The singer songwriter
has released 3 solo albums, a few singles and a 10”
“You’re In The Groove, Jackson” was recorded
through the mid to late ‘90s and was released in the
UK by Big Life Records. The critics
loved it and the first single, “The Man Who
Invented Jazz” received so much radio play
that many people thought it was a hit. (Click
here to read the reviews.)
Unfortunately, the company distributing Big Life’s records,
Rough Trade, went bankrupt the week
the CD and LP were released. This meant it never reached
the shops although there was a demand; instead thousands
of copies were sitting in sealed warehouses.
A second single, “No Smoke Without Fire”,
was released when Big Life’s distribution problems had
been ironed out, but by then the CD was last year’s
Many artists complain that their record company does
not do enough to promote their records; this wasn’t
the case with Big Life. At no time was Bobby disappointed
with the promo: a video that was played many times;
many TV shows; a tour; loads of radio play; etc. The
only problem was distribution.
Bobby carried on writing and recording and in 1999
he was signed by the Texan label, Vireo Records. They
released a CD of the new recordings, along with some
of the tracks from “You’re In The Groove Jackson”,
under the title “You’re Telling Me”
here to read a review).To promote this CD Bobby
played at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin,
Tx. and did short tours of both Texas and California.
Again, the reviews and radio-play were glowing and significant,
but Vireo did not have nationwide distribution so nearly
all the sales occurred in Texas and California . (Click
here to see the promotional poster.)
Another mix of tracks, plus a number of new ones, was
released in 2004 for the Japanese market under the title
“This Is Murder” on EM Records.
This time, with proper distribution, it did well. (See
Bobby’s sleeve notes for the Japanese CD)
In Japan, as a promotional tool, EM Records also released
a 4 track 10” vinyl EP entitled “Sweet Temptation”.
This is packaged as if a 1930’s 78 rpm shellac disc
with a hole in the middle of the decorative cardboard
cover so the name on the label can be read. The label
in the centre even states that the record was “Electronically
Recorded” – the artwork is to die for. Click
here to see it.
Bobby has a 4th album due for release in July 2011
under the title
“Pat-a-Cake, Pat a-Cake”. Read
about it here.
Bobby is currently writing and recording a 5th album
of new songs with a working title of “6ft 3in”.
here to see a selection of quotes written in various
music press about Bobby Valentino.
Bobby Valentino Album and Single
(Click images to enlarge)
In The Groove Jackson
Smoke Without Fire - UK Single
Temptation - 4 Track 10" Vinyl EP
Man Who Invented Jazz