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Smooth Sailing: Folk Funk & Funky Chill

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The sub-genre is officially called folk funk, but I think soulful folk is a better description, because there are just a few snippets of funk in this music style. As the 1960s melted into the ’70s in a colourful swirl of musical possibility, bands and singer-songwriters were experimenting with newfound freedoms. The psychedelic era had brought about many changes and much political upheaval in its wake. Discrete genres became fluid. Many acts fused different sounds together. Rock would meet jazz. Soul was mixed with psychedelia. In this fertile environment the somewhat vague yet highly prized form of folk funk emerged. Names that are synonymous with the genre are Bill Withers, Minnie Riperton and more recently the wonderful Kadhja Bonet. Her album Child Queen will be released June 8, 2018.
Aside from also being an awesome pro wrestler name, “Shadow Captain” is one of several songs that David Crosby wrote after waking up in the middle of the night. Kind of makes you wonder if he wrote th…

AOR Radio: Soft Rock, Easy Listening & Quiet Storm

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Enjoy this new part of AOR Radio! The soft orchestrated sounds of easy listening for those who were not into rock that much were most successful during the 1960s and early 1970s. By then the fusion of folk-rock, country-rock, and singer-songwriter music had produced the Californian soft rock format, which was just rhythmic and rock-like enough to win over a new generation of easy listeners. Well-crafted and radio friendly soft rock consequently dominated the air waves throughout the 1970s and eventually metamorphosed into the synthesized music of adult contemporary in the 1980s. Next up is a new episode of Smooth Sailing!

"Easy Listening was almost entirely about great sweeping washes of melody"(Robert Fontenot)

Quiet storm is a radio format and a "super genre" of contemporary R&B, jazz fusion and pop music that is characterized by understated, mellow dynamics, slow tempos, and relaxed rhythms. It was pioneered in the mid-1970s by Melvin Lindsey, while he was an…

Professor Eddy’s Old School Disco Show

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This Boogie Bunker Radio mix is built around I love to love by Tina Charles. It is the key track in the excellent Netflix detective series River. Producer Biddu was inspired by Rock the boat from The Hues Corporation (off-beat tom tom) and George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby (rhythm box). Three of the musicians on the record, Tina's boyfriend Trevor Horn, Geoffrey Downes and Bruce Woolley would later start The Buggles and have a worldwide hit with Video killed the radio star.

I played 'I Love to Love' to the record company and the guy said, 'It's okay.' Then he played the flip-side, 'Disco Fever', and he said, 'The disco scene is starting to happen, and we have a song called "Disco Fever"; what more do you need?' I said, 'No way, the other song sounds like a number one.' He said, 'I'll bring out "I Love to Love"; we'll give it four weeks.' We brought it out and within four weeks it was #1. I asked myself, &#…

Smooth Sailing: Seventies Moods & Chillout Grooves

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Russian saxophonist André Solomko has been featured on Favorite Recordings before, delivering a couple of albums that cheerily riffed on smooth jazz and '80s jazz-funk. He's flipped the script on this return to the noted French label, laying down a righteous slab of club-ready disco-funk with noted Afro-disco influences. Naturally, Solomko's killer saxophone solos take pride of place on Le Premier Disco Sans Toi, rising above a groovy backing track rich in jaunty Clavinet riffs and William Onyeabor style Moog flourishes. His album Le Deltaplane is out on May 7.

Phenomenal bass player Louis Johnson, who passed away on May 21st 2015, was one half of the Brothers Johnson, of course, but he was a much sought session player too. For example, he was the one who played bass on Billy Jean by Michael Jackson and he was also the guy who played that distinctive bass part on I Keep Forgettin' by Michael McDonald. The intros on both records are copied and sampled many times, but L…

West Coast Waves by The Smooth Operators

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Two and a half years after their successful debut album West End Coast, a new record by Young Gun Silver Fox, AM Waves, has seen the light of day. Andy Platts (who recently released the album Golden Days with his own band Mamas Gun) and Shawn Lee have not changed much about their formula that goes back to the mellow West Coast pop of the 70s. The references to these influences are, as with their first album, numerous. When they listened to it, The Smooth Operators regularly dived into their record collection to search for those sources of inspiration. With every track they chose a classic album, on which the song would fit perfectly:

Midnight In Richmond
Album: America - Home Coming (1972)

