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It's February, and time for my newest feature for 5 on Friday -- The Hit Makers.
Once a month I'm going to feature the songs that launched careers. I'll be looking at different musical styles and the groups or singers from those styles who I love the best.
This month, let's get our groove on with funk.
1 - I Got You (I Feel Good) -- James Brown -- 1965
James Brown is credited with actually starting the new genre of funk with this tune.
2 - Everyday People -- Sly and the Family Stone -- 1968
This group is much funkier than this song. Yet it was their big-selling hit which brought them to the greatest public attention.
3 - I Can't Get Next to You -- The Temptations -- 1969
Although The Temptations were already a success in the rhythm-and-blues and soul categories, this song launched them as funk artists with a change in line-up and a new producer.
4 - Move On Up -- Curtis Mayfield -- 1971
An innovative Renaissance man, Mayfield was a soundtrack composer (Super Fly,) a multi-instrumentalist and a civil rights activist.
5 - Shining Star -- Earth, Wind and Fire -- 1974
This song is the funkiest song in the set, as by 1974 the public appetite for true funk had warmed to a song like Shining Star.