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You know, I just love the internet sometimes!! Because there are very few things I can’t find (at least when it comes to American music). I’ve learned something new today. For many years growing up, I just naturally assumed that “Inner Life,” was actually another music group. However, upon researching I discovered that they were actually a music project. But then again, it was really hard to keep track of that stuff; because it was very common for performers to literally change groups like their clothes. Sometimes many of them would decide to go solo, then if it doesn’t work out, they come right back to their old groups as if nothing ever happened. LOL



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Inner life was only active for about 5-6 years. If I remember correctly, they disbanded sometime in 1986. For most (if not all) of their albums, Jocelyn Brown has been the lead singer. The biggest hit that Jocelyn sang for the group was a song called “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair),” released in 1979. The song hit #7 on the U.S. dance charts, and it also hit #22 on the R&B charts. I was kind of shocked to see such a low number for R&B, considering just how popular the song was in the Black community. Other than that, the project didn’t produce any more big hits really. I have to be honest, I re-listened to several of their old albums after the “Caught Up” album, and their music really sounded like the same ol’ regurgitated disco albums that everyone else was putting out. In fact, it’s probably what killed disco in the first place, it was too much repetition. Jocelyn is so talented, I was happy when she broke away from that group.

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You know, before I decided to stop doing album reviews and focus more on individual songs, I wish I would have remembered Lisa Stansfield’s first album. Why? Almost every single song on this album I absolutely LOVE!!!! Definitely, this is one of those rare occasions where I liked an entire album, from side A to B. Now, on they day she released the original album, there was only one record. However, Spotify includes bonus tracks making it a deluxe two album set. I would have loved to have this in my record collection. But I’m also sure if a physical copy is available, it would cost an arm and a leg by now. Or probably sold as an import most likely. I used to call her Betty Boop, because this was the image she gave in almost all of her music videos when she came out. Her album “Affection,” to my understanding is still her most successful album. Lisa’s song called “All Around The World,” from the Affection album was her most popular hands down. In March 1990, the song peaked at #1, and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks.



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My other original favorite form this album, is a song called “This Is The Right Time,” and the video for this song was awesome too. This song also hit number 1, and stayed on the charts for about 9 weeks. Lisa was definitely steaming hot with her first album! Lastly, there’s a song on this album called “Live Together” which I really, really love. The song did not get as much recognition as it deserved in my opinion. Check it out and see what you think? The album has a number of cute  remixes, and extended mixes I’m hearing for the first time as I’m writing this article. Come relive the 90s by listening to Lisa’s classic Affection album.

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Tonight’s artist is an amazing composer from way back. His name is Herb Alpert. Alpert is noted as being a Jazz composer, and mostly trumpet player. However, if we listen to many of the albums he has released throughout the years, he’s actually done a lot of different kinds of music, including disco, and some standards. I first first came to know of Alpert when I heard one of his biggest mainstream hit of all times called “Rise,” released in 1979 under A&M records. I fell in love with his work ever since. “Rise,” not only hit #1, the song also got Alpert a Grammy that year, for best pop instrumental performance. I love this peace just as much as I love Chuck Mangione’s “Feel Good.” “Rise,” is indeed a masterpiece in my opinion.



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When I close my eyes and listen to it, it makes me feel like I’m in Mexico somewhere, like on an romantic adventure or something. Or on some beach in Mexico drinking a martini or something, just chillin’. LOL.  Most of his music (if not all) is very smooth and relaxing. In my opinion, with the exception of Rise and a couple of other works from Alpert, although enjoyable, they’re definitely not party music (at least not in the sense of  getting down and boogieing). I don’t know what to call them. I guess the best thing I can compare it too, is like up beat meditative kind of music. You know, the kind of music you would play in an office to help change the office atmosphere I guess. LOL

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This is a very nice portrait of “The Commodores.” I always thought that these guys were naturally photogenic. However, music wise (I think I’ve mentioned this before), I don’t they were much without Lionel Ritchie. I really hate to say that. And it’s not that I think they’re not talented, maybe it’s the songwriters. Or maybe to fans, Lionel was the Commodores! As far as I can remember, I think it’s safe to say they’ve really only had one big hit after Lionel left the group, and that song was called “Nightshift (1985).” The song was a tribute to the late Jackie Wilson and the late Marvin Gaye. If you listen closely, both their names were mentioned in the song. The song peaked at #3 and stayed relevant for 22 weeks. That same year, Diana Ross sung her tribute to Marvin Gaye in a song called “Missing You.” Diana’s song shot to #10 and stayed relevant for 27 weeks. Interesting how The Commodores’ song peaked higher than Diana’s; yet Diana’s song was on the Top 100 Charts for a little over a month longer.



