Wednesday, March 18, 2015

40 Year Itch : Downhearted and Confused

    For 11 straight weeks,  nearly three months,  in 1975 , this McFadden and Whitehead penned smash by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes was the #1 song on the dance club charts. With MFSB generating that disco sound that would take over radio, Teddy Pendergrass takes on President Ford: 

Saw the President of the United States 
The man said he was gonna give it up 
He's giving us high hopes 
But he still turned around and left all us poor folks behind 

   In the book First Legends of Disco, Blue Note Anthony Brooks says "Some days start off good and turn out to be bad. And you gotta accept it and move on. 'Bad Luck ' just said, simply, 'every day ain't great.' But you gotta get through it. Bad luck is just for a short time. You can have it and you can get over it. And I think people related to that idea. They loved that song. The New Yorkers really loved it because they had problems [ with their economy and city] back then."

In the Village Voice Pazz and Jop critics poll,  the album To be True  ranked #17, the highest of all R and B albums in the poll.

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