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One of my most favorite songs from Ken Boothe, is a song called “Silver Words,” and it was released in 1976. The song was originally written and performed by Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (or better known as simply Rodriquez) in 1971. Rodriquez music was extremely influential in South Africa, and it’s no surprise that a number of reggae artists loved Rodriquez work so much that they would make interpretations of their own. However, in my opinion, Ken did it the best tho. It’s a beautiful love song about a simple and uncomplicated man, who is in essence appreciative that he has found a girl who is interested in him. The words are so beautiful, and speaks of pure love and gratitude, without any set of conditions. Another beautiful favorite of mine is, “Everything I own,” which was originally written and performed by a group called “Bread” in 1972, and both happen to also be two of my many favorite songs.

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In 1983, siblings Doris, Delroy, Denise, Stedman, and Lorraine Pearson formed a group called “5 Star” and became an instant sensation in the United States. One of my favorite hits from 5 Star, is a song called “All Fall Down” released in 1985. “All Fall Down” reached No. 6 on the American Pop charts, and stayed in the 100 range for 13 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked @ #15, and stayed about 12 weeks on the U.K. charts. Although I loved  a lot of their music, I couldn’t watch a music video or live performance without commenting on just how much makeup they all wore. LOL There were times the girls looked like cats they wore so much makeup. Without makeup, I’m most certain few of us would have known who they were. Another huge favorite of mine is a song called “Let Me Be The One,” which peaked #2 on the U.S. R&B charts. In 1986, 5 Star won the BRIT Award for best new artist.

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Unless you were a club head back in the 80s, a good majority of you are not going to know this group. This here, is a CLASSIC in regards to club music. And happens to be one of my favorites from the 80s club era. The group is called FFWD; and it cleverly stands for the following group members; Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Fripp, Kris Weston, and Dr. Alex Paterson (in that order). In 1987, they released a unique song under the “Criminal Records” music label called “Baby Don’t Go.” This was huge in the clubs back in the day. I can’t believe that this song has less then a thousand plays on Spotify. I’m telling you guys, we’re losing our musical history. I’m so sad about this. I can barely find any information on the record label, I’m starting to think it’s been defunct. However, on Discogs, there is a list of much of their old club/freestyle vinyls if you’re interested. I’m guessing FFWD had separated, because the last album release I could find was 1994.

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Wow, another great group forgotten about. In 1967, Ritchie Cordell written a song called “I Think We’re Alone Now” for the group Tommy James & The Shondells. The song was an instant hit, reaching #4 on the Top 100 chart! But then, a 16 year old Tiffany reinterpreted their song “I Think We’re Alone Now” in 1987, and it shot to #1 and stayed on the Top 100 for 24 weeks. Now, believe it or not, I really liked Tiffany’s version a lot. It’s one of those “innocent, teenage love songs.” However, one pattern I’ve seen time and time again with music labels. It seemed as though, each time they wanted to “promote new talent,” they often have them sing songs that were already hits!  I always have to question myself, if you always have to sing someone else’s hits (as a new up and coming artist), are you really talented? Fortunately for Tiffany I think she was. But at the same time, this is why parents should get involved and expose their children to different music. ‘Cause while they think they’re listening to “new stuff,” in reality much of them are recycled. Tommy James & The Shondells also has a few more favorites of mine you may remember, “Crimson and Clover,” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.”

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Musically speaking, one of the many things I loved about the seventies, was that artists used to literally turn any classical music into a new disco song! 🤣 I really, really missed that. That was a time when we were more culturally connected to our music. Anyway, an composer by the name of Walter Murphy reinterpreted Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5,” aka, more popularly known as “A Fifth Of Beethoven,” for the “Saturday Night Fever” movie soundtrack. He not only reinterpreted it, he turned it in to a disco masterpiece. First of all, let me start off by saying, how lucky all of the artists were who participated on this soundtrack. The album went 15x platinum! Do you realize how few movie soundtracks have accomplished this? The only other recent soundtrack (that I can remember right now) that hit big like that was, the late Whitney Houston’s “Bodyguard (1992)” which shattered SNF with over 18x Platinum. Every single artist that was on this album became cult legends, and was forever associated with this album. The enormous success and exposure with “Symphony No. 5” allowed Murphy to enjoy 40+ prosperous years doing what he does. Murphy has written music for “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson, “Family Guy,” and even for the TV show “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.” If you’d like to listen to “Symphony No. 5,” how it was originally composed, go to Spotify here.

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LOL, I keep forgetting which one is James/Bobby, but the guy on the right cracks me up, because for whatever reason, he reminds me of Jay-Z. Don’t they look like they could be related some how? 🤣 Anyhow, James and Bobby Purity really hit it big with their hit “I’m Your Puppet (1966).” The song peaked at #6 on the American Billboard’s Top 100, and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. Growing up, I remembered just about every Black household playing this record. Everybody bopped their heads to this song. In fact, you know what? They reminded me a lot of the duo “Sam & Dave.” The only difference is Sam & Dave did a lot more soulful ballads I think. Definitely a good choice for any seventies party! Another hit you should check out from this same album is called “Let Love Come Between Us (1967),” which was another huge hit for them. Although this song only peaked at #23, it’s still a great song.

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Many of my long time readers my know, I adore Bette Midler. I think she is an incredibly talented actress and singer. She has done both film and Broadway, both comedy and serious roles. She’s done it all. One of my most favorite songs of all-time by Bette, is a song she has re-interpreted called “Do You Want To Dance,” and it was released in 1972. The song was originally written and performed by legendary Bobby Freeman in 1958. Out of all the many versions, in my opinion, Bette’s re-interpretation of the song is best. Although I still love Bobby’s original version; maybe I shouldn’t compare them, because technically the two of them are very different. Bobby’s version was meant to rock the dance floor, whereas Bette’s version is more for a romantic and private evening with her man. It blows my mind how an artist can take the same exact song, and transform it in to not only something entirely different, but change the entire mood too. Amazing!!!!

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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.

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