Hello everyone, welcome to “Flashback Fridays.” We end the working week on a very sad note. The “Queen of Soul,” has gone to join the “King, Prince, Princess of Soul,” and the “King of Pop.”
Otis Redding, Prince, Thelma Houston and Michael Jackson are greatly missed, but the two that really stick out in my mind and always will are Otis and Aretha Franklin.
From her first breakout single in 1966, until now she has always been an artist that I play over and over again. From her Romantic-Soul, Gospel, Rock, R&B, and Soul records. I have only listed a few of the genres in which she gave us songs to remember her by.
I will definitely be paying tribute to her today and in “Soulful Sundays,” selection.
This week we start “Flashback Friday,” with an old group, but with a different lineup.
The Commodores with Lionel Richie was one of the steady funk and Soul groups in the 1970s and early 70s. When Lionel left the group to follow his star as a solo artist, the group did not release any heavy hitting singles or albums until around 1985, when the lead singer James “J.D.” Dean from the group Heatwave, joined the group.
Originally, the first selection was in recognition of Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye who both died in 1984.
The song was re-recorded in 2010, to include Michael Jackson in the tribute.
Here are the Commodores with “Nightshift.”