Track: You Used To Hold Me (Razor N' Guido Vocal)
Artist: Ralphi Rosario (ft. Xavier Gold)
Year: 1987 (orig.) / 1998
Label: Hot Mix 5 (orig.) / Underground Construction
Ralphi Rosario is one of the pioneers of house music, first bringing his mixing to the airwaves as part of the Hot Mix 5, a DJ crew on Chicago's WBMX "Saturday Night Live Ain't No Jive" mix show in the early 80s. The radio show's popularity helped establish Rosario's presence in the burgeoning Chicago house music scene. In 1987, Rosario recorded his most well known track and instant house classic, You Used To Hold Me, featuring the vocals of Xaviera Gold. As the story goes, Rosario was introduced to Xaviera (who dropped the "a" and recorded as Xavier) by a DJ friend. The two cowrote the lyrics (inspired by a fireman she was dating at the time), and Rosario mixed it down over an instrumental track he had been working on. The song became an overnight anthem and quickly spread to the NY and Europe house scenes.
My mix of choice is Razor 'N Guido's vocal remix, released in 1998. One of the all time best buildups you'll ever hear. This version was not on YouTube (except for a 1 minute snippet) so I uploaded it myself. I can finally say I've contributed some of the musical content on my blog!