Touch Me in the Morning (album)
Touch Me in the Morning is a 1973 album released by American singer Diana Ross on the Motown Records. It sold around 650,000 copies; the arrangements were by Gene Page, Tom Baird, Michael Randall, James Anthony Carmichael, Deke Richards, Gil Askey and Diana Ross. The album contained the hit title track, which became Diana Ross' second #1 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, helped the album peak at #5 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. In the UK the title track and "All of My Life" were both Top Ten singles, the album reached #7 and was certified Gold for sales in excess of 100,000 copies, it includes the first tracks Diana would produce on one of her albums, "Imagine" and "Medley: Brown Baby/Save the Children". Several cuts here, including the closing Medley and "My Baby" were intended for the abandoned To the Baby album Diana worked on in this period; the production was clean and uncluttered, if unadventurous and straight forward. Diana would begin working with her brother/songwriter, Arthur "T-Boy" Ross during these sessions as he co-wrote songs she would record and release.
"Touch Me in the Morning" – 3:26 "All of My Life" – 3:31 "We Need You" – 3:44 "Leave a Little Room" – 3:37 "I Won't Last a Day Without You" – 3:49 "Little Girl Blue" – 3:58 "My Baby" – 2:45 "Imagine" – 3:01 "Medley: Brown Baby/Save the Children" – 8:17 Touch Me in the Morning: Expanded Edition, released in January 2010, includes a newly remastered version of the original album plus unreleased mixes, a pair of alternate versions of "Touch Me in the Morning". Disc two of the expanded edition contains the entire To the Baby album, which includes unreleased covers of Michael Jackson's "Got to Be There" and Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", as well as the original title tune, written by Diana's brother Arthur "T-Boy" Ross; the original medley, "Imagine/Save the Children", two songs that were split for the original album, plus alternate original mixes of songs intended for "To the Baby" that ended up on "Touch Me in the Morning", an alternate mix of "Young Mothers", issued in 1983.
Included are two songs recorded during the same timeline: "Kewpie Doll", written and co-produced by Smokey Robinson, "When We Grow Up", from Marlo Thomas' 1972 album Free to Be... You and Me. Disc 1 11. "Touch Me in the Morning" 12. "All of My Life" 13. "We Need You" 14. "Leave a Little Room" 15. "Touch Me in the Morning" Disc 2"Part of You" "A Wonderful Guest" "Young Mothers" "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" "Got to Be There" "To the Baby" "Brown Baby" "My Baby" "Turn Around" "Imagine/Save the Children" "Kewpie Doll" "When We Grow Up" List of number-one R&B albums of 1973 Diana Ross-Touch In The Morning at Discogs
Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an tense vocal sound; the style occasionally uses improvisational additions and auxiliary sounds. Soul music reflected the African-American identity and it stressed the importance of an African-American culture.
The new-found African-American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black. Soul music dominated the U. S. R&B chart in the 1960s, many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U. S. Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter; some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers and groups developed slicker, more sophisticated, in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres, leading to psychedelic soul; the United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music; the key subgenres of soul include a rhythmic music influenced by gospel. Soul music has its roots in traditional African-American gospel music and rhythm and blues and as the hybridization of their respective religious and secular styles – in both lyrical content and instrumentation – that began in the 1950s.
The term "soul" had been used among African-American musicians to emphasize the feeling of being an African-American in the United States. According to musicologist Barry Hansen,Though this hybrid produced a clutch of hits in the R&B market in the early 1950s, only the most adventurous white fans felt its impact at the time. According to AllMusic, "oul music was the result of the urbanization and commercialization of rhythm and blues in the'60s." The phrase "soul music" itself, referring to gospel-style music with secular lyrics, was first attested in 1961. The term "soul" in African-American parlance has connotations of African-American culture. Gospel groups in the 1940s and'50s used the term as part of their names; the jazz style that originated from gospel became known as soul jazz. As singers and arrangers began using techniques from both gospel and soul jazz in African-American popular music during the 1960s, soul music functioned as an umbrella term for the African-American popular music at the time.
Important innovators whose recordings in the 1950s contributed to the emergence of soul music included Clyde McPhatter, Hank Ballard, Etta James. Ray Charles is cited as popularizing the soul music genre with his series of hits, starting with 1954's "I Got a Woman". Singer Bobby Womack said, "Ray was the genius, he turned the world onto soul music." Charles was open in acknowledging the influence of Pilgrim Travelers vocalist Jesse Whitaker on his singing style. Little Richard, who inspired Otis Redding, James Brown both were influential. Brown was nicknamed the "Godfather of Soul Music", Richard proclaimed himself as the "King of Rockin' and Rollin', Rhythm and Blues Soulin'", because his music embodied elements of all three, since he inspired artists in all three genres. Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson are acknowledged as soul forefathers. Cooke became popular as the lead singer of the gospel group The Soul Stirrers, before controversially moving into secular music, his recording of "You Send Me" in 1957 launched a successful pop music career.
