Archive for the ‘70’s Singers’ Category

Debby Boone

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Deborah Anne Boone
Also known as Debby Boone Ferrer
Born September 22, 1956 (age 60)
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop, country, Christian
Occupations Singer, actress, author, spokesperson
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1971–present
Labels Concord, Curb
Associated acts Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney
Website debbyboone.net
Deborah Anne “Debby” Boone (born September 22, 1956), is an American singer, author, and actress. She is best known for her 1977 hit, “You Light Up My Life”, which spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. Boone later focused her music career on country music resulting in the 1980 No. 1 country hit “Are You on the Road to Lovin’ Me Again”. In the 1980s, she recorded Christian music which garnered her four top 10 Contemporary Christian albums as well as two more Grammys. Throughout her career, Boone has appeared in several musical theater productions and has co-authored many children’s books with husband, Gabriel Ferrer.

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Debby Boone. Courtesy photo.

Debby Boone. Courtesy photo.

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Andy Gibb

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Andy Gibb publicity photo for Solid Gold

Birth name Andrew Roy Gibb
Born 5 March 1958
Manchester, England
Died 10 March 1988 (aged 30)
Oxford, England
Genres Disco, pop
Occupations
Singer songwriter actor
Instruments
Vocals guitar keyboards
Years active 1973–88
Labels
RSO Polydor
Associated acts Bee Gees
Andrew Roy “Andy” Gibb (5 March 1958 – 10 March 1988) was a British and Australian singer, songwriter, performer and teen idol. He was the younger brother of the group Bee Gees: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Gibb came to international prominence in the late 1970s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States starting with “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977), as well as three other top 20 singles. Gibb’s success was brief, as he battled drug addiction and depression and died just five days after turning 30.

 

Shaun Cassidy

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Shaun Cassidy (right) with Parker Stevenson in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
Background information
Birth name Shaun Paul Cassidy
Born September 27, 1958 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupations Screenwriter, actor, singer, television producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1976–present
Labels Warner Bros. (USA)
Associated acts Utopia
Shaun Paul Cassidy (born September 27, 1958) is an American television producer/creator, screenwriter, and former singer-actor. He is the eldest son of singer-actress Shirley Jones and singer-actor Jack Cassidy. His older half-brother is singer-actor David Cassidy.

He is known for starring in the television series The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1977–79) and Breaking Away (1980–81), as well as having several hit records in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he had a three-month stint on the daytime soap General Hospital and acted on Broadway and in the West End of London. Since the mid-1990s, Cassidy has worked exclusively as a writer/producer in television, creating a number of television series, including American Gothic, Roar (with Heath Ledger in his American debut), and Invasion.

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Stephanie Mills

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Stephanie Dorthea Mills
Born March 22, 1957 (age 59)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres R&B, soul, gospel
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Instruments piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Motown, 20th Century, Casablanca, MCA, GospoCentric, LightYear, Expansion Records
Stephanie Dorthea Mills (born March 22, 1957) is an American R&B, soul and gospel singer, songwriter and Broadway star. She rose to stardom as “Dorothy” in the original Broadway run of the musical The Wiz from 1975 to 1977. The song “Home” from the show later became a No.1 U.S. R&B hit for Mills and her signature song. In the 1980s she scored five No.1 R&B hits, including “Home”, “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love”, “I Feel Good All Over”, “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me” and “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)”. Mills’ 1980 song “Never Knew Love Like This Before” won a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance.

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Stephanie Mills performs during the 2014 Soul Train Awards at Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Stephanie Mills performs during the 2014 Soul Train Awards at Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Miki Howard

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Alicia Michelle Howard
Born September 30, 1960 (age 55)
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
R&B soul jazz new jack swing
Occupations
Singer–songwriter actress music producer
Years active 1979–present
Labels
Atlantic Giant Warlock Hush Peak Shanachie Branicka
Associated acts
Jermaine Jackson Side Effect Gerald Levert Cherelle Alexander O’Neal Vesta Williams Karyn White
Website mikihowardmedia.com
Miki Howard (born Alicia Michelle Howard; September 30, 1960) is an American singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the mid–1980s and early–1990s, including “Baby, Be Mine”(1987), “Come Share My Love” (1986) and “Love Under New Management” (1990). “Ain’t Nobody Like You” (1992) and “Ain’t Nuthin’ in the World” (1989) both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.image image image image image image image

