The world of Jams was a little upside down these last 48 hours. Beyoncé is allegedly pregnant again, and Kanyé West now actually things he’s Jesus. Actually, I guess it’s just par for the norm these days. Anyway, JotD is steering clear of all that and going country tonight.
Here’s Mary Chapin Carpenter with “Shut Up and Kiss Me” (#1 on the U.S. Country chart, 1994).
I’ve been following Chaka Khan’s 100 Days Countdown she’s been doing on her website. I think it has to do with her 60th birthday, which was back in March. If you’re a huge fan, like JotD, then it’s worth sifting through some great clips, photos and other info about her 40-year career.
This is Rufus with “You Got the Love” (#11, #1 on the R&B chart, 1974).
It’s been like a decade since American Idol chose a worthwhile winning artist. And it was all because of tonight’s Jam. I was listening to different versions of the song tonight: Ben E. King (of “Stand by Me” fame) originally wrote and performed the track, and the highest-charting version was done by Tony Bennett back in 1970. Disco legend Sylvester does a wow-inducing disco take on the track, JotD icon Gladys Knight does a nice rendition as well. But the queen was Shirley Bassey.
Here’s Ms. Bassey with “I (Who Have Nothing)” (#6 in the UK, 1963).
A Jam of the Day can be new or old, black or white, hard and fast like you in the club or slow and sweet like you're makin' love. There is only one rule: It must make you say, "Man, that's a JAM."
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