LISTENING LOUNGE – SOULFUL SONGS RADIO HAS FORGOTTEN

Welcome to the LISTENING LOUNGE where we play audio videos of Soulful Songs that Radio seems to have forgotten.  These songs deserve to be heard still… at least every now and then.  Radio today will even put a Classic Oldie on heavy rotation and wear it out for two to three weeks and then replace it with another Oldie.  Wouldn’t it be so much better if they just allowed the whole catalog of GOOD songs… CLASSIC JAMS… to be played by the DJ staff at will?  Then we’d get the very vast variety of CLASSICS all the time; we’re talking about 40 years of music at the DJ’s avail.  BUT… I guess if they did that, there would be no need for our LISTENING LOUNGE.  Enjoy the sho’ nuff CLASSICS we’ve assembled for you this month.

The Whispers’ original member Gordy Harmon decided to quit the group in ’71 and was replaced by Leavell Degree and lost original member Marcus Hutson who passed away in 2000.  Other than those natural transformations, the Whispers have remained virtually the same since forming in 1963 and recording since 1964.  Twins, Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leavell Degree hold firm in a group that has lasted 48 years and still going strong.  I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard a bad word about this group in all the 41 years I’ve been following them.  I was introduced to the Whispers with their 1970 hit, “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong.”  I want to share the song I miss hearing on radio the most, 1971’s “Your Love Is So Doggone Good.”  When was the last time you heard this song on the radio?  I can’t remember the last time I heard it but we have it for you here and now to enjoy this SOULFUL SONG THAT RADIO HAS FORGOTTEN.

 

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 Friends of Distinction were made up of Harry Elston, Floyd Butler (founders), Jessica Cleaves, Barbara Jean Love and Charlene Gibson who replaced Barbara Jean when she was pregnant.  This song, that radio has seemed to forget, was released on their 1970 album, Real Friends.  How on earth can they not play this slammer, “Crazy Mary.”

 

posted by LamontCJ

“Love Is Life” was written by EWF original members Maurice White, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead and was released on their 1st album which was self-titled, Earth Wind & Fire, in 1970.  It was the song that brought the group to my attention and I loved it because it was so unique, like a breath of fresh air; nobody else sounded like this.  We partied to this song at Detroit area’s Kensington Park back in the day, letting this mind-elevating music send us deep into our imaginations.  No, we didn’t need the aid of any mind-altering drugs or such foolishness, this “Love Is Life” song did the trick for me.  Maurice White would instantly become one of my all-time favorite vocalists.  Sure, there are better singers with more versatile voices but there was always something about Maurice’s way around a song and his voice is so comforting.  What’s wrong with radio today that they overlook and seem to have forgotten all about this Earth, Wind & Fire classic JAM, “Love Is Life.”

 

posted by mike4key

 The Masqueraders were formed in 1958 and started their recording career in 1963.  Their storied history, full of personnel changes galore, has garnered them very moderate success.  However, they struck a beautiful chord that resonated at least twice in the Detroit area.  First, their moderately successful 60’s classic, “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else” and “Call Me The Traveling Man” from 1975.  By the way, they call themselves the Masqueraders because, when they first started, they could mimic any popular singing group that was out as they sang their covers.  Once getting a recording deal, they found their own style.  Of course the style changed over the years as they changed lead singers.  But this rearing back, soulful, straight outta church wailing is what endeared me to them in my youth.  You’ll see what I mean as you give a listen to, “I Ain’t Got To Love Nobody Else.”

 

posted by TheSoulhawk

Justine “Baby” Washington made a record that haunted me for years because I couldn’t remember who made it, so I couldn’t find it.  More correctly, I mistakenly thought the song was made by the Shirelles who made “Soldier Boy.”  This was during that weird period of music prior to Motown, when you couldn’t tell the White singers from the Black singers… you know, the “Absence of Soul” period.  These were songs released in my pre-record buying youth so I was going off of memory and you know how you can twist the facts floating around in your kiddie brain; you can’t be sure of what you actually experienced versus the family stories you heard over and over.  Well, my grownup brain tells me now that Baby Washington sounded nothing like the Shirelles because “Soul” could have been her middle name; that’s why the song stayed with me lo these many years.  What song, you might ask?  A song that I think is one of the greatest early 60’s Soul/Pop songs ever recorded, probably next to, “Sunny.”  Tell me, when was the last time you heard Baby Washington’s, “That’s How Heartaches Are Made” on the radio?  This straight up Jam is yet another SOULFUL SONG THAT RADIO HAS FORGOTTEN.  Enjoy!

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In 1968 Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers released “Does You Mama Know About Me,” co-written by Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame.  Tommy (of Chinese/Scottish/Irish descent) was a guitarist for Motown’s multi-racial Vancouvers band.  Lead singer, Bobby Taylor, was born in Washington, DC but at the time of their discovery by Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson of the Supremes, his group was playing out of Vancouver, Canada… thus the name, the Vancouvers.  Ironically, Bobby Taylor introduced the Jackson 5 to Motown Records but Motown chose to create the myth that Diana Ross of the Supremes discovered them.  The Bobby Taylor song we’re featuring here is heard even less than “Does Your Mama Know About Me.”  This Smokey Robinson, Al Cleveland and Terry “Buzzy” Johnson song was the group’s last song released on Motown shortly before Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers disbanded.  Please enjoy the rarely-heard, “Malinda.”

 

posted by TheSoulhawk