favourite 10 songs by black singers, off the top of my head

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iseeyou

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in no particular order :

1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips
 
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please

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> in no particular order :

> 1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
> 2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
> 3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
> 4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
> 5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
> 6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
> 7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
> 8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
> 9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
> 10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips

Al Jolson and Elvis were quite good
 
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Andy Ison

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Re:Are Symarp and Leroy Smart very famous?

Who is Hamilton Bohannon?
 
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Betty Boo

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Here'S miNe.....

No particular order:

SaM CooKe, You SeNd Me...
MarVin GaYe, ChaineD...
NaT 'KiNg' CoLe, WheN I Fall In LoVe..
Sammy DaVis JnR, LoVe Me Or LeaVe Me...
SupreMes, LoVe Child...
Terence TrenT Darby, SigN Your Name...
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, SeconD that Emotion..
Otis Redding,(sittin'on) The DocK of A BaY...
DrifterS, Under The BoardwalK...
BilliE HollidaY, Gloomy SundaY...
 
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mozrebel

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> in no particular order :

> 1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
Yep - its a classic - but there are other Bob Marley sons i prefer
> 2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Emm- ok, but not one of my favourites
> 3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Can't beat a bit off motown.
> 4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
Que?
> 5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
Nope, you've lost me there
> 6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
Not a big fan.
> 7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
????
> 8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
????
> 9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
Know all the lyrics, but still don't like - probably because I knew a Prince fan in scholl who was a bit of a tosser
> 10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips
Again a classic - reminds me of late night radio.
 
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iseeyou

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> Yep - its a classic - but there are other Bob Marley sons i prefer
> Emm- ok, but not one of my favourites
> Can't beat a bit off motown.
> Que?
> Nope, you've lost me there
> Not a big fan.
> ????
> ????
> Know all the lyrics, but still don't like - probably because I knew a
> Prince fan in scholl who was a bit of a tosser
> Again a classic - reminds me of late night radio.

1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
Love the bass line, I used to play along with it when I started playing, but I really like the song too.

2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
There was just me in the gym today, which means I can turn the radio off Galaxy, which is a hideous dance music station, and put Virgin on, which plays real songs. Anyway, they played Fast Car today and I remembered how much I liked it.

3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Just a fantastic song, sung fantastically well by Marvin.

4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
"I want all you skinheads to get up on your feet
put your braces together and your boots on your feet
and give me some of that old moon-stomping!"
This is an old Ska track from 1970 on Trojan Records.
My sister had the album and I've always loved this track.

5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
This was on the first reggae album I ever got, from a second hand shop near where I used to live.
It was called "Superstar" by Leroy Smart. I was 16 and I liked the cover and was impressed because it was "real" reggae from Jamaica.
Great song, great singer.

6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
Not heard this for ages but I always loved it.
it could have been any number of Diana Ross tracks from the sixties, but I chose this cos I love it.

7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
This actually got to No2 in the charts in 1979.
I love the song, it reminds me of a time and a place and makes me feel good when I hear it.

8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
Again, courtesy of my sisters record collection.
It's a Soul classic and I first heard it when I was about 11.
It's been one of my favourite songs ever since.

9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times were innovative albums that i loved in the 80's. When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy, Hot Thing, If I was Your Girlfriend, Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times itself were all tracks I loved.
I wasn't much interested in him after those albums, I moved on, but Sign O' The Times is fantastic. Oh I tell a lie, I got the Batman soundtrack he did and it was excellent, in fact it has two of his best tracks on it, 'The Future' and 'Electric Chair'.

10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips
I remember this from an old record someone had when I was growing up and I've found myself singing it hundreds of times since then.
Just a great record and another fabulous voice.
 
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mozrebel

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> 1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
> Love the bass line, I used to play along with it when I started playing,
> but I really like the song too.

> 2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
> There was just me in the gym today, which means I can turn the radio off
> Galaxy, which is a hideous dance music station, and put Virgin on, which
> plays real songs. Anyway, they played Fast Car today and I remembered how
> much I liked it.

> 3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
> Just a fantastic song, sung fantastically well by Marvin.

> 4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
> "I want all you skinheads to get up on your feet
> put your braces together and your boots on your feet
> and give me some of that old moon-stomping!"
> This is an old Ska track from 1970 on Trojan Records.
> My sister had the album and I've always loved this track.

> 5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
> This was on the first reggae album I ever got, from a second hand shop
> near where I used to live.
> It was called "Superstar" by Leroy Smart. I was 16 and I liked
> the cover and was impressed because it was "real" reggae from
> Jamaica.
> Great song, great singer.

