Sweet Magic (Plus 7)
Lee McDonald (aka: CLEVELAND PAKKER) has recorded soul music & GOSPEL for the last 35 years. This CD features some of his older material plus 7 new recordings. Most of the material has been re-mixed by PRODUCER and ARRANGER Ron Foster, long-time friend and musician who has made every effort to fit some of the latest music of this CD to Lee's style of singing. Record collectors from all over the world are searching for material on this artist. Soul & Gospel Artist Lee McDonald was born in Norfolk Virginia in 1945. His birth-name Cleveland Parker was later changed to Lee McDonald. He later resumed using his birth-name and goes Under that name presently. He started singing at the age of 13 in his church choir, school Talent shows and on street corners. He attended the 'BOOKER T. WASHINGTON' public school In Norfolk. Always admiring singers such as Smokey Robinson, Four Tops, But his main influence was Cuba Gooding, lead singer of the R&B group 'MAIN INGREDIENT'. Lee went to NEW YORK in 1969 and sang in NIGHTCLUBS and HOTELS. He also sang with many local bands. Recording a DEMO with group called 'AUGUST HEAT' was When he met Ron Foster who would eventually produce, write and arrange his first professional recording. This recording was a'45' 2-sided vinyl record and was called 'LITTLE THINGS 'backed by song 'MEMORIES'. His last recording with Ron Foster was a seven song 12' vinyl LP which was released in 1981 on DEBBIE RECORDS (located in PATERSON, NEW JERSEY U.S.A.)Owned and operated by Ron Foster along with Samuel Robinson. All songs are published by TRACE BACK publishing also under The umbrella of DEBBIE RECORDS with the exception of two Cover songs, 'WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN' & 'I'LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU'. Other titles on LP are 'SWEET MAGIC' (vocal & title of ALBUM), 'SLOW DOWN', 'GOTTA GET HOME', 'SHOW ME', 'LET'S PLAY LUCK', and instrumental version of 'SWEET MAGIC'. One 45 was released from the LP with titles 'SHOW ME' and extended version of 'GOTTA GET HOME' on DEBBIE RECORDS. In addition to this LP Lee also recorded two other songs by Songwriter Ronn Colbert and these songs were released on 'SILK CITY SOUND RECORDS' sister label of DEBBIE RECORDS.'I STILL BELIEVE IN LOVE' and 'YOU'RE THE CENTER OF MY LIFE'. Lee McDonald met up with Ron Foster again in year 2003 and worked on another CD of GOSPEL titles mostly written by Ron Foster and produced on his own label entitled 'RONFO' MUSIC & ART. With the renewed interest in his 'SWEET MAGIC' LP Lee had plans to tour behind this recording Especially in the U.K. where it has become extremely popular with soul collectors and dance Fans alike. CLEVELAND'S POWERFUL VOCALS come through loud and clear on all of these renditions. He has not lost anything! And his voice sounds even stronger today than it did back in the 70s. We are still looking to HEAR GREAT THINGS FROM LEE MCDONALD in the near future....