The Chritmas Waltz – Nancy Wilson (The Capitol Disc Jockey…

The Chritmas Waltz – Nancy Wilson (The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, 1968)

What Christmas Means To Me – Floyd Crockett (Elf Christmas…

What Christmas Means To Me – Floyd Crockett (Elf Christmas Soundtrack, 2003)

Wrap Yourself In A Christmas Package – Charles Brown (Charles…

Wrap Yourself In A Christmas Package – Charles Brown (Charles Brown (Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs, 1961)

Take A Second Look (Long Version) – Last Episode (Take A Second…

Take A Second Look (Long Version) – Last Episode (Take A Second Look / Take A Second Look (Long Version), 1975)

The Sound Of Feeling – “Along Came Sam” (Limel…

The Sound Of Feeling – “Along Came Sam” (Limelight) – Trippy

behindthegrooves: On this day in music histor…

behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: December 13, 1986 – “Love You Down” by Ready For The World hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on February 21, 1987. Written by Melvin Riley, Jr., it is the second R&B chart topper for the R&B/Funk band from Flint, MI. Following the Platinum selling success of their self-titled debut album, and the chart topping single “Oh Sheila”, Ready For The World return to the recording studio in early 1986 to work on their sophomore release. Having had hits earlier on with the ballads “Tonight” and “Deep Inside Your Love”, the other band members aren’t enthusiastic when Riley brings in the slow tempo groove “Love You Down”, preferring their more uptempo funk tracks. Though Riley and producer Gary Spaniola like the song, and insist that it be recorded. Their decision is reaffirmed when the song is chosen as the first single from Ready For The World’s second album “Long Time Coming” by MCA Records black music A&R exec Louil Silas, Jr.. After RFTW’s success with the song, “Love You Down” is later covered by INOJ and Me’shell Ndegeocello.

behindthegrooves: On this day in music histor…

behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: December 13, 1969 – “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross & The Supremes hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on December 27, 1969. Written by Jackey Beavers, Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua, it is the sixth R&B and twelfth pop chart for the superstar Motown trio. “Someday We’ll Be Together” is originally recorded by Bristol and Beavers (as the duo Johnny & Jackey) and released on Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label in 1961. After Bristol becomes a staff writer and producer at Motown several years later, he’ll play the song for Berry Gordy who hears it as a hit for The Supremes. It is Ross’ final single with The Supremes before departing for a solo career in early 1970. Though credited as a group effort, it is technically a solo single by Ross since Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong do not actually sing on it. The female background vocals are sung by Maxine and Julia Waters, with co-writer and producer Johnny Bristol himself also singing on the finished record. The initial tracking date for “Someday” takes place at Motown’s Studio A in Detroit on June 13, 1969 with The Funk Brothers playing on the basic track. Additional dates when vocals and strings are overdubbed are unknown. Released on October 14, 1969, it is an immediate smash. The group appear together for the last time on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 21, 1969 to promote the single, which on the pop singles chart is the last number one single of the 1960’s the following week. “Someday” is covered by a number of artists over the years including versions by Vonda Shepard, and Lorrie Morgan. Janet Jackson’s 1993 single “If” (#4 Pop, #3 R&B) also samples the intro of Ross & The Supremes version. “Someday We’ll Be Together” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Let’s Work Together – Wilbert Harrison ‎(Let’s Work…

Let’s Work Together – Wilbert Harrison ‎(Let’s Work Together, 1969)

On The Que-Tee – Freddie Hubbard (Backlash, 1967)

On The Que-Tee – Freddie Hubbard (Backlash, 1967)

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Mambo) – Billy May And His…

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Mambo) – Billy May And His Orchestra (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Mambo) / Loop-De-Loop (Mambo), 1954)