Returning to last week’s theme, here is “Daily Mix 3” from Spotify:
Professor Longhair, “Cry to Me”. Solomon Burke had the first hit version, in 1962. From Crawfish Fiesta, the last album the Professor recorded before his death. That’s Dr. John on guitar.
The Temptations, “A Song for You”. Title song from a 1975 album. This is the Leon Russell song.
Brook Benton, “Kiddio”. One of a series of hits for Benton around 1960, which is when this was released.
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. The original version, from 1975, that became a monster, iconic hit two years later for Thelma Houston.
The Manhattans, “Kiss and Say Goodbye”. Giant 1976 hit by a group that first hit the charts in 1965 and had a platinum single in 1980.
Martha & The Vandellas, “Heat Wave”. Early Motown hit topped the charts in 1963. Linda Ronstadt did a popular cover in the mid-70s. The Who also covered it, in the mid-60s.
Junior Wells, “Come on in This House”. It’s on an album called The Roots of Led Zeppelin, but I can’t figure out where they stole this one.
The Supremes, “I’m Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking”. The last hit for the post-Diana version of the group, in 1976.
Stevie Wonder, “Fingertips, Pt. 2”. What key, what key? Marvin Gaye on drums.
The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”. One of the earliest uses of strings on an R&B song (some say THE first).
And because she needs to be here, Thelma Houston taking over from The Blue Notes, in the process cutting the greatest disco record of them all: