Soul singer, Darondo, who past away last year at age 67 wasn’t exactly a household name among the general public. But the Bay Area artist did have a cult following among many hardcore soul music fans and collectors and he was highly respected for his unique sound which blended soul, Latin music and the blues. His sensitive vocal style has been compared to Al Green and Ronald Isley, but he appeared somewhat grittier and more street smart .
Darondo began to make a mark in the early 1970´s, but his career became marked by long periods of inactivity. In recent years, however, Darondo started getting renewed attention thanks to a couple of compilation albums and Gilles Peterson who began playing his 1972 single, “Didn’t I”, on his BBC Radio 1 show. That beautiful ballad, Darondo´s best and most famous, also ended up being featured in several movies and TV shows including an episode of “Breaking Bad”.
Now, three producers have put their own spin on “Didn’t I”, resulting in an EP release on Ubiquity. Get a preview of the goodness right here. You can also check out the original version below.