Diana Ross

Diana Ross’s 11th studio album was simply titled Diana and it would make the biggest impact of her solo career. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards exclusively produced the album and gave it classic danceable grooves that crushed the disco backlash.  Their work as the group Chic was one of theContinue Reading

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Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson’s “Quiet Storm” was co-written with his sister Rose Ella Jones for his 1975 third solo album A Quiet Storm.  Robinson’s falsetto had the quality of a soothing breeze within the song that started a late-night programming format of love songs on national radio. The unassuming bass, snug congaContinue Reading

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James Jamerson

James Jamerson’s bass anchored numerous hits for Motown records and has been an endless inspiration for so many players after him. As a member of studio musician band The Funk Brothers, his sound became part of the company’s identity. The Temptation’s “My Girl,” Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made To LoveContinue Reading

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