3/28/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ike and Tina Turner Revue- Proud Mary and River Deep Mountain High (original 1966 promo)

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Late in 1970, while on break from touring in Florida, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies. The song earned the group a 1971 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.  Continue reading

3/14/19 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: LaBelle- Lady Marmalade

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Lady Marmalade, written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, which translates into English as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?”  Continue reading

1/31/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: James Ingram- Just Once (Live in Korea)

James Ingram performs Just Once (Live in Korea) with introduction by Quincy Jones as part of Jones’ 80th birthday celebration. Continue reading

1/17/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: O’Jays- Backstabbers, I Love Music, and For The Love Of Money


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The O’Jays are a R&B and originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The group is from Canton, Ohio and was formed in 1958. The O’Jays had their first chart appearance in 1963 with Lonely Drifter. Continue reading

1/10/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chappelle’s Show – R. Kelly’s Piss on You

Chappelle’s Show wasn’t above going low-brow, and Dave’s spoof on R.Kelly’s salacious legal battle was quite the topic to take aim at (no pun intended, of course). Becoming just as famous as the song it was based on (Ignition Pt. 2), Piss On You proved that Chappelle had a pretty bad ass R. Kelly impression, and he could carry a tune too. Drip, drip drip! Continue reading

12/13/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Canibus – Second Round K.O.

Second Round K.O. is a single from  Canibus. The song was produced by Wyclef Jean  and his cousin Jerry Wonder and featured spoken vocals from boxer Mike Tyson.Second Round K.O. is a diss track by Canibus directed at  LL Cool J. Continue reading

12/6/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY HOLIDAY GREETING: Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby

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Eartha Mae Kitt was an actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist.  Known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of C’est Si Bon and the enduring Christmas novelty smash Santa Baby. Both songs became US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world.
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11/28/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY HOLIDAY GREETING: Nat ‘King’ Cole- The Christmas Song (Live Performance)


The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest – and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records– a second recording was made later the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Continue reading

11/1/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Maxwell – Sumthin’ Sumthin’


Sumthin’ Sumthin is a mid uptempo song by neo soul singer Maxwell. The third single from Urban Hang Suite. The woman featured in the song’s music video is French fashion model Chrystele Saint-Louis Augustin. Continue reading