Step By Step
Through hard work and dedication, Johnnie, Dewitt, Jerome, these three brothers and other friends became the hottest band in the Midwest, "The Exclusive 'Step By Step' Band". The group began performing professionally in and around Milwaukee and Chicago in 1969; later that year, the siblings took their polished song-and-dance act to New York's famed Brunswick Records, the home of Jackie Wilsom, The Chilites, Bohannon, Tyrone Davis, Shalamar, Eugene Records, Decca Records, Chess Records and many more that started record labels worldwide. Any way 'The Step By Step Band', turned the place out, winning over Nat Tarnopol and a label contract with Brunswick Records.
Names of band members:
Johnnie Gee & Step By Step
The Chilites - Jackie Wilson - Ray, Goodman & Brown
Johnnie Gee story is the stuff of which legends are made. It is a saga that began in America's heartland at age 13 in Milwaukee Wisconsin, where Johnnie Gee was born on September 29th, 1959 to Elgie and D.W Gee, into a family of seven brothers and sisters. When Mama Gee, herself a blues lover, noticed her sons' growing interest in music and performing, she devoted herself to the careful development of their nascent talents. Through hard work and dedication, Johnnie, Dewitt, Jerome, these three brothers and other friends became the hottest band in the Midwest, "The Exclusive 'Step By Step' Band". The group began performing professionally in and around Milwaukee and Chicago in 1969; later that year, the siblings took their polished song-and-dance act to New York's famed Brunswick Records, the home of Jackie Wilsom, The Chilites, Bohannon, Tyrone Davis, Shalamar, Eugene Records, Decca Records, Chess Records and many more that started record labels worldwide. Any way 'The Step By Step Band', turned the place out, winning over Nat Tarnopol and a label contract with Brunswick Records. The staff reaction was welcoming , the founder of the New York-based Brunswick Records, Nat Tarnopol, then the most successful rhythm and blues label around. Captivated by what they saw and heard, Nat signed the group immediately. Thus began one of the most successful runs by a recording group in soul, pop, rhythm and blues music history out of the Midwest. You can go to Brunswick Records web site and read the history of Brunswick and see or original LP listed on page 5 (At the bottom). Johnnie Gee is currently back on the scene with his new 'EP' "One More Time", recorded May 2005 and distributed/released in September 2005, if you like retro soul, pop or rhythm and blues, music with a professional sound from a recording artist that still has original product selling, thousands in Japan, China , Australia, US , The Netherlands and many more cities and countries around the world. Purchase Johnnie Gee's CD and Ringtones online, simply type 'johnniegee' into any search engine and you will get results on how to find his music. The original Album that started Johnnie Gee's career has just been re-issued by several large distribution companies such as JVC, Victor Ent, BMG and other major distributors. This shows that Johnnie Gee has marketed and promoted his career for 30 plus years and still has a strong presence among his fans. Last year 2005, Johnnie Gee toured with Virgin Records artist 'Brook Valentine's' Dad "Hollywood Hawkman", thru out Texas, and did a lot of media and radio coverage with Deja (Hawkman's Son), from 'Subliminal' Records. Johnnie has kept up with all the trends of music, in fact Johnnie Gee owns Sidetraxx Records who has recorded several big names such as; Bizzy Bone, Jr. Mafia (Nortorus B.I.G clique), Mopreme Shakaur, Gansta Nip, Willie Morrison of (The Platters), Ghetto Boys, Double R and many more. Johnnie also went to Conservitory Of Music (Milwaukee), Madison Mdeia School for recording mastering music in 1999. and and hosted several siminars, and if you listen to his music you see how professional he is, as well as his music he records. Johnnie Gee has his own 'one stop shop', in Milwaukee for musicans. He offers professional CD duplication, packaging/Shrink Wrap, Graphic Design, Web Sites, Song Licensing, Trade Marks, Copyrights and many other legal services for the new school artist. When Johnnie Gee's not touring he works strongly with other artist, prepairing them professionally for the music industry, promoting, marketing, and consulting deals with the majors. All songs from the 'EP' "One More Time" were written, composed, arranged and recorded By; Johnnie Gee/Sidetraxx Records, his record Label. At age 13, Johnnie Gee earned his own living as a entertainer (Lead Vocalist), after 30 plus years Brunswick Records Paul Tarnopol, Nat Tarnopol's son, took over the company an re-issued the original LP "I Always Wanted To Be In The Band", and JVC, BMG and other companies Licensed the product to be sold in Japan, USA, Belgum, and 3 other major countries. Im sure by now your felling the history of this artist, in his home town Milwaukee, WI he's better know as the Father of music and the trackmaster to all of Hip Hop and Rap artist. If your feeling Johnnie Gee and want to 'Throw Back' your music 'One More Time' visit him online and get his EP release "One More Time", it's one of the hottest sounds of "Ole School" and "New School" flava. Purchase Johnnie Gee CD and Products here@ www.cafepress.com/ sidetrax xdist
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