Vincent Montana Jr.
''That’s What Love Does'' 12''
FEATURING WILLIAM “SMOKE” HOWARD / MAXI-SINGLE (2006)
Is recommended to anyone who has never heard it but has even the slightest interest in the sound of 70's classic Philly Soul. Track #2, The original version of the song, Is a perfect example of Vincent Montana Jr’s expertise for the intricate crafting and production responsible for the lush background environment in many Philly classics by artists such as M.F.S.B, The Salsoul Orchestra, The Philly Sound Orchestra, The Montana Sextet and many others. The vocals are provided by William “Smoke” Howard whom was with Philadelphia International Records 70's group”The Ebonys“. Smoke’s vocals blend perfectly alongside the instrumentation with Montana on vibes which are crystal clear and right up out front of the track. Great mastering of a great tune long with remixes including an instrumental version & vibe solo.
1 – That’s What Love Does (Louis Benedetti’s Club Vox)
2 – That’s What Love Does (Vincent Montana, Jr. Original Mix)
3 – That’s What Love Does (Louis Benedetti’s Classic Dub)
4 – That’s What Love Does (Louis Benedetti’s Reprise Dub)
5 – That’s What Love Does (Vibeapella)
6 – That’s What Love Does (Vincent Montana, Jr. Instrumental)
7 – That’s What Love Does (Louis Benedetti’s Radio Edit)
William Howard, known as "SMOKE", a veteran performer, is a soulful entertainment messenger of "Life & Love". A native of Bristol, TN, "Smoke" formed the group "The Fabulous Nu-Tones" while in college and wrote and recorded their first release, "Our Love Was Destined To Be" / "I'm Not Worthy", on Vinyl while attending Tennessee State University. After college, his singing career took off when he led and managed a number of East Coast bands including South Jersey's "Black Smoke". Then, in the mid-1990s, "Smoke", as lead singer of The Ebonys, brought new life to the sound of Philadelphia with his rugged and powerful voice- slammin' the 90s with a dose of the great hits that made The Ebonys famous. His list of accomplishments also includes featured vocalist on "That's What Love Does" written and produced by Vincent Montana, Jr.; lead vocalist on Asphalt Jungle's Billboard charted single "Freakin' Time"; first class performer having shared the stage with such greats as Al Green, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul, Chi-lites, Delfonics, Heatwave, Intruders, Ohio Players, Stylistics, Blue Magic etc; and now, solo recording artist.
Making his first trip to North Wales in the United Kingdom in October of 2009, "Smoke" did an impromptu performance of "That's What Love Does", a song that is well known on the UK dance scene. He returned to North Wales to do an encore performance in March, 2010, less than six months after his first performance.
"Smoke" resides in the Philadelphia area and continues to be active in keeping the sound of Philadelphia alive. He has completed his second solo CD entitled Give Me Your Heart.
Whether it be a funky, mid-tempo groove, a hip-hop inspired cut, or a heartfelt ballad, "Smoke" delivers, as only "Smoke" can, Smokin' Sounds With A Message You Can Dance To!!!