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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, 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; 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!

Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I’m Every Woman Birthday Party – Chaka Khan, March 23 by JBethune

Hot Fun In The Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Hot Fun in the Springtime Birthday Party – Sly Stone, March 15 by JBethune

Happy Birthday to Sly Stone .  We miss him; and, he’s still around.  This is also dedicated to my brother.  It’s the hot summer of ’69…he and his friends are in the cool basement listening to Sly records…I’m sitting at the top of the stairs (they can’t see me)…

Happy Birthday, Mr. Q!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Q! by JBethune

For Quincy Jones , The Dude, who celebrated his birthday on March 14.

Toast To The Fool – The Dramatics

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Our prayers to the friends and family of Ron Banks , founder of the Detroit soul group, The Dramatics , who passed away at the age of 59.  They really rocked the 70s for us with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, a tongue-in-cheek favorite for Flip Wilson  fans; “In The Rain “, that kept the walls buffed clean at blue-light basement parties; and their cover of Billy Paul’s  “Me and Mrs. Jones “, that knocked me to my knees.

R.I.P: Ron Banks (The Dramatics) 1951-2010

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Our prayers to the friends and family of Ron Banks , founder of the Detroit soul group, The Dramatics , who passed away at the age of 59.  They really rocked the 70s for us with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get”, a tongue-in-cheek favorite for Flip Wilson  fans; “In The Rain “, that kept the walls buffed clean at blue-light basement parties; and their cover of Billy Paul’s  “Me and Mrs. Jones “, that knocked me to my knees.

The King Remix

Friday, February 19th, 2010

TNS – The King Remix is a shortened version of  TNS – For the Children of the Dream, released in celebration of the birthday of   Dr. Martin Luther King.

As it turned out, the mix was too long to download, one of my rookie mistakes.  Also, once I showed my sister what I was doing, she urged me to expand my King idea into mixes that included speeches of Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and whoever else’s recordings that were available.  I liked her idea.  However, Black History Month just happens to be the shortest month of the year, and time is getting tight.  So, should I run out of time getting other posts up, I want this one to stand. 

I dedicate this entire section, all the mixes that I intend to include for Black History Month, to my mother, Ethel Mae McKenzie White.  Long before black history was taught in the schools (you remember, textbooks that included only Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver), my mother taught us at home from volumes of The Negro Heritage Library, and with the speeches of Dr. King and Malcolm X on vinyl.  Long before James Brown recorded “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)”, she had us saying it to ourselves so we could repeat it in public (back when being called “black” was considered and insult).  She had a take-no-prisoners ‘pride, don’t hide’ attitude that she passed on to her children, and that I hope I’ve passed on to mine.

TNS – The King Remix includes “I Have A Dream” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” in their entirety.  I also included Kirk Franklin’s “My Life Is In Your Hands”  from the soundtrack of  “Get On The Bus”, a movie about another march on Washington, D.C., the Million Man March.

TNS – The King Remix


  1. We Shall Overcome – The Montgomery Gospel Trio, The Nashville Quartet, and Guy Carawan – We Shall Overcome, Songs of the Freedom Ride [5:35]
  2. We Shall Overcome – Martin Luther King, Jr.  – We Shall Overcome [2:27]
  3. How I Got Over – Mahalia Jackson – Mahalia Jackson’s Greatest Hits [5:23]
  4. Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson – Gospels, Spiritual, & Hymns [4:15]
  5. Living in the Promiseland – Willie Nelson – Essential Willie Nelson [3:22]
  6. I Have a Dream (Washington, D.C. 8/28/63) – Martin Luther King, Jr.  – Greatest Speeches of All Time, Vol. 1 [6:11]
  7. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam  Cooke – The Man and His Music [3:14]
  8. We’re a Winner – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:24]
  9. People Get Ready – The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977 [2:38]
  10. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop – Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Tapes [20:41]
  11. Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes [7:32]
  12. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye – Anthology [3:58]
  13. Patience – Anika Noni Rose – Dreamgirls [Original Soundtrack] [3:34]
  14. My Life Is In Your Hands – Kirk Franklin, God’s Property – Get On The Bus [5:36]
  15. America, the Beautiful – Ray Charles [3:36]

Cupid's Hunt – If You're Not Back In Love By Monday

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Well, I was almost done.  

