bell
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Norma Jean Bell is the name and driving force behind the mysterious and sought after Detroit based Pandamonium label. A long term player on the US house scene, Norma has built a reputation throughout the music industry as a Detroit legend and is ranked firmly alongside revered producers such as Carl Craig, Mike Banks, Moodymann, Theo Parrish et al. Having worked very closely with long time friend Kenny Dixon Jnr, Norma is one of a number of women finally bursting out of the 'house diva' box and coming into their own as respected producers. A saxophonist, singer and producer, Norma Jean Bell was once a member of Frank Zappa's touring band, but in the '90s reincarnated herself in the dance world. Bell's breakthrough solo LP 'Come Into My Room' was released in 2001 garnering kudos for its simmering house and Bell's own fluent saxophone work. She also showed the breadth of her experience, with nods to jazz legend John Coltrane, funk, disco and pop.
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Norma Jean Bell Discography

Albums

Norma Jean Bell Come Into My Room (Album) Peacefrog Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
CD 1 Norma Jean Bell Love Me In The Rain(CDr, Album) Pandamonium CD 1 US 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kenny Dixon Jr. Feat. Norma Jeane Bell* Kenny Dixon Jr. Feat. Norma Jeane Bell* - Moodymann EP (EP) Grassroots Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell Nobody Is Gonna Love You... (Like I Do!) Pandamonium US 1996 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell I'm The Baddest Bitch (In The Room) (Maxi) Pandamonium France 1996 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell I Like The Things You Do For Me Balance Prescription US 1996 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell Love Me In The Rain Pandamonium US 1997 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell One Of Those Nights (Late Night Mix) Pandamonium US 1998 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell I'm The Only Queen Pandamonium US 1998 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell Dreams / Love's Got It's Hooks In Me Pandamonium US 1998 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell Do You Want To Party? Pandamonium US 1999 Sell This Version
PR 13 / PR 14 Norma Jean Bell Friday Nite (Remixes)(12") Pandamonium PR 13 / PR 14 US 1999 Sell This Version
PFG014 Norma Jean Bell Dreams / Mystery(12") Peacefrog Records PFG014 UK 2001 Sell This Version
PR 20 Norma Jean Bell Come Into My Room(12") Pandamonium PR 20 US 2001 Sell This Version
PR 21 Norma Jean Bell London Fog(12") Pandamonium PR 21 US 2001 Sell This Version
PR 22 Norma Jean Bell 4 AM(12") Pandamonium PR 22 US 2002 Sell This Version
PR 24 Norma Jean Bell Fun Comin On(12") Pandamonium PR 24 US 2003 Sell This Version
PR 25 Norma Jean Bell You're Beautiful(12", S/Sided, W/Lbl) Pandamonium PR 25 US 2003 Sell This Version
Norma Jean Bell / Funky Chocolate Norma Jean Bell / Funky Chocolate - Classic Series Vol. 1 Funky Chocolate France 2004 Sell This Version

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greggcatanzaro

greggcatanzaro

April 8, 2009
Norma Jean Bell played on a 1976 Gold selling album, "Tommy Bolin Private Eyes". She is credited for saxophone, vocals and percussion. Norma was in the band from April 1976 to the final show on December 3rd, 1976. Bolin would succumb the following morning due to a heroin overdose. (How sad!) What a loss, definitely the most original guitar player of all time.

Other musicians in the Tommy Bolin band:

Reggie McBride
then Jimmy Haslip (Bass)
Narada Michael Walden
then Bobby Berge
then Johnnie Bolin
and last Tony Smith (drums)
Mark Stein
Max Carl (keyboard)
Norma Bell (sax - percussion-back up vocals)
Tommy Bolin (guitar - lead vocals-echoplex)

When i went through the list of Norma's disographies, it did not mention Private Eyes on Columbia Records, you can also see pictures of Norma on all of Tommy Bolin's websites.

As a "Bolin archivist these statements are true."

Gregg C

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