Furthermore, his 1962 recording of "Bring It On Home To Me" has been described as "perhaps the first record to define the soul experience". Jackie Wilson, a contemporary of both Cooke and James Brown achieved crossover success with his 1957 hit "Reet Petite", he was influential for his dramatic delivery and performances. Writer Peter Guralnick is among those to identify Solomon Burke as a key figure in the emergence of soul music, Atlantic Records as the key record label. Burke's early 1960s songs, including "Cry to Me", "Just Out of Reach" and "Down in the Valley" are considered classics of the genre. Guralnick wrote: "Soul started, in a sense, with the 1961 success of Solomon Burke's "Just Out Of Reach". Ray Charles, of course, had enjoyed enormous success, as had James Brown and Sam Cooke — in a pop vein. E
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
1973 in music
This is a list of music-related events in 1973. 1973 in British music 1973 in Norwegian music 1973 in country music 1973 in heavy metal music 1973 in jazz 8 January – British Rail authorities restrict Pipe Major Gordon Speirs to playing his bagpipes just one minute in every fifteen on Liverpool Street station, London, on grounds that his playing "interferes with station business". 9 January – Mick Jagger's request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug conviction, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones' plans to perform in Japan during their forthcoming tour. 14 January Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite television special is broadcast in over 40 countries around the world. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is arrested for drug possession at his Marin County home. 18 January – The Rolling Stones' benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims raises over $350,000. On December 22, 1972, an earthquake destroyed the capital of Nicaragua. 20 January 1973, Mike Curb serves as master of ceremonies and chairman of the Nixon Youth Inaugural Concert in Washington, DC...
The events performers included Solomon Burke, Tommy Roe, Jimmy Osmond, Ray Stevens, The Sylvers, Don Costa Orchestra, Laurie Lee Schaefer, The Mike Curb Congregation and The Mob and Mike Curb himself. 21 January – The Rolling Stones open their Pacific tour of Hawaii and New Zealand in Honolulu, Hawaii. 30 January – Kiss perform their first concert, at the Coventry Club in Queens. 2 February – The Midnight Special makes its début as a regular series on NBC. Helen Reddy is the featured artist. 14 February – David Bowie collapses from exhaustion after a performance at New York's Madison Square Garden. 18 February – The King Biscuit Flower Hour is first broadcast with performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, new artist Bruce Springsteen. 1 March Leonard Bernstein conducts Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto for the first time in his career, with soloist Isaac Stern and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The Joffrey Ballet's Deuce Coupe Ballet opens; the ballet is set to music by The Beach Boys.
Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon, which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album debuts on the Billboard 200 on March 17, reaches #1 on April 28, logs the all-time record of 741 weeks on that chart. 5 March – Jimi Hendrix's former personal manager, Michael Jeffery, is killed in a plane crash. Jeffery was travelling from Majorca to England. All passengers on board the plane were killed. 6 March – The New York Office of the US Immigration Department cancels John Lennon's visa extension five days after granting it. 7 March – The director of talent acquisition at Columbia Records, John H. Hammond, suffers a non-fatal heart attack following a performance by one of his most recent finds, Bruce Springsteen. 8 March – Paul McCartney is fined $240 after pleading guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside his Scottish farm. 14 March – The singers Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson are married near Guildford, England. 24 March – Lou Reed is bitten on the buttocks by a fan during a concert in Buffalo, New York.
2 April – Capitol Records releases two collections of The Beatles' greatest hits, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970. 7 April – In Luxembourg, the 18th Eurovision Song Contest is won by Luxembourg for the second consecutive year, this time with "Tu te reconnaîtras", sung by Anne-Marie David. Spain finish in second place with "Eres Tú", sung by Mocedades; the top three placed. 8 April – Opening of the first La Rochelle Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Claude Samuel. Featured composers include Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis 13 April – The Wailers's fifth studio album, Catch a Fire, was released under Island Records to critical acclaim. Becoming one of the biggest albums of the reggae genre, it established the Wailers and Bob Marley. 15 April – Tenth Royan Festival of International Contemporary Art begins, including concerts featuring music by Jean Barraqué and Horațiu Rădulescu, amongst others. 16 April – Paul McCartney's first solo television special, James Paul McCartney, airs on ABC.