But, we won’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Sunday again for another seven (?) years.  And Millie just wouldn’t let me rest.  Her song, “If You’re Not Back in Love By Monday” has been in my head all night.  Is there more fitting a song for a Monday morning after a Sunday V-Day?  

So, like a true night shift-er, I’ve been up for awhile keeping myself busy.  I’d made a huge pot of chili for dinner, and the family is out cold with ‘the itis’.  Law and Order is on TNT; Angel doesn’t air until 5am.  It’s just me, with Millie and few others who sing of trying to get back what they once had.  

This goes out to all those Cupid Hunters who are back in love this morning.  No promos or intros (I didn’t have much time); just the music, with Millie’s , “Good night, everybody” at the end. 

TNS – If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday 

  1. If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 (4:52)
  2. How Could I Let You Get Away – The Spinners – Very Best Of The Spinners (3:51)
  3. I Kinda Miss You – The Manhattans – Greatest Hits(5:15)
  4. Since I Lost My Baby [Alternate Version]Love Songs (2:59)
  5. Blame It On Love – Smokey Robinson/Deniece Williams – The Solo Anthology (3:37)
  6. Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Love Songs (4:12)
  7. Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites – Quiet Storm (3:49)
  8. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best Of Bill Withers (2:03)
  9. Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke(with Lou Rawls) – The Man and His Music (2:41)
  10. After The Love Is Gone – Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All  (4:25)
  11. Distant Lover [Live] – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best Of Marvin Gaye (6:18)
  12. At This Moment – Billy Very & The Beaters – The Best of Billy Very & The Beaters (4:21)
  13. Starting All Over Again – Mel & Tim – The Soulful Sound of Stax (3:38)
  14. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles/Norah Jones – Genius Loves Company (3:59)
  15. Again – Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Disc 2 (3:47)
  16. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson – 20th Century Masters – The Jacksons (3:08)
  17. Crazy – K-Ci and Jojo – X (4:20)
  18. Loving Arms – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83  (3:43)  

Good night, everybody.  I’ve enjoyed hunting with you. 


Cupid's Hunt: If Loving You Is Wrong

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

 I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I’ve already posted two Cupid’s Hunt mixes and managed to stay out of mischief.  Why not just leave it at that?  Well, because while I’m a hopeless romantic, there is still a bit of a devil in me.

When I was a kid, I loved Millie Jackson.  Second only to those Jackson boys in the amount of vinyl I spun, Millie was played by me more often than any other female artist.  The only hitch was that Millie’s frankness, and cheatin’  and “poor me” songs, really annoyed my mother; especially once I learned the lyrics.  But, even she couldn’t stifle a chuckle during the last line of Millie’s The Rap. 

So, with tongue-in-cheek,  TNS – If Loving You Is Wrong is a collection of songs that got an, “Alright, that’s enough!  Play something else!” from my mother.  I’ve also included some newer songs:  George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” (because their videos were just so cold); Shirley Murdock’s “As We Lay”; Luther V’s “She Saw You” and TLC’s “Creep”.

I want to give a shout out to C. Brown, whose Love Lockdown Mix (for the love hater in you) on has all but given me permission to speak up for the Cupid hunters who bought Valentine’s Day presents for themselves, and said the presents were from someone else.

TNS – If Loving You Is Wrong

  1. Night Shift Cupid’s Hunt Welcome – JBethune – Promos [0:13]
  2. If Loving You Is Wrong – Luther Ingram – The Soulful Sounds of Stax [3:33]
  3. We’re Getting Careless With Our Love – Johnnie Taylor – Chronicle:  The 20 Greatest Hits [4:04]
  4. I’ll Be The Other Woman – The Soul Children – The Soulful Sounds of Stax, Volume 2 [3:37]
  5. As We Lay – Shirley Murdock – Slow Jams, Volume 2 [5:53]
  6. The Agony And The Ecstasy – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm [4:50]
  7. She Saw You – Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father [5:44]
  8. Creep – TLC – TLC [4:28]
  9. Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake –  Justified [4:47]
  10. Doggin’ Around – Jackie Wilson – The Ultimate Jackie Wilson, Disc 1 [2:53]
  11. Doggin’ Around – Michael Jackson – Music And Me [2:54]
  12. Careless Whisper – George Michael – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael [5:00]
  13. Use Me – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best of Bill Withers [3:41]
  14. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh – Bill Withers – Lean On Me: The Best of Bill Withers [3:21]
  15. It Hurts So Good – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 [3:29]
  16. When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters) – Peaches & Herb – Love Is Strange: The Best of Peaches & Herb – [3:08]
  17. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right – Millie Jackson – 21 Of The Best 1971-83 [3:30]
  18. The Rap – Millie Jackson – Caught Up [5:52]

