Friday, February 8, 2013

Black History Month Song of the Day - Standing on the Top - Rick James and the Temptations

We want the funk 
We want the funk 
And nothing else will do...

Ooh, I always loved the funk!  Funk started out somewhere in the 60's and had it's biggest moments in the late 70's and early 80's, with such great funksters as Ohio Players, Rick James, Parliament w/George Clinton, The GAP Band, Rufus and Chaka Khan, and many more.  The music brings electric bass and drums to the forefront and features a lot of harmonies for a great mix of danceable stuff.  Much of the funk music of the late 70's was commonly heard in discos everywhere.

Hands down my all time favorite funk artist was Rick James.  Rivaling the influence of Prince in building a music empire that featured underling acts such as Mary Jane Girls, Teena Marie, and even Eddie Murphy, Rick is probably the biggest funk star in history.

Here's a little known tune by James featuring the vocals of the legendary Temptations.  Standing on the Top was included on Rick's 1981 set, Throwin' Down, and is classic funky funk!   Great vocals and a groovalicious funk beat make it one of my all time favorite Rick James tunes.  Press play and try not to bop your head or even just dance a lil...

Temptations Feat Rick James - Standing on top by papafonk

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