This morning I tweeted, “if there were a job for being thrown under the bus i’d be employee of the month…” and got a video link in reply from James Elmore (@StageAdaptation) for “Human Nature” by Madonna- this week’s Throwback Friday post.
The SOS Band landed their first hit with “Take Your Time (Do it Right)” on their self titled debut album released in 1980. The song was co-written by Sigidi Abdullah and Harold Clayton and featured the sweet melodic vocals of their lead singer Mary Davis. Soon after the single’s release, they caught the attention of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who helped them write and produce a slew of smash hit dance tracks throughout the 80s including “Just Be Good to Me” and “Weekend Girl.”
n 1990, the British dance music production duo by the name of DNA (Nick Batt and Neal Slateford) took the a capella “Tom’s Diner,” by Suzanne Vega, and created a catchy dance music mix that was a club anthem and still a classic…eventually peaking at #5 on the Hot 100.
This past Wednesday, August 25, 2010 marked the ninth anniversary of Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s death…”Back and Forth” was a song off Aaliyah’s first album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” (in 1994) and was her first music video.
See! I told you this week I would go back a decade. Time for some 70s spring/summer lovin’ music. Released in 1976, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” is the title track off Roy Ayers’s album. A native of LA, it only seems natural that this jazz artist would pen a song like this. As I listen to it now, it feels like a precursor to sounds you hear in G-Funk made popular in the late 80s and 90s by folks like Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg.