The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group has been said to be as influential to R&B and soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.
Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history.
With Ali-Ollie Woodson’s polished vocals, the Temptations scored a Billboard R&B Top 20 hit with “Do You Really Love Your Baby.” Penned by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller, The Temptations gratefully reap the rewards of Vandross’ crafty style. Woodson and Ron Tyson switch off on lead. With a mixture of urban and pop rhythms, the single peaked at #14 after 15 weeks.
Do You Really Love Your Baby (Club Mix) 6:36
Do You Really Love Your Baby (Radio Edit Of Club Mix) 4:17
Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American singer, choreographer, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for sixth among the female solo performers who have topped the chart.
“Knocked Out” is the first song Paula Abdul recorded and the first single, released in 1988 from the album Forever Your Girl. It was written by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons and produced in 1987 by the former two.
The song was originally included on a Virgin Records sampler for the launch of Virgin Records America. In the spring of 1988 it was released as a single to test Abdul’s commercial appeal. “Knocked Out” proved to be very successful for a low budget single: it became a Top 10 R&B hit.
In the UK, “Knocked Out” was released three times. It was originally Abdul’s first single, and charted on September 24, 1988, peaking at a lowly #98. Following the success of “Straight Up” and its follow-up “Forever Your Girl”, “Knocked Out” was reissued and peaked at #45 on 19 August 1989, just missing out on the all-important Top 40. Finally, after the huge success of “Opposites Attract” in 1990, the single was extensively reworked by Shep Pettibone and it finally cracked the UK Top 30, peaking at #21 on the 28th July 1990.
The remixed version of “Knocked Out” which was released in the UK as well as Germany was from the Shut Up and Dance remix album. While this version was not issued as a single in the United States, it did receive significant airplay and just missed the American Top 40, peaking at #41.
“Sendin’ All My Love” is the title of a song by the American dance-pop sibling group The Jets. It was written by Stephen Bray (who is perhaps best known for his frequent collaborations with Madonna during the 1980s) and Linda Mallah.
Released as a single from The Jets’ multi-platinum album Magic, the song was not nearly as successful as some other recordings by the group on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stalled at #88. Similarly, the song only reached #72 on the R&B chart; however, “Sendin’ All My Love” became The Jets’ first (and, to date, only) #1 song on the dance chart. The song spent one week at #1 on the chart in October 1988.
The 12″ mixes were edited by Chep Nunez and remixed by Justin Strauss.
Sendin’ All My Love (Justin Strauss “Summer Splash” Mix) 7:20
Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola, July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an acclaimed American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin (from Cerreto Sannita). With a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become respected as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz to date. Albums such as Friday Night in San Francisco have earned him both artistic and commercial successwith a solid fan base throughout the world.
“Sequencer’ was a single from the 1983 album “Scenario”, the album heavily featured Jan Hammer and the Fairlight CMI synthesizer and the keyboard appeared in the “Sequencer” music video.
“Sequencer” was written by Jan Hammer and remixed for the 12″ single release by Francois Kevorkian & Hugo Dwyer.
Ian Robins Dury (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000) was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, and actor who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music. He is best known as the lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
The Blockheads’ sound drew from its members’ diverse musical influences, which included jazz, rock and roll, funk, and reggae, and Dury’s love of music hall. The band was formed after Dury began writing songs with pianist and guitarist Chaz Jankel (the brother of noted music video, TV, commercial and film director Annabel Jankel). Jankel took Dury’s lyrics, fashioned a number of songs, and they began recording with members of Radio Caroline’s Loving Awareness Band—drummer Charley Charles (born Hugh Glenn Mortimer Charles, Guyana 1945), bassist Norman Watt-Roy, keyboard player Mick Gallagher, guitarist John Turnbull and former Kilburns saxophonist Davey Payne.
In 1985, Paul Hardcastle was recruited to remix four of Ian Dury & The Blockheads most famous tracks, the remix EP reaching #55 on the UK charts.
Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer and musician, specialising in the synthesizer.
In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played the keyboards on several singles on the Oval record label by the dance music groups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo.
He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track, “Sound Chaser” hit number two on the dance chart.”Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit “19”, a song about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. Mike Oldfield sued Hardcastle over the similarities between this track and his song “Tubular Bells.” On some releases of 19, Mike Oldfield is credited.
Guy was formed in Harlem, New York in 1987 by R&B singer-songwriters Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. Riley and Gatling were childhood friends growing up in Harlem, and previously collaborated in the band Kids At Work.Hall was recruited to join what would become Guy.As well as writing songs for their own group, Riley and Hall collaborated on other songwriting and production projects, including Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid”.
Under the guidance of manager Gene Griffin, the group signed to Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records, and released their self-titled debut album Guy in June 1988. Gatling, however, had left after recording of the album was completed and he was replaced by Hall’s younger brother Damion Hall for the tour (with New Edition).
“I Like” was the fourth single released from Guy’s debut album in 1989. The song peaked at number seventy on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The US Promo 12″ of “I Like” included 6 mixes by Teddy Riley & Gene Griffin.
Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American funk R&B musician, songwriter, lyricist and lead singer of the band, L.T.D..
In 1983, Osborne released his second solo album Stay with Me Tonight, his first gold album (later reaching platinum album status). The album reached #25 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B album chart. The title track, “Stay With Me Tonight” charted at #4 on the R&B Singles Chart in 1983. The other three singles, “Don’t You Get So Mad”, “We’re Going All The Way” and “Plane Love”, also reached #3, #16, and #10 on the R&B chart respectively.
This UK 12″ from 1983 paired two of Jeffrey Osborne’s biggest club hits, with “Stay With Me Tonight” remixed by Bill Bottrell and “Plane Love’ remixed by Larry Levan.
Stay With Me Tonight (Extended Remixed Version) 5:52