“Family Reunion” by Jill Scott (2004)

Despite only knowing my mother’s side, I come from a pretty big family. I’m one of four, my mother’s one of six, and I have more cousins than I can shake a stick at. Not only that, but my parents are immigrants. My mom came to this country with her parents in the early ’70s,… Read More “Family Reunion” by Jill Scott (2004)

“Doctor Love” by First Choice (1977)

First Choice came out of Philly, deftly straddling the line between Gamble & Huff’s lush production and the four-on-the-floor thump that signified New York City disco. “Doctor Love” was their biggest hit (although I’m not sure that it’s their best known song now), and it’s a joyful celebration of finding that person who…uh, knows how… Read More “Doctor Love” by First Choice (1977)

“Betcha By Golly, Wow!” by The Stylistics (1972)

I can confirm that people did, in fact, use the word “golly” back in the ‘70s. And it wasn’t just people on Happy Days or Sesame Street, either! I’m pretty sure I heard my Mom use that word on several occasions. Retroactive silliness of the song title notwithstanding, “Betcha By…” remains a highlight of the catalog of The… Read More “Betcha By Golly, Wow!” by The Stylistics (1972)

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead (1979)

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” was the perfect song to end a decade in which the thought of upward mobility gave promise to an entire generation of Blacks. Topping the R&B charts as spring gave way to summer 1979, that and Chic’s “Good Times” pointed the way towards a glittering new decade (although folks listening to the… Read More “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead (1979)