|January 4||"Boogie On Reggae Woman"||Stevie Wonder|
|January 11||"Kung Fu Fighting"||Carl Douglas|
|January 18||"You're the First, the Last, My Everything"||Barry White|
|January 25||"Fire"||The Ohio Players|
|February 1||"Fire"||The Ohio Players|
|February 8||"Happy People"||The Temptations|
|February 15||"I Belong to You"||Love Unlimited|
|February 22||"Lady Marmalade"||LaBelle|
|March 1||"Shame, Shame, Shame"||Shirley & Company|
|March 8||"Express"||B.T. Express|
|March 15||"Supernatural Thing (Part I)"||Ben E. King|
|March 22||"Shining Star"||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|March 29||"Shining Star"||Earth, Wind & Fire|
|April 5||"Shoeshine Boy"||Eddie Kendricks|
|April 12||"L-O-V-E (Love)"||Al Green|
|April 19||"L-O-V-E (Love)"||Al Green|
|April 26||"Shakey Ground"||The Temptations|
|May 3||"What Am I Gonna Do With You"||Barry White|
|May 10||"Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)"||Joe Simon|
|May 17||"Get Down, Get Down (Get on the Floor)"||Joe Simon|
|May 24||"Baby That's Backatcha"||Smokey Robinson|
|May 31||"Spirit of the Boogie"||Kool & the Gang|
|June 7||"Love Won't Let Me Wait"||Major Harris|
|June 14||"Rockin' Chair"||Gwen McCrae|
|June 21||"Give the People What They Want"||The O'Jays|
|June 28||"Look at Me (I'm in Love)"||The Moments|
|July 5||"Slippery When Wet"||The Commodores|
|July 12||"The Hustle"||Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony|
|July 19||"Fight the Power (Part 1)"||The Isley Brothers|
|July 26||"Fight the Power (Part 1)"||The Isley Brothers|
|August 2||"Fight the Power (Part 1)"||The Isley Brothers|
|August 9||"Hope That We Can Be Together Soon"||Sharon Paige & Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes|
|August 16||"Dream Merchant"||The New Birth|
|August 23||"Get Down Tonight"||KC & the Sunshine Band|
|August 30||"Your Love"||Graham Central Station|
|September 6||"How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)"||The Pointer Sisters|
|September 13||"How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)"||The Pointer Sisters|
|September 20||"It Only Takes a Minute"||Tavares|
|September 27||"Do It Any Way You Wanna"||People's Choice|
|October 4||"This Will Be"||Natalie Cole|
|October 11||"This Will Be"||Natalie Cole|
|October 18||"Games People Play"||The Spinners|
|October 25||"To Each His Own"||Faith, Hope & Charity|
|November 1||"Sweet Sticky Thing"||The Ohio Players|
|November 8||"Low Rider"||War|
|November 15||"Fly, Robin, Fly"||Silver Convention|
|November 22||"Let's Do It Again"||The Staple Singers|
|November 29||"That's the Way (I Like It)"||KC & the Sunshine Band|
|December 6||"I Love Music (Part 1)"||The O'Jays|
|December 13||"Let's Do It Again"||The Staple Singers|
|December 20||"Full of Fire"||Al Green|
|December 27||"Love Rollercoaster"||The Ohio Players|
"Love Won't Let Me Wait" is a hit 1975 single by Major Harris, a former member of R&B/soul group The Delfonics. Written by Vinnie Barrett and Bobby Eli, the single is considered to be a staple of classic soul playlists, was Harris' only entry into the top five on both the soul and pop charts; the single hit number five on the pop chart, hit number one on the soul chart for one week. Billboard ranked it as the No. 24 song for 1975. It was awarded a gold disc by the R. I. A. A. on 25 June 1975. Cover versions of the song have been recorded by: Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams on Mathis' 1984 album A Special Part of Me. Isaac Hayes on the 1988 album Love Attack. Luther Vandross on his 1988 album Any Love. Paul Young on his 1994 album Reflections; the Average White Band on their 2003 album Living in Colour. Gordon Haskell on his 2005 album The Road To Harry's Bar Alexander O'Neal on his 2010 album Five Questions: The New Journey. Houston Person on his 2010 album Moment to Moment Seal on his 2011 album Soul 2.
Jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson performed a cover version of the song in a 1994 episode of the Fox police drama television series New York Undercover. This version appeared on her 1994 Columbia album, Nancy
"The Hustle" is a disco song by songwriter/arranger Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. It went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts during the summer of 1975. It peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Singles Chart and No. 3 in the UK. It would sell over one million copies; the song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance early in 1976 for songs recorded in 1975. While in New York City to make an album, McCoy composed the song after his music partner, Charles Kipps, watched patrons do a dance known as "the Hustle" in the nightclub Adam's Apple; the sessions were done at New York's Media Sound studio with pianist McCoy, bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Richard Tee, guitarists Eric Gale and John Tropea, orchestra leader Gene Orloff. Producer Hugo Peretti contracted piccolo player Phil Bodner to play the lead melody. During the summer of 1975, "The Hustle" became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 21 song for 1975.
It peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Singles Chart and No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. According to producers Hugo & Luigi who owned the Avco record label that released "The Hustle", McCoy met with them shortly before his death in 1979 to discuss ideas for a new, longer version of the song, in order to appease Avco's UK and German affiliates who were clamoring for a 12" disco single release; the new version, clocking in at just under 6-and-a-half minutes, was assembled posthumously as a remix, using parts of the original recording plus new parts, including drum, a "little" Moog synthesizer. It was credited to Van McCoy alone or with an unnamed orchestra, mixed by "The Mix Masters", identity unknown; the songs has been featured in numerous movies and television shows including The Spirit of'76, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Love Serenade, Out to Sea, The Other Sister, You're Dead, Stuck on You, Vampires Suck, Quantum Leap, The Lorax, Only Fools and Horses, The Simpsons, That'70s Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, One Day at a Time, Cold Case, The O.
Graham Central Station was an American funk band named after founder Larry Graham. The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal colloquially called Grand Central Station; the band's origins date from when Santana guitarist Neal Schon formed the band Azteca in 1972 along with Larry Graham and Gregg Errico, both from Sly & the Family Stone, Pete Sears, from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Santana bass guitar player Tom Rutley would move into the bass spot with Azteca; that band, like Santana with heavy Latin influences, would morph into Graham Central Station, while Schon would form Journey. The invention of electric slap bass is attributed by many to Graham, which influenced many musical genres, such as funk, R&B and disco. Graham Central Station's biggest hit was "Your Love", which charted at number 38 in 1975; the group integrated gospel music into their repertoire, played with the dichotomy between the funk/rock star image and the "sanctified" gospel group image. Some of their recordings feature the Tower of Power horn section.
In 2011, Graham Central Station opened for Prince on Prince's "Welcome 2 America" tour. Larry Graham – vocals, guitar, organ, drums, percussion Lenny Williams – vocals Patryce Banks – vocals, electric funk box, tambourine Ashling Cole – vocals, electric funk box Tina Graham – vocals, electric funk box David Vega – vocals, guitar Gail Muldrow – vocals, electric funk box George Johnson – vocals, guitar Wilton Rabb – guitar Freddie Stone – guitar Gemi Taylor – guitar Hershall Kennedy – vocals, trumpet Robert "Butch" Sam – vocals, organ David Council – vocals, keyboards Jimi McKinney Jr. – vocals, keyboards Rose Stone – vocals, electric funk box Cynthia Robinson – trumpet P. CaboOse – tenor saxophone Jerry Martini – saxophone Dennis Marcellino – saxophone Willie Sparks – vocals, drums Manuel Kellough – drums Noel T. Closson – drums Gaylord Birch – drums Brian Braziel – drums Milt Holland – percussion 1974 – Graham Central Station, Warner Bros. 1974 – Release Yourself, Warner Bros. 1975 – Ain't No'Bout-A-Doubt It, Warner Bros. 1976 – Mirror, Warner Bros. 1977 – Now Do U Wanta Dance, Warner Bros. 1978 – My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me, WEA 1979 – Star Walk, Warner Bros. 1997 – By Popular Demand, P-Vine 1998 – GCS 2000, NPG – produced with Prince 2012 – Raise Up, Moosicus Records 1992 – Live in Japan'92', Star Maker – manufactured by PIA Corporation & Edoya Records Inc. 1996 – Live in London, Funk24 2003 – Can You Handle This?
