The 70s were such a fascinating time in our history, and I was fortunate to live through them. I was also fortuitous last year to be offered a contributor assignment covering the 70s for a website as their 70s Disco Queen. Unfortunately, the site closed its web-doors and was sold. I was left with lots of friends, bitter-sweet memories, and 70s articles/reviews.
70s Jams: Best of My Love
"Doesn’t take much to make me happy . . ." is the opening lyrics to this bubbly disco-dance tune from the R&B group The Emotions. Released from the group's album Rejoice, the single was the third biggest Pop song of 1977. The number was popular with my group of teenage friends, and it was one of a few songs that we absolutely had to dance to at school dances, parties, or get-togethers.
The disco-pop song was written by two members of the popular soul group Earth, Wind & Fire. Maurice White and Al McKay wrote the number that became a hit for The Emotions. The three sisters, Wanda Hutchinson, Shelia Hutchinson, and Jeanette Hutchinson returned the favor and teamed up with EW&F in 1979 on their hit song Boogie Wonderland.
This little disco ditty starts strong with a hefty horn section intro and is followed by a bass guitar and an energetic beat. The impulse to dance strikes immediately. It is such a fun song to dance to – you could say it is one of the "best" songs to boogie the night away to with your favorite dance partner.
The song went platinum and was honored with an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, and a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group. The tune reached 87 on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs, and it was the fifth biggest-selling R&B song of 1977.
This song has been performed by several artists such as Mary J. Blige, who sang the tune in 2004 as a commercial piece for the GAP clothing store company. Others such as Sheena Easton, Christina Milian, and the pop group En Vogue also covered the song in several various mediums. The swift dance piece has also be played on television shows such as American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. It's also been played in films such as Why Did I Get Married Too?, Boogie Nights, Mission Impossible, The Holiday, and others.
The 70s, the disco decade, gave the world so much to remember. For example, a film about a shark introduced movie-goers to a young up-and-coming director. The voracious shark with the large “jaws” frightened everyone I knew from going for a swim on the beach. However, as frightening as the movie about the big-toothed fish was, there was another flick even scarier. A chilling movie hit the theaters in 1973 about a little girl who was possessed by an evil and forceful energy that required the help of a religious exorcist. But not all “horror” movies were scary. In 1974, a funny film told the story of the grandson of a very famous doctor. The grandson was trying to step out of his grandpa’s shadow and make a name for himself, so he attempted to do the impossible – bring a corpse back to life. This monster of a movie made the audience roar with laughter. These movies are all memorable, but the film that most people will always associate with the 70s is the one about the guy in the white leisure suit who loved to disco dance.
Disco and the 70s are synonymous, and music was a big part of my life during that time. Some of the music was so good that I continued to listen to it in the 80s and 90s, and I continue to listen to it now. One of the songs that always makes my playlist is the 70s Jam, Best of My Love by The Emotions.
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