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0 Number One R&B Songs Rescue May Days

  • Songs
  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 05/18/2006

With Summer just weeks away, May flowers are the backdrop for some wacky graduations, wonderful weddings, and outdoor activities filled with fun, sunshine, and music.

Your May memories surely bring to mind a song or two that drop you into some unforgettable circumstances.

Hopefully, none of the following songs remind you of uncomfortable situations.

People we?re involved with sometimes have what I call ?baggage relationship songs? that upset them.

The ?baggage relationship song? I relate to the most is ?Always and Forever,? as I once had a female friend who demanded that the radio be shut off ?immediately? if the Heatwave song started playing, and she?d turn it off every time!

I never asked for the gory details, and she never "spilled the beans."

If any of the hits below are your ?baggage relationship songs,? you?d better run for cover.

The good news is that all of these 15 hits were #1 songs in the month of May. Can you guess the years? Jot down your guesses.

  • "Boogie Fever" The Sylvers
  • "Candy Girl" New Edition
  • "I Got The Feelin'" James Brown
  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More" Barry White
  • "Jimmy Mack" Martha & The Vandellas
  • "Never Can Say Goodbye" Jackson 5
  • "On My Own" Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
  • "Reunited" Peaches & Herb
  • "Shining Star" Earth, Wind, & Fire
  • "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder
  • "Soldier Boy" The Shirelles
  • "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Roberta Flack
  • "There's Nothing Better Than Love" Luther Vandross
  • "Turn Back The Hands of Time" Tyrone Davis
  • "When A Man Loves A Woman" Percy Sledge

The answers are below, but before you peak, six of these songs were #1 pop hits, all of the rest were #1 R&B hits. Which six songs were #1 pop hits?

Four hints:

  • One of the groups appeared on American Bandstand to sing "Dedicated to the One I Love," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
  • With the feel of the blues, one song is an all time soul classic, #1 pop and #1 R&B
  • One mellow song stayed at #1 for six weeks
  • The music of one artist is currently featured in a Broadway play.

Here are the six #1 pop hits:

  1. "Soldier Boy" The Shirelles
  2. "When A Man Loves A Woman" Percy Sledge
  3. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Roberta Flack
  4. "Shining Star" Earth, Wind, & Fire
  5. "Boogie Fever" The Sylvers
  6. "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder

If you got three out of six right, you get an "A."

Here are the years associated with our #1 songs, in the merry month of May...

 

  • 1962 "Soldier Boy" The Shirelles
  • 1966 "When A Man Loves A Woman" Percy Sledge
  • 1967 "Jimmy Mack" Martha & The Vandellas
  • 1968 "I Got The Feelin'" James Brown
  • 1970 "Turn Back The Hands of Time" Tyrone Davis
  • 1971 "Never Can Say Goodbye" Jackson 5
  • 1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Roberta Flack
  • 1973 "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More" Barry White
  • 1975 "Shining Star" Earth, Wind, & Fire
  • 1976 "Boogie Fever" The Sylvers
  • 1977 "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder
  • 1979 "Reunited" Peaches & Herb
  • 1983 "Candy Girl" New Edition
  • 1986 "On My Own" Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
  • 1987 "There's Nothing Better Than Love" Luther Vandross

 

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