The special includes performances by Wings. 18 April – Violinist Jascha Heifetz deposits parts from his prized Guarnerius violin in the newly poured wet concrete of the foundation for the new Virginia Ramo Hall of Music, under construction at the University of Southern California, in order to ensure the building will be "in tune", to bring luck. 4 May – 29 July – Led Zeppelin embarks on a tour of the United States, during which they set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800, at the Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The record was held by The Beatles. Performances for the movie The Song Remains the Same are filmed. 9 May – Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones' January 18 benefit concert for the victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake. 12 May – David Bowie is the first rock artist to perform at Earls Court Exhibition Centre. 13 May – Daniel Barenboim collapses with a gastric upset during a concert at the Brighton Festival, but recovers sufficiently to be driven home.
23 May – Don Robey sells Duke Records, Peacock Records and Backbeat Records to ABC Dunhill Records. 25 May – Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells becomes the first release on Richard Branson's newly launched Virgin label. 1 June – Robert Wyatt is crippled after falling three storeys from a London apartment block after leaving a party. Dur
Take Me Higher
Take Me Higher is a studio album by American singer Diana Ross, released on September 5, 1995 by the Motown label. It sold a little over 100,000 copies; the album features production from urban producers such as Narada Michael Walden, Brenda Russell, Jon-John and the Boom Brothers, the latter two coming from Babyface's production company. The album yielded the UK hits "Take Me Higher", "Gone" and Ross's dance cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", which featured club mixes by Steve Rodway of Motiv8 and Grammy Award-winning Remixer Hex Hector. Upon its release, the album was well-received by music fans. Ross's large fan base embraced the album as one of the finest additions to her vast body of work. Colombian photographer, Ruven Afanador shot the album cover and the fashion forward video shoot which Ross used for promotional purposes, he shot the video compilation for the single, "Don't Stop". Motown created a special promotional box for the album that included the video, touring schedule and postcards.
Take Me Higher reached #10 in the UK Albums Chart and #114 in the USA. The title track "Take Me Higher" hit #1 on the US'Dance' charts reaching the UK Top 40. Ross's cover of "I Will Survive" reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart, her version got an extra boost from being played at a key scene in the $65 million grossing Kevin Kline film, In & Out. She performed it during a "Take Me Higher" megamix at her acclaimed Super Bowl XXX Half-Time show as she was whisked away in a helicopter. " Gone" written and produced by Jon-John Robinson, was another Top 40 UK hit single, "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" appeared at #67 on the US R&B charts, while "Voice of the Heart" reached #28 on the Adult Contemporary chart. She shot several promotional videos including an indie themed one for "Gone", a video recreating the West Hollywood LGBT Pride parade featuring gay celebrity, RuPaul for "I Will Survive" and a fashion compilation video for the single, "Don't Stop". Motown used the special promotional box for the album that included the "Take Me Higher" video that debuted on Vevo, an elegant touring schedule on elegant vintage paper and fashion postcards.
The critical reaction proved quite fortifying as The London Times deemed it in her finest work in years, television personality, Arsenio Hall said the same, "it was the best Diana had done in years", this after a ratings breaking appearance introducing her previous album, The Force Behind the Power on his show in the late summer of 1991, USA Today gave it 3.5 stars out of 4. As of 2016, it stands as her last album to reach the top 10 in the UK. US Edition "Take Me Higher" - 4:18 "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" - 4:41 "Voice of the Heart" - 4:18 "Let Somebody Know" - 4:55 "Keep It Right There" - 4:50 "Don't Stop" - 3:48 "Gone" - 5:15 "Only Love Can Conquer All" - 4:10 "I Never Loved a Man Before" - 4:55 "I Thought That We Were Still in Love" - 4:52 "I Will Survive" - 4:48International Edition "Take Me Higher" - 4:20 "If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right" - 4:41 "I Never Loved a Man Before" - 4:54 "Swing It - 4:14 "Keep It Right There" - 4:33 "Don't Stop" - 4:07 "Gone" - 5:16 "I Thought That We Were Still in Love" - 4:52 "Voice of the Heart" - 4:54 "Only Love Can Conquer All" - 4:10 "I Will Survive" - 4:50 "If We Hold On Together" - 4:09
To Love Again (Diana Ross album)
"To Love Again" is a 1981 studio/compilation album by Diana Ross. It featured previously-released material; the album was produced by Michael Masser. It sold around 200,000 copies. Following the success of 1980's Diana, produced by Chic, this set was released in early 1981 and consisted of old and newly recorded love songs by Ross. "It's My Turn" was the main theme from a 1980 movie starring Michael Douglas and Jill Clayburgh and had been released both on the soundtrack album and as a single prior to the To Love Again compilation. Two of the three new recordings, "One More Chance" and "Cryin' My Heart Out for You", were issued as singles. To Love Again was to be Ross' last album of new material for Motown after signing a $20 million contract with RCA. In 2003 Motown/Universal Music re-released the album doubling the number of tracks to twenty. Two of the tracks, "We're Always Saying Goodbye" and "Share Some Love", had been unreleased, it marked the first time many of the songs appeared on compact disc.
