Don’t Leave Me This Way: Toni Braxton, Teddy Pendergrass, Morris Day And The Time

“YESTERDAY”                        TONI BRAXTON

Toni just turned 43 years old, she continues to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. “Yesterday” is a sexy video from her comeback CD, Pulse.  The remixed version features Trey Songz and Ron Artest from the L.A. Lakers appears in the video.    Since Toni’s chart topping debut CD in the 90’s, she has had a rough stretch:  bankruptcy, her son diagnosed with autism, even Toni was diagnosed with Lupus.   L.A. Reid just signed her to his label and is producing her new CD, I’m hoping she gets back to #1.

“DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY”       TEDDY PENDERGRASS

This song is a disco classic that went to #1 for Thelma Houston but Teddy sings the definitive soulful version.    Clocking in at over six minutes, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” progressively builds such an intensity.  You can FEEL Teddy’s desire to “satisfy the need in me”.    Originally recorded as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy’s deep raspy baritone voice perfectly sets the mood for this 70’s R&B classic.   After being paralyzed from a car accident, Teddy continued performing until his death last year.  One of the most soulful voices of all-time!

“GET IT UP”                                THE TIME

From the 1981 debut CD from The Time.   The Minneapolis funk group featured Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, Terry Lewis, and Jimmy Jam. If funk music had an all-star game, you’d be looking at the starting lineup with The Time.   Their debut CD was dominated by Prince.  He recorded most of the music, produced all of the songs, sang backup vocals, and the main reason it’s credited to The Time is because Morris sang lead vocals.   The Prince guitar solo and that funky bassline makes this one a true 80’s classic.   TLC covered this one and gave “Get It Up” a whole new twist 🙂

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