Items tagged with "R&B"

James Brown and the Birth of Funk

July 17, 2020 by

Come here, sister Papa’s in the swing He ain’t too hip ‘Bout that new breed thing He ain’t no drag — Papa’s got a brand new bag Funk music (arguably) began on this day, July 17, in 1965 when James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. […]

A Toast to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

July 1, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Evelyn “Champagne” King! The R&B singer/songwriter/producer turns 60 today. Despite placing 14 singles in the R&B Top 20 in the 70s and 80s, I feel like King is under-appreciated. To many, I think she’s an “I know the song but not the artist” type. For those who aren’t familiar with Ms. King and […]

Stevie Wonder’s Top 70s Deep Cuts

May 13, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder! The legendary singer/songwriter/musician turns 70 today. It is truly remarkable that Wonder has been in the limelight for nearly 60 years since he burst onto the scene through the Motown hit factory as Little Stevie Wonder. He notched his first No. 1 in 1963 at age 12 with “Fingertips” and went […]