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Black Music Month – R&B [iTune-Ups]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 18, 2010

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

For the final edition of this iTune-Up theme, the focus is R&B, the genre that epitomizes black music and features influences such as jazz, gospel and the blues, and has influenced rock, pop, dance and hip-hop. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Joe Higgins & His Honeydrippers
“The Honeydripper (Parts 1 and 2)” (1945)
― Tied with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five’s “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” for most weeks atop what is now the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart

Ruth Brown
“Teardrops from My Eyes” (1950)

Little Walter & His Night Cats
“Juke” (1952)

Chuck Berry & His Combo
“Maybellene” (1955)

Sam Cooke
“You Send Me” (1957)

Ray Charles
“Hit the Road Jack” (1961)

James Brown
“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag Part 1” (1965)
― Brown is often credited with transitioning R&B into both the soul and funk realms

Aretha Franklin
“Chain of Fools” (1968)

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“You’re All I Need to Get By” (1968)

Isley Brothers
“It’s Your Thing” (1969)

Jean Knight
“Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)

Staple Singers
“I’ll Take You There” (1972)

Stevie Wonder
“Superstition” (1973)

Earth, Wind & Fire
“Shining Star” (1975)

Parliament/Funkadelic

“One Nation Under a Groove Part 1” (1978)

Anita Ward
“Ring My Bell” (1979)
― Originally written for a then-teenage Stacy Lattisaw

Gap Band

“Early in the Morning” (1982)

Mtume
“Juicy Fruit” (1983)

Ashford & Simpson
“Solid” (1984)

Cameo
“Word Up” (1986)

Anita Baker
“Sweet Love” (1986)

Keith Sweat

“I Want Her” (1987)
― One of the first new jack swing songs to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart

Cherrelle
“Everything I Miss at Home” (1989)

Luther Vandross
“Here and Now” (1989)

Ralph Tresvant
“Sensitivity” (1990)

Freddie Jackson
“Love Me Down” (1990)
― Jackson is a native of Harlem, N.Y.

Peabo Bryson

“Can You Stop the Rain” (1991)

Jodeci
“Stay” (1992)

Mary J. Blige
“Reminisce” (1992)

R. Kelly
“Bump N’ Grind” (1994)

Usher
“You Make Me Wanna” (1997)

Destiny’s Child
“Bills, Bills, Bills” (1999)

Erykah Badu feat. Common
“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” (2002)



Alicia Keys

“If I Ain’t Got You” (2004)

Maxwell
“Pretty Wings” (2009)

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Black Music Month – Pop [iTune-Ups]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 11, 2010

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

Next on the agenda is pop, the fun, MTV- and radio-ready chart-toppers whose catchy lyrics and melodies keep listeners singing along. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Chubby Checker
“The Twist” (1960)
― Reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1960 and 1962

The Supremes
“Baby Love” (1964)

Four Tops
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” (1966)

Aretha Franklin
“Respect” (1967)

Marvin Gaye

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
― A successful chart hit the previous year for Gladys Knight and the Pips

Jackson 5
“ABC” (1970)

Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (1970)

Al Green
“Let’s Stay Together” (1971)

The Temptations
“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)

Bill Withers
“Lean on Me” (1972)
― Remade in 1987 by Club Nouveau. Both versions made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100

Carl Douglas

“Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)

Ohio Players
“Love Rollercoaster” (1976)

Thelma Houston
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1977)
― Houston’s version is a cover of a hit originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Donna Summer
“Bad Girls” (1979)

Shannon
“Let the Music Play” (1983)

Prince
“When Doves Cry” (1984)

Pointer Sisters
“Jump (For My Love)” (1984)

Tina Turner
“Private Dancer” (1985)

Jody Watley
“Looking for a New Love” (1987)
― Introduced the popular phrase “Hasta la vista, baby” to pop culture

Billy Ocean
“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988)

Bobby Brown
“My Prerogative” (1988)

Janet Jackson
“Miss You Much” (1989)

Tyler Collins
“Girls Nite Out” (1990)

Michael Jackson
“Remember the Time” (1992)

Gabrielle
“Dreams” (1993)

Eternal
“Stay” (1994)
― Eternal’s roster hails from London

TLC
“Waterfalls” (1995)

BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queenpen
“No Diggity” (1996)

Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z
“Heartbreaker” (1999)

Samantha Mumba
“Baby Come Over” (2001)

Ashanti
“Foolish” (2002)

Mis-teeq
“Scandalous” (2004)
― Replaced Britney Spears’ “Outrageous” as the theme for Halle Berry’s flick, Catwoman

Rihanna
S.O.S. (2006)

Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Doe
“The Way I Are” (2007)

Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
“Break Your Heart” (2010)

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Black Music Month – Dance [iTune-Ups]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 4, 2010

