1970s R&B song stubs

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  1. A Lover's Question

    A Lover's Question


    "A Lover's Question" is a 1958 pop/R&B hit for Clyde McPhatter. The single was written by Brook Benton and Jimmy T. Williams and was Clyde McPhatter's most successful pop and R&B release. "A Lover's Question" made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was #1 for one week on the R&B chart. Country singer Del Reeves took the song to #14 on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1970.

  2. After the Dance

    After the Dance (1976)


    "After the Dance" is a slow jam recorded by singer Marvin Gaye and released as the second single off Gaye's hit album, I Want You. Though it received modest success, the song served as one of Marvin's best ballads and the song served as part of the template for quiet storm and urban contemporary ballads that came afterwards.

  3. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

    Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City (1978)


    "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" is a 1974 R&B song, written by Michael Price and Dan Walsh, and first recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland for the ABC Dunhill album Dreamer. While Bland scored a minor hit with the song, landing in the top ten of the R&B charts, it is perhaps best known through cover versions and samples. While it is ostensibly a love song, some critics have also heard it as a lament on urban poverty and hopelessness; the reggae singer Al Brown's cover version even changes most of the lyrics to magnify this emphasis. The song is featured on the soundtracks to the 2009 film Fighting and the 2011 crime drama The Lincoln Lawyer.

  4. Aqua Boogie

    Aqua Boogie


    "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" is a song by funk band Parliament. Released from their 1978 album, Motor Booty Affair, it spent four weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart during the winter of 1979. However it was not as successful on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, only peaking at number eighty-nine.. The track features lead vocals by George Clinton, Garry Shider, Ray Davis, and newly recruited member Walter "Junie" Morrison. It is one of the last P-Funk tracks written by Clinton, bassist Bootsy Collins, and keyboardist Bernie Worrell.




    "Back in Love Again" is a song by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer from her I Remember Yesterday album. Summer combines her trademark disco beats with a 1960s sound on this track. The song is actually a re-working of a track called "Something's in the Wind", which was a B-side to "Denver Dream", a single released by Summer in The Netherlands and Belgium in 1974. The song peaked at #29 on the UK singles chart.

  6. Bootzilla

    Bootzilla (1994)


    "Bootzilla" is a song recorded by Bootsy's Rubber Band, released on January 13, 1978. As the lead single from the album Bootsy? Player of the Year it held the #1 spot on the R&B chart for one week in 1978 (directly following fellow P-Funk outfit Parliament's #1 hit "Flash Light" a song originally penned with Bootsy Collins in mind for the lead vocal, however Collins turned it down). "Bootzilla" failed to make the Hot 100..

  7. Call Me

    Call Me (1981)


    "Call Me (Come Back Home)" (known as simply "Call Me") is a song by Al Green, released in 1972 as a single from his album Call Me. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA.

  8. Chocolate City

    Chocolate City (1975)


    "Chocolate City" is a song by the funk band Parliament, the lead track of their 1975 album of the same name. It was also released as a two-part single, the first from the album.

  9. Dancing Machine

    Dancing Machine (1973)


    "Dancing Machine" is a 1973 song recorded by The Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy", "Dancing Machine" hit #1 in Cash Box and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it hit #1 on the R&B charts. It brought The Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".

  10. Do That Stuff

    Do That Stuff (1976)


    "Do That Stuff" is a song by the funk band Parliament. It was the first single released from their 1976 album The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein. It peaked at number 22 on the U.S. R&B chart.

  11. Doing It To Death

    Doing It To Death (1985)


    "Doing It to Death" (sometimes mis-titled as "Gonna Have a Funky Good Time") is a funk song recorded by The J.B.'s featuring James Brown. It was released as a single in 1973 and peaked at number one on the soul singles chart and number twenty-two on the Hot 100. Although the song has a lead vocal by Brown (who also wrote the tune and the lyrics), the recording is credited to "Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s". It was the first J.B.'s recording to feature saxophonist Maceo Parker, who had returned to work with Brown again after attempting a career as a bandleader.

  12. Don't Let Go

    Don't Let Go (1979)


    "Don't Let Go" is a song written by Jesse Stone. The song was first a hit for Roy Hamilton in 1958. The Roy Hamilton version reached #2 on the R&B charts and #12 on the pop charts.

  13. Don't Play That Song

    Don't Play That Song (1970)


    "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" is a song written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson and first recorded by soul singer Ben E. King. The title track on King's third album Don't Play That Song, it reached #2 on the U.S. R&B singles chart and #11 on the pop chart when released as a single on Atco Records in 1962 (see 1962 in music).

  14. Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing

    Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing (1973)


    "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" was a hit single from Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions, which reached #16 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and #2 on the R&B chart. The song's lyrics convey a positive message about taking things in stride and accentuating the positive.

  15. Down And Out In New York City

    Down And Out In New York City (1973)


    "Down and Out in New York City" is a song written by Bodie Chandler and Barry De Vorzon and recorded by James Brown. It appears in the film Black Caesar and is included on the film's soundtrack album. It was released as a single in 1973 and charted #13 R&B and #50 Pop. The song was co-arranged by Fred Wesley.

  16. Dr. Funkenstein

    Dr. Funkenstein (1976)


    "Dr. Funkenstein" is a song by the funk band Parliament. It was the second single released from their 1976 album, The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein. It reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart.

  17. Dusic



    "Dusic" is a song by Brick, issued as the lead single from the band's eponymous second album. The song was the band's final hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #18 in 1977.

  18. Express Yourself

    Express Yourself


    "Express Yourself" is a 1970 single by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. It was released in 1970 as the title song of their 1970 album, Express Yourself, and is their signature song. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also their biggest hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reaching #3.

  19. Fantasy Is Reality

    Fantasy Is Reality (1977)


  20. Flash Light

    Flash Light (1977)


    "Flash Light" is a song by funk band Parliament, released in January 1978 on the album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome. It was the first #1 R&B hit by any of the P-Funk groups and reached #16 on the Pop charts. The track became Parliament's second certified million selling single, following "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)". Flash Light also gave Casablanca Records its first number one R&B hit.

  21. Freddies Dead

    Freddies Dead (1972)


    "Freddie's Dead" is a song by Curtis Mayfield. It was the first single from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film Super Fly. The single was released before the Super Fly album, and in fact before the film itself was in theaters. The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. Pop Chart and #2 on the R&B chart.

  22. Full Of Fire

    Full Of Fire (1975)


    "Full of Fire" is a 1975 single by Al Green. The single has a more up-tempo feel than his previous releases and was Green's last of six number ones on the R&B chart. "Full of Fire" also reached number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

  23. Funkentelechy

    Funkentelechy (1977)


    "Funkentelechy" is a song by the funk band Parliament. It is the fourth track on the group's 1977 album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome and was released as a two-part single in 1978. Part 1 peaked at number 27 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart. The song's title is a play on the philosophical concept of entelechy.

  24. Funky President

    Funky President (1988)


    "Funky President (People It's Bad)" (commonly known as just "Funky President") is a funk song by James Brown. Released as a single in 1974, it charted #4 R&B. It also appeared on the album Reality. According to Brown the "funky president" of the song's title was meant to refer to U.S. President Gerald Ford, who had succeeded Richard Nixon in the White House shortly before it was recorded.

  25. Get on the Good Foot

    Get on the Good Foot (1977)


    "Get on the Good Foot" (sometimes known simply as "Good Foot") is a funk song performed by James Brown. It was released in 1972 as a two-part single and became a number one R&B hit and also peaked at number eighteen on the Hot 100..The song was also included on the double album of the same name released that year.

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