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


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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 The Four TopsAin’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) and Keeper Of The Castle by The Four Tops: Having left Motown in 1972 to sign with ABC Records, The Four Tops released the LP Keeper Of The Castle (No. 33 on the Pop Chart) in 1973. The first single released from the album was Keeper Of The Castle, which became their first Top 10 hit in several years, reaching No. 10 on the Pop Chart and No. 7 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The other big single from the album was the romantic Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got), which peaked at Pop No. 4 and Soul/R&B No. 2, the group’s most successful post-Motown Top 40 hit. Also available on Anthology: 50th Anniversary.




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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 Marvin GayeLet’s Get It On and Come Get To This by Marvin Gaye: Written by Marvin Gaye and producer Ed Townsend, Let’s Get It On (Pop No. 1, Soul/R&B No. 1) was the most successful single the singer released for Motown Records and the second best-selling single of 1973, remaining at No. 1 on the Pop Chart for two weeks and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart for all of eight weeks. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #167 on the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and in 2008, the song was ranked #32 on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs” list. Come Get To This reached No. 21 on the Pop Chart and No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart, selling more than a quarter million copies. Both singles were released from Let’s Get It On (Pop No. 2, Soul/R&B No. 1), which became the most commercially successful album of Marvin Gaye's recording career. Let's Get It On and Come Get To This are also available on The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye.

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Classic 1970s soul r and b and funk Vol. 4 Mcfadden and WhiteheadAin’t No Stopping Us Now and I’ve Been Pushed Aside by McFadden & Whitehead: Associated with the Soul Music record label Philadelphia International, where they wrote and produced hit songs for other artists (The O’Jays’ Backstabbers, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ Wake Up Everybody, etc.), McFadden & Whitehead gained fame with their signature tune, the Disco-flavored hit single Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, which reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 13 on the Pop Chart and peaked at No. 10 on the Disco Chart, eventually selling more than a million copies. The ballad I’ve Been Pushed Aside made it to No. 73 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The duo’s debut album McFadden & Whitehead reached No. 5 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 23 on the Pop Chart. Ain't No Stopping Us Now and I've Been Pushed Aside are also available on Aint No Stopping Us Now: The best Of The PIR Years.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Kool And The GangLadies Night by Kool & The Gang: After a couple of years without any chart success (1976-1978), Kool & The Gang scored a big hit with the funky, Disco-flavored Ladies Night in 1979 (No. 8 on the Pop Chart). The LP Ladies Night was their first Platinum album (Soul/R&B No. 1, Pop No. 13), and their first to feature new lead vocalist J.T. Taylor. It was also the beginning of a more mainstream sound and the group’s most commercially successful period (1979-1987). The album Ladies Night contained a second hit single, Too Hot, but it was released in 1980, which is why it has been included in the blog series Classic 1980s Soul, R&B and Funk. Also available on The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 Aretha FranklinRock Steady and Day Dreaming by Aretha Franklin: Written and performed by Aretha Franklin herself, Rock Steady was released as a single in 1971, peaking at No. 9 on the Pop Chart and reaching No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Day Dreaming became Aretha Franklin’s twelfth Soul&R&B No. 1 single and also reached No. 5 on the Pop Chart, selling more than one million copies. Soul legend Donny Hathaway plays electric piano on the song. The singles were lifted from the Gold-certified 1972 LP Young, Gifted and Black, which reached No. 10 on the Pop Chart and No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The album won the “Queen of Soul” a Grammy Award for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance”. Also available on Respect: The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 Sly and the Family StoneEverybody Is A Star by Sly & The Family Stone: Released in 1970, the compilation album Greatest Hits reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 2 on the Pop Chart. Selling five million copies in the U.S. alone, Greatest Hits was certified quintuple Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Greatest Hits gathered all of the singles from their three previous albums (Dance To The Music, Life, Stand!) plus three new recordings, including the instant classic Everybody Is A Star (Soul/R&B No. 1, Pop No. 1). In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Greatest Hits No. 60 on the magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Also available on The Essential Sly & The Family Stone.

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Classic 1970s Soul and R and B and Funk Vol. 4 Bill WithersLovely Day by Bill Withers: Having been released as a single in the U.S. in late 1977, Lovely Day climbed the charts to reach No. 6 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 30 on the Pop Chart in early 1978. In the U.K. the single made the Top 10, peaking at No. 7 on the British Singles Chart. Lovely Day was released from American Soul/R&B singer Bill Withers’ sixth studio album, Menagerie, which charted at No. 39 on the Pop Chart and No. 16 on the Soul/R&B Chart in the U.S. Meanwhile, in the U.K., it became the singer’s biggest-selling LP, reaching No. 27 on the British Album Chart. Also available on The Best Of Bill Withers: Lean On Me.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 The Staple SingersRespect Yourself and I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers: In 1972, the American Soul/R&B and Gospel family group The Staple Singers released the album Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Soul/R&B No. 3, Pop No. 19) with backing by the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns. The first single, Respect Yourself, was released in late 1971 and became a crossover hit, peaking at No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 12 on the Pop Chart. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and was ranked #468 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The single I’ll Take It There only reached No. 90 on the Pop Chart, but made it all the way to No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on The Very Best Of The Staple Singers.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4.TavaresIt Only Takes A Minute
and The Love I Never Had by Tavares: In 1975, the American Soul/R&B/Disco group Tavares released their critically acclaimed third LP, In The City, hitting No. 26 on the Pop Chart and No. 8 on the Soul/R&B Album Chart. It Only Takes A Minute became their second single release to hit No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The single also reached No. 10 on the Pop Chart and charted at No. 7 on the U.K. Singles Chart. A second single, the ballad The Love I Never Had, reached No. 8 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on Capitol Gold: Best Of Tavares.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 The Blue NotesIf You Don’t Know Me By Now and I Miss You by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Written by the legendary songwriting duo of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (Philadelphia International Records), If You Don’t Know Me By Now was recorded by Philly Soul group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and released as a single in 1972, reaching No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 3 on the Pop Chart. The song was originally written for Soul/R&B/Funk trio Labelle (led by Soul icon Patti Labelle), but they never recorded it. Likewise I Miss You was turned down by Soul/R&B group The Dells. Songwriters Gamble & Huff then offered I Miss You to Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, who recorded the song and released it as a single (Soul/R&B No. 7, Pop No. 58). The Soul group’s debut album, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, also achieved chart success (Soul/R&B No. 4, Pop No. 53). Also available on The Essential Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 The CrusadersStreet Life by The Crusaders: In the early years of Randy Crawford’s solo career, before she was commercially successful, she was hired by Soul/Jazz group The Crusaders to sing lead vocals on the track Street Life. Released as a single in 1979, Street Life entered the Top 40, reaching No.17 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 36 on the Pop Chart. The Crusaders’ twelfth studio album, Street Life, the peak of the group’s commercial popularity, made the Top 20, peaking at No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 18 on the Pop Chart. Also available on The Crusaders: Gold.

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Classic 1970s Soul R and B and Funk Vol. 4 Chaka KhanI’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan: Recorded and released in 1978, Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman was her first hit single outside of her Funk group Rufus, who enjoyed several chart successes from 1973-1983. I’m Every Woman was written by the hugely successful songwriting team Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, who wrote numerous songs for various Soul/R&B/Disco artists, and produced by legendary producer Arif Mardin (Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack). Taken from Chaka Khan’s solo debut album, Chaka (Pop No. 40), the single reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 21 on the Pop Chart, and No. 11 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Also available on Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan.

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For more classic 1970s 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. 3

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 Thursday, August 29, 2013
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