“How Long (Bet’cha Got A Chick On The Side)” by The Pointer Sisters (1975)

The Pointer Sisters were musical chameleons; able to tackle throwback pop, dance music, middle of the road yacht rock, hard rock, jazz and even country with relative ease. Every couple of albums, they sounded like a completely different group. 1975’s “How Long” finds the Oakland-bred quartet (at least that’s what they were at the time)… Read More “How Long (Bet’cha Got A Chick On The Side)” by The Pointer Sisters (1975)

“Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)

Here are some awesome things about “Can’t Hide Love” -The horn charts. That cluster of ascending notes that begins the song make it instantly recognizable. And I think any appreciator of soul music has to give props to the Phenix Horns. -The vocal interplay of Maurice White and Philip Bailey. Reese stays low to the… Read More “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)

“(Can You) Remember The Rain” by The 21st Century (1975)

Rain is a metaphor for bad romantic times once again. “(Can You) Remember The Rain” is a dramatic ‘70s deep soul ballad by a group called The 21st Century. The Chicago-based harmony group claimed this as their only hit, and it was relatively minor, at that. This was one of those 45s that I found laying… Read More “(Can You) Remember The Rain” by The 21st Century (1975)

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen (1975)

*I don’t remember hearing “BoRhap” until Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991. I distinctly remember listening to the episode of American Top 40 or Casey’s Top 40* that eulogized Freddie. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the song used to pay tribute, and whoever the host was (I think it was Casey Kasem) spent more time than normal talking… Read More “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen (1975)

“All I Do Is Think Of You” by The Jackson Five (1975)

There’s an interview with Quincy Jones in which he says that he had to teach Michael how to “beg” when recording “The Lady In My Life”. An apocryphal statement for sure. I’m pretty sure Mike had listened to his share of Teddy P and Marvin records before 1982. Also, there’s this song, the flip of the last… Read More “All I Do Is Think Of You” by The Jackson Five (1975)

“Ain’t Nobody Straight In L.A.” by The Miracles (1975)

What do you make of a song called “Ain’t Nobody Straight In L.A.” that dates back to 1975? Pretty progressive, yeah? In retrospect, it’s worth noting how far ahead of the curve Motown was on queerness in the mid ‘70s. The band Apollo featured gay future music executive Benny Medina. The Dynamic Superiors boasted a very… Read More “Ain’t Nobody Straight In L.A.” by The Miracles (1975)