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“Sister Sledge – We Are Family”

“Sister Sledge – We Are Family”

Sister Sledge is an American musical vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era. The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album We Are Family, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum. The album included the 1979 single “We Are Family” which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “Lost in Music“.
Their other US hits include a 1982 remake of Mary Wells’ 1964 hit, “My Guy“, and other international hits include “Mama Never Told Me” (1973), “Thinking of You” (1984), before reaching number one on the UK Singles Chartwith the song “Frankie” in 1985. Remixed versions of three of their singles in 1993 returned them to the UK Top 20. Although Kathy embarked on a solo career in 1989, she continued to tour with the group (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s). In 2015, Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

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“Maybe”… Baby

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Maybe” is a song with words and music originally credited to End Records owner George Goldner and “Casey”. The co-writing credit was later transferred to Richard Barrett. Arlene Smith, lead singer of The Chantels, is believed to be an uncredited co-writer.[citation needed] It was first recorded by the Chantels on October 16, 1957, in a doo-wopstyle with Barrett playing piano, and released in December 1957. It climbed the charts in January 1958, reaching No. 15 in the BillboardHot 100 and No. 2 in the Billboard R&B chart. It was subsequently described as “arguably, the first true glimmering of the girl groupsound”. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 199 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song has been covered by many artists, including Janis Joplin, The Three Degrees(whose 1970 version became a top thirty hit) and The Shangri-Las. John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has performed the song in concert, as seen on Live at Slane Castle.

The song made an appearance in the 2010 video game Mafia II, even though the game takes place in 1951 and the song was recorded in 1957.

Billboard named the song No. 60 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

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“I Love You For So Many Reasons”

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The Fuzz (band)

The Fuzz was an American female vocal trio from Washington, D.C.. They started out in 1970 as The Passionettes, but changed their name when they signed to Calla Records in 1971.[1] Their self-titled debut album, which came out that year, was significant in that it was one of the first “concept” albums by a female artists and interspersed monologues (then referred to as “raps”) and musical selections, built around a theme comparing love to the four seasons. Further, most of the songs were written by a group member (Shelia Young). The group had a great influence on the style Love Unlimited would later popularize under the tutelage of Barry White. The single “I Love You for All Seasons” went Top 10 on the US Billboard R&B chart and peaked at #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2] The follow-up single, “Like an Open Door”, hit #14 on the R&B chart, and after releasing two more singles with little no success, they disbanded in 1972.[3] The group reunited in the 1990s and performed at the Art Lebow Concert Hall in California with a new member following the death of Barbara Gilliam on September 11, 2010.

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“The Supremes – Up The Ladder To The Roof (with lyrics)”

“Up the Ladder to the Roof” is a 1970 hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. It was the first Supremes single to feature new lead singer Jean Terrell in place of Diana Ross, who officially left the group for a solo career two weeks before the recording of this song in January 1970. This song also marks a number of other firsts: it is the first Supremes single since “The Happening” in 1967 to be released under the name “The Supremes” instead of “Diana Ross & the Supremes”, the first Supremes single solely produced by Norman Whitfield associate Frank Wilson, and the first Supremes single to make the United KingdomTop 10 since “Reflections” in 1967.

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Madonna – True Blue

Madonna – True Blue

True Blue” is a song by American singer Madonna. It is the title track from her third studio album True Blue (1986), and was released as the album’s third single on September 17, 1986 by Sire Records. Written and produced by Madonna and Steve Bray, the song deals with the feelings of Madonna for her then-husband Sean Penn. A dance-pop song, it features instrumentation from a rhythm guitar, a synthesizerkeyboards, and drums. The main chorus is backed by an alternate one, incorporating a chord progression generally found in doo-wop music.

Received by the critics as a light-hearted and cute retro song, “True Blue” topped the charts in UK, Ireland and Canada and became another consecutive top ten song in US for Madonna by reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The original music video portrayed her again with a new look, leaner and sporting platinum blond bushy hair. An alternate video was made through the “Make My Video” contest on MTV. The final selected videos had a similar theme of a 1950s-inspired setting and the storyline following the lyrics of the song. “True Blue” has been performed on the Who’s That Girl World Tour (1987) and the Rebel Heart Tour (2015–16).

 
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“Stone Love – The Supremes”

Stoned Love” is a 1970 hit single recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. It was the last Billboard Pop Top Ten hit for the group, peaking at number seven, and their last Billboard number-one R&B hit as well,although the trio continued to score top ten hits in the UK into 1972. This single and “Up the Ladder to the Roof” are the only top-ten Supremes singles to feature Jean Terrell on lead vocals instead of Diana Ross, who left the group in January 1970 to pursue a solo career. In the UK, it was the post-Ross Supremes’ biggest hit, reaching number 3 in the singles chart. The single spent six weeks in the UK top ten and five weeks in the US top ten.

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“Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)”

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“Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)”

is a 1965 pop ballad by Motown girl group

Martha and the Vandellas.

[1] A rare ballad for the group, whose forte was reportedly uptempo soul dance numbers including “Dancing in the Street” and “Nowhere to Run”, the b-side to the group’s single, “You’ve Been in Love Too Long”, although the song only peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #22 on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart,[2] it was number one on many American urban radio playlists. The song, written and produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland, has the narrator explain why love makes her do things she later regrets.

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