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Topic: Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris

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craig
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Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris
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I know they wrote music for Rare Earth...did they have there own band?

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tony
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I got an lp on rare earth records by the band Matrix.  Fek and Zes are both in the band with Tommy Baird

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Ralph Terrana
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Nick and Dino were just singers. There really wasn't a band with Matrix.

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Richard
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There was also a single on the Impact label Craig:


Nick and Dino A) Wish I was a kid again 2.26  B) Boy 2.09.  Cat No.Impact 1016.  Both songs produced by John Rhys and arranged by Mike Theodore.



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JP2
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Are these guys still around, and if so does anyone know how to reach them? 



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john
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JP2

Dino was recently the subject of a tv special in England about the song I Will Survive which of course he wrote. 

He is interviewed in depth throughout the show and says the turning point for him was when he sat down in front of the tv and all of a sudden on came the Generation film, this as we know was the film that Rare Earth provided the theme song for and which Dino had written along with Zesses.

He reckons after that fate his luck would change for the better!

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Martin
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Nick and Dino wrote and produced quite a lot of songs for Jobete, recorded by Motown artists. Mother Nature by the Temptations springs to mind.

I do remember seeing a track listing many years ago for the unreleased album Head to Head by Other People (R533L), and many of these songs were eventually used on the Matrix album.

Does anyone have the Other People album to confirm this and does anyone know who the group members were? 



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Anonymous
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I know Nick Zessus and Dino Fakaris my Father is life long friends with him.

I am trying to reach them.

Can anyone please tell them Marcus Terry is trying to reach him

and to please email his Daughter Terri at rock_n_roll_luver@sbcglobal.net

Its very important..

Thank you

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Anonymous
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For Dino, I met him a couple of times, nice guy.
Try St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Granada Hills, CA.

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The Termite Terrace Titan
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Nick Zesses & Dino Fekaris were two more of the unheralded geniuses at Motown..as far as writing & producing for The Hitsville Empire is concerned.

Of note, are some gems (personal faves of mine, as well) that they contributed to The Gordy Regime:

"Benjamin" & "(I've Given You) The Best Years Of My Life" (the latter co-composed with Jack Goga) - Martha & The Vandellas


"Supernatural Voodoo Woman" - The Originals


""This Child Needs Its Father" - The Undisputed Truth (1974) and Gladys Knight & Pips (1973)


"Love Me" (co-composed by Tom Baird) - Diana Ross


The entire* 1974 LP "Welcome To The World Of Riot" - Riot (*-Entire album produced by Zesses & Fekaris, and all but one tune composed by Zesses & Fekaris; The one exception being "A Song Of Long Ago" by Gabriel Garcia; By the way, on this LP, "Mother Nature" is featured as Track 3 - Side "A")


"Slow Down" - Michael Edward Campbell



And whilst "Let's Make Love Now" was 1st done in 1971 by The Supremes and The Four Tops (as "The MAGNIFICENT 7), my personal fave was the one that was later done as a 45 by Art & Honey ("Art" being Jobete writer, staff producer & backing vocalist Art Posey)

The clip is merely a still of the white promo label, but this is the masterpiece in its entirety..



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Tim
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Hey Termite thanks for all this great info.  I just learned some new stuff! biggrin

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dave meadows
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Dino was a member of RARE EARTH and wrote many rock classics, then...



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Anonymous
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Dino was never a member of Rare Earth...  He and Nick wrote songs and RE recorded a couple of them,....



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Ralph Terrana
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I believe Nick died a few years ago.



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RICH
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Really?Sort of a forgotten person.......................co-wrote 1 of the centurys top songs...................CELEBRATE.



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nsgnv
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I have a record that says otherwise...



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Martin G.
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I believe it to be Nick and/or Dino singing on their composition "And I Thought You Loved Me", released on Motown by Marbaya in 1973. This track was originally scheduled for release on MoWest in 1972 as by the Music Makers. The song has also been recorded by the Supremes and by Thelma Houston.



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Martin G.
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The catalog number for "And I Thought You Loved Me" was Motown M1247, originally scheduled for MoWest 5044B.

The A-side for both was the Zesses / Fekaris medley "Follow Me/ Mother Nature".



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Anonymous
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According to The Complete Motown Singles, Nick and Dino had a single released earlier than the Impact one, namely "Good Girl"/ "I'll Always Love You" on the local Sound Patterns label.

Rare Earth's "Generation (Light Up the Sky)", co-written with Beatrice Verdi in 1969, appears to be their first Motown composition (Rare Earth RE5010A).

The following Zesses/ Fekaris compositions were issued on Motown singles in 1971:

VIP 25062. (I've Given You) The Best Years of My Life - PJ (Co-written with Jack Goga. The song was covered by Martha Reeves & Vandellas in their 1972 album Black Magic.)

Motown M1181. You Gotta Have Love In your Heart - Supremes & 4 Tops

Rare Earth RE5031. I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth

Rare Earth RE5038. Hey Big Brother - Rare Earth

The following were issued in 1972:

MoWest MW5009. I'm Looking For Love - The Commodores (B-side of " The Zoo (The Human Zoo)" )

Gordy G7119. Mother Nature - The Temptations

Soul S35100. Who Is the Leader of the People - Edwin Starr

Motown M1208A. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) - The Naturals

Motown M1208B. Me And My Brother - The Naturals

 

They left Motown in 1976 after which Dino Fekaris collaborated with Freddie Perren for Peaches & Herb's "Shake Your Groove Thing" and of course Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".



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Martin G.
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^^^ I entered the previous post but forgot to change it from "Anonymous".

The eponymous 1972 album by Matrix (Rare Earth 542L) has already been mentioned. Although the whole album is produced by Baird, Zesses and Fekaris, the only track where Nick and Dino share composer credits with Tom is "I Was Lonely (And They Laughed)".

In 1974 the single by Matrix "Streakin' Down the Avenue" was released by Motown (Motown M1301). It was also written and produced by Tom Baird, Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris.

The tracks on the previously-mentioned 1974 album "Welcome to the World of Riot" by Riot (Motown MS806) which were written by all three are as follows:

Welcome to the World 

Just Beyond

Mother Nature

Put Your Gun Down Brother (M1318A)

I'm Happy Just to Be Livin'

God Bless Conchita (M1265A) 

It's Been Oh So Long (M1318B).

 



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Anonymous
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Hi, I'm probably chiming in out of nowhere.  LOL's  I knew Nick Zezzes and family when I was 5 yrs old, in Detroit, he and my Father Marcus Terry were not only neighbors but our best friends.  Nick was an amazingly talented person.  Reading more about him now at age 50, 45 years later, jaw dropped at seeing all the Music he and Dino had an influence on..  Writing and composing for almost every Motown Artist in the 70's.. Almost every song written, was either composed, produced, written, arranged "all of the above" by this dynamic duo.  At age 5 I was clueless, Nick came to CA to stay with us later down the road, just a stopping point to get a new leg up after divorcing his first wife.  I was like age 11, and he basically was my caretaker/baby sitter Nanny ..  Warms my heart, cause HE WAS THE BEST! He took me anywhere I asked to go, no questions asked.  He made my breakfast before school every morning just to my liking, even special ordered with no egg white just sunny side up yolk on lightly buttered toasted bread, and coffee mixed perfectly.  He drove me to school, picked me up.  He told me stories, and played the piano and sang.  Even cuter, he stuttered, something terrible, but when he sang, he sounded like a angel.  He'll always hold such a special place in my heart, and I sure am honored to have known him.  



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