The human voice is my favorite instrument to listen to, and this is some of the finest singing on Earth. Andrae Crouch is the gospel equivalent of Burt Bacharach, Thom Bell, Berry Gordy, and Booker T. all wrapped up into one complex, joyful person. This column and its accompanying music will show you why.
On this day in 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US #1 single when "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin's 15th solo hit and also his first UK #1 single in March, '69.
It's not news that Collins is an inspiration. Starting out as one of James Brown's original J.B.s, he went on to play with Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band, and lent his talents to groups like Axiom Funk, Praxis, and Fatboy Slim.