“Pop Eyes”: Summer Synth- & Sophisti Pop by The Smooth Operators

Enjoy these fresh ice-like summer synth- and sophisti pop songs by The Smooth Operators! One of them is from The Dream Academy. The self-titled debut release for the art-school trio led by lead singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes was produced by David Gilmour and Laird-Clowes. The band used lush string arrangements and choir-like background vocals to create a sumptuous backdrop for their paisley-tinged pop. It worked to best effect on their smash "Life in a Northern Town” with its nostalgic lyrics and references to Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and The Walker Brothers ("Make It Easy On Yourself"). The song was written as an elegy to British folk singer Nick Drake, who died of an anti-depression overdose in 1974. The single's record sleeve included a dedication to him. "Life in a Northern Town" reached number 7 on the American Billboard Hot 100 in February 1986. Its memorable chant-like hook was later used in “Sunchyme” by Dario G.


ABC – King Without …

Evening Steps: Sunset Soul & Disco

Evening Steps: Sunset Boogie & Disco sounds best when the light is starting to shimmer after a warm summer’s day! Enjoy!

Three-time Grammy Award–winner Barry White is known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice, spoken intros and romantic image. His greatest success came in the 1970s as one of the frontrunners of disco, creating Love’s Theme with his Love Unlimited Orchestra and songs like Never Gonna Give Ya Up, Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe and  I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More, Baby (which is on this cloudcast) as a solo singer. During the course of his career, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. He had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million. The so-called Walrus Of Love passed away on the 4th of July 2003, so last week it was exactly 15 years ago.


Central Line – Walking On Sunshine (1981)
Change – Searching (1980)
Melba Moore ‎– Mind Up Tonight (1982…

AOR Radio: Hot Summer Madness

A few years back I shared a car with two ladies who were in the middle of a conversation, when I heard the intro of Sweet Lui-Louise by Ironhorse softly coming through on the radio. I immediately asked them to stop talking and turned up the volume. The only way to listen to that song by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman (of Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame) is to play it as loud as possible on the car speakers! :-)

A little bit out of the AOR box is Under The Sun, the new single by German singer/producer Roosevelt. For Young Romance (out on September 28) Roosevelt aka Marius Lauber travelled to Los Angeles where he worked on completing his demos. Where the first album was deeply rooted in club culture, and neon lit Nightmoves, his new album shows his newfound love for bigger, bolder pop songs.

Sky High by British band Jigsaw was the main title theme to the film The Man from Hong Kong and a worldwide hit in the latter part of 1975. The song was composed by keyboard player Clive Scott and …

Smooth Sailing: Summer Breeze & Deep Seas

To celebrate the first week of summer we are going to make a smooth sailing trip across deep seas with a warm summer breeze in the sails. Enjoy!

The tracks by Courtial, Carol Dionne and Stylus are from the new compilation Under The Influence Vol.6, which is out on Z-Records. It is the first compilation British DJ-duo Faze Action have been made for quite some time. The two brothers have dug incredibly deep, selecting tracks ranging from afro, italo, soul, funk and disco, with many of the vinyl going for hundreds of euros on the market! They have also edited some of the tracks exclusively for the album.


Nick & Samantha – Summer Breeze (2018)
Carol Dionne ‎– I'm In Love With You (1981)
Courtial With Errol Knowles ‎– Love Nevermore (1976)
Shirma Rouse – Bridge Over Troubled Water (2012)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Devotion (1975)
Minnie Riperton – Our Lives (1974)
Everything But The Girl – Troubled Mind (1994)
The Staple Singers ‎– Let's Do It Again (1975)
Gwen McCrae ‎– 90% Of…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves part 25: On The Beat

Again music from and inspired by the 1980s! The tracks by Beverly Girl and Chromeo were released last week. Enjoy this new episode of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Singer Phyllis Hyman had completed her album Sing a Song by 1978 and readied it for release, but Buddah Records found itself acquired by Arista Records in a recent deal headed by the ultimate svengali, Clive Davis. Sing a Song was deemed “uncommercial,” scrapped and released as the retooled Somewhere in My Lifetime the same year. In the meantime she recorded You Know How to Love Me. It became Phyllis Hyman's most successful album and was carefully tailored to become the artist's crossover breakthrough, with prolific producer/songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas (who recently passed away) on board. She released six more albums for Arista and PIR Records the following years. One of them was Can’t We Fall in Love Again, which brought us You Sure Look Good to Me, a little bit reminiscent of the Pointer Sisters' hit

