4. Al Brown, “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”
Memphis’ blues-soul Bobby “Blue” Bland laid down the original “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” in 1974. Al Brown recorded many covers, but really does this song justice. He even throws in his own line adding “too much guns around.”
3. Al Brown, “Here I Am Baby”
Al Brown strikes again with his take on Al Green’s “Here I Am Baby.” This was released in 1974 on the Trojan label in the UK. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded the original in 1972 on his masterpiece soul album, Call Me.
2. Marcia Griffiths, “Don’t Let Me Down”
The last time the Beatles recorded a live show was on January 30, 1969 when the group climbed on the rooftop of Apple Records in London. Few curious onlookers from the street level couldn’t believe their ears with Billy Preston jammin’ on the keyboards. As the Beatles were falling apart, John Lennon wrote this tune to express his love for wife, Yoko. The Empress of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths laid down her version which can be found on the album Put a Little Love in Your Heart: The Best of Marcia Griffiths 1969-1974.
1. Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Sugar, Sugar”
Break out the bubble gum! Bob Marley and the Wailers chewed on this chart bursting track “Sugar, Sugar” by the fictional TV group, The Archies.
Worth seeing the original from the 1969 TV cartoon show, Archie.
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