Daily Discovery - Yoshiko b/w Everybody Says Don't by The J's with Jamie Mod Belgian Popcorn Soul 45 on Columbia Records #43017
The song starts with a gong, but it's no dud. A trombone, a killer back beat, an organ along with along with other percussion instruments. One of the most interesting instruments on this catchy cut is Jamie's voice. She brings a playfulness by lowering her voice to give it a sexy, raspy feel. She also takes it up a few pitches to the voice we normally associate with the Japanese female voice. Who is Jamie? Her real name is Jamie Silvia and she was a heard more often in households across the nation through her advertising jingles, rather than with her stint in the "J's with Jamie" group. Thank you to: http://niceandeasy-dbqpaul.blogspot.com/2011/11/two-sides-of-js-with-jamie.html for researching and documenting this interesting blog post. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Let Your Body Move b/w Be Ever Wonderful by Jerry White and The Soul Steppers - Modern Soul Boogie 45 on Taylor Records #104
Let Jerry White take you on a 1983 Los Angeles Electro Boogie adventure. Synthesizers, percussion, guitars and keyboards that could get anyone, whether you were in a dance crew or not, up and dancing. There is no doubt in my mind that people were either pop locking, break dancing or doing the boogaloo to tunes like this all over LA. The style was born out of funk and disco. It gained momentum thanks to dj's, emcee's, dance crews and youngsters who would tell their friends about the movement that was soon to be a craze just one year later with the release of Breakin'. A few friends and I caught the bug. We were practicing at school and our elementary school even banned break dancing because a few of us were caught doing head spins. Put on your gloves, bring your linoleum and enjoy.