Roy Charles Hammond born August 3,better known as Roy C or Roy "C"is an American southern soul singersongwriter and record executive, best known for his hit"Shotgun Wedding". Another song, " Impeach the President ", which he recorded and produced with a high school group, the Honey Drippers, has had one of the most sampled drum tracks in hip hop music.
Roy Hammond was born in Newington, Georgia. He began singing tenor with The Genies, a vocal group in Long BeachLong Islandwho were later offered a recording contract by record producer Bob Shad.
Their first single"Who's That Knockin'", reached number 72 on the Billboard Hot chart in with Claude Johnson—later of the duo Don and Juan —on lead vocal. The group then moved to Atlantic Recordswith Hammond taking over as The Valparaiso University Chorale - Traditions: Hymns, Motets, And Folk Songs singer, but their recordings were not released, and he was drafted into the Air Force.
When he returned to New York City inHammond organised a studio session Roy C* - Shotgun Wedding record his own song, "Shotgun Wedding", and released it under the name Roy Hammond on his own Hammond labelbefore leasing it to the larger Black Hawk Records under the name Roy C. After some unsuccessful follow-ups on Who Am I?
- Necrosadik - Seven Razors And Four Hundred Wounds (Box Set) Shout label, Hammond started another new label, Alaga. Working with guitarist J. He also released an album, Sex and Souland several more minor hit singles. He stayed with Mercury for several years, until label bosses took exception to his outspoken political stance in songs, including "Great Great Grandson of a Slave" from his album More Sex and More Soul.
Reviewing Roy C* - Shotgun Wedding and Soul in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the SeventiesRobert Christgau wrote, "Roy Hammond is a driven artist—he cut this in his garage—and his compulsiveness comes out in the lyrics; despite convincing asides about racism and Vietnamhis title ought to be Infidelity and Suffering. The songs are raw and outspoken, and the suffering's in the voice even more than the words—he strains its paradoxically mellow limits sometimes, so seekers after the Perfect Note should seek elsewhere.
But old Swamp Dogg fans will put aside their feminist reservations and learn how the other half lives. InHammond discovered a group of African-American high school students from Jamaica High School in Jamaica, Queensnamed the Honey Drippers not to be confused with Robert Plant's project of the same nameand decided to record some songs with Phobonoid - Phobonoid, which he released on his Alaga label.
Most notable among the songs they recorded was " Impeach the President ", a song advocating for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon due to the ongoing Watergate scandal and resulting impeachment process against Richard Nixon.
By this time Ronny Jordan was using the sample on his first two albums. In a interview he stated that he has never received royalties from the sampling, and that he was still trying to do so. BMI removed several songs from his publishing catalog based on fraudulent contracts presented Fuchs, and as a result Hammond has received no royalties from them. Hammond has occasionally been credited as a co-writer due to the sample, including on the hit Mary J. Blige song " Real Love ", which samples the drum track from " Top Billin' " by Audio Twowhich in Roy C* - Shotgun Wedding uses a modified form Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Duke Ellingtons Far East Suite the drum intro from "Impeach the President".
Since he has continued to release a string of soul singles and albums, on his own Three Gems record labelinitially based in New York and later in AllendaleSouth Carolina. Hammond wrote most of Roy C* - Shotgun Wedding songs that appear on his over records.
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