Lenny
Album: Player - Player (1977)

Take It Or Leave It
Album: Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978)

Underdog
Album: Hall & Oates - Voices (1980)

Mojo Rising
Album: Ace - Five-A-Side (1974)

Just A Man
Album: Ambrosia - Life Beyond L.A. (1980)

Love Guarantee
Album: Pages - Pages (1978)

Caroline
Album…

Best Of 70s Soul “Disco Extraordinaire”

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After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the '60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Record's, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, a sultry dance instrumental, in 1979. It became the biggest hit of his career, winning a Grammy and climbing to number one on the Billboard chart, making him the only recording artist to have a number one record as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist. Alpert and his nephew Randy "Badazz" Alpert, who had cowritten Rise, created an entire album around his new, laidback sound, and Rise, the album, was born, topping the charts and providing a significant new chapter to Alpert's already accomplished career. Alpert's latest album Music vol. 1 came out last year.

Enjoy this disco episode of Best Of 70s Soul!

Tracklist:

The Ritchie Family – American Generation (1978)
Vicki Sue Robinson ‎–…

Soft Rock For Summer Days 2018 by The Smooth Operators

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Almost a year after the first part, The Smooth Operators present you the second part of Soft Rock For Summer Days! We have the exclusive world premiere of the new Young Gun Silver Fox single, Take It Or Leave It. Their album AM Waves is out tomorrow. Enjoy!

One of the most successful soft rock acts of the 1970s, the duo of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts met while playing with singer Dean Beard in 1958. That year, Beard was invited to join the Champs (of Tequila fame), and Seals and Crofts tagged along, remaining with the group until 1965. The two then bounced from the Mushrooms to the Dawnbreakers before deciding to strike out on their own as a duo in 1969. Seals played guitar, saxophone, and fiddle, while Crofts handled drums, mandolin, keyboards, and guitar. From 1972 to 1976, the duo had a string of five gold albums for Warner Bros., with an additional greatest-hits compilation certified double platinum. Their hit singles from this period include Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, We May Nev…

Funky Boogie Grooves From The Crates

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Lo Probably the best description of boogie is “non-commercial disco”. The word popped up in 1970s funk and disco records, such as Boogie Shoes by KC & The Sunshine Band, Boogie Fever by The Sylvers, Blame It On The Boogie by The Jacksons, Boogie Nights by Heatwave, Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey (picture). After Disco Demolition Night on July 12 1979 people became fed up with mainstream disco and a new club oriented dance style developed, which was called “boogie” later.

Key boogie tracks were, for instance, Give Me the Night by George Benson, Boogie's Gonna Get Ya by Rafael Cameron, If You Want My Lovin’ by Evelyn King, You're the One for Me by D-Train, Don't Make Me Wait by Peech Boys, Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye, Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force and Break Dancin' – Electric Boogie by West Street Mob. Key instrument became the Roland 808, one of the earliest programmable drum machines, with which users could create their own rhyth…

Summer Soul & Sunshine Pop By The Smooth Operators

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Sunshine girls and beach boys, ready for some good vibrations? This time The Smooth Operators step into the world of sunshine and bring you the California sound of the late 60s and early 70s. Classics and forgotten gems, while you’re dreamin’ in the shade...

Tracklist:

Sly & The Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summertime (1969)
The Fifth Avenue Band - Nice Folks (1969)
Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band - Flyin’ High (1969)
Brewer & Shipley - Dreamin’ In The Shade (1968)
The Young Rascals - Groovin’ (1967)
The 5th Dimension - California Soul (1969)
The Cyrkle - The Visit (She Was Here) (1967)
Looking Glass - Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (1972)
The Parade - Sunshine Girl (1968)
The Zombies - Summertime (1965)
Odyssey - Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972)
The Spiral Staircase - More Today Than Yesterday (1968)
Bobby Womack - California Dreamin’ (1968)
The Sunshine Company - Look, Here Comes The Sun (1968)
Jackson 5 - World Of Sunshine (1973)
The Carpenters - Kept On Loving You (19…

Smooth Sailing: California Groove & Radio Rock

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Enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip! It's built around the yacht rock scene of the 1970s/1980s. DJ Supermarkt decribes the yacht rock/AOR mood best on his upcoming part of Too Slow To Disco:

“The sun’s dipping behind the mountains above the bay, and the sound pulsating from the speakers sure has a beguiling melody. There’s a definite touch of Earth, Wind and Fire about that slinky groove.”

