Song Lyric Sunday | “Funkin’ for Jamaica” – Tom Browne

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics.

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Though it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Funkin’ for Jamaica hit number one on the U.S. R&B chart in 1980 and stayed there for a month. It also peaked at number nine on the dance chart and made the Top 10 on the UK singles chart.

Jazz trumpeter Tom Browne co-wrote the hit with Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith), who performs the vocals, as an homage and memoir of the neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Browne was born and raised.

FUN FACTS

  • Funkin’ for Jamaica appears on Browne’s second album, Love Approach.
  • The song became one of the most interpolated melodies in R&B with the chorus’ chord sequence used by dozens of artists.
  • During its initial release, some thought Funkin’ for Jamaica was done by Chaka Khan, mistaking Toni Smith’s wailing vocals for that of the Rufus lead singer.
  • Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer and music producer, Dave Grusin, played the piano during the recording session for Funkin’ for Jamaica. He also produced the song, along with Larry Rosen.

Enjoy!

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Funkin’ for Jamaica

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Song Lyric Sunday | “End of the Road” – Boyz II Men

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top.

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Released as a single from the soundtrack of Boomerang staring Eddie Murphy, End of the Road is not only one of the most successful songs for the R & B group, Boyz II Men, it is widely considered as one of the most successful songs of all time.

The song spent a then record breaking 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was the number one single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the sixth most successful song of the decade 1990–1999. It is also ranked at number 55 on Billboards “All Time Top 100 Songs”.

Internationally, End of the Road reached number one in Australia, United Kingdom and the Hot 100 Eurochart, among others, and won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 1993 Grammy Awards.

 

FUN FACTS

  • End of the Road’s number one streak was broken a year later by Whitney Houston’s 14 weeks at number one with I Will Always Love You. Boyz II Men would later match Houston’s record with I’ll Make Love to You, which spent 14 weeks at number one in 1994, and then reclaim the record with One Sweet Day (a duet with Mariah Carey), which spent 16 weeks at number one from 1995 to 1996.
  • End of the Road debuted at number fifty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 18, 1992. It reached number one August 15, 1992.
  • Michael McCary, the bass singer of the group, left in 2003 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Enjoy!

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End of the Road

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Lovin’ You” – Minnie Riperton

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  La.

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first Song Lyric Sunday of 2020!

To me, this week’s prompt has more than one meaning.

It could be an abbreviation for the state of Louisiana or for the city/county of Los Angeles, or

La la is a style of Louisiana Creole music, or

La (Javanese) (ꦭ), is a letter in the Javanese scrip, or

La is the feminine definitive in several languages, or

La is a genus of moths.

But, of course, I went the musical route where it’s an enhancer/filler for holiday songs, love songs or silly, fun songs.

Minnie Riperton was semi-retired, raising two young children with her husband, Richard Rudolph, in Florida when they completed writing Lovin’ You.

After signing a contract with Epic Records a few years later, the couple moved to Los Angeles to record the album Perfect Angel. When Epic asked Riperton whom she wanted to produce the album, she named Stevie Wonder. Wonder, then at the height of his popularity, was a fan of Riperton’s work, and agreed to the collaboration.

Lovin’ You made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 18, 1975; twelve weeks later, on April 5, 1975, it peaked at number one. The song remained on the Hot 100 for a total of eighteen weeks.

 

FUN FACTS

  • Due to contractual obligations, Wonder’s name could not appear on the credits, so he’s listed as “Black Bull Productions” (Wonder’s zodiac sign is Taurus, thus the bull).
  • Lovin’ You was one of the first songs to top the US Billboard Hot 100 without the help of a percussion instrument.
  • Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is the daughter of Riperton and Rudolph, and Riperton mentions her in the lyrics. In the end, she sings “Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya.”
  • Riperton died of cancer in 1979 at age 31. While this was her only hit, she is still held in high regard in the music community.

The video is from a 1975 live performance on Midnight Special. Generally, we see live performances differ from recordings because artists can’t re-create some of the higher notes we’ve grown accustomed to. Minne Riperton doesn’t have that problem here, in fact, she even adds a couple!

Enjoy!

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Lovin’ You

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince and the Revolution

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Crazy.

