Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

August 3, 2018

I am ready to stroll on down the lane and visit my favourite “watering hole,” although it is not water I have in mind. I close this session with another popular child artist that the world fell in love with when he debuted with his brothers as the Jackson 5. Interestingly enough he was five when he joined his brother and became the lead vocalist in the group. Everyone could…

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Brick House – The Commodores

Going to switch to a little funk and the next number was and still is a foundation for the funk in the 1970s and 80s. The Commodores could fill a dance floor with only this number. Lionel Richie was still one of the lead singers for the group. Here is the Commodores with “Brick House.”

January 5, 2018
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Sweet Love – The Commodores

Like a lot of R&B, Funk and Soul groups in the 1960s and 70s, the next artists started out at University. In this case, it was at Tuskegee University. The Commodores were formed in 1968 from two groups that were attending Tuskegee, the Jays, and the Mystics. Again like most groups, The Commodores played around campus and local teen venues, until 1972, when they opened for the Jackson 5. Barry…

December 17, 2017
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Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson

In the 1970s Motown Records was firing on all full cylinders. The Supremes were at the top of their game worldwide. Eddie Kendricks, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye were all pumping out hit after hit, but Smokey Robinson, the founder of the group, the Miracles was struggling to record a hit. You see Smokey had gone solo and at the same time was Vice-President of Motown and writing hits for…

December 10, 2017
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Shake Your Body To The Ground – The Jacksons

That is a wrap folk, and we are leaving you with none other than The Jacksons when Michael was in his teens and perhaps thinking about going out as a solo act. Joe Jackson had a dream of having his children form a group that would be number one in the world and he succeeded, but not without those children losing what we took for granted, a childhood. I am…

December 1, 2017
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Who’s Holding Donna Now – El Debarge

The next artist started out in another of Motown’s sibling groups. At Motown, we had the Isley Brothers, the Velvettes, Gladys Knight and The Pips, the Jackson 5, Switch, and Debarge. El Debarge was the lead singer for Debarge that consisted of El, Mark and Randy, their sister Bunny and cousin Andre Abney. The band was very successful during the 1980s, but pressure was placed on the band to feature…

November 19, 2017
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Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson

Hey, its “Flashback Friday,” it is minus 6C outside and we are moving into snow season. The white stuff should be coming down by tomorrow. This week I want to highlight the peeps that partied in the late 1980s and early 90s, to some of the best R&B, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop, music recorded. This week we are starting off with Janet Jackson. So many of us watched this…

November 17, 2017
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Never Knew Love Like This Before – Stephanie Mills

Do you remember the original production of “The Wiz,”back in 1975? She played Dorothy and she is my next performer. Can you believe that this artist at the age of nine won the hearts of the crowd at the famous Apollo? Well she did, six week straight. This is a woman like my first star. People know her songs but when you ask them who the artist is, they cannot…

November 12, 2017
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Ain’t We Funkin’ Now – Brothers Johnson

This is it folks, time to set the weekend up for good music, food and of course good times. “Flashback Friday,” ends this week with the Brothers Johnson. The group started out as The Johnson Three plus One, while they were still in school. Like the last band, they did a lot of back up for top R&B and Soul artists such as Bobby Womack, the Supremes, and Billy Preston….

November 10, 2017
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Give It To Me Baby – Rick James

We end this week’s Flashback Friday, with another Motown Alumni. Not a mega star like the others this week, but an extremely talented musician and lyricist. I am referring to Mr. Rick James. Some say if it was not for his writing ability, Motown would not have lasted as long as it did. Motown back in 1980 needed a change of direction if it was to stay relevant in the…

October 13, 2017
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