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  • 0 Melba Moore: She Hangs On, Tougher Than Nails

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/28/2023

    There's a long history of Melba Moore appearing with the song writing and performing duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Melba has released "It Seems To Hang On," a single off of her 2022 album "Imagine" recorded on her daughter's record label. Watch the video. Close to the top, Melba thanks you, and Ashford and Simpson for opening doors for her when all of them first started in the music industry. Melba's take on "It Seems To Hang On" is quite different from the dance driven Ashford and Simpson original. This new version, propelled by a strong bass line and accompanying synthesizers, is slower than the original and puts the focus on Melba's unique, charming, evocative voice. It's a modern arrangement and approach to the song. Here are Melba Moore's top 5 R&B hits in order: "This Is It" (Buddah Records) "Lean On Me" (Buddah) "You Stepped Into My Life" (Epic) "Take My Love" (EMI America) "Love's Comin’ At Ya" (EMI America) One of my personal favorites, not in the top 5, was her 1986 hit song "Falling." She was born in Harlem, New York. Melba Moore appeared in the Broadway and movie productions of Hair and in the musical Purlie. You may have caught her in the movies Def By Temptation and The Fighting Temptations. For more about Melba Moore and Ashford and Simpson: Ashford & Simpson Bring Classic Soul Back To The Apollo Hair Raising Melba Moore is Still Here Ashford & Simpson Send It Ashford and Simpson High Rise Ashford and Simpson Cook Up Haute Hit Cuisine Over a decade ago, Nicholas Ashford passed away (2011). I enjoyed a great dinner with live entertainment (not by Nick and Val) at their Manhattan, New York City restaurant Sugar Bar on 72nd Street. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Tina Turner and Her Black Sister Diamond Queens

