Weekly look back on the tracks that charted but you don’t remember…
20 Years Ago – 112 “Cupid” #22
90’s R&B out of ATL. Produced by Diddy – this album went platinum. The group was named after the 112 Club in Atlanta and they still have a lot of fans online.
The singing is really pretty good – but the glitch sound effect on top of the guitar makes it sound dated, would have sounded better with just the guitar and the drums…. 112 Broke up in 2007 after four albums.
25 Years Ago – Kathy Troccoli “Everything Changes” # 15
Christian Rocker Kathy Troccoli’s first secular crossover hit. The song is okay…
The video is kind of a trip, makes her look as if she is in the midst of a psychotic episode. I get it – you are excited. I would suggest taking it down a notch.
30 Years Ago – The Robert Cray Band “Smoking Gun” # 22
Cray has five Grammy’s but he is a blues musician who is known more for his live performances than his albums. Cray is still on the road and on tour with his band in the UK this month.
Interesting bit of movie trivia, he had a role in the movie Animal House, playing the bass in Otis Day’s band “The Knights”
“Smoking Gun” was Cray’s first crossover success and went all the way to number #22 on the Hot 100 in 1987.
35 Years Ago- Charlene “I’ve Never Been To Me” #23
Released in 1977 but failed to make a dent in the charts. 5 years later, Charlene had retired from music and was living in England working in a candy shop when Motown re-released the track and it went all the way to number 3 in the hot 100.
40 Years Ago – RoseRoyce “I Wanna Get Next To You” #15
Rose Royce’s soundtrack for the movie “Car Wash” was a double LP and had three top ten hits. The whole album is really fantastic and the movie is great too – you should check them both out.
Side note – I remember sitting in my room watching “CarWash” on WTXX Channel 20’s Big Movie like a hundred times in the 80s on my 5 inch black and white TV. I have no idea how they were able to do this 30 years ago, but WTXX was an independent, over-the-air UHF channel that actually showed R rated movies and mostly did not edit them. The other movie they played a lot was “The Warriors” – another classic.
45 Years Ago – BJ Thomas “Rock And Roll Lullaby” #28
BJ Thomas has had a lot of tracks chart in the past 50 years – including his biggest hit in 1969 with “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” , which he won an academy award for….He also did the theme from the TV show Growing Pains – “As Long As We Got Each Other”.
“Lullaby” went to number 15. Thomas is still on Tour at 74 years old.
50 Years Ago – Toussaint McCall “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” #64
Absolutely perfect song. There are tons and tons of covers of this song. Al Green’s version is really good – also Isaac Hayes on “Black Moses” does a really good job. FYI – pick up “Black Moses” – its amazing.
Unfortunately Toussaint could never follow it up with another charting song, but he has this one…and its a pretty good one.