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Jim Messina was a secondary character in a troubled band and then a majordomo in an also-ran band and Kenny Loggins was a complete unknown but when they were put together, it was magic.
Yes, Messina was in Buffalo Springfield. A classic band whose frontmen, Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay, got all the attention.
31 years ago today, Chaka Khan released her fifth album, an effort which features a title track that’s become one of her signature tunes and remains the most successful studio album in her back catalog.
Although it’s neither her highest-charting R&B album nor her highest-charting pop album, all eyes – and, yes, ears – were on I Feel for You when it was first released. This had little to do with Chaka herself and everything to do with the fact that its title track was written by Prince, featured an introductory rap by Grandmaster Melle Mel, and had a harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder. It’s no wonder, then, that the song topped the R&B and dance charts, made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and ascended to the top spot on the UK Singles chart. Its success was out of this world, ultimately earning the 1985 Grammy for Best R&B Song, but here’s more to I Feel for You than just its title track: Khan also found success with the album’s subsequent singles, “This is My Night” and “Through the Fire.”
It’s been 36 years since the world had to start going without Donny Hathaway, but no matter how much time passes, it never gets any less shocking that the noted singer-songwriter was only 33 years old when he died.
Born in Chicago on this very day in 1945, Hathaway got his start in gospel thanks to his grandmother, singer Martha Pitts, whom he joined in the church choir, but music was never a whim for Hathaway. Indeed, he took it so seriously that he studied it on a fine arts scholarship at Howard University, which is where he met the woman who would go on to be his most famous collaborator: Roberta Flack.
Over 36 years ago, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, and Ginger Baker played two extraordinary gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, bidding farewell to their band Cream. In 2005, the three reunited to play 4 nights at the legendary London venue once again. Recordings from these were released as a live album, so the tracks on the album make up this week's Gig of the Week. Enjoy.
On this date in 1942, a young man was born who asked one of the most memorable musical questions of the 1950s, not to mention one that still remains unanswerable to this day. His name was Frankie Lymon, and it was whilst fronting the Teenagers that he posed his query, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”