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Listen to Marvin's Room May. 19, from Whitney to Wyclef
By
Amanda Parris

Published

May 19, 2017

Marvin's Room is the home of R&B on CBC. The show airs Friday 7:00 p.m on Radio 2, Sunday 8:00 p.m on Radio 1, Wednesday at 4:00 a.m and Friday at 3:00 p.m on SiriusXM.

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Amanda Parris is the host of the new CBC Radio 2 show Marvin's Room.
Listen to Marvin's Room, May 19th 2017

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This is the show that bridges the old with the new, the Canadian with the international. In Marvin’s Room, the soul music connoisseur meets the new trapsoul vanguard. I hope you guys like each other.

Drake – Madiba Riddim
Beyonce – Grown Woman
Erykah Badu – Bag Lady
Mario Winans f/ Enya and P. Diddy – I Don’t Wanna Know
Staasia Daniels – Peanut Butter
Aretha Franklin – Call Me
Eddie Spencer – If This is Love
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jaryd Stanley – The End
Jessie Reyez - Great One
Whitney Houston - My Love is Your Love
Wyclef Jean - Gone Til’ November

Aretha Franklin – Call Me

There must be a lot of OG singers out there who are so glad social media wasn’t a thing when they were developing their careers. Among them (I’m guessing) is the notoriously private legend: Aretha Franklin.

Her first marriage came at the age of 19...and that marriage was to a pimp. Literally. Ted White was his name and he balanced the job of pimping alongside managing Aretha’s career. If that wasn’t difficult enough, their 8 year marriage was filled with domestic abuse. Divorce was a necessity for Aretha to ascend into the legend she was destined to be.

A few years after the end of that relationship, Aretha came up with the idea for the song “Call Me.” She said it came to her when she saw a young couple in New York saying goodbye. They parted by saying, “I love you. Call me.”

I can’t help but feel a touch of sadness hearing that story when you consider the heartbreak Aretha may have been nursing at that time, yearning for a more healthy love that might look a little like the love she sings about. Who knows? There was no social media so stars were able to keep their true inspirations private. Maybe that was for the best.

Eddie Spencer – If This is Love

For a moment in the ‘60’s Canada opened up its borders and an influx of immigrants arrived from the Caribbean. Among them were students, domestic workers and also musicians. Those from Jamaica brought with them the sounds of ska, rocksteady and reggae. It inspired a scene kind of like today, mixing and meshing the sounds of the islands with the North American R&B, soul and funk movements.

Eddie Spencer was one of those artists and although he was living in Toronto, this song sounds like it was excavated from the Motown vault.

Whitney Houston - My Love is Your Love

November 17th, 1998 has been dubbed in the music history books as “Super Tuesday.” It was reported to be the heaviest release day in music history. New albums were released by
Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jewel, Seal, The Offspring, Method Man AND it was the day Whitney Houston released her comeback album.

It was insane.

The pressure was high and Whitney had prepared for it. She brought out all the big gun producers: Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott. She even dabbled in sounds she’d never really tried like Hip Hop and reggae.

Unfortunately “My Love is Your Love” turned out to be the lowest charting album of her career. The singles though, made it a hit over time. From the iconic diva duet with Mariah Carey “When You Believe,” to the dance club anthem “It’s Not Right, But it’s Ok” and of course the masterclass collabo with Kelly Price and Faith Evans “Heartbreak Hotel.”

But my personal favourite is the song that sees Whitney doing a little Bob Marley inspired skank and features the voice of a baby Bobby Christina, years before anyone could predict the tragedies that would befall both mother and daughter.

Wyclef Jean - Gone Til’ November

If you watch this classic video you may catch a little cameo from a little known poet and folk singer who goes by the name Bob Dylan…

The Marvin's Room R&B Stream

Explore the world of R&B, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our new "Marvin's Room R&B" stream. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Deborah Cox.

Explore the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Usher, Deborah Cox