Friday, July 4, 2014

Here comes the weekend wrap up and my Friday classic oldie jam pick

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
McFadden & Whitehead (1979)

I'm looking forward to the holiday weekend and especially the week following.  (I'll be on vacation) We'll start the weekend off on Friday (July 4th) with the World One Music festival in El Cerrito followed by a potluck and fireworks at a friend's home in Berkeley.  There is also the World Cup match between Colombia & Brazil.  I will record the game but we'll have to find some time to watch it later in the evening.

On Saturday we'll do another sports party and get together at my place to watch the Costa Rica/Netherlands match.

flag photos taken on July 4th vacation, downtown Denver, CO

How many of you remember this 1979 oldie, Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead
(be sure to click on the link above and listen to the song)

Shout out to my brother, Russ, who was the inspiration for my oldie jam pick song choice this week. 

When my brother mentioned the song in a conversation we had last night, I thought it was perfect choice because I remember it being a hit when I was 28.  At the time we lived with my brother in a huge 2 level Victorian near Alamo Square in San Francisco.  For my 28th birthday we threw a party complete with a mobile disco and had over 200 people show up. The party was a big hit and was the talk for quite some time.

What fond memories I have of that party and dancing to that song!

"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" is a 1979 disco song performed by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead, from their debut album McFadden & Whitehead

It was released as the lead single from the album, the song spent a week at number one on the R&B singles chart.  It also proved to be a successful crossover hit, peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 5 in the UK.  The single also made it to number ten on the disco charts. It eventually went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies.
"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" is about succeeding despite having faced previous disadvantages ("so many things that held us down").  It was widely interpreted to be about the experience of the African American community, and after attaining popularity, became referred to as "the new black national anthem (the original being the 1900 song "Lift Every Voice and Sing").

Whatever you have planned (or don't)...Hope you enjoy your weekend?

                            Happy 4th of July!
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1 comment:

  1. Yes mam...ain't no stopping us now...Happy 4th...have fun!