Archive for the ‘60’s Singers’ Category

Marvin Gaye 1970/1972


April 30, 1969
Recorded 1966-1968, Hitsville USA
Genre Soul, psychedelic soul, R&B
Length 36:15
Label Tamla
Producer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye chronology
Marvin Gaye and His Girls
(1969) M.P.G.
(1969) Easy (with Tammi Terrell)
Singles from M.P.G.
“Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”
Released: April 1969
“That’s the Way Love Is”
Released: August 7, 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (favorable)
M.P.G. is the ninth studio album by Marvin Gaye, released in 1969 for the Tamla label. His best-selling album of the 1960s, it became Gaye’s first solo album to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, peaking at #33, and also became his first #1 album on the Soul Albums Chart. Three top 40 hits were released from the album. The title matches the initials of Gaye’s full name, Marvin Pentz Gay.


Released May 21, 1971
Recorded June–September 1970; March–May 1971
Studio Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit and The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 35:38
Label Tamla
Producer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye chronology
Super Hits
(1970) What’s Going On
(1971) Trouble Man
Singles from What’s Going On
“What’s Going On”
Released: January 20, 1971
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”
Released: June 10, 1971
“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
Released: September 1971
What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released May 21, 1971, on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1970 and March–May 1971 at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World and United Sound Studios in Detroit and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. What’s Going On was the first album on which Motown Records’ main studio band, the group of session musicians known as the Funk Brothers, received an official credit.

The first Marvin Gaye album credited as being produced by the artist himself, What’s Going On is a unified concept album consisting of nine songs, most of which lead into the next. It has also been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends on a reprise of the album’s opening theme. The album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, and seeing only hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye’s introspective lyrics discuss themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with criticizing global warming before the public outcry against it had become prominent.

What’s Going On was an immediate success upon release, both commercially and critically. Having endured as a classic of 1970s soul, a deluxe edition set was released on February 27, 2001, and featured a rare recording of a May 1972 concert shot at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Worldwide surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown that What’s Going On is regarded as one of the landmark recordings in pop music history, and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century. The album was ranked number six both on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and in the magazine’s update nine years later.

Released December 8, 1972
Recorded 1972
Studio Hitsville West
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genre Soul, funk, jazz
Length 38:25
Label Tamla
Producer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye chronology
What’s Going On
(1971) Trouble Man
(1972) Let’s Get It On
Singles from Trouble Man
“Trouble Man”
Released: November 21, 1972
Trouble Man is a soundtrack and twelfth studio album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye, released on December 8, 1972, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. As the soundtrack to the 1972 Blaxploitation film of the same name, the Trouble Man soundtrack was a more contemporary move for Gaye, following his landmark politically charged album What’s Going On.

Marvin Gaye 1968/1970


August 1968
Recorded 1966–1967
Genre Soul, R&B
Label Tamla
Producer Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Ashford & Simpson
Robert Gordy
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell chronology
(1967) You’re All I Need
(1968) Easy
Marvin Gaye chronology
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1967) You’re All I Need (with Tammi Terrell)
(1968) In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Tammi Terrell chronology
United (with Marvin Gaye)
(1967) You’re All I Need (with Marvin Gaye)
(1968) Irresistible
Singles from You’re All I Need
“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”
Released: March 28, 1968
“You’re All I Need to Get By”
Released: July 9, 1968
“Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey”
Released: July 9, 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars
You’re All I Need is the second studio album by soul musicians Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, released in August 1968 on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Highlighted by three hit singles written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (who composed two of the four hit songs on the first Gaye/Terrell duets LP, United), You’re All I Need was recorded throughout 1966 and 1967 and features two Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By”. It peaked at #60 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart. You’re All I Need was the two singers’ final collaboration effort, as Terrell would turn ill following recording, before succumbing to a brain tumor in 1970.

Released September 16, 1969
Recorded 1969, Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
TS 294
Producer Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell chronology
You’re All I Need
(1968) Easy
(1969) Greatest Hits
Marvin Gaye chronology
(1969) Easy (with Tammi Terrell)
(1969) That’s the Way Love Is
Tammi Terrell chronology
(1969) Easy (with Marvin Gaye)
(1969) Greatest Hits (with Marvin Gaye)
Singles from Easy
“Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By”
Released: 1969
“What You Gave Me”
Released: 1969
“The Onion Song”
Released: March 20, 1970
“California Soul”
Released: 1970
Easy is an album recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and released by Motown Records on September 16, 1969 under the Tamla Records label. One song on the album, “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By”, was a hit single and remains popular to this day. Terrell had been ill, suffering from complications caused by a brain tumor, since the fall of 1967. Marvin Gaye later claimed that as a result, most of the female vocals on this album were performed by Valerie Simpson, who served as co-songwriter and co-producer for the LP with her boyfriend and future husband Nickolas Ashford.

