Category Archives: R&B

My favorite songs: “Late Nights and Early Mornings”

This song is the single greatest Prince rip of all time — yes, even moreso than “Oh Sheila” — and it’s not just due to the highly effective way that Marsha Ambrosius uses the Linn drum here. No, it’s also the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Sanctified Lady”

I recently had a moment of reckoning with Marvin Gaye’s “Sanctified Lady.” I was driving north up the California coast on US 1, from Santa Cruz (which I call home) to San Francisco (where I lived for 9 years and … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B, RIP

On Aretha: 2 duets

On Monday, The Singles Jukebox tributed Aretha Franklin. I had a pair of entries that I meant to get in, but didn’t make the deadline. Here’s the first, on two of her ’80s duets. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, pop, R&B, RIP

My favorite songs: “King Holiday”

As the story goes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter Scott King called Kurtis Blow, and asked him to make a record celebrating the legacy of his father, and the (then-)forthcoming national holiday for him, which was first celebrated … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “I Got Him All the Time (He’s Mine Remix)”

The early-mid ’90s were glory days for R&B, with girl groups everywhere, good for a couple singles before they disappeared. And at least one of ’em almost always had a remix with a guest rapper, as those versions were just … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “For the Cool in You (Quiet Storm Vocal Mix)”

Babyface’s third solo album, 1993’s For the Cool in You, was the one which really broke him hugely to pop audiences as well as his native R&B. (Tender Lover spun off a number of pop hits at the height of … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Rock-A-Lott”

No, this isn’t my favorite Aretha single, not by any stretch. It’s not even my favorite song on the ’86 Aretha album. But no other Aretha record features the Queen of Soul demanding “Freaks! Get up against the wall!” to a … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B