    • Review
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/31/2023

    Very well written, investigative narratives pop out from the detailed pages of "Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll." Published in 2020, author Maureen Mahon does an exceptional job chronicling a history of Black women's influence on the rock genre. During the COVID pandemic, I attended a live Zoom presentation where Mahon talked about her book. I recently finished reading Black Diamond Queens. My favorite two chapters are "Tina Turner’s Turn To Rock" and "The Revolutionary Sisterhood of Labelle." First, watch my video tribute to Tina Turner (1939 – 2023) honoring her legacy:  I reference in the video a quote by Maureen Mahon about how Tina Turner was able to make the transition from R&B / soul to rock. Maureen states that "The book's title lifts a lyric from "Steppin in Her I. Miller Shoes," a song Betty Davis wrote in honor of her friend Devon Wilson, a black rock and roll woman who was, she sings, "a black diamond queen, a woman who loved and lived rock and roll." Before getting into the substance of the book, I'm going to address the style of Mahon's writing. Black Diamond Queens is written by a woman who is a trained cultural anthropologist. Maureen also teaches in an "ethnomusicology program in a music department." Often there are very long sentences. The prose is scholarly, and sometimes pedantic. However, after the first 30 pages, the soul of the stories come to life written, with more informality to make the chapters very accessible and readable. Mahon presents short interview dialogue in the chapters with her and others questioning the artists. The author thanks Merry Clayton, Sarah Dash, Betty Davis, Gloria Jones, and Beverly Lee for speaking to her "about their experiences in rock and roll." I won't go through every chapter, but will highlight many of them for you. Use Black Diamond Queens as a reference, or as an exhaustive read, written with rigor. There was always recorded music playing on turntables in Maureen Mahon’s home during her younger years. She listened to rock radio as a teenager. At Northwestern University just outside of Chicago, she played jazz on the student radio station, WNUR-FM performing DJ duties. Mahon talks about how she and friends would take public transportation from Evanston to Chicago to see local concerts featuring nationally touring acts. Despite her eclectic tastes ranging from Joan Armatrading to the Clash to the English Beat, the author says that "in high school and college, I learned that my interest in what was understood as "white music" was not what people, Black or white, expected." The racial dynamic is thoroughly addressed throughout the book as a counterpoint to the predominant white, male image of rock and roll. You'll learn about the progression of 'race music' to 'pop music' to 'rock and roll' and then to 'rock.' The chronology of "Black Diamond Queens" begins with a nice chapter about Big Mama Thornton. Mahon says that Thornton is a "bridge figure between the blues women of the 1920s and the rhythm and blues women of the rock and roll era." There's an acknowledgment on a few pages in the book about Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I would also recommend Gayle E. Wald's book "Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe" to learn more. Tharpe was another rockin' Black female original during the same time period as Thornton. Mahon says that Big Mama Thornton's "arrangement of her 1953 hit single "Hound Dog" anticipates the sound of rock that departed from the horn-centered style of rhythm and blues…" Another Thornton song “Ball and Chain” is referenced. We learn that 10 covers of the Thornton "Hound Dog" (she had the original version) preceded the version by Elvis Presley in 1956. I did not know that 1953's "Bear Cat" by Memphis DJ Rufus Thomas was an answer to "Hound Dog" and the battling covers! The author reveals in a few Thornton quotes that Elvis never gave Thornton anything for "Hound Dog." Thornton also says that Elvis refused to play with her when he got famous. As the book moves along, Lavern Baker's story is detailed next. By the time we enter the 1960's, although I was only 8 years old, I do remember hearing Passaic, New Jersey's the Shirelles, and many of their hits on the radio. The Shirelles were the first all-female vocal group to have a number one pop hit in the rock and roll era. Crossover appeal elevated this group into the mainstream. I often wondered in the early 1970s why many of the rock and roll bands all toured with Black female background vocalists. There is a great picture of the English band Humble Pie in chapter four of the book: "Call and Response" with the Blackberries, an African American female vocal trio. The Blackberries sang with Humble Pie on tour and on record. "Call and Response" is a great chapter. Maureen Mahon has a thing about the Rolling Stones song "Brown Sugar." She goes into a lot of detail in chapter five: "Negotiating 'Brown Sugar.'" Earlier in the book she explains why she never liked the song. "Negotiating Brown Sugar" expands on the implied sexuality and social messages Maureen feels were telegraphed by this song. Chapter Six: "The Revolutionary Sisterhood of Labelle" is fascinating. We learn what Patti LaBelle really thought about the group's transformation from Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles to Labelle. There's much more in Black Diamond Queens including the important chapters on Betty Davis and Tina Turner. Clocking in at 282 pages, there's an additional 100 plus pages with end notes and an index. What I like most about the book is the meticulous research and the fact based detail reflected in all of the stories. If you want to discover more about African American Women and rock and roll, this is your definitive resource. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Harry Belafonte's Carnegie Hall Activism

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/27/2023

    Major League Baseball lovers may or may not know that it's Harry Belafonte's sonic shout-out that occasionally serenades home town stadium attendees. The audio blast is used to generate fan excitement for the home town team. Among my late mother's Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Dick Gregory, Aretha, and Sinatra records is this two-disc Harry Belafonte gem recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City on April 19 and 20, 1959. RCA released the double album in 1959. Here's 14 seconds of Mr. Belafonte's "Day-O" anthem from the evening's performance.  Your browser does not support the audio element. That night Harry sang with a single guitar accompanied by bongos. He also festively crooned along with a 47-piece symphony orchestra. Always the activist and philanthropist, Harry Belafonte donated $58,000 from one night of this two-night gig to the Wiltwyck School. Wiltwyck School worked with boys experiencing emotional disabilities. Harry Belafonte, R.I.P. (1927 -2023). The decade you were born in usually defines your musical affinities. Sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties... if you were in high school in one of those decades, your favorite music probably comes from that era. As I write in my book Powerhouse Radio: Rough Roads, Radiance, and Rebirth "My love of radio's pulsating magnetic sound track in the 1960s was a strong attraction as I entered my preteen years. Sadly, middle-of-the-road crooners Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald were not my personal soundtrack. "These were the singers my mother listened to on the 'standards' music station WNEW AM in New York City. 'Standards' were calm, pre-rock-era vocals. My appreciation for the Cole–Fitzgerald song era would blossom later with maturity." So here's a well honored toast to maturity, and a "Day-O" salute to Harry Belafonte, the activist, philanthropist, actor, and music man who left his lyrical mark on popular culture. Watch and listen to Harry in this 64 second video talking about his 2011 book Harry Belafonte My Song: A Memoir? I posted the video in 2011 as part of my review of his book for my Black History website. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Rufus Thomas and WattsStax

