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

 

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Pieces Of A Man Album Cover Gil Scott HeronHome Is Where The Hatred Is by Gil Scott-Heron: Renowned Soul/R&B/Jazz singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron's Home Is where The Hatred Is was released as a single in 1971; while it didn't chart, it has been recorded by several other artists and has, rightfully, long since been acknowledged as a classic within its genre. Home Is Where The Hatred Is was featured on the influential LP Pieces Of A Man, which reached No. 25 on the Top Jazz Album Chart. Also available on The Best Of Gil Scott-Heron.

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Come And Get Yourself Some Album Cover Leon HaywoodI Want'a Do Something Freaky To You by Leon Haywood: In 1975, American Soul/Funk singer-songwriter and record producer Leon Haywood scored the biggest hit single of his career with I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You, which peaked at No. 15 on the Pop Chart and No. 7 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The single was included on the singer's album Come And Get Yourself Some, also released in 1975. I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You was sampled by L.A. Gangsta Rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog for Ain't Nothing But A G-Thang. Also available on The Best Of Leon Haywood.

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3.
Cest Chic Album Cover ChicLe Freak and I Want Your Love by Chic: Written by the iconic songwriting team of guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards and recorded by their influential Soul/Funk quartet Chic, the dance-floor classic Le Freak reached No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart in 1978. It also reached No. 7 on the U.K. Singles Chart and eventually sold approximately seven million copies. The follow-up single, I Want Your Love, peaked at No. 7 on the Pop Chart and No. 5 on the Soul/R&B Chart.The accompanying album, C'est Chic, hit No. 4 on the Pop Chart and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. C'est Chic was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales over a million copies. Also available on Chic: The Definitive Groove Collection.

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4.
A Lonely Man Album Cover The Chi LitesOh Girl and A Lonely Man by The Chi-Lites: In 1972, Soul/R&B outfit the Chi-Lites experienced a career-high with the release of their fourth album, A Lonely Man, which reached No. 5 on the Pop Chart and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Produced and largely written by lead singer Eugene Record, the LP spawned two hit singles: The Chi-Lites most successful single, Oh Girl (Pop No. 1, Soul/R&B No. 1) and A Lonely Man (Soul/R&B No. 25). Both singles are also available on The Very Best Of The Chi-Lites.

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5.
Can Get Enough Album Cover Barry WhiteCan't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe and You're My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White: Written, recorded and produced by revered Soul/R&B singer Barry White, the string-drenched Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe (one of his signature songs) reached No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart in 1974. Another one of his signature songs, You're The First, The Last, My Everything, reached No. 2 on the Pop Chart and spent a week at No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Both singles were released from the 1974 album Can't Get Enough (Pop No. 1, Soul/R&B No. 1). Also available on Barry White: Gold.

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From A Girls Point Of View We Give To You Love Unlimited Album CoverWalking  In The Rain With The One I Love by Love Unlimited: Formed in 1969, the female vocal trio Love Unlimited provided backing vocals for '70s Soul/R&B icon Barry White on his studio recordings and concert tours. Barry White also wrote, arranged and produced the majority of the trio's own albums and singles, one of which was the Soul ballad Walking In The Rain With The One I Love, which peaked at No. 14 on the Pop Chart and No. 6 on the Soul/R&B Chart in 1972. The single was released from the album From A Girl's Point Of View We Give To You...Love Unlimited (Soul/R&B No. 19, Pop No. 151). Also available on Barry White: The Collection or The Best Of Love Unlimited.

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Destiny Album Cover The JacksonsBlame It On The Boogie and Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) by The Jacksons: The single Blame It On The Boogie was originally written by a singer-songwriter named Mick Jackson (no relation to the Jackson family) in the hopes that Stevie Wonder would record the song, but when The Jacksons' agent heard the track, he presented it to the group, who soon recorded their own version. Released as a single, it "only" reached No. 54 on the Pop Chart, whereas it climbed all the way to No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 8 on the U.K. Singles Chart. That same year, another single Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) peaked at No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 7 on the Pop Chart. Both songs were released as singles from The Jacksons' 12th studio album, Destiny (Pop No. 11, Soul/R&B No. 3), which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. and another two million copies in the rest of the world. Also available on The Very Best Of The Jacksons.

