Remembering Allee Willis

Do you know this song?

 

 

Or this one?

Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure.  A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and  won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.

A final song you may recognize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7:40 Songbook – March 7, 2014

So sue me.  Been cheating on the dates as it took me a day between thinking up the 740 and actually implementing it.  That means that the 7th is actually the 6th’s tune.  Clear as mud?  Going forward the weekend will be a time of #1’s, remembrance, new Canadian releases and top 500’s, maybe the odd interesting cover and some random music that I Shazam from time to time.  Or maybe nothing at all.

Today’s tune has a distinctly Calgary flavour as it featured Freak Motif, a Calgary funk/soul group who have released this song “Killin’ Me”, as a single last month.  The song features another Canadian artist “Lady C”.  Bring on the funk.

If you enjoyed this, hit the links for more on this band.

Freak Motif Home

Freak Motif on CBC Music

Song Of The Day – Fits and the Tantrums – “Breakin’ The CHains Of Love”

English: Fitz and the Tantrums - Michael Fitzp...

English: Fitz and the Tantrums – Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs at a 2010 performance in San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Just a drive by post today.  Blog favourite (and Guapo fave) Fitz and the Tantrums doing a live performance of “Breakin’ The CHains Of Love”.  Great band, great song.  Have a great Monday evening.  Love the sax solo.

 

 

Song Of The Day – Delbert and The Commotions

 

Song Of The Day today is actually Group of the Day.  I received an email from Brian Asselin, a member of an R&B/Funk group known as Delbert & The Commotions.  The best part, the group includes Delbert Nelson, once with the legendary Funk Brothers.  Brian met Delbert while touring with the Funk Brothers and ended up collaborating on an album about a year ago.  An interesting story, a Canadian sax player and an American singer teaming up to write a soul album.  Please enjoy, visit the links and maybe pop a song or two onto your iPod.

Delbert and the Commotions Home

Delbert and the Commotions on iTunes

Delbert and the Commotions on CBC2

Delbert and the Commotions on Twitter

The Little Things

 

Song Of The Day – Mavis Staples – “Can You Get To That”

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of the day returns with a gem.  CBC2 is playing the crap out of this new song (yes new) from 74-year-old Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.  A great R&B/Gospel/Countryish tune that really gets you going.  Enjoy.  I’ll be doing some travel updating over the next few days, so much in the brain, so little time to spew it out.