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Gone But Not Forgotten: Classic Albums

Classic artists remembered through their albums.

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    Barry White - I've Got So Much to Give (1973) with "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby"
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    Barry White - Can't Get Enough (1974) with "You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
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    The Love Unlimited Orchestra - Under the Influence Of... (1974) with "Love's Theme". The Love Unlimited Orchestra was Barry White's backing vocal group, and this album was produced and mostly written by White.
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    Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra - Rhapsody in White (1974)
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    Donna Summer - Love to Love You Baby (1975) with the controversial, over 16 minute title track
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    Donna Summer - A Love Trilogy (1976) with "Try Me I Know We Can Make It" and "Could It Be Magic"
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    Donna Summer - Bad Girls (1979) with "Bad Girls", "Hot Stuff", and "Dim All The Lights"
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    Donna Summer - She Works Hard for the Money (1983)
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    Donny Hathaway - Everything Is Everything (1970) with "The Ghetto"
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    Donny Hathaway (1971) with "Giving Up" and "A Song For You"
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    Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1972) with "Where Is The Love"
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    Donny Hathaway - Live (1972) with "The Ghetto" and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"
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    Donny Hathaway - Extension of a Man (1973) with "Someday We'll All Be Free"
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    LeVert - The Big Throwdown (1987) with "Casanova"
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    LeVert - Just Coolin' (1988) with "Pull Over" and "Gotta Get the Money"
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    Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert - Father & Son (1995) with "Already Missing You" and "For the Love"
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    Gerald Levert - In My Songs (2007) with "Wanna Get Up with You" and "Whatcha Think About That"
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    Heavy D & the Boyz - Living Large (1987) with "Here We Go", "I'm Getting Paid", and "Mr. Big Stuff"
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    Heavy D & the Boyz - Big Tyme (1989) with "We Got Our Own Thang" and "Somebody for Me"
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    Heavy D & the Boyz - Peaceful Journey (1991) with "Now That We Found Love" and "Is It Good To You"
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    Isaac Hayes - Presenting Isaac Hayes (1967), his debut album after years of penning songs for other artists in the Stax Records stable.
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    Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul (1969) with his epic cover of Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By"
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    Isaac Hayes - ...To Be Continued (1970) with "The Look of Love"
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    Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (1971) with "Never Can Say Goodbye", a song also performed by The Jackson 5 and Gloria Gaynor.
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    Isaac Hayes - Shaft Soundtrack (1971). "Shaft" won an Oscar for Best Original Song, making Hayes the first African American to win an Academy Award in that - or any - non-acting category.
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    Issac Hayes - Joy (1973)
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    James Brown - Live at the Apollo (1963) with "Think" and "I'll Go Crazy". For more classic James Brown albums visit the James Brown Discography gallery.
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    James Brown - Cold Sweat (1967) with the title track and "Come Rain or Come Shine". For more classic James Brown albums visit the James Brown Discography gallery.
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    James Brown - Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud (1969) with the title track and "Licking Stick Licking Stick". For more classic James Brown albums visit the James Brown Discography gallery.
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    Lyn Collins a.k.a. James Brown's protege "The Female Preacher" - Think (About It) (1972) with the classic title track famously sampled by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock for "It Takes Two". For more classic James Brown albums visit the James Brown Discography gallery.
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    Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (1981) with the title track and "A House Is Not A Home"
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    Luther Vandross - Forever, for Always, for Love (1982) with "Since I Lost My Baby"
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    Luther Vandross - Any Love (1988) with "I Wonder" and "She Won't Talk to Me"
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    Luther Vandross - I Know (1998) with "Keeping My Faith in You"
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    Luther Vandross' Dance with My Father (2003) with the Grammy winning title track and a cover of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack's "The Closer I Get To You" with Beyonce
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    Marvin Gaye - The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961), his first album
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    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - United (1967) with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
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    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971) with the title track, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", and "Right On"
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    Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man Soundtrack (1972) with "T Plays It Cool" and the title track
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    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (1973) with the title track and "Come Get to This"
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    Marvin Gaye's final release, Midnight Love (1982) with "Sexual Healing"
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    The Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (1969) with "I Want You Back"
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    The Jackson 5 - ABC (1970) with the title track and "The Love You Save"
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    The Jackson 5 - Goin' Back to Indiana (1971). Soundtrack to their TV special with "I Want You Back".