In the recently published The Yacht Rock Book by Greg Prato, Steve Huey (Allmusic.com) gives this definition:

“Fusing softer rock with jazz and R&B, very polished production, and kind of being centered around studio musician culture in Southern California in the late 70s and early 80s.”

According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-sel…

Best Of 70s Soul: Collage

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When The Three Degrees signed to Roulette Records, Sheila Ferguson, Fayette Pinkney and new member Valerie Holiday began recording material for their new label. The result of these sessions would be their 1970 wonderful psychedelic soul album Maybe. On the LP were covers of familiar tracks including Jimmy Webb’s MacArthur Park, Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, and Collage, which Joe Walsh (The Eagles) co-wrote. There was also the Hoagy Carmichael classic Stardust. Another cover was a song made famous by The Chantels, Maybe. The Three Degrees version would give them their biggest hit at that point of their career.

In the years afterwards the three ladies were in search of a sound that would suit them best. When they eventually signed to Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label, after years of minor success, they immediately hit the jackpot with Dirty Ol’ Man in 1973.

Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul!

Tracklist:

Wayne Miran & Rush Release – Oh Baby (1974)
Natural Hig…

Mellow Disco Grooves From The Crates

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My dj-style can be described as relaxed Sunday morning music, music you can almost dance to, soulful pop or funky chill. This time I chose to call it mellow disco.

Born in England of Dominican parents but raised in Canada, where she has returned to live, Singer/Songwriter Sharon Musgrave shot to prominence in 1991 whilst collaborating with William Orbit on the Bass-O-Matic project. They achieved international status with the hit Fascinating Rhythm, which Sharon co-wrote. An album soon followed, cementing the groups worldwide status as a credible dance act and Sharon’s ability as a writer. A world tour established Bass-O-Matic as an act that could cut it live. Her beautiful new album is called Sha’s Archive.

With producer Gary Katz, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring crème de la crème musicians to record their compositions. Though the band didn't perform live between 1974 and 1993, Steely Dan's popular…

Boombox 17 Electronic Funk & Techno Pop

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The term techno pop was invented by German electro funk pioneers Kraftwerk. Their 1986 album Electric Café was originally called ‘Techno pop’. It's pop music with melodic electronic instruments, which fits perfectly in the Boombox series, so enjoy this new episode with Kraftwerk as the closing act!

As Chaka Khan released her first solo album, I'm Every Woman, Rufus released 1978's Numbers, without Khan, and it went absolutely nowhere. Masterjam finds them back together, renamed Rufus and Chaka, with Quincy Jones as the producer. Khan had worked with Jones on his 1978 album, Sounds...And Stuff Like That. The most striking thing about Masterjam is that it doesn't sound like a trademark Rufus effort. Jones' production style is so strong that the band's individual sound is all but lost. It's nothing to worry about, since Jones was at his R&B/pop peak and Rufus couldn't do it any better on their own. Walk The Rockway is one of the standout tracks.

Origin…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves part 24: Motown

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Though not an original member of the Temptations, Dennis Edwards, who has died last month, was a member of the group from 1968 until 1977, a period during which they scored some of their most memorable hits. His gritty, urgent lead vocal was in dramatic contrast to the sweeter tones of the singer he replaced, David Ruffin, and was perfect for tough and funky songs such as ‘Cloud Nine’ (1968), the apocalyptic ‘Ball of Confusion’ (1970) and the 1972 US chart-topper ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’.

After trying to launch a solo career, Edwards made several reappearances with the Temptations during the 1980s, and during the 90s he formed the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, with which he continued performing until last year. His most memorable solo effort was ‘Don’t Look Any Further’, a duet with Siedah Garret, recorded in 1984. The single was written by Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert and Duane Hitchings. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and No. 72 on the Billb…

Smooth Sailing: Slow Disco & Funky Chill

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I selected a couple of relaxed, groovy disco tracks, together with big orchestrated disco (Barry White style) and a little bit of Latin flavour as well, to create a ‘lounge’ feel.

Both Moods and HIGH HØØPS have adopted a funky sound for some time now, so one would expect quite the vibes in a collaboration, which we have here with their "Comfortable". The release is Moods' second from his forthcoming debut album, and it's without question a standout, with his thick chords and gliding drums.

