WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real

Cheryl Lynn is a famed disco, R&B, and soul singer who has also sold millions of records thanks to classic hits like her debut song “Got To Be Real.”

Released as the first single from her 1978 self-titled album, the song was penned by David Paich, David Foster, and Lynn, and has since been called one of the defining moments in R&B and Disco. The song peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B chart. On September 19, 2005, “Got To Be Real” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

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Throwback Thursday: Tamia – You Put A Move On My Heart

Tamia is a multi Grammy nominated singer/songwriter whose music spans several genres, however, she is best known for her R&B hits.

“You Put A Move On My Heart” was the first single released from her eponymous debut album. The single was a cover of the 1993 song by British singer Mica Paris, and was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. The song became Tamia’s first hit on the Billboard R&B chart, peaking at No. 12.  In 1995 “You Put a Move on My Heart” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

The music video has a sexy vibe to it as Tamia sings in a booth while Quincy produces. Her vocals are perfection. Can you believe she was only 19 when she recorded this hit? Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Faith Evans – Soon As I Get Home

If you don’t already know, Faith Evans is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and author. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure and Christopher Williams she became the first female artist to sign with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment.

“Soon As I Get Home” was the second single released off her platinum selling debut album Faith. It was co-written by Evans and Puffy, and produced by Chucky Thompson. The song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

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Throwback Thursday: Sharissa – Any Other Night

“Did you get my two-way…you didn’t answer your phone at home?” Talk about a throwback!

Sharissa is a R&B singer from Brooklyn, NY. She released her debut album No Half Steppin through Motown Records in 2002. The album delivered two charting singles, including “Any Other Night.”

The song is her biggest hit to date, it reached No. 72 on the Hot 100 and No. 23 on the R&B chart. The lyrics of the song describe a fed up woman who’s tired of waiting up for her significant other. By the time he decides to show up she has found a replacement; in the video the replacement is a young Tank!

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Throwback Tuesday: Montell Jordan feat. Master P & Silkk The Shocker – Let’s Ride

Montell Jordan is a former R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. He is currently a minister in Atlanta, GA. Jordan was the primary male solo artist on Def Jam’s Def Soul imprint until leaving the label in 2003.

“Let’s Ride” was the lead single and title track released from his third album. The song was produced by Teddy Bishop, arranged by R&B singer Case and featured rappers Master P and Silkk the Shocker. “Let’s Ride” became a huge hit in 1998, making it to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also spent three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, becoming his second most successful single after 1995’s “This Is How We Do It.”

Remember when almost all music videos had a sexy group of back up dancers? Lol! Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: Dave Hollister – ‘Can’t Stay’

Dave Hollister is a R&B singer/songwriter who found fame during the ’90s as one quarter of the platinum-selling R&B quartet Blackstreet, before going on to a solo career. He also sung background vocals for Jodeci, as he is a cousin to K-Ci and JoJo.

“Can’t Stay” was a single off his debut studio album Ghetto Hymns. The song showcases Hollister’s ability to the velvety depth that is soul-stirring R&B. Hollister, who is known for his gritty soul, also showcases his gospel influence on this song as well.

It’s nothing like R&B singers that come from the church. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly – ‘Before I Let Go’

Maze are a R&B, soul, and quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly or Frankie Beverly & Maze. The band was established in San Francisco in the early 1970s. The group became an immediate success when Marvin Gaye took them on the road with him as one of his opening acts.

“Before I Let Go” is a classic single off of their 1981 live album, Live In New Orleans. The single peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard R&B chart. The group is heralded for their silky smooth vocals and funky live instrumentation. Questlove of The Roots once tweeted that “Before I Let Go” is the “official song of Black people.” He may have been onto something (lol) as it has reached iconic barbeque/family reunion/wedding reception, sold out show status. Enjoy the throwback above!

After the jump check out a live performance of the hit from 1995:

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Throwback Tuesday: Seal – ‘Kiss From A Rose’

Seal is a British soul and R&B singer/songwriter, who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

His signature song, “Kiss from a Rose” was first released as a single in July 1994, from his sophomore album, and then re-released in 1995. It was included on the Batman Forever film soundtrack, helping it to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, the song took home three awards, ‘Record of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ and ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.’ It also won the 1996 MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Song from a Movie.’

The song showcases Seal’s vocal depth as it’s both “sweet” and soulful. The arrangement and layering were genius! Enjoy the throwback above!


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