Keep On Truckin' - Eddie Kendricks (1973)
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Published on Mar 5, 2012
"Keep On Truckin'" was a 1973 hit song recorded by former Temptations vocalist Eddie Kendricks for Motown Records' Tamla label, from his third solo album "Eddie Kendricks". The song was Kendricks' first major hit as a solo artist, coming two years after his departure from The Temptations. "Keep On Truckin'" reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles Chart upon its release, and was Kendricks' only number-one hit. By 1973, Eddie Kendricks was two years deep into a solo career following his bitter split from The Temptations in 1971. Working closely with Frank Wilson, who was the main producer in most of Kendricks' solo efforts, the duo worked on a song that would aim at the dance floor rather than the serene ballads that Kendricks was used to recording. With co-writers Anita Poree and Leonard Caston Jr., Wilson created a song rivaling that of the Temptations' Norman Whitfield-produced cinematic soul that had become commonplace among the group's recordings, but instead of instigating drama, the song's grooves were clearly aimed at the dance floor. Upon its release in the summer of 1973, the song would finally bring Kendricks out of the shadow of his former band as the song's catchy beats and melody became a crossover hit. By late fall, the song had reached number one on the U.S. pop and R&B singles chart, eclipsing singles released by his former group. "Keep On Truckin'" would later be included in debates about the first-recorded and released disco record alongside The Hues Corporation's "Rock The Boat" and Barry White's "Can't Get Enough". The song gave Kendricks a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (losing out to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition") and would remain his signature hit. The song's instrumental bridge would later be sampled by rapper Mr. Cheeks on his 2002 single, "Lights, Camera, Action" and in the Jennifer Lopez 2007 single, "Do It Well". Eddie Kendricks (December 17, 1939 -- October 5, 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "Get Ready", and "Just My Imagination". This channel is dedicated to all the great 'old school' R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it's all 'Old School' and it's all here!
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