“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

Song lyrics have become a lot more literal over the years. I don’t think a song like “Fantasy” could be a hit in 2019. The millennials wouldn’t cotton to it. And I can’t really speak to how people felt when EW&F released the original version of this song-after all, I was an infant at the… Read More “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

“Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)

Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair” has to be one of the weirdest number one singles ever.  First off, it marked an early experiment with the Rhythm King drum machine, a device that produced an incredibly unique sound. I’m sure it sounded futuristic in 1971. It sounds delightfully primitive (in an endearing way) these… Read More “Family Affair” by Sly & The Family Stone (1971)

“Everybody Loves The Sunshine” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity (1976)

I mean, if you don’t love the sunshine then…you’re a vampire? Anyway, this song by vibraphonist/vocalist/bandleader Roy Ayers (and his fluid backing unit, Ubiquity) is a summer cookout barbecue classic that’s grown in stature over the past four decades. While I’m sure I heard it on the radio as a kid, “Sunshine” first really embedded… Read More “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity (1976)

“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

There was one major factor that separated L.T.D. from the glut of funk bands that populated the music scene in the mid ‘70s; their lead singer, Jeffrey Osborne. Although Osborne is best known now as a balladeer, he’s an expressive and versatile vocalist who is equally capable with slow jams or funk workouts. I’d actually… Read More “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)