Star Time #55: Things Are Gonna Get Easier


The 55th episode of Star Time is the last one produced in my now-former home of Columbia City, the South Seattle neighborhood my family and I lived in for nearly ten and a half years. The dark underbelly of a boomtown economy has forced us outside the city limits. None of this figures in this episode until the last 15 minutes, though. Before that, you get a perfectly pleasant lineup of '60s and '70s R&B songs (some actual hits!). Next week will be the first show from our new location, but unlike Amazon's second headquarters scramble we're not forcing American cities into a bloody PR war to decide where we're going. We're already there, you see. Long live Columbia City.

ArtistSongYearLabel
Set 1
Etta JamesSeven Day Fool1961Argo
The Andantes(Like a) Nightmare1964V.I.P.
The ApollasI'm Under the Influence of Love1967Warner Bros
Gloria JonesTainted Love1965Champion
Sly & the Family StoneRide the Rhythm1968Epic
Pic & BillYou Walk So Fine1969Better (Spain)
Keanya CollinsI'll Get Over It1968Blue Rock
Betty Everett1900 Yesterday1969UNI
Set 2
Marlena ShawCalifornia Soul1969Cadet
Marvin Holmes & the UptightsGrab This Thing1969UNI
The LatinairesSociety1970Cotique
The TemptationsI Gotta Find a Way (to Get You Back)1969Motown
Society's BagLet It Crawl1972Warner Bros.
Terry CallierHo Tsing Mee (A Song of the Sun)1972Cadet
Billy ByrdLost in the Crowd1973Scream
Laura Nyro & LabelleIt's Gonna Take a Miracle1971Columbia
Set 3
Carl CarltonEverlasting Love1974ABC
Brother SoulCookies1974Leo Mini
Minnie RipertonDon't Let Anyone Bring You Down1974Epic
WarMe and Baby Brother1973United Artists
Nina SimoneFunkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter1974RCA
The Natural FourYou Can't Keep Running Away1974Curtom
Dooley SilverspoonGame Players1976Seville
Set 4/Outro
KC & the Sunshine BandYou Don't Know1974TK
Automatic ManMy Pearl1976Island
The Four TopsWhen She Was My Girl1981Casablanca
SpinnersI'm Coming Home1974Atlantic
The Main IngredientRolling Down a Mountainside1975RCA Victor
The Five StairstepsO-o-h Child1970Buddah

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