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Mike James Kirkland

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Mike James Kirkland (born 1949 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American R&B singer. He began his recording career in 1965, as leader of Mike & The Censations, a quartet which included his brother Robert, their sister and her husband.[1] He was also half of the duo Bo and Ruth[2] on Claridge Records[3] who achieved a U.K. Top 20 single with their release of "You're Gonna Get Next To Me" (credited to Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis) in the summer of 1977.[4]

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Mike James Kirkland grew up singing gospel and doo wop in Mississippi in a local gospel act, The Seven Seals, with his two brothers, Walter and Robert.[1] He becan his recording career as leader of the group Mike & The Censations in 1965. After the Censations folded, Kirkland and his brother Robert moved to California where they started a record label, Bryan Records, so they could release love songs and soul music that Kirkland was working on. They released two albums, Hang on in There (1972) and Doin' it Right (1973), following the style and social comment of artists like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.[5] In 1975, Kirland began issuing solo recordings under the name Bo Kirkand.[6] Also a Bo, he recorded an album as a part of duo with Ruth Davis.[7]

The reputation of the albums slowly grew and spread over the following years, culminating with reissues in the '90s by Luv N Haight.[8]

In 2010, John Legend & The Roots released an album that includes a cover of one of Kirkland's songs, "Hang On In There."[9]



  • Hang on in There 1972, reissued 1999[10]
  • Doin' it Right 1973, reissued 1999[11]


  • "Victim of Circumstance", Mike & the Censations 1965 - Top 50 R&B
  • "There is Nothing I Can Do About It", Mike & the Censations - Top 50 R&B
  • "Together" / "The Prophet", Mike James Kirkland 1971


  1. ^ a b "Mike & The Censations". Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  2. ^ "Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis". Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  3. ^ "Bo Kirkland / Ruth Davis - You're Gonna Get Next to Me: The Complete Claridge Recordings". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  4. ^ "Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis Top Songs". Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  5. ^ All Music Guide to Soul p394
  6. ^ "Bo Kirkland". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  7. ^ "Bo Kirkland And Ruth Davis – Bo & Ruth". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  8. ^ "Mike James Kirkland". Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  9. ^ "Mike James Kirkland - Mike James Kirkland sounds like an underground Marvin Gaye. Do you like deep soul, tinged with rare-groove? Do you like rare-as-hen's-teeth vinyl? If so, MJK is for you. - UBIQUITY RECORDS". Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  10. ^ CMJ New Music Report Feb 8 1999 p39
  11. ^ CMJ New Music Report Feb 8 1999 p39
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