This week it’s American funk group Cameo who had hits in the 80s. They had seven top 40 hits including one top ten. Their most well know song is “Word Up” which reached number 3 in 1986 but I’ve gone with two lesser known tracks.
“She’s Strange” was the group’s debut hit reaching number 37 in 1984 and then 22 when remixed in 1985
(Uploaded to YouTube by CameoVEVO)
”Back and Forth” reached number 11 in 1987
This week it’s American funk and disco band, Kool and the Gang. The group were very popular in the 70s and 80s. Two of their songs, “Ladies’ Night” and “Celebration” have become staple songs for party nights everywhere! They had 18 top forty hits including 7 top tens.
These two tracks are not quite as well known but are great dance tracks.
“Steppin’ Out” reached number 12 in 1981
(Uploaded to YouTube by KoolAndTheGangVEVO)
“Get Down On It” reached number 3 in 1981
(Uploaded to YouTube by hej6hej6tja6)
This week it’s megastar Stevie Wonder.
He has had 39 top 40 hits including 18 top 10s and 2 number 1s
Here are two songs which I really like but are lesser known.
“All I Do” was on the 1980 “Hotter Than July” album but not released as a single as five had already been released!
(Uploaded to YouTube by 99h)
“That Girl” reached number 39 in 1982. Personally I’m mystified by the low chart placing but it did reach number 4 on the American chart and number one on their R&B chart so that’s some consolation!
(Uploaded to YouTube by izugarria)
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This week it’s two songs from two giants of soul/funk music, one lost to us in 1984, the other sadly departed just weeks ago.
Marvin Gaye released “What’s Going On” in 1971 which heavily commented on social issues and is considered a landmark album in pop culture.
Prince wasn’t known for social commentary but he released the album “Sign o’ the Times” in 1987 whose title track referred to a number of issues and news stories of the time such as AIDS, nuclear holocaust, poverty and the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
These brilliant songs are from those albums.
“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” by Marvin Gaye from 1971
(Uploaded to Youtube by MarvinGayeVEVO)
“Sign o’ the Times” by Prince from 1987
(Uploaded to Youtube by Nad Nadiochska)
This week we have two funky tracks from 1987
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“Spy in the House of Love” by Was Not Was
(Uploaded to Youtube by Maori 1970)
“System of Survival” by Earth,Wind & Fire. (RIP Maurice White who died in February this year)
(Uploaded to Youtube by doggod86)
2016 continues its ruthless felling of national treasures and pop icons with the loss of one of the most talented of them all, Prince.
The shock death of Prince at age 57 has stunned fans and artists alike. He sold over 100 million records worldwide and won seven Grammy awards amongst many other accolades. He was very talented from an early age and reportedly played all 27 instruments on his debut album!
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My favourite Prince song “When Doves Cry” from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack from 1984. It was his first American number one and topped the chart for five weeks there. Billboard named it their number one single of the year. He plays all the instruments and it is unusual in that it has no bass line, Prince removed it to make the track seem starker.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Harmonica)
Here is a famous song of Prince’s which Tom Jones later covered. This is “Kiss” from 1986 which got Prince his third American number one and a Grammy award.
(Uploaded to Youtube by lemaire francky)
Prince at the Brit Awards in 2006 where he performed a medley of his then current singles “Te Amo Corazón” and “Fury” and followed with past hits “Purple Rain” and “Let’s Go Crazy”. This performance shows off his fabulous guitar work and showmanship.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Fin Regan)
RIP Prince Rogers Nelson
Deary me, barely another week goes by and we lose another veteran musician. This week it’s lead singer and founder of Earth,Wind and Fire, Maurice White who died yesterday aged 74.
He is seen here on lead vocals on both of these classic disco tunes.
“Let’s Groove” by Earth,Wind and Fire from 1981
(Uploaded to Youtube by EarthWindandFireVEVO)
“Boogie Wonderland” by Earth,Wind and Fire and The Emotions from 1979
(Uploaded to Youtube by EarthWindandFireVEVO)
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Tagged 70s, 80s, dance, Disco, Earth Wind and Fire, EWF, Funk, Jazz/funk, Maurice White, Music, Music for the weekend