5/23/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody

Ain’t Nobody is by Funk band Rufus and R&B artist Chaka Khan. It was released on November 4, 1983 by Warner Bros., as one of four studio tracks included on their live album, Stompin’ At The Savoy. Continue reading

5/16/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Donny Hathaway – The Ghetto Live 1970

The Ghetto is a socially conscious, mostly instrumental jazz-flavored anthem, released as the first single off Soul artist Donny Hathaway’s  debut album,Eveything Is Everythingreleased as a single in 1969 on Atlantic Records. Continue reading

5/9/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Deniece Williams – Free • TopPop

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

5/2/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations (1967)

I Wish It Would Rain is by The Temptations for the Motown label and produced by Norman Whitfield. The lyrics of this mournful song about a heartbroken man whose woman had just left him were penned by Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene. Continue reading

4/18/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: John Legend – All Of Me

All of Me is a John Legend song from his fourth studio album Love In The Future. It is dedicated to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen. All of Me first aired on American mainstream urban radio as the album’s third single on August 12, 2013. Continue reading

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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2/8/24 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