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This week on the Friday Funk I opened up honoring the memory of Issac Hayes by putting a set together that highlighted the Soundtracks of African American films of the 70's including the following:
James Brown and the JB's from the film Black Caesar Down and Out in New York City. There is a reference to the shining shoes and it reminded me of the Santa Fe "Shine Boys" that worked the plaza back in the day shining shoes for a dime. Black Caesar was of the blaxploitation genre released in 1973 and is a remake of a 1931 film "Little Caesar"...Fred Wesley and James Brown threw down on the soundtrack.
Bobby Womack's Accross 110th Street which is the title track of the film from 1972. It was also used in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown
Gladys Knight and the Pips On and On Produced by Curtis Mayfield from the film Claudine from 1974. This film was not considered a blaxploitation film and told the compelling story of the damage caused by the welfare system as told through Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. The film grossed $6 Million.
Issac Hayes Theme from Shaft from the movie of the Shaft won the Academy Award for Best Original Song giving Hayes the distinction of being the first African American to win the honor. The song also went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Hayes was born in August for 1942 and passed away in August of 2008.
Ohio Players Fast Track
BT Express Express
Kool & the Gang Jungle Boogie
The Time What Time is It
Prince I'm a Star
Apolonia 6 Sex Shooter
Al Green Look What You've Done to Me
Smokey Robinson Cruisin
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
George Clinton and the Gangsters of Love Ain't that Peculiar
Stevie Wonder Isn't she lovely (by request)
Betty Lavette I Still Want to be your Baby
Staple Singers You Got to Earn It
Johnny Guitar Watson I'm Gonna Get Ya Baby
Tower of Power Soul Vaccination
P-Funk Freak to Freak
War Me and Baby Brother