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Throwback: Philip Bailey-Children Of The Ghetto

 Philip Bailey’s 1984 Chinese Wall was his third solo album after years of being Earth, Wind & Fire’s shining falsetto. Bailey had already delivered the stunning debut album Continuation and ascended the Christian for his first gospel record The Wonders Of His Love. Chinese Wall had the benefit of his “Easy Lover” duet with Phil Collins who also produced the album. “Children Of The Ghetto” was penned in 1976 by the Black British pop group The Real Thing. Bailey’s version introduced the song to Americans less than a decade later. Spike Lee made Bailey’s cover popular in the ’90s when it was used for the Clockers soundtrack. Mary J. Blige has performed “Children Of The Ghetto” on tour and U.K. saxophonist Courtney Pine recorded it for his Journey To The Urge Within album. Chinese Wall achieved Gold status and is often cited by fans as their favorite of his solo output. Bailey released his 11th solo album Soul On Jazz in 2002. The singer tours regularly with Earth, Wind & Fire and released the book, Shining Star: Braving The Elements Of Earth, Wind & Fire in 2014. 

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