– Kezar Stadium – 1975, Big Fro Discs 1996 – The Best of Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Vol. 1, Warner Bros. 2001 – The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology, Rhino 2003 – Greatest Hits, Rhino Flashback Review of Mirror at Crawdaddy! Graham Central Station discography at MusicBrainz "Graham Central Station". Soulwalking. Retrieved October 5, 2007
William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. is an American singer, record producer, former record executive. Robinson was the founder and frontman of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he was chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as "the Five Chimes" until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown's vice president. However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year. Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left the company in 1990, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Robinson was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime contributions to popular music. Smokey Robinson was born to an African-American father and a mother of African-American and French ancestry into a poor family in the North End area of Detroit, his uncle Claude gave him the nickname "Smokey Joe". He attended Northern High School, where he was above average academically and a keen athlete, though his main interest was music and he formed a doo-wop group named the Five Chimes.
At one point, he and Aretha Franklin lived several houses from each other on Belmont. Robinson said his interest in music started after hearing the groups Nolan Strong & the Diablos and Billy Ward and his Dominoes on the radio as a child. Robinson listed Barrett Strong, a Detroit native, as a strong vocal influence. In 1955, he formed the first lineup of the Five Chimes with childhood friend Ronald White and classmate Pete Moore. Two years in 1957, they were renamed the Matadors and included Bobby Rogers. Another member, Emerson Rogers, was replaced by Bobby's cousin Claudette Rogers; the group's guitarist, Marv Tarplin, joined them sometime in 1958. The Matadors began touring Detroit venues around this time, they changed their name to the Miracles. In August 1957, Robinson and the Miracles met songwriter Berry Gordy after a failed audition for Brunswick Records. At that time during the audition, Robinson had brought along with him a "Big 10" notebook with 100 songs he wrote while in high school.
Gordy was impressed with Robinson's vocals and more impressed with Robinson's ambitious songwriting. With his help, the Miracles released their first single, "Got a Job", an answer song to the Silhouettes' hit single "Get a Job" on End Records, it was the beginning of a successful collaboration. During this time, Robinson attended college and started classes in January 1959, studying electrical engineering. Robinson dropped out after only two months following the Miracles' release of their first record. Gordy formed Tamla Records, reincorporated as Motown; the Miracles became one of the first acts signed to the label. In point of fact, they had been with Gordy since before the formation of Motown Records. In late 1960, the group recorded their first hit single, "Shop Around", which became Motown's first million-selling hit record. Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles as lead singer, chief songwriter and producer, including several top ten hits such as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "Mickey's Monkey", "I Second That Emotion", "Baby Baby Don't Cry" and the group's only number-one hit during their Robinson years, "The Tears of a Clown".
Other notable hits such as "Ooo Baby Baby", "Going to a Go-Go", "The Tracks of My Tears", " I'm The One You Need", "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" and "More Love" peaked in the top twenty. In 1965, the Miracles were the first Motown group to change their name when they released their 1965 album Going to a Go-Go as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Between 1962 and 1966, Robinson was one of the major songwriters and producers for Motown, penning many hit singles such as "Two Lovers", "The One Who Really Loves You", "You Beat Me to the Punch" and "My Guy" for Mary Wells. After the arrival of Holland–Dozier–Holland and the team of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, he was eclipsed as a top writer and producer for the label, other Motown artists such as Gaye and Stevie Wonder began to compose more original material. In his career, Robinson wrote lyrics and music for the Contours such as "First I Look at the Purse", as well as the Four Tops' "Still Water" and The Supremes' "Floy Joy".
The other Miracles, Bobby Rogers,Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Marv Tarplin collaborated with him as writers on many of these hits, Pete Moore doubled as co-producer with Robinson on several of them. By 1969, Robinson wanted to retire from touring to focus on raising his two children with his wife Claudette and on his duties as Motown's vice president, a job he had taken on by the mid-1960s after Esther Gordy Edwards had left the position. However, the success of the group's "Tears of a Clown" made Robinson stay with the group until 1972. Robinson's last performance with the group was in July 1972 in Washington, D. C. After a year of retirement, Robinson announced his comeback with the release of the eponymous Smokey album, in 1973; the album included the Miracles tribute song, "Sweet Harmony" and the hit ballad "Baby Come Close". In 1974, Robinson's second album, Pure Smokey, was failed to produce hits. Robinson struggled to compete with his former collaborators Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and former Temptations member Eddie Kendricks, as all three had mu
"How Long" is a funk classic by American family girl group the Pointer Sisters, released as the first single from their Steppin' album in 1975. Written by group members Anita Pointer and Bonnie Pointer with David Rubinson, the song's mixture of funky R&B and the sisters' soulful harmonies helped make it a standout in the Pointer Sisters' early catalog; the single was a significant hit for the group, reaching number 20 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and was the group's first and only number-one single on the U. S. Hot Soul Singles chart. Anita Pointer – lead vocals, backing vocals Ruth Pointer – backing vocals Bonnie Pointer – backing vocals June Pointer – backing vocals David Rubinson – producer Buddy Rich recorded a version of the song for his 1976 album Speak No Evil; the song's chorus was sampled famously by the hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa a decade on their 1986 song "Chick on the Side." Queen Latifah covered the song for her 2007 album Trav'lin' Light
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, funk, disco, rock, dance and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". VH1 has described EWF as "one of the greatest bands" ever; the band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969, having grown out of a previous band known as the Salty Peppers. Other prominent members of EWF have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Sonny Emory, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk; the band is known for its horn section, kalimba sound and elaborate stage shows, the contrast between Philip Bailey's falsetto vocals and Maurice White's baritone. The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations, they have won four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold over 90 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.
