CLASSICS: SOUL AND FUNK (SINGLES)
I’d like to share a song I found a while ago. Meet the late, Darondo. Darondo had a cute album called “The Music City Sessions.” According to what I’ve read, the copyright is 2011. However, it’s obvious that the music is dated; and since Darondo died in 2013; either this music was never released to the public yet; or the original music was re-digitized with a new copyright of 2011. The sound is definitely early 70s. On the album there’s a song called “Luscious Lady.” I really do like this song, it has a heavy funky beat, and he has somewhat of a soulful voice. His music falls along the lines of Al Green’s style. In fact, his voice sounds almost identical to Al’s. He could’ve been a music double and know one would have known. I do also like “Get Up Off Your Butt” too; it’s a nice funk piece anybody can dance too. There are a couple of other nice songs on this album, but those two stuck on me.
Here is a rare classic by The Pointer Sisters! “Yes We Can Can,” was a hot soulful, funk charged mix of positive energy. It’s a song about encouraging us to treat each other with respect. One way to get a political message across Black people in the 70s, was to put it to danceable music! The song hit #11 on the Top 100 Billboard. It was originally written and performed by Lee Dorsey in 1970. However, it was originally called “Yes We Can.” It is my understanding that The Pointer Sisters, recorded this as a demo in order to get a record deal. I wise decision that turned out to be. The Pointer Sisters consist of lead singer, Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Bonnie Pointer and June Pointer. Sadly, the youngest member of the group, June Pointer died on April of 2006, at the age of 52 from cancer. The sisters have had a long career with huge hits such as, “I’m So Excited,” from the sound track “Beverly Hills Cop II (1987),” and “Neutron Dance,” from the sound track “Beverly Hills Cop (1984),” and many, many more…
Awh! What a cute couple right? NOT……… It’s amazing…. How they were able to put out an image of being this awesome couple, yet the reality was, Ike was an absolute monster! Having said that, I also feel that it’s also so ironic that a song like “Bold Soul Sister,” gives us a clear impression that she’s in control. With lyrics such as “I do what I wanna do,” and a mean funk beat, we’d think that life could not be any better for her. I also made not of similarities of how close she came to mimicking the late legendary James Brown. The song peaked @ #59, and stayed on the charts for 8 weeks. On the same album, there’s a song that was written by the late Otis Redding and Jerry butler in 1965, and performed by the late Otis called “I’ve Been Loving You Too long.” Now, I absolutely LOVE Otis Redding’s music, however I have to say I like Tina’s interpretation of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” slightly better. She really sang that song from deep, deep down inside. It’s very possible all the pain and turmoil she had dealt with, concerning her late husband Ike, came through this song. On the American Billboards, it hit #68, and stayed on the top 100 for 7 weeks.