The Controllers – “The Reaper” (1977)

August 6, 2008 at 11:50 pm (Funk)

This comes from their debut album In Control – this Alabama band had been kicking around since 1965. They had a big hit in 1986 with a song called “Stay.” Kind of forgotten about now.

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Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers – “Bustin’ Loose” (1978)

August 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm (Funk)

The classic go-go funk cut from 1978. Chuck Brown was considered the “Godfather of Go-Go” music which was D.C.’s version of uncut funk (usually heavy on horns & cowbell). This was Brown’s one big stab at stardom. 
People will notice that rapper Nelly borrows from the chorus to this song for his hit “Hot in Herre.”

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The Parliaments – “(I Wanna) Testify” (1967)

August 6, 2008 at 11:03 pm (Music, P-Funk)

This early 45 by the orginal Parliaments was a big hit back in 1967 on Revilot Records. In truth, George Clinton is the only Parliament member who actually appears on the song. The other singers were from a band called The Holidays.
A few years later Clinton altered their name to simply Parliament and the backing band went out front as Funkadelic and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1974 Parliament re-recorded the song under the simpler name “Testify.”
A great piece of soul music 60s style…

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Michael Henderson – “Wide Receiver” (1980)

August 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm (Funk)

This former Motown & Miles Davis bassist, came out with this quirky funk tune in 1980 and went to #4 on the R&B charts. This is the full-length album version and still sounds good after all these years.

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Mtume – “Hips” (1983)

August 6, 2008 at 9:43 pm (Funk)

Former Miles Davis percussionist James Mtume, who had a big hit in 1983 with the mid-tempo “Juicy Fruit,” also came out with this electronic funk number off the same album. This band was big for a couple of years before dropping off the map.

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Sun – “Tell the People” (1976)

August 6, 2008 at 9:23 pm (Funk)

This was an extremely funky band from the 1970s and had many great funk songs. This one is from 1976 and comes off their Wanna Make Love album. Somehow they never really had any hits.

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Bob James – “Nautilus” (1974)

August 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm (Funk)

This longtime smooth jazz piano player, who wrote & performed the theme to the TV show Taxi (“Angela”), came out with this mellow funk number in 1974, which has been sampled many times in the rap world. This song sounds very ahead of its time… 

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Alphonse Mouzon – “Funky Snakefoot” (1973)

August 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm (Funk)

This phenomenal jazz-rock drummer, who worked with Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin and fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, recorded this jazz-funk monster in 1973. The drumbeat was sampled to spectacular effect by the Beastie Boys on their hit song “Shake Your Rump” in 1989. 
Mouzon was later responsible for the disco outfit Poussez! in the late 70s.

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The Chi-Lites – “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)” (1971)

August 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm (Funk)

Everyone should recognize this funky R&B song from 1971, as the horn arrangement was used for the basis of the Beyonce hit “Crazy in Love.” The Chi-Lites had some huge hits back in the early 70s such as “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl.” This was not as well known but it is a great song.

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Honey Cone – “Want Ads” (1970)

August 6, 2008 at 7:59 pm (Music)

Okay, before I went any further, I had to include Honey Cone’s biggest hit (and best song) since I included 2 other songs by them (see below). This was a huge hit back in 1970 and is timeless R&B music of which they don’t write anymore. I’m sure everyone already knows this one already but just in case you don’t…

This “video” includes footage of them performing but this is the studio version.

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