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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Teena Marie

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No white artist has sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals are so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Not to be confused with Brazilian jazz singer Tânia Maria, Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be, Rick James, who ended up doing all of the writing and producing for her debut album of 1979, Wild and Peaceful. That LP, which boasted her hit duet with James, "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love," didn't show Marie's picture -- so many programmers at black radio just assumed she was black. When her second album, Lady T, came out, much of the R&B world was shocked to see how fair-skinned she was. But to many of the black R&B fans who were eating her music up, it really didn't matter -- the bottom line was she was a first-rate soul singer whose love of black culture ran deep.

By her third album, 1980's gold Irons in the Fire, Marie was doing most of her own writing and producing. That album boasted the major hit "I Need Your Lovin'," and Marie went gold again with her next album, It Must Be Magic (which included the major hit "Square Biz"). It Must Be Magic turned out to be her last album for Motown, which she had a nasty legal battle with. Marie got out of her contract with Motown, and the case ended up with the courts passing what is known as "The Teena Marie Law" -- which states that a label cannot keep an artist under contract without putting out an album by him or her.

Switching to Epic in 1983, Marie recorded her fifth album, Robbery, and had a hit with "Fix It." In 1984, Marie recorded her sixth album, Starchild, and had her biggest pop hit ever with "Lovergirl." Though Marie had often soared to the top of the R&B charts, "Lovergirl" marked the first time she'd done so well in the pop market. Ironically, Marie was a white singer who had enjoyed little exposure outside the R&B market prior to "Lovegirl."

Three more Epic albums followed: 1986's Emerald City, 1988's Naked to the World (which contained her smash hit "Ooh La La La"), and 1990's Ivory. Unfortunately, Marie's popularity had faded considerably by the late '80s, and Epic dropped her. In 1994, the singer released Passion Play on her own Sarat label. Ten years later, she signed to Cash Money and released La Doña, featuring assistance from Gerald LeVert, Rick James, and MC Lyte. Sapphire followed two years later. Though both La Doña and Sapphire peaked at number three on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, she switched to Stax for her next album, 2009's Congo Square.

Album: Wild and Peaceful (1979)

01. I'm A Sucker For Your Love
02. Turning Me On
03. Don't Look Back
04. De Ja Vu (I've Been Here Before)
05. I'm Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat It Too)
06. I Can't Love Anymore

Album: Lady T (1980)

01. Behind The Groove
02. Now That I Have You
03. Lonely Desire
04. Aladdin's Lamp
05. You're All The Boogie I Need
06. Can It Be Love
07. Young Girl In Love
08. Why Did I Have To Fall In Love With You
09. Too Many Colors
10. Why Can't I Get Next To You
11. Co Pilot To Pilot

Album: Irons in the Fire (1980)

01. I Need Your Lovin'
02. Young Love
03. First Class Love
04. Irons In The Fire
05. Chains
06. You Make Love Like Springtime
07. Tune In Tomorrow
08. You Make Love Like Springtime (Reprise)

Album: It Must Be Magic (1981)

01. It Must Be Magic
02. Revolution
03. Where's California
04. 365
05. Opus Iii (Does Anybody Care)
06. Square Biz
07. Ballad Of Cradle Rob & Me, The
08. Portuguese Love
09. Yes Indeed
10. Square Biz (Instrumental)
11. Someday We'll All Be Free ( Live)
12. Deja Vu (We've Been Here Before) (Live)

Album: Robbery (1983)

01. Robbery
02. Playboy
03. Shadow Boxing
04. Midnight Magnet
05. Fix It
06. Ask Your Momma
07. Dear Lover
08. Stop The World
09. Casanova Brown
10. Playboy (12In Remix)
11. Midnight Magnet (Instrumental)

Album: Starchild (1984)

01. Lovergirl
02. Help Youngblood Get to the Freaky Party
03. Out on a Limb
04. Alibi
05. Jammin'
06. Starchild
07. We've Got to Stop (Meeting Like This)
08. My Dear Mr. Gaye
09. Light

