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Sir Earl Toon

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From the world of Soul, R&B, Funk, Dance, Pop, and yes, Hip Hop, let us introduce to you, Earl Toon, Jr., a.k.a. ‘Sir Earl Toon’ and ‘Poppa Grand.’ His repertoire encompasses Reggae, Alternative Praise, Inspirational, Traditional Gospel Roots, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, and Jazz.

Sir Earl Toon is the son of Lois Rachel Jarmond and the Reverend Earley Eugene Toon, a Soul, R&B, and Gospel recording artist. As Gene Toones, he worked with many music producers and engineers such as Phil Spector, the originator of the Wall of Sound production method. Recording artists Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations counted Gene among their beloved friends.

Sir Earl Toon proudly embraces his heritage as a Brooklyn Bouncing Baby Boy. He always speaks passionately and lovingly about coming from the streets of Brooklyn, New York. From there, he rose to become one of the most prolific songwriters, singers, performers, arrangers, and producers in music history. Starting in the late 70’s, continuing through the‘80’s and ‘90s, to the present day, Sir Earl’s music is applauded daily and is sung, played and performed the world over. In each of these decades, his works have found success. It would be no surprise that in the fall of 2014 that his first solo release,
“The Old Rugged Cross,” was given consideration for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
He recorded and performed with the multi-platinum Funk, Jazz, R&B, Dance and Pop group, Kool & the Gang, which sold over 70 million albums and singles world-wide and has influenced the music of three generations.
The group has earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. In 2014, Kool & the Gang received the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sir Earl Toon was there at the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation, proud as ever for all of his Gang Members. Two days later, he performed with the Gang in Las Vegas for Centric’s Soul Train Award Show, which was recorded and videotaped live at the Orleans Arena in the Orleans Hotel & Casino. Sir Earl co-wrote, co-produced, co-arranged and performed the American treasure and classic song, “Celebration,” as well as the classic hits “Ladies Night,” “Too Hot,” “Get Down On It,” to name just a few.

According to Quincy Jones, “Celebration” is the biggest celebratory song that has ever been written by a composer or songwriter in America, or for that matter, in any other country on the planet!
When you sing “Yahoo!!!, Celebrate Good Times C’mon, We’re Gonna Celebrate Your Party With You, Celebration,” you have just sung a few words and the melody Earl Toon, Jr. introduced to the world in 1980.

After world tours with Kool & the Gang, Sir Earl independently produced, arranged, and wrote music for Atlantic, Arista, Polygram Records, and Warner Bros. Communications. When asked whether he is still a part of the band “Kool & the Gang,” Sir Earl always replies without a doubt, “Once a Gang Member, Always a Gang Member”.

All of Sir Earl’s recordings that received radio airplay charted on Billboard’s Top Forty. The entertainment industry as a whole has presented Sir Earl over 30 awards. These awards include platinum and gold albums, gold and platinum singles, Golden Reel Awards, and the UK’s silver record awards.
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) has presented to Sir Earl “Certificates of Recognition” for his top hits like “Celebration” and “Ladies Night”. These special citations of achievement recognize his “great national popularity as measured by broadcast performances.”
One of the best and most wonderful things that happened early in Sir Earl Toon’s songwriting career was the discovery of his unique musical talents by the late, great Otis Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell wrote many well-known hits for “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Elvis Presley, including “Return to Sender”,
“Don’t Be Cruel”, and “All Shook Up.” Otis Blackwell, who sometimes used the pseudonym John Davenport, wrote many other number one hits such as “Fever” sung by Peggy Lee and Madonna, Jerry Lee Lewis hit “Great Balls of Fire”, and “Handyman,” recorded by Pat Boone and a hit for James Taylor.

As Otis Blackwell’s one and only protégé, Sir Earl sat by Otis’s side as he sculpted, shaped, and molded Sir Earl’s writing skills. Mr. Blackwell told Sir Earl that he was passing on to him the techniques, fundamentals, and nuances of what it takes to craft a song, no matter what the style or genre. In other words, Mr. Blackwell passed on to Sir Earl “grandma’s secret sauce of songwriting.” Mr. Blackwell, an admirer of Tex Ritter and Charley Pride, even taught Sir Earl to produce and write Country Western songs. In fact, one of the first songs they wrote together was a country pop tune. Sir Earl wrote over 70 songs with him. Neither BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, nor other publishing companies have acquired or own the rights to these songs. Sir Earl Toon is the sole owner of these songs, which span genres from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Country & Western and everything in between.
When Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the celebrated composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, wrote a musical tribute to her father, she requested that Sir Earl Toon be one of the lead singers as part of the more than 20 member choir. In front of 10,000 people at St. John The Divine Church in New York City, on a New Year’s Eve, Sir Earl sang lead vocals in memory of this legendary icon.

Sir Earl’s music has found its way onto the soundtracks of over 50 movies and TV shows, search: Earl Toon.
(See IMDb – the Internet movie database for a complete listing. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1264272/
?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 )

Sir Earl continues to be current and active in the entertainment industry. He keeps abreast of musical trends and adapts to demanding challenges as the music industry evolves. Today, he writes, arranges and produces for new talents, developing them by drawing on his amazing wealth of experience which comes from his global relationships and from his professional and personal lifetime journey. Following a destined path, guided by his faith and the grace of God, Sir Earl has created his own production, management, and record company, Y.M.O. Enterprises, LLC.
To create Y.M.O., he contacted an array of premiere artist development teams, sales and marketing executives, and social media and record promotion experts. In keeping with his pursuit of excellence, Sir Earl is signing not only top quality singers, rappers, writers, arrangers and producers who meet his higher standards of excellence, but also those artists who have potential to share in his musical vision.

The legendary musician, composer, writer, producer and singer, Sir Earl Toon, lives by the credo, “No matter what I do or where I am in life, it is my mission to help people celebrate good times, each and every day of their lives."
With his Sir Earl Toon Foundation, he works with many international and national groups which support children.
In North Texas alone, these groups include “Give a Kid a Coat,” “Hands Down," "Love For Kids," "Focus On The Future," "If I Had Known," “Snowball Express," and many more. In addition to his charitable work as musician, some of Sir Earl’s artwork has been sold at fundraisers.
He gives a significant portion of his earnings from his live performances to charitable organizations working on behalf of battered women, veterans, seniors, bullied kids, animals and those working to end gay bashing and racism.
Sir Earl was published in a cookbook, entitled “A Musical Feast,” which was sold to raise funds for the homeless.
Over 100 of the world’s most prominent musicians and singers contributed creative recipes from their own kitchens.
Some of the entertainers who contributed their all-time favorite recipes are:
Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Patti Labelle, Julio Iglesias, Madonna, Cher, Seal, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Salt 'N Pepa, Willie Nelson,
The Rolling Stones, Ziggy Marley, Led Zeppelin, Gladys Knight, The Grateful Dead, The Temptations, Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi, and last but not least, Sir Earl Toon.

As Sir Earl always says, “I love to inspire, uplift, encourage, and mentor artists and others. I share the wisdom given to me by my grandma, Rosa Lee Canady, auntie, Lilian Green, father, Elder Earley Eugene Toon Sr, Otis Blackwell, my loving family, and amazing friends. My relationship with them has made an incredible difference in my life. I know without a doubt it is all because of God’s grace, favor, mercy and blessings that we all can enjoy the next wave of celebrations in Life, Laughter, and Love... Now, All Altogether, Yahoo!!!”

“We must do more than for ourselves. The very best is yet to come for us all.”
Sir Earl Toon.

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