Throwback Thursday

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… Continue reading

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,… 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… 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… Continue reading

10/19/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World

It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World is a song written by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome. Brown recorded it on February 16, 1966, in a New York City studio and released it as a single later that year. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 8 on… Continue reading

9/14/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Barry White – Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach is the title of a number-one  R&B single by Barry White, written by Barry White, Gerald Levert, Edwin Nicholas, from White’s 1994 album The Icon Is Love. The hit song spent three weeks at number-one on the R&B chart and reached 18 on the pop chart. Continue reading

7/27/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child (film)- Presented by Chicago Blues Museum

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan [April 7, 1915 — July 17, 1959) an American jazz singer and songwriter Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young. Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way… Continue reading

6/1/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ludacris – Get Back

Get Back is by Ludacris from his album The Red Light District.It was released as the first single from the album and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2005. Continue reading

5/11/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL: I’ll Always Love My Mama- The Intruders

  I’ll Always Love My Mama is a 1973 single by the Philly soul group The Intruders. Released from their album Save the Children, the single is a song commonly played on Mother’s Day. Continue reading

5/4/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama

A Song for Mama is a single by R&B group Boyz II Men. The song was written and produced by Babyface served as the theme song to the 1997 motion picture Soul Food and spent two weeks at number one on the US R&B chart. Continue reading

4/20/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) is a song by Hip Hop trio Digable Planets released as the first single from their debut album, Reachim’ (A new Refutation Of Time And Space), in November 1992. The black and white music video was directed by Morgan Lawley. Continue reading

3/23/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS – Save The Overtime (For Me)

  Gladys Knight & the Pips were an R&B, Soul and Funk family music group from Atlanta, Georgia that remained active on the music charts and performing circuit for over three decades starting from the early 1950s. Continue reading

2/23/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ne-Yo – Champagne Life

Champagne Life is the second single from’s fourth stud R&B artist Ne-Yo’s forth studio album, Libra Scale. The song premiered on radio on June 5, 2010. Continue reading

2/9/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (A capella)

The incomparable R&B legend Marvin Gaye shows us he can bring the house down without music. Watch him slay his classic  I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Continue reading

2/2/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Regina Belle – Baby Come To Me

  Baby Come to Me is a 1989 R&B/Soul single by Regina Belle. Released on October 2, 1989 on Columbia Records.The song was written by Narada Michael Walden and Jeffrey Cohen and produced by Narada Michael Walden. Continue reading

1/19/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: WALKIN’ IN THE RAIN WITH THE ONE I LOVE / LOVE UNLIMITED

Love Unlimited was a female vocal trio that provided backing vocals for R&B artist Barry White on his albums and concert tours. They also found success with their own recordings. Continue reading

1/12/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Vanessa Williams – Dreamin

In 1988, actress and R&B artist Vanessa Williams recorded the song Dreamin and released it as the third single from her debut studio album, The Right Stuff.On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, Dreamin peaked at number eight. Continue reading

1/5/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lionel Richie – Hello

Hello is by R&B artist Lionel Richie.Taken as the third single from his second solo album,Can’t Slow Down the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart for two weeks, the R&B charts for three weeks. Continue reading

12/29/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lena Horne- Believe In Yourself- From The Wiz 

“This movie is a big part of why I’m where I am today. THE WIZ! Sometimes I have to go back and remind myself to believe in what I feel in my heart in my mind and in my soul. I have to listen to God’s voice and not let… Continue reading

12/15/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Diana Ross- Christmas in Washington (2012)

Christmas in Washington is an annual Christmas television special that currently airs on the U.S. TNT network. The 2102 broadcast was hosted by Conan O’Brien and starred Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Megan Hilty, Scotty McCreery, and Chris Mann.  Continue reading

12/7/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY:   The Jackson 5 On Hollywood Palace (1969)- First National Appearance

The Jackson 5 appear on Hollywood Palace Special for their first national TV appearance, performing with Diana Ross and Sammy Davis Jr., Oct 18, 1969. Continue reading

