Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day On Boogie

It's New Year's day and it's time to Boogie! The show didn't air on Christmas Day...I guess we took a break. But we're back in earnest. DJ Cue and I will be rocking Dar es salaam today with some smooth funk classics on this auspicious FIRST day of the year 2012. Thank God we're here, now let's CELEBRATE!

On today’s show: We’re STILL celebrating Tanzania’s 50 years of independence with the THIRD installment of 100 DISCO DANCEFLOOR CLASSICS spanning two decades—the 1970s and the 1980s—with ABSOLUTELY NO repetition for several weeks GUARANTEED. If you’ve got a new year's day party on today—or maybe you just want to chill it out over this festive day, we’ve got the perfect disco party anthems compiled especially for you. So stay tuned to Boogie today and EVERY Sunday EVERY week for MORE and more Disco action—I GUARANTEE it!

I will open today's show with Lonnie Liston Smith's – Expansions from 1975. Lonnie Liston Smith, Jr. (born December 28, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American jazz, soul, and funk musician who played with important free jazz artists such as Pharoah Sanders and Miles Davis before forming Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes, recording a number of albums widely regarded as classics in the fusion / Quiet Storm / smooth jazz and acid jazz genres.

Also featured today are The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt from 1981. The Jones Girls were an R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan. They consisted of sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones. They served as backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and Le Pamplemousse. They worked with Diana Ross from 1975–78 and were the backup singers on Linda Clifford's 1978 album If My Friends Could See Me Now. Their less successful single "Nights Over Egypt" (released in 1981, charting at R&B #23 in 1982), is currently a cult classic that receives more airplay on urban radio stations than any of their previous bigger hits.

And look out for Rodney Franklin – The Groove from 1980. In 1980 the album You'll Never Know saw some major chart success with "The Groove" (it reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart). The track was released on both 7" and 12" format. It created a UK dance craze called 'The Freeze' which was started up by DJ Chris Hill.

Narada Michael Walden – I shoulda Loved Ya from 1979. Narada Michael Walden (born Michael Walden on April 23, 1952 in Kalamazoo, Michigan) is an American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. His number one hits have included several collaborations with Whitney Houston ("How Will I Know" "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" "So Emotional" "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" "All the Man That I Need", Mariah Carey ("I Don't Wanna Cry" "Heartbreaker"), Aretha Franklin & George Michael ("I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"), Diana Ross ("Take Me Higher")... to mention but a few.

And give it up for the phenomenal Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove from 1980. Heatwave was an international funk/disco musical band featuring Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio, Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards), Swiss Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovak Ernest "Bilbo" Berger (drums), Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar) and Briton Roy Carter (guitar). They were known for their successful songs "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever" (from their 1976 debut album, Too Hot to Handle), and "The Groove Line" (from their 1978 follow-up album, Central Heating). Rod Temperton who quit the band in the 70s continued writing new songs for Heatwave, he soon became better-known for his songwriting for other artists, penning award-winning songs for some of funk's biggest names, including Rufus and The Brothers Johnson. He also wrote for Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, but his most famous partnership remains the one forged with Michael Jackson, writing three songs for his 1979 Epic debut Off The Wall - "Rock With You," "Off The Wall" and "Burn This Disco Out", and three songs for the 1982 Thriller album, including the title track THRILLER.

I look forward to today's show. The playlist is going to be awesome.

Tune in to BOOGIE on Times 100.5 FM from 6pm EVERY Sunday EVERY week for MORE action—I GUARANTEE it! And if you want to come on the show to talk about YOUR growing up in the 80s and 70s—karibuni sana! On BOOGIE, everybody is welcome!

Catch you later!


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