Oct 11, 2019
The Old School Rewind Podcast Features Jody Watley his week.
Welcome Back Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959 is an
American singer, songwriter, record producer, and artist whose
music crosses genres including pop, R&B, jazz, dance, and
electronic soul. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for Best New
Artist and has been nominated for three Grammy awards.Jody Vanessa
Watley (born January 30, 1959 is an American singer, songwriter,
record producer, and artist whose music crosses genres including
pop, R&B, jazz, dance, and electronic soul. In 1987, she won
the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and has been nominated for
three Grammy awards.In 2008, she was the recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement Award from Billboard magazine, and was also prominently
featured in the historic black issue of Vogue Italia in 2008. Her
early music influences are Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,
Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, The Carpenters, Roberta Flack,
Prince, Grace Jones and various jazz artists including Nancy
Wilson. In December 2016 Billboard ranked her as the 21st
most successful dance artist of all-time. and in 2017 Black Music
Honors TV special recognized Watley as Crossover Music Icon Honoree
for her groundbreaking achievements and influence. In August 2018
Billboard ranked Jody Watley as one of the top female artists of
all-time, at number 53. Jody's Early career1977–1984: Soul Train
and ShalamarWatley was born in Chicago, Illinois and made her first
stage appearance at 8 years old with family friend and godfather
Jackie Wilson. (CLIP JACKIE WILSON) She got her entertainment start
on the TV dance show Soul Train at the age of 14. Documented by
Ebony magazine in 1977 as a part of "The New Generation," Jody
Watley was one of the most popular dancers on the show and
recognized as a trendsetter for her style and dance moves. As
standouts on the television show, Watley and fellow Soul Train
dancer Jeffrey Daniel were selected to join Gary Mumford and become
original members of the R&B group Shalamar, which was created
by soul trains Don Cornelius.
(Mumford was shortly replaced by Gerald Brown, and Brown himself was soon replaced by Howard Hewett as lead vocalist). So The lineup now in shalamar of Hewett, Watley, and Daniel would be the most successful. Jody Watley remained with Shalamar from 1977 to 1983. In that time, The trio released several albums and scored several hits including the US Top 20 "Dead Giveaway", and the R&B hits "The Second Time Around", "For The Lover In You", and "A Night To Remember". A show exclusively for Shalamar up in a few weeks so I didn't mean to tease you their wit den jammies but few weeks we'll hook up with shalamars music.. after all of this and Because of conflicts within the group, disagreements about the artistic direction of Shalamar with Dick Griffey, and lack of payment from Solar Records, Jody Watley finally leaves the group in 1983, prior to the release of Shalamars "The Look" album.
Here we are in post Shalamar mode for Jody watley as she moved to England, and while there, she recorded a guest vocal with British Jamaican roots reggae group Musical Youth for their album, Different Style!.(clip) remember them, She also recorded with Gary Langan, Anne Dudley and J.J Jeczalik (who later became Art of Noise).(clip) She had a brief stint with Phonogram Records where two singles were released (in the UK, Europe and Australia – though crucially not America) under the moniker "Jody" (no second name), "Where the Boys Are" and "Girls Night Out". Also during this era, and after departing the group, she took part in Bob Geldof's Band Aid recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas", which included Bono, Boy George, Sting, George Michael, Phil Collins, Status Quo, Paul Weller, Bananarama and other prominent UK artists.
After two and a half years in England, Watley returned to
America and secured a recording deal with MCA Records, eager to
establish her own identity. Her debut solo studio album, titled
Jody Watley, was released in March 1987, and she co-wrote six of
the album's nine songs. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Watley
would say that she wanted to showcase her voice against "really
funky hard dance tracks." The album's lead single, "Looking for
a New Love", became a hit and was certified Gold by the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album peaked at
number ten on the US Billboard 200, number one on the Top
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and sold 2 million copies in the
United States and a total of 4 million copies worldwide. It
produced five uptempo dance and R&B singles that charted on the
Billboard Hot 100, with three peaking within the top-ten: The first
"Looking for a New Love" was a #2 hit for Jody and was released in January 1987 as the first single from her debut album. The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987. The single hit number two for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart. It is the only single between 1985 and 1990 in the United States to have spent four weeks in the runner-up position and not have reached the number one. The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and U2's "With or Without You", and would itself keep Club Nouveau's Hot 100 number-one single "Lean on Me" out of the top spot of the R&B chart. It ranked number 16 on Billboard's year-end chart for 1987.
