I recently visited my sister, who had done some searching, and had come across a single from my Dad’s old funk band Symbol 8 called “I Thought You Wanted To Dance”.
In the song, my dad sings belts out a pretty smooth second verse and throws in some adlibs throughout the song—smooth as the Motown sound. FYI, Symbol 8 was featured on American Band Stand in the late 70’s while signed to a label called Janus Records. Unfortunately, the label fizzled and the group was forced to disband. Big ups to Charlie Adams on this one though!
My dad was the lead vocalist for the band and played several instruments, including his most notable instrument, the sax. When my sister played the track, I could hardly recognize the soulful voice singing at the beginning of the second verse. It sounded like something straight off of a “Best of the 70’s” album.
It’s bittersweet to think that things didn’t turn out big for the group the way my dad had originally planned but then again I would have never been here (as in never been born).
Symbol 8 – I Thought You Wanted To Dance
Update: The music has been remastered as a 12″ rerelease!