    • Concerts
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 03/29/2023

    Folks were flocking into the record store. I was excited to see scores of music lovers throwing down their dollar bills. Forty-five-RPM-fans were even rewarded (by getting some change back) for grabbing vinyl singles. One particular song you are about to discover was very popular! I was eighteen years old working part-time at Triboro Records in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Singer - songwriter Rufus Thomas was in the spotlight. Thomas had a two-year run with a lot of hits during my tenure selling musical delights at the store. Thomas was no stranger to the record game. His first charted R&B hit was "Bear Cat" in 1953. Ten years later he dropped "The Dog" and "Walking The Dog" into the marketplace. After another seven year lull, Rufus, the father of singers Carla and Vaneese Thomas was back with a vengeance. With the exception of "Bear Cat," all of the Rufus Thomas hits were recorded by Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Thomas had a solid history in the town. He was a WDIA AM Memphis radio DJ from 1953 - 1974. For a deeper Stax background, see these two updates: Stax 50 Delivers Classic Soul Grand Slam Hits and The 20 Best Stax Records Songs  Stax should get as much reverence as Motown or Philadelphia International Records receives. Often, because of the bluesy core of their music, Stax doesn't. Then again, number one Stax pop crossover hits weren’t poppin' as much as their Philly and their Detroit brethren. The very popular Rufus Thomas song I alluded too is “(Do The) Push And Pull Part 1.” It spent fifteen weeks on the R&B charts and was a number one song for two weeks in December, 1970. Songs with suggestive titles always do well. The double entendre goes into overdrive. "My Ding-a-Ling,” Chuck Berry’s number one pop hit cover," and “Milkshake” by Kelis, a number four R&B hit are two additional examples. When a song connected with an audience, I could tell. Streams of fans would come to the record store and pay money to pick up and take home discs. While I worked at Triboro Records, "(Do The) Push And Pull Part 1" was a big Rufus Thomas favorite. "Woman To Woman" by Shirley Brown, a number one R&B song in 1974 was another chart topper that I distinctly remember generating an avalanche of sales at the record store. The back cover of my Mom's Rufus Thomas "Walking The Dog" album from 1963. Back to Stax. 2023 is the 50th Anniversary of the WattStax music festival held at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972. The plan is to re-release recordings and some video of the L-A event. Here's a terrific look back at WattStax on its 50th Anniversary by NPR. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston: I Go To The Rock Gospel

