Oo-Ee-Diddley-Bop Peter Wolf Is Crazy


Have you been following the blog for a while? Does the name Peter Wolf sound familiar to you? It didn’t sound familiar to me at first and when I did a quick search to see if he’s come up previously, he had been mentioned in a post about one of my favorite events from last year, The Boston Music Awards because of his work with Johnny A.. Check out the post HERE, it definitely was a spectacular evening!

Peter Wolf (born Peter W. Blankfield; March 7, 1946) is an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983; and for a successful solo career with writing partner Will Jennings.

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Oo-Ee-Diddley-Bop

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Crazy

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can


The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can (written by A. Toussaint and produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.)

I honestly don’t know much about The Pointer Sisters in terms of biographical information, but I am familiar with their funky, soulful music. I was sort of surprised to see how many of their singles that we have in our collection. I was fingering through one of Erica’s piles and realized that I couldn’t just skip over them because I don’t know what their legacy is. That almost made me feel obligated to check them out again. It was so worth it.

This song is amazing, poignant, and relevant in our current state of race, sex, and community relationships with the police. It really sucks that I never got to meet Frank, because the more Erica and I talk about police enforcement the more that I find I would have gotten along with him. I hope he find respect for me, because Erica has imprinted his general attitude in a way that I find reputable. I would copy the lyrics to this entire song, because they are great. However, it is much better to just listen to it.

The Pointer Sisters have a great way of blending their individual voices that doesn’t necessarily fit into a round. It is so much more sophisticated. The background vocals are very much a part of the foreground as there are conversational in their delivery. Even the music is complicated, because it almost sounds like a hip hop riff from 1973. I adore the message that “Yes We Can Can”!

- Mr. Richard

Check out the original post HERE (in case you missed it yesterday).

Philip Bailey Knows


Philip Bailey (born May 8, 1951) is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as one of the longtime members of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Noted for his four-octave vocal range and distinctive falsetto register, Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. Bailey was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with the band.

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I Know

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I Know

Rick James With The Stone City Band


Come Get It! is Rick James and the Stone City Band’s debut album on Motown sub-label Gordy Records and was released in April 1978. The singles, “You and I” and “Mary Jane” pushed Come Get It! to 2×Platinum status.

When I saw the track listing for this album, I had to have it. Immediately. I’ve loved the original version of Mary Jane forever and almost all the samplings of it. I had a playlist for the longest time with the original, 213’s version including the clips from Dave Chappelle.

The song has been covered and sampled by numerous artists. Including:

  • I’m Real (Murder Remix) by Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule
  • Smoke Buddah by Redman
  • Rollin’ the Dice by Master P
  • It was sampled along with All Night Long, in “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” by Mary J. Blige
  • James’ stage banter from a live performance of “Mary Jane” was sampled in Kanye West’s 2010 single “Runaway”

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Come Get It!

Rick James with the Stone City Band

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Stone City Band, Hi!
You and I
Sexy Lady
Dream Maker

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Be My Lady
Mary Jane
Hollywood
Stone City Band, Bye!

A Ray Of Hope Because People Got To Be Free


I don’t think he’s picked out the actual single yet, but Mr. Richard loves The Rascals so he’ll definitely be reviewing at least one of theirs. Be on the look out for it coming up in the next few days!

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A Ray of Hope

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Any Dance’ll Do

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People Got to Be Free

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My World

Here We Go Again With Ray Charles


This will be the last of the Ray Charles singles unless I find a random one somewhere (which is possible). I am planning on picking up an LP of his but it may be a while before it shows up on here. I hope you have enjoyed the last week of Ray Charles posts and if you have suggestions on which full album I should look for, leave them in the comments!

“Here We Go Again” is a country music standard written by Don Lanier and Red Steagall that first became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen. To date, this version of the song has been the biggest commercial success, spending twelve consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15.

The most notable cover version is a rhythm and blues duet by Charles and Norah Jones, which appeared on the 2004 album Genius Loves Company. This version has been the biggest critical success. When Genius Loves Company was released, “Here We Go Again” earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards posthumously for Charles who died in 2004. Another notable version by Nancy Sinatra charted for five weeks in 1969.

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Here We Go Again

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Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It

A Beautiful Morning With The Rascals


You may recognize the Rascals from my recent post about the Platoon soundtrack and I do have an LP that was posted long ago, but now I have some singles to feature too.

The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 6, 1997. For the first time in years, all four original members appeared together. For their jam session (including David Brigati), they performed “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, “How Can I Be Sure?”, and “People Got To Be Free”. In 2005 The Rascals were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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A Beautiful Morning

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Rainy Morning

I Can’t Stop Loving Ray Charles


I’ve made up my mind
To live in memory of the lonesome times
(I can’t stop wanting you)
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Dreams of yesterday)
Those happy hours that we once knew
Tho’ long ago, they still make me blue
They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we’ve been apart

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I Can’t Stop Loving You
Born to Lose

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You Don’t Know Me
Careless Love

Throwin’ Down With Rick James


Told y’all I’d get a Rick James LP! I’ve had my eyes on this one for a while and finally committed to purchasing it. It definitely covers a variety of Rick’s sound, from his classic Motown sound to his funkier sound. Well worth the buy!

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Throwin’ Down

Rick James

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Dance wit Me
Money Talks
Teardrops
Throwdown

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Standing On the Top
Hard to Get
Happy
69 Times
My Love