On Black Bach the legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier ( of Holland-Dozier-Holland fame) steps into the spotlight with plans to swing for the fences. With dozens of session players (including Ray Parker, Jr) making up a symphony and choirs featuring the likes of Darlene Love, Dozier --and his very plain voice--take on the subjects of life, love and death. Singled out as one of the greatest albums of all time by The Mojo Collection Black Bach is a "classic soul folly" that "has receded into myth.
New York soul brothers The Main Ingredient ( featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.) released their high water mark, Euphrates River, featuring their million selling cover of Ronnie Dyson's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and a tight version of "Summer Breeze" that rivals the 3 +3 cut by The Isley Brothers.
From the same high school as Marshawn "BeastMode" Lynch and Clint Eastwood comes The Pointer Sisters who followed up their debut album ( and hit single "Yes We Can Can") with more scatting jazz, pop, R and B and, most surprisingly, a country hit called "Fairytale". It would not only win a Grammy but be covered by Elvis Presley.