R&B #1’s from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s on CBS-FM

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All weekend long, CBS-FM is celebrating the artists that put some soul into our lives and a little groove in our step. We’ll be playing all of your favorites, those R&B hits that topped the charts in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, and are still number one in our hearts.

No hidden gems this weekend. If it didn’t reach the top of the R&B charts, this isn’t the weekend for it. CBS-FM is playing only the best, from the Four Tops and Aretha Franklin in the ’60s, the Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye in the ’70s, to Stevie Wonder in the ’80s.

It’s going to be a long weekend of R&B #1’s on CBS-FM, but we think giving you a little taste of what’s in store will really get you in the mood.

Aretha Franklin “Respect”

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“Respect” was originally written and released by Otis Redding in 1965, but it would become Aretha’s signature hit in 1967. It was released on Franklin’s album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You in April of 1967.

Franklin’s cover of “Respect” is considered a landmark in the feminist movement and is also considered one of the best songs from the decade. The track earned Franklin two GRAMMYs in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance by a Female.”

Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On”

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If Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” doesn’t get you in the mood, than you are ice cold my friend.

The song was a religious ode to life, then rewritten with political undertones. But it would be rewritten a third time by Gaye and Ed Townsend, whom thought it would sound better with sexual and romantic overtones. This version was inspired by Gaye’s future wife, Janis Hunter, whose presence in the studio helped Gaye express his emotions through the song.

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

“Endless Love”

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Written by Richie and recorded as a duet with Ross, “Endless Love” was the second biggest-selling single of 1981. It would not only reach number one on the R&B Charts, but it would also spend nine weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Endless Love” was also featured in the film “Happy Gilmore” when Happy (Adam Sandler) tries to get Virginia out of the “Friend Zone.”

Virginia: “I thought we were just going to be friends.”
Happy: “What? Friends listen to ‘Endless Love’ in the dark.”

Of course they do, Happy.

Now you have a feel for what we have in store this weekend. From from the Four Tops and Aretha Franklin in the ’60s, the Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye in the ’70s, to Stevie Wonder in the ’80s, you can hear all of the R&B #1’s all weekend long right here on CBS-FM!


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