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C.J. & COMPANY

C.J. & COMPANY

dennis

December 12th, 2015

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C.J. & COMPANY
C.J. & Company was a disco group from Detroit, Michigan. Mike Theodore and I first recorded the guys in the group as The Strides. The name of that record was “I Can Get Along (Without Your Love)” on M&S Records. Later two girls joined the guys and they became C.J. & Company.

Their highest charting single in the US was “Devil’s Gun”, which reached #36 on the Billboard pop chart, spending 29 weeks on the HOT 100. Devil’s Gun, along with “We Got Our Own Thing” (later sampled by Heavy D and the Boyz) and “Sure Can’t Go to the Moon,” all hit #1 for five weeks on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. That is me playing the guitar solo on Devil’s Gun. The horn and string arrangements were written by Mike Theodore. Tom Moulton did the mix.

They released two full length LPs, ‘Devil’s Gun’ (1977) and ‘Deadeye Dick’ (1978) both for Westbound Records. In 1998 a compilation CD was released with full length selected tracks from both LPs. “Devil’s Gun” was the first record played at the opening of Studio 54 by DJ Richie Kaczor.

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