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Bobby Caldwell's debut album did not reveal his identity.
Bobby Caldwell's debut album did not reveal his identity.
Original Cover: TK Records

Record Album by Bobby Caldwell: Bobby Caldwell (1978)


Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

When the debut album Bobby Caldwell was released late in 1978, many music fans didn’t know Bobby Caldwell was white. Perhaps that’s what TK Records intended.

TK was famous for disco hits flavored with Miami-styled R&B. To ensure listeners focused on his music, Caldwell was illustrated on the album cover in silhouette. “What You Won’t Do For Love” became an R&B and jazz classic before most fans ever saw him.

Caldwell composed all the album’s tracks. He thought its biggest hit would be “My Flame.” But serious music lovers will also appreciate “Down For The Third Time,” “Can’t Say Goodbye,” “Take Me Back to Then,” and the instrumental tune “Kalimba Song.”

The album was renamed What You Won’t Do For Love. Its title track inspired many covers and still gets played completely on radio channels, despite its long instrumental refrain. Caldwell is unfairly categorized in Blue-eyed Soul, although he is a leading session artist in many genres. His duet with Vanessa L. Williams on a cover version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a seasonal classic.

This album is available in vinyl, CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

TK prominently displayed images of hit makers like George McCrae, Betty Wright, and Foxy on their album covers. But albums by white bandleaders Harry Casey and Richard Finch (KC & The Sunshine Band) usually showed only their logo.