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If my research is correct, the last album they’ve recorded was in 1993 called “No Tricks.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Spotify has the original album available, but at least they have the song. I guess the album was a flop anyway, because by the time this album was released, there was only three of them left. I can’t seem to find any chart information, I guess that was pretty much it for their career. It’s a shame they could not work out their differences with Lionel. If you are a Commodores fan, Spotify does have one of their Greatest Hits albums.

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Hi old school family!! Back this morning with a special handpicked playlist just for my blog readers! I don’t believe I’ve shared with you any hard hitting house music yet. People of my age group who’s gone out to clubs in the 80s & 90s will appreciate this playlists. My playlist includes 30 of some of the biggest & memorable house mixes from back in the day (including Acid). Some of our best DJs came from the 80s & 90s in my opinion, such as my favorites, Ralphi Rosario, Fast Eddie, and Todd Terry, just to name a few.



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You’ll be dancing to club mixes like “Dance-Club Mix,” by Earth People, “Hear The Music – Tee’s Freeze Mix,” by Gypsymen, “Work It To The Bone,” by LNR, “Luv Dancin’ (featuring Jasmine) – In Deep Mix,” by Underground Solution, “Plastic Dreams,” by Jaydee. In the gay community, we loved Jaydee’s song so much, that every time a DJ played it, EVERYONE did the “Bus Stop!” It was an amazing sight to see, everyone coming together for the love of music. Imagine a huge club like “The Sound Factory (not sure if it’s still around),” and everyone doing the same dance steps! It was almost like watching synchronized swimming. It was an amazing time back then. Now people have so much attitude it’s not even safe to go to clubs anymore. Listen to these classic remixes on Spotify.

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Being that I am much older, and grew up in an entirely different generation, I still find it hard to call this song (or group for that matter) “Old School!” However, the fact of the matter is, it is old school. Could you believe this song is already 20 years old? Wow!! But, let me also say that, by my standards, it’s not just old school because it’s now 20 years old, it’s old school because it’s real good music with great harmonies by three amazing male voices. Next was a very talented group; and I say “was,” because R.L. was “kicked out of the group,” according to R.L. himself. And that’s a shame, because 80% of their songs I like and remember, R.L. was their lead singer, so it’s just not the same. Listen to the interview he did for VladTV. You know, for a long time I mistaken Robert “R.L.” Huggar (far right) for Guy’s Teddy Riley.



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I have to say, “Too Close,” released in 1998, I think is my most favorite song from Next, hands down. It has a nice steady rhythm, and people of all ages can get their dance on when this was played. In addition, it has that element of old beat (almost like R&B disco (if there is such a thing)) that appeals to many people in my age group. The song shot up to #1 on the charts, and stayed  relevant for a whopping 60 weeks!! There was another cute song that was also popular, and it’s called “Wifey,” released in 2000. “Wifey” hit #4 on the R&B Charts, and stayed relevant for 10 weeks.

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Bell, Biv, DeVoe, hanging out in NYC (I think it was the Bronx). I’m a shamed to say that I didn’t see the New Edition movie yet. Maybe I need to look for it on Netflix. This photo makes my laugh, because all I keep focusing on, is that big ass phone that Bell is holding in his hand. LOL.. Looking at that cellphone, you know this photo is old. LOL. I spent almost all day trying to figure out what brand it could have been. I narrowed it down to three brands; the first Motorola flip (cause we know those were huge); I thought Nokia, but maybe that’s even too big for Nokia; and the last I thought of was Audiovox. Those are the only big cellphone players that I remember making gigantic analog phones.They’ve made some cute songs, but my favorite is “Poison (1990).”

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I have a treat for all the doo-wop fans out there this morning! This is a new handpicked collection of extremely rare, yet some of the most (then) popular male groups of the 50s through the 60s. This playlist includes songs such as “Goody Goody” by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, which hit #20 on the Billboard Charts in 1957. I also have on this playlist, “Sincerely” by The Moonglows, which hit #1 in 1954. I couldn’t resist the urge to add “I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos,  and this song peaked at #3 on the charts in 1959! Many of these songs were produced while at the peak of each music group’s career. I know you’ll like these amazing songs, just as much as I’ve enjoyed picking them for you. Listen now on Spotify and Enjoy.

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