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

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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

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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!

Tracklist:

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

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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

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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.

Tracklist:

Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t W…

More Mellow Yacht Moods By The Smooth Operators

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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…