“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder (1973)

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how Innervisions might be my favorite album of all time, right? “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” finds Stevie interjecting a bit of levity into Innervisions, which is a fairly serious affair) and also experimenting with Latin rhythms. It comes after “All In Love Is Fair”, which is a heartbreaking ballad,… Read More “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder (1973)

“Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Don’t Look Any Further” is Dennis Edwards’ biggest solo hit. It went all the way to #2 on Billboard’s R&B charts. It didn’t cross over, because even in the age of Thriller, “Don’t Look Any Further” was way too black for top 40 radio. Thanks to a long life as a hip-hop sample (providing the… Read More “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” began life as a song by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. It appeared on 1975’s Wake Up Everybody, their last album to feature Teddy Pendergrass as the lead vocalist. Motown’s staff got wind of the song, and decided to re-record it on Thelma Houston. Their recording of the song… Read More “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)