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The Imperial Wonders

In the year 1981 Alphonso Boyd AKA Al Boyd signed with Motown's publishing company Jobete Music. This gave Al an opportunity to learn the publishing business. It also gave him a chance to work in Jobete's studio in the Motown Building on Sunset Boulevard and Hitsville Recording Studios in West Hollywood. He got to be a member of Pen House, a elite team of writers which had members such as Curtis Nolan (producer of DeBarge and Rockwell), Kennedy Gordy AKA Rockwell ("Somebody's Watching Me") which Al wrote the line "I bolt the door real tight", Bennie Medina (creator of "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"), Howie Rice (Theme from" Beverly Hills Cop"), Ray Crossley (Nolan and Crossley), Steve Barry, Eddie Lambert, Shock and Segal, and Kerry Ashby Gordy ("Blow The House Down" , the upcoming "Berry Gordy Story" and the upcoming new remake of "The Last Dragon"). This CD is a collection of songs produced and recorded by Al Boyd during his Motown years when he was in the presence and company of such musical giants as Berry Gordy (founder of Motown Records), the late Norman Whitfield (writer and producer of The Temptations), the late Hal Davis (member of "The Corporation" songwriting team for The Jackson 5) the late Willie Hutch (The Theme From "The Mack" and The Last Dragon's "The Glow"), Lionel Ritchie, Jeffrey Bowen, Rick James and Angelo Bond ("Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston). Angelo's name appears on two anthology CDs by The Temptations instead of Al Boyd's on the song "Shakey Ground". One Cd is titled The Temptations "Emperors Of Soul" and the other is Cd is The Temptations compilation titled "My Girl"*). The error is on "Shakey Ground", not the song "My Girl" written by Smokey Robinson, which is also on the CD. The Singers on this CD consist of Al Boyd,Russell Watts, Ronnie Merriman Doyle and Charles Hughes. All four members of this Imperial Wonders line up are from Ohio, even though they came together in Los Angeles. Ronnie is from Springfield, Ohio and Charles, like Russell and Al is from Cleveland, Ohio. Ronnie answered a classified ad to audition for the group and Charles first met Al and Russell in Cleveland, when he sang with Russell's now deceased brother Thurston Watts. Charles came by Al's apartment in Hollywood in 1983 and auditioned to sing demos with Al for Motown's publishing company Jobete Music. During this period of time, this incarnation of The Imperial Wonders also recorded at Hitsville Recording Studios on Poinsetta Avenue in West Hollywood. Al was in the Background party crowd on "Blow The House Down" by the late Junior Walker with the famous Waters family (Background vocalists on hundreds of hit records), which he co-wrote with Kerry Ashby Gordy. It was produced by Kerry Ashby Gordy and Benny Medina. The now famous actress Lela Roshon was the model on the LP cover with Junior Walker. The whole group sang background for the group Kagny's single on Motown Records "Sun Down On Sunset", which featured Sherrick and Rick James on lead vocals. They also recorded a song called "Baseball". This songwas written by Bery Gordy's son Kennedy Williams Gordy AKA Rockwell. All of these songs on this CD were never previously released except "Work Of Art", which Al and Russell did all of the vocals on. This song was released in 1985-1986 on Macola Records under the name Heart's Desire Band on a 12 inch. The "B" side was a remix of the same song edited for Club dancing. Also featured on this CD is a talented female Asian/African American girl named Cynthia Yang. She shares the lead vocal with Al on "Cinderella/Cinderfella". The is also a song on this CD that was recorded in 1975 by The Imperial Wonders on Daywood Records titled "Mean Ol' Miss Treater". The vocalists on this track are Walter Chaney, Al Boyd, Russell Watts and Leon Green. Sit back and enjoy The Imperial Wonders under the influences of Funk and Pop, which dominated the R&B charts in the 1980's.