Play That Funky Music

Frontman Rob Parissi wanted to write a hit song, and his plan was to copy from the best. He read Billboard magazine, which charts the hit songs. When it arrived each week, he would pick out a song or two to copy, making it just different enough to avoid getting sued....

I’ll Take You There

While soul music exploded on the charts in 1965, there was another surge of black music in the early ’70s, with a funkier feel. 1972 saw hits like as “Freddie’s Dead” by Curtis Mayfield, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green,...

In My House

Funkmeister Rick James has spent as much time producing other artists’ work as he has pumping out his own hits, which invariably hit high on the R&B charts, but for whatever reason achieved only moderate success on the pop charts. His most striking success...