Smooth Sailing: Slow Disco & Sunny Pop

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We're out for another episode of Smooth Sailing! The music is speeding up and slowing down this time, just like a sailboat blown by the wind. One of the tracks is ‘It’s something’ by Brenda Russell. Her unique smooth jazz style has made her one of the most enduring singer-songwriters in contemporary music. Ever since ‘So Good, So Right’, the lead single from her self-titled solo debut album was released in 1979, she has set her mark in the music industry. Brenda Russell is best known for ‘Piano In The Dark’ and ‘Get here’ that was later covered by Oleta Adams. Other artists who have either collaborated with Brenda or recorded her songs include Babyface, Mary J. Blige, Michael McDonald, Bow Wow, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Joe Cocker, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau and Johnny Mathis.

The song by Carly Simon is on the new ‘Too Slow To Disco’ compilation: ‘The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco’, out on April 29.



Dave Valentin – Open Your Eyes (1980)
Julia & Company – Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba) (1983)
Nile Rodgers – State Your Mind (1985)
Modern Romance – Queen Of The Rapping Scene (1981)
Jermaine Jackson – Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (1984)
Rose Royce – Daddy Rich (1976)
Lamont Dozier – Take Off Your Make Up (1973)
Tavares – Bad Times (1979)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Live In Me (1979)
Average White Band – Love Gives/Loves Takes Away (1980)
Carly Simon – Tranquilo (Melt My Heart) (1978)
Leslie Smith – Don't Shut The Door (On My Love) (1982)
China – Never Let You Go (1981)
Brenda Russell – It’s Something (1983)
Bernard Wright – Haboglabotribin' (1981)
Marva Hicks ‎– Looking Over My Shoulder (1978)
Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love [Joey Negro Yacht Disco Mix] (2016)


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