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Classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 3



1.
Stomp The Brothers JohnsonStomp!
by The Brothers Johnson: In early 1980, the Funk/Disco/R&B duo The Brothers Johnson -- comprised of brothers George Johnson (a.k.a. “Lightnin’ Licks”) and Louis E. Johnson (a.k.a. “Thunder Thumbs”) -– released the single Stomp!, which reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and peaked at No. 7 on the Pop Chart. It also hit No. 6 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The single was released from the album Light Up The Night, which made it to No. 5 on the Pop Chart and reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart. Stomp! was co-written with Rod Temperton, who wrote/co-wrote several songs recorded by Michael Jackson (Rock With You, Off The Wall, Thriller, etc.). Also available on Strawberry Letter 23: The Very Best Of The Brothers Johnson.



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2.
Baby Come To Me Patti AustinBaby, Come To Me by Patti Austin and James Ingram: Baby, Come To Me is a classic old-school romantic ballad written by Rod Temperton (see above) and produced by legendary producer Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad). The song was performed by Soul/R&B singers Patti Austin and James Ingram, with backing vocals by Michael McDonald, who would release the hit duet Ya Mo B There with James Ingram in late 1983. When first released as a single, Baby, Come To Me only peaked at No. 73 on the Pop Chart, but when it was featured as a romantic theme on the soap opera General Hospital, it gained new exposure and consequently reached No. 1 on both the Pop Chart and the Adult Contemporary Chart. The song was included on Patti Austin’s 1981 album Every Home Should Have One (Soul/R&B No. 16, Pop No. 36). Also available on The Very Best Of Patti Austin.



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3.
I Really Didnt Mean It Luther VandrossI Really Didn’t Mean It and Give Me The Reason by Luther Vandross: Written by Soul/R&B singer Luther Vandross and producer, multi-instrumentalist, and in-demand session bassist Marcus Miller, I Really Didn’t Mean It was released as a single in 1987, peaking at No. 6 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 16 on the U.K. Singles Chart. I Really Didn’t Mean It was released from Luther Vandross’ fifth studio album, 1986’s Give Me The Reason, which reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 14 on the Pop Chart. The title track, Give Me The Reason, also became a hit (Soul/R&B No. 3). Luther Vandross received an American Music Award for “Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist” and a nomination for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album".





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4.
Love T.K.O. Teddy Pendergrass TPLove T.K.O. by Teddy Pendergrass: Recorded by Soul/R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass and written by the husband and wife songwriting team Cecil Womack and Linda Womack (daughter of Sam Cooke), Love T.K.O. reached No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 44 on the Pop Chart. Love T.K.O. was released as a single from Teddy Pendergrass’ fifth album, 1980’s TP, which hit No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 14 on the Pop Chart. Love T.K.O. is also available on The Essential Teddy Pendergrass. In the late ‘80s, Cecil and Linda Womack released a big hit single of their own entitled Teardrops (see below).  



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5.
Teardrops Womack and WomackTeardrops by Womack & Womack: In 1988, Cecil and Linda Womack enjoyed a big hit with their self-penned single Teardrops as the duo Womack & Womack. For reasons unknown, Teardrops was credited to Dr. Rue & The Gypsy Wave Banner, a pseudonym of Cecil and Linda Womack, who also produced the song. While Teardrops only entered the Dance Chart in the U.S. (at No. 10), it also reached No. 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and No. 1 in Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium. Teardrops was released as a single from the album Conscience. Also available on The Best Of 1984-1993: Strange & Funny.



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6.
Get Down On It Kool and the GangGet Down On It by Kool & The Gang: In 1981, the iconic American Soul, R&B, Funk and Disco band released their thirteenth studio album, Something Special (Soul/R&B No. 1, Pop No. 12). Written primarily by bassist/founding member Robert Bell and lead singer J.T. Taylor –- who joined Kool & The Gang in 1979, ten years after the group’s formation -– Get Down On It reached No. 4 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 10 on the Pop Chart, and No. 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Also available on The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang.



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7.
Just An Illusion ImaginationJust An Illusion by Imagination: In the early 1980s (1981-1983), British Electro-inflected R&B trio Imagination enjoyed chart hits in all of 28 countries, achieving four Platinum discs, nine Gold discs and more than a dozen Silver discs. The outfit’s biggest hit was the classic 1982 single Just An Illusion, which peaked at No. 2 on the U.K. Singles Chart and No. 27 on the U.S. Soul/R&B Chart. Just An Illusion was included on the album In The Heat Of The Night (U.K. No. 7). Also available on The Very Best Of Imagination.



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8.
Do What You Do Jermaine JacksonDo What You Do and Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True) by Jermaine Jackson: In 1984, Jermaine Jackson (of The Jackson 5/The Jacksons) released his tenth solo album, entitled simply Jermaine Jackson in the U.S. and Dynamite in Europe. Reaching No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 19 on the Pop Chart, Jermaine Jackson has sold in excess of 900.000 copies to date and remains the singer’s second-most commercially successful album. The single Do What You Do peaked at No. 14 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 13 on the Pop Chart, and No. 6 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Its B-Side Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True) is a classy duet with Jermaine’s superstar brother Michael Jackson. Also available on Playlist: The Very Best Of Jermaine Jackson.





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9.
Torture The JacksonsTorture by The Jacksons: Iconic family group The Jacksons (formerly known as The Jackson 5) released their sixteenth studio album, Victory, in 1984, which reached No. 1 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 4 on the Pop Chart. Victory was eventually certified Double Platinum for sales of more than two million copies worldwide. Torture, the second and strongest single from the album, reached No. 12 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 17 on the Pop Chart and No. 26 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Torture was written by Jackie Jackson and Kathy Wakefield (she also co-wrote hits for the likes of The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, etc.). Also available on The Very Best Of The Jacksons.



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10.
Shes A Bad Mama Jama Carl CarltonShe’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) by Carl Carlton: Written by Leon Haywood (who enjoyed a big solo hit with I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You in 1975), She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked) reached No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart and peaked at No. 22 on the Pop Chart, as well as No. 34 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The single earned Carl Carlton a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Vocal Performance”, and the accompanying album, Carl Carlton, was certified Gold by the RIIA in 1981.



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11.       
Saturday Love CherrelleSaturday Love by Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal: Saturday Love was written by the extremely successful songwriting team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (S.O.S. Band, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson) and recorded as a duet between Soul/R&B singers Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal. Saturday Love was released as a single in 1985, hitting No. 2 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 26 on the Pop Chart, and No. 6 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The song was recorded for Cherrelle’s High Priority album, which peaked at No. 9 on the Soul/R&B Chart and No. 36 on the Pop Chart. Also available on Best Of Cherrelle.



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12.
Alphabet St. PrinceAlphabet St. by Prince: Released as a single in 1988, Prince’s Alphabet St. became a big hit, reaching No. 3 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 8 on the Pop Chart, and No. 9 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Alphabet St. was released from the iconic Funk singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist’s tenth album Lovesexy, which peaked at No. 5 on the Soul/R&B Chart, No. 11 on the Pop Chart, and No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Also available on The Very Best Of Prince.



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For more classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, also read:

Classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 1

Classic 1980s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Vol. 2



Posted by Thomas Thomsen on Saturday, July 19, 2014
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