4/11/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On is a single by The Whispers. The song was their first of two number-one singles on the Soul Chart and their first Top 20 hit on the Billboard 100. Continue reading

4/4/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Missy Elliott – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) is the debut solo single by Hip Hop artist Missy Misdemeanor Elliott.It was written and composed by Don Bryant,  Bernard Miller, Missy Elliott and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly and contains a sample of  Ann Pebbles 1973 single I Can’t Stand The Rain. Continue reading

3/28/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mtume – Juicy Fruit

Juicy Fruit is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume’s third album, also titled Juicy Fruit.It features lead vocals by Tawatha Agee. The mid-tempo song is Mtume’s most well-known, proving enormously successful on R&B radio stations when first released. Continue reading

2/29/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY THROWBACK THURSDAY: James Brown- Say it Loud I’m Black and Proud

Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud performed by James Brown and written with his bandleader Alfred Pee Wee Ellis was released as a two-part single in 1968. The single held the number-one spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

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2/15/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Stylistics – You Make Me Feel Brand New (Soul Train)

In 1966, The Stylistics was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by combining local high school rivel singing groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs. When members from each of the groups answered the then United States draft call and higher education endeavors after graduation, the remaining members under the guidance of English teacher, Beverly Hamilton joined forces and officially created the name The Stylistics. Continue reading

2/8/24 O&A NYC VALENTINE BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURDAY: Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright- With You I’m Born Again

With You I’m Born Again a 1979 duet performed by Motown recording artists Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (credited as Syreeta) and written by Carol Connors and David Shire. The song was originally featured on the soundtrack of the 1979 motion picture Fast Break. It was became an international hit for the duo, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK singles chart.  Continue reading

1/25/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Deniece Williams – Free

Singer June Deniece Williams has been described as “one of the great soul voices” by the BBC. Free was her  first music video. Continue reading

1/18/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Take The A Train (1962)

Take the A Train is a Jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Continue reading

11/16/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog and Down Home Shakedown (1965)

Willie Mae Thornton better known as Big Mama Thornton because of her height (nearly 6 feet), and weight (200 pounds), was an American singer and songwriter of the Blues and R&B.  Continue reading

11/9/23 0&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Seal – Kiss From A Rose

Kiss from a Rose is by British – Nigerian Pop artist Seal. The song was first released as a single in July 1994 by ZTT and Warner Bros., and included in the film The Never Ending Story III that year. It was re-released a year later in 1995 as part of the Batman Forever Film Soundtrack helping it top the charts in the United States and Australia. Continue reading