THROWBACK THURSDAY #1: Lyn Christopher (@LynChristopher)

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.

For our first TBT we feature Lyn Cristopher – Take Me With You

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Lyn Christopher was only 24 years old when she penned her first recording contract with Paramount Records, a division of Paramount Pictures, on September 27th of 1972. Her self-titled album consisted of eleven tracks recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York, NY with some of the best studio musicians in the country at the time. A couple of neighborhood musicians, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, later to become half of KISS, lent their vocal stylings on the tracks “Wedding” and “Celebrate II,” drummer, Peter Criss, another soon to be KISS member, lent a hand furnishing hand claps. Lyn’s sweetly sultry vocal highlighted an album that captured the mood of early 70’s pop optimism. Production of the album was in the hands of names like Ron Johnsen, Dave Palmer and Eddie Kramer (credited on albums by the likes of Dion, Carly Simon, and Jimi Hendrix respectively), so it was predicted to be a success.

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The album made it to radio and Lyn’s innocent, girl-next-door persona played well on popular talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show (see the video page on this site). The record was even picked up overseas by EMI and the future looked very optimistic. Lyn Christopher was on a rocket-ride to stardom while parading with rising stars Elton John, Kim Carnes and Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Unfortunately, her debut found itself out of print after ABC’s purchase of Paramount Records within a year of the album’s original release. A second and third album would be recorded, but, unfortunately, never released.

With the exception of an independent track she recorded with another rising star, Billy Squier, Lyn Christopher had to resort to a career off stage and out of the recording studio. She worked mostly for record label promotion departments where she was known as “Mom” – a term she coined in order to facilitate the process of motivating radio programmers to take her call! But by 1992, Lyn Christopher was dealt with another blow in the form of breast cancer.

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From 1992 to 1995, Lyn was forced to relocate from her home in Fort Montgomery, NY to her mother’s two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn to undergo chemotherapy, radiation, and tamoxifen treatments. She survived by working odd jobs between medical appointments. However, in the process of fighting cancer, Lyn lost not only her home and all her valuables, but also the master recordings to her debut album. After years of bouts with breast cancer, Lyn Christopher, now in remission but presumed dead by most of the music industry, relocated to Suffern, NY. There, she worked at various medical facilities until she fell victim to a failing economy and found herself unemployed for the first time in her life. By 2008, with the world she knew all but a crumbled memory now, Lyn discovered rap stars, LL Cool J and 50 Cent, had recorded a single entitled “Feel My Heartbeat” bearing a sample of  “Take Me With You,” a track from her debut album.

Soon, “Take Me With You” could beheard sampled by urban artists like Smut Peddlers and Willie the Kid. By 2013, the track had been sampled yet again by Mobb Deep’s Havoc on his track, “Favorite Rap Stars,” featuring Raekwon and Styles P. Now, in light of the album’s 40th anniversary, and its new found popularity, as well as KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their very own 40th anniversary, Universal has agreed to a digital release of the Lyn Christopher album once again after its 40 year out-of-print status.

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