Sometimes the simplest things are not only the most sophisticated, but the most enjoyable. The O'Jays' 1975 hit "I Love Music" is a musically tight-as-a-drum musing on two of life's greatest pleasures, good music as it's associated with love. Written by the inimitable songwriting duo Gamble and Huff, it's a a joyous celebration of big audio dynamite and big love.
The song hit #1 on the soul singles charts and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was one of two singles released from their Family Reunion album. The other was "Livin' for the Weekend," which charted at #20 on the Hot 100. The O'Jays had a slew of hits in the 70s and were fondly and aptly dubbed "The Mighty O'Jays" by Soul Train's host Don Cornelius. They sang everything from soulful ballads to get-on-the-dance floor disco. "I Love Music" is one of their signature tunes, though, because it's a sparkling musical cocktail consisting of all the right elements for a great song: from-the-gut vocals, a jamming, timeless groove and a universal message. "Nothing could be better than a sweet love song," has to be one of the most unfettered, honest sentences in music history. According to this song, falling in love is synonymous with music and, oh, how sweet the melody is.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.