In 1986, the new jack swing group Club Nouveau was created by performer/producer Jay King. The group's name, which means "new club" in French, was inspired by the 1986 breakup of Timex Social Club - a group that had been produced by King. The group's debut album Life Love & Pain, released the same year, featured four consecutive hit singles. The final single off the album was Why You Treat Me So Bad, which peaked at number two on the charts. The song sampled it's hook from Thinking About Ya - a single from Timex Social Club in 1986. That hook has been sampled dozen's of times since on other songs, including The Luniz 1995 hit I Got Five On It and Ashanti's 2004 song Only You.
Lyn Collins started her recording career at the age of fourteen. She is best know for her recordings with James Brown in the 1970's. Here most famous song - Think (About It) - was co-written by Brown and produced on his People Records label. The song was also the title track on 1972 debut album from Collins. Think (About It) has five different breaks that have been extensively sampled in hip-hop and dance music. The song is one of the most sampled songs of all-time - it has been sampled almost 1200 times. The most famous sample is the "Yeah! Woo!" that was sampled by Rob Base & E-Z Rock on 1988's It Takes Two. The first song to sample Think (About It) was Roxanne Shante's 1987 hit Go On Girl, produced by Marly Marl.
In 1969, blues guitarist B.B. King released The Thrill Is Gone on his Completely Wild album - his first million-selling record. The song was originally written and recorded by west cost blues musician Roy Hawkins in 1951. In the 1950's King would play the Hawkins song on the radio when he was a DJ at a Memphis radio station. King had tried numerous times to record the song, but he had never been happy with it. King finally got it right when working with producer Bill Szymczyk - who had suggested the addition of strings. The Thrill Is Gone peaked at number three on the Billboard pop charts, and earned King a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
In 1967, soul singer Joe Tex recorded his hit single Skinny Legs And All. At the end of a recording session, Tex composed the novelty song on the spot. His inspiration in writing the song came from an experience he had in Alabama, where he had noticed a man arguing with his wife in public - who had skinny legs. Tex had thought that his advise to the woman would be to "walk on baby", and he would tell her that if that man don't want you someone else will. This was Tex's biggest song until he released I Gotcha in 1972. In the early years of The Jackson Five, Michael Jackson used to sing Skinny Legs And All while he walked through the audience (encouraged by his father) peeking up women's skirts
In 1964, The Girl From Ipanema was recorded in New York City by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. The song was written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobin - a influential composer that helped to create bossa nova style - and by Vinicius de Moraes, who wrote the original Portuguese lyrics. Getz recorded the song as part of an album with Joao Gilberto - the father of bossa nova. When recording the song, Gilberto's wife - Astrud - was talked into singing the vocals on the song - she had never recorded anything in her life. The album won two Grammys. Before this song, Ipanema was a relatively unnoticed stretch of beach in Rio De Janeiro. The song was written about a 19-year old girl in a bikini that regularly walked by a bar the songwriters frequented, buying cigarettes for her mother. After revealing the identity of the girl in the worldwide hit, the girl - Helo Pinheiro - exploited her title by posing in Brazilian Playboy twice - one time with her daughter. She later opened a boutique that she named after the title of the song - her title. This brought a lawsuit for using the name without permission. Pinheiro argued the title had been bestowed to her by the songwriters - she won the case. The Girl From Ipanema is one of the most recorded songs in history - it has been recorded by almost 250 artists.
In 1973, soul singer Sylvia Vanderpool - known simply as Sylvia - recorded her hit song Pillow Talk. Sylvia started her recording career in 1950 at the age fourteen, she was known as Little Sylvia. In 1956 she was half of Micky and Sylvia - known for recording Love Is Strange. see HERE Shortly after the duo split in 1959, Sylvia married Joe Robinson. The two moved to New Jersey and started a record label. Throughout the 1960's, Sylvia penned songs for artists artists, including co-writing Love On A Two-Way Street by The Moments. When Sylvia wrote Pillow Talk, she originally offered it to All Green. After he turned it down due to his religious beliefs, Sylvia decided to record the song herself. Pillow Talk was an number one hit, reviving Sylvia's singing carer. In 1979, Sylvia and her husband founded Sugar Hill Records, and in the early 1980's they pioneered music videos - several of which were produced by Sylvia,
In the early 1970's, The Detroit Emeralds were a successful vocal group signed to Detroit's Westbound Records. The group was originally made up of Ivory and Abrim Tilmon and their two other brother brothers. The other two brothers left the group early on, and childhood friend James Mitchell joined - forming a trio. Later the group was joined by Marvin Willis. By 1974 the group had fallen apart, Abrim and Mitchell were, at one point, leading separate outfits trying to use the name. In 1976, Mitchell, joined by his brother and others, formed the group The Floaters. In 1977, The Floaters released the song Float On - one of the biggest selling records of the year. In the spoken song, each member of the band introduces themselves by name and astrological sign. The group released four albums together, however this was their only hit.
In 1972, former Temptations frontman Eddie Kendricks released his second studio album People... Hold On. After leaving the Temptations in 1970, Kendricks struggled to produce a hit until he released this breakout album. The album featured the song Girl You Need A Change Of Mind - at over seven minutes it was one of the first disco/dance records. Several years before 12-inch singles were made, club DJ's were only playing tracks directly off the album, short recordings that are formatted for radio. Because of the song's length, Motown also released a shorter version that was edited for radio. This song was slow to catch on commercially, but it's popularity in east coast black and gay clubs moved the song up in the charts in 1973, and it helped to solidify Kendrick's solo career
In the mid-1950's, Detroit high school student Levi Stubbs formed a vocal group with some friends - originally called the Four Aims. The group had formed to perform at a birthday party, and they ended up staying together for forty years. They signed to Chess Records in 1956, after changing their name to the Four Tops to avoid confusion with The Ames Brothers - another vocal quartet. The group earned a reputation of being a great live act, but their recording ventures were relatively unsuccessful. In the early 1960's they signed with Motown, recording jazz for the company's Workshop label. After eleven years performing together, The Four Tops big break came when songwriting team Lamont Dozier went to see them at a Detroit club. Lamont Dozier invited the group back to their studio after the show, they spent the night recording the song Baby, I Need Your Lovin'. Lamont Dozier had been sitting on an instrumental of this, and they created vocals for the group. This 1964 single was their first hit with Motown. Baby, I Need Your Lovin' and the following songs they would create with Lamont Dozier played a big part in establishing the sound of Motown.
In 1980, The Gap Band released their hit single Burn Rubber On Me, which was released on their Gap Band III album that year. Charlie Wilson penned this song about being dumped by your lover. In the song, the phrase "burn rubber on me" refers to the dumper ditching out while her lover is away. The song's story continues on their song Early In The Morning, which appears on the groups following album - Gap Band IV. you can view it HERE
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