Throwback Thursday: Cameo – “Candy”

Cameo is a R&B, soul-influenced funk group that formed in the early 1970s. They were initially a 13-member group.

“Candy” was released as the second single from their 1986 album Word Up!. It reached No. 21 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1987. The song features a solo by saxophonist Michael Breaker. It has been sampled by various artists, including 2Pac (“All Bout U”), Will Smith (“Candy”), and Mariah Carey (“Loverboy”). The Black Eyed Peas also sampled it for the song “Ba Bump” from their album Monkey Business.

Jam on us today!

Throwback Tuesday: After 7 – “Ready or Not” + Bonus: Milestone “I Care About You”

After 7 is a R&B group founded in 1987 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds”.

“Ready or Not” was the third single from their 1987 eponymous debut album. In 1990, the song became the first No. 1 R&B single for the group. It was also the group’s first top ten pop single, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both Melvin and Kevon’s amazing vocals are notable in this song, however Kevon’s amazing tenor and range take this classic over the edge. Enjoy the video above.

***Bonus: Milestone “I Care About You”

In 1997 some of the best voices in R&B history, Kevon and Melvin Edmonds, their brother Babyface, and K-Ci and JoJo Hailey (of Jodeci and the duo K-Ci and JoJo) formed the fictional group Milestone for the movie Soul Food and its soundtrack. “I Care About You” was a No. 1 R&B single by the group. Each member’s vocals made for a perfect R&B collaboration, but again Kevon Edmond’s perfect tenor made the song. K-Ci Hailey’s gritty soul also “brought the house down”.

Watch the video after the jump:

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Throwback Thursday: Jade – “Don’t Walk Away”

Jade was a R&B group active during the early to mid-1990s. “Don’t Walk Away” was released as a single from the group’s platinum 1993 album Jade to the Max. It became one of the biggest Dance and R&B singles of the year.

The single peaked at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and climbed all the way to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The song went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. The success of the single landed the trio spots on The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and Top of the Pops in the UK.

Enjoy the video above!

Throwback Tuesday: D’Angelo – “Lady”

D’Angelo is a R&B and neo-soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influences, Marvin Gaye and Prince.

“Lady” was the third single released off his 1995 platinum debut album Brown Sugar.  The song was also co-written by Tony! Toni! Tone!’s Raphael Saadiq who also happens to play the track’s funky bass line. It contains melodious chords and timeless vocal runs. The music video mainly takes place at a house party (classic ’90s feel), but also shows D’Angelo at various locations professing his love to his lady. D’Angelo is often referred to as one of the torch bearers of R&B soul and funk.

Enjoy the video above!

Throwback Thursday: Kelly Price feat. Ronald Isley & R. Kelly – “Friend of Mine (Remix)”

Kelly Price is a seven-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer–songwriter. “Friend of Mine” was a Grammy-nominated No. 1 R&B song from her platinum 1998 album Soul of A Woman. The original version of the single spent five weeks at the top of the U.S. R&B chart and helped Kelly win the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.

The official remix featured R. Kelly and Ronald Isley. This version became a pop hit in 1998, peaking at No. 12 on the U.S. Pop chart. The song and music video are memorable for opening up with Ronald Isley (Mr. Biggs) returning a call to his goddaughter (Kelly) who left him a message earlier that day at work. He asks her to tell him what happened, and Kelly reveals that her best friend has been sleeping with her husband (portrayed by R. Kelly). Ronald Isley (Mr. Biggs) then tells Kelly to call up her ex (R. Kelly) so he can talk to him. The dramatic moment makes for another classic R. Kelly and Mr. Biggs musical dialogue, found earlier in Kellz “Down Low” and later in The Isley Brother’s “Contagious.”

Enjoy the video above!

Throwback Tuesday: Teena Maria – “Square Biz”

Teena Marie, was a R&B/Soul singer, songwriter, and producer known for her distinctive soulful vocals. Her sultry voice would earn her the title “Ivory Queen of Soul”.

“Square Biz” was the lead single released from her fourth album It Must Be Magic, in 1981. It would go on to become one of Marie’s signature songs. The track peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, becoming her highest peak on the chart at the time. The song also peaked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Club Play Singles, and No. 50 on Billboard’s Pop Singles.

Missy Elliott used an interpolation of a verse from “Square Biz” in Ciara’s 2004 hit single, “1, 2 Step,” and The Firm’s “Firm Biz” contains a sample from the song featuring En Vogue’s Dawn Robinson from the group’s 1997 album The Album. Enjoy the video of Teena Marie’s performance of the hit at Motown Live above.

After the jump check out rising singer Leah LaBelle performing “Square Biz” at the 2012 Soul Train Awards.

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Throwback Thursday: 112 – “Only You”

112 is a Grammy Award-winning R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. The group is notable for being one of Bad Boys Records biggest acts from the ’90s and early 2000s.

“Only You” was the debut single from the group’s double platinum eponymous debut album. Both the original and the remix were released as singles, and the remix featured Ma$e along with The Notorious B.I.G. The song reached No. 1 on two of the Billboard charts: Hot Dance Singles and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 39 weeks in the top 100.

Enjoy the original above and remix below!

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Throwback Tuesday: Tony! Toni! Toné! – “Anniversary”

This song will have you singing about an imaginary person and a non-existent anniversary! LOL.

Tony! Toni! Toné! was a R&B/Soul group from Oakland, California, popular during the late ’80s and early to mid-90s. The group was originally composed of Dwayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Raphael Saadiq on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley on drums and keyboards.

“Anniversary” was released as the second single off the group’s double platinum 1993 Sons of Souls album. The song became a big hit for Tony! Toni! Toné!, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA. Music critic Robert Christgau named “Anniversary” the 13th best song of 1993. The song earned the group Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1994. “Anniversary” is a classic romantic slow jam, a song of all seasons. It is most notable for its lavish vocal harmonies, violin, and the long instrumental break found on the extended version.

Enjoy the video!