Cupid's Hunt: First Dance

Monday, February 8th, 2010

When I first read about Cupid’s Hunt, I jumped in with the blind enthusiasm of a novice and wrote eight playlists of songs about longing love, lost love, abusive love, and even cheating love.  My favorite playlists were I Want You – my very first mix – and First Dance.

We get many ‘first’ dances in our lives.  Whether we’re teens, on the crowded floor of a basement blue-light party; or newlyweds, after the floor has been cleared;  or parents, when only the music and a dance quiets a fussy newborn; a first dance can be a sweet memory. 

When I asked a few friends about their first dances, I heard stories about first dates; parents’ anniversaries; proms, weddings and receptions; and late-night baby dances.  I included the favorite songs from those dances in this mix, along with some of my favorites:   Soul Generation’s “That’s The Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul)”, my first dance with a young man in blue at a basement blue-light party; Earth, Wind & Fire’s “I’ll Write A Song” and Sade’s “By Your Side”, first dances with my newborn daughters; and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”, a song my son, Robert, and I had to use to learn the box step for a debutante ball. 

The two most important of all my favorite first dance songs are also included, and they are the reason I’ve been working to get this mix out before Wednesday.  On February 10, 1979, as Greg and I were married as my sister-in-law sang Smokey Robinson’s  “Wedding Song”; and we danced our first dance to LTD’s “We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love”.

So, with our 31st anniversary just days away, I dedicate this mix to Gregory T. Bethune, Sr., who has made every dance since feel like our  first one.

Cupid’s Hunt: TNS – First Dance

Playlist – Title – Artist – Album [Time]

  1. With You – Tony Terry – Tony Terry [5:06]
  2. Night Shift Cupid’s Hunt Welcome – JBethune – Promos [0:13]
  3. At Last – Etta James – Her Best [3:00]
  4. Even If My Heard Would Break – Aaron Neville, Kenny G – The Bodyguard [4:58]
  5. Walkin’ in the Sun – Rufus – Rags To Rufus [3:01]
  6. Cupid’s Hunt All The Right Places – TGrundy – Promos Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:07]
  7. The Lady In My Life – Michael Jackson – Thriller [5:00]
  8. You Put A Move On My Heart – Tamia/Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection [6:13]
  9. A Smile Like Yours – Natalie Cole – A Smile Like Yours [4:23]
  10. Unforgettable (Duet with Nat King Cole) – Natalie Cole – Unforgettable: With Love [3:31]
  11. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole – The Natalie Cole Collection [2:51]
  12. Cupid’s Hunt Best Music – TGrundy – Promos Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:08]
  13. I’m Yours – El Debarge/Quincy Jones – Ultimate Collection [4:16]
  14. I’ll Write A Song For You – Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All [5:24]
  15. My Reason To Be Is You – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. – Wedding Songs [4:41]
  16. That’s The Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul) – Soul Generation – Beyond Body and Soul [3:08]
  17. I’d Still Say Yes – Klymaxx – Wedding Songs [4:41]
  18. By Your Side – Sade – Lover’s Rock [4:35]
  19. Cupid’s Hunt Romantic Moments – TGrundy – Promo – Cupid’s Hunt 2010 [0:19]
  20. Here And Now – Luther Vandross – [5:22]
  21. We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love – Jeffrey Osborne – Ultimate Collection [3:07]
  22. Wedding Song – Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm [3:35]

I’d like to send a shout out to an old and dear friend, Todd Grundy, of  RIBS: Rhythms in Black Satin for the promo drops.  Be sure to check RIBS out, along with other members of the Music Podcast Consortium.  Visit their site on Facebook and become a fan!

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