Sep 202015

Written by Bill Champlin

“Yo Mama” was a smoking, funk jam written by legendary Bill Champlin for his first solo album, Single. Released in 1978 and produced by a young but already gifted David Foster, Single was a sophisticated pop/R&B affair that was pretty close to the blue-eyed territories of Boz Scaggs’ 1976 seminal Silk Degrees. “Yo Mama,” with its rock-solid groove and muscular arrangement, was one of the highlights on Champlin’s album. This R&B mid-tempo sports a soulful atmosphere and a catchy, energetic refrain reflective of the glorious sounds of Sons Of Champlin and other big acts like The Commodores or Tower Of Power .

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Jan 252015


Written by Bill Champlin & Richard Page

The years between the late seventies and early eighties often saw David Foster embedding dynamic and punchy horn arrangements into his productions. The Canadian Hitmaker’s close collaboration with arranger supreme Jerry Hey brought to life fantastic horn charts that can be appreciated on legendary recordings by Bill Champlin, Peter Allen, Boz Scaggs, Deniece Williams, Airplay, The Tubes and Average White Band. This week’s spotlight is put on “Satisfaction,” an irresistible, up-tempo jam that opened the second side of Champlin’s 1981 album “Runaway.”

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Dec 222013


written by Donny Hathaway & Nadine McKinnor

“This Christmas” is one of the brighter gems of the late Donny Hathaway’s repertoire. Since Hathaway’s original release in 1970, this joyful and festive song has become a modern Christmas standard covered by a who’s who of stars including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle,

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Oct 272013


written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman

The song “Save The Last Dance For Me” was co-written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It became a big hit in the sixties for The Drifters under the production of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This evergreen was later covered by many stars; among them Dolly Parton that made “Save The Last Dance For Me” a multi-format hit in 1983.

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Mar 242013

from YOU/SHARE YOUR LOVE (single edit)

written by Maurice White, David Foster & Brenda Russell

The autumn of 1980 saw the release of “You” the second single from Earth, Wind & Fire’s extraordinary double album, “Faces.” “You” is an amazing soul/pop ballad co-written by Maurice White with David Foster and lyrics written by singer/songwriter Brenda Russell. This elegant song was evidently conceived as a follow-up to EWF’s milestone hit, “After The Love Is Gone” from their previous album, “I Am.”

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Jan 152012

from FACES

written by Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn & Verdine White

Recently, UK label Big Break Records, has started a series of reissues including some of the best soul/R&B records of the seventies and the eighties. Their catalogue includes albums by seminal artists like Heatwave, The Pointer Sisters, Deniece Williams, The Isley Brothers, Ashford & Simpson and many, many others. Continue reading »

Jun 062010


written by David Foster & Jon Anderson

British singer Jon Anderson is internationally known as the lead singer of the UK progressive super-group Yes. Anderson’s tenor voice is behind unforgettable rock songs like “Roundabout,” “Don’t Kill The Whale” and the 1983 #1 hit, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” Continue reading »