“Shake You Down” Singer, Gregory Abbott’s, Million Dollar Plan Actually Worked For Him
Gregory Abbott hit us with one hot single, “Shake You Down,” and then exited the music game. Remember when everybody was singing “You read my mind/girl I want to shake you down/ I can give you all the loving you need…“? That was the SONG back in the day! It turns out that whole one-hit thing was a part of his bigger plan to stack up some major money.
A little known fact about Abbott is that he was a professor of English at Berkeley University before the world knew him as a singer. Word on the Old School curb is that it was during his time as a professor that he came up with his master plan to make a big come up that would have set him on a profitable financial path at that time.
Gregory Abbott’s Plan
It was reported that Abbott always had a passion for music and was even a music minor in college. So he combined his musical passion with a get-rich plan, by attempting to create only one for-sure-shot R&B hit to get paid for a long time off of his music royalties. He allegedly never intended on staying in the music industry. In order to pull that off, he did research on music publishing and knew that two things had to take place:
(1) He must maintain ALL rights to his one-hit.
(2) It MUST actually become a hit.
It sounds like a shot in the dark for that era, but Gregory figured it was worth a shot.