EWF has been inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk. The band have received an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, BET Lifetime Achievement Award, Soul Train Legend Award. EWF has received a NARAS Signature Governor's Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Congressional Horizon Award. In 1969, Maurice White, a former session drummer for Chess Records and former member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area; the three friends got a recording contract with Capitol Records. Calling themselves "The Salty Peppers", they went on to have a marginal hit single in the Midwestern area entitled "La La Time"; the Salty Peppers' second single, "Uh Huh Yeah", did not fare as well. Maurice moved on from Chicago to Los Angeles, he added to the band singer Sherry Scott and percussionist Yackov Ben Israel, both from Chicago, asked his younger brother Verdine how he would feel about heading out to the West Coast.
On June 6, 1970, Verdine left Chicago to join the band as their new bassist. Maurice began shipping demo tapes of the band, featuring Donny Hathaway, around to different record labels and the band was thus signed to Warner Bros. Records. Maurice's astrological sign, has a primary elemental quality of Fire and seasonal qualities of Earth and Air, according to classical triplicities. Sagittarius in the northern hemisphere occurs in the autumn, whose element is earth, in the southern hemisphere, it is spring, whose element is air. Hence the omission of Water, the fourth classical element. Based on this, he changed the band's name, to "Earth, Wind & Fire". Maurice held further auditions in L. A. where he added Michael Beal on guitar, Chester Washington on reeds, Leslie Drayton on trumpet. With Maurice as a percussionist and lead vocalist Drayton served as the group's musical arranger. Trombonist Alex Thomas completed the ten-man EWF lineup; the band's self-titled debut album was released in February 1971 on Warner Bros.
The album got to No. 24 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart. EWF performed on the soundtrack of the Melvin Van Peebles feature film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; the soundtrack was released in June 1971 on Stax Records and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. In November 1971 EWF's sophomore album entitled The Need of Love was issued, it got to No. 35 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart. AllMusic described the album as an "ambitious" LP with an "abstract sense of composition". Billboard called the LP "a display of good potential and pop". An album cut called "I Think About Lovin' You" reached No. 44 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. The band developed a growing popularity on college campuses but, in spite of this, some members of EWF started to become restless and the band broke up after having been together less than six months. With only Verdine left, Maurice decided to re-form the group. In 1972, Maurice added vocalist Helena Davis, Ronnie Laws on the flute and saxophone, rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, keyboardist Larry Dunn, vocalist Philip Bailey and percussionist Ralph Johnson to the group.
Davis was soon replaced by Jessica Cleaves, a former member of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction. The band auditioned for managers Bob Cavallo and Joe Ruffalo. Cavallo's management of John Sebastian led to a series of gigs as the opening act for the pop/folk singer and The Lovin' Spoonful founder. A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis the President of Columbia Records. Davis was impressed with the band's performance and bought out their contract from Warner Bros, their debut album on CBS/Columbia Records, Last Days and Time was issued in October 1972. Allmusic described Last Days and Time as a mix of "Motown pop and folk", "Sly and The Family Stone's r&b" and "the fusion style of Weather Report". Billboard noted a "dynamic soul rock style" as the "main ingredients" of the album; the album got to No. 15 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart. An album cut entitled "Mom" got to No. 39 on the Cashbox Top R&B Singles chart. Soon thereafter Roland Bautista and Ronnie Laws left the band to pursue new musical opportunities Denver native Philip Bailey recommended his former East High School classmate, saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk as a replacement for Laws.
Woolfolk had been busy in New York studying sax with sax maestro Joe Henderson and was