Album: Emerald City (1986)

01. Emerald City
02. Once Is Not Enough
03. Lips to Find You
04. You So Heavy
05. Shangri-La
06. Batucada Suite
07. Love Me Down Easy
08. Sunny Skies

Album: Naked To The World (1988)

01. Trick Bag
02. Call Me (I Got Yo Number)
03. Ooo La La La
04. Crocodile Tears
06. Surrealistic Pillow
08. Work It
09. The Ball
10. Naked To The World

Album: Ivory (1990)

01. Here's Looking At You
02. The Sugar Shack Prelude
03. The Sugar Shack
04. If I Were A Bell
05. Just Us Two
06. Mr. Icecream
07. Ivory (Atone Poem)
08. Snap Your Fingers
09. Cupid Is A Real Straight Shooter
10. How Can You Resist It
11. Since Day One
12. Miracles Need Wings To Fly
13. The Red Zone

Album: Greatest Hits (1991)

01. Lovergirl
02. Work It
03. Ooo la la La
04. If I Were a Bell
05. Dear Lover
06. Here's Looking at You
07. Call Me (I Got Yo Number)
08. Cassanova Brown
09. My Dear Mr. Gaye
10. Out on a Limb

Album: Passion Play (1994)

01. Warm As Mommas Oven
02. Main Squeeze
03. Wild Horses
04. Smooth Tip
05. Hypnotized Prelude
06. Hypnotized
07. Parking Music
08. Sweet On You
09. Slow Grind
10. Climb The Walls
11. Breakfast In Bed
12. Passion Play
13. Pretty Man
14. The Air I Breathe

Album: I Need Your Lovin'- The Best of Teena Marie (1994)

01. I Need Your Lovin'
02. Behind the Groove
03. Every Little Bit Hurts
04. Irons in the Fire
05. Portuguese Love
06. It Must Be Magic
07. Déjà Vu (I've Been Here Before)
08. Don't Turn Your Back on Me
09. Square Biz
10. Turnin' Me On
11. Now That I Have You
12. I'm a Sucker for Your Love

Album: Lovergirl- The Teena Marie Story (1997)

01. Just Us Two
02. Ooo La La La [12-Inch Version]
03. Sugar Shack [Extended Club Mix]
04. If I Were a Bell
05. Stop the World
06. My Dear Mr. Gaye
07. Shadow Boxing
08. Light
09. Out on a Limb
10. Lovergirl
11. Dear Lover
12. Fix It [12-Inch Version]
13. Cassanova Brown

Album: Love Songs (2000)

01. Cassanova Brown
02. Cupid Is A Real Straight Shooter
03. Miracles Need Wings To Fly
04. Ooo La La La
05. If I Were A Bell
06. Ivory (A Tone Poem)
07. Dear Lover
08. My Dear Mr. Gaye
09. Opus III (Part 2)
10. Fire And Desire
11. Shadow Boxing
12. We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This
13. Shangri-La
14. Sunny Skies

Album: Ultimate Collection (2000)

01. Square Biz
02. Behind the Groove
03. If I Were a Bell
04. Portuguese Love
05. Lovergirl
06. Fire and Desire
07. My Dear Mr. Gaye
08. I'm a Sucker for Your Love
09. Irons in the Fire
10. Young Love
11. I Need Your Lovin'
12. Now That I Have You
13. Latin Lullaby
14. It Must Be Magic
15. Work It

Album: La Dona (2004)

01. La Dona (Intro)
02. Still In Love
03. Honey Call
04. Baby I'm Your Fiend
05. My Body's Hungry
06. A Rose By Any Other Name
07. Off The Chain
08. Makavelli Never Lied
09. Revelations 38 Introduction
10. Recycle Hate To Love
11. The Mackin' Game

Album: Sapphire (2006)