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    Michael Jackson - Ben (1972). "Ben" won a Golden Globe for Best Song. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song; Jackson performed the song in front of a live audience at the ceremony. The song was Jackson's first #1 solo hit.
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    Diana Ross & Michael Jackson - "Ease on Down the Road" from the film adaptation of The Wiz (1978)
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    Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979) with the title track, "Rock with You", and "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough"
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    Michael Jackson - Thriller (1983) with "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "PYT", "Wanna Be Startin' Something", and "Human Nature". Seven of Thriller's nine tracks made it into the Billboard Top 10.
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    Michael Jackson - Bad (1987) with the title track, "Smooth Criminal", "Dirty Diana", "Man In The Mirror", and "The Way You Make Me Feel"
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    Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". One of many versions was Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's rendition from 1967.
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    Ashford and Simpson also wrote "You're All I Need to Get By" for Gaye and Terrell in 1968.
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    Another Ashford and Simpson composition is Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" (1978) for her self-titled solo debut.
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    Ashford and Simpson had a long history of writing for Diana Ross. They wrote her early post-Supremes hit "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand" in 1970. They also wrote the bulk of Ross' hit 1979 album The Boss.
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    Ashford and Simpson's own hits include disco jams "It Seems to Hang On" and "Found a Cure", but most notably "Solid" from 1984.
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    Phyllis Hyman (1977) with "Loving You Losing You" and "No One Can Love You More"
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    Phyllis Hyman - Somewhere in My Lifetime (1979) with the title track and "Kiss You All Over"
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    Phyllis Hyman - You Know How to Love Me (1979) with "But I Love You" and "Give a Little More"
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    Phyllis Hyman - Living All Alone (1987) with the title track and "If You Want Me"
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    Phyllis Hyman returned to her Philly roots recording Prime of My Life for Philadelphia International Records in 1991 with "I Found Love" and "When You Get Right Down to It".
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    Phyllis Hyman's swan song prior to her tragic suicide, I Refuse to Be Lonely (1995) with "Waiting for the Last Tear to Fall", the title track, and "I'm Truly Yours".
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    Rick James - Come Get It! (1978) with "You and I" and "Mary Jane"
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    Rick James - Bustin' Out of L Seven (1979) with "Bustin' Out on Funk"
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    Rick James' biggest release, Street Songs (1981) with "Super Freak", "Give It To Me Baby", and his duet with Teena Marie, "Fire and Desire"
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    Rick James - Throwin' Down (1982) with "Dance Wit Me", "Standing on the Top", and "69 Times"
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    Rick James' proteges The Mary Jane Girls' self-titled debut from 1983 with "Boys" and "Candy Man"
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    The Mary Jane Girls' Only Four You (1985) with "In My House"
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    Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (1972) with "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
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    Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody (1975) with the title track and "Don't Leave Me This Way"
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    Teddy Pendergrass (1977) with "I Don't Love You Anymore" and "The More I Get, The More I Want"
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    Teddy Pendergrass - Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978) with "Close the Door"
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    Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy (1979) with "Come Go with Me" and "Turn Off The Lights"
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    Teddy Pendergrass - TP (1980) with "Love TKO" and "Can't We Try"
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    Teddy Pendergrass - Love Language (1984), his first album of new material following his tragic 1982 car accident
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    Teena Marie - Wild and Peaceful (1979) with "I'm a Sucker for Your Love" with Rick James and "Deja Vu"
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    Teena Marie - Lady T (1980) with "Behind the Groove"
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    Teena Marie - Irons in the Fire (1980) with "I Need Your Lovin'" and "Young Love"
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    Teena Marie - It Must Be Magic (1981) with "Square Biz" and "Portugese Love"
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    Teena Marie - Starchild (1984) with "Lovergirl"
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    Whitney Houston's smash 1985 debut with "Saving All My Love for You", "You Give Good Love", "Greatest Love of All" and "How Will I Know"
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    Cover art for single "How Will I Know" (1985)
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    Cover art for single "Greatest Love of All" (1985)
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    Whitney Houston - Whitney (1987) with "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "So Emotional", and "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
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    Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard Soundtrack (1992) with "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "I'm Every Woman", and "Queen of the Night". The Bodyguard sold 16 million copies, won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and for a time its lead single "I Will Always Love You" was the biggest selling pop single of all time.