My Jams ’74


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This post is a continuation of the “My Jams” series that I post on Thursdays.  If you haven’t already, please check out previous posts for years 1966 through 1973. Also note that “That’s My Jam” is the first post in this series.


“Class, today we’re going to look at magazines and cut out pictures of the things we see around the house and then we will paste them to the poster board.”

I couldn’t wait to get my magazine so I could do just what Mrs. Polk asked us to do.  This was going to be fun!

Once I got my book, I found a picture of some soup, so I cut that out and pasted it.  Then I found a picture of some shampoo, so I cut that out and pasted it.  Then I found a picture of some dog food, so I cut that out and pasted it.  Then I found a picture of some Stayfree Maxi Pads, so I cut that out but Mrs. Polk stopped me before I pasted it.  She said, “Oh no baby you can’t put that on the board.”  I said, “But I see this around the house all the time.” HA!!!!

Yass Baby!  That’s what I was doing in 1974!

What it is y’all?!  Everythang is everythang!  What’s going on?  Nothing to it!  Oh yeah let me tell you, one of our local DJs is heartbroken ‘cause that joker will NOT stop playing “Let’s straighten it out.” Hell, I guess he’s planning to let Lattimore plead his case.  I shole hope it works!

Yessuh, it’s time to get moving on these jams.  My memory is getting much better so we’ve got a lot more to cover! Remember, as with all “My Jams” posts, these are not listed in order and the list is not exhaustive.

On your mark, get set, GO!

My Jams 1974

“You Sure Love to Ball” by Marvin Gaye

Okay, Mr. Gaye was blatant with “Let’s Get it On,” but here he kicks it up a notch and takes the risqué route.  Peep the moaning and groaning at the beginning of this jam.  Does anybody here know what it means to ball?

I can assure you that I do!

“Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely” by The Main Ingredient

Ok kids, before there was a Cuba Gooding, Jr., there was a Cuba Gooding Sr. and that joker could blow–Do you hear me?  It’s not so much that he was loud and forceful, though I guess he could be, no—he was smooth and kind of silky.

I love this damn song right here!  This is the jam you play when you need to lay your cards on the table!

“Don’t wanna be…don’t wanna be lonely baby, naw, naw, naw!”

“Do it Baby” by The Miracles

Very nice jam but I think we’re missing a Smokey on this one!  That’s okay, it’s still got the smooth groove ‘must haves.’

To me, it seems that every 1970’s porno flick in North America used the melody of this jam to set the mood.

Don’t worry about how I know that 😉

“Be Thankful for What You Got” by William DeVaughn

The kids will remember this one from old reruns of “Martin.” Jerome sang it during the Players Ball:  “Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean WHOOHOO!”

This jam is the epitome of ‘70’s music.

“Have You Seen Her” by The Chi-Lites

If you are heartbroken, all you need is this jam, a park bench, a raggedy trench coat and a 5th  (pronounced “fif”) of liquor in a brown paper bag.  Instant catharsis!

This brother is clearly forlorn.  She’s gone.  But what’s the backstory?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

“Woman to Woman” by BARBARA  Shirley Brown


Ladies, have you ever had to read a heffa about your man?  Well if you need a lesson, Ms. Shirley will definitely show you how.

On the other hand, I subscribe to the school of thought that says don’t check the woman, check yo’ man!  HA!  Now… if she starts tripping then it’s ON!  Mess with me and I’ll take your man for messing with my man!  Now what? Naw, just kidding!


Papa Don’t Take No Mess by James Brown

Aw Sh!t somebody done fk’d up now!  You can’t mess wit’ Papa!  That is a huge No No!

“When we did wrong papa beat the hell outta us!”

Some of you will recognize this song simply because it’s been sampled so much in the world of hip hop.

The rest of us know the REAL!  A gem for brass junkies like me and you! Need I remind you, Papa’s my homeboy!

“Summer Breeze” by The Isley Brothers

The original version of this song by Seals & Croft was lovely but BABY when the Isley Brothers got a hold of this thang they set it on FIRE! Ernie is killing it on guitar!

I usually put this one on repeat and listen to it for hours!

