Posts Tagged ‘Aretha Franklin’

For Mom and Dad…This Is Not Our Radio Sam Cooke

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Sam Cooke Recording at RCA Studios

Our radio Sam Cooke sent pop tunes, designed to ‘cross over’ and appeal to a wider audience, dancing from our hi-fi speakers.  But, Sam Cooke also recorded some bluesy, smoky room, chit’lin circuit, slow-drag-across-the-floor tunes that reminds us why he was known as the King of Soul and The Man Who Invented Soul.

Born January 22, 1931, Sam Cooke was one of the first (if not THE first) Black artists to own his own record label, publishing imprint and management firm.  He wrote most of the songs he recorded; oversaw some of the song arrangements; and groomed other up-and-coming artists.  His talent was undeniable. His death, at the age of 33,  was mysterious, senseless and tragic.

I’ve included some of his pop tunes that were so popular when I was growing up.  But, I’ve also included some of his more soulful ballads. My favorite is  “For Sentimental Reasons” – definitely not the version I heard growing up.  I can just picture my Mom and Dad, slow-dragging across the floor.

Today marks the first anniversary of the day my Mom joined Dad at his stage-side table on the Night Shift.  I miss them terribly.  This is my Valentine to them.

dad and mom

I hope they’re dancing.

 

 

 

cupid's hunt 8

 

1. Cupid – Solo

2. JBethune

3. Cupid – Sam Cooke

4. You Send Me – Sam Cooke

5. You Send Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)

6. There I’ve Said It Again – Sam Cooke

7. Darling, I Need You Now – Sam Cooke

8. Bring It on Home to Me – The Drifters/Sam Cooke

9. TGrundy

10. For Sentimental Reasons – Sam Cooke

11. Get Yourself Another Fool – Sam Cooke

12. Falling In Love – Sam Cooke

13. Angel Turner

14. Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke

15. Try A Little Tenderness – Sam Cooke

16. Tenderness – Sam Cooke

17. Chains Of Love – Sam Cooke

18. DarrenKeith

19. Touching Me – The Ovations (featuring Louis Williams)

20. Cry Me A River – Sam Cooke

21. Fool’s Paradise – Sam Cooke

22. Smoke Rings – Sam Cooke

23. Mr. Fresh

24. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

25. Send Me Some Lovin’ – Sam Cooke

26. These Foolish Things – Sam Cooke

27. You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You – Sam Cooke

28. TGrundy

29. Lovable – Sam Cooke

30. You Send Me – The Manhattans

 

 

Where There’s Smoke…

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Writer and singer of love songs; smooth, falsetto voice; record producer; Motown executive; easy on the eyes; easier on the ears; lullabies on sleepless nights– these all come to mind when I think of Smokey Robinson.  My earliest memory of Smokey Robinson is hearing “Shop Around” on a Motown tour album my parents stacked on the ‘hi-fi’ among albums by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam Cook and The Platters.  When I was nine, a family vacation in Atlantic City turned out into a concert fest that included Ray and his revue; Freda Payne (my brother could barely contain himself); and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  But, the most memorable afternoon of that trip was one spent seeing Smokey Robinson & the Miracles rocking the Steel Pier.

Later, when Smokey went solo, he and the Miracles played one last time on “Midnight Special”.  Ninety minutes of just THEM.  The show opened with Smokey in the spotlight and his preamble to Sweet Harmony.  By the end of the song, I thought I saw a tear.  I know I cried a few.

In the years that have passed since then, Smokey, with and without the Miracles, has continued to be a fixture on the soundtrack of my life.  His love songs along with those by The Whispers, The Manhattans, The Temptations, Barry White and other Mellow Men, grace my quiet nights when I want to enjoy the stars in the sky or the romance in the air.  And, they are my lullabies, still.

So, today, more than ever, where there’s Smoke, there’s love.

(This is for all my friends at Todd Grundy’s Question Of The Day;  especially Scottie, who, like me, thinks excluding Smokey from any ‘best of’ song list is simply criminal.  No cuffs will be needed today.)

