Shout to Dante Ross who shot this perfect footage of singer Caron Wheeler’s solo version of Soul II Soul’s timeless “Keep On Movin’.” This surprise performance was a part of Fat Beats’ store closing event for their New York location. These days, the word classic is thrown around with reckless abandon. But sometimes, the word is the only fitting description. Wheeler wrote this song in 1989 for the British soul group Soul II Soul. It was a crossover hit and went #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart. She followed it up by penning their other classic single, “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me),” which also hit #1.
Wheeler’s output was sporadic in the 90s, but she’s rumored to be working on new solo material and contributing to a new Soul II Soul album, which would be their first since 1997.
I was quite young when “Keep On Movin'” hit the airwaves, but I absolutely loved it. Those from the Tri-State area will remember stations like 98.7 KISS FM and WBLS having this gem in constant rotation for the pretty much the entire year of ’89. Younger fans will recall “Back to Life” being reworked as the intro to Hype Williams’ Belly, or even Mary J Blige’s remake with Jadakiss.
Caron Wheeler & DJ Spinna “Keep On Movin'”
Soul II Soul “Back to Life”
Belly “Back to Life” Intro
DJ Clue, Mary J Blige & Jadakiss “Back to Life 2001”