“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” was The Beatles’ tribute to soul music. While the song’s Wikipedia page suggests Motown was an influence, the horn-heavy arrangement has more in common with the rougher soul sounds coming from further south. I’m not certain as to whether Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding ever covered this song,… Read More “Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“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 Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1975)

Disco gets derided sometimes for the simplicity of its most visible songs and artists. As I said in my last post, sometimes simple is good. Throw what’s essentially a nursery rhyme on top of a stone groove, and the result can be glorious. Another case in point; “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine… Read More “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1975)