Smooth Sailing: From Sunset To Sunrise

The opening track is by Munich’s new soul sensation Pho Queue. Their musical journey started in a local Vietnamese restaurant. While waiting in line to order their pho (Vietnamese soup) to be exact. Enlightened and inspired by the taste of their pho, Felix Kirner and Adriano Prestel decided to head to the studio. Since then they repeated this ritual at least once a week. The result? A fresh and tasty combination of electronic music and soulful vocals. They dropped their long awaited debut album Sweet on Tokyo Dawn Records last week. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the summer of 2018!

After serving in the Vietnam War with the Marines, G.C. Cameron joined Motown act The Spinners as lead singer. He sang both lead parts on their first big hit, 1970's It's a Shame, co-written and produced by Stevie Wonder. He remained with Motown as a solo artist when The Spinners left the company in 1971. Although Cameron was not a major-seller for the label, he did have a hit with It's So Hard…

Early Morning Funky Chill Out

Do things look better in the morning? That’s what’s this cloudcast is about. One of the tracks is a remix I made of Coffee by Scavenger Hunt. To the original vocals I added a beat, synthesizer and a piano solo to complete my Early Break Remix. Enjoy!

Will You Love Me Tomorrow by Bryan Ferry is about fearing the next morning: will she still love him then? It's a remake of the classic by the Shirelles, but their song is about the question if a man will respect a woman after a night together. Ferry’s version seems to be about doubt or cheat in a relationship. He uses the same words, but in the meantime he turns the song from Gerry Goffin and Carole King into something completely different.

When his golden days with the Four Seasons seemed to be over, Frankie Valli recorded When The Morning Comes for Motown around 1972. For some reason it was never released in the United States and Frankie Valli left the famous music factory soon afterwards. But by the mid-seventies another Motown reco…

Hot Classic Rock by The Smooth Operators

Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful hard rock popularized in the 1970s.

The Smooth Operators emphasize the melodic or pop/rock side of the genre. The tracks we chose are tightly constructed, with no wasted space or prolonged detours from the melodic hooks. The production of the songs is clean, polished, and bright, making full use of the advances in recording technology and technique. In the 1990s, pop/rock became largely the province of well-established veterans, as alternative rock, urban R&B, hip-hop, and teen pop took over the pop charts to the exclusion of most everything else.


Roxy Music – Dance Away (1979)
Al Stewart – If It Doesn’t Come Naturally, Leave It (1976)
Jeff Harrington – Kristi (1975)
Heart – Dreamboat Annie (1976)
Dane Dono…

Smooth Sailing: Folk Funk & Funky Chill

The sub-genre is officially called folk funk, but I think soulful folk is a better description, because there are just a few snippets of funk in this music style. As the 1960s melted into the ’70s in a colourful swirl of musical possibility, bands and singer-songwriters were experimenting with newfound freedoms. The psychedelic era had brought about many changes and much political upheaval in its wake. Discrete genres became fluid. Many acts fused different sounds together. Rock would meet jazz. Soul was mixed with psychedelia. In this fertile environment the somewhat vague yet highly prized form of folk funk emerged. Names that are synonymous with the genre are Bill Withers, Minnie Riperton and more recently the wonderful Kadhja Bonet. Her album Child Queen will be released June 8, 2018.
Aside from also being an awesome pro wrestler name, “Shadow Captain” is one of several songs that David Crosby wrote after waking up in the middle of the night. Kind of makes you wonder if he wrote th…

AOR Radio: Soft Rock, Easy Listening & Quiet Storm

Enjoy this new part of AOR Radio! The soft orchestrated sounds of easy listening for those who were not into rock that much were most successful during the 1960s and early 1970s. By then the fusion of folk-rock, country-rock, and singer-songwriter music had produced the Californian soft rock format, which was just rhythmic and rock-like enough to win over a new generation of easy listeners. Well-crafted and radio friendly soft rock consequently dominated the air waves throughout the 1970s and eventually metamorphosed into the synthesized music of adult contemporary in the 1980s. Next up is a new episode of Smooth Sailing!

