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Gwen Guthrie

Gwen Guthrie is best known for her number one R&B single "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent," a popular self-written bouncer. A prolific songwriter and a good pianist, she also penned "Supernatural Thing" for Ben E. King and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" for Martha Reeves, which was later popularized by Angela Bofill and Issac Hayes. In all, Guthrie logged approximately 50 compositions, and many thought Guthrie and songwriting partner Patrick Grant had the potential to become another Ashford & Simpson.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1950, Guthrie started singing in high school with a female quartet called the Ebonettes. (Another one of its members, Brenda White King, pursued music like Guthrie and became an in-demand session singer.) Guthrie sang lead for a group (East Coast) formed by Larry Blackmon (later of Cameo) in New York, but got her big break when she was asked to do a background session for Aretha Franklin, the number one R&B hit "I'm in Love," from 1974. Six months later, Guthrie signed as a staff writer with Bert de Coteaux Productions and co-wrote "Love Don't Go Through No Changes," the first hit for Sister Sledge, and many others with Grant. The collaboration didn't last long, however.

Guthrie continued to write with a variety of partners, and supplied backing vocals to many recording sessions. Working with Peter Tosh in the late '70s, Guthrie befriended reggae stars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who invited her to Nassau to record vocals for an album they were producing. Hearing her unique voice in the studio, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell inked her to a contract, and the Dunbar/Shakespeare project, assisted by David Conley of Surface, became her first solo release, a self-titled LP. She did score a dancefloor hit with the album's "It Should Have Been You." Her second LP, Portrait, released in 1983, followed a similar formula. Album number three, Good to Go Lover, dropped in 1986, and spawned her chart-topper "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent," plus the torching ballad "You Touched My Life." On Lifeline (1988), Guthrie was more involved in the writing and production. Hot Times was Guthrie's final LP release, hitting the streets in 1990. Like the previous LP, she wrote nearly everything, except for a moving remake of Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before." GuthrieGuthrie died on February 3, 1999, of uterine cancer in Orange, New Jersey. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In Good Company

1. Greetings

3. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

5. Don't Stop The Music

7. I Can't Lie To Myself

8. River Niger

10. Trouble You A Trouble Me

12. So Good So Right

13. Murder She Wrote

14. Dub MPLA

16. Spiritual Healing

17. Sitting & Watching

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Track List: '80s Urban Beats & Grooves

1. Crazay

2. Stop Doggin' Me Around

3. Angel

4. Cold Blooded

5. Love You Down

6. My Prerogative

7. The Rain

8. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

9. Candy

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Track List: 80's Groove 2 Sessions

Disc 1

1. Pull Up To The Bumper

2. Gangsters Of The Groove

3. Get Down Saturday Night

5. Act Like You Know

7. All & All

9. Jump Back (Set Me Free)

10. I'll Be A Freak For You

11. Weekend

12. Keep On

14. You'll Never Know

Disc 2

1. Encore

2. Take That To The Bank

3. It's A Love Thing

4. Single Life

5. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

7. Far Out

8. Go Bang! (Francois K Mix)

9. Running Away

10. Just An Illusion

12. You Can't Turn Me Away

13. Hold Me Tighter In The Rain

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Track List: 80's Soul Gold

Disc 1

1. I'm Coming Out

2. She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)

3. Super Freak

4. Being With You

5. With You I'm Born Again

6. When She Was My Girl

7. Let It Whip

8. Early In The Morning

9. Cutie Pie

10. All This Love

11. Don't Look Any Further

12. Treat Her Like A Lady

13. Mr. Telephone Man

14. Somebody's Watching Me

15. Meeting In The Ladies Room

Disc 2

1. Nightshift

2. Cherish

3. Oh Sheila

4. Secret Lovers

5. Your Smile

6. I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love

7. You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)

8. Ain't Nothin' Going On But The Rent

9. Candy

10. Looking For A New Love

11. Mercedes Boy

12. Little Walter

13. The Right Stuff

14. My Prerogative

15. I Like

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Track List: Disco Groovers

Disc 1

1. Hot Stuff

2. Oops Upside Your Head

3. Somebody's Watching Me

5. Car Wash

6. Get Down

7. Upside Down

9. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)

10. Get Down On It

11. Stomp!

12. Funkytown

13. Brick House

15. Ai No Corrida

16. Contact

19. Love Machine

20. I Will Survive

Disc 2

1. The Grease Mega-Mix

2. Dr Kiss Kiss

3. Breakin' (There's No Stopping Us)

5. Rockin' Roll Baby

6. Super Freak

7. Let The Music Play

8. I Want You Back

9. If I Can't Have You

10. There's A Ghost In My House

11. Fire

12. Night Birds

13. You Can't Hide

15. The Chase

18. Let It All Blow

19. It's Serious

Disc 3

1. Let's Get Serious

2. War

3. Hang On In There Baby

4. Shake Your Groove Thing

5. Never Gonna Give You Up

6. Love Hangover

8. Never Knew Love Like This Before

9. Funky Weekend

11. Party Freak

12. Stand Up

13. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

16. Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)

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Track List: Flares Feel Good Funk 'N' Disco

Disc 1

1. Sex Machine

2. Hollywood Swinging

4. Theme From Shaft

6. Rock Your Baby

8. Get Down Tonight

9. That Lady

10. Pick Up The Pieces

11. Movin

12. Shack Up

13. Do What You Wanna Do

14. Bad Luck

16. Whodunit

17. Boogie Oogie Oogie

18. Keep On Jumpin

20. Shoorah Shoorah

Disc 2

1. Aint Nothin Goin On But The Rent

2. Word Up

3. Atomic Dog

4. Last Night A Dj Saved My Life

5. Somebody Else's Guy

6. Let The Music Play

7. Youre The One For Me

9. Strut Your Funky Stuff

10. We Got The Funk

11. Let's Groove

12. Can You Feel The Force

13. Funkin For Jamaica

14. Just An Illusion

16. Aint No Stoppin Us Now

17. And The Beat Goes On

18. Rappers Delight

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Track List: Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story

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Track List: Groove On Down 2

1. Still In Love

2. Help Is On The Way

3. Got To Be Real

4. This Time Baby

5. Stay Tonite

7. Bizzaar

9. Can't Get Away (From Your Love)

10. Seventh Heaven

12. Share The Night

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Track List: Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Disc 1

1. Paradise

2. Weekend

3. Clouds

4. Haven't You Heard

5. We Got The Funk

7. Bad For Me

8. Heartbeat (Club Version)

11. Don't Make Me Wait

Disc 2

1. Baby I'm Scared Of You

3. Why Leave Us Alone

4. Love Injection

6. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Garage Version)

7. It Should Have Been You

8. A Lover's Holiday

9. Situation

10. Once In A Lifetime

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One of my faves by her. They don't make music like this anymore. To me Gwen Guthrie was underrated. Miss the 80s.
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For really bring something to my table
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This music bring me back to the old days back at Paradise garage
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zenobiareeds
Love love love this song
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marty.8230
This is true have to have a JOB
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From the silver shadow to Bentleys to latin quarter nuff said
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We use to PARTY
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Love this song
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I remember seeing her in the "Paradise Garage"singi n g this with her back up dancers dressed like Angles (boys were so fine) and we partied like the world was about to end !!!
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R.I.P.
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sean_moo_re
this is the most cold-blooded , song on this subject. STEP YOUR GAME UP!!!

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