Sip a glass of cold wine, beer or champagne and enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip!


Tracklist:

Dabeull & Jordan Lee – Don’t Forget It (2018)
Dax On Sax & PowerDress – Can’t Stop The Ride [Netflix & Chill Mix] (2018)
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On [Da Producers MPG Groove Mix] (2005)
Alex Cortiz – Glamour Girl (2001)
Moods Feat. HIGH HØØPS – Comfortable (2018)
Funk LeBlanc – WWMMD (2018)
Jaye P. Morgan – Can't Hide Love (1976)
Side Effect – What The Heck, Let’s Discotheque (…

Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (AOR On The Radio Special)

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Get up & get down, this is the soundtrack to your weekend, enjoy this special part of AOR On The Radio!

The original version of ‘Arianne’ (“she’s the smell of coffee brewing, on a quiet, rainy Sunday”) is from soul singer Johnny Mathis. The song appeared on his 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song' album that was released in 1973. Rod McKuen, who recorded the track two years later, wrote on his official site that the lyrics are a translated French poem. Although it is a beautiful song, it almost sounds a bit creepy, as if the guy is obsessed with a young girl: “Arianne is Mama's crystal bread that's nearly finished baking…”

The previous unreleased song by Helene & The Brookside Orchestra is on the new excellent compilation album 'Soul on the real side #8'. The track was arranged by Norman Bergen, who also wrote million selling hits like ‘Only a fool breaks his own heart’ and ‘Knock three times’.

‘I want Sunday back again’ by Maxine Weldon is from the for…

The Mellow Mixtape by The Smooth Operators

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Feelin' Mellow? The Smooth Operators lead you through a selection of yacht disco, funky chill and modern soul. This mixtape contains tracks by California Flight Project, Average White Band, Leroy Hutson, Gary Taylor, Heat, Jim Spencer, Herbie Hancock and more. Enjoy this soulful and chilled out side of yacht rock!

Tracklist:

California Flight Project - California Flight (1979)
Gary Taylor - Just What I Have I Mind (1983)
Average White Band - Whatcha’ Gonna Do For Me (1980)
Beau Williams - Stay With Me (1983)
The S.S.O. Orchestra - Faded Lady (1977)
Heat - Don’t You Walk Away (1980)
The Gene Dunlap Band - There’s Talk (1983)
David Astri - Get Down To It (1983)
Sunrize - Come And Get My Lovin’ (1982)
The Jones Girls - This Feelings Keeling Me (1979)
Jim Spencer - Wrap Myself Up In Your Love (1979)
Windjammer - Tossing And Turning (1984)
Heatwave - Mind What You Find (1982)
Pumphouse Gang ‎– Welcome Back Into My Life (1979)
Hummingbird – You Can’t Hide Love (1977)
Herbie Hancock – Gettin’ To The Go…

Smooth Sailing: Latin Soul & Funky Chill

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Did you survive Blue Monday and the cold, dark days of winter so far? I hope so! Otherwise this new episode of Smooth Sailing will warm you up and give you a good mood!

For a long time I thought that Santa Esmeralda was a Spanish guy with a guitar in a box like Antonio Banderas in the movie ‘Desperado’. But now I know that it is a French team of producers with no Spanish blood in their veins at all. I still like their single, though. Director Quentin Tarantino used 'Don't let me be misunderstood' for his movie Kill Bill 1. Leroy Gomez is the singer of the track. He used to have some problems with his zipper, which can be seen in a few YouTube videos… Gomez is a born American and worked as a session saxophone player and vocalist, with many artists, including Elton John, José Felicano, Patrick Juvet, Gilbert Becaud, Claude Francois and Laurent Voulzy. 'Don't let me be misunderstood' reached #5 on the Dutch Top 40​ in 1977. The song was first recorded by Nina Sim…

Disco Over The Phone

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Booty calls, calls (and cries) for freedom, prank calls, calls for help, nature calls, love calls, you hear all kinds of calls. Pick up & get down!

