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John Hall and Daryl Oates are the definition of "blue-eyed soul." Their songs are a perfect melding of pop, soul, soft rock and R&B. One song from their extensive catalog that exemplifies their sound is "Sara Smile," which was on their self-titled, Gold certified album from 1975. They'd had three other studio albums, with the single "She's Gone" becoming a hit for them in their hometown of Philly and initially charting nationally at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.The elegiac song, co-written by the duo, was about Hall's then girlfriend Sara Allen and was their first chart-topping hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. A romantic nod to a significant other, the vocals are smooth as satin and the lyrics inspiringly poignant. This song remains one of the best love songs ever and represents the best of 70s blue-eyed soul.
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31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…