On this day in music history: August 31, 1968 - “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on September 14, 1968. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, it’s the second R&B chart topper for the duo of Gaye & Terrell. Sadly it will be the last major hit to feature Tammi Terrell on lead vocals. Gaye and Terrell will actually record their vocals separately. Terrell is recovering from surgery for a malignant brain tumor at the time, one of several she will have between 1967 and 1970 before she passes away in March of that year. The song will be covered a number of different artists over the years, including versions by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, and Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams. It will be revived again in 1995 when rapper Method Man and singer Mary J. Blige cover “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), winning a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.
On this day in music history: August 30, 1986 - “Love Zone” by Billy Ocean hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 on September 27, 1986. Written by Wayne Braithwaite, Barry J. Eastmond, and Billy Ocean, it is the third R&B chart topper for the Trinidad born/British raised singer and songwriter (birth name Leslie Sebastian Charles). The track will be written in the studio when Ocean is working with producer Barry J. Eastmond (Freddie Jackson) on the follow up to his breakthrough album “Suddenly”. Eastmond will come up the drum pattern and ask bassist Wayne Braithwaite (also co-writer of Billy Ocean’s “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” ) to play whatever he feels over it, coming up with the songs’ signature groove. Ocean, liking what he hears will write the lyrics and melody to complete the song. Issued as the follow up to the chart topping first single “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, “Love Zone” will follow that single into the top 10 on both the pop and R&B singles chart.
"From gospel and early R&B to soul and jazz to blues and straight-up pop, Lou Rawls was a consummate master of African-American vocal music whose versatility helped him adapt to the changing musical times over and over again while always remaining unmistakably himself.” by Steve Huey www.allmusic.com
1976 “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” (written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff) from the album "All Things In Time"
#1 US R&B Singles Chart
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