> 6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
> Not heard this for ages but I always loved it.
> it could have been any number of Diana Ross tracks from the sixties, but I
> chose this cos I love it.

> 7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
> This actually got to No2 in the charts in 1979.
> I love the song, it reminds me of a time and a place and makes me feel
> good when I hear it.

> 8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
> Again, courtesy of my sisters record collection.
> It's a Soul classic and I first heard it when I was about 11.
> It's been one of my favourite songs ever since.

> 9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
> Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times were innovative albums that i loved in
> the 80's. When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy, Hot Thing, If I was Your
> Girlfriend, Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times itself were all tracks I
> loved.
> I wasn't much interested in him after those albums, I moved on, but Sign
> O' The Times is fantastic. Oh I tell a lie, I got the Batman soundtrack he
> did and it was excellent, in fact it has two of his best tracks on it,
> 'The Future' and 'Electric Chair'.

> 10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips
> I remember this from an old record someone had when I was growing up and
> I've found myself singing it hundreds of times since then.
> Just a great record and another fabulous voice.

Well, it's hard to beat the soul classics. i may not n#know what there called or who the artist is, but they do strike a chord (do you get me?) - 1979 - I was four and the Pope came to ireland - and we danced to Boney M at playschool, so it s possible I'm a bit lost when it comes to that era - Although I'm told I had a crush on Debbie Harrie.
 
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iseeyou

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> Well, it's hard to beat the soul classics. i may not n#know what there
> called or who the artist is, but they do strike a chord (do you get me?) -
> 1979 - I was four and the Pope came to ireland - and we danced to Boney M
> at playschool, so it s possible I'm a bit lost when it comes to that era -
> Although I'm told I had a crush on Debbie Harrie.

Debbie Harry was one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen ( and also made one of my favourite records 'Hangin' on the Telephone')
The older I get, the more I retreat into my old record collection, where it's not just about the song, but the time and place that it conjurs up.
I'll have to track all those songs down and make a compilation actually, i only have 4 or 5 of them at present.
I could easily add another 10 to those and make a cool CD.
Ok, that's my next project.
 
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jp

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blondie didn't actually write "hangin on the telephone." have you ever heard the original version by the nerves?

> Debbie Harry was one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen ( and also
> made one of my favourite records 'Hangin' on the Telephone')
> The older I get, the more I retreat into my old record collection, where
> it's not just about the song, but the time and place that it conjurs up.
> I'll have to track all those songs down and make a compilation actually, i
> only have 4 or 5 of them at present.
> I could easily add another 10 to those and make a cool CD.
> Ok, that's my next project.
 
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iseeyou

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> blondie didn't actually write "hangin on the telephone." have
> you ever heard the original version by the nerves?

Right. I do love their version though, but no, I've never heard the original.
Is it in a similar vein to the Blondie version?
 
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jp

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Debbie's version definitely tops it. The Nerves tune is kind of toned down and lacking in energy. It might as well be a Blondie Song.

> Right. I do love their version though, but no, I've never heard the
> original.
> Is it in a similar vein to the Blondie version?
 
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Sharron Needles

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Everyday I Get The Blues-Howard Tate
Can I Get A Witness-Marvin Gaye
Israelites-Desmond Dekker
Needle In A Haystack-The Velvelettes
 
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Sharron Needles

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Re: a few more

> Everyday I Get The Blues-Howard Tate
> Can I Get A Witness-Marvin Gaye
> Israelites-Desmond Dekker
> Needle In A Haystack-The Velvelettes
My Man Is A Sweet Man-Millie Jackson
Out On The Floor-Doby Gray
Bernadette-Four Tops
Mood For Ska-Laurel Aitken w/ Skatalites
Can't Take My Eyes Off You-Al Green
Nothing But A Heartache-The Flirtations
 
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Mouthful_Of_Pie

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> in no particular order :

I am (mostly) going to stay with the 10 singers you chose and list my favorite songs by them.

> 1. So Much Trouble In the World - Bob Marley and The Wailers
> 2. Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman
> 3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
> 4. Stand! - Sly and the Family Stone
> 5. We People Who Are Darker Than Blue - Curtis Mayfield
> 6. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross and The Supremes
> 7. Ooh Child - The 5 Stairsteps
> 8. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
> 9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
> 10.Neither One Of Us Wants To Be the First To Say Goodbye - Gladys Knight and The Pips

bonus
11. Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
12. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
13. If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go - Curtis Mayfield
14. Theme from Shaft - Issac Hayes
15. Third Stone From The Sun - Jimi Hendrix
16. Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
17. Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) - Sammy Davis Jr
18. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
19. Disco Lady - Johnny Taylor
20. Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
 
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iseeyou

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> I am (mostly) going to stay with the 10 singers you chose and list my
> favorite songs by them.