I’d Rather Be Blind , Cripple and Crazy by O.V. Wright

In the words of Woody the Wino, “Now what does that tell you?”

 This damn thang kills me! Baby a quick listen to these lyrics and you will be convinced that Mr. Wright is sick of somebody’s a$$.

O.V. said, “(he’d) rather be blind, crippled and crazy…somewhere pushing up daisies” than to stay in that situation any longer.


That’s what I love about my people; we can find the humor in some of the most excruciating circumstances 🙂

Release Yourself by Graham Central Station

If you like bass guitar then you must check out this jam.  It is hardcore bass funk at its best.  There is plenty of thumping happening here!  You know they say Larry Graham was the first person to thump bass like that! You might say he was the innovator of that style.

Trust, as we move into the decade, I will be talking about plenty of ‘bass thumping’ jams.

Can you say:  “Thunder Thumbs?”  (“Ain’t we funking now…Uh Huh! Uh Huh!)  Sorry, I am getting ahead of myself!

“I’m Weak for You” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

Yes ma’am!  Teddy, Teddy, Yes! Yes!  What’cha want me to do Teddy?  Whatever it is I’ll do it!

Well, Teddy wasn’t really leading on this jam but you can damn shole hear him sanging the hard parts!  OooWee!  I can’t wait until The Teddy Bear goes solo!

Well, y’all it looks like it’s time to pack up and move on.  I enjoyed ya’ll!

But, as always, before I let 1974 go, I must mention:

“Sunshine II” by The O’Jays

“You’re Welcome, Stop by” by Bobby Womack

“Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone

“Wildflower” by New Birth

“Nothing from Nothing” by Billy Preston

“Devotion” by EWF

“Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

“Rock the Boat” by The Hues Corporation

“Boogie on Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder

“Fire” by The Ohio Players

“Distant Lover” by Marvin Gaye

“Sha La La” by Al Green

“Honey, Please” by Barry White

“Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae

“When Will I See You Again” by The Three Degree

“MFSP” by The Sound of Philadelphia:  “Let’s get it on…It’s time to get down.”

Gamble and Huff y’all, here they come! They riding that soul train baby!


What say you?


Next Thursday:  My Jams ’75
















23 thoughts on “My Jams ’74

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  2. T. Wayne

    I did forget one thing in my previous comment: leaving the show the other night, we turned on the radio and the first song I heard was Marvin’s “You Sure Love To Ball.” Then you bring it up in this post…

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    1. Who is yo’ peoples? Do you have roots in the South? We really might be kinfolk.

      I guess I am tripping so much because not one of these ‘coincidences’ are commonplace. I mean, where does one hear “You sure love to ball” these days unless you specifically seek it out on Youtube, have the old CD, downloaded it or streamed it.
      Regardless, it’s a beautiful thing…I’ll NOT question it any further 🙂
      I promise 😉

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      1. T. Wayne

        I’m not sure if my family has roots there, I’ll have to check with my mom. But my uncle and his family do live in South Carolina, but he grew up in Maryland.

        I heard the song at the tail end of one of those “Quiet Storm” shows that was on the radio when we were heading home. I readily admit that I don’t listen to those type of shows as much as I used to, but we managed to hear a bit of it that night.

        No, you are right that these happenings are not commonplace, but it is kind of spooky how they keep popping up. Just means we have good taste in music (my “Salt Shaker” bit notwithstanding)…

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  3. Great list Gwin and great discussion! I’m down with your list 100%, esp. “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely”, “Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean WHOOHOO!” (I can’t remember how many mis-quotes of that line I heard), Summer Breeze and Wildflower (young love; I was 13), Fire and Rock da Boat! All favorites. Oh! and that Jackson boy!

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    1. Regarding the lyrics to “Be thankful” you hit the nail on the head. I have heard all kinda things said in the place of those lyrics.

      Oh and could you tell us a bit more about that young love Ron?

      By the way, don’t you find it interesting that Rock the Boat in the ’70’s was about keeping steady in a relationship–“”love and devotion.”
      By the time we got to the aughts, Rock the Boat referred to something ALTOGETHER different.

      Mike and that Robot, I just be damn! Can’t nobody today top that!


