“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)

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee

Elton John was probably the biggest artist in pop music when “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was released, and the song performed as one would expect for the guy who was the mid ‘70s equivalent of…Drake, I guess. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was a massive chart-topper, got nominated for a Grammy, and is one… Read More “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee

“Do What You Want, Be What You Are” by Daryl Hall & John Oates (1976)

Do you think that Daryl Hall masturbates to the sound of his own voice? I’m half-kidding, and I maybe shouldn’t single Daryl out, because almost all great vocalists can get show-offy from time to time. Aretha and Luther did it. Patti and Chaka (maybe not so much Chaka) does. “Do What You Want…”, as good… Read More “Do What You Want, Be What You Are” by Daryl Hall & John Oates (1976)

“Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)/Grace Jones (1980)

Grace Jones’ 1980 rendition of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” was the first version of the song I became familiar with. It was the flip of her all-world jam “Pull Up To The Bumper”, and without knowing who the hell Tom Petty was (or that it was a remake), I enjoyed it as much as the “A”… Read More “Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)/Grace Jones (1980)