Tag Archives: Soul

Some Three Degrees for the weekend

This week it’s a really classy trio of ladies called “The Three Degrees” who were an American vocal group who had hits in the 70s.
They had 10 top 40 hits including 5 top 10s and 1 number 1.
There were a number of different line ups, but the most well known was the one with Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday and then Fayette Pinkney or Helen Scott. The first song has Ferguson,Holiday and Pinkney and the second Scott instead of Pinkney as can be seen in the pictures.

The first song is one of my favourite songs of theirs on the Philadelphia International label.

“Take Good Care Of Yourself” reached number 9 in 1975
(Uploaded to YouTube by GurlGroops)

This song was their third hit on the Ariola label and showed their more disco sound then the smoother soul of the Philadelphia International label of their earlier hits. The producer for this song and others on Ariola was legendary electronic music producer, Giorgio Moroder who was most famous for producing Donna Summer’s massive hit “I Feel Love” in 1977.

“The Runner” reached number 10 in 1979
(Uploaded to YouTube by marvin kevlar)

Some Stevie Wonder for the weekend

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.

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“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)

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“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)

Some Soul II Soul for the weekend

This week it’s two tracks from British group Soul II Soul.

“Keep on Movin'” Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler (Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper’s Club Mix) original mix reached number 5 in March 1989
(Uploaded to YouTube by Waddleofwigan)

“Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” was number 1 for four weeks in June 1989
(Uploaded to YouTube by emimusic)

Tribute to Rod Temperton

Well, this is sad, this week’s selection was going to be two from jazz/soul legend guitarist and singer George Benson, and as a side note I was going to mention the composer, Rod Temperton.

We have now had news that Rod Temperton has died aged just 66 of cancer. He wrote many, many hits, the most famous being for Michael Jackson. So sadly, this post is now a tribute to Cleethorpes born Temperton with extra tracks added.

The first two tracks are from Benson’s Quincy Jones produced 1980 album “Give Me The Night” which went platinum and won three Grammys.

Love X Love written by Temperton
(Uploaded to YouTube by Slayd5000)

Give Me The Night written by Temperton
(Uploaded to YouTube by Slayd5000)

Off The Wall written by Temperton for Michael Jackson from Jackson’s 1979 album of the same name. Interesting that its slightly spooky opening foreshadows Temperton’s Thriller which appeared three years later.
(Uploaded to YouTube by THIS IS A TASTY BURGER!)

The Groove Line (12″ version) by British group Heatwave, which Temperton was part of and which had other hits in the 70s such as Boogie Nights and Too Hot to Handle. The Groove Line written by Temperton is my favourite so here it is…
(Uploaded to YouTube by Slayd5000)

All Temperton’s songs had soul and class, RIP to an unassuming musical genius. ­čś¬

Some Barry White for the weekend

This week we have the seventies luurve king, Barry White. White’s deep bass-baritone voice combined with some lush instrumentation from his backing band “The Love Unlimited Orchestra” ┬áplus romantic lyrics provided the love soundtrack to a generation and resulting generations! 1974 was a bumper year for White with three hits culminating in a number 1 in December of that year.

“Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up” reached number 14 in Jan 1974
(Uploaded to YouTube by Iwica B ivica)

“Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” reached number 8 in Aug 1974
(Uploaded to YouTube by BARRY WHITE)

“You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” was number 1 for two weeks in Dec 1974. This has one of the best intros in pop in my opinion!
(Uploaded to YouTube by Davythevideojukebox)

Some social comment from two soul superstars for the weekend

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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)

Some early 80s cool jazz/soul for the weekend

This week it’s two early 1980s cool soul/jazz grooves from two very cool vocalists.
Chill out to these!

“Rio de Janeiro Blue” by Randy Crawford 1981
(Uploaded to Youtube by Rebel Songbird)

“Hold Me Tighter In The Rain” by Billy Griffin 1982
(Uploaded to Youtube by Fastflyer2007)