“Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1)” by Marvin Gaye (1977)

OK, I’m going to say this now and not bring it up again. The lawsuit the Gaye family brought (and won) against Pharrell and Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines” is ridiculous. Yes, “Blurred Lines” was clearly inspired by “Got To Give It Up”. But the two songs aren’t the same. The melody lines are different,… Read More “Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1)” by Marvin Gaye (1977)

“Give Me The Night” by George Benson (1980)

I’ve been thinking recently about Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson’s oft-repeated assertion that Epic Records wasn’t enthused about the choice of Quincy as producer for Off The Wall, stating that he was “too jazzy”. I can’t verify whether that (or a variation of it) was said or not said, obviously. I wasn’t there, Michael is… Read More “Give Me The Night” by George Benson (1980)

“Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown (1976)/”Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” by James Brown (1970)

James Brown had a way of making magic with just a slogan. That was at least partially due to the ability of his various bands to lock into a stone groove (and speaks highly to JB’s considerable skills as a bandleader). “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” is sort of a political call to… Read More “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown (1976)/”Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” by James Brown (1970)