OK, here's an R&B chart for this week. I picked it because it was different than what the pop top 10 chart represented that week. A few of you will be alienated by this chart, and, for those who vote, I know which one or two will get the most votes simply becauase of the majority of this forum's familiarity with them. So... Billboard's Hot Soul Top 10 Singles, week ending May 7, 1977: 1. Got To Give It Up Pt. 1 - Marvin Gaye 2. The Pride (Part 1) - The Isley Brothers 3. Whodunit - Tavares 4. I'm Your Boogie Man - K.C. & The Sunshine Band 5. Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder 6. The Pinocchio Theory - Bootsy's Rubber Band 7. I Wanna Do It To You - Jerry Butler 8. You're Throwing A Good Love Away - Spinners 9. Your Love - Marlyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. 10. It Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad - Manhattans Here are my obserbvations: 1. The cool thing is that Marvin never recorded this song, at least in the way it turned out. This was the creation of engineer Art Stewart. Stewart always left the tape rolling as Marvin did scratch vocals. Gaye often worked out a song in the studio, as that's where he was comfortable. At some point, Stewart decided he could create a song out of it with some creative editing and mixing, and adding party sounds. Marvin heard it and loved it. 2. Another funk-by-the-numbers jam by the Isley Brothers. It kept them on the top of the charts and maintained their funk cred. It's off their powerful "Go For Your Guns" album, but the song was by no means their best. IMO, that distinction went to "Livin' In The Life". 3. A routine soul number by the Tavares brothers. It's an OK song, but I felt that it suffered from bad EQ, like most of their materiel from this period. 4. Producers Harry Wayne Casey and and Richard Finch could do so much with so little! Anyone listening to this for the lyrics will walk away shaking their head. The secret of this repettitive R&B jam is in the musical buildup with each verse. You don't notice it when you listen to it, though. The song, like two others on this chart, hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 5. I know. Besides Marvin Gaye, this one will get the most votes. 6. I honestly don't remember this song. I just recall not liking this band very much. Just because it's funk doesn't mean i'll like it. 7. This...this song came from his one-off on Motown! Jerry Butley produced a very interesting concept album called "Suite For the Single Girl", which sounds very much like it could have been a movie soundtrack. If you find a copy of the album, check it out. It will grow on you. I liked it immediately. 8. I honestly don't know this song. I'll have to check it out. I stopped listening to the Spinners after The Rubberband Man", and didn't pick them back up until "Working My Way back To You/Forgive me Girl" in 1980. 9. This hit the top pop top 10 too. It has the then-married couple, formerly of the pop group the Fifth Dimension in top form from their debut album on ABC Records. 10. Again, I don't know this song. I'll have to check it out too. Anyway, have at it.