Ramsey & Company were the group Mainor Ramsey had pieced together to play the Catskills supper club circuit. Their only release being the super charged sexy disco hit ‘Love Call’ backed with super blaxploitation fodder ‘Leg Grease’, release on Mainor’s own label, Ramco. This limited styrene 7” single was sold exclusively at the groups live shows and never saw its way into proper distribution. Oddly this limited release eventually found its way onto the dancefloors of the UK’s northern soul/modern soul scene, and became a super smash ripping up floors whenever played. The sheer quality of this tune mixed with the utter rarity has made this record nearly impossible to find and quite valuable on the collector’s market.

Enjoy the telephone conversation! Next week a new part of Smooth Sailing.

Tracklist:

Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t W…

More Mellow Yacht Moods By The Smooth Operators

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In the beginning of the 1970s a remarkable duo popped up in the charts: easy listening duo The Carpenters. They seemed completely out of place in a pop world that was dominated by rock stars who looked bigger than life. Mastermind Richard and his sister Karen dressed if they'd go to church after each show, but they had a weapon that swept everyone away: the wonderful voice of Karen. However, she turned out to be a very insecure woman, who struggled with both her personal and professional life. Things went seriously wrong when the only solo album Karen made was not released, because Richard disapproved the way she used her voice in the songs (“too high”). Around the same time she got married, but the marriage only lasted a few months. She seemed not to be able to stand on her own feet.

In the 1980s, when the commercial success of the Carpenters faded, Karen could not recover from a very serious eating disorder and it would eventually lead to her death on this day in 1983. Alice Coop…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves part 23: Dancing Therapy

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Do you remember the feel-good movie of 1983 'Flashdance'? It is definitely an iconic film about bending, stretching, sweating and flexing. On the soundtrack are great songs like 'Maniac' by Michael Sembello, although the classic track is not on this cloudcast. The Australian talents David Hauserman, Retrosweat and the Sticks and Stones Agency collaborated to pay tribute to the original 1980s freestyle aerobic workout and Jane Fonda in particular for C-Heads Magazine. One of the pictures is on the left.

Hamilton Bohannon was the bandleader for several Motown tours in the late sixties and early seventies. Marvin Gaye mentioned his name on his very funky track ‘Checking out’. When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Hamilton Bohannon started a career of his own. I’m a big fan of his tight way of drumming ever since I heard ‘Disco stomp’ when I was a kid. 'Take The Country To N.Y. City' is from his album 'Alive' (1981).

Enjoy this new episode of Eddy'…

Slow Disco To Warm Up The Night

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Tom Findlay of dance duo Groove Armada once said that the last thing he wanted to hear in the car after a gig was dance music, so he always put up soulful pop music from the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of a cool down, this mix is meant to warm you up for a pleasant night out, no matter what you are going to do. The music will give you the right mood to ‘be alright’, to quote Zapp from their 1980 album.

Kansas City based retro-soul style ensemble Hi-Lux have produced an ideal A-side, with the high-energy “Dance With My Baby” and its subdued counterpart, “Don’t Blame Me.” The former track is an upbeat jazz-funk groove that feels exquisitely carefree, while “Don’t Blame Me” looks back on failed love, using brassy percussion to bolster the theme. Released on Sunflower Soul Records.

'Night Owl' was released a year after Gerry Rafferty's 1978 Platinum-selling album 'City to City'. While not quite performing as well as its predecessor, 'Night Owl' still managed enoug…

Smooth Sailing: Mellow Madness

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‘Sky restaurant’ by Yumi Seimo is from the City Pop compilation Tokyo Nights, out on Cultures of Soul now. Japanese city pop of the 1980s was influenced by American R&B and boogie, fusion, and adult-oriented rock (AOR). The lyrics were sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), because city pop was initially meant for the domestic market, but in retrospect the songs sound even better than contemporary similar tracks from the US and Europe.

The track by Personal Life is from The Heart Volume 4, out on Tokyo Dawn Records:

“Once again TDR diligently and delicately delivers well-seasoned soul stirring flavours, nurturing niceness and warmth from the heart.”

Enjoy this fresh episode of Smooth Sailing!