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8.
I Am Earth Wind and Fire Album CoverBoogie Wonderland and After The Love Has Gone by Earth, Wind & Fire: In 1979, the greatest and most successful Soul/R&B/Funk group of the late '70s and early '80s, Earth, Wind & Fire, released all of five charting singles from the same album (I Am), two of which entered the Top Ten. Boogie Wonderland reached No. 6 on the Pop Chart, No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart, and won a Grammy Award for "Best R&B Instrumental Performance". After The Love Has Gone reached No. 2 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart, sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone, and won Grammy Awards for "Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus" and "Best R&B Song", respectively. Earth, Wind & Fire's 9th album I Am (Pop No. 3, Soul/R&B No. 1) was certified Double Platinum, and bandleader Maurice White was nominated in the category "Producer Of The Year". Both singles are also available on Earth, Wind & Fire's Greatest Hits.

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9.
Diana Album Cover Diana RossUpside Down and I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross: In 1980, iconic Soul/R&B/ex-Supremes singer Diana Ross released her 11th studio album, Diana, which reached No. 2 on the Pop Chart and No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart (for eight consecutive weeks) and was certified Platinum for a million copies sold. Thirty years after its release, Diana remains Ross' best-selling LP, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. All songs on the album were written, composed, arranged, played and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. The first single Upside Down hit No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart. In 2003, Upside Down was ranked No. 63 on Billboard's "100 Greatest Songs Of All Time". The second single I'm Coming Out peaked at No. 5 on the Pop Chart and No. 6 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on The Definitive Collection.

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10.
This Is Niecy Album Cover Deniece WilliamsFree and 'Cause You Love Me Baby by Deniece Williams: American Grammy Award-winning Soul singer-songwriter and record producer Deniece Williams achieved both creative and commercial success in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Her debut album This Is Nicey -- produced by Charles Stepney and Earth, Wind & Fire mastermind Maurice White -- climbed to No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 33 on the Pop Chart and was certified Gold by the RIIA. The classic single Free reached No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 25 on the Pop Chart and No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The single's B-side, 'Cause You Love Me Baby, peaked at No. 75 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on The Best Of Deniece Williams: Gonna Take A Miracle.

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Songs In The Key Of Life Album Cover Stevie WonderSir Duke and As by Stevie Wonder: Motown Soul/R&B/Funk singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder has achieved more than 30 U.S. Top Ten hits, sold over 30 million albums and singles and received 22 Grammy Awards. In 1976, Stevie Wonder released his classic, critically acclaimed double album Songs In The Key Of Life, which debuted at No. 1 on the Pop Chart. Songs In The Key Of Life, Wonder's ambitious 18th album, ranks No. 57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time". All of five singles were released from the LP, two of which were Sir Duke (Soul/R&B No. 1, Pop No. 1) and As (Soul/R&B No. 36, Pop No. 36). Both songs are also available on The Definitive Collection.

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Off The Wall Album Cover Michael JacksonDon't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
and Rock With You by Michael Jackson: In 1979, legendary Soul/R&B/Pop singer Michael Jackson, who achieved worldwide fame along with his brothers in Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, released his 5th solo album, Off The Wall, which reached No. 3 on the Pop Chart. In 2003, Off The Wall was ranked No. 68 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time", and by 2014, the album had sold in excess of 20 million copies worldwide. All of five songs were released as singles, four of which entered the Top Ten on Billboard's "Hot 100". The first single Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough hit No. 1 on the Pop Chart and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. The second single Rock With You, written by Rod Temperton (formerly of the group Heatwave), also reached No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Soul/R&B Chart. Also available on The Essential Michael Jackson.

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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. 4

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

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

Posted by Thomas Thomsen on Thursday, September 25, 2014
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