PERSONAL 45 RPMs
I absolutely loved this song back in the day. But unfortunately, this was the only song I ever liked from Jean Knight. Mr. Big Stuff shot up to number 1 for about 5 weeks, according to Billboards “Soul Singles” in 1971.” This was one of many songs that always played in family gatherings. In a way, the song almost became somewhat of an anthem, always played when a guy got on a woman’s nerve. She had a couple more hits since then, however, none achieved the same success as “Mr. Big Stuff.” Personally, I just didn’t care for her music much. Her music wasn’t bad; she obviously had a great voice; I think maybe it had something to do with how the overall sound was produced on her album. I’ve heard a couple of her songs that kind of sounded like she was singing inside a karaoke bar, or saloon. Hear her hit on Rhapsody.
I have to be honest with you guys, I don’t remember being a huge Ritchie Family fan. However, I do like the beat of this particular song called “I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby)” recorded in 1982. It has a steady funk tempo, and just about anybody can dance to it. Unfortunately, it is one of those songs that is so rare that Rhapsody doesn’t have it. However, if you’d like to listen to it, here is a YouTube link here. The only song I really loved from the Ritchie Family was called “Brazil,” and it was recorded in 1975. It seemed as though every musician on the planet had their own version of this medley; however, I REALLY liked this version from the Ritchie Family. The Ritchie Family performed the song in a way that was both true to disco and club. If you are a true disco fan, I think you’ll really enjoy it. You can listen to Brazil on Rhapsody.
I am the proud owner of this classic vinyl. I used to love this song back in the day. There are very few American artists that has produced reggae songs I actually like. This is one of them. Maybe I’m just bias because it’s Stevie Wonder? Could be. But the song does have a nice danceable beat, and happend to be one of his many many big hits. I couldn’t help but to notice that, when I looked at the 45 record it does not have the mumbo-jumbo like the way CD singles have. This is largely because artists create their own material back then. Now you have to give credit to several artists on a CD. I have a question. Can an singer who’s never written a song of their own, actually call themselves an artist? Yet so many of today’s kids think much of our current “artists” are geniuses! Hmmmm, I digress. Listen to a real artist Stevie on Rhapsody.