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Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody”
To this day, I still don’t quite understand the title of this song, should it have been “Don’t Nobody?” At any rate it doesn’t matter, many other people LOVE this song and it is still being played in many formats on many station decades after its release
Rick James and Teena Marie “Fire and Desire”
The late Rick James and the late Teena Marie were put together by Motown founder Berry Gordy to work together after Teena came to Motown as a member of a group. He kicked the other two girls to the curb and kept Teena as a solo artist as he recognized her amazing talent needed to stand alone. On her first album cover he left her face off so that people would not know she was white (when you think about it, the same thing had been done to black artists years before so that white music lovers wouldn’t know they were black). Barry however didn’t want to disappoint or change the focus of the audience to her skin color instead of her talent and it worked. Teena is considered one of the best soul singer to date and Fire and Desire is a song that can never be appropriately recorded again with out doing it an injustice. It’s one of those love songs that has simply been done.
Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”
The late Whitney Houston’s signature song recorded 21 years ago was from a movie soundtrack for The Bodyguard. It’s the most popular song from Houston’s catalogue of hits and the one that most people like the most. You can still hear it in many places today.
Anita Baker “Sweet Love”
This is one of those songs that has a life of it’s own radio formats LOVE this song and it must test very well in research because you can hear it on almost any given day when you search the radio dial more than 25 years after its initial release.