Throwback: Junior-Mama Used To Say
Norman Giscombe aka Junior is a native of London and before the success of “Mama Used To Say” in 1982 he was a back-up singer with Linx. “Too Late” was the follow-up song that also became a staple of R&B radio around the world. These hit songs made him one of the first British R&B artists to have success in the United States. A second album Inside Looking Out had the singles “Communication Breakdown” and “Baby I Want You Back.” A collaboration with Arif Mardin for his third release Acquired Taste delivered “Somebody,” “Oh Louise,” “Look What You Done For Me” and “Tonight.” He had minor success with the songs “Unison” that appeared on the soundtrack for “About Last Night” and “Do You Really (“Want My Love”) from the movie “Beverly Hills Cop” in 1986 and 1987. “Another Step (Closer To You)” a duet with Kim Wilde in 1987 became his biggest song in the Europe. Sophisticated Street was his last album under the deal he signed with major label Phonogram.In 1990 his first album for MCA Stand Strong came out. The project was did well critically but commercially it did not sell as well as expected so the company re-released six of the songs with new material on ’92’s Renewal. During this same year he released his version of “Then Came You” made popular by The Spinners and Dionne Warwick. In 1997 he offered the project Honesty on his own label in Japan. Oceans was another independent release and his most recent album that came out in 2006. These days Junior can be heard DJing music on Solarradio.com.