Following on the heels of Syl Johnson’s monster single “Sorry ‘Bout Dat” was a brilliant but overlooked single by John Colley, working under the pseudonym “Stormy.” In September, 1967, the 17-year-old Colley put together a Who’s Who of Chicago musicians to back him for a session at RCA studios, including neighborhood heroes the Chi-Lites and seasoned players Phil Upchurch and Bernard Reed. Colley shopped the songs to Wise World and One-Der-Ful! before they were finally snatched up by Twilight. “I Won’t Stop To Cry” is an above-average ballad that suffers from some off-key vocals, but its B-side, “The Devastator,” is the real gem. Intended as an introduction to Stormy—the man, the myth, the legend—the song is a boastful proto-funk number accented wonderfully by its thoroughbred backing musicians. While the single failed to “devastate,” John Colley hit pay dirt a few months later in co-writing the novelty cash-in hit “Psychedelic Soul” by Saxie Russell for the Thomas label.

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