“Why Does It Hurt So Bad” was written by Babyface and Whitney Houston recorded it for the soundtrack to the movie Waiting To Exhale which she also starred in. Please enjoy this live performance of the song at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards. She simply sits on a stool, breaks the song down and builds it back up.
You can tell if a song is good if other artists want to cover it or reinterpret it… even if their interpretation is much different or not necessarily as good as the original. “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” has been covered and sampled by Ludacris, Jaheim and even Billy Idol. Check out Billy Idol and Jaheim’s versions below. “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” (1969)… by William Bell.
I can clearly remember as a youngin’ watching my mother groove to this song and specifically asking her, “What is this record?” She replied “Green Onions”, and I thought that was the craziest tune and title I’d ever heard. Chalk that up to immaturity, ’cause now I know that my momma and Booker T. & The M.G.’s were throwin’ down.
Even if you don’t know that name of the song you know “Green Onions”. The groove is unforgettable and it’s been used in several film and television commercials. “Green Onions” won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, which is a list of “culturally, historically, or asthetically important” American sound recordings. Enjoy.
“Love Hangover” by Diana Ross was released in 1976 as a single AFTER the group The 5th Dimension covered the song. Both versions entered the charts on the same day. Diana’s version went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts and won a Grammy. The 5th Dimension’s version peaked at number 80. To quote another Motown hit, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing Baby”.
Eric Roberson slays “Just a Dream”. The track is so deeply soulful that by the time he reaches the line “the next day, you didn’t know me”, you will be on your way to purchase the cd online. Mr. Roberson sings with such conviction that you personally wish for him that his “dream” would come true.
“Just a Dream” is part of the release “The Appetizer”, which is available at Amazon.com.