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

First up in this month’s iTune-Ups is the dance/electronica side of our spectrum, a genre whose 30-plus-year history spans from disco to house to urbantronica. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Hues Corporation
“Rock the Boat” (1974)
— The first disco song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Barry White
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)

Donna Summer
“Love to Love You Baby” (1976)
— Summer reportedly refuses to ever perform this song

T-Connection
“Do What You Wanna Do” (1977)

Chic
“Good Times” (1979)

Sister Sledge
“He’s the Greatest Dancer” (1979)

S.O.S. Band
“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” (1980)

Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
“Planet Rock” (1982)

Herbie Hancock
“Rockit” (1983)

Shannon
“Give Me Tonight” (1984)
— Shannon’s “Let the Music Play,” along with Madonna’s “Holiday,” are said to be the songs that inspired the rhythmic top 40 radio station format

Farley “Jackmaster” Funk
“Love Can’t Turn Around” (1986)

Jody Watley
“Don’t You Want Me” [Dance/Video Remix] (1987)

Soul II Soul
“Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” (1989)
Caron Wheeler performed this track’s featured vocals

Snap!
“The Power” (1990)

C+C Music Factory feat. Martha Wash
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)

Londonbeat
“I’ve Been Thinking About You” (1991)

Jomanda
“Got a Love for You” (1991)

Robin S.
“Love for Love” (1993)
— Robin S. worked an office job shortly before releasing this single

RuPaul
“Supermodel” (1993)

Crystal Waters
“100% Pure Love” (1994)

CeCe Peniston
“Hit By Love” (1994)

Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva
“Too Many Fish” (1995)

La Bouche
“Sweet Dreams” (1996)
— Released the previous year in Europe to much success

Todd Terry presents Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown
“Keep On Jumpin’” (1996)

Toni Braxton
“Un-Break My Heart” [Soul Hex Anthem Vocal] (1996)

Joi Cardwell
“Soul to Bare” (1997)

Ultra Naté
“Free” (1997)
— Naté joined Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez on “If You Could Read My Mind”

Whitney Houston
“It’s Not Right, but It’s Okay” [Thunderpuss Mix] (1999)

Sonique
“It Feels So Good” (2000)

Kim English
“Everyday” (2002)

Carl Cox feat. Hannah Robinson
“Give Me Your Love” (2006)

Rihanna
“Don’t Stop the Music” (2007)

Janet Jackson
“Rock with U” (2008)
— Jackson is second behind Madonna with the most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart

Ne-Yo
“Closer” (2008)

Usher feat. Will.I.Am
“OMG” (2010)

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iTune-Up – Black Music Month: R & B

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 20, 2008

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

For the final edition of this iTune-Up theme, the focus is R&B, the genre that epitomizes black music and features influences such as jazz, gospel and the blues, and has influenced rock, pop, dance and hip-hop. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Joe Higgins and His Honeydrippers
“The Honeydripper (Parts 1 and 2)” (1945)
― Tied with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five’s “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” for most weeks atop what is now the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart

Ruth Brown
“Teardrops from My Eyes” (1950)

Little Walter and His Night Cats
“Juke” (1952)

Chuck Berry and His Combo
“Maybellene” (1955)

Sam Cooke
“You Send Me” (1957)


Ray Charles

“Hit the Road Jack” (1961)

James Brown
“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag Part 1” (1965)
― Brown is often credited with transitioning R&B into both the soul and funk realms

Aretha Franklin
“Chain of Fools” (1968)

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“You’re All I Need to Get By” (1968)

Isley Brothers
“It’s Your Thing” (1969)

Jean Knight
“Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)

Staple Singers
“I’ll Take You There” (1972)

Stevie Wonder
“Superstition” (1973)

Earth, Wind & Fire
“Shining Star” (1975)

Parliament/Funkadelic
“One Nation Under a Groove Part 1” (1978)

Anita Ward
“Ring My Bell” (1979)
― Originally written for a then-teenage Stacy Lattisaw

Gap Band

“Early in the Morning” (1982)

Mtume
“Juicy Fruit” (1983)

Ashford and Simpson
“Solid” (1984)

Cameo
“Word Up” (1986)

Anita Baker
“Sweet Love” (1986)

Keith Sweat
“I Want Her” (1987)
― One of the first new jack swing songs to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart

Cherrelle
“Everything I Miss at Home” (1989)

Luther Vandross
“Here and Now” (1989)

Ralph Tresvant
“Sensitivity” (1990)

Freddie Jackson
“Love Me Down” (1990)
― Jackson is a native of Harlem, N.Y.

