25 September 2011

Originally formed in 1969 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Joneses were a five-piece vocal group whose members also played instruments. The group first achieved success in 1974 with the club hits Sugar Pie Guy and Hey Babe (Is The Get t in' Still Good?). Their debut album, Keepin up with the Joneses was released by Mercury in the same year.After the release of their debut, The Joneses briefly disbanded before regrouping in 1977, this time recording a self-titled album for the Epic label, with production and arrangements by Philadelphia International Records guitarist Bobby Eli.Recorded in Philadelphia s Sigma Sound Studios at the height of the Philly Soul era, this rare gem went on to become a staple of the Modern Soul movement and features the underground classics Who Loves You and Rat Race, among others.

The Joneses - Rat Race (1977)

this anthem was valid in the 70s, isnt it still now?


24 September 2011

I love to think that the 70s history is made of families who produced musical geniuses, the first of all being the Jackson family.

I discovered Edmund Sylvers recently in this nice LP. The Sylvers was a great 70s band but none of the brothers knew the success of the peer Jackson brothers... fate !

Here a super groovy track who could have been sung by Michal Jackson, don't you think?

Edmund Sylvers - At the top (1980)

11 September 2011

From the super cool LP Double or Nothing by Lani Hall (1979),
here is an edit of a track that would perfectly fit into a Adult Oriented Rock (AOR) mix

Lani Hall - Magic Garden 1979 (Northern Rascal edit)

10 September 2011

Wikepdia says:

"Davis Eli "David" Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations from 1964 to 1968 (or the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known). He was the lead voice on such famous songs as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg. Known for his unique raspy and anguished tenor vocals, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008"

judge by yourself.. not to mention the splendid orchestra arranging in the background !

David Ruffin - Love can be hazardous (1975)

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