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Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 3

 

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The OJays So Full Of Love Soul Blog SeriesUse Ta Be My Girl and Brandy (I Really Miss You) by The O’Jays: In 1978 The O’Jays released their 11th studio album, So Full Of Love, an LP that reached No. 6 on the Pop Chart and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Use Ta Be My Girl topped the Soul/R&B Chart and reached No. 4 on the U.S. Pop Chart and No. 12 on the U.K. Chart. Inexplicably, Brandy (I Really Miss You) only made it to No. 79 on the Pop Chart, but – deservedly – the single reached No. 21 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The album, So Full Of Love, was awarded the RIAA Platinum Certification for 1.000.000 copies sold. Also available on The Essential The O’Jays.

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Soul Blog Series Roberta Flack and Donny HathawayWhere Is The Love by Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack: In 1972, Soul singers Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway released a stellar duet album simply titled Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (No. 3 on the Pop Chart, No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart). Three singles were released, but it was the third single that became the album’s big hit. Where Is The Love peaked at No. 5 on the Pop Chart and made it all the way to No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Furthermore, Where Is The Love won a Grammy Award for "Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group”. Also available on The Very Best Of Roberta Flack and A Donny Hathaway Collection.

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3+3-Album-Cover-The-Isley-Brothers-Soul-Blog-SeriesThat Lady and Summer Breeze by The Isley Brothers: Originally recorded by The Isley Brothers nine years earlier in 1964 (as Who’s That Lady), they recorded That Lady again in 1973. Released as a single, That Lady reached No. 6 on the Pop Chart and No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The song was recorded for the album 3 + 3, which reached No. 8 on the Pop Album Chart and No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Album Chart and became the group’s first Platinum-selling album. Also available on The Essential Isley Brothers.

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The Dramatics Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Soul Blog SeriesIn The Rain and Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get by The Dramatics: In The Rain, The Dramatics’ biggest hit single, was released in 1972, reaching No. 5 on the Pop Chart and topping the Soul/R&B Chart for four consecutive weeks, selling more than a million copies. The previous year, the group released the single Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, which reached No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and peaked at No. 9 on the Pop Chart. Both singles were released from the album Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (Pop No. 20, Soul/R&B No. 5), the band’s first million-selling LP. Also available on The Very Best Of The Dramatics.

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Sly and the Family Stone Soul Blog SeriesFamily Affair by Sly & The Family Stone: Released in 1971, Family Affair was the first song featuring a drum machine to reach No. 1 on the Pop Chart. It was Sly & The Family Stone’s fourth and final No. 1 Pop hit and also reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Family Affair #138 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. This unique Soul song was featured on the group’s Platinum-selling fifth studio album There’s A Riot Goin’ On (Pop No. 1, Soul/R&B No. 1) , which, in 2003, was ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Family Affair is also available on The Essential Sly & The Family Stone.

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The Temptations Ball Of Confusion Soul Blog Series 3Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) by The Temptations: Written by in-house Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) was released in 1970, reaching No. 3 on the Pop Chart and No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart. In the U.K. it peaked at No. 7 on the Pop Chart. Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) wasn’t written for an official album, but was a brand-new song included on 1970’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. Available on 2008’s The Definitive Collection.

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The Stylistics Soul Blog Series Vol. 3You Are Everything and Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) by The Stylistics: In late 1971, The Stylistics released their debut album The Stylistics, which reached No. 23 on the Pop Album Chart and No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Produced by legendary songwriter, producer and arranger Thom Bell, the album contained all of five hit singles (all of which reached the Top Ten on the Soul/R&B Singles Chart). You Are Everything peaked at No. 9 on the Pop Chart and No. 10 on the Soul/R&B Chart, and Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) reached No. 39 on the Pop Chart and No. 6 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on Ultimate Collection.

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Barry White Soul Blog Series Vol. 3I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby and I’ve Got So Much To Give by Barry White: In 1973, the iconic singer and songwriter Barry White released his self-produced, arranged and engineered debut album I’ve Got So Much To Give (R&B No. 1, Pop No. 16). The album yielded two successful singles. The first single I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby which reached No. 3 on the Pop chart and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart (for two weeks) and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. Second single I’ve Got So Much To Give peaked at No. 32 on the Pop Chart and No. 5 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on the 2-CD compilation Gold.

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Chic-Good-Times-Soul-Blog-Series-Vol. 3Good Times by Chic: The dance floor classic Good Times was composed, arranged and produced by Chic masterminds Bernard Edwards (bass) and Nile Rodgers (guitar). Hitting No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart, Good Times was named “the number one R&B single of 1979” by Billboard magazine and was also ranked #229 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The single was taken from Chic’s third studio album, Risqué, which reached No. 5 on the Pop Album Chart and No. 2 on the Soul/R&B album Chart. Also available on The Definitive Groove Collection.

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Earth Wind and Fire Blog Series Vol. 3September by Earth, Wind & Fire: Written by mastermind Maurice White and band members Al McKay and Allee Willis, September was recorded during the 1978 sessions for Earth, Wind & Fire’s double-Platinum album, I Am, but it wasn’t included. Released as a single that same year, September became a huge hit, reaching No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 8 on the Pop Chart. The single featured on 1978’s classic ten-song collection The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, which reached No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Album Chart and No. 6 on the Pop Album Chart and was certified quintuple Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA for sales of more than 5.000.000 copies. Also available on the far more complete singles collection Greatest Hits.

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The-Persuaders-Soul-Blog-Series-Vol.-4Thin Line Between Love And Hate and Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) by The Persuaders: Formed in New York in 1969 and signed to Atlantic Records in 1971, The Persuaders were a talented Soul/R&B group that recorded a handful of albums during the ‘70s, of which the first couple of releases were their most accomplished. The Persuaders’ debut album contained two hit singles. The classic title track Thin Line Between Love And Hate made it all the way to No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and also entered the Top 20 on the Pop Chart. Thin Line Between Love And Hate sold more than one million copies and received a Gold Disc Award by the RIAA. Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) peaked at No. 8 on the Soul/R&B Chart.

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The Soul Children Soul Blog Series Vol. 3We Got To Get Our Thing Together and Finders Keepers by The Soul Children: Brought together by Isaac Hayes and David Porter at Stax Records, The Soul Children were a quartet (eventually reduced to a trio) that specialized in rootsy Southern Soul and lovely harmonies. The Soul Children recorded seven albums and scored 15 R&B hits between 1968 and 1978. It was the trio of singers J. Blackfoot, Norman West and Shelbra Bennett that recorded 1976’s solid Finders Keepers album, which contained We Got To Get Our Thing Together (also recorded by The Dells) and Finders Keepers (No. 49 on the Soul/R&B Chart).  

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For more classic '70s Soul, R&B, and Funk, also read:

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 1

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 2

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 4

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 5

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 6

Classic 1970s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 7

Posted by Joel Grøndrup on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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