August 24, 2016 Shake Your $2 Record

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Peaches & Herb, 2 Hot!, Polydor PD-1-6172, 1979

This fine late 70s product is yet another example of a producer driven record.  They’re only on the record in name only, but this is really a Freddie Perren record with Peaches & Herb on the cover.  If that name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps records like I Want You Back by The Jackson 5, Love Machine by The Miracles, Boogie Fever by The Sylvers, and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor will.  All, and many many more, were written and produced by Freddie Perren.

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The Peaches & Herb record came out just after Perren produced the huge Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.  So to say he was hot was an understatement.  The original Peaches & Herb had a few soul hits in the late 1960s, but the mid 70s, Herb was working as a policeman.  But old habits die hard, and Herb reached out to some old friends who supplied him with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, as well as a contract with Freddie Perren.

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It’s a great record.  It’s certainly a product of it’s time, but there are two all time R&B classics here in Shake Your Groove Thing and Reunited.  It’s safe to say though that virtually anybody would have had a hit with material this good, and it just so happened that Peaches & Herb fit the suit that week.

Today’s Summary:

Cost:$2, $821 Remaining