01. God Has Created
02. Cruise Control
03. Baby Who's Is It
04. Make It Hot
05. Ooh Wee
06. Sleeping With the Enemy
07. A.P.B
08. Love Is a Gangsta
09. Ladies Choice
10. Somebody Just Like You
11. You Blow Me Away
12. Simmer Down
13. Romantica
14. The Way You Love Me
15. Ecstasy
16. Resilient (Sapphire)

Album: Congo Square (2009)

01. The Pressure
02. Can't Last a Day
03. Baby I Love You
04. Ear Candy 101
05. Lover's Lane
06. Marry Me
07. You Baby
08. Milk N' Honey
09. What U Got 4 Me
10. Rovleta's Jass
11. Congo Square
12. Harlem Blues
13. Black Cool
14. Ms. Coretta
15. Soldier Boy
16. The Rose N' Thorn

Album: Beautiful (2013)

01. Luv Letter
02. Sweet Tooth
03. Rare Breed (Feat. Alia Rose & Ty James)
04. Love Starved
05. Definition Of Down
06. Maria Bonita (For My Mother)
07. Beautiful (For Alia)
08. The Long Play
09. Carte Blanche
10. Give Me Your Love (Feat. Alia Rose)
11. Wild Horses
12. The Perfect Feeling


Monday, March 3, 2014


Collection of Mtume

A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. He even recorded as a bandleader for Strata-East before turning to funk in the late '70s. Mtume's band included the sassy, sultry vocalist Tawatha Agee, keyboardist Phil Fields, and bassist Ray Johnson. They had a number one R&B hit with "Juicy Fruit" for Epic in 1983 and a number two single in 1984 with "You, Me and He." They recorded for Epic until the late '80s. Agee went solo in 1987. Their final Top Ten hit was "Breathless" in 1986. Mtume also teamed with another ex-jazz musician, Reggie Lucas, who had also been in Davis' '70s band. They produced and/or wrote for such artists as Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, Gary Bartz, Sadane, Lou Rawls, Rena Scott, and Eddie Henderson in the late '70s. The duo worked on the LP In Search of the Rainbow Seekers for Epic in 1980. Mtume worked on his own as a producer with several artists, among them Levert, Tyrone Brunson, Roy Ayers, Henderson, Tease, and Sue Ann. Allmusic by Ron Wynn

Album: Kawaida (1973)

01. Baraka
02. Kamili
03. Dunia
04. Maulana
05. Kawaida

Album: Alkebu-Lan (1975)

01. Invocation
02. Baba Hengates
03. Utamu
04. Saud
05. Alkebu Lan
06. No Words
07. Seperate Not Equal
08. The Prayer (Sifa Zote)

Album: Rebirth Cycle (1977)

01. Sais
02. Yebo
03. Cabral
04. Body Sounds
05. Umoja

Album: Kiss This World Goodbye (1978)

01. Theme (For the People) (Opening)
02. Just Funnin'
03. Kiss This World Goodbye
04. Insert
05. The Closer I Get to You
06. Love Lock
07. Funky Constellation
08. Closer to the End
09. Metal Flake Mind
10. Phase 1
11. Day of the Reggin
12. This Is Your Mind
13. Theme (For The People) (Exit)

Album: In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers (1980)

01. Give It On Up (If You Want To)
02. You Can't Wait For Love
03. She's a Rainbow Dancer
04. We're Gonna Make It This Time
05. Dance Around My Navel
06. So You Wanna Be a Star
07. Spirit Of The Dance
08. Anticipacin'
09. Everything Good To Me
10. Mrs Sippi

Album: Juicy Fruit (1983)

01. Green Light
02. Juicy Fruit
03. Hips
04. Would You Like To (Fool Around)
05. Your Love's Too Good (To Spread Around)
06. Hip Dip Skippedabeat
07. Ready For Your Love
08. The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit Part II)

Album: You, Me And He (1984)

01. C.O.D. (I'll Deliver)
02. You Are My Sunshine
03. You, Me and He
04. I Simply Like
05. Prime Time
06. Tie Me Up
07. Sweet For You and Me
08. To Be Or Not to Bop That Is the Question

