R &B/Soul/Jazz that I discovered in Chicago
Just saying – these artists didn’t get a lot of airplay in South Dakota. If I heard them it was after dark on a clear channel out of Minneapolis or Chicago. Stax stuff especially cool.
The Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child” (a good song during tough stuff)
The Foundations – Build me up…
Al Jarreau – “Roof Garden”
Aretha Franklin – because she is Aretha
Booker T and the MGs – should have used “Green Onions” for our wedding recessional
Eddie Floyd – It’s like thunder, lightning
The Box Tops – White guys, in Memphis – indeed
James Brown – get up offa that thing
Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff”
Johnnie Taylor – “Who’s making love to your old lady, when you’re out making love?”
The O’Jays – people join hands.
Otis Redding – Sittin’
Tower of Power – asking that eternal question – what is hip?
Sam & Dave – Hold on, for sure
Stevie Wonder – Did we wear out two of four sides of Songs in the Key of Life? I think we did.
Lionel Ritchie – Jump back, Jason Mraz. “His All Night Long” is still best
Marvin Gaye – When I get that feeling…
Earth Wind and Fire – singing into my hairbrush or my Tickle deodorant
In college (and in the half decade just after)
I found some new folks to listen to. Power pop, new dances, and some new singer/songwriters:
The Go Gos – who had a good answer to Dave Edmunds? Girls talk? nope, not us
The Bangles – walking funny
BoDeans – love/sex/hope/dreams
Nick Lowe – and so it goes
Dave Edmunds – and they say it’s not allowed…
Donald Fagen – the Nightfly – so Kennedy cool
Marshall Crenshaw – like falling through empty air
Rickie Lee Jones – “C’mon Cecil give me a dollar”
Robert Palmer – that story is NSFW
Steve Forbert – going down to Laurel
Steve Goodman – I’ve got a section of another post just on Mr. G
Yaz – will always (along with Michael Franks, Patti Austin and Chaka Kahn) remind me of my roommate Jonathon.
So, no one has any additions for me? This can not be a definitive list.
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Did you grow up in S. Dakota? I grew up in N. Dakota. I think we’re enemies now.
LOVE the list. Johnnie Taylor is a big favorite of mine.
Let’s just agree to disagree on the whole Dakota thing. Glad to see you here!