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The Isley Brothers - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Between The Sheets

Artist: The Isley Brothers

Album: Between The Sheets (1983)

Genre: R&B

Oh shit!! Could those pants have been any tighter?! 🤣 The material that was used for many “stylish” clothes for men back in the day, was so uncomfortable and non-flexible. Just trying to sit down was a problem for me. Honestly, I don’t know how I made it through the 70s 😜 Anyway, I was gonna pick a dance song, until I came across these legends. Surely a forgotten group, as far as I can tell. They’ve had more hits than I can think of. “Between The Sheets” hit #3 on the R&B charts, and has gained the status of “baby makin’ music” in the Black community. If I’m not mistaken, “It’s Your Thing (1969)” was their biggest hit of their career, landing at #2 on the Top 100 Chart. Although, if someone said to me “off the top of your head, think of an Isley song,” I’d probably think of “Between The Sheets” first.

Reggae legend Ken Parker - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Hope Your Satisfied

Artist: Ken Parker

Album: Hope Your Satisfied (c. 1965)

Genre: Reggae

I have got to say that, Jamaican reggae singer Ken Parker, has got to be one of my most favorite old-time reggae legends, forgotten reggae legends! In my opinion, he made some of the most beautiful romantic reggae music. Ken grew up in the church, and started his career singing religious reggae music. I mostly gravitated more towards his love songs, such as “Hope Your Satisfied.” I also absolutely loved his cover of Sam Cooke’s “Change Gonna Come.” Damn!! That’s a sweet reggae gem right there! It appears that a lot of his oldies have been digitally re-released, so I am unsure or the original publishing dates for these songs. Oooh, oooh, you’ve got to checkout another favorite classic of mine. He did a cover of a song called “Chokin’ Kind,” I believe it was originally performed by American singer Joe Simon. I love both versions of this song.

Jimmy Buffett - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Margaritaville

Artist: Jimmy Buffett

Album: Changes In Latitude, Changes In Altitude (1977)

Genre: Country

Most definitely, this artist’s music is truly obscure. Despite a lot of country fans loved his music, I wasn’t really in to him. “Margaritaville” was the only popular song I really liked from him. I guess largely because it was a very catchy tune. It’s the first “tropical” like country song I’ve ever heard! 😄 The song reached #8 on the Top 100 Chart. As far as I can tell, Margaritaville remained the biggest hit of his career. At age 72, not only is he still performing, he’s also get a few restaurants in Florida. You’ll never guess what it’s called? Well, Margaritaville Cafe” of course! 🤣

The Impressions - SpotifyThrowback.com

Song: We Must Be In Love

Artist: The Impressions

Album: Check Out Your Mind (1970)

Genre: R&B

You know how sometimes we discover a classic on the radio we had not heard for ages, and then you’re moved to find your copy of that album hidden somewhere, and all of a sudden you realize you can’t stop playing the record? That was me with this classic Impressions song! I could be wrong, but.. Sometimes I think that Curtis Mayfield’s music was and still is really under rated. He’s written and performed some phenomenal music! He was one of the very few artists where I loved his music both before and after he gone solo. However, it just seems to me that most people don’t remember his music beyond his iconic “Superfly (1972)” soundtrack. “Superfly” might be dated, but it’s still a great album to listen to, even today!


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Reggae legend Marcia Griffiths - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Don’t Let Me Down

Artist: Marcia Griffiths

Album: Play Me Nice & Sweet (1974)

Genre: Reggae

Wow! Talk about sweet reggae music? This is a great one right here!! I know I probably say this all the time, but, I think this is one of my most favorite reggae songs by a female. “Don’t Let Me Down” is both danceable and very romantic. I highly recommend this song for weddings/reception. Marcia has taken this 1969 Beatles song to a whole different level. Now, to be honest, I’m almost certain that most Americans don’t know anything about Marcia Griffiths. However, Americans may remember her for her smash hit “Electric Boogie (1990).” The crazy thing about this song is that, growing up, this song was almost a requirement to any Black party. I mean, before an end to every barbecue, someone will demand that song to be played. Almost every church function I’ve been to as a child played this song before the function was over. The dance to this song looked very much like “The Bus Stop.” Yet, the Top 100 Charts has this song positioned at #51! WTF??????????

Michael Miglio - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Never Gonna Let You Go

Artist: Michael Miglio

Album: Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht (2017)

Genre: R&B/Easy Listening

I found what I think to be a really, really nice song. Yes, I recommend this one for your playlist. I don’t recall ever hearing Michael Miglio’s music before, yet according to discogs, he has been around since the early 1980s. It’s possible that his music just hasn’t been digitally released until recently. I really love Miglio’s smooth voice. His music kind of reminds me of the band Toto. Do you remember Toto’s old classic Georgy Porgy? It’s a totally different song, however, Miglio has captured that same smooth classic style. This song is a very catchy tune. The album itself has various artists on it, but so far “Never Gonna Let You Go” is my favorite.

The late Laura Branigan - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?

Artist: Laura Branigan

Album: Branigan 2 (1983)

Genre: Easy Listening/Ballads

Laura Branigan was one of my most favorite singers of the 80s. Her voice was incredibly powerful. Every time I heard her perform I was always left with wanting more. This particular song only hit #12 on the Top 100 Charts. However, it hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary. I remember this being one of quite a few songs I’ve purchased on 45 RPM as a child. You may also remember her for her massive hit song “Gloria (1982).”


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Jim Croce - SpotifyThrowbacks.com

Song: Operator [That’s Not The Way It Feels]

Artist: Jim Croce

Album: Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits (1975)

Genre: Easy Listening/Folk

Long after Croce’s tragic accident that caused his death, his music remains to be one of my most favorite. Play his music when you’re in a relaxing mood. Great for studying or low impact exorcises. I Got A Name (1973) is another great recommendation for you.

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