DeepSoul: Skipworth and Turner - "Thinking About Your Love"

There are songs that move you, and others that simply make you move.
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There are songs that deeply move you, and others that simply make you move.  Skipworth and Turner's 1985 R&B hit "Thinking About Your Love" is one of those feel-good tunes that features a danceable groove, unforgettable piano riff, and a funky lead vocal. 

New York-based keyboardist Rodney Skipworth and Memphis native Phil Turner first met in New York City while working with other bands.  While they knew each other through the music scene, they did not join forces until Turner one day walked into the fast food restaurant where Skipworth worked during the day.  Signing to the 4th & Broadway label, the duo released their first single, "Thinking About Your Love," in 1985.  The track resulted from a song Skipworth sang with a previous band, New Sound Express, but this time Turner handled the falsetto-heavy lead vocals.  Faring well on the R&B Billboard charts, the song peaked at number ten.  But it really took off in the clubs, where it eventually hit number one on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.  This success is hardly a surprise, considering the track's producer: Patrick Adams, also helmed the boards of disco groups Musique and Inner Life, the latter scoring a hit with their 1980 disco cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." 

After "Thinking About Your Love," Skipworth and Turner released their self-titled debut LP, but subsequent singles failed to achieve the same success as their dance track.  However, the music collaborators continued recording until 1991.  Interestingly, sites such as Soulwalking claim the duo's later material was heavily influenced by the 1980s group The System ("You Are in My System," "Don't Disturb This Groove"), who found a hit formula with their combination of funky grooves and synthesizers.

Despite the presence of synthesizers, "Thinking About Your Love" remains timeless due to its driving beat and memorable piano riff present throughout the track.  Turner's smooth singing style also dominates, proving his skill as an interpreter.  His falsetto on the line "never knew I could feel so much" and his vocal style on certain verses, such as stressing the word "deeply" on the line "I've been wondering deeply/ What made me fall in love," elevate the song from a mindless dance track into something more distinct.   As the repeated piano riff subtly infiltrates the song, the intricate percussion and occasional synthesizer fills punctuate the rhythm.  "Thinking About Your Love" definitely could have been released in the 70s, or even today, since the duo wisely shied away from overly dated production.  

While "Thinking About Your Love" may not be a massive crossover hit, and Skipworth and Turner may not be widely known, the song retains its catchy groove and smoothly soulful vocals.  Track down their Greatest Hits album or, even better, locate the original 12" mix of this special song; the track is well worth the search.