“EVERYTHING I MISS AT HOME” CHERRELLE
In the 60’s, we had the indelible chemistry of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. In the 80’s, it was Minneapolis’ Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle. Songs like “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This” became club hits all over the world. The duo got soft and sensitive on this quiet storm classic from Cherrelle’s Affair CD. Through a friend, I got to meet Alex in the 80’s and was in the same room as Cherrelle but didn’t get the chance to talk to her. They’ll always have a special place in my heart.
“TAKE A RIDE” ISLEY BROTHERS
One of the greatest unrecognized guitar heroes of all-time is Ernie Isley. The band is known for their smooth R&B bedroom jams, but that doesn’t discount Ernie’s rock guitar skills. Here on “Take A Ride” you get the best of both worlds, Ronnie’s velvet voice enhanced by Ernie’s chance to show off some of his shredding skills. Want more evidence of his brilliance? Jimi Hendrix began his career as Ernie’s rhythm guitarist in 1964? Let me let this sink in for you, Jimi played back-up guitarist to Ernie! The video is simply a black screen, but it’s here for the music.
“IF I WAS YOUR MAN” JOE
Joe Thomas simply goes by Joe. Considering he has one of the purest R&B voices of the last 15 years and his record sales haven’t been incredible, I’d say that he’s an underachiever in the fickle music business. When you hear a song from Joe, you’re reminded of smooth R&B voices like J.T. Taylor from Kool & The Gang and even way back to Sam Cooke. Here’s a favorite from his “Ain’t Nothing Like Me” CD:
“HOLD ON TO ME” DARYL HALL
Daryl Hall’s voice is the epitome of Blue Eyed Soul. A white singer who grew up on the songs of Motown, Stax, and Philly Soul. You can feel the influence of the church choir and those unbelievable harmony runs that Daryl made so famous with Hall & Oates. This is from “Soul Alone”, a Daryl Hall solo album that crashed and burned. Despite the album’s lack of success, this is an incredibly sexy song to set the mood for any romantic night.