10/27/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Michael Jackson – Thriller

Thriller, Michael Jackson’s 1984 music video directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Jackson.   Continue reading

10/20/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Janet Jackson Ft. Missy Elliott – Son Of A Gun

Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) is by Janet Jackson with Carly Simon from Jackson’s seventh studio album, All For You. It was written and produced by Janet Jackson,Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with additional lyrics by Simon. An official re-worked version featuring Missy Elliott was… Continue reading

10/13/22 HALLOWEEN THROWBACK THURSDAY: Torture- The Jacksons

“Torture” is the second single released off the album Victory by the The Jacksons. Written by Jackie Jackson and fellow Motown veteran Kathy Wakefield,  the song is about someone ending a relationship and the torture you feel when you’re still in love with the other person. Continue reading

10/6/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters Theme Song

Ghostbusters is by Ray Parker Jr, as the theme song to the film the same. Debuting at number 68 on June 16, 1984, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984 staying there for three weeks. Continue reading

9/29/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Aretha Franklin Performs I Dreamed A Dream At Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Gala (1993)

On January 19, 1993  Aretha Franklin performed I Dreamed A Dream at the 42nd Presidential Inaugural Gala in honor of President Bill Clinton.   Continue reading

8/11/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE JACKSON 5 – I’ll Be There

I’ll Be There is the first single released on third album by The Jackson 5. It was written by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, Bob West and Willie Hutch.The song was recorded by The Jackson 5 and released by Motown Records on August 28, 1970, as the first single from their third album on… Continue reading

8/4/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Beyoncé – Irreplaceable

Irreplaceable is by R&B artist Beyoncé for her second studio album, B’Day. The song was written by  Ne-Yo, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikel S. Eriksen, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund and produced by Stargate.  Continue reading

6/23/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY PT.2: Walter Van Beirendonck | Summer 1996 | Killer / Astral / Travel | W&LT

Walter Van Beirendonck’s breakthrough came in 1987 when he was touted one of The Antwerp Six alongside the likes of Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. Two years later came Hardbeat AW89-90, a hardcore mix splashed with slogans like Fetish for Main Course and Great Balls of Fire and accessorised… Continue reading

6/23/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Quincy Jones – The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction)

The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) is by Quincy Jones, featuring R&B singers  Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Barry White. It was released as a single from Quincy Jones’s album, Back On The Block and peaked at number one on the Billboard Black Singles chart for one week in 1990. Continue reading

5/19/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Luther Vandross – Live At Wembley 1987 – If Only For One Night

Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr.  was an R&B artist, songwriter and record producer. He is noted for his sweet and soulful vocals. In addition to his popular work as a solo recording artist, Luther Vandross was also an in-demand background vocalist throughout his career for several artists, including Todd Rundgren, Judy… Continue reading

3/24/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Toni Braxton – Love Shoulda Brought You Home

Love Shoulda Brought You Home is the debut solo single by Toni Braxton. It was written by Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Daryl Simmons and Bo Watson. The solo track was produced by Edmonds and Simmons along with L.A Reid. Lyrically the slow groove R&B song is saga of betrayal and infidelity that… Continue reading

2/10/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Jackson 5- I’ll Be There

I’ll Be There is the first single released on Third Album by The Jackson 5. It was written by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, Bob West, and Willie Hutch. Continue reading

1/13/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Michael Jackson’s Earth Song

Earth Song is the third single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The ballad incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as We Are the World, Man in the Mirror and Heal the World. However, Earth… Continue reading

12/30/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Vanessa Williams- Happy Days Are Here Again

What better way to start our New Year’s Eve Celebration then with Vanessa Williams rendition of Happy Days Are Here Again.  Continue reading

12/16/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chris Brown – This Christmas

This Christmas is an R&B song by Donny Hathaway and which is covered by Chris Brown as a soundtrack for the movie. Continue reading

