Vintage Soul: Lost Treasures of the 70’s

“DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL”     Rufus and Chaka Khan (1979)

From their Quincy Jones produced LP, Masterjam, this was Chaka’s last hit with Rufus before going solo in the 80’s.  The disco/soul jam features Chaka trading verses with Tony Maiden.   She maintained her title, The Queen Of Funk, with an incredible career in the 80’s highlighted by “I Feel For You” (written by Prince) and “Ain’t Nobody” (a reunion track with Rufus).

Harold Melvin Bluenotes Pendergrass

“SATISFACTION GUARANTEED”   Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (1974)

From the early days of Disco, name a better male Soul singer than Teddy Pendergrass?   The group was best known for their huge hits like  “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find one of those great album cuts that you’ll want to add to a killer 70’s playlist.

“FLOAT ON”      The Floaters  (1976)

Hard to name a song that went to #2 on the Billboard Singles chart a “lost treasure”, but when is the last time you hear this golden nugget from back in the day?   The Detroit R&B band were essentially a one hit wonder who helped set the trend of a band naming their biggest hit after their group’s name.    Scottish rockers, Big Country (In A Big Country),  Bad Company, Talk Talk, and They Might Be Giants all carried on the trend in the 80’s but you’ve got to back to The Monkees (Hey, Hey We’re The Monkees) and The Floaters to find the original song/band name combination.