Album: Theater Of The Mind (1986)

01. Theme From Theater of the Mind
02. P.O.P. Generation
03. Breathless
04. I Don't Believe You Heard Me
05. Body and Soul (Take Me)
06. New Face Deli
07. I'd Rather Be With You
08. Deep Freeze (Rap-a-Song) Part I
09. Deep Freeze (Tree's Thing) Part II


Friday, February 14, 2014

Alexander O'Neal

Collection of Alexander O'Neal

This Minneapolis soul man cut his teeth in the Time but was bounced (for looking "too black") before they signed with Warner Brothers. His tough, ballsy voice has the same grain and range as Otis Redding's. Like that master, Alexander O'Neal is comfortable with pumping dancefloor burners and slinky couch-cuddlers. He's certainly the best singer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have ever produced, and the strength of his material and his robust voice can be heard on releases including 1986's Hearsay, 1991's All True Man, and 1997's Lovers Again. He relocated to Britain, where his efforts had always been better received, and began to set up permanent shop there. His first British-only release, 2002's Saga of a Married Man, showed him developing into a smoother and more mature singer compared to his previous output. Allmusic by John Floyd

Album: Alexander O'Neal (1985)

01. A Broken Heart Can Mend
02. If You Were Here Tonight
03. Do You Wanna Like I Do
04. Look at Us Now
05. Medley: Innocent/Alex 900/Innocent II
06. What's Missing
07. You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)

Album: Hearsay (1986)

01. Intro
02. (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me
03. Hearsay
04. The Lovers
05. Fake
06. Criticize
07. Never Knew Love Like This
08. Sunshine
09. Crying Overtime
10. When the Party's Over

Album: All Mixed Up (1988)

01. Fake 88 (House Mix)
02. (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me (Hateful Club Remix)
03. Never Knew Love Like This (Extended Version)
04. Criticize (Ben Liebrand Remix)
05. The Lovers (Extended Version)
06. Criticize (Remix)
07. What Can I Say To Make You Love Me (Ben Liebrand Remix)
08. Fake (Extended Version)
09. You Were Meant To Be My Lady (88 Keith Cohen Extended Remix)
10. Innocent (Keith Cohen House Mix)

Album: All True Man (1991)

01. Time Is Running Out
02. Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)
03. Every Time I Get Up
04. Somebody (Changed Your Mind)
05. Midnight Run
06. Used
07. All True Man
08. Sentimental
09. What Is This Thing Called Love?
10. Morning After
11. Hang On
12. Shame

Album: Love Makes No Sense (1993)

01. In the Middle
02. If U Let It
03. Aphrodisia
04. Love Makes No Sense
05. Home Is Where the Heart Is
06. Change of Heart
07. Lady
08. All That Matters to Me
09. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Your Precious Love

Album: The Best Of (1995)

01. Fake
02. A Broken Heart Can Mend
03. Sunshine
04. Criticize
05. You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)
06. Never Knew Love Like This (feat. Cherrelle)
07. All True Man
08. If You Were Here Tonight
09. Crying Overtime
10. Innocent Alex 9000 Innocent II

Album: Lovers Again (1997)

01. Do You Right
02. Let's Get Together
03. Lovers Again
04. Can You Stand The Rain
05. Baby Come To Me
06. No One But You
07. Body Talking
08. More Than My Heart
09. Sleepin'
10. Carry On
11. Sneakin'
12. Our Love
13. Grind

Album: Saga of a Married Man (2002)

01. He Said She Said
02. You're Gonna Miss Me
03. I'm There
04. My Baby's Gone
05. It Don't Matter
06. It's OK
07. What You See Is What You Get
08. Married Man
09. What Is a Man?
10. Last Night
11. Happy Home

Album: Greatest Hits (2004)

