Janice (Barnett)

I Should Have Told You

Janice - Same (Fantasy/Honey Records MPF - 4523) 1975

Wake Up Smiling; Goody Two-shoes; I Told You So; Take me Away; Him; If I Had Known (I'd Be Gone); Love On The Line; You're Letting Me On; I Should Have Told You So.

Produced by: Harvey Fuqua, Reggie Sadler & Janice Barrett.

I Should Have Left You is a monster production at nearly seven minutes long. Strings are a big part of this production (Charles Veal) and sadly you won't hear the string bridge on the demo today, love the Portuguese first vocal bridge.

I first encountered Janice when I purchased the I Told You single in 1975, that has a nice Northern quality about it, so does Wake Up Smiling. Janice is a group comprised of Janice Barnett-lead vocal & baritone background; Reggie Sadler-lead guitar & baritone background; Freddie Morrison-bass, second tenor; Norman Ferrington-drums & percussion & William Acosta. Values: Roulette single £150, Delite single £50.

Janice Barnett is former beauty queen and has apeared center fold in Jet Magazine. In 1971, Janice became the opening act for Tina Turner. After seeing Janice perform, Tina sent for Janice to come to her dressing room where she offered her a job to become one of the Ikettes. Janice father Linton said "No Way!" So she took a record deal instead with Fantasy Records out of New York City opening for Kool and The Gang.

She eventually moved to Los Angeles, California, where she met Richard Pryor. Richard heard her and immediately she became his protege'. He introduced her to Joe Hubbard at Maverick Flats, which later spinned off into "Soul Train". Joe took Janice to meet Harvey Fuqua, the well-known music producer of Motown Records.

He produced an album for her on Fantasy Records, which has become a treasured collector's item with beach music fanatics. She appeared on The Dinah Show with Redd Foxx, and opened for Bill Cosby at the Hilton hotel in Las Vegas, under the guidance of NBC Television producer Scoey Mitchell who became her manager, after Joe Hubbard.

Additionally, Janice did a guest appearance on The Redd Foxx Show, which resulted in her being held over for 13 weeks at the Hilton hotel. She was the leading role in the play "Selma" which is about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., playing the role of Rosa Parks and recording the album sound track for Atlantic Records entitled "Selma".

Never leaving her roots for Gospel music, she also performed for sold out crowds of 50,000 people at a time with gospel greats such as Shirley Ceasar, Leon Petilo, and Petra. She was a principle performer at both Disney Land and Disney World for 10 years, for 12 or 16 weeks each year.

In 1994, together with Harvey Fuqua she formed a gospel record label known as N-Flight Records. Willam Guest of Gladys Knight and the Pips later became their partner. Unknown to everyone in the music industry, William Guest was always quietly guiding her career from the very beginning.
Their first project released in the year 2000 is a runaway hit. "With It Ain't No Way" reigned for one week on the People's Choice as #1 on the chart. The single done with Maurice Williams and Janice was also at #8 for that week.

Janice was ordained as a minister under the guidance of Rev. Samuel Ervin at El Shaddia Full Gospel Baptist Church. She has served as an Associate Minister at River of Life Fellowship in Kings Mountain, N.C. She was also a regular on Garland Faw's Hour Of Truth. Thanks to Dave Allen for Delite Label listings.

Discography: (*albums)
  • Sunshine Bus/Sweet Jane Capitol 2395 ('69)+ (+may not be this Janice)
  • I Need you like a baby/I Thank You Kindly Roulette R 7083 ('70)+

Reggie Sadler Review

  • Just Wait And See/R.R.A.W.J. Delite de 545 ('71)
  • I've Been Trying/ So Long Sweet Little Girl Delite de 548 ('71)
Reggie Saddler/Janice & The Jammers
  • I Can't Account For My Actions/Just Wait And See Delite de 556 ('72)
Janice Saddler & The Jammers
  • My Baby'd Coming Home To Stay/Inst Delite 558 ('73)

Reggie Saddler & The Jammers

  • Love You Can't Shake It/? Delite 560 (1974)


  • I Told You So/Him Fantasy 748 ('75)
  • *Same Fantasy 9491 ('75)
  • *Same Fantasy 4523 ('88) re-press
  • *Soft & Tender Superior Sound ('76)
  • *The Selma Album - Various Artists Cotillion Records ('77)
  • By-By/ (various mixes) 4th & Broadway 49 ('87)
  • *I Wanna Be With You 4th & Broadway ('87)
  • I wanna Be With You/(var. mixes) 12" 4th & Broadway ('87)
  • *Tell Me What Love Is About ('91)
  • *Memory Lane (cd) ('97)
  • *Back In The Days (cd) ('97)
  • *My Brothers & Sisters (Gospel) (cd) (2000)
  • * Do You Know (cd) (2007)

Janice Barrett

  • *Just As We Are (cd)


  1. Hello Michael, I was amazed and grateful for your work and the site I just saw by you. I appreciate love for my work. I am in ATL,Ga singing and preaching the gospel. I am now producing movies and developing Signs and Wonders Reality Television. Look for my new gospel album real soon on Janiceministries.com also myspace.com/janicethequeenofbeachmusic Thank you and love you much, Janice Barnett p.s. my e-mail is janiceb2004@gmail.com

  2. i had the pleasure of working with this fine lady many years ago. was my first paid experience in music. her and her than husband taught me so much about not just music , but about life, would love to see her and work with her again , she is a shinning light of gods love and forgiveness. janice , if you read this im jeff bennett, remember me?



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