Peabo Bryson
“Can You Stop the Rain” (1991)

Jodeci
“Stay” (1992)

Mary J. Blige
“Reminisce” (1992)

R. Kelly
“Bump N’ Grind” (1994)

Usher
“You Make Me Wanna” (1997)

Destiny’s Child
“Bills, Bills, Bills” (1999)

Erykah Badu featuring Common
“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” (2002)

Alicia Keys
“If I Ain’t Got You” (2004)

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iTune-Up – Black Music Month: Pop

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 13, 2008

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

Next on the agenda is pop, the fun, MTV and radio-ready chart-toppers whose catchy lyrics and melodies keep listeners singing along. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Chubby Checker
“The Twist” (1960)
― Reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1960 and 1962

The Supremes
“Baby Love” (1964)

Four Tops
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” (1966)

Aretha Franklin
“Respect” (1967)

Marvin Gaye
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
― A successful chart hit the previous year for Gladys Knight and the Pips

Jackson 5
“ABC” (1970)

Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (1970)

Al Green
“Let’s Stay Together” (1971)

The Temptations
“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)

Bill Withers
“Lean on Me” (1972)
― Remade in 1987 by Club Nouveau. Both versions made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100


Carl Douglas

“Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)

Ohio Players
“Love Rollercoaster” (1976)

Thelma Houston
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1977)
― Houston’s version is a cover of a hit originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Donna Summer
“Bad Girls” (1979)

Shannon
“Let the Music Play” (1983)

Pointer Sisters
“Jump (For My Love)” (1984)

Tina Turner
“Private Dancer” (1985)

Jody Watley
“Looking for a New Love” (1987)
― Introduced the popular phrase “Hasta la vista, baby” to pop culture


Billy Ocean

“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988)

Bobby Brown
“My Prerogative” (1988)

Janet Jackson
“Miss You Much” (1989)

Michael Jackson
“Remember the Time” (1992)

Gabrielle
“Dreams” (1993)

Eternal
“Stay” (1994)
― Eternal’s roster hails from London

TLC
“Waterfalls” (1995)

BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queenpen
“No Diggity” (1996)

Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z
“Heartbreaker” (1999)

Samantha Mumba
“Baby Come Over” (2001)

Ashanti
“Foolish” (2002)

Mis-teeq
“Scandalous” (2004)
― Replaced Britney Spears’ “Outrageous” as the theme for Halle Berry’s flick, Catwoman

Rihanna
S.O.S. (2006)

Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and Doe
“The Way I Are” (2007)

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iTune-Up – Black Music Month: Dance

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 6, 2008

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

First up in this month’s iTune-Ups is the dance/electronica side of our spectrum, a genre whose 30-plus-year history spans from disco to trance. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.
Hues Corporation
“Rock the Boat” (1974)
— The first disco song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Barry White
“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)

Donna Summer

“Love to Love You Baby” (1976)
— Summer reportedly refuses to ever perform this song

Chic

“Good Times” (1979)

Sister Sledge

“He’s the Greatest Dancer” (1979)
S.O.S. Band
“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” (1980)
Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force
“Planet Rock” (1982)

Shannon
“Give Me Tonight” (1984)
— Shannon’s “Let the Music Play,” along with Madonna’s “Holiday,” are said to be the songs that inspired the rhythmic top 40 radio station format

Farley “Jackmaster” Funk
“Love Can’t Turn Around” (1986)
Jody Watley
“Don’t You Want Me” [Dance Mix] (1987)
Soul II Soul
“Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” (1989)
Caron Wheeler performed this track’s featured vocals
Snap!
“The Power” (1990)


C+C Music Factory featuring Martha Wash
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
Londonbeat
“I’ve Been Thinking About You” (1991)
Jomanda
“Got a Love for You” (1991)
Robin S.
“Love for Love” (1993)
— Robin S. worked an office job shortly before releasing this single

RuPaul

“Supermodel” (1993)

Crystal Waters

“100% Pure Love” (1994)

CeCe Peniston
“Hit By Love” (1994)

La Bouche

“Sweet Dreams” (1996)
— Released the previous year in Europe to much success

Todd Terry presents Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown

“Keep On Jumpin’” (1996)

Toni Braxton

“Un-Break My Heart” [Soul Hex Anthem Vocal] (1996)

Ultra Naté

“Free” (1997)
— Naté joined Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez on 54‘s “If You Could Read My Mind”

Whitney Houston

“It’s Not Right, but It’s Okay” [Thunderpuss Mix] (1999)

Sonique

“It Feels So Good” (2000)

Deborah Cox

“Mr. Lonely” [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Main Club Mix-Widelife Mix] (2002)

Kim English

“Everyday” (2002)

Carl Cox
featuring Hannah Robinson
“Give Me Your Love” (2006)

Rihanna

“Don’t Stop the Music” (2008)

Janet Jackson
“Rock with U” (2008)
— Jackson is second behind Madonna with the most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart

Ne-Yo

“Closer” (2008)

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