Tracklist:

Deniece Williams – Free (1976)
Johnny Bristol – Everyday She’s Around (1978)
Ben E. King – Made For Each Other (1981)
GQ ‎– Make My Dreams A Reality (1979)
Personal Life – Distance Can Be Sweet (2013)
Lil Albert – Outrageous (1976)
Brothers Johnson – Dayd…

Groove With You: Slow Disco, Retro Wave & Yacht Rock

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Singer/songwriter Greg Guidry was born in St. Louis, MO on January 23, 1954, and started out singing gospel music as a child. He remained active with music growing up and sang in bands through high school and college, including several with future Doobie Brother (and St. Louis native) Michael McDonald. He signed a publishing deal in 1977, spending the next several years writing for other artists and even singing backup for the Allman Brothers Band in 1981. Columbia Records signed Guidry as an artist in 1982 and issued his debut, Over the Line. With its adult pop sound, Over the Line produced a hit with the first single culled from it, "Goin' Down." The song peaked at number 17 in the spring of 1982 and managed to do even better on the adult contemporary charts, where it reached Top Ten status. The follow-up track, “Into My Love”, a duet with sister Sandy Guidry, failed to duplicate the success of "Goin' Down" and spent a mere two weeks on the charts. Guidry…

Classic Disco Grooves From The Crates

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Happy new year! I'm sure that disco is the best way to start 2018 :-) The Salsoul Orchestra led by vibraphonist Vincent Montana initially consisted of many of the original members of Philadelphia International's MFSB, who had moved to Salsoul as the result of a financial disagreement with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family and as John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB and Philadelphia International recordings, Gamble & Huff used a new rhythm section which resulted in a slightly different sound.

Though the Salsoul sound (named for its connotations of salsa and soul) became passé in the wake of disco music's explosion and rapid commercialization during the late '70s, Salsoul was a heavy influence on house music in the 1980s and even the return of disco-inspired electronica during the following decade. The orchestra's track, "Chicago Bus Stop” (“Ooh I Love It”) has been sampled in Madonna’s …

Suntanned Latin Soul To Enjoy On A Winter's Day

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The sky looks very grey today, so hopefully this Latin soul mix gives you the feeling of taking a well-deserved South-American trip. It summarizes almost 60 years of suntanned fun in modern music. Enjoy!

Years ago my parents bought a house from the Meek's family, but they were not related to music legend Joe Meek, as far as I know. He was the first independent record producer in music history. In the late 1950s Meek started as an engineer and soon made a name for himself, because he added instruments and sound effects to recordings, which no one had done before. He experimented with the weirdest electronic effects and built his own early versions of synthesizers, a decade before Kraftwerk did. The spacy instrumental 'Telstar' by Tornados is particularly noted for being the first British record by a band to hit #1 in the United States, in 1962.
You can hear Joe Meek sing on it as a drunken sailor at the end. He also created 'Have I the right', the first glam rock tr…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves: Ghostbusters

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I was very suprised to be #3 on the Mixcloud Best of 2017 Jazz, Funk & Soul chart! I'm really happy with it :-)

This week I chose to play (non-chilled) 80s (inspired) boogie, soul & pop, for a great part contemporary songs, like ‘Light years’ by The Midnight. I think that their 'Nocturnal' is the best album of 2017. Every track seems to be taken from the soundtrack of the 1980s hit series Miami Vice, but the songs are brand new, actually. And I've never heard sax solos played so wonderfully since 'The heat is on' by Glenn Frey or ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates. The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan.

One of the tracks is 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984. Everyone knows that it sounds very similar to 'I Want a New Drug' by Huey Lewis & The News. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film first, but had to declin…

Mellow Yacht Moods by The Smooth Operators

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Kenny Loggins (from Loggins & Messina) once said in an interview that in his opinion ‘yacht rock’ is a combination of West Coast pop/rock, smooth jazz and R&B . Connoisseur Mr Funk aka Seasidevibes calls the sub-genre ‘soulful West Coast’ and German DJ Supermarkt (known for his very successful ‘Too slow to disco’ compilations) claims it’s music you can almost dance to. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) think that it’s music that sounds best on FM radio. Enjoy our mellow yacht moods!

Picture: Heather Gildroy for Camp collection - C-Heads Magazine

Tracklist:

Thundercat Feat. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show You The Way (2017)
Ned Doheny – Labor Of Love (1979)
The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977)
Cool Uncle Feat. Jessie Ware – Break Away (2015)
The Ray Camacho Band ‎– Hollywood (1980)
Toto – Waiting For Your Love (1982)
Wouter Hamel – Can’t Do Without It (2017)
Lalo Schifrin ‎– Middle Of The Night (1979)
Photoglo – Steal Away (1980)
Young Gun Silver Fox – Lenny (2017)