"Easy Listening was almost entirely about great sweeping washes of melody"(Robert Fontenot)

Quiet storm is a radio format and a "super genre" of contemporary R&B, jazz fusion and pop music that is characterized by understated, mellow dynamics, slow tempos, and relaxed rhythms. It was pioneered in the mid-1970s by Melvin Lindsey, while he was an…

Professor Eddy’s Old School Disco Show

This Boogie Bunker Radio mix is built around I love to love by Tina Charles. It is the key track in the excellent Netflix detective series River. Producer Biddu was inspired by Rock the boat from The Hues Corporation (off-beat tom tom) and George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby (rhythm box). Three of the musicians on the record, Tina's boyfriend Trevor Horn, Geoffrey Downes and Bruce Woolley would later start The Buggles and have a worldwide hit with Video killed the radio star.

I played 'I Love to Love' to the record company and the guy said, 'It's okay.' Then he played the flip-side, 'Disco Fever', and he said, 'The disco scene is starting to happen, and we have a song called "Disco Fever"; what more do you need?' I said, 'No way, the other song sounds like a number one.' He said, 'I'll bring out "I Love to Love"; we'll give it four weeks.' We brought it out and within four weeks it was #1. I asked myself, &#…

Smooth Sailing: Seventies Moods & Chillout Grooves

Russian saxophonist André Solomko has been featured on Favorite Recordings before, delivering a couple of albums that cheerily riffed on smooth jazz and '80s jazz-funk. He's flipped the script on this return to the noted French label, laying down a righteous slab of club-ready disco-funk with noted Afro-disco influences. Naturally, Solomko's killer saxophone solos take pride of place on Le Premier Disco Sans Toi, rising above a groovy backing track rich in jaunty Clavinet riffs and William Onyeabor style Moog flourishes. His album Le Deltaplane is out on May 7.

Phenomenal bass player Louis Johnson, who passed away on May 21st 2015, was one half of the Brothers Johnson, of course, but he was a much sought session player too. For example, he was the one who played bass on Billy Jean by Michael Jackson and he was also the guy who played that distinctive bass part on I Keep Forgettin' by Michael McDonald. The intros on both records are copied and sampled many times, but L…

West Coast Waves by The Smooth Operators

Two and a half years after their successful debut album West End Coast, a new record by Young Gun Silver Fox, AM Waves, has seen the light of day. Andy Platts (who recently released the album Golden Days with his own band Mamas Gun) and Shawn Lee have not changed much about their formula that goes back to the mellow West Coast pop of the 70s. The references to these influences are, as with their first album, numerous. When they listened to it, The Smooth Operators regularly dived into their record collection to search for those sources of inspiration. With every track they chose a classic album, on which the song would fit perfectly:

Midnight In Richmond
Album: America - Home Coming (1972)

Album: Player - Player (1977)

Take It Or Leave It
Album: Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978)

Album: Hall & Oates - Voices (1980)

Mojo Rising
Album: Ace - Five-A-Side (1974)

Just A Man
Album: Ambrosia - Life Beyond L.A. (1980)

Love Guarantee
Album: Pages - Pages (1978)


Best Of 70s Soul “Disco Extraordinaire”

After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the '60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Record's, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, a sultry dance instrumental, in 1979. It became the biggest hit of his career, winning a Grammy and climbing to number one on the Billboard chart, making him the only recording artist to have a number one record as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist. Alpert and his nephew Randy "Badazz" Alpert, who had cowritten Rise, created an entire album around his new, laidback sound, and Rise, the album, was born, topping the charts and providing a significant new chapter to Alpert's already accomplished career. Alpert's latest album Music vol. 1 came out last year.

Enjoy this disco episode of Best Of 70s Soul!


The Ritchie Family – American Generation (1978)
Vicki Sue Robinson ‎–…

Soft Rock For Summer Days 2018 by The Smooth Operators

Almost a year after the first part, The Smooth Operators present you the second part of Soft Rock For Summer Days! We have the exclusive world premiere of the new Young Gun Silver Fox single, Take It Or Leave It. Their album AM Waves is out tomorrow. Enjoy!