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24:  B Howard attends Suit and Tie: Timbaland's Pre-VMA Party at Hudson Terrace on August 24, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: B Howard attends Suit and Tie: Timbaland’s Pre-VMA Party at Hudson Terrace on August 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Jaki Graham

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Birth name Jacqueline Graham
Born 15 September 1956 (age 59)
Birmingham, England
Genres
R&B dance British soul house pop
Occupations
Singer songwriter record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present
Labels EMI / Avex International / JNT Music Ltd
Associated acts David Grant
Jacqueline “Jaki” Graham (born 15 September 1956) is a three-time Grammy-nominated British R&B singer-songwriter. Following her hit version of “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” with David Grant in 1985, Graham scored a further five UK Top 20 hits over a two-year period. In 1994, her cover version of Chaka Khan’s hit “Ain’t Nobody” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart.

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Nicolette Larson

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Nicolette Larson in 1985

Born July 17, 1952
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Died December 16, 1997 (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Soft rock, pop, pop rock, country, country rock, folk, folk rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1973–1997
Labels Warner Bros., MCA
Associated acts Steve Wariner, Neil Young
Nicolette Larson (July 17, 1952 – December 16, 1997) was an American pop singer. She is perhaps best known for her work in the late 1970s with Neil Young and her 1978 hit single of Young’s “Lotta Love” which hit No. 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 8 on the Pop Singles chart. It was followed by four more adult contemporary hits, two of which were also minor pop hits.

By 1985, she shifted her focus to country music, charting six times on the US Country Singles chart. Her only top-40 country hit was “That’s How You Know When Love’s Right”, a duet with Steve Wariner. She died in 1997 of cerebral edema and liver failure.

The Rolling Stones 1990/1992

It’s so hard for me to wait, I take the stairs, because the elevator is too slow to open the doors, waiting for the microwave, longer than five minutes is killing me, so calling for pizza and then watching some mindless speech from Obama (which makes me sick), just to waist time until it comes. I’m even waiting for the iPhone 7, which is coming out in September or October, so waiting for a Rolling Stones album is the worst thing possible, but that’s what I had to do from 1989 until 1991 and when I got my album,  had to wait for another two years for a greatest hits album, which most came from other greatest hits albums. I was so disappointed. It took another two years for another one, will this torcher ever end, I hope so for my next post, will be empty of music and feeling, from me !!!

Marvin Gaye 1972/1974

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August 28, 1973
Recorded June 1, 1970 – April 11, 1972
Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World
(Detroit, Michigan)
February 1 – July 26, 1973
Hitsville West
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 31:36
Label Tamla
Producer Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
Marvin Gaye chronology
Trouble Man
(1972) Let’s Get It On
(1973) Diana & Marvin
(1973)
Singles from Let’s Get It On
“Let’s Get It On”
Released: June 15, 1973
“Come Get to This”
Released: October 11, 1973
“You Sure Love to Ball”
Released: January 2, 1974
Let’s Get It On is the thirteenth studio album by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released August 28, 1973, on Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. Serving as Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let’s Get It On incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop, and quiet storm. It has been noted by critics for its sexually suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as “one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded”.

Following the breakthrough success of his socially conscious album What’s Going On (1971), Let’s Get It On helped establish Gaye as a sex icon and furthered his mainstream appeal. It produced three singles—the title track, “Come Get to This”, and “You Sure Love to Ball”—that attained Billboard chart success. Let’s Get It On became the most commercially successful album of Gaye’s recording career, and it further expanded his creative control during his tenure with Motown. Its sexual balladry, multi-tracking of Gaye’s vocals, and seductive, funk sound influenced later R&B artists and production.

The album has been regarded by many music writers and critics as a landmark recording in soul music. It furthered funk music’s popularity during the 1970s, and its smooth soul sound marked a change for his record label’s previous success with the “Motown Sound” formula. Let’s Get It On has been ranked on many critics and publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. In 2001, it was reissued by Motown Records as a two-disc deluxe edition release.

Marvin Gaye 1970/1972

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April 30, 1969
Recorded 1966-1968, Hitsville USA
Genre Soul, psychedelic soul, R&B
Length 36:15
Label Tamla
TS-292
Producer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye chronology
Marvin Gaye and His Girls
(1969) M.P.G.
(1969) Easy (with Tammi Terrell)
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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.

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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
(1972)
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.

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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
(1973)
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.

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