In honor of the late Aretha Franklin, I thought I’d do a special hand picked playlist of some of her best work throughout her career. Aretha was best known as “The Queen Of Soul,” but in actuality, Aretha sang many different genres, which included jazz, blues, and many musical standards. I’ve spend a couple of hours digging through Spotify’s massive Aretha collection and found 60 of Aretha’s most iconic gems! Some you’ll remember, and some you will not. But one thing is for sure, if you’re an Aretha fan, you’ll enjoy this playlist. The list contains legendary songs such as, “Oh Me, Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby),” an awesome reggae re-interpretation of Alicia Key’s song “No One,” I’m sure you remember “Ain’t No Way,” “Something He Can Feel,” “Ever Changing Times,” and “Jimmy Lee.” Aretha also tor up a re-interpretation of “Groovin,'” from The Young Rascals. Check it out on Spotify!!
The Dells, such a telented group, yet forgotten. My most favorite song they recorded, was a song called “Stay In My Corner.” The song was distributed by 3 different labels. The first original version of “Stay In My Corner (1965),” was released under Vee-Jay Records, and peaked at #30 on the R&B Charts. Then a couple of years later, The Dells reinterpreted the song, and released a new version of “Stay In My Corner (1968)” under Cadet Records. Not only did their new version hit #1 in 1968, it stayed number one for a whopping 3 weeks!! That’s incredible!! It remained their biggest hit of their entire career. The song is now digitally distributed under Geffen Records. It was written by Wade Flemons, Robert Eugene Miller, and Barrett Strong.
O.k. guys. I haven’t been a huge Willie Hutch fan. However, I did like some of works he produced during the Blaxploitation era; most famously the work he did on the “Foxy Brown” soundtrack released in 1974, under Motown Records. I was listening to an internet oldies radio show not too long ago (I don’t remember the name of the station), but they shocked me by playing a song I haven’t heard in ages!! It was Willie Hutch’s reinterpretation of “Stormy Weather.” Now, I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but, I usually don’t listen to certain male love songs, that were originally/traditionally sung by women. I know that may sound stupid. But, as a music lover, I don’t think they always translate the same. It’s like when you’re translating a song from one language to another, it just doesn’t always sound the same, or make sense. However, I feel Willie done an outstanding job on this song, and I really recommend that you take a listen. Singer and actor Ethel Waters first sang the song in 1933. In fact many, many people have reinterpreted this song. But the artist that became most famous for her rendition of “Stormy Weather” was the legendary Lena Horne in 1943. Lena also appeared and sung in the movie called “Stormy Weather” in 1943.
Do you remember this awesome classic from The Stylistics? The song is called “Hurry Up This Way Again,” distributed by Philadelphia International Records. Now the song only peaked at #11 on the R&B charts, but it still did very well. It’s a very sweet and romantic song about a guy who loves a woman so much, that he’s willing to drop everything just to make time to see her. We certainly don’t hear classics like this anymore. Great song to put on for those classic get-together(s).
“Get On The Floor,” by Michael Jackson. Man…. I played this song so much back in the day, the record practically turned to dust! LOL.. This was our jam back in the day, and it remains one of my favorite songs from the “Off The Wall” Album. I don’t know why I’m having trouble finding chart information for this song But it doesn’t matter, ’cause we all know that this is a 10+ platinum album in just the U.S. alone. By the way, I believe that the genius Quincy Jones produced this entire album. I miss MJ. Such a shame how drug addiction is killing our most beloved celebs.
Hi guys! Spotify has put together a real cute playlist that has some great oldies. Definitely in my age group. Not sure if these are hand picked or not, however the selection looks pretty good to me. It includes “When A Man Loves A Woman,” by Percy Sledge; “Georgia On My Mind,” by Ray Charles; “You Send Me,” by Sam Cooke; “My Cherie Amour,” by the legendary Stevie Wonder; and “Try A Little Tenderness,” by Otis Redding. Those are just a few major classic hits on this playlist from back in the day. Listen here.
If I remember correctly, this was Mariah’s first album released in 1990 called “Mariah Carey,” under Sony Music. Now, I know there’s a LOT of Mariah Carey fans, and very heavy in the gay community especially. But I have to be honest, for me personally, I think Mariah’s music was best when she first came out up until about 2000s. I really loved her ballads (and a lot of her dance tunes too), but once she started focusing more on the hip hop genre, I slowly started to lose interest in her music. When she first released “Vision Of Love” from her first album, it immediately became a massive #1 hit. Not only that, it stayed #1 for 3 weeks! Now, that’s impressive. Another massive hit from the same album was called “Love Takes Time,” and it was #1 for one week.
Another great work I feel you should listen to is her “Emotions” album, released in 1991. Her first song that was released from this album, “Emotions,” hit #1 on the dance charts, and stayed there for about 1 week. I can’t tell you just how many remixes I heard of this song (It was sickening). But, it was an awesome tune, and she carried it well). One more song I suggest you check out from this album is called “To Be Around You.” Unfortunately, it appears I can’t find any chart information on this song. However, I do know it was an extremely popular song. To my understanding, the song was a tribute to the legendary Cheryl Lynn.
So, in 1986, the madly popular group New Edition, recorded a 50s/60s album called “Under The Blue Moon.” I have to be honest, although I loved New Edition back in the day, I hated this album. I didn’t like it because most of the songs on this album sounded very karaoke(ish). I really do hate albums that sound like that, especially from groups like New Edition, simply because they were very talented young men. But then again, these guys were young, and probably really didn’t know how to sing these types of songs. However, one song they’ve re-interpreted called “Tears On My Pillow,” which was first recorded (I think) by Little Anthony & The Imperials in 1978, was done quite well. They should’ve left out that little rap session out of the song, but it was kind of their trademark back then. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this was shortly after Bobby Brown left the group to go solo.