One of the most successful soft rock acts of the 1970s, the duo of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts met while playing with singer Dean Beard in 1958. That year, Beard was invited to join the Champs (of Tequila fame), and Seals and Crofts tagged along, remaining with the group until 1965. The two then bounced from the Mushrooms to the Dawnbreakers before deciding to strike out on their own as a duo in 1969. Seals played guitar, saxophone, and fiddle, while Crofts handled drums, mandolin, keyboards, and guitar. From 1972 to 1976, the duo had a string of five gold albums for Warner Bros., with an additional greatest-hits compilation certified double platinum. Their hit singles from this period include Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, We May Nev…

Funky Boogie Grooves From The Crates

Lo Probably the best description of boogie is “non-commercial disco”. The word popped up in 1970s funk and disco records, such as Boogie Shoes by KC & The Sunshine Band, Boogie Fever by The Sylvers, Blame It On The Boogie by The Jacksons, Boogie Nights by Heatwave, Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey (picture). After Disco Demolition Night on July 12 1979 people became fed up with mainstream disco and a new club oriented dance style developed, which was called “boogie” later.

Key boogie tracks were, for instance, Give Me the Night by George Benson, Boogie's Gonna Get Ya by Rafael Cameron, If You Want My Lovin’ by Evelyn King, You're the One for Me by D-Train, Don't Make Me Wait by Peech Boys, Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye, Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force and Break Dancin' – Electric Boogie by West Street Mob. Key instrument became the Roland 808, one of the earliest programmable drum machines, with which users could create their own rhyth…

Summer Soul & Sunshine Pop By The Smooth Operators

Sunshine girls and beach boys, ready for some good vibrations? This time The Smooth Operators step into the world of sunshine and bring you the California sound of the late 60s and early 70s. Classics and forgotten gems, while you’re dreamin’ in the shade...


Sly & The Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summertime (1969)
The Fifth Avenue Band - Nice Folks (1969)
Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band - Flyin’ High (1969)
Brewer & Shipley - Dreamin’ In The Shade (1968)
The Young Rascals - Groovin’ (1967)
The 5th Dimension - California Soul (1969)
The Cyrkle - The Visit (She Was Here) (1967)
Looking Glass - Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (1972)
The Parade - Sunshine Girl (1968)
The Zombies - Summertime (1965)
Odyssey - Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972)
The Spiral Staircase - More Today Than Yesterday (1968)
Bobby Womack - California Dreamin’ (1968)
The Sunshine Company - Look, Here Comes The Sun (1968)
Jackson 5 - World Of Sunshine (1973)
The Carpenters - Kept On Loving You (19…

Smooth Sailing: California Groove & Radio Rock

Enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip! It's built around the yacht rock scene of the 1970s/1980s. DJ Supermarkt decribes the yacht rock/AOR mood best on his upcoming part of Too Slow To Disco:

“The sun’s dipping behind the mountains above the bay, and the sound pulsating from the speakers sure has a beguiling melody. There’s a definite touch of Earth, Wind and Fire about that slinky groove.”

In the recently published The Yacht Rock Book by Greg Prato, Steve Huey ( gives this definition:

“Fusing softer rock with jazz and R&B, very polished production, and kind of being centered around studio musician culture in Southern California in the late 70s and early 80s.”

According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-sel…

Best Of 70s Soul: Collage

When The Three Degrees signed to Roulette Records, Sheila Ferguson, Fayette Pinkney and new member Valerie Holiday began recording material for their new label. The result of these sessions would be their 1970 wonderful psychedelic soul album Maybe. On the LP were covers of familiar tracks including Jimmy Webb’s MacArthur Park, Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, and Collage, which Joe Walsh (The Eagles) co-wrote. There was also the Hoagy Carmichael classic Stardust. Another cover was a song made famous by The Chantels, Maybe. The Three Degrees version would give them their biggest hit at that point of their career.

In the years afterwards the three ladies were in search of a sound that would suit them best. When they eventually signed to Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label, after years of minor success, they immediately hit the jackpot with Dirty Ol’ Man in 1973.

Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul!


Wayne Miran & Rush Release – Oh Baby (1974)
Natural Hig…

Mellow Disco Grooves From The Crates

My dj-style can be described as relaxed Sunday morning music, music you can almost dance to, soulful pop or funky chill. This time I chose to call it mellow disco.