Simpson is quoted in Ludie Montgomery’s biography of Terrell, My Sister Tommie, as not having subbed Terrell for vocals. Simpson again explicitly denied having done so in the liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles series. On a recent documentary on Terrell, Simpson admitted she sang with Gaye during sessions saying, “I sang things with Marvin because Tammi was not available. And, then we would bring Tammi in to go over her parts. Those are Tammi Terrell vocals because we know that we went back in with Tammi and got what we needed.”

Gaye at the time criticized Motown for the album thinking they were taking advantage of Terrell’s health. Motown assured him proceeds from the album would go to Terrell’s family for insurance of her health. At the time the album was released, Terrell was on her seventh operation to cure the brain tumor that would eventually kill her after the eighth operation. The album was released on compact disc in 1992, and again in 2001 as part of The Complete Duets.


Released September 1970
Recorded 1962–69
Genre Pop-R&B
Length 44:16
Label Tamla
Producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Frank Wilson, Norman Whitfield, Smokey Robinson
Marvin Gaye chronology
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Greatest Hits
(1970) Super Hits
(1970) What’s Going On
Super Hits is a 1970 compilation album released by American soul singer Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label. It compiles Gaye’s string of pop-R&B songs he recorded during 1962 to 1969.

Judy Lynn


Birth Name: Lee Audrey Nelms
Born August 9, 1947 (age 68)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Electric blues, soul blues, soul, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active Mid 1960s–present
Labels Ichiban, Ruf, Jus Blues, Isabel, Sawdust Alley, Connor Ray Music
Trudy Lynn (born August 9, 1947) is an American electric blues and soul blues singer and songwriter, whose recorded work has been released on nine albums.

The Allmusic journalist, Alex Henderson, noted that “Lynn isn’t one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way”.

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Lana Cantrell


Cantrell circa 1970s.
Lana Eleanor Cantrell AM (born 7 August 1943) is an Australian-American singer and entertainment lawyer. She was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in the Grammy Awards of 1968.

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Richie Havens

Birth name Richard Pierce Havens
Born January 21, 1941
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Died April 22, 2013 (aged 72)
Jersey City, New Jersey,
United States
Genres Folk rock, funk, blues, soul
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, sitar
Years active 1965–2013
Labels Verve Forecast, MGM, A&M, Solar/Epic/SME, Rykodisc, Rhino
Richard Pierce Havens, known professionally as Richie Havens, (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Ian Whitcomb


Ian Timothy Whitcomb (born 10 July 1941, Woking, Surrey) is an English entertainer, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. As part of the British Invasion, his hit song “You Turn Me On” reached number 8 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.

He has written several books on popular music, beginning with After the Ball, published by Penguin Books (Britain) and Simon & Schuster (United States) in 1972. He accompanies his singing by playing the ukulele and, through his records, concerts, and film work, has helped to stimulate the current revival of interest in the instrument. His recreation of the music played aboard the RMS Titanic in the film of that name won a Grammy Award in 1998 for package design and a nomination for Whitcomb’s liner notes (Titanic: Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage).

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Rod Steward


Performing in Paris, 1986
Background information
Birth name Roderick David Stewart
Also known as “Rod the Mod”
Born 10 January 1945 (age 71)
Highgate, North London, England
Rock pop blue-eyed soul blues rock folk rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Years active 1961–present
Mercury (former)
Warner Bros. (former)
J Records (former)
Universal Music Group (current)
Capitol Records (current)
Associated acts
Faces The Jeff Beck Group Shotgun Express Steampacket
Website Official website
Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 Top Ten singles in the United States (U.S.), with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2007, he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.

With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963, Stewart joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars, and in August, Stewart signed a solo contract, releasing his first single, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”, in October. Stewart maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album), in 1969. Stewart’s early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. Stewart’s aggressive blues work with The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces influenced heavy metal genres. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart’s music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.

In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”. A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.

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The Beatles 2002/2004

I’m disappointed with Paul McCartney, because he wrote a song about John Lennon when he died, but nothing for George Harrison.

I know Ringo Starr doesn’t have the the talent of writing songs like the others, but he could have done something, so I’m disappointed in him as well.

The Beatles are dead Rest In Peace !!!

The Beatles 2000/2002

George Harrison is dead (Thursday, November 29, 2001) and now if Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ever get together, then they can’t be called The Beatles.

Their was hope the three remaining Beatles can continue, since all three The Anthology double CD’s all went to number one, it might continue with recordings of John Lennon.

I’m sorry, I still wish that The Beatles would continue, and I felt shellfish, for keeping them together in my mind.

They have their own lives and I know that, and their families must grief for their lost, but I still miss them, and I still have their recordings and I lived through it and now I must move on to The Rolling Stones, for their nothing more to text about.
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The Beatles 1998/2000

Every performer and every musical group has a greatest hits album, many times over, but The Beatles never had one. I know that The Red Album and The Blue Album is supposed to be that, but it really wasn’t. Not until 1 came out was there an official greatest hits CD of The Beatles, I wonder why it took so long to be made, but I’m not complaining because it’s great and I’m happy to have it !!!

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