1976 Soulful Grooves

(Quote: Daily Mirror)

Hopefully 2014 will be as good as 1976…

“1976 was Britian's best ever year according to new study. Research by economists revealed the year the Ford Fiesta, The Body Shop and Apple launched was also the UK's happiest year, the Sunday People reports Brits bask in glorious sunshine, The Rolling Stones tour and rank outsiders win the FA cup – each could be a headline from this year. But they were equally true in 1976, which was the UK’s best ever year, according to a new study by economists. Many people fondly remember the year when the mercury topped 28C (82F) for a record-breaking 22 days… and for once the nostalgia is not misplaced.”

The million-selling 'You'll never find another love like mine' from Lou Rawls parked at number one on the R&B charts for two weeks and number two on the pop charts for two weeks as well in the (warm!) summer of 1976. The song was written by Philly soul creators Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It is about Kenny Gamble's divorce (he was married to singer Dee Dee Sharp). The vocals are very convincing: Lou Rawls sounds like he's the one who is getting divorced...

Chairman Maf released a great album, called ‘1976’, this year. Check it out on Bandcamp! I added a few sound samples from the movie Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster (picture below), to the title track.

Previous parts of the series: Best Of 70s Soul

Tracklist:

Chairman Maf – 1976
Milton Wright – The Silence That You Keep
Leroy Hutson – Feel The Spirit (‘76)
David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love
Boz Scaggs ‎– What Can I Say [Northern Rascal 3AM Edit]
Ohio Players – Who’d She Coo
The O’Jays – Livin’ For The Weekend
The Trammps – Hooked For Life
The Originals – Down To Love Town
The Temprees – I Found Love On A Disco Floor
Marvin Gaye – Since I Had You
Aquarian Dream – Phoenix
Kathe Green – Love City
Carol Douglas – Midnight Love Affair
Eddie Kendricks – All Of My Love
Lou Rawls – You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Jean Carn – You Are All I Need

1976 Soulful Grooves by Professor Eddy on Mixcloud

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