The 80s: ‘Janet Jackson’

It was really no surprise back in the early 1980s when Janet Jackson released her first album.  As a member of the Jackson family, it was bound to happen.  So after some solid experience as a television actress as Penny […]

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Classic Soul Album: Sly & and the Family Stone’s ‘Stand!’

One of the most important albums of all time of any genre is, without a doubt, Stand! by the legendary funk ensemble Sly & the


The 80s: ‘Alexander O’Neal’

It’s been almost thirty years since Natchez, Mississippi native Alexander O’Neal released his eponymous debut album.  Released in 1985 on Tabu Records and produced by


The 80s: Debbie Deb

Singer Debbie Deb was part of the freestyle movement of the 1980s, a unique combination of dance, hip-hop and electronica with a Latin influence which


Thursday Throwback – L.T.D.

The title of the song “Love Ballad” is pretty self-explanatory.  It’s a ballad about love…can’t get much simpler than that. The song is by the band L.T.D.,


Thursday Throwback: Luther Vandross

In 1981, Luther Vandross hit the scene with his debut album, Never Too Much.  The singer had spent well over ten years honing his craft


Thursday Throwback: The Jackson 5

It’s a big deal when a musical group debuts with a number one song.  It’s an even bigger deal when the lead singer is only


Thursday Throwback – The Staple Singers

No old school record collection would be complete without at least one album from The Staple Singers; and picking just one would be a tough


Thursday Throwback – The O’Jays

Nothing kicks off the weekend like a good song, and over the decades there have been plenty of weekend jams to go around.  In 2000,


Thursday Throwback: Gladys Knight and the Pips

The song “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” had to go through a bit of transformation to become the old school standard it is today. 

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