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Yacht Soul

Yacht Soul

Soul and R&B produced with a Yacht Rock sound.

Show Notes, by Tim Malcolm 

Follow on Twitter: @timothymalcolm

Intro song: “Never Be the Same” by Christopher Cross (Amazon)

References:
Motown.
Things you gargle and swallow
McDonaldLoggins, and even Cross have Motown to thank
“Boom,” says Hollywood Steve

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Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” by Michael McDonald (Amazon)

References:
- On the track: 
Jeff PorcaroSteve LukatherGreg PhillinganesLouis Johnson (Quincy Jones’ go-to guy)
The Quincy connection is huge
- Lewis Johnson (of the Brothers Johnson) was “thunder thumbs”
Album “If That’s What it Takes” by Michael McDonald
- Also on the album: Brenda RussellPaulinho Da Costa
- It’s like “Ebony and Ivory” apparently
- Written by McDonald and Ed Sanford (Sanford Townsend Band)
Based on “I Keep Forgettin’” by Chuck Johnson (an olde-time song)
- That “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Bob Seger

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Yacht Soul

Example song: “Change” by Attitudes
Example song:  “Something Special” by Quincy Jones (Amazon)

David Foster is a big name in Yacht Rock; he later wrote adult contemporary but EARLIER wrote R&B. He brought that kind of production to works by Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs and Cheryl Lynn. Meanwhile, Quincy Jones was making his sound, rooted in funk and jazz, more rock and pop friendly. Thus, Yacht Soul takes shape.

Yacht Soul has more synthesizer and horns. Lyrics are a little more romantic, a little more sexual. The players are rooted in R&B, jazz and soul. But it’s still very smooth and may mix in some Yacht Rock pros (say Toto).

References:
Loggins defined Yacht Rock recently on a New York show
Foster’s band Attitudes (Graydon worked with Foster on the album)
Chuck Klosterman
Hall & Oates is close to this
“Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs
“Got to Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn, the first great work by Foster and David Page
Ebony.com’s look back at “The Dude”

12. “Baby Be Mine” by Michael Jackson (Amazon)

References:
Album “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
- One of two non-singles from “Thriller” (the other one)
- A great combination of Quincy Jones and Toto
- Written by Rod Temperton (RIP)
Jerry Hey arranged the horns
Jackson wanted Eddie Van Halen on “Thriller”
Jackson in the “We Are the World” documentary
“P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson (co-written by James Ingram)

11. “Seeing is Believing” by Paulinho Da Costa (Amazon)

References:
- Da Costa is a top percussionist in Yacht (Victor Feldman
played percussion, too, STEVE)
Sergio Mendes & the Brasil 67
- On the track: Bill ChamplinMichael BoddickerChuck FindleyLarry Carlton
Album “Happy People” by Paulinho Da Costa

10. “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) by Ray Parker Jr. with Raydio (Amazon)

References:
Dave Navarro doesn’t wear shirts (nor does Lenny Kravitz)
- Parker: 
our favorite “Ghostbuster” fan
- Parker always sings about cheating (sort of like Post-Motown)
Andrew Dice Clay on Jack and Jill
- Maybe Parker cheated on music
Gene Page: arranger (worked with Photoglo)

9. “In the Way” by the Brothers Johnson (Amazon)

References:
- This song was written by Toto
- Brothers Johnson is
George (“Lightnin’ Licks”) and Lewis (“Thunder Thumbs”)
- They toured with
Bobby Womack and the Supremes, worked with Jones (“Mellow Madness”)
Album “Winners” by the Brothers Johnson (the great album cover)

8. “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin and James Ingram (Amazon)

References:
It hit No. 1 in 1983!
These two sang “Just Once” from “The Dude”
- The McDon is on background vocals
More about Rod Temperton (looks like John Holmes)
- Temperton wrote
“Always and Forever” for his own band Heatwave
Temperton also wrote big songs for “Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson, also “Stomp!” by the Brothers Johnson and “Sweet Freedom”
Eric Gale: bassist on this (Stuff, with Steve Gadd)
Austin singing “Baby, Come to Me” as both herself and Ingram

7. “Jarreau” by Brenda Russell (Amazon)

References:
- This is a Yacht song
about Al Jarreau
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
Let’s google scat!
- Worked with Carole Bayer Sager, Dusty Springfield, Kiki Dee
“Get Here” by Brenda Russell 
- More songs from the album “Two Eyes”“Hello People” by Brenda Russell (with Michael McDonald), “Look Down, Young Soldier” by Brenda Russell (a war protest song that could’ve been AIDS)

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50 States in 50 Podcasts: Wisconsin
“Boogie Down” by Al Jarreau (Amazon)

Other artists from Wisconsin:
Les Paul
Violent Femmes
Bon Iver
Decibully
Butch Vig
Dustin Marshall
Clyde Stubblefield (“Funky Drummer” break)

References:
- This song is co-written by Michael Omartian (produced by Jay “Poopin’” Graydon)
- From the album “Jarreau” by Al Jarreau
- The University of Wisconsin is on a lakeside
Roadside cheese!
The Onion was founded in Wisconsin

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The Plughole
Read David Kamp’s piece on Bruce Springsteen's (tenuous) Yacht connection the Captain’s Blog!
Get your Beyond Yacht Rock and I’m Bob Seger t-shirts!
Order some Rhetoric Coffee (promo code YACHTROCK)

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6. “If There’s a Way” by Waters (Amazon)

References:
- Waters are
Maxine, Luther, Oren, Julia
Album “Waters” by Waters
- This song is Boz Scaggsian
- Tons of Bonanza personnel on this, including Parker Jr. and Graydon

5. “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr. (Amazon)

References:
- Not Yacht Soul? 
Well this isn’t.
- Steve Gadd is on drums; 
Ralph MacDonald is here, too (he looks great with his shirt off)
Bill Withers is on vocals

4. “Lazy Nina” by Greg Phillinganes (Amazon)

References:
Album “Pulse” by Greg Phillinganes (the album cover)
- Written by
Donald Fagen!
- On the track and album: Boddicker, Waters, Da Costa, Jackson, Page, 
Bobby Caldwell
Phillinganes was a member of Toto

3. “Give Me the Night” by George Benson (Amazon)

References:
- Benson’s jazz work included
“The Shape of Things to Come” and “Beyond the Blue Horizon”
We’ll nickname Benson “Guitar Boss”
Album “Breezin’” by George Benson
This album is “Give Me the Night”
- Another big hit for Benson: “Turn Your Love Around”
George Brett: also with the initial GB

2. “That’s How You Start Over” by Diana Ross (Amazon)

References:
- Ross’ earlier disco hits: “Upside Down,” “I’m Coming Out”
“Endless Love” by Diana Ross (without Lionel) from the album “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”
Album “Silk Electric” by Diana Ross (getting more Quincy)
This album is “Ross”
- On the album: Gary Katz (Steely Dan’s producer), Fagen, McDonald, Sanford, Marc Jordan, Lukather, the Porcaros, David Paich, Phillinganes, Carlton, Hey

1. “After the Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire (Amazon)

References:
Written by Foster, Graydon and Champlin
- Tommy Mottola (“Gino the Manager”) says this was originally offered to Hall & Oates
- This puts
Philip Bailey (“Easy Lover”) on the Yacht
“After the Love is Gone” by Airplay

Other proposed genre songs or albums:
Album “Friends in Love” by Dionne Warwick (“What is This”)
Album “The Dude” by Quincy Jones
“Always” by June Pointer (“He’s So Shy”)
“Got to Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn

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