TNS – Cupid’s Hunt – Where There’s Smoke…

  1. Quiet Storm – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm
  2. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
  3. TGrundy
  4. (You Can) Depend On Me – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  5. Ooo Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Motown Love
  6. Fave
  7. The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells – Motown Love
  8. I’ll Try Something New – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  9. Tracks of My Tears – Aretha Franklin – Respect and Other Hits
  10. DarrenKeith
  11. My Girl – The Temptations – The Temptations Sing Smokey
  12. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  13. Since I Lost My Baby – Luther Vandross – The Essential Luther Vandross
  14. We’ve Come Too Far To End It Now – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  15. Who’s Loving You – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Ultimate Collection
  16. Who’s Loving You – The Jackson 5 – Love Songs
  17. Angel Turner
  18. Sweet Harmony – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
  19. Baby Come Close – Smokey Robinson – Sweet Harmony
  20. Everything You Touch – Smokey Robinson – The Solo Anthology
  21. One Heartbeat – Smokey Robinson – Motown Love
  22. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson – The Ultimate Collection
  23. Blame It On Love – Smokey Robinson, Deniece Williams – The Solo Anthology
  24. Ebony Eyes – Smokey Robinson, Rick James – Motown Love
  25. Wedding Song – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm

March Birthday Party: The Birthday Girls

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Hello, All!

It has been awhile.

Cupid’s Hunt was like giving birth…and I was tired!  I’m still listening to all the wonderful music posted for the event; and surfing from site to site listening to podcasts posted since then.  I’ve also moved The Night Shift to a web host to allow more growth and flexibility.  The move was not without bumps in the road; I had to create a new domain and continue to use the original domain to host the large mp3 files.  There’s no need  to dismantle the old domain for now.

The needle has landed!  Gone are the days when I haunted the Radio Shacks for parts.  Now, there is actually a TurntabeNeedles.com, and other sites that offer parts I can use to repair old changers I’ve refused to discard.  I can’t wait to bust some vinyl, though.

But, in the meantime, shout-outs and prayers for some March birthdays; for those who have left us and for those who grace us still; and especially for the birthday girls featured in what is my first ‘Girl Power’ mix.

  • March 1     Harry Belafonte
  • March 4     Miriam Makeba
  • March 9     Bow Wow; Chingy
  • March 10   Timbaland
  • March 11   Marlon Jackson; LeToya Luckett; Bobby McFerrin
  • March 14   Quincy Jones; Les Brown
  • March 15   Will.i.am; Sly Stone
  • March 16   Flavor Flav
  • March 17   Nat “King” Cole
  • March 18   Queen Latifah; Irene Cara; Wilson Pickett
  • March 22   Stephanie Mills; George Benson
  • March 23   Chaka Khan
  • March 24   Mase
  • March 25   Aretha Franklin
  • March 26   Teddy Pendergrass
  • March 30   Norah Jones; M.C. Hammer
  • March 31   Herb Alpert

March Birthday Girls

Song – Artist – Album [Time]

  1. Do You Love What You Feel – Rufus – The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan [4:30]
  2. Ain’t Nobody (Album Version) – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan [4:40]
  3. Papillon (AKA Hot Butterfly) (Album Version) – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan [4:10]
  4. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Vest of Chaka Khan [5:46]
  5. Swing Down Chariot – Rufus – Rags to Rufus [4:24]
  6. Pata Pata –Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata [2:57]
  7. Think – Aretha Franklin – The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [2:19]
  8. Son of a Preacher Man – Aretha Franklin – A Natural Woman and Other Hits [3:17]
  9. Spanish Harlem – Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem [3:35]
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – A Natural Woman and Other Hits [5:33]
  11. Border Song (Holy Moses) – Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem [3:22]
  12. Fly Girl (LP Version) – Queen Latifah – Nature of a Sista’ [4:02]
  13. U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah – Black Reign [4:11]
  14. Big, Blond and Beautiful – Queen Latifah – Hairspray – Soundtrack [2:35]
  15. Hit It Again – Luther Vandross/Queen Latifah – Dance With My Father [4:37]
  16. Here We Go Again (feat. Norah Jones) – Ray Charles – Genius Love Company [3:59]
  17. I Feel Good All Over – Stephanie Mills – Ultimate Collection [5:02]
  18. Home  – Stephanie Mills – Ultimate Collection [3:35]
  19. I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah – Hairspray – Soundtrack [4:13]

I also would like to thank the members of the Music Podcast Consortium and all the Cupid’s Hunt contributors for inspiring me.  I was a child in your playground, and you pushed my swing.

Thanks, and enjoy!