11/11/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: The Temptations and Diana Ross & The Supremes- Ed Sullivan Show

On November 19th 1967, a special Ed Sullivan Show took place featuring newly formed Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations. Continue reading

9/30/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY:Branford Marsalis Quartet – Giant Steps (1988)

Branford Marsalis born August 26, 1960 is a saxophonist, composer and a bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.  Continue reading

9/2/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY Pt.1:Morning, Noon and Night with Nigel Sylvester

The Go All Day video series was conceptualized and written by Nigel Slyvester and Glenn PP Milligan, with support from Gatorade. Shout out to everyone who helped make the series a reality, to Nigel friends who appeared in the videos and to DONNIS, for providing music for the series. Continue reading

7/22/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Notorious B.I.G. Story (2001)

Christopher George Latore Wallace better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was a Brooklyn born rapper and songwriter. Continue reading

7/15/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On feat. Spraga Benz

Turn Me On is the debut single by Kevin Lyttle. It was the lead single from his self titled debut album. The song was originally a soca ballad released in 2003, remade into a dance hit for the US release. Featuring  Spraga Benz in the radio remix. Continue reading

6/3/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine

The Jackson 5 perform Dancing Machine on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1974) Continue reading

5/20/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY SPECIAL: Busta Rhymes,Spliff Star Ft. Sean Paul Make It Clap Remix

Make It Clap is the first single released from Busta Rhyme’s sixth studio album sixth studio album,  released on the following month, which is November 26, 2002.The remix version was released on January 13,2003 as the official single in place of the original, released two months earlier, which is October 22, 2002. It… Continue reading

5/13/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Wilson Pickett – Land of a Thousand Dances

The late Wilson Pickett recorded his cover of “1000 Dances” at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. “Wicked Pickett” was backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns. Continue reading

5/6/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Temptations- Papa Was A Rolling Stone (1972)

Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone is a song performed by Motown recording act The Undisputed Truth. It was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1971, and released as a single in May 1972. Later in 1972, Whitfield took Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and remade it as a… Continue reading

4/8/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) 

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) is the 1965 Four Tops classic hit. Continue reading

3/18/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chris Brown – Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye by R&B artist Chris Brown.Released on August 8, 2006, from his self titled debut album, the song is also featured in the movie Step Up. It became Chris Brown’s third top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten on October 31, 2006 and the second single of… Continue reading

2/18/21 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: Earth, Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland

Boogie Wonderland is a single by Earth,Wind & Fire with The Emotions, released in April 1979 on  Columbia Records.The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.Boogie Wonderland was certified Gold in the USA. Continue reading

12/3/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ike & Tina Turner- Proud Mary (1971)

The song Proud Mary was written by John Fogerty of American roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song is about an old steamboat on the Mississippi River — typically “down home” lyrics like so many songs by CCR. Over the years the song has been covered by various artists. Continue reading

9/10/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billie Holiday And Her All-Star Band ” Fine And Mellow ” (1957)

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 — July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue reading

8/13/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Prince and Beyoncé perform Prince Medley (2004 Grammy Awards)

Beyoncé had a very good Feb. 8, 2004. She won five out of the six Grammy awards for which she’d been nominated, including Best R&B Song with “Crazy In Love” — and she spent five spirited minutes performing with Prince. Continue reading

8/6/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Bewitched Pilot Episode

In the pilot episode of Bewitched (premiered September 17, 1964) Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and Darrin (Dick York) get married and it’s time for Sam to let him know her secret… she is a witch! Continue reading

7/23/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Patti LaBelle- Over The Rainbow (2014 Live)

Patti LaBelle sings her iconic version of Over The Rainbow for president Barack Obama live at the White House on March 2014 as part of the Divas of Soul concert. LaBelle first recorded the song for her 1966 album entitled Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Continue reading

(Repost) 7/23/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jamison, Rotardier, and Faison Perform Revelations Excerpts- Hollywood Palace (1968)

