WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: Luther Vandross feat. Cheryl Lynn – If This World Were Mine

Luther Vandross, Jr. was a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and record producer. Before his very successful solo career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several legendary artists. Vandross sold over 25 million records worldwide. Cheryl Lynn is a disco, R&B and soul singer who has also sold millions of records.

“If This World Were Mine” was a hit single recorded by Vandross and Lynn for her album Instant Love. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart in 1982. The song was a remake of the original 1967 version recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from their album United. The original was written solely by Gaye, and was one of the few songs they recorded without Ashford & Simpson writing or producing. The original also hit the charts peaking at No. 68 on the Billboard Pop chart, and No. 27 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

Enjoy the Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn Soul Train performance of their version above.


Throwback Tuesday: Anita Baker – ‘Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)’

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Anita Baker has been God’s gift to R&B since the mid-80s. Her music has impacted multiple genres outside of R&B as well, including Jazz and Gospel. Known for her soulful and sultry vocals, Anita’s voice is unique with its rhythmic tone that is often mellow and serene. Singers such as Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton have credited her as one of their biggest influences.

“Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year)” was a single off her 1986 multi-platinum album, Rapture. The single peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and No. 6 on Adult Contemporary Singles in 1987.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: Chico DeBarge feat. Joe – ‘No Guarantee (Remix)’

Chico DeBarge is a R&B singer and the younger brother of the members of the popular Motown family act DeBarge. Unlike the rest of his DeBarge siblings, Chico is the only male DeBarge that does not sing in the falsetto range; he sings tenor.

“No Guarantee (Remix)” was a bonus track off his 1997 album Long Time No See. The single featured an assist from frequent collaborator and R&B crooner Joe. Before releasing this album, DeBarge had served a 10 year jail sentence. Upon his release, he decided to start over and use his new music to be introspective. As an underrated classic, the “No Guarantee” remix proved to be a sultry and soulful feel good track.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: SWV – ‘I’m So Into You’

‘Sisters With Voices,’ better known as SWV, is a Grammy nominated R&B trio from New York City. Formed in 1990 as a gospel group, the ladies (Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons, and Tamara “Taj” Johnson), went on to become one of the most successful R&B acts of the ’90s, dominating the decade with their incredible three-part harmonies.

SWV was also a major part of both the New Jill Swing and Hip Hop Soul movements. “I’m So into You,” was the second single released off their triple platinum debut album, It’s About Time. The single peaked at No. 2 on the R&B chart and reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single alone went on to sell more than one million copies.

Enjoy the throwback above! After the jump check out SWV performing “I’m So Into You” & “Weak” on the Arsenio Hall Show.

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Throwback Thursday: Kut Klose – ‘I Like’

Kut Klose was a R&B trio that formed in Atlanta, Georgia. The three female singers that were members of the group were Athena Cage, Lavonn Battle and Tabitha Duncan. The ladies were discovered by Keith Sweat who produced their debut album. The trio specialized in a sassy brand of urban R&B pop, primarily mounted on their smooth harmonies and sensual content. Battle described their sound to be a little hip-hop, a little rhythm and blues, a little soulful and a little youthful.

“I Like” was released as a single off their debut album Surrender. The single peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: Whitney Houston feat. Kelly Price & Faith Evans – ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

Whitney Houston also known as “The Voice” was one of the most iconic singers of all time. Houston has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide, and is the most awarded female act of all time. “Heartbreak Hotel” was released as the second single from her 1998 album My Love Is Your Love. The song features R&B singers Faith Evans and Kelly Price. “Heartbreak Hotel” reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on Billboard ’​s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song received two nominations at the 2000 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo.

What makes the song so classic is that it contains 3 supreme R&B vocalists, and while Price and Evans back Houston, they also sell themselves grandly as empathetic friends on the track. Their vocals, soaring with emotion, helped keep the timeless Houston identifiable to a new generation of R&B fans. The three singers united for the purpose of soulful balladry.

Last week, Kelly Price hosted her 2nd Annual “For The Love of R&B” event in Los Angeles during Grammy week. This year’s event honored, as well as celebrated, Whitney Houston’s legacy with performances from Sevyn Streeter, Goapele, Faith Evans, Angie Fisher, Antonique Smith, B Slade and more. Price and Faith closed out the event by performing “Heartbreak Hotel” to roaring applause from the crowd.

Check out a clip of their performance, and interview from Kelly below:

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Throwback Tuesday: Missy Elliott feat. Da Brat – ‘Sock It To Me’

Missy Elliott is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. Since Elliott is fresh off of killing a guest Super Bowl Performance, it was only right for us to throw it back to some classic Missy!

“Sock It 2 Me” was released as the second single off her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, it features a rap verse from Da Brat. The song is based on a sample from “Ready or Not, Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)” by the Delfonics. The track peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The music video was directed by Hype Williams and was inspired by the Mega Man video game series. Enjoy the throwback above!

After the jump check out a rare clip of Missy performing “Sock It To Me” on Planet Groove.

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Throwback Tuesday: Az Yet – ‘Last Night’

Az Yet is a R&B group from Philadelphia, most popular during the early ’90s. The group’s demo made it into the hands of iconic singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. He asked the group to perform at a show with After 7 & DeBarge, added founding Boyz II Men member Marc Nelson, and the rest was history.

“Last Night” was the first single released from their platinum eponymous debut album. The single was produced by Babyface and featured on The Nutty Professor film soundtrack. “Last Night,” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the R&B chart. The song leaves little to the imagination and proves to be a sexy and sensual classic.

That’s some good love making if one is seeing the sun, the moon, the mountains, the rivers, and heaven! Enjoy the throwback above!


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