Side One "It's My Turn" - 3:58 From the 1980 original motion picture soundtrack It's My Turn "Stay with Me" - 3:43 1981 recording "One More Chance" - 4:24 1981 recording "Cryin' My Heart Out for You" - 3:49 1981 recordingSide Two "Theme from Mahogany" - 3:26 From the 1975 original motion picture soundtrack Mahogany and 1976 album Diana Ross "I Thought It Took a Little Time" - 3:27 From the 1976 album Diana Ross "To Love Again" - 3:34 From the 1978 album Ross. This is an edit of that version. Recorded for Mahogany OST sessions, 1975 "No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever" - 3:24 From the 1973 album Last Time I Saw Him "Touch Me in the Morning" - 3:26 From the 1973 album Touch Me in the Morning "It's My Turn" - 3:58 "Stay with Me" - 3:43 "One More Chance" - 4:24 "Cryin' My Heart Out for You" - 3:49 "Theme from Mahogany" - 3:26 "I Thought It Took a Little Time" - 3:27 "To Love Again" - 4:11 "No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever" - 3:21 "Touch Me in the Morning" - 3:58 "Love Me" - 2:55 From Last Time I Saw Him "Stop, Listen" - 2:58 From the 1973 album Diana & Marvin "Together" - 3:18 1975 non-album single B-side.
Remixed version included on Ross "After You" - 4:13 From Mahogany and Diana Ross "Too Shy to Say" - 3:17 From the 1977 album Baby It's Me "Come In from the Rain" - 4:02 From Baby It's Me "Never Say I Don't Love You" - 3:53 From Ross "Share Some Love" - 4:07 Previously unreleased recording "Dreaming of You" - 4:34 From the 1981 original motion picture soundtrack Endless Love "Endless Love" - 4:28 From Endless Love OST "We're Always Saying Goodbye" - 2:31 Previously unreleased recording
The Boss (Diana Ross album)
The Boss is a 1979 album released by Diana Ross on the Motown label. This album was written and produced by longtime Ross collaborators Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and marked her return to Top 40 radio based on the strength of the title track, which peaked #19 on the pop singles chart, #12 on the US R&B Chart. In addition all the LP tracks went to #1 on the dance charts, peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. For its 20th Anniversary, the album was remastered and released on CD in 1999 with 12" versions of "The Boss" and "It's My House" as extra tracks; the 12" versions of "I Ain't Been Licked" and "No One Gets the Prize"/"The Boss" appear on Diana: Deluxe Edition, a rare remixed single version of "No One Gets the Prize" on The Motown Anthology – Diana Ross. Ivo Del Prado remixed the bass-heavy "Once in the Morning", a difficult promotional-only to find. Ross promoted the album on her first HBO special, "Standing Room Only".
The special was culled from her successful "Tour'79", the setlist included the title song, "The Boss", "It's My House", "No One Gets the Prize", "I Ain't Been Licked" and "All For One". All tracks were produced by Ashford & Simpson. Side A "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:40 "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:09 "All for One" – 4:20 "The Boss" – 3:52Side B "Once in the Morning" – 4:54 "It's My House" – 4:34 "Sparkle" – 5:23 "I'm in the World" – 4:041999 Remastered Edition bonus tracks "The Boss" – 7:15 "It's My House" – 6:07 Diana Ross – lead vocals Michael Brecker – saxophone Rob Mounsey – horn & string arrangements Errol Bennett – percussion Francisco Centeno – bass Ray Chew – keyboards Sammy Figueroa – percussion Eric Gale – guitar Anthony Jackson – bass Paul Riser – horn and string arrangements John Davis – horn and string arrangements Valerie Simpson – piano, backing vocals Nickolas Ashford – backing vocals Maxine Waters – backing vocals Julia Waters – backing vocals Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals John Sussewell – drums Greg Arnold – re-mix engineer, Marathon Recording NYC Douglas Kirkland – photography