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Roots & Influences - The World of Mary J. Blige

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Rufus  Sweet Thing   buy on itunes
Anita Baker  Caught Up In the Rapture   buy on itunes
Candi Staton  Young Hearts Run Free   buy on itunes
Teena Marie & Rick James  Fire and Desire   buy on itunes
Gladys Knight & The Pips  Midnight Train to Georgia   buy on itunes
Parliament  Flash Light   buy on itunes
Stevie Wonder  As   buy on itunes
Dorothy Moore  Misty Blue   buy on itunes
Aretha Franklin  (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman   buy on itunes
Natalie Cole  This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)   buy on itunes
Rose Royce  Wishing On a Star   buy on itunes
Bobby Womack  Woman's Gotta Have It   buy on itunes
Aretha Franklin  Day Dreaming   buy on itunes
Otis Redding  Try a Little Tenderness   buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  You Send Me   buy on itunes


Between the crackling grooves of her mom’s dusty 45s and the static-stuffed transmissions of her local radio station, Mary learned all she needed to know about [i]delivering[/i] soul music. Her first teacher was Chaka Khan, whose lightning-clap voice, on “Sweet Thing,” whispers in your ear and strokes your thigh, then flips on the basement’s blue light for slow dancing up against the wall. Be sure to listen as Dorothy Moore falls to the floor, curls into the fetal position, and bleeds endless tears on “Misty Blue,” serving up a no-shame-in-my-game vocal that’s part church, part juke joint — and part of Mary’s musical DNA. And don’t sleep on Ms. Anita Baker, whose taffy-pulled caramel notes make “Caught Up in the Rapture” a sigh of grown-folk contentment, capturing the “Real Love” that Mary searched for at the start of her career. Mary’s musical roots are a tangle of jazz, funk, blues, rap, and pop; from Aretha to Parliament, we’ve exposed the artists who shaped the woman.
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