    • Review
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 03/24/2023

    I wasn't expecting much, but boy I certainly was not disappointed. Posthumous song collections dropped into the marketplace after a superstar passes away always create a nagging suspicion about performance quality. Is it sustained? Is the material as good as the other old chestnuts by the artist in their prime? A pop music albatross weighs down Whitney Houston's musical glow for this project. That might leave gospel purists to seek out a higher calling from a more glorious angel to sing this music. If you are not necessarily a gospel music fan, the attraction of Whitney's name might draw you to these songs. Just released for 2023, here is "I Go To The Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston." It is delightful, but not perfect. Many gospel styles echo from the fourteen tracks. I rate 11 of the 14 tracks at "B" or above, an eighty percent positive rating. By far the best track is the first, the contemporary "I Go To The Rock." The Georgia Mass Choir soars through a magnificent crescendo with Whitney before the pair takes off in an up-tempo call and response exchange. "I Go To The Rock." Definitely an 'A.' Note that I have a CD. You may want to download the MP3 tracks and listen in any order.   "I Go to the Rock" (with The Georgia Mass Choir) "Jesus Loves Me" "He Can Use Me" (Previously Unreleased) "Joy to the World" (with The Georgia Mass Choir) "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Live VH1 Honors) (Previously Unreleased) "Testimony" (Previously Unreleased) "I Look To You" "His Eye is on the Sparrow" "Hold On, Help is On The Way" (with the Georgia Mass Choir) "This Day" (Live VH1 Honors) (Previously Unreleased) "I Found a Wonderful Way" (Previously Unreleased) "Joy" (with The Georgia Mass Choir) "I Love the Lord" (with The Georgia Mass Choir) "He / I Believe" (Live at Yokohama Arena, Japan) (Previously Unreleased)   Six of the tracks are previously unreleased. You might be motivated to grab the songs just to hear for yourself how they sound. "He Can Use Me," one of the previously unreleased songs, is a torch light 'holy ghost' ballad exploding with emotion. At three minutes, thirty seconds into the song, 'Whitney goes off' for the last minute belting out a lot of vamping. Her testimony detracts from the composure of the song. Houston offers "Joy To The World," with the Georgia Mass Choir, previously released on Whitney's "One Wish, The Holiday Album." I've always felt that her version is good, but overproduced and not at the 'A+' level of either the gritty Aretha Franklin version, or Mariah Carey's bouncy fun romp through the classic. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with CeCe Winans gets an 'A-.' The previously unreleased song was recorded live on the VH1 Honors show in 1995. Looking for the best R&B / soul version of the iconic Paul Simon penned hit? Look for the version by Aretha Franklin. An 'A' track is "His Eye is on The Sparrow." This traditional-public domain song captures the delicate nuances of Whitney's voice. She's accompanied by just a piano and organ. A choir does punctuate her vocal acuity within the last minute of the song. On the older CD format, I would have stacked the songs in a different order. One track that was correctly placed last is "He / I Believe," recorded live at Yokohama Arena in Japan. This sounds too "Bodyguard." The arrangement includes a glowing saxophone staccato statement. She starts the song by proclaiming, "This starts our gospel segment. Do you like gospel music?" She receives just a soft murmur from the crowd. Perhaps it was her English, a possible barrier to some of the Japanese speakers in the audience. You will find some surprises among these songs. "I Love The Lord," with the Georgia Mass Choir is a 'B+.' Whitney tackles the slower ballad with gusto. This song gets a '+' for the long 'in the clear' string arrangement closing the track. Overall, I would recommend "I Go To The Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston." Yes, she can sing gospel music. Her pop style does infiltrate many of the songs, but she has the pipes, finesse and vocal range to be taken seriously singing this music. Whitney Houston is not Shirley Caesar, or Mahalia Jackson, so a pure hardcore gospel style is not what I expected when I learned about the "I Go To The Rock" project. I never thought of "I Look To You" as a gospel song. To me, it was Whitney Houston pop. Clearly there is some genre bending going on across these songs. Many of her fans will appreciate hearing the artist packaged within the context of gospel. I did, perhaps you will too. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Powerhouse Radio Book

    How do you write a book in reverse order? Follow along as I sketch out what's been happening for this memoir of mine since early 2021. The first thing I did was to recreate the Powerhouse Radio website that was using older technology. Read why we were forced to shutdown the website in 2016 and take it out of service  when Live365 stopped their streaming service. After five months of work in 2021 the website was ready to resurface in September, with several new features, including an aircheck section. Then the serious writing began in the fall. Here are the 15 chapters in the book: Preface College Radio Craft: WNYU and More Orange County Giant: WALL From Trailer to Motel: WUSS The Rhythm of South Jersey: WAYV On the Road Again: WKQV and WSSJ Drama in the Big City: WIFI Passion for the Public: WHYY Commercial Radio Fast Lane: WSNI, WZGO, WUSL Creating My Own Space: Powerhouse Radio Online Satellite Radio and NPR, Washington, DC NPR Berlin, Germany Battle of the Radio Conferences New Horizons and Radio Today The Power in the Powerhouse Dirty Deeds and Risky Business A Hard Habit to Break How Is Radio Doing? Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Bring On the Noise What It Takes to Move Ahead Recommended Reading and Acknowledgments Booked and Hooked on 5-Star Artists Notes Index   Yes, I worked for all of those radio stations and network. The book cover you see is for the audiobook and e-Book and shares the same style as the paperback cover. Digital versions will come first, the paperback last. My hope is that the digital versions will be available by late summer 2023. Early January, 2024 is the target date for the paperback book. Obviously, it's the same book regardless of the media framework, so the complete book must be finished first! I'm not really writing the book backwards, but I thought to tell the story efficiently, a solid digital foundation was needed first to represent various elements in the book. This website work helped craft an effective book outline. Note I did not want the website added as a last minute after thought. So how am I doing? Sixteen thousand words have been written to date. That's not a lot. Much work is ahead. My target word count is forty thousand words. About 80 percent of the book has been written at home, 20 percent in my local regional public library using a laptop and headphones (no music) to block out noisy people. Everyone has a favorite place to write. I know one author who wrote her book sitting on a park bench close to her home using a laptop. Follow the updates as I occasionally keep you posted on book writing progress heading toward the goal of completing the manuscript on time! August 22, 2023 Update KingsleyHSmith.com has more info about the book including some of the retailers you can preorder it from: Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Books-A-Million, Walmart, and BookBaby. Note that the eBook and paperback are available right now from BookBaby. Audiobook date to be announced. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 8 Christmas Rebound Memories

