Tue. Sep. 18, 2018

10 essential Winners songs / Cast your fav!

10 essential Winners songs… Like it or not. The one whom History remembers are most likely those who happen to win. And this whatever this may be. A competition, an Award, an election, the heart of the beloved one. If not some the satisfaction to have succeeded on takin’ up a challenge. Thus leavin’ a feeling like no other to the one who happens to be a winner. And eventually becomin’ the subject of memorable celebrations.

10 essential Winners songsNo matter what, as already said, we’re flirting here with the top in terms of uplifting things. Even though, and unlike many of us might tend to think, it takes quite a while to make it right. With all of this – the countless required efforts – makin’ the difference at the end between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t.

Therefore, and as always, a selection is per definition limited. Even though God knows how the matter has been on the lips of numerous artists. Meanwhile bringing many of us to dream, feel and hopefully react along with the circumstances.
As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here. Even though they would have definitely deserved a mention. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly uplifting pieces of music to warm up your hearts and souls.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting it together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential Winners songs / McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Philadelphia International Records)
‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ just says it all as a matter of fact. And this in a vein reminding of Ollie & Jerry‘s ‘There’s No Stoppin’ Us Now’ as far as the lyrics are concerned. No wonder how this monster jam by the likes of McFadden & Whitehead happened to be so influential along with time. From Charanga’ 76 who gave it a Spanish version titled ‘No Nos Pararan’. To late radio DJ Jocko who gave it a brilliant Rap interpolation by the likes of ‘Rhythm Talk’, among others…
10 essential Winners songs / Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’… There’s No Stoppin’ Us Now (Polydor)
From the association between drummer/percussionist Ollie Brown and singer/bassist Jerry Knight. Two talents who met during the recording of Raydio‘s eponymous debut-album back in the late 70’s. Teamin’ up in 1984, they recorded ‘Breakin’… There’s No Stoppin’ Us Now’, the title track to the film, ‘Breakin”. A Top 10 single in Britain as Stateside, it’s their biggest success ever. Way above its follow-up – ‘Electric Boogaloo’ – from ‘Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo’ a few months after. This resulting in the two men parting ways soon after…
10 essential Winners songs / Kool & The Gang – Victory (Deee-Lite)
I guess one can say Kool & The Gang‘s achievement has been a victory in itself. 1986 would mark a noticable change for them though. This with the release of the ironically titled ‘Forever’ album which would be their last with lead singer James ‘JT’ Taylor for the time being. Written by the latter along with Khalis Bayyan, ‘Victory’ stands among the definitive highlights of this album along with ‘Stone Love’. Taylor returning with the group 10 years later with the release of ‘State Of Affairs’ album.
10 essential Winners songs / Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown (Motown)
A native of Buffalo, NY, Gary Byrd eventually presented a Gospel programme – ‘Sweet Inspirations’ – back in the early 80’s on Radio 1. He himself had released a couple of more or less obscure tracks. Beginning with ‘Soul Travelin’ (Inside the G.B.E.)’ with Soul II Soul eventually using its intro on ‘Jazzie’s Groove’. Byrd‘s most famous one will come though under the form of the spoken/rapped ‘The Crown’. Meanwhile presenting a wide-ranging historical narrative of human progress, from the ancient Egyptians to the present day. And sayin’ in substance we all can wear the crown, regardless our origins. As long as we do what’s needed…
10 essential Winners songs / Five Star – Let Me Be The One (RCA)
Five Star most likely saw the light with the aim to become the British Jacksons. Standing among their most famous classics, the aptly titled ‘Let Me Be The One’. From their 1985 ‘Luxury Of Life’ album, ‘Let Me Be The One’ managed to peak at #2 position in the US R&B charts. With thanks to the contribution of Loose Ends, in charge of the arrangements. But also to the late Grover Washington, Jr. on sax. Not to mention Philadelphia producer Nick Martinelli crafting the whole…
10 essential Winners songs / Kleeer – Winners (Atlantic)
Hard to believe the protagonists of Kleeeer evolved for some time as a heavy metal band. That was before they happened to join Patrick Adams who needed musicians to tour with him back in 1976. And The Universal Robot Band was born! They enjoyed the experience so much that they went under their own as Kleeer while signing on Atlantic. Bringin’ a rare energy to their jams such as ‘Keep Your Body Working’ and ‘Get Tough’. Not to mention ‘Taste The Music’ and ‘Winners’. If not the underrated ‘Slidin’ And Glidin” The whole with an instantly identifiable approach/sound…
10 essential Winners songs / Goody Goody – #1 Dee Jay (Atlantic)
“You’re my #1 Deejay with the #1 sound of today. I like it like that. Play it for me!” Nothing has changed, apart from most of nowadays’ activists I would say. Here we go back in the day. And this with Vincent Montana, Jr. aside project along with his daughter, Denise, in charge of the vocal duties. Expect here nothing but the same musicianship and maestria from the arranger of both MFSB and The Salsoul Orchestra
10 essential Winners songs / Blaze – Can’t Win Gor Losin’ (Kevin Hedge Mix) (Quark Records/Republic)
‘Can’t Win For Losin” brings us back to the early days of the Jersey Sound. And, in the meantime, the ones of Blaze by the time they were still a threesome. Back then, a promising and uplifting energy was around. Something you could feel while havin’ a listen to Tony Humphries‘ mix sets at The Zanzibar. Or whenever comin’ to do some record shoppin’ at Abigail Adams‘s memorable Movin’ Records. Not to mention when considering the boiling local scene around at the time…
10 essential Winners songs / Radiance feat. Andrea Stone – You’re My Number 1 (Are’n be Records)
The incredible thing about Disco is the fact you can discover something new almost 40 years after. And by “new”, I mean “interesting”. Be you lookin’ at those countless US indie labels. But also in Europe as a matter of fact. Radiance only released 2 singles. With their second – “You’re My Number One” – back in 1983 on Are’n Be Records. The home of Fresh Band‘s sought after ‘Come Back Lover’. This with mixing work courtesy of John Morales & Sergio Munzibai. Missed it back then? Check it then let us know what you think. Will you?
10 essential Winners songs / Carl Lewis – Going For The Gold (RCA)
To those of you who might wonder about the CV or Carl Lewis, let’s say he managed to be to athletism what Michael Jackson happened to be to music. In other words, a phenomenon livin’ no space to fate dubbed with a flamboyant character. As a reverse, the latter was no more an athlete than Lewis happened to be a singer. Which didn’t get him away from recording this one off along with Narada Michael Walden in the producer’s seat back in 1984…

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