Arthur Baker

Genres: Comedy Movies Dance Urban
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


22 April 1955, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Baker began in music as a club DJ in Boston, Massachusetts, playing soul and R&B for the clubbers. He moved into production for Emergency Records shortly thereafter, including work on Northend and Michelle Wallace’s ‘Happy Days’ (his first record, only released in Canada, was Hearts Of Stone’s ‘Losing You’). This preceded a move to New York where he became intrigued by the rap scene of 1979. He entered the studios once more, this time in tandem with Joe Bataan, to record a pseudo rap record, ‘Rap-O-Clap-O’, but the projected record company, London, went under before its release. The proceeds of the session did emerge later, although Baker went uncredited, after he returned to Boston. His next project was ‘Can You Guess What Groove This Is?’ by Glory, a medley that hoped to find a novelty market. From there, back in New York, he joined Tom Silverman’s Tommy Boy...

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