01. Never Knew Love Like This
02. Innocent/Alex 9000/Innocent II
03. Fake
04. All True Man
05. Criticize
06. Saturday Love
07. If You Were Here Tonight
08. Hearsay '89
09. (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me
10. The Lovers
11. What's Missing
12. A Broken Heart Can Mend
13. What Is This Thing Called Love?
14. You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)
15. Love Makes No Sense

Album: Alex Loves (2008)

01. Secret Lovers (Featuring Mica Paris)
02. A Million Love Songs
03. Right Here Waiting
04. Unbreak My Heart
05. Your Song
06. Saturday Love
07. If You Were Here Tonight
08. What You Won't Do For Love
09. When A Man Loves A Woman
10. Babe
11. Always & Forever
12. You're The First, The Last, My Everything
13. Cherish
14. I'll Make Love To You
15. We're On Our Way

Album: Five Questions - The New Journey (2010)

01. My House
02. I'm Back
03. Minnesota Shuffle
04. I Found True Love
05. I Can't Wait
06. You Make Me Smile
07. Love Don't Love Nobody
08. It's Your Night Tonight
09. Love Won't Let Me Wait
10. 5 Questions
11. First Time

Album: Icon (2011)

01. What's Missing (Remix)
02. If You Were Here Tonight
03. Innocent (Single Remix)
04. (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me
05. Fake (Extended Version)
06. Criticize (Remix)
07. Never Knew Love Like This (Feat. Cherrelle)
08. Sunshine
09. The Morning After
10. All True Man
11. What Is This Thing Called Love
12. Love Makes No Sense


Saturday, January 18, 2014


Collection of Troop

Troop began as a teen group that won $1000 on Puttin' on the Hits, a nationally televised contest, by dancing and lip-synching to New Edition's "Cool It Now." The Pasadena, California quintet -- Rodney Benford, John Harreld, Allen McNeil, Steve Russell, and Reggie Warren -- were then signed to Atlantic, and their 1988 debut single, the Levert-produced "Mamacita," taken from their self-titled album, reached number two on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart. Their second album, 1989's Attitude, featured two number one Hot Soul singles -- including the Chuckii Booker collaboration "Spread My Wings" -- and earned an RIAA gold certification. Deepa, released in 1992, was a creative step forward and contained yet another Hot Soul chart topper in "Sweet November," a Deele cover, but the group subsequently went independent with two more full-lengths released later in the decade. Troop went inactive for several years but occasionally recorded and toured. In 2013, they released a single titled "Forever." Within the music industry, Russell had the most success outside the group as part of the songwriting and production team the Underdogs. All Music Ron Wynn

Album: Troop (1988)

01. Mamacita
02. My Heart
03. Still In Love
04. Happy Relationship
05. I Like That
06. Young Girl
07. She's My Favorite Girl
08. Watch' Me Dance
09. Mamacita (12' Mix)

Album: Troop (Attitude (1989)

01. My Music
02. That's My Attitude
03. I'm Not Soupped
04. My Love
05. Spread My Wings
06. All I Do Is Think Of You
07. I Will Always Love You
08. Another Lover
09. For You
10. Soupped (Mix)
11. Reprise (Spread My Wings)

Album: Deepa (1992)

01. Praise
02. Keep You Next To Me
03. She Blows My Mind
04. I'm Not Gamin'
05. Set Me Free
06. Strange Hotel
07. I Feel You
08. Sweet November
09. Come Back To Your Home
10. Only When I Laugh
11. Whatever It Takes
12. You Take My Heart With You
13. Deepa
14. Give It Up
15. Hot Water

Album: A Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' (1994)

01. Let's Get Warm
02. Break A Dawn
03. Poohnany
04. Blowin' My Mind
05. Get It On
06. Get Loose
07. Around
08. That's The Way
09. Miss U
10. Got Me Goin'
11. Do Me
12. Sumpin' To Ride Too

Album: Mayday (1998)

01. The Way I Parlay
02. A Melody
03. Round and Round
04. Something About You
05. Over the Moon
06. I Take It Back
07. Girl Can I Talk to You
08. The Audacity
09. Don't Worry Your Mind
10. Fly Away
11. I Love Only You
12. If It's All Right with You
13. Let Your Light Shine
14. I Want What You Got
15. So in Love
16. May Day


