Smooth Sailing: Skinny Dipping & Softly Rocking

Artists who merge different genres always make the best music, especially by the end of the 1970s and in the beginning of the 1980s. The artists I selected (with a few exceptions) mixed the waters of soul, disco and rock. Enjoy this second part of smooth sailing: skinny dipping and softly rocking! If you think to know the track by Tez Cadey, then you may be right, because the sample is ‘Native New Yorker’ from Odyssey.

“As with so many lukewarm AOR albums, there is always at least one killer track which stands out though. And on Chris Christian's debut LP for Boardwalk it was surely What Can There Be. With the percussive piano reminiscent of Minute by Minute era Doobie Brothers, the laid back groove of the bass with the occasional cheeky slap, the multi-layered harmonies and the lovelorn lyrics, it had all the classic yacht rock attributes which were commercial gold in 1980/81. Yet inexplicably it was never released as a single.” (Quote: AOR Disco)

Picture Joan Smalls: Mikael Jansson (W Magazine)


The Undisputed Truth – Sandman (1979)
Martha And The Muffins ‎– Echo Beach (1980)
Chris Christian – What Can There Be (1981)
Michele White – Sweet Innocent (1978)
Redbone – One More Time (1974)
Fleetwood Mac – I Don’t Want To Know (1977)
Bee Gees – More Than A Woman (1977)
Sherbet – Howzat (1976)
The Imperials – Living Without Your Love (1979)
James Walsh Gypsy Band – Cuz It’s You, Girl (1978)
Al Stewart – Sand In Your Shoes (1976)
Kathe Green – Beautiful Changes (1976)
Chaka Khan – What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me (1981)
Bill Labounty – Look Who’s Lonely Now (1982)
The Big Dish – Miss America (1990)
Eddie Money – Baby, Hold On (1977)
Powerplay – Make It Alone (1982)
Chicago – Life Is What It Is (1979)
Ed Motta – Dried Flowers (2013)
Debra Laws – Very Special (1981)
Tez Cadey – Hall (2012)
Callia Bara – Summa That (2014)


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