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01 – Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious
02 – Eddie Murphy – Everything’s Coming Up Roses
03 – Third World – Try Jah Love
04 – Jermaine Jackson – I Think It’s Love
05 – Roberta Flack – Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long
06 – Carl Anderson – Buttercup
07 – The Spinners – Its a Shame
08 – The Supremes – Bad Weather
09 – Syreeta – When Your Daddy’s Not Around
10 – Syreeta – Spinnin’ and Spinnin’
11 – Quincy Jones – Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me
12 – Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway – You Are My Heaven
13 – Michael Jackson – I Can’t Help It
14 – Minnie Riperton – Take A Little Trip
15 – Angel Grant – Well Okay, I’ll Say It…(I’m N Love With U)
16 – John Keith – I Can Only Be Me
As we know, a Stevie Wonder list is easy to provide to the the masses, because there’s so much material out there- in fact, I can reasonably say that about 4 good ones an be done in a reasonable amount of time. What I wanted to touch on was the influences of Stevie Wonder – his influences with writing, production, and instrumentation where he isn’t the lead or co-lead vocalist. The challenge, of course, is trying to find the obscure tracks, which I managed to do even after life’s helter-skelter moments over the past two seasons. I’m still ecstatic about this and I hope you love it.
The goodness begins with Jermaine’s I THink It’ Love,
an all time favorite. I didn’t know that Stevie an Eddie Murphy has actually worked together, so I was a little surprised to find out about Everything’s Coming Up Roses, which is a solid track, which Stevie wrote and produced. Third Work;d’s Try Jah Love is a staple of mine, as is Jermaine’s I Think It’s Love (and the killer horns.)
The two tracks Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long an Buttercup were the pinnacle of this mix for me. I remember Roberta’s track being played on the regular in 1980. Carl’s Buttercup was my big inspiration, which I didn’t remember hearing and was given to me on a roundtable with G-Force.
I go back to the 70s with the next 4 tracks. The Spinner’s It’s A Shame was another staple that was a popular song back in the early 70s, written by Stevie. The same cannot be said for the solid jam from The Supreme’s Bad Weather, also written by Stevie. A post-Diana single, this track never really took off, although it’s considered one of the best tracks that The Supremes has ever made. Stevie’s collaboration with Syreeta is illustrated with the the effervescent When Your Daddy’s Not Around and Spinnin’ And Spinnin’, a track that wasn’t played here in the States but was a popular one in the UK.
I then bring it back to the mainstream in the 80s with 3 track I’m sure you’re familiar with that illustrates his penmanship: Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me with vocals by by Patti (co-written with Stephanie Andrews), Roberta and Donny’s You Are My Heaven, and Michael’ a I Can’t Help It. Minnie Riperton fans should also be familiar with Take A Little Trip, arguably one of my favorites from her.
I conclude with Angel Grant’s Well Okay, I’ll Say It (with Stevie on harmonica), produced by Jam and Lewis, and John Keith’s I can Only Be Me from School Daze, which was produced by Stevie. Shoutouts and a little more information is also touched on in the podcast. This goodness was touched by the one and only G-Force and of course, shoutouts to TGrndy. Need I say more? Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on Flowink.com always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.