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Bell & James

Drummer/guitarist Leroy Bell met guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Casey James while both were members of Philadelphia band Special Blend. After the band disbanded, the two began a songwriting partnership. Bell's uncle was Philly soul mainstay Thom Bell, a key player at Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records. He signed the duo to a music publishing contract with Mighty Three Music, a company he co-owned with Gamble & Huff. Their songs were covered by Elton John(the gold number nine pop/Top 36 R&B hit "Mama Can't Buy Me Love,") MFSB, LTD, the O'Jays, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Freda Payne, and Pockets. Another one of their songs was included in the 1979 basketball movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Around that time, A&M Records signed them to a record deal. Their debut single "Livin It Up (Friday Night)" went gold, going to number seven R&B and number 15 pop in the spring of 1979. That and the truthful ditty follow-up "Never Know What You've Got" were included on their debut LP, Bell and James. Their other album was Only Make Believe which spawned the R&B charting singles "Shakedown" and "Only Make Believe." "Livin It Up (Friday Night)" can be found on Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind, Vol. 20, Disco Years, Vol. 7: The Best Disco in Town, '70s Disco Ball Party Pack, Disco Box, and Soul Train: The Dance Years 1979. ~ Ed Hogan
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Track List: '70s Soul Gold

Disc 1

1. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

2. The Bells

3. Up The Ladder To The Roof

4. Love On A Two-Way Street

5. I'll Be There

6. The Tears Of A Clown

7. What's Going On

9. Proud Mary

10. Mr. Big Stuff

11. Smiling Faces Sometimes

12. Theme From Shaft

13. Let's Stay Together

14. Clean Up Woman

15. In The Rain

16. Betcha By Golly Wow

17. Oh Girl

18. I'll Take You There

Disc 2

1. Outa-Space

2. Strawberry Letter 23

3. Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)

4. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

6. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)

7. That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2

8. Let's Get It On

9. Keep On Truckin'

10. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

12. Bad Luck

13. Love Hangover

14. Easy

15. Float On

17. Livin' It Up (Friday Night)

18. Special Lady

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Yeah it was the bomb.... I wish that all the guys and lady's would be at the bowling alley in .. Long Beach..NY... And chilling on the Broadwall... R i c h i e . . .
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I was little then I should of been grown I would have partied my a** of
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Yep!!!!!!
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In front of my mirror busting moves... NYC lookout... Can't fake the funk...
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Oh Yeah,
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Absolutely!! ! Randy Haldeman
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rhaldeman27
My mind is dreamin'. I'm somewhere else. Can't seem to shake it.
I miss the feeling of having fun, no way to fake it!

It's Friday night!

One of my Top-10 party songs ever.
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mbmwindowsse r v e r
I have not heard this jam in years. Thanks a lot....

Winston
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THE GREATEST WEEKEND JUMP OFF SONG EVER!!!!!
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I worked in a small Record Store and had one of the first demo's in the area. A new club just open a block over and the owner purchase music that day and invited the shop employees. We atteded opening night and notice the the club was dead, but had a lot of people there. We told the owner that we would return later. We went to the shop and picked up Friday Night and after that we had a party. This is the greatest party starter. "Vroom Vroom Party Starter"
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tadderly1
THE quintessenti a l signature song of the 70's.
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i just love this song , it brings me back to those funk days..
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rhondajkyles
Living it living it up living it up it's Friday Night!!! Man do I long for those days!!!
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My brother made a "continuous" recording of Livin it up (bootleg) on an audio cassette tape (the entire cassette, front and back, one song) and he would cruise the park areas on Sundays in the summer of the year it was a big hit (when everyone would be out cruising and chillin in the park) with that "one song," playing over and over so loud, he could be heard coming from blocks down the street. (Jenson Speakers) Fun song and fun times!
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Are these guys a 'One-hit wonder?' Either way....its a great song. I personally never get tired of it!
Jerry L.
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Living it up! It's Friday night! I feel ya! I love love this song.

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