Mike James Kirkland – Hang On In There, Luv n´ Haight

“Well, here it is, dig it, then decide for yourself. This is truth to me, because it’s what I feel is real. Hey, I’m by no means trying to shrink heads. I just want to let you know where my head’s at. Check it out; for those of you that can get to the message, I say, LOVE, and to those of you who can’t, I say, ‘HANG ON IN THERE’.”

– Mike James Kirkland (taken from original back cover to “Hang On In There”)

As the 1960s were drawing to a close Mike James Kirkland was inspired to interject social commentary into his musical output along with a more funky- soul and experimental side to the production. First he released “Together” b/w “The prophet” on Bryan in 1971. And he followed this up with the amazing “Hang on in there” LP in 1972.  The orginal album and all bonus 7″ cuts are included on our re-issue.

“If we were on a bigger label we would have done amazing things,” reminisces Kirkland. “But we did the best we could. I’m amazed that John
Legend has decided to cover the title track of my first album, that’s very cool.”

After the release of Hang on In There and Doin It Right (another Luv N’ Haight re-issue) Kirkland changed his name to Bo Kirkland, apparently to avoid confusion with the newly-turned-solo-artist Michael Jackson. The first single release under his new moniker, “Grandfather Clock reached #80 on theR&B charts in 1975. This was the prelude to him joining forces with Ruth Davis (formerly of the Ikettes) and the release of the classic “You’re gonna get next to me” in 1976.

The title track “Hang On In There” was recently covered by John Legend and The Roots

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