    We've shared so much about Christmas music and the artists. How about taking a look back at the abundance of yuletide riches. So far, there are thirty-five Christmas updates in the archive. Here are 8 that you can enjoy again. To see all 35, touch "Categories" next to the little house, then select "Christmas!" Christmas Classic Soul Crooners Merry Christmas II You is New from Mariah Carey James Brown Christmas The Flamingos Flock to the Christmas Song (plus interview) Candy Cane Christmas from Darius Rucker Howard Hewett Christmas Wynton Marsalis Christmas Jazz Jam a Gem Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas   Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas is my short review of this book. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Songwriter Salute to Reggie Calloway

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 11/10/2022

    "Impossible Blues" is the one song I wrote as a teen. I've memorized the first two verses, but a bridge and refrain lyric have eluded me for years. It's a song to be continued. Songwriters become known when one or more of their songs becomes hits or their vibrant words survive through social impact in popular culture. Reggie Calloway is a songwriter I've admired for years. I've played his tracks performed by others during my shows on the radio. When the hits stop coming or focus shifts, many artists sell their intellectual property to the large companies who buy up song catalogues. Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, and Barry Manilow are just a few who have sold their entire song portfolios. Beyonce', Justin Timberlake, and Olivia Newton-John have sold individual songs. Reggie Calloway is no different. I noticed that Mr. Calloway was offering a five percent writer's share of two of his hit songs back in 2009. You'll learn more about these songs after I explain more. Reggie retained Songvest, the first online music marketplace to offer fans and investors the ability to purchase a writer's share from their favorite songs and artists. My bids for both "Love Overboard" and "Freak-A-Zoid" did not meet the reserve price which is the minimum bid the seller will accept. When the auction was extended because no one met the reserve price for these two songs, I bid again for both songs seeking 1.5% of Reggie's writer's share. There were other Reggie Calloway songs in the auction. I won both bids offering several hundred dollars for each 1.5% share. Today I consider the price a real bargain. Here are my gold and platinum record presentations complete with Reggie Calloway's handwritten lyrics. The awards are enclosed in two large cases that are both 30-1/2 inches tall, and 18-1/2 inches wide. That's "Love Overboard" from Gladys Knight and The Pips on the left," certified gold for 500,000 album, cassette, and CD sales. "Freak-A-Zoid" from Midnight Star is on the right certified multi-platinum for two million album, cassette, and CD sales. Here's more about Reggie Calloway from part of his official biography shared with me by his marketing manager. ----- "Creating music that rings in the heart of souls has been a breeze for the Grammy songwriter, Reggie Calloway. "His prolific talent as a top music producer, hit writer, musician and artist has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry. "Best known as the founder and leader of one of the most popular techno-funk bands, Midnight Star, Calloway lead the group to international success, writing producing and arranging a string of top mega #1 hits: "Operator" "No Parking On The Dance Floor" "Freak-A-Zoid" "Reggie Calloway is from Ohio. He earned the respect of music industry insiders for consistently writing a string of Grammy-nominated #1 hits for Teddy Pendergrass, Natalie Cole, and LeVert. "Mr. Calloway has produced several multi-platinum and gold albums. "In 1987 Reggie wrote "Love Overboard" for Gladys Knight and The Pips which won a Grammy Award. "Reggie received a Grammy nomination for R&B Songwriter of the year for the hit song "Casanova" by LeVert in 1987. He remains active today dazzling us with the magic of his music!"  Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Bobbi Humphrey Plays Her Fabulous Flute With Passion