> bonus
> 11. Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
> 12. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
> 13. If There's A Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go - Curtis Mayfield
> 14. Theme from Shaft - Issac Hayes
> 15. Third Stone From The Sun - Jimi Hendrix
> 16. Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
> 17. Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) - Sammy Davis Jr
> 18. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
> 19. Disco Lady - Johnny Taylor
> 20. Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston

Some fantastic choices, many i know and love, others I will definitely check out in the future.
I don't know why the 10 I listed popped into my head, when there are probably hundreds of songs I could have chosen.
It wasn't any one characteristic that guided me, in as much as the lyrical content, the production,the musicianship etc., but more to do with songs that have stood the test of time for me, and which I have loved for many years, and will love til the day i die.
I included a few Reggae songs because during the late seventies and most of the eighties, I was obsessed with Reggae.
I even ran a sound system where I played reggae exclusively and had residencies at local bars and clubs for a few years.
Great times and great fun.
Over the last 15 years or so, my listening has been restricted very much to white indie/alternative/rock music, Elvis, Beatles, Bowie, Bolan, Slade,Roxy Music, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Rem, Radiohead, Gene, Killing Joke, Sex Pistols, Clash plus loads of other punk/post punk/progressive predominantly 'white' music, not to mention my almost daily fix of Morrissey/Smiths over the last 20 years.
I did listen to loads of Dance Music throughout the 90's.
Being a musician, I loved the innovations in sound and production techniques coming from the dance scene, but even then my favourite stuff was the white boy end, Prodigy, Underworld, Leftfield, Chemical Brothers etc.
For various reasons, my circumstances and my situation have changed quite a lot over the last few years, and i've found myself coming back to a lot of the stuff I loved growing up, and whatever deficiences some of these tracks may have technically or lyrically, is compensated for by the great feeling of familiarity and nostalgia i feel, very much like seeing an old friend again after many months or years.
In the same way that we take other people for granted and become complacent , that they will always be there, so we don't get round to phoning or visiting them as often as we should, we neglect songs that made us feel alive and glad to be so.
I appear to have become one of those people that has "heard it all before", when it comes to new bands/new records/CDs, and I am rarely engaged for long by the latest press darlings and bright new things.
Subsequently, i very rarely buy "new" CDs, preferring the original models that these 'artists' have modelled themselves on, and rather, seeking out the stuff that I might have missed first time around, or that I'm now ready to play closer attention to.
I suppose i'm interested in "quality", and this only truly becomes apparent after a number of years, and by "quality", I just mean something that can stand the test of time, that, in it's particular genre stands out as having something that similar records lack.
Of course, this is all highly subjective, which is another great thing about music and why peoples taste in music says so much about who and what they are.
Thanks again for your choices.
 
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iseeyou

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Re: a few more

> My Man Is A Sweet Man-Millie Jackson
> Out On The Floor-Doby Gray
> Bernadette-Four Tops
> Mood For Ska-Laurel Aitken w/ Skatalites
> Can't Take My Eyes Off You-Al Green
> Nothing But A Heartache-The Flirtations

Some cool choices there.
See my post above for a more considered response.
 
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Grim O'Grady

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Erm what about Aretha Franklin? I could do a top 10 of just her!
Others of note,
The Cookies - 'I want a boy for my birthday' & 'Only to other people'.
Al Green - 'Love and Happiness'.
Oh & don't get me started on Northern Soul eh!

Grim

> in no particular order :

> 1. Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley and The Wailers
> 2. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
> 3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
> 4. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
> 5. Shame And Pride - Leroy Smart
> 6. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Diana Ross and The Supremes
> 7. Silly Games - Janet Kay
> 8. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
> 9. Sign Of The Times - Prince
> 10.Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight and The Pips
 
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Mouthful_Of_Pie

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My mom listened to a lot of those bands and she bought a lot of singles so that is where I heard the music. I also collect records and whenever I see a K-tel record from teh 70's I grab it because there are often songs by one hit wonders that are great and have been forgotten. I was thinking of some of these songs but I don't know if the people are black. ;-) But they are definitely funky. This song called "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf has one of the best grooves I have ever heard.
I like Talking Heads a lot. You could not be any whiter than they are/were but they did some great stuff for the first 5 or 6 records.

I also wanted to mention Earth Wind and Fire. Shining Star and Saturday Night are a couple of my all time favorites.

Great thread!
 
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