9. Ken Boothe “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”
Under the direction of Motown’s Artist’s Development department, Berry Gordy and Maxine Powell gave the Supremes an ultra feminine, sexy image. This strategy was revolutionary as R&B and rock stars were male dominated in the mid-sixties. Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson gave us “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in 1966 which hit Number 1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. At Studio One, Ken Boothe redirected this heat-seeking tune, by cooling down the tempo to make it his own.
8. Lloyd Parks “Kung Fu Fighting”
Let’s bust out the disco ball at the dancehall! Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting” is acknowledged as number 100 in VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. This single sold over 11 million copies, which helped boost disco as the new club scene. Lloyd Parks released this black belt reggae cover in 1975 on his label, Parks. This singer/bass player had a brilliant career recording with early rocksteady and reggae groups like the Termites, Skin Flesh & Bone, The Revolutionaries and We the People Band.
7. The Connection “Love Theme”
Kick back, relax and enjoy this wonderful reggae instrumental of Barry White’s “Love Theme.” White’s 1973 song with the Love Unlimited Orchestra hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1974. It’s a rare chart topper that is purely instrumental, and the “Love Theme” is known to have helped sparked disco. Big up Barry White!