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Margie's Little Demo

by Margaret Cox

Funk, pop, or rock, call it what you will. Margaret guarantees to blow you away with her powerful vocals and clever lyrics.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. Whatcha Walkin Away For
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2. Debonaire
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3. I Wanna Start Over
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4. Baby Don't Worry
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5. Mr. Sun
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6. Wish I Waited
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7. Lucky to Love
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8. The One That Got Away
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9. Millionaire
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10. Crazy Notion
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11. Sad Someday
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12. Quit'n Time
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13. One Night Stand
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Album Notes
Margaret Cox Career Highlights

1975
While in only ninth grade, Margaret helps form her first band, Split Rock, with her friend Shine and her music teacher, Morrie Dunow. The group evolves into her first gigging band, Perception. Although she is too young to drive, let alone drink, Margaret sings at Bootlegger Sam's bar at night and attends Marshall U. High by day!

1976
Still under the legal drinking age, she is invited to join Sweet Thing, the house band at The Mermaid Supper Club. Singing the funk of the day, Margaret really starts building her chops.

1979
St. Paul's notorious Raggs invites Margaret to join the band, and they rock the house at clubs such as The Cabooze, The Hideaway, Thumper's, Boyd's on the River, and The Pain Reliever.

1980
She joins forces with her hot singing buddy, Melanie Rosales, and they blow away the Twin Towns with The Doug Maynard Band. The group wins the first of its many Twin Cities' Yammie Awards at Uncle Sam's in Minneapolis. They also pack places like Mr. Nibb's, The Union Bar, Moby Dick's, Duffy's and Bootlegger Sam's.

1982
Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt recruits Margaret, Melanie and the rest of The Doug Maynard Band to tour the country as her backup group. R&B fans everywhere love Bonnie's runaway hit single Green Lights. After the tour, the group returns to Minneapolis and forms the TC Jammers.

1983
Funkytown creator Steven Greenberg enlists Margaret and Melanie to sing on Lipps Inc.'s fourth album. The record gets lots of radio and club play, and results in a sizable U.S. tour.

1983
Still gigging with The T.C. Jammers, Margaret joins up with Patty Peterson and her brother Paul to form the Peterson-Cox Band.

1983
After a brief stint with Inside Straight, Margaret then joins Metropolis with Sean LaBelle, frequently appearing at Williams Pub in Uptown Minneapolis.

1984
Margaret links up with Rupert's Orchestra, and performs regularly at the elegant nightclub for a couple of years.

1985 - 1986
Jesse Johnson of The Time changes Margaret's name to Ta Mara and produces her solo album for A&M Records, Ta Mara And The Seen. The first single, Everybody Dance, spends several weeks at #1 on the R&B charts before crossing over to #21 on the Pop charts. The two subsequent singles, Affection and Blueberry Gossip also do well on the R&B charts.

1986
As Ta Mara, Margaret pens I Need You with Jesse for Paula Abdul's multi-platinum selling Forever Your Girl LP.

1987
Margaret teams up with Melanie Rosales, Cynthia Johnson, and Debbie Duncan and they start a band with Tim Emerson called Dr. Mambo's Combo. (Now called The Legendary Combo, the band is currently celebrating its 16th year of playing the house gig at Bunker's in Minneapolis.)

1990
Prince signs Margaret to Paisley Park Records, changes her name to Margie Cox, and records over 25 songs for her still-unreleased LP called M.C. Flash.

1990s
Margaret is a frequent nominee and winner of the prestigious Minnesota Music Award for Best Female Singer, while The Combo often wins Best R&B Band.

1997
Prince includes Standing at the Altar, one of Margaret's songs on his 1-800-New-Funk CD. It's the first single released from the platinum-selling album.

2002
Margaret finishes writing, recording and mixing her own CD, Margie's Little Demo. The CD is released in September 2002, on Margie's Baby Records.

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Mark Arneson - Trimark Productions Inc.

Probably one of the best singers on the planet!
Margies little demo, is one of the best cds to come out of minneapolis area in a long time. Her songwriting and arranging is superb. Alot of cds are produced in the twin cities area, but, margarets stands out amongst all of them. Her cd is a perfect calling card for people looking for a producer or arranger for their next project. And her vocal work is legendary. Margies little demo shows many different sides to this artist.And each one is truly convincing and fun. You have to check this one out! - www..markarneson.com
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The DAWN Experience

Great album from the first lady of the Minneapolis Music Scene
The "First Lady" of the mpls. music scene Margaret Cox makes a long overdue return with her new solo album release since the 1988 Jesse Johnson produced "Blueberry Gossip" LP [an early 1990's Prince produced Paisley Park album remains sadly unreleased].
Well known amongst her peers and having performed with various bands in and around mpls over the years, it's a shame that Margie's exceptional talents as a singer/songwriter remains seriously underrated.   The title of this album is perhaps misleading in that the quality of songs here are certainly not what one would describe as demos, but it nevertheless does the job of showcasing Margie's abilities. Recorded at various studios in Minnesota (including Paisley Park), the set features the help of many ex-NPG band members including Michael Bland, Tommy Barbarella and Morris Haynes. Margie's a lady with attitude whose strong, gutsy, bluesy, soulful vocals are a joy to listen to alongside the quality 'live-sounding' musicianship. The musical styles range from old skool funk n' blues, pop, rock and ballads with some strong memorable melodies on some tracks. Standout songs being "I Wanna Start Over" (which would be a perfect song for BB King or Eric Clapton to cover), "Lucky To Love" (sounds almost like a Burt Bacharach song with a 70's pop summer feel), "The One That Got Away" (sounds like vintage Rufus/Chaka Khan - Margie plays drums, bass, keyboard and flute on this track!), "Millionaire" (has shades of "Standing At The Alter"), "Crazy Notion" (is pure purple flavored Mpls funk) and "Sad Someday" is a supreme quality ballad.
Over half of this set is outstanding....the rest is just standard, but overall this project is highly recommended.
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GG

Funky CD with good crisp clean vocals and tight band.
This album is awesome!!!! When are you going to get more in? Can 't find it anywhere!!!!
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Bobby Sloan

Honolulu memory
WOW tell her bobby says wow
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Aram Karapetian

A addictive CD that showcases Margarets amazing voice and range
Lucked into this CD - I can't stop listening to Watcha walkin away for and Wish I waited - but all the songs are cool. Truly great music
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