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ce Ce Peniston

Collection of Ce Ce Peniston

Disco diva Ce Ce Peniston seemed poised to become that genre's reigning crossover attraction. She was born in Dayton, OH, but her family moved to Phoenix when she was nine. Peniston was crowned Miss Black Arizona in 1989 and signed with A&M in the early '90s. Her debut, Finally, was a gold album; it peaked at number 36 on the pop charts and even landed a Top Ten pop hit with "Finally" and Top 20 pop single "We Got a Love Thang." After Thought 'Ya Knew in 1994, Peniston issued 1996's I'm Movin' On. Peniston continued to sing into the new millennium and regularly plays shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and San Francisco. Not entirely part of the mainstream that brought her success in the early '90s, Peniston's work is remixed and remains a favorite in dance clubs around the world.

Album: Finally (1992)

01. We Got a Love Thang
02. Finally
03. Inside That I Cried
04. Lifeline
05. It Should Have Been You
06. Keep on Walkin'
07. Crazy Love
08. I See Love
09. You Win, I Win, We Lose
10. Virtue

Album: Thought 'Ya Knew (1994)

01. Searchin'
02. I'm in the Mood [East 87th St. Mix]
03. Hit by Love
04. Whatever It Is
05. Forever in My Heart
06. I'm Not over You
07. Any Way You Wanna Go
08. Give What I'm Givin'
09. Through Those Doors
10. Let My Love Surround You
11. Keep Givin' Me Your Love
12. If You Love Me, I Will Love You
13. Maybe It's the Way
14. I Will Be Received
15. I'm In The Mood [Bad Yard Club]

Album: I'm Movin' On (1996)

01. Movin' On
02. Looking For A Love That's Real
03. Sprung On You (Groove Me)
04. Try
05. Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)
06. Somebody Else's Guy
07. If It Should Rain
08. House Party
09. The Last To Know
10. Interlude 1
11. I'm Over You
12. Don't Know What To Do
13. Interlude 2
14. Movin' On (G. Man Slammin' Remix Without Rap)

Album: Essential (1999)

01. Finally [Original 1991 Mix]
02. We Got a Love Thang
03. Keep on Walkin'
04. I'm in the Mood
05. You Win, I Win, We Lose
06. Searchin'
07. I'm Not Over You
08. Hit by Love
09. Keep Givin' Me Your Love
10. Inside That I Cried
11. It Should Have Been You
12. Through These Doors
13. I See Love
14. Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)
15. Give What I'm Givin'
16. Movin' On
17. Crazy Love
18. Somebody Else's Guy

Album: The Best of Ce Ce Peniston (2001)

01. Finally
02. We Got a Love Thang
03. Keep on Walkin'
04. Inside That I Cried
05. Crazy Love
06. I'm in the Mood
07. I'm Not over You
08. Hit by Love
09. Movin' On
10. Before I Lay [You Drive Me Crazy]
11. House Party
12. Finally [12' Version]


