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Clarence Carter was another phenomenal performer, songwriter, and record producer. Carter primarily sings blues and soul music. He’s in his 80s now, so I’m not sure if he’s still performing. One of my favorite songs from him is a song called “Slip Away,” released in 1968, for Atlantic Records. I remember hearing this a lot on the radio. I just loved the sound of the type of guitar he used; it gave the song that “signature blues sound.” But this wasn’t just any o’l blues song, it was also very danceable; which allowed the song to reach #2 on the R&B charts, and #6 on the pop charts. From this same album, there’s another song I like called “I’m Qualified.” The rhythm of this song reminds me of Otis Redding’s music. But his second biggest hit I believe, was a song called “Patches,” released in 1970 (which is also a favorite of mine). The song was originally written and performed by General Johnson, lead singer of a group called “Chairmen Of The Board.”

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I absolutely love this song! It’s from a group called “Tomorrow’s Children,” and the song is called “Bang Bang Rock Steady (1967).” This is basically a remake of  Cher’s old classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (1966).” A second song (I’m assuming is on side B of this 45 record), is called “Rain (1967),” also happens to be a remake of the Beatles “Rain (1966).” “Tomorrow’s Children” was a great reggae group, and unfortunately there is almost no information on them to share, other than the music they’ve made, and records available. What a shame.

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Boy, it seems I’ve been on a Motown kick for the last two-three weeks. Well, I guess why not? They’ve made some awesome music during the time of their reign. Today, I’d like to write about one of my favorite songs from Brenda Holloway called “Every Little Bit Hurts,” released in 1964. This song peaked @ #3 on the R&B charts, and stayed relevant for 14 weeks. This song was HUGE in the early 60s, yet now it’s considered a forgotten gem. I absolutely love the dramatic music composition, and Brenda delivered the emotion of this song superbly. Aretha Franklin recorded a nice version of this song. Well, then again, almost everything Aretha sings was on point back in the day. Alicia Keys also recorded a nice version, however, all I can find is the live version. I know she has a studio version because I saw the video for it. It must be that good o’l copyright license bullsh** shutting Alicia down. It’s a shame cause I really liked her version too. 🙁 On a lighter note, check out Motown: The DVD from Amazon. It’s a DVD of performances from legendary Motown artists, which includes Brenda Holloway.

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You know, I have to be honest, I was never really a huge fan of Jermaine Jackson’s music. There were really only 3 songs I liked from him. The first song was called, “Let’s Be Young Tonight,” recorded in 1976 under the Tamla Motown (UK) label. This was one of my top favorite disco songs from that year. Its highest peak was #19 on the R&B charts. Very few disco songs do I consider a romantic song. This record was perfect to play while out on a honeymoon night. Back from that, the only two other songs that came after I really liked were the following, “Let’s Get Serious,” which is a groovy funk type song that peaked @ #9 on the charts; and then there’s “Do What You Do,” another very popular song in 1985 that peaked @ #14. For you Jermaine Jackson fans out there, check out Jermaine Jackson’s – Dynamite Videos on DVD on Amazon.

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I know I’ve tweeted this album a couple of times already, but this album is worthy of a blog post. If you’re a Santana fan, and you’ve never heard this album before, I recommend that you take a listen. Now, I have never been a fan of live albums, but of all the music I’ve consumed in my lifetime, I can honestly say there were only two live albums I ever loved. The first was Donna Summer’s “Live And More (1978),” and the second album would be Santana’s self titled 1969 album. Santana’s album sounds so good, it doesn’t even sound like a live album (maybe that’s why I like it). My two favorite songs from this album are “Jingo,” and “Evil Ways.” When I hear Jingo, it literally transports me back to the late 60s; listening to the guitar solo on this piece was so amazing, I didn’t need to watch it on TV! I just closed my eyes and I was there. There were times listening to this album made me feel like I was in Woodstock! I was forced to insert this article in the “World Music” category, because there are too many cultures mixed in this album. Rock, jazz, Latin, the album is a musical gumbo. On Amazon, I found a great Santana concern on Blu-Ray! Could you believe it? There aren’t too many classic performers we find on Blu-Ray. It’s called Santana: Live at Montreux 2011. All the big names play in Montreux.

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Yes, believe it or not, I love country music too. However, the bulk of country music I hold dear are the older songs mostly; and usually from specific artists like Kenny Rogers. By the way, no disrespect…… But, have you guys seen the way Kenny looks now? Oh, my, goodness!!!! If he doesn’t stop with his addiction to plastic surgeries, he’s going to look like that cat lady. His skin is soooooo pulled back, he looks like he’s unable to close his eyes. I would have never recognized him, if I saw him walking the streets. He was growing old gracefully, and stayed handsome, until he went under the knife. Anyway, one of my favorite songs I’ve heard recently on Internet radio, is called “You Decorated My Life,” released in 1979. I think this was such a beautiful and romantic country song. His song hit #1, and stayed on the Top 100 for about 12 weeks. These were real & heartfelt love songs back in the day. Not like today, were it is all about ways of getting in to your pants. Hey, did you know that Kenny Rogers was also an actor as well? On Amazon, check out a movie called “The Gambler (1980),” starring Christine Belford & Bruce Boxleitner.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to this phenomenal woman’s music. The insanely popular song called “Pata Pata,” was recorded by Miriam Makeba in 1967. I was just shy of 3 months old when this song was released; yet, I was aware of hearing the song around 6 or 7? That’s how popular her song still was. “Pata Pata” was the song that made Miriam extremely famous; I guess we can say it was comparable to America’s Chubby Checker’s massive hit “The Twist.” Miriam’s “Pata Pata” was not only a great popular Afrodance song, it was that “feel good” song that brought many races together. Miriam changed the world with her music, and her legacy should not be forgotten. What was special about Miriam, she didn’t just spread political awareness with her music, she also sang about the kinds of deep personal struggles that many people of color were going through, and still are. Such as the song I love called “Quit It (1974).” Very deep words that song has, and unfortunately, it is still relevant to the struggles of many today. Her music will speak to you once you listen it (appose to hearing it). Young kids today don’t know what a phenomenal artist she was. Miriam died at the age of 76, some time in 2008. There’s an excellent video I found on Amazon’s streaming, it’s called Have You Seen Drum Recently? It’s a documentary about anti-apartheid and the change of Black culture. This video includes the legendary Miriam Makeba.

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Hello oldies family! I have a really nice classic for you tonight. The artist’s name is King Curtis, and the song “Memphis Soul Stew.” Memphis Soul Stew was released in 1967, and although its highest peak was only #33 on the charts, the song will still make you move your feet. I remember hearing this a lot on the radio as a kid. It has a smooth sound, and is one of those easy songs you can dance to that doesn’t require you to breakout in a sweat. In Kurtis’s short life, he wore many hats; he was a record producer, composer, music director, and played many instruments. At the moment, I can’t recall of King having any #1s, however, I think it’s safe to say that he was most remembered for “Memphis Soul Stew.” Oh, yeah, King also reinterpreted an instrumental version of one of my old favorites that didn’t get much attention. The song was called “Groove Me,” and I really do recommend you check it out. Today it would be considered “Modern Jazz.” Originally song was performed by King Floyd.

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