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Many thanks to my oldest son, David, visiting for the holidays from Phoenix, AZ for choosing this selection for SLS.

The opening song of Prince’s legendary film, Purple Rain, sets the tone for the entire movie.

Let’s Go Crazy was one of Prince’s most popular songs, and was a staple for concert performances, often segueing into other hits. When released as a single, the song became Prince’s second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the two component charts, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts, as well as becoming a UK Top 10 hit.

The lyrics are about getting through life and the battle against evil, Satan being the de-elevator. We are encouraged to not allow the devil to break us down and instead to turn to God to help us by going crazy and punching a higher floor (God).

 

FUN FACTS

  • The beginning of Let’s Go Crazy is one of the most famous spoken intros in pop history. Prince takes the persona of a preacher and is joined by a church organ as he gives what amounts to a sermon, reminding us that we should enjoy this life, knowing that we can look forward to a world of never-ending happiness when we die.
  • Let’s Go Crazy is also the opening song on the Purple Rain soundtrack which was a huge hit, spending 24 weeks at #1 in the U.S.
  • Following Prince’s death, Let’s Go Crazy re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 39 and rose to number 25 by the week of May 14, 2016. As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 964,403 copies in the United States.
  • Much of Purple Rain takes place at a club where Prince performs – the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, where Prince really was a regular player.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Let’s Go Crazy

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Song Lyric Sunday | “This is Christmas” – Luther Vandross

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Christmas/Holiday/Snowman.

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I’ve either established a pattern… or started a tradition as my SLS Christmas selection last year was by this same artist and from the same album.

Luther Vandross’ tenth studio album, This is Christmas, was his first Christmas album. This is Christmas released in October of 1995. Though it received mixed reviews from music critics, the public thought otherwise and the album went to number 28 on the US Billboard Top 200 and number 4 on both the US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard) and US Top R&B/Hip/Hop Albums (Billboard).

FUN FACTS

  • The title track was never released as a single, but did lend its name to Vandross’ Christmas Special that same year where he performed the song, and a music video was made of the performance.
  • R&B and Gospel artist, Cissy Houston–mother to Whitney–is featured in the special and music video.
  •  A steady seller throughout the Christmas season, This is Christmas was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and continues to be a holiday favorite twenty-five years after its release.

Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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This is Christmas

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Baby” – Brandy

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Baby.

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Brandy Norwood turned forty years old earlier this year, but she was only fifteen when the second single, Baby, from her self-titled debut album soared to the top of the charts in late 1994 and early 1995.

Baby spent four weeks on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the New Zealand singles chart, and #16 in Australia.

The single sold nearly one million copies in 1995 alone in the United States.

FUN FACTS

  •  The music video was photographed in the middle of Times Square in New York City in December 1994 and portrays Norwood and her company dancing in skiing outfits. Met with generally positive reviews from contemporary critics, Baby was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1996.
  • Most of the background vocals and instruments were recorded in one of co-writer Keith Crouch’s bedrooms.
  • As of July 2018, Brandy has sold over 40 million records worldwide, with over 8.62 million albums sold in the U.S., making her one of the best selling female artists of all time.

The official music is fun and full of youthful energy. Don’t be surprised if you start chair-dancing! 😀

Speaking about the making of the video, Brandy said, “all these people were passing by and were like ‘Who’s this girl on stage in the middle of Times Square?’ I had a great time shooting the video. I could just feel myself really starting to open up, really come out of my shell and find myself as a young artist.”

Enjoy!

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Baby

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Song Lyric Sunday | “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” – Peabo Bryson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

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 Released as a single from his album Straight from the Heart, If Ever You’re in My Arms Again peaked at #6 on the R&B chart and was Bryson’s first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #10 during the summer of 1984.

FUN FACTS

  • Bryson and Celine Dion’s pop version of the Beauty and the Beast theme would reach number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1991, returning Disney songs to the pop charts after a thirty-year absence.
  • In March of 1993, Bryson, along with Regina Belle went all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with A Whole New World, the first and so far only song from a Disney animated film to top the US Billboard Hot 100.

Enjoy!

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If Ever You’re in My Arms Again

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