from I DON’T WANNA DANCE NO MORE
Written by David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager
Gwen Owens was an R&B singer better known as a member of the pop/soul vocal trio Hot that gained some popularity in the second half of the seventies. The late, Cathy Carson (1953-2014) and Juanita Curiel were the other voices of the group. Together, Hot scored a Top Ten hit and million-selling single with the 1977 “Angel In Your Arms.” Hot released three albums between 1977 and 1980 that were produced by Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford, two key figures of the Muscle Shoals studio scene. Those albums showcased various music styles from pop and soul to disco and country.
The three singers delivered some very nice vocals throughout the records that were perfectly crafted by their two producers with the support of the Muscle Shoals scene cream of the crop including Roger Clark on drums, Mac McAnally and Larry Byron on guitar, Bob Wray on bass and the famed Muscle Shoals Horns doing what they do best.
In 1979, Ivey and Woodford recorded a song with Owens called “I Don’t Wanna Dance No More.” The song was released as a solo single just for her. Owens had the most distinctive voice of Hot and she delivered the goods on this solo tune. “I Don’t Wanna Dance No More” was a pop/disco composition co- written by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager who went on to recorded the song on her 1978 Too… album. This cover by the Muscle Shoals gang holds nicely in comparison with Bayer Sager’s original that was impeccably crafted by Foster. Ivey and Woodford pushed a bit more on the disco flavor comparedj to Foster’s more refined LA pop atmosphere, but Ivey and Woodford’s trademark soulful groove makes “I Don’t Wanna Dance No More” total ear candy. Owens’ superior vocals were evidence that she could have had a successful solo career, but soon after Hot disbanded and Owen quickly disappeared from the scene.
For those interested, the Bayer Sager/Foster Too… version of “I Don’t Wanna Dance No More” can be found in the archives.
All Vocals: Gwen Owens
Keyboards: Clayton Ivey
Horns: Muscle Shoals Horns
Strings & Horns Arranged by Clayton Ivey & Charles Rose
Produced by Clayton Ivey & Terry Woodford