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Black Ivory is the name of an R'n'B group from Harlem, which had a number of hits in the 1970s, including "Don't Turn Around," "You And I", "I'll Find A Way (The Loneliest Man In Town)", "Spinning Around", "What Goes Around (Comes Around)" and "Will We Ever Come Together" and "Mainline". The group featured songwriter and prolific disco producer Leroy Burgess, Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson. They were managed by Patrick Adams, an executive at the Today/Perception record company.

Two CD's have been released containing his work with Black Ivory, one of the first album and the second, consiting of their first two albums. Both include the songs "Don't Turn Around," and "You And I". The group has since replaced Burgess, though Bascombe does most of the leads, and appears on the live DVD The Big Show. Their story is told in Marc Taylor's excellent book: A Touch of Classic Soul: Soul Singers of the Late '70's, Aloiv Publishing 2001.

In recent years, some of Black Ivory's work has been sampled by a number of artists. In 2005, Omarion sampled "Don't Turn Around" on the remx of his song "I'm Gonna Try (Pt. 2)" and Keze & 9th Wonder sampled "Love Won't You Stay' from Black Ivory's Feel It LP on the track "For The Record." on their CD "Spirit of '94." In addition, Brother Ali sampled "It's Time To Say Goodbye" on his track "Love On Display" on the 2004 Rhymesayers Entertainment album Champion EP. Early in their career, Black Ivory's songs were covered by other artists on Today/Perception Records, which was a common practice with the company. Label-mates J.J. Barnes, The Eight Minutes, Debbie Taylor and Lucky Peterson all covered Black Ivory tunes and poet Wanda Robinson on her album named after the group used the instrumental track of "Don't Turn Around" as the background for her poem "The Final Hour" and "I Keep Asking You Questions" for her poem "Instant Replay."


  • "Don't Turn Around" (single) (1970)
  • "You And I" (single)
  • "I'll Find a Way (The Loneliest Man In Town)(single)
  • "Time Is Love" (single)
  • "Spinning Around" (single)
  • "Just Leave Me Some" (single)
  • "What Goes Around (Comes Around) (Kwanza), (single)' (1974)
  • "Will We Ever Come Together" (Buddah) (single)
  • "Feel It"
  • "Daily News"
  • "You Mean Everything To me"
  • "Mainline"
  • "You Turn My Whole World Around"


  • "Don't Turn Around" (1970)
  • "Baby Won't You Change your Mind'
  • "Feel It"
  • "Black Ivory"
  • "Hangin' Heavy'
  • "Then And Now"
  • "Mainline"
  • "Don't Turn Around" Compilation (first two LP's)

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