Posts Tagged ‘The Whispers’

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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

He Draggged Me Out Of The 70s…

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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I have to admit…I’m stuck in the 70s.

The songs of my youth – and the songs of my early childhood played by my parents –  were truly the soundtrack of my life.  When I left home and began building a life with my husband and kids, the kids were rocked to sleep and danced across the floor to the sounds of classic R&B.

So, as we entered the 90s, when I finally had the right combination of time and funds to add a few songs to that soundtrack, where had all the crooners gone?

They were working with Quincy Jones and Babyface.

My tribute to Quincy is in the archives of previous Cupid’s Hunts mixes.  It’s still one of my favorite backgrounds to romantic moments.  This tribute to Babyface started out as an exercise in beat-mixing, and took off on its own.

Thank-you, Kenneth Edmonds, for helping me step out of the 70s (at least, for a little while).

Thank-you, Margaret Bethune Borman and Sara Bethune, for sitting me in down for Toni Braxton’s white jumpsuit video.

Thank-you, Greg Bethune, for providing me with many a romantic moment that inspired my Cupid’s Hunt mixes.

And, to my girls in L&D, NICU and MBU at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center:  this is for the cool in you.

 

http://nightnursedj.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/babyface1.mp3

  1. TGrundy
  2. For The Cool In You – Babyface
  3. For The Cool In You – The Whispers
  4. Angel Turner
  5. Well Alright – Babyface
  6. Angel Turner
  7. Whip Appeal – Babyface
  8. Whip Appeal – The Whispers
  9. You’re Making Me High – Toni Braxton
  10. You’re Making Me High – The Whispers
  11. Mr. Fresh
  12. Until You Come Back – Whitney Houston
  13. Good Enough – Bobby Brown
  14. Soon As I Get Home – Babyface
  15. Soon As I Get Home – The Whispers
  16. DarrenKeith
  17. My, My, My – Johnny Gill
  18. My, My, My – The Whispers
  19. Two Occasions – The Deele
  20. Two Occasions – The Whispers
  21. All The Things I Should Have Known – K-Ci and Jojo
  22. TGrundy
  23. I’ll Make Love To You – Babyface
  24. I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men

The First Mix! Cupid's Hunt: TNS – I Want You

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

When I ‘dipped my toes’ in this year’s Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration Event, I had in mind one list of tracks to post on Facebook or MySpace.  Each song on the list had a theme; be it first love, great love, love gone wrong, “I want you” or wedding jams (Greg and I married four days before Valentines Day).  The list grew, split and became several lists…all while I was learning the basics of blogging; podcasting; soft-and hardware and whatever else had come down the pike since I bought (and never used) dj software back in the days of Windows 98.

My first mix is some of my favorite songs that say “I want you”, smooth and cool.  Screaming and shouting might wake us up; but it’s smooth and cool that keeps us awake on the night shift.  

Cupid’s Hunt: TNS – I Want You

Playlist – Song – Artist – Album [time]

  1. That the Way It’s Got To Be (Body and Soul) – The Soul Generation – Beyond Body and Soul [3:08]
  2. I Want You – Marvin  Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [3:57]
  3. Make Me Want You – Curt Jones – 360 Degrees [5:29]
  4. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [4:53]
  5. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye – Slow Jams [4:10]
  6. Give It To Me – The Whispers – Greatest Slow Jams [5:24]
  7. Lady – The Whispers – Greatest Slow Jams [5:07]
  8. Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) – The Temptations – Love Songs [3:29]
  9. Reasons – Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World [4:58]
  10. Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Major Harris – My Way [5:34]
  11. Turn Your Lights Down Low – Lauren Hill and Bob Marley – The Ultimate Mp3 Zone [4:02]
  12. A Little Bit More – Freddie Jackson/Melba Moore – Body and Soul:  Duets [4:55]
  13. Practice What You Preach – Barry White – The Icon Is Love [5:58]