Ladies and gentlemen out there in podcast land, Thomas Inskeep and I would like to welcome you to the FIFTH episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. Yes, folks, we're taking you down memory lane for a discussion about songs that hit #1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot R&B Singles chart in the '80s.
If you've missed an installment, never fear. You can find them by clicking on the link for each respective episode.
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In this episode, we're firmly planted in the year 1981. The five smashes we discuss during this episode are:
Chaka Khan's "What Cha Gonna Do For Me"
Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby"
Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus"
Evelyn "Champagne" King's "I'm In Love"
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's "Endless Love"
And here are some show notes/secondary topics brought up as these songs are discussed.
-The origins of "What Cha Gonna Do For Me", which was written by Hamish Stuart (of the Average White Band) and California singer-songwriter Ned Doheny, whose name we have lots of trouble pronouncing. Thankfully, the Chaka video above demonstrates how to pronounce "Doheny" properly.
-This Chaka soundalike single by Tata Vega, also written by Ned Doheny.
-Chaka's longtime producer, the esteemed and continental Arif Mardin.
-"Give It To Me Baby"'s kinship with the title track to the biggest selling album in history.
-Rick's excellent (and scandalous) autobiography, co-written with the amazing David Ritz.
-Was "Double Dutch Bus" an early example of a "viral" hit like "Watch Me Whip" and "Teach Me How To Dougie"? Also, why did Raven Symone cover it?
-Kashif and Morrie Brown's assistance with Evelyn King's transformation from teenage disco queen to mature artist, and "I'm in Love"'s status as one of the first all-synthesized songs to top the R&B charts.
-Our girl Janet knew what time it was when she sampled "I'm In Love" back in 2004.
-Diana's parting gift to Motown with "Endless Love", which she recorded and released on her longtime label, even though she'd just signed with another record company.
-Did you know that the movie Endless Love marked the movie debut of Tom Cruise?
-...and of course, we bring up Luther and Mariah's karaoke cover.