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed two excerpts from his masterwork Revelations on the weekly television variety show The Hollywood Palace (1968). The episode hosted by Diahann Carroll helped give the then fledgling dance company national attention. The cast included Judith Jamison, George Faison and Kelvin Rotardier.  Continue reading

7/9/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: A Day at the Races- Lindy Hop Scene (Colorized)

An excerpt from the Marx Bros. comedy A Day at the Races (1937) featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing to All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm performed by Ivie Anderson with the Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. Continue reading

6/4/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Dionne Warwick – What The World Needs Now (1966)

The song was originally offered to Dionne Warwick, who turned it down at the time, saying she felt it was “too country” for her tastes and “too preachy” though she later recorded it for her album Here Where There Is Love.   Continue reading

5/28/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Tamia – Stranger In My House

  Tamia – Stranger In My House Continue reading

5/14/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Janet Jackson – Alright featuring Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brother and Cab Calloway

The music video for Alright, filmed in February 1990, was styled to resemble a 1930s and 1950s musical, featured Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brother and Cab Calloway in one of his last on-screen appearances. Continue reading

5/7/20 THROWBACK THURSDAY: Spiral Staircase- More Today Than Yesterday

Spiral Staircase is best known for their 1969 Top 10 hit single (One Hit Wonder) More Today Than Yesterday. Pat Upton is the band’s songwriter and lead singer who died July 27, 2016 at age 75. Continue reading

(Repost) 3/26/23 O&A NYC HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS ROSS: Diana Ross – Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace (1980)

Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace, the HBO special, first aired in early 1980 as part of the network’s Standing Room Only series. Continue reading

3/19/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY SPECIAL: Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.

U.N.I.T.Y is the Grammy Award-winning song by Hip Hop artist Queen Latifah off her 1993 album,Black Reign. The single released on November 9, 1993 in the United States and on January 6, 1994 in the United Kingdom, spoke out against the disrespect of women in society, addressing issues of street harassment, domestic… Continue reading

2/27/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: George Clinton- Atomic Dog 1982

Atomic Dog is a song by George Clinton from his 1982 album Computer Games. The track was released as a single in December 1982 and became the P-Funk collective’s last to reach #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart. Continue reading

2/6/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mary J. Blige – Be Without You

Be Without You is by R&B artist Mary J. Blige. It was written by John Austin, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Mary J.Blige for her seventh studio album, The Break Through. Continue reading

1/2/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (A capella)

This rare A capella version of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine really shows the magnificence of Marvin Gaye’s ability and range.  Continue reading

12/26/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack sing I’ll Be Home for Christmas on the TV special David Foster’s Christmas Album (NBC, December 10, 1993). Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed for home at Christmastime, I’ll Be Home for Christmas has since gone on to become a Christmas standard. Continue reading

12/12/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Neither One Of Us – Gladys Knight And The Pips

Neither One of Us is a single by Gladys Knights & The Pips. Released on December 26, 1972 on Motown’s Soul Records, it became one of their biggest hit singles to date, and was also the last single the group released prior to them leaving Motown. Continue reading

10/31/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fabolous ft. Tamia ‎- So Into You

So Into You is the third single by Hip Hop artist Fabolous  from his second studio album Street Dreams. It is also on Tamia album More.The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart throughout 2003. Continue reading

10/1/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billy Porter – Show Me

Billy Porter performs Show Me from his self titled 1997 album on A&M records Continue reading

9/7/23 O&A NYC FIFTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY HIP HOP THROWBACK: Real Ones – Arty Klay, Woozie Wooz Featuring Splak G

      Real Ones the latest release from Arty Klay and Woozie Wooz featuring Splak G. Filmed throughout Harlem the music video premiered on August 23, 2019.  Continue reading

9/12/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jackson 5 Medley And Billie Jean At Motown 25 + (Complete & Restored)

