All weekend I’ve had the song Mustang Sally echoing in my brain. On Saturday night, we went to celebrate a friend’s birthday at Salmon House on the Hill in West Vancouver, which has great food, a spectacular view of Vancouver’s harbour and had Checo Tohomaso performing in the Coho lounge, where we ate.
Checo got us up dancing and singing some great Motown hits, like Mustang Sally, Brick House, Earth Wind & Fire, and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.
Checo, for those who don’t know him, used to sing and play keyboards with Marvin Gaye’s band and the Commodores. He’s a great singer and performer. He pre-programs his electronic keyboard, which allows him to get up and dance with everyone on the dancefloor. He also got an audience member on the dancefloor (holding a sleeping child) to sing Billie Jean. It was funny and fun while everyone was busting out their dances moves.
Checo grew up in Hawaii, where his band Nova played at Barack Obama‘s junior prom in 1978 at Punahou School. Today, he is an incredibly positive performer who believes in the healing power of soul music. He is the director of the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir and below is a sample of his performing energy leading Vancouver’s VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir:
Here’s Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell doing their 1967 duet, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, singing in front of a phone booth at what looks like Expo 67:
And finally, here’s a couple of Texas guys, Michael Henry & Justin Robinett, doing a duelling drums/piano version of Billie Jean:
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