      1. It was the typical “young love” that adolescent males experience, you know, that giddy, pulse-pounding, kinda love which was made even more stupefying by the fact that I was painfully shy and couldn’t act, reasonably, upon my feelings! 🙂

        Otherwise, it was great!!! 🙂

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  4. T. Wayne

    All day. It has taken me all day to get to this…oh the shame!

    Great list. The bit about William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful For What You Got” had me rolling! Of course, what people forget is the positive message from the rest of the song. Everyone remembers the “diamond in the back…” part.

    And I’m so glad you have The Three Degrees in there…”When Will I See You Again” is 3 minutes of girl group heaven right there. The whole list is fire. I don’t need to add anything, it would just be piling on.

    And your uncle (if I have that right)…I went and pulled out the notepad. I needs schoolin’! LOL

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    1. LOL! Thanks!

      Sounds like you are making a reference to Geo Gee from The Geo Gee Experience. He’s my Unc in spirit!

      But when you think about it, everybody is kin on Seekthebestblog. Remember, you are my twin.

      That said, Ron from “Ron’s Time Tunnel” is blood on my pappy’s side 🙂

      BTW, The Geo Gee Experience posted a nice piece highlighting Soul diva Gwen McCrae. I think you will like it!

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  5. This post took me on a nostalgic voyage through an era where musical artists produced and performed legendary songs.

    Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, Ohio Players, The Hughes Corporation, are four fine examples of the eclectic mix of poets, writers, musicians and singers that collectively defined the ambiance of the era that provided them prominence. And they reciprocated the love by delivering songs that would timelessly be our lyrical and spiritual friends, counselors, and party partners.

    When Will I See You Again and MFSP are two of my big time favorites from that era.Kool and The Gang’s Jungle Boogie also got extensive play by me.

    You got me over here jonesing for album crates and stacks of 45’s. Oh, and of course that spindle adapter (“that little red thingy” ) that no one ever knew what the real name actually was. I do know you couldn’t find that SOB half of the time so you just centered the 45 around the spindle with your finger.

    I’m back in a place where I want to process my hair, drink a Colt 45 and emulate Billy Dee Williams.

    Your “My Jams 74” triggers vivid recollections of the infancy of the disco era where musicians actually sang at concerts and bought the backup folks and band on stage with them.

    Choreography and calculated on stage appearance was a requisite. The performance and appearance of those 74 artists shames the acts of many of today’s artists who appear on stage as if they are jamming with friends in a basement appearing on stage dressed in jeans and tees and singing a few songs enhanced by auto tune and backed by a beatbox..

    This is another awesome experience you’ve created with this post. Very well-written, articulated and executed. I enjoyed the rewind back – thanks and keep writing – I love it.

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    1. Man this response is better than the original post! LOL! No seriously, it is!

      Thanks again for your very kind words. So glad to know that folks like you are reading these posts. The analytics tells me that people are reading it but they aren’t really commenting.

      That being the case, I really appreciate you stopping by to let me know that you like what I’m doing 🙂

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      1. I’m a fan of your writing and topics. Your comment area will get to buzzing after a while if you keep delivering the top tier content you’re delivering now. Keep on it you’re on to something here.

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  6. Oops ! I forgot “Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5. Please go find a video of Mike doing the ‘Robot.’ After you finish looking at it please write a letter to Chris Brown and the rest of them chillun telling them to go sit the hell down!

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    1. Co-signed! And while their asses are sitting down they need to study the real artist that need body ink, bad manners, and brushes with the law to get street cred. Back in the day artists didn’t need props or sidebar illusions – they stood on their talent alone.

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      1. Top Dat! Yessuh, we got The Geo Gee Experience in here schooling these young bucks!

        You said it right my friend! Kids these days need to go back to the freaking drawing board. Sadly, there is not much out there that excites me. I hate to think that we already hit the apex of music 40 damn years ago!

        I am just counting on more artists like Janelle Monae to force others to step up! That little sis incorporates brass! Yass baby!

        But the problem is, outside of her and a handful of other artists, the R&B music scene is barren.

        Good looking out Unc! Thanks for starting a great conversation!

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