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