The Jackson 5 performed a memorable medley of their hits at the legendary Motown 25 telecast. It was also the break out moment for Michael Jackson‘s solo career. Continue reading

9/5/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jackie Wilson Baby Workout on Shindig 1965

Jackie Wilson was called Mr. Excitement for good reason. With dazzling stage moves and a soaring voice that handled soul, rhythm & blues, rock ‘n roll, standards and more with power, passion & panache, it’s no surprise that generations of artists like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Usher and… Continue reading

8/29/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Michael Joseph Jackson was a Pop artist, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the King of Pop, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers. Happy Birthday! Continue reading

8/22/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Harlem Fashion Show (1929)

Fashion design for citizens of Harlem, New York (1929). Continue reading

8/15/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Al Green – For The Good Times

For the Good Times written by Kris Kristofferson, first recorded by singer Bill Nash in 1968.  The song became a staple of soul singer Al Green‘s concert repertoire in the 1970s,  also featured as a studio recording on his 1972 album I’m Still In Love With You.  Continue reading

7/4/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Whitney Houston – Star Spangled Banner (Live ‘Welcome Home Heroes’ 91)

Superstar Whitney Houston sings the USA National Anthem live at her special televised concert “Welcome Home Heroes With Whitney Houston” (1991). Continue reading

6/20/19 (REPOST) O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY PRIDE MONTH: RuPaul- Supermodel (You Better Work)

Supermodel (You Better Work) is a 1992 mainstream hit by dance music singer, drag queen and international gay icon RuPaul. It was the third single (but first major label single) from his album Supermodel of the World. Continue reading

6/6/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good (Soul Train 1974)

Rufus was an American funk band from Chicago, Illinois best known for launching the career of lead singer Chaka Khan. They had several hits throughout their career, including “Tell Me Something Good”, “Sweet Thing”, and “Ain’t Nobody”. Continue reading

5/23/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Janet Jackson Come On Get Up

Janet Jackson performs Come On Get Up from her seventh studio album, All for You (2001) live in Hawaii. Continue reading

5/16/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: MAXWELL-FORTUNATE

Fortunate is a Neo-Soul soundtrack from the motion picture Life. The song was written, composed, produced and arranged by R.Kelly and Maxwell. Fortunate was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Award and Best R&B/Soul Single (Male) at Soul Train Awards. Continue reading

5/9/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Intruders “I’ll Always Love My Mama” (1973)

I’ll Always Love My Mama is a 1973 single by the Philly soul group The Intruders. Released from their album Save the Children, the song has become a Mother’s Day anthem.  Continue reading

4/25/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: AZ feat. Nas – Mo Money Mo Murder

Anthony Cruz better known by his initials AZ. He is known for being a longtime and frequent music partner of Nas and also a member of hip-hop group The Firm alongside Nas, Foxy Brown, Cormega and Nature.  Continue reading

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

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… Continue reading

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

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

2/17/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: O’Jays- Backstabbers, I Love Music, and For The Love Of Money

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… Continue reading

1/3/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Alicia Keys – Fallin

Fallin by recording artist Alicia Key is the debut single from her debut album, Songs in A Minor (2001). 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

12/2/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY HOLIDAY GREETING: Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby

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… Continue reading

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

10/25/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Baby Face – Whip Appeal

Whip Appeal is by R&B mogul Baby Face. It served as the third single from his second album, Tender Love.Written by Babyface and Perri Reid, Whip Appeal was released on February 22, 1990 by SOLAR Records and Epic Records. Continue reading

10/18/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- HALLOWEEN: Rockwell- Somebody’s Watching Me

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell, released by the Motown label on January 14, 1984, as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name. Rockwell’s debut single release, the song features guest vocals by brothers Michael Jackson (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson (additional backing vocals). Continue reading

9/13/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: TLC – Red Light Special

Red Light Special by TLC and released as the second single from their second studio album, Crazy Sexy Cool. Written by Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the song reached number one on the Billboard Rhythmic Top  40 chart. Continue reading

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