Friday Mood Music: Herb Alpert


It was always a thrill to catch Herb Alpert’s “Rise” on the oldie’s station growing up, a rare event indeed, and it was even more exciting after the Notorious B.I.G. sampled this infectious 1979 dance instrumental on his own 1997 single, “Hypnotize.” I’d never seen this video until today. It too is hypnotizing.

Happy weekend!

Friday Vibes Video: Whitney Houston


I have no idea where time’s been going lately. I do know, however, that today’s the insignificant 33rd anniversary of Whitney Houston’s very significant breakthrough onto the Billboard chart: it was on this date in 1985 that the singer first reached #1, with “Saving All My Love for You.”

As a bonus, I’ve included Houston’s second number one single, the equally incomparable “How Will I Know,” after the jump.

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Friday Vibes Video: Jeannie C. Riley


On this date 50 years ago, country singer Jeannie C. Riley went number one with her instant classic “Harper Valley PTA,” a lyrical rebuke against gossiping, trash talking, shade throwing and general small mindedness. The track and the no nonsense narrative haven’t aged a day.

Have good weekends!