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gwen Guthrie

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Gwen Guthrie is best known for her number one R&B single "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent," a popular self-written bouncer. A prolific songwriter and a good pianist, she also penned "Supernatural Thing" for Ben E. King and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" for Martha Reeves, which was later popularized by Angela Bofill and Issac Hayes. In all, Guthrie logged approximately 50 compositions, and many thought Guthrie and songwriting partner Patrick Grant had the potential to become another Ashford & Simpson. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1950, Guthrie started singing in high school with a female quartet called the Ebonettes. (Another one of its members, Brenda White King, pursued music like Guthrie and became an in-demand session singer.) Guthrie sang lead for a group (East Coast) formed by Larry Blackmon (later of Cameo) in New York, but got her big break when she was asked to do a background session for Aretha Franklin, the number one R&B hit "I'm in Love," from 1974. Six months later, Guthrie signed as a staff writer with Bert de Coteaux Productions and co-wrote "Love Don't Go Through No Changes," the first hit for Sister Sledge, and many others with Grant. The collaboration didn't last long, however. Guthrie continued to write with a variety of partners, and supplied backing vocals to many recording sessions. Working with Peter Tosh in the late '70s, Guthrie befriended reggae stars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who invited her to Nassau to record vocals for an album they were producing. Hearing her unique voice in the studio, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell inked her to a contract, and the Dunbar/Shakespeare project, assisted by David Conley of Surface, became her first solo release, a self-titled LP. She did score a dancefloor hit with the album's "It Should Have Been You." Her second LP, Portrait, released in 1983, followed a similar formula. Album number three, Good to Go Lover, dropped in 1986, and spawned her chart-topper "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent," plus the torching ballad "You Touched My Life." On Lifeline (1988), Guthrie was more involved in the writing and production. Hot Times was Guthrie's final LP release, hitting the streets in 1990. Like the previous LP, she wrote nearly everything, except for a moving remake of Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before." GuthrieGuthrie died on February 3, 1999, of uterine cancer in Orange, New Jersey. Allmusic by Andrew Hamilton

Album: Gwen Guthrie (1982)

01. Peek-A-Boo
02. Getting Hot
03. Your Turn To Turn
04. Dance Fever
05. For You (With A Melody Too)
06. It Should Have Been You
07. Is This Love
08. God Don't Like Ugly
09. It Should Have Been You
10. Peek-A-Boo (12'version)

Album: Portrait (1983)

01. Peanut Butter
02. Seventh Heaven
03. You're The One
04. Family Affair
05. Hopscotch
06. Younger Than Me
07. Padlock
08. Oh What A Life
09. Peanut Butter [Special Mix By Larry Levan]
10. Hopscotch [Larry Levan Remix Instrumental]
11. Padlock [Special Mix By Larry Levan]

Album: Just For You (1985)

01. Put Love In Control
02. Love In Moderation
03. Just For You
04. I Gotta Have You
05. Feel It No More
06. Oh Donny, No
07. Joyrider
08. Thrill Me

Album: Good To Go Lover (1986)

01. (They Long To Be) Close To You
02. Outside In The Rain
03. Good To Go Lover
04. You Touched My Life
05. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
06. I Still Want You
07. Stop Holding Back
08. Passion Eyes

Album: Ticket To Ride (1987)

01. Ticket To Ride
02. Peek A Boo
03. Younger Than Me
04. Oh What A Life
05. It Should Have Been You
06. Family Affair
07. Seventh Heaven
08. You're The One

Album: Lifeline (1988)

01. Destiny
02. Bye Bye Lover
03. Rockin' Chair
04. What Would I Do Without You
05. Can't Love You Tonight
06. Send Me Somebody (Why Don't Cha)
07. Once More With Feeling
08. Don't Take Your Love From Me
09. Too Many Fish In The Sea
10. The Surgeon General's Funky 4-4 Mix Featuring ''Gangster B''

Album: Ultimate Collection (1999)

01. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent
02. Padlock
03. Outside In The Rain
04. Peanut Butter
05. It Shoul Have Been You
06. Oh What A Life
07. (They Long To Be) Close To You
08. Seventh Heaven
09. Oh Donny No
10. Is This Love
11. Younger Than Me
12. God Don't Like Ugly
13. Peek A Boo
14. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On (dub mix)

Album: Padlock (2008)

01. Peanut Butter (Prelude)
02. Hopscotch
03. Seventh Heaven
04. Getting Hot
05. Getting Hot (Prelude)
06. Peanut Butter
07. Padlock
08. Hopscotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)
09. Seventh Heaven (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')
10. Padlock (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')
11. Getting Hot (Original 12' Version)
12. Peanut Butter (Original 12' Version)
13. Padlock (Larry Levan Remix - Short Vocal)
14. Hopscotch (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')


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