Smooth Sailing Late Summer Special: Music Madness

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To close the summer of 2017, I created a special eclectic episode of Smooth Sailing with all kinds of genres. I even selected a couple of folk tracks, which is a genre that I usually don't play that often.

By the start of the 1970s, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye were in completely different creative territories. Ross was trying to make it as an actress, while Gaye stepped into a new musical direction with ‘What's going on’, ‘Trouble man’, and ‘Let's get it on’. What they shared, apart from a mutual admiration, was that they were two of the biggest artists on Motown at the time and that their voices blended wonderfully. So it wasn't entirely surprising that Motown boss Berry Gordy asked Marvin Gaye to record an album with Diana Ross. Until this day the ‘Marvin & Diana’ album is still a bit underrated, because it didn’t spawn any classics. It is, however, one of Ross' best efforts of the decade. Although the vocals were mostly recorded separately, they sound as if they were holding hands in the studio. Highlights are ‘You are everything’, ‘Stop, look, listen (to your heart)’ and ‘My mistake (was to love you)’, which is on this cloudcast.

More about 'Blame it on the night' by Terry Williams on My Favorite Decade.

I hope you will enjoy this late summer special of Smooth Sailing!


Sabrina Malheiros – It’s Too Late (2008)
Everything But The Girl – Love Is Strange (1992)
Ron Rinaldi – Mexican Summer (1970s)
R. Dean Taylor – Taos New Mexico (1972)
Skinny Dipp – Gasoline (2017)
Work Drugs – Same (2017)
Terry Williams – Blame It On The Night (1980)
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – My Mistake (Was To Love You) (1973)
The 5th Dimension ‎– Wedding Bell Blues (1969)
David Essex – Hold Me Close (1975)
The Peppermint Rainbow ‎– Will You Be Staying After Sunday (1969)
Don Costa – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (1969)
Reparata And The Delrons ‎– Captain Of Your Ship (1968)
Cissy Houston – Down In The Boondocks (1970)
Pointer Sisters ‎– Don't Try To Take The Fifth (1971)
Lemuria ‎– Get That Happy Feeling (1978)
Gayle Adams – Let’s Go All The Way (1982)
Stacey – Keeps Me Hanging On (1980)
Photoglo – Don’t Be Afraid To Love Somebody (1980)
Jeff Silna – It’s Always Something With You (1981)
Beckie Bell – Music Madness (1980)
Mr. Morse And His New Alphaband ‎– S.O.S., I'm In Love (1977)
Juliette Armanet – L’Indien (2017)


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