“Gwin, your mother is here to pick you up early don’t forget your signed papers and have a happy birthday!”
What? Did the teacher just say that mama was here already? OOOWWEEE! She must have something good planned.
Anyway, once I saw mama, I said, “Why you picking me up so early?”
Mama smiled but she didn’t say anything; she just walked me to the car. Once we got inside, she cranked it up and turned on the radio.
I bet you can’t guess what happened next!
Ok, I’ll tell you!
The DJ started talking and he said, “This song is dedicated to Gwin! I hope you enjoy yourself on your birthday today!”
Then he played one of my favorite songs, “Enjoy yourself” by The Jacksons.
How did he know it was my birthday? Mama must be magic!
Great day in the mornin’!!!
Miss Time Machine has successfully delivered us right into 1976! Honey that sister is tired from having to drop Gwin’s son off at school this morning. Please believe that she hates making pit stops in the 21st century. Home girl swears that she burns more gas whenever she has to stop anywhere in the 2000’s.
Hell, she once told me that a trip back in time isn’t cost effective until she passes over 1987.
Yass! Don’t be giving me the side eye, I’m just telling you what she told me!
So how are you kids doing in 1976? I see T. Wayne, Geo Gee and Cousin Ron over there shooting the breeze! Where in the hell are the rest of y’all? Come on and holler at me in the comment section.
Let’s get this thang started!
My Jams ‘76
You’ll never find another love like mine: Lou Rawls
I think I shook my damn head for 35 seconds before I could type anything about this song!
Do you hear that piano playfully responding to Lou’s vocals? Where do we hear genius like that in today’s R&B? Submit your essay response via comments.
I shole hate it for whoever Lou was talking to! Dear brother Lou told that chick that she would be missing him “late in the midnight hour…” Hot damn! That lovin’ must be miraculous!
‘Cause if it’s not, my ass is going to sleep!
“You’re gonna miss my lovin’…”
More, More, More: Andrea True Connection
Yes Gawd! The White people have arrived! This blonde porno queen purred her way right on over to the soul charts in 1976.
I don’t give a damn if you don’t like it! I liked it!
Keep it coming love: KC and the Sunshine Band
Let’s just be honest, KC ain’t exactly no Luther Vandross when it comes to vocals but in the ‘70’s that joker was always good for a catchy jam!
Two thumbs up brah!
Now during one of the choruses I could have sworn I heard him say “Keep me comin’ love…”
Now what is that supposed to mean?
“Don’t stop it now…Don’t stop it no…”
Low down: Boz Skaggs
Another brother with a melanin challenge!
Well I don’t give a tinker’s damn about the fact that he didn’t look like my folks, this sucker was banging!
There is no listening to this jam without playing air guitar! Yass!!
“Dirty, dirty low down!”
The South is here y’all! These boys are out of Atlanta, Jawja!
Brick brought something new to the game!
These jokers flipped the script all the way around. One of the members of Brick described Dazz as a fusion of Disco and Jazz.
Baby they DID that!
Free: Deneice Williams
If you wanna know what an Angel sounds like, listen to this jam!
Who gives a damn that she is requesting her freedom from love’s bondage; that’s beside the point!
I just can’t with Neicy on this jam!
I remember playing this song over and over while I thought about that special boy—What’s his face?
Heaven must be missing an angel: Tavares
Such handsome brothers! I just love this jam!
They say that there is something special about the harmonies created by family members; especially siblings!
Don’t believe it? Check these brothers out.
Young hearts run free: Candi Staton
Kids, this is real talk right here!
BAYbee, the music is nice but the lyrics are serious! This beautiful woman, and do believe me when I tell you that Queen Diva Candi is gorgeous, is telling you youngsters:
“…Young hearts, to yourself be true, don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you!”
Where in the hell are my QUEENS?? YASSS!!
“Young hearts, run free, never be hung up, hung up like my man and me.”
I’ll be good to ya: Brothers Johnson
All the ladies loved this jam! But I have one question for you: Can you say: “Lightnin’ Licks?”
Yessuh! Them Johnson Brothers stormed on the scene in ’76. I chose the word ‘stormed’ because they were collectively known as Lightnin’ Licks and Thunder Thumbs on rhythm guitar and bass guitar respectively.
Well on this jam, it was all about the “lightnin!”
“I’ll be good to ya, good to ya, good to ya!”
Turn the beat around: Vicki Sue Robinson
FLUTE!!! To be honest, this was one of my first encounters with that beautiful instrument!
Did you hear that freaking flute player on this jam? You gotta listen close because it’s quick!
Now don’t get me wrong, Queen Diva Vicki gave every musician some love on this monster but that damn flute did it for me!
“…I know that you want to get your thang on!”
Love ballad: LTD
Jeffrey? What? Yasss!
“I have never been so much, in love, before….what a difference a true love made in my life…”
I JUST CAN’T
I simply cannot…tears….tears…somebody come get me…my ass is on the floor in a fetal position!
Sophisticated Lady: Natalie Cole
WHERE ARE MY DAMN QUEENS! Ya’ll should be all over this jam!
God rest Queen Diva Natalie’s soul!!! This sista brought it with this track!
You oughta see me walking around here with my big legs rocking these “high heel steppers!”
Yes, yes y’all! To da beat y’all! (I retain the right to jump decades and/or genres when talking sh!t)
Harvest for the world: The Isley brothers
“When will there be?”
“I wanna know!”
Ron, sadly, we all want to know! Chris is pounding on them black and whites baby!
Something he can feel: Aretha Franklin
Mama once asked me what I wanted to ‘give’ him when I was singing this jam.
I knew better than to answer that question. Moving on!
Message in our music: The O ‘Jays
NOPE!!! I just can’t!
Please go listen to it!
I don’t want to lose your love: The Emotions
‘Cause if you tell me to go baby/ I will leave you alone/ don’t ask me to stay then do me wrong! YEAH!
What the hell else can I say to that????
I got nothing!
You must check this jam out! The Queen Diva Wanda and her Queen Diva sisters are straight killing it on this one!
After the dance: Marvin Gaye
“I’m walking out of here with you baby!”
Marvin I know, but baby I am already two steps ahead of you! I knew the moment that I saw you that I was gonna let you…
Oops, I better keep it clean!
Darn! That’s the end! (Nod to Schoolhouse Rock)
Looks like we are at the top of the hour so I gotta be out! Remember, this list is in no particular order and it is not exhaustive.
Why don’t you tell me your faves from 1976. I had to leave off a ton of them and it hurts me to the bone!
God Bless you and keep you 1976—WE GONE, BYE BYE!