Posted in 1970's Singles

Baby Don’t Change Your Mind – Gladys Knight and the Pips (1977)

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       Buddah Records BDS 458

The one thing I can say about my collection is that I have a range of artists and genres. I’m a fan of American Soul music. One artist that fits this bill is Gladys Knight. Gladys was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1944.

Her brother Merald and cousins William Guest & Edward Patten made up her backing group, “The Pips.” In 1961 shown only as “The Pips” Gladys Knight and The Pips reached #6 in the US Billboard pop chart with “Every Beat Of My Heart” on the Vee-Jay label.

In 1966 they were on Soul Records a sub label of the Motown Record Corporation.

In 1973 they moved to Buddah Records and by the end of 1975 together they had a total of 24 top 40 hits 8 of which had reached the top 10 in the US. This featured record surprisingly only made it to #52 on the pop chart (#10 on R&B chart) in the US, however in the UK it reached #4 charting for 12 weeks. It also made the top 10 in Belgium and The Netherlands.

“Baby, Don’t Change Your Mind” was written by Van McCoy, himself an artist who made #1 in the US with the track “The Hustle”. McCoy and Charles Kipps produced this soul record, both men involved in producing music with Aretha Franklin, Melba Moore, Peaches and Herb, The Presidents, The Shirelles, David Ruffin and many more.

I like the upbeat nature of the song, although the words are a plea to her “man” that because “his” ex is in town there are now concerns that he might be drawn into his ex’s charms. Will he have second thoughts about their relationship. Her message is clear – Baby, don’t change your mind, don’t change it, you know my love is genuine, don’t change your mind…..

The B-Side is a funky string lead disco track called “I Love To Feel That Feeling” which moves at a frenetic pace,

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Posted in 1980's Singles

Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent – Gwen Guthrie (1986)

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 This takes me back to the days of going to Birmingham’s nightclubs, Boogies, Edwards No 7’s/No 8’s, and The Powerhouse. Of course they all changed their names over the years. This track used to pack the dance floor. The ladies would converge together dancing around their hand bags pointing to us blokes during the lyrics “You’d better have a J.O.B. if you want to be with me” In those days I wasn’t frightened to edge myself onto the dance floor. I was no John Travolta, but I knew how to move.

Gwen was born in Okemah, Oklahoma but was raised in New Jersey, USA. In the early 1970’s she was part of a couple of groups, but her career took off singing backup vocals on an Aretha Franklin track “I’m In Love” in 1974. She also was an accomplished song writer and played the piano. Guthrie wrote for several soul / R&B artists such as Sister Sledge, Roberta Flack and Ben E. King. She died in 1998 aged only 48.

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This funky soul track written and produced by Guthrie was released in the summer of 1986. It reached #5 and stayed in the UK charts for 12 weeks. It was her only top 10 hit in the UK despite having another five top 100 appearances. The track however made #1 in both the R&B and Dance charts in the US and #42 in the pop charts. It was also #1 in New Zealand.