On this day in music history: June 5, 1976 - “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #20 on the Hot 100 on August 21, 1976. Written and produced by Dave Crawford, it is the biggest hit for the Alabama born and raised R&B vocalist. Considered one of the quintessential Southern Soul artists, singer Candi Staton records her most successful record not in her native south, but in Southern California. Paired with producer Dave Crawford, best known for his work with The Mighty Clouds Of Joy and B.B. King, they cut the track for “Young Hearts Run Free” at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA. The single features musicians such as Ray Parker, Jr. and Jay Graydon on guitars, Ollie Brown on drums, Scott Edwards (Stuff) on bass, Funk Brothers percussionist Jack Ashford, Sylvester Rivers, Sonny Burke and Michael Boddicker on keyboards, and also features Rochelle Runnells of Stargard and Deniece Williams on background vocals. Regarded as a seminal R&B/Disco classic, “Young Hearts Run Free” has been covered numerous times over the years, most notably by Kym Mazelle on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s film “Romeo + Juliet” and by Gloria Estefan for the “Desperate Housewifes” TV series.
Toronto’s Raffa Weyman has taken our breaths away many a time with her beautifully smoky, classy captivating voice and her soulful sailing, dreamy gliding pop as RALPH. So it’s no massive surprise that her cover of Candi Station’s 70′s hit Young Hearts Run Free is dreamy grooving, glitzy twirling bliss. Chill disco and jazzy pop align on the sultry sweltering, elegant carousing rendition, which can be found on iTunes, here. Some exultant spins around the room is a must to RALPH’s Young Hearts Run Free. You can re-visit her self titled EP on Soundcloud, here.