    • Biography
    • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
    • 09/15/2022

    Do you have an episode in your life when you lost a tangible item? Not a best friend, a loved one, or your favorite companion, but a keepsake possession that has lots of sentimental value? I don't mean dollar value. If you've been in this situation like me, the loss represents a significant subtraction. Before I dive deeper into the phenomenal femme flute sensation Bobbi Humphrey, here's what I lost connected to her essence. We talked live on-air in the WUSS radio studios on a chilly Friday morning leading into her two evening shows at The Wonder Gardens club in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The interview went well and was recorded. To my amazement, the recording has been missing in action ever since! Perhaps you were in the region listening at home, and recorded it. This conversation was one that I cherish. The recording is not among my reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, DATS (digital audio tape), MiniDiscs, CD-R's, thumb drives, and other recordable media. Here is the large twenty-two inch by fourteen-and-one-half inch poster that promoted her show.  Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes on the official Blue Note label website... "Bobbi Humphrey is a jazz flautist whose musical tastes lean toward fusion and smooth jazz-pop. From the outset of her career, Humphrey was quite popular, winning a large crossover audience with her pop-oriented jazz-fusion. "Throughout her career, her popularity exceeded her critical acclaim, but she received high marks for her technique and showmanship. "Bobbi Humphrey was born in Marlin, Texas and was raised in Dallas. She began playing flute in high school and continued her studies at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University. "Dizzy Gillespie saw Humphrey play at a talent contest at Southern Methodist and, impressed with what he had heard, he urged her to pursue a musical career in New York City. "She followed through on his advice, getting her first big break performing at the Apollo Theater on amateur night. Shortly afterward, she began playing regularly throughout the city, including a gig with Duke Ellington. "Humphrey signed with Blue Note in 1971. Her smooth blend of jazz, funk, pop, and R&B fit in well with the new sound of Blue Note, and her six albums for the label — Flute In, Dig This, Blacks and Blues, Satin Doll, Live at Montreux, and Fancy Dancer — were all successes. "Tailor Made was the first of three albums for Epic Records; Freestyle followed in 1978 and The Good Life appeared about a year afterward. "During the ’80s, Humphrey continued to perform regularly, even if she didn’t record often. She returned to recording in 1989, releasing City Beat on Malaco Records. "Five years later, Passion Flute appeared on her own Paradise Sounds label, where she is President and C.E.O." ----- As mentioned by Steven, these three albums below are from my library. Fancy Dancer and Bobbi Humphrey's Best are on Blue Note. Tailor Made is on Epic (Columbia).  Memories are made of this! I'll keep looking for our Bobbi Humphrey interview. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 16 Powerhouse Radio Summertime Song Favorites

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/11/2022

    A week ago I updated 13 Powerhouse Radio Summertime Favorites to the new list below. The original thirteen songs were mixed from my vinyl or CD library to a standalone CD in 2007. Unfortunately modern cars no longer have CD players. One song was not included this time: "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer" by Stevie Wonder. Just an oversight. Today, the summer playlist is expanded to sixteen tracks lasting fifty-nine minutes. My current automobile without CD player does have one USB port. Two previous cars had a couple of USB ports in each vehicle (without CD players). Time marches on! Today, this playlist lives, as one premixed track on a thumb drive that I can listen to at home, in the office, or while driving. You may want to try it as a Spotify playlist. The song order has been updated from the older version to maximize emotional enjoyment: "Picnic In the Park" - MFSB "Summertime" - Will Smith "Summertime" - MFSB "Summertime" - Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company "Summertime" - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong "Summer Snow" - Blue Magic "Indian Summer Love" - Con Funk Shun "My Sweet Summer Suite" - Love Unlimited Orchestra (Barry White) "Summertime" - Billy Stewart "Summertime" - Sam Cooke "Summer Madness" - Kool & The Gang "It's Summer" - War "Hot Fun in the Summertime" - Sly & the Family Stone "Long Hot Summer" - Jimi Hendrix Experience "Summer Breeze" - Isley Brothers "Cruel Summer" - Bananarama Previous Post | Next Post

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