Skipworth & Turner Are Thinking About Your Love

Skipworth & Turner are a male R&B duo, consisting of Rodney Skipworth (from Syracuse, New York) and Phil Turner (from Memphis, Tennessee). Their biggest hit came in 1985, when they went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with “Thinking About Your Love.” The track reached #24 in the UK Singles Chart, and a further release, “Make It Last” peaked at #60 in the same chart in January 1989.


Side One

Thinking About Your Love

Side Two

Thinking About Your Love

The Nairobi Beat – Kenyan Pop Music Now

This was another album obtained in the great Garnick’s college radio station haul of 2014. That’s still a little too long, I’ll work on it. Adding international music does make it tricky to find information on all the artists or the actual album so instead, I figured I share a little more on Kenya’s culture and musical history. I didn’t know anything before picking this album up and it’s really quite interesting.

Kenya has a diverse assortment of popular music forms, in addition to multiple types of folk music based on the variety over 40 regional languages.

The drums are the most dominant instrument in Kenyan popular music. Drum beats are very complex and include both native rhythm and imported ones, especially the Congolese cavacha rhythm. Popular Kenyan music usually involves the interplay of multiple parts, and more recently, showy guitar solos as well. There are also a number of local hip hop artists.

Lyrics are most often in Swahili or English. There is some emerging aspect of Lingala borrowed from Congolese musicians. Urban radio generally only plays English music, though there are a number of vernacular radio stations.

Zilizopendwa is a genre of local urban music that was recorded in the 60s, 70s and 80s and is particularly revered and enjoyed by the older folks – having been popularized by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Swahili service (formerly called Voice of Kenya or VOK).

Benga music has been popular since the late 1960s, especially in the area around Lake Victoria. The word benga is occasionally used to refer to any kind of pop music. Bass, guitar and percussion are the usual instruments.

Additionally, Kenya has a growing Christian gospel music scene.


The Nairobi Beat – Kenyan Pop Music Now

Various Artists

Side One

D.O.7 Shirati Jazz – Jamoko Wange Tek
Mbiri Young Stars – Mwana Wa Ndigwa
Super Bunyore Band – Bibi Joys
Original Kilimambogo (O.K.B.) Stars – Mama Sheria
Maroon Commandos – Amua Nikuachie

Side Two

Gatundu Boys – Ururu-ruru Mwana
Migori Super Stars – Tabitha Awuor
Kalambya Sisters – Kopulo Onesi
Bana Likasi – Mado Zaina Pt. 1
Mayanja Bungoma Jazz Band – Ese Omulebe Wenywe

Since I Don’t Have You

“Since I Don’t Have You” is a song by the doo-wop group the Skyliners, from their self-titled album. Released in late 1958, the single reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100; it was also a top five hit on the 1959 R&B chart.

Song remakes to chart have included renditions by the Four Seasons, Manfred Mann, Ricky Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Art Garfunkel and Johnny Mathis.


Side One

Since I Don’t Have You

Side Two

One Night, One Night

One Heartbeat Just To See Her

It’s been over two years now since I saw Smokey’s modern day group, Human Nature with my mom and aunt. It was such a blast! I did look it up and Human Nature is still performing so if you get a chance, check them out! You can see some pictures using their tag at the bottom to see the original post.


Side One

Just to See Her

Side Two

I’m Gonna Love You Like There’s No Tomorrow


Side One

One Heartbeat

Side Two

Love Will Set You Free