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. 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 know, at first glance, you may think that the group Fleetwood Mac are out dated and irrelevant folk singers. However, when you listen to their music, you’ll find that they are an extremely talented band. Actually, I enjoy watching their live video performances just as much as I do listening to their CD. They happen to be one of my very very favorite classic bands. With the distinct vocals of Stevie Nicks, the band has spit out a string of hits throughout their career. The lead singer for most of their hits was Stevie Nicks; and unfortunately, she had a long battle with an addiction to pain killers. Sometimes I think she still has, after watching a couple of her live performances on video. It was as though she was performing while sleeping (it was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen (she still sounded good though)). Just a side note, although I absolutely love Stevie Nicks, I think her best work was with Fleetwood Mac. The only song I really loved after she gone solo, was a song called “Stand Back (1983).” Some artists just do better when they collaborate with others. Some of my most favorite music from Fleedwood Mac are “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Everywhere,” and “Don’t Stop.” Listen to more of Fleedwood Mac’s greatest hits on Spotify.
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 Spotify.
Boy, do I have an oldie for you guys today. Does anyone remember Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson? Gloria Loring is an actress and singer. I believe she became really popular when she landed a gig on a soap opera called “Days Of Our Lives” back in the day. Carl Anderson is an actor that became recognized as for his role as Judas, in the hit Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” back in the day. TheY both recorded a hit song together called “Friends & Lovers” in 1985, but it was released in 1986. The song was produced as a new theme song for “Days Of Our Lives” (if I remember correctly). It was a huge hit, and peaked at #2 at 22 weeks. The song was not only a huge hit, it also played an important political role in the 80’s. Many of my visitors may have been be too young to remember, or weren’t born at all at the time. Among many social issues we had in the 80’s, one of the big controversies that existed was interracial relationships. It seemed that every single talk show and news media were discussing morals of interracial relationships. Personally, I never saw the big deal. If someone has a good heart, and treated me with respect, I couldn’t care what their race, or color was! This song help force people to deal and address the issue of anti-interracial relationships. I still think it is a great song. Listen on Spotify.
In my opinion, José Feliciano is definitely a lost Spanish Treasure. José is a Puerto Rican guitarist and composer, and has an absolutely beautiful male voice and I really love his earlier music. I don’t think too many children of this generation know anything about him. Listening to José is almost like listening to a Spanish version of Jim Croce. Although José performed different genres of music, my favorites has mostly been his folk style rhythms. Although José has had many hits throughout his career, once he released the holiday song Feliz Navidad (1970), it was almost as though he became immortal. This song was played everywhere, by everyone; it ascended beyond race and culture; Italians, Indians, etc, etc were playing this song literally every year (next to Nate King Cole Xmas albums). Two other iconic songs you may remember from José, Light My Fire (1968), and the theme song from the hit 70’s TV show called “Chico and The Man (1974).” Listen to his greatest hits.
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.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never really been an Osmond fan (especially Donny; his singing never appealed to me). There were only about 3 songs I ever liked from the Osmonds (the really old ones). However, not too long ago, I discovered a song that Donny had redone called “Peg,” and it was originally sung by Steely Dan, released in 1977. I really liked they way Steely Dan sang it; but when I heard Donny sing it, I was impressed! Very impressed. The song now has an updated funk and pop sound to it. I have to say that Donny’s vocals were on point with this song, and right on beat. He just nailed it. I was dancing all over the place with this song. In fact, I think it’s so good that I recommend my visitors to add it to their exercise playlist. I’m not saying I like this whole album, but I do like this one song. The way he sings this song actually kind of reminds me of Robin Thicke’s style of music. Listen to “Peg” on Spotify.
“Believe It Or Not” was a huge hit song in the early eighties; and it was the theme song to a hit TV series called “The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983),” starring William Katt. The song was originally sung by Joey Scarbury. If you still don’t remember who William Katt is, you may remember him as Tommy Ross, who played Carrie’s boyfriend in the huge cult classic movie “Carrie (1976).” “The Greatest American Hero” was an action/comedy that had a story line similar to “The Green Lantern.” An alien visits the planet earth, and gives him a special suit that gives him all sorts of powers. Unfortunately, somehow Katt loses the instructions for the suit, and he’s left to figure out what it does as he goes along. He’s also helped by two trustworthy friends. Listen to “The Greatest American Hero” theme song on Spotify.