The song also reached number-one on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.
In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The single lookin for a new love came about While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of "I'll show you" with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of "Looking for a New Love." The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley's vocal was still intact. One of the song's key phrases became a popular saying: "Hasta la vista, baby." It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (see Hasta la vista, baby). This is what the kids now days would call a banger. Jody wattle lookin for new love on this weeks old school rewind podcast
CLIP Lookin for a new love
We are tracking jody watleys hits on the Old School rewind I'm Aaron from the 35 acres and a microphone podcast farm.. The three most noted singles for jody chart wise were that you just heard lookin for a new love next up a song called still a thrill got to #56 on the top 100. Higher at the r&b radio stations While the #56 (US chart) peaking "Still a Thrill" didn't necessarily match the pop chart success of its blockbuster predecessor, it was, however, a major hit on both the R&B and dance charts in 1987. Watley employed a deep lower register on this uptempo R&B / dance song, which she co-wrote. It was produced by Andre Cymone and David Z.
There have been CoversFrom Indie Neo-soulsters, Soulscream, on their 2001 album, Prototype @lpha1 2001 Neophunk. Synth-pop artist, Matthew Duffy, covered "Still a Thrill" on his album, Here I Come.
Here it is from jody now on the old school rewind podcast. Still a thrill
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We're messing around in the lab and hookin you up with some jams to hear, and the stories from the singers and songs from the True School Days of Old School and we're featuring jody wattle. Next up for jody was my favorite song I played on KWIN in Stockton back in those days was this one which reached #6. The song "don't you want me. I can remember like yesterday Christmas of 87 I was doing a lot of filling in for vacationing Dj's and this was actually the footings of Dance and Rhythm music to start taking down the white nature of top 40 radio It was released on August 10, 1987 as the third single from the Jody Watley album. The song was produced by Bernard Edwards of Chic-fame, and written by Franne Golde, David Paul Bryant and Jody herself.
"Don't You Want Me" was a huge hit in the United States, reaching position number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one and three on the Dance Club Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, respectively.
Watley's previous single, "Still a Thrill," fared well in dance and R&B markets, but less-so in the mainstream. This is the race thing I bring up a lot on this show. It was a lil too much for the radio. That was enough and prompted her label, MCA Records, to go in a more pop-friendly direction. "Don't You Want Me" was one of the biggest crossover singles for the year 1987, reaching the top-ten of the Billboard pop and R&B charts. The single was also popular in nightclubs, reaching the top spot of the Billboard dance chart.Some more chart chatter for you
Chart performance"Don't You Want Me" landed in the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 the week of October 24, 1987, advancing from number 56 to 40. The single reached number six on December 19, 1987 and remained there for three consecutive weeks. Theres been some Sample usage "Don't You Want Me" sampled extensively on the 49ers' 1990 hit "Don't You Love Me?". Remixed eurodance versions have appeared on the Dancemania series albums, including Dancemania SPEED 2 issued in 1999.
So far Jody had me at hello with this one, Don't you want me from me Aaron Goodwin and theeee old school rewind podcast
(CLIP)don't you want me
Jody watley featured on this weeks old school rewind. Im Aaron Goodwin thank you for subscribing if your just arriving share to a friend and let em know old school still lives on, here, on one of the only podcast focused on true old school or true school. 82-89. And how it all got on the radio and ending up starting the culture that has enveloped the world.. The next song we'll hit for you is Jodys "Some Kind Of Lover
Her third top 10 pop single from the album, and third number-one of the US dance chart, though the single found huge success in the US, outside the states, the single only reached number 81 on the UK charts.
Some Kind of Lover advanced into the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during the week of February 27, 1988, finally stalling at #10 the week of April 16, 1988. "Some Kind of Lover" kept Watley in the Top 20 of the singles chart for six weeks.
