CLASSICS: LATINO REMIXES (SINGLES)
Oh my goodness!! Every time I hear this song, I laugh my ass off!! Even @ 4-5 years old, I didn’t know what it really meant, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious. One of the things that was interesting about 70s/80s culture, parents took an active position making sure both television and radio was clean, and that nothing was encouraging their children to have sex (or that sex was ok). Yet, this Jungle Fever was as freaky and dirty as they came; not only that, the song hit #8 on the Hot 100 Charts, and stayed relevant for about 15 weeks. Most if not all their album covers were sexually explicit. Now, I don’t recall anybody making a big stink about this group, but then again, it could have been that I was way too young too remember.
You know, one of the main things that makes what I do so fun, is that rummaging through my old collections is kind of like looking through an old family photo album, and saying “wooooaaaaahhh!! That’s old!” LOL. Then, you’re sharing a piece of your history with friends, and they learn something they would have never known otherwise…. Since the time I was aware of Tony Orlando, I’ve never known him to sing anything other than mushy love songs and ballads. So, I totally forgotten about a disco record he recorded called “Don’t Let go,” in 1978. What’s nice about this song is, he didn’t change his style of singing; he still maintained that “Tony Orlando” we knew. It’s actually a pretty good record, and I think had the tempo been a little more faster, it would have been the kind of music you would have heard @ Studio 54 back in the day. From this same compilation, I recommend also checking out this instrumental disco version “Love Hangover,” by Touch. As you may remember, this song was also done by the legendary Diana Ross; this was one of her many monster cult classics. Two of the best songs from this album.
I’m not a fan of listening to anyone that is under 21 years of age, trying to sing any iconic classic song. But a long time ago, I heard a great song whilst in my local grocery store. It had a nice smooth Spanish beat to it. It took me a little bit before I realized the song the singer was singing, was “Stand By Me.” “Stand By Me,” was originally performed by Ben E. King back in 1961. This time, this particular interpretation was done by Prince Royce. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his version of this song. I loved the way he sang it because he stayed true to not only the melody, but preserved the whole feeling and essence of the song, as if he was singing the song for the first time (the way Ben E. King would have sang it originally (with a Bachata twist)). I love it when musical cultures mix together, it is the most beautiful gift that any artist can give to the world (when it’s done right). I’m so happy I became aware of Prince’s rendition of this song, I think it’s really nice. There’s also another song he did quite nicely called “Su Hombre Soy Yo.” You can listen to them both on Spotify.