Born in England of Dominican parents but raised in Canada, where she has returned to live, Singer/Songwriter Sharon Musgrave shot to prominence in 1991 whilst collaborating with William Orbit on the Bass-O-Matic project. They achieved international status with the hit Fascinating Rhythm, which Sharon co-wrote. An album soon followed, cementing the groups worldwide status as a credible dance act and Sharon’s ability as a writer. A world tour established Bass-O-Matic as an act that could cut it live. Her beautiful new album is called Sha’s Archive.

With producer Gary Katz, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring crème de la crème musicians to record their compositions. Though the band didn't perform live between 1974 and 1993, Steely Dan's popular…

Boombox 17 Electronic Funk & Techno Pop

The term techno pop was invented by German electro funk pioneers Kraftwerk. Their 1986 album Electric Café was originally called ‘Techno pop’. It's pop music with melodic electronic instruments, which fits perfectly in the Boombox series, so enjoy this new episode with Kraftwerk as the closing act!

As Chaka Khan released her first solo album, I'm Every Woman, Rufus released 1978's Numbers, without Khan, and it went absolutely nowhere. Masterjam finds them back together, renamed Rufus and Chaka, with Quincy Jones as the producer. Khan had worked with Jones on his 1978 album, Sounds...And Stuff Like That. The most striking thing about Masterjam is that it doesn't sound like a trademark Rufus effort. Jones' production style is so strong that the band's individual sound is all but lost. It's nothing to worry about, since Jones was at his R&B/pop peak and Rufus couldn't do it any better on their own. Walk The Rockway is one of the standout tracks.


Eddy’s 80s Grooves part 24: Motown

Though not an original member of the Temptations, Dennis Edwards, who has died last month, was a member of the group from 1968 until 1977, a period during which they scored some of their most memorable hits. His gritty, urgent lead vocal was in dramatic contrast to the sweeter tones of the singer he replaced, David Ruffin, and was perfect for tough and funky songs such as ‘Cloud Nine’ (1968), the apocalyptic ‘Ball of Confusion’ (1970) and the 1972 US chart-topper ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’.

After trying to launch a solo career, Edwards made several reappearances with the Temptations during the 1980s, and during the 90s he formed the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, with which he continued performing until last year. His most memorable solo effort was ‘Don’t Look Any Further’, a duet with Siedah Garret, recorded in 1984. The single was written by Franne Golde, Dennis Lambert and Duane Hitchings. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and No. 72 on the Billb…

Smooth Sailing: Slow Disco & Funky Chill

I selected a couple of relaxed, groovy disco tracks, together with big orchestrated disco (Barry White style) and a little bit of Latin flavour as well, to create a ‘lounge’ feel.

Both Moods and HIGH HØØPS have adopted a funky sound for some time now, so one would expect quite the vibes in a collaboration, which we have here with their "Comfortable". The release is Moods' second from his forthcoming debut album, and it's without question a standout, with his thick chords and gliding drums.

Sip a glass of cold wine, beer or champagne and enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip!


Dabeull & Jordan Lee – Don’t Forget It (2018)
Dax On Sax & PowerDress – Can’t Stop The Ride [Netflix & Chill Mix] (2018)
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On [Da Producers MPG Groove Mix] (2005)
Alex Cortiz – Glamour Girl (2001)
Moods Feat. HIGH HØØPS – Comfortable (2018)
Funk LeBlanc – WWMMD (2018)
Jaye P. Morgan – Can't Hide Love (1976)
Side Effect – What The Heck, Let’s Discotheque (…

Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (AOR On The Radio Special)

Get up & get down, this is the soundtrack to your weekend, enjoy this special part of AOR On The Radio!

The original version of ‘Arianne’ (“she’s the smell of coffee brewing, on a quiet, rainy Sunday”) is from soul singer Johnny Mathis. The song appeared on his 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song' album that was released in 1973. Rod McKuen, who recorded the track two years later, wrote on his official site that the lyrics are a translated French poem. Although it is a beautiful song, it almost sounds a bit creepy, as if the guy is obsessed with a young girl: “Arianne is Mama's crystal bread that's nearly finished baking…”

The previous unreleased song by Helene & The Brookside Orchestra is on the new excellent compilation album 'Soul on the real side #8'. The track was arranged by Norman Bergen, who also wrote million selling hits like ‘Only a fool breaks his own heart’ and ‘Knock three times’.

