Blog Posts - 70's R And B



Turning a 60's pop band into a cookin' 70's R&B group in about 50 (or more) steps.

It is the rarity for music groups to keep the same lineup over the course of it's history. Reasons include (but not exclusive to):Sick of being poorSick of travelingSick of bandmatesSick of abusing substancesSick of corporate runaroundsSick of being...

Weekend Vault: AFO Executives With Tammy Lynn (Pt.2)

     When we left off, many of the members of AFO, including Tammy Lynn went to the west coast seeking work. After some difficulty getting regular work in LA she went to New York long enough to play some gigs at the Birdland and t...

The Dramatics--In The Rain (1972)

     Sometimes I'll post a blog because of specific reasons (i.e. death, retirement, new album, etc.), and today it's all about the rain. The Dramatics first big hit was 1971's, "Watcha See is Watcha Get". But today in Nashville i...

Lamont Dozier--Trying To Hold On To My Woman (1973)

     Before getting started with today's post, I wanted to direct you to a blog that you might find interesting. For several months now, I've been reading Mike Descz's, "A Bit Like You and Me". It also takes a song a day, but his focus...

Natalie Cole--This Will Be (1975)

     Most know that Natalie Cole was the daughter of pop/jazz singer Nat King Cole, what many might not know is that her mother Maria had been a singer for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, so the musical talent ran deep from both sid...

Now...a place where you can hear the Bus on the Radio!!

You know....it's great to have friends here who can point out the obvious. I got a note yesterday from a fan who said, "I would have never known you were on the radio by looking at your blog". Lo and behold, he was right. The actual Bus website has a...

We're now on Twitter!!

You want a daily update on what's going on with the bus? Well...we are now on twitter. Follow us at @rokandrollomnibus. Thanks!!

Clarence Carter--Patches (1970)

     Clarence Carter has been recording and touring since the mid-60's, but his most notable successes were from between 1967 and 1973.       He was born in Montgomery Alabama, and went to the Alabama Scho...

Carl Carlton--Everlasting Love (1974)

     Carl first recorded for Lando Records in 1964 under the monicker, "Little" Carl Carlton. Being only 12 at the time, his handlers were hoping to piggyback on the success of another "Little" artist, Stevie Wonder. Having had so...

Bobby Caldwell--What You Won't Do For Love (1978)

     Bobby Caldwell would be known as a journeyman songwriter. He has recorded and toured for himself  to success around the world, especially in Japan. Written many a songs over the years, for himself and for others, but the...

R.I.P. ---Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

     My experience growing up with any minority groups were few. I lived in an area south of St. Louis Co., that was a lily white as any place could be. My high school had over 2,000 students and it was not until my last two years...

BT Express--Do It ('Till Your Satisfied) (1974)

     For those who didn't live through it, (and for many who did) the disco era began with "Saturday Night Fever". Actually SNF was the apex of the era, since the sound from the dance floor began to filter on the charts for a coup...

Johnny Bristol--Hang On In There Baby (1974)

     Johnny Bristol made his first successes as a producer for Motown. Among the many he produced hits for included, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

Brighter Side of Darkness--Love Jones (1972)

    Just like with every other trend in entertainment, the success of the Jackson 5 put talent scouts and promoters on alert looking for the next R&B group with a diminutive singer. And just like most trends, the ones who come afte...

Blue Magic--Sideshow (1974)

     Blue Magic was formed when the WMOT production company put together the distinctive voice of singer/songwriter Ted Mills with the group, Shades of Love. The group sounded good, but lack a true lead singer. Later that year of...

Stevie Wonder---I Wish (1976)

      By 1976, Stevie Wonder was on top of the pop and r&b world. The transformation that began in 1971 with the, "Where I'm Coming From" album saw him move as a teen from love song singles to a serious, socially consciou...

Joe Tex--I Gotcha (1972)

    In 1972, it looked as if the career of Joe Tex was beginning to wind down. His last big hit was five years before, and his unique style of spoken morality songs and humorous R&B was out of vogue. He had teamed with Nashville pr...


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