3/30/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Wattstax – Full Documentary (1973)

Wattstax was a benefit concert organized by Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 riots in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles.  Continue reading

3/14/19 O&A NYC WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SONG OF THE DAY: Iyeoka -Simply Falling

Iyeoka Okoawo is a Nigerian-American poet, recording artist, singer, activist, educator and TEDGlobal Fellow.Her music includes elements from Soul, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop. Continue reading

6/15/18 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover

I Wanna Be Your Lover is a song by American recording artist Prince. It was released on August 24, 1979 as the lead single from his second album, Prince.
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12/8/16 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sam and Dave Hold On I’m Coming (LIVE)

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Hold On, I’m Comin (officially registered as Hold On, I’m Coming and shown on the original single release as Hold On! I’m a Comin is a 1966 single recorded by soul duo Sam & Dave.  The song was written by the songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, who came up with the title of the song spontaneously when Hayes was trying to get Porter to hurry out of the Stax Studios restroom and get back to songwriting. Continue reading

3/4/16 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jackie Wilson- Baby Workout (Live 1965)


Baby Workout by Jackie Wilson (from the album of the same name) is about  urging a girl to dance (work out) all night with him. It was Wilson’s biggest hit. A tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed “Mr. Excitement”, and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Continue reading

10/22/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: The Stylistics- You Make Me Feel Brand New

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You Make Me Feel Brand New, the 1974 hit R&B ballad by Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics, was the fifth track from their album All Together. Thom Bell and Linda Creed co-wrote the song, which  sold over one million copies globally, earning the Stylistics a gold album.  Continue reading

9/17/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes- Bad Luck

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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group’s repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. Bad Luck (1975) the disco/R&B/pop single was a number one Disco/Dance hit for eleven weeks. The song also help establish Teddy Pendergrass as the break out artist. Richard Pryor conducted the Soul Train interview.  Continue reading

4/11/15 O&A Song Of The Day: Angie Stone- Wish I Didn’t Miss You


 Wish I Didn’t Miss You, Stone’s most successful single, samples The O’Jays’ 1972 song Back Stabbers. The New York Times noted: “[Stone] calls her music soul. Not funk, not R&B, not hip-hop, not urban, but soul, the secular pop with gospel fervor behind it.” Continue reading

2/19/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: TLC

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TLC was a girl group whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop, soul, funk and new jack swing. TLC originally comprised singer Tionne T-Boz Watkins, rapper Lisa Left Eye Lopes and singer Rozonda Chilli Thomas. The group was very successful in the 1990s and early 2000s in spite of numerous spats with the law, each other, and the group’s record label and management. Continue reading