‘I want Sunday back again’ by Maxine Weldon is from the for…

The Mellow Mixtape by The Smooth Operators

Feelin' Mellow? The Smooth Operators lead you through a selection of yacht disco, funky chill and modern soul. This mixtape contains tracks by California Flight Project, Average White Band, Leroy Hutson, Gary Taylor, Heat, Jim Spencer, Herbie Hancock and more. Enjoy this soulful and chilled out side of yacht rock!


California Flight Project - California Flight (1979)
Gary Taylor - Just What I Have I Mind (1983)
Average White Band - Whatcha’ Gonna Do For Me (1980)
Beau Williams - Stay With Me (1983)
The S.S.O. Orchestra - Faded Lady (1977)
Heat - Don’t You Walk Away (1980)
The Gene Dunlap Band - There’s Talk (1983)
David Astri - Get Down To It (1983)
Sunrize - Come And Get My Lovin’ (1982)
The Jones Girls - This Feelings Keeling Me (1979)
Jim Spencer - Wrap Myself Up In Your Love (1979)
Windjammer - Tossing And Turning (1984)
Heatwave - Mind What You Find (1982)
Pumphouse Gang ‎– Welcome Back Into My Life (1979)
Hummingbird – You Can’t Hide Love (1977)
Herbie Hancock – Gettin’ To The Go…

Smooth Sailing: Latin Soul & Funky Chill

Did you survive Blue Monday and the cold, dark days of winter so far? I hope so! Otherwise this new episode of Smooth Sailing will warm you up and give you a good mood!

For a long time I thought that Santa Esmeralda was a Spanish guy with a guitar in a box like Antonio Banderas in the movie ‘Desperado’. But now I know that it is a French team of producers with no Spanish blood in their veins at all. I still like their single, though. Director Quentin Tarantino used 'Don't let me be misunderstood' for his movie Kill Bill 1. Leroy Gomez is the singer of the track. He used to have some problems with his zipper, which can be seen in a few YouTube videos… Gomez is a born American and worked as a session saxophone player and vocalist, with many artists, including Elton John, José Felicano, Patrick Juvet, Gilbert Becaud, Claude Francois and Laurent Voulzy. 'Don't let me be misunderstood' reached #5 on the Dutch Top 40​ in 1977. The song was first recorded by Nina Sim…

Disco Over The Phone

Booty calls, calls (and cries) for freedom, prank calls, calls for help, nature calls, love calls, you hear all kinds of calls. Pick up & get down!

Ramsey & Company were the group Mainor Ramsey had pieced together to play the Catskills supper club circuit. Their only release being the super charged sexy disco hit ‘Love Call’ backed with super blaxploitation fodder ‘Leg Grease’, release on Mainor’s own label, Ramco. This limited styrene 7” single was sold exclusively at the groups live shows and never saw its way into proper distribution. Oddly this limited release eventually found its way onto the dancefloors of the UK’s northern soul/modern soul scene, and became a super smash ripping up floors whenever played. The sheer quality of this tune mixed with the utter rarity has made this record nearly impossible to find and quite valuable on the collector’s market.

Enjoy the telephone conversation! Next week a new part of Smooth Sailing.


Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t W…

More Mellow Yacht Moods By The Smooth Operators

In the beginning of the 1970s a remarkable duo popped up in the charts: easy listening duo The Carpenters. They seemed completely out of place in a pop world that was dominated by rock stars who looked bigger than life. Mastermind Richard and his sister Karen dressed if they'd go to church after each show, but they had a weapon that swept everyone away: the wonderful voice of Karen. However, she turned out to be a very insecure woman, who struggled with both her personal and professional life. Things went seriously wrong when the only solo album Karen made was not released, because Richard disapproved the way she used her voice in the songs (“too high”). Around the same time she got married, but the marriage only lasted a few months. She seemed not to be able to stand on her own feet.

In the 1980s, when the commercial success of the Carpenters faded, Karen could not recover from a very serious eating disorder and it would eventually lead to her death on this day in 1983. Alice Coop…