The music video premiered in January 1988 and was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, for Best Female Video and Best New Artist in a Video, she also performed "Some Kind of Lover" at the award show that year.
(CLIP)some kind of lover
I am Aaron Goodwin and by the look of the numbers here I am talking week by week to folks worldwide we have numbers in the thousands subscribed to my podcast the old school rewind. Share subscribe tell a friend. Jody watley's next single is "most of all" released on April 18, 1988 as the fifth and final single from the Jody Watley self titled... "Most of All" was the least successful of the five singles released from the Jody Watley album. It peaked at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 but did find success on the Dance Club Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, where it reached numbers eight and eleven, respectively. The song was produced by Patrick Leonard and was co-written by Gardner Cole, both of whom had been involved with Madonna's 1986 album, True Blue.
The accompanying black and white music video for "Most of All" was directed by famous Hollywood director David Fincher. David fincher (thinking) where have I heard that name before.. David fincher. Oh I know do you watch jimmy Fallon, when Nicole Kidman went on and said that she went around Jimmy a couple of times and sort of liked him and Fallon knew nothing of it.. the mutual friend is David finches that would make sense. I'm pondering out loud sorry. That isn't confirmed either but. I think that was that guys name
For me. the songs kept getting better and I thought the melody of most of all and the hook were incredible. This was a real artist.
(CLIP) most of all
At the 30th Annual Grammy Awards of 1988, Watley won the award for Best New Artist, and was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. That same year, she also received nominations for four MTV Video Music Awards and three Soul Train Awards.
Heres a note. After Shalamar she had two singles released under the name of "Jody", without her last name even though adverts in UK pop magazine, Smash Hits, mentioned that she was "Formerly of Shalamar". This "technicality" (no second name), allowed her controversially to be considered a "New Artist" at the Grammy's, beating Breakfast Club, Cutting Crew, Terence Trent D'Arby and Swing Out Sister. Shortly after winning the Grammy, Watley would be featured in Harper's Bazaar magazine photographed by Francesco Scavullo.
Things than became "LARGER THAN LIFE" for Jody watley. that is a play on words a bit as it is the name of jody's next album or sophomore effort. In the spring of 1989, Watley released her second studio album, Larger than Life, co-writing eleven of the album’s twelve songs. The album sold over 4 million copies worldwide, reaching number 16 on the Billboard 200, and produced four singles: "Real Love" (US #2, #1 R&B, #2 Dance, UK #31), a Gold-certificated single and her first Top 40 UK single since "Looking for a New Love" in 1987;
"Friends" featuring Eric B. & Rakim, (US #9, #3 R&B, #7 Dance, UK #21); and "Everything" (US #4, #3 R&B), her first ballad released as a single. The album's fourth and final single, "Precious Love", was a minor hit, peaking at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Friends" is notable for being the first multi-format hit single to include the formula of a pop star featuring a guest rapper with the custom full 16-bar verses and bridge concept, and distinguishable from the rap "Intro" by Melle Mel on Chaka Khan's notable cover of Prince's song "I Feel for You". The successful "Friends" formula would become a mainstay formula in commercial pop music and was added as a category at the Grammy's under Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002.
During the summer of 1989, the "Real Love" video, directed by famous Hollywood director David Fincher, was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video and Best Female Video at the 1989 ceremony. That record was held until Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson's video "Scream" received 11 VMA nominations in 1995. The next year, she was nominated for two Soul Train Awards, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, and a Narm Award for Best Selling R&B Female Album. While riding high on her Larger Than Life World Tour, a remix album, titled You Wanna Dance with Me?, was released in October 1989 and achieved Gold status in America. 1989 also saw Watley featured in Harper’s Bazaar "Ten Most Beautiful Women" issue, photographed by Matthew Rolston. That same year Watley appeared on the cover of the Japanese high fashion magazine SPUR for its debut issue. Watley released the million selling "Dance to Fitness" a first for an African-American woman and artist.
Tell a friend to share listen and subscribe.. as I play our final track this week on the old school rewind featuring jody watley. Eric b and rakim.. Jody is so responsible for the rhythm movement. So many firsts what a talent..