“Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)

I first heard “Feel The Fire” as recorded by Stephanie Mills. It was the final track on her 1979 breakout album What’cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ and got major burn in the house I grew up in. Someone in my family must’ve been going through it. It also apparently got burn in lots of… Read More “Feel The Fire” by Peabo Bryson (1978)/Stephanie Mills (1979)/Teddy Pendergrass (feat. Stephanie Mills, 1980)

“Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (1984)/”Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)

Let’s go back to the ‘80s, that magical time when you could just randomly pair a black artist with a white artist and have a smash hit! OK, it wasn’t that easy. But “Easy Lover” and “Ebony & Ivory” are two examples of that formula paying major commercial dividends. And while “Easy Lover” stands pretty… Read More “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (1984)/”Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)

“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

“The Closer I Get To You” by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1978)

The title of the Roberta Flack album that housed “The Closer I Get To You” was Blue Lights In The Basement. There couldn’t be a more accurate descriptor for what this song evokes. “The Closer I Get To You” is a slow dance classic; a perfectly sung, sumptuously arranged song that captures the first blush of a… Read More “The Closer I Get To You” by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1978)