Five For Friday: ’70’s Jazz Crossovers

A number of jazz artists crossed over to the pop charts with instrumentals in the ’70’s. Here are five examples, for your Friday afternoon listening pleasure.

  1. Herbie Hancock, "Chameleon": From his 1973 album Head Hunters, "Chameleon" reached #18 on the R&B chart and just missed the Top 40, coming in at #42, in 1974.

  2. Deodato, Rhapsody In Blue": The follow-up to "Also Spracht Zarathustra" this just missed the Top 40, peaking at #41.

  3. Ramsey Lewis with Earth Wind & Fire, "Hot Dawgit": The second single from 1974’s Sun Goddess album, it was the follow-up single to "Sun Goddess," and reached #50.

  4. The Crusaders, "Put It Where You Want It": They started out in the ’60’s as the Jazz Crusaders and were known as The Crusaders in the ’70’s. "Put It Where You Want It" is from their 1972 album Crusaders 1 and features Larry Carlton on guitar. It reached #39 on the R&B chart and #52 on the Hot 100.

  5. Grover Washington Jr., "Mister Magic": Title track from his 1975 album, it reached #16 on the R&B chart and #54 on the Hot 100.

And that’s Five For Friday, July 9, 2021.

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