Category: R&B


R-3133015-1355161766-6382.jpeg[from her 1988 album, “Royal Blue”]

Dance Mix Version

R-3503626-1333026710.jpeg[from her 1991 album, “What Comes Naturally”]

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R-1203971-1380406744-3647.jpeg[from their 1992 album, “Keep It Goin’ On”]

Hula & Fingers Extended Mix Version

Hula & Fingers Hip Hop Remix Version

Clark’s Strictly Hip Hop Remix Version (featuring Jay-Z and Ski)

Linda Clifford

linda cliffordLinda Clifford (born on June 14, 1948 in New York City, New York) is an R&B/dance singer who scored hits on the dance and R&B charts during the ’70s and ’80s.

Linda began singing when she was 4 years old and sang on local TV programs in New York when she was 7 years old. Three years later, she appeared with Harry Belafonte & Sydney Poitier in a TV special for the NAACP.

She later went on to win Miss New York State; after winning her title, she pursued an acting career, having minor roles in films such as “The Boston Strangler”, “Coogan’s Bluff” and “Sweet Charity.”

However, Linda was unsatisfied with the roles she got, so she decided to concentrate on music instead. She performed with the Jericho Jazz Singers for a year in nightclubs in the Miami, Florida area before forming her own jazz trio called Linda & The Trade Winds.
Linda Clifford ‎– (It's Gonna Be) A Long Long WinterIn 1973, she was signed to Paramount Records and released the single, “(It’s Gonna Be) A Long Long Winter” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. By the mid-’70s, she moved to Curtis Mayfield’s record label, Curtom Records.
Linda Clifford ‎– LindaIn 1977, Linda released her debut album, “Linda” which didn’t make any album charts at all.
linda clifford from now onThe lead single from the album, “From Now On” peaked at #94 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. It also peaked at #28 on Billboard’s National Disco Action Top 40 chart (along with the track “You Can Do It”), staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– If My Friends Could See Me NowIn 1978, she released her sophomore album, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
linda clifford runaway loveThe first single, “Runaway Love” peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. It also topped Billboard’s National Disco Top 40 chart (along with the tracks “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Gypsy Lady”), staying on the chart for 24 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– If My Friends Could See Me NowThe follow-up single, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” (from the musical “Sweet Charity”) peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #68 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

At first, Linda responded negatively to recording a disco version of the song, thinking that it would be “sacrilegious”, but changed her mind after hearing the backing track of the song.
Linda Clifford ‎– Let Me Be Your WomanIn 1979, Linda released her third album, “Let Me Be Your Woman” which peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Linda Clifford ‎– Bridge Over Troubled WaterHer cover version of Simon & Garfunkel’s song, “Bridge over Troubled Water” peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #49 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. It also peaked at #11 on Billboard’s National Disco Top 40 chart (along with the tracks “Don’t Give It Up” and “Let Me Be Your Woman”), staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

The follow-up single from the album, “Don’t Give It Up” peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– Here's My LoveIn 1979, Linda released her fourth album, “Here’s My Love” which peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200 and #47 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Linda Clifford ‎– I Just Wanna WannaThe lead single, “I Just Wanna Wanna” peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. It also peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart (along with the other tracks from the album), staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
Linda Clifford & Curtis Mayfield ‎– The Right CombinationIn 1980, Linda and Curtis Mayfield released a duet album, “The Right Combination” which peaked at #180 on the Billboard 200 and #53 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Curtis Mayfield And Linda Clifford ‎– Between You Baby And MeThe first single released from the album, “Between You Baby and Me” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The follow-up single, “Love’s Sweet Sensation” peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. All the tracks from the album peaked at #87 on Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– I'm YoursDuring that same year, Linda released her sixth studio album, “I’m Yours” which peaked at #160 on the Billboard 200 and #47 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Linda Clifford ‎– Red LightThe first single, “Red Light” (which was featured in the 1980 film, “Fame”) peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

It also topped Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart for a week (along with Irene Cara’s song “Fame” and the track “Hot Lunch Jam”), staying on the chart for 27 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– Shoot Your Best ShotThe second single, “Shoot Your Best Shot” peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. It also topped Billboard’s Disco Top 100 chart for 4 weeks (along with the track “It Don’t Hurt No More”), staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

The last single from the album, “I Had a Talk With My Man” peaked at #53 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
Linda Clifford ‎– I'll Keep On Loving YouBy 1982, Linda had moved onto Capitol Records and released her seventh album, “I’ll Keep on Loving You” which didn’t make the charts at all.
Linda Clifford ‎– Let It RideThe tracks “Don’t Come Crying to Me” and “Let It Ride” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Disco Top 80 chart for 3 weeks, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

At the peak of Linda’s fame, she decided to concentrate on her personal life; in order to spend more time at home raising her family, she began singing commercial jingles for McDonalds, Cherry Coke, Maybelline, Pontiac, Tropicana, Oldsmobile and Michelob Lite. She also sang the theme songs to “The Phil Donahue Show” and the police drama series, “Chicago.”
Linda Clifford ‎– Sneakin' Out

In 1984, Linda released her eighth album, “Sneakin’ Out” on the Red Label Records label, which peaked at #49 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The two tracks from the album, “A Night With the Boys” (which peaked at #76) and “Sneakin’ Out” (which peaked at #62) were moderately successful on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart.
Linda Clifford ‎– My Heart's On FireIn 1985, Linda released her ninth studio album, “My Heart’s On Fire.” The album failed to make the charts and the only track from the album to chart was “The Heat In Me” which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Disco Club Play, staying on chart for 7 weeks.
Ralphi Rosario With Linda Clifford ‎– Wanna Give It UpIt wasn’t until 1999 that Linda returned to the music charts with the single, “Wanna Give It Up” (with producer Ralphi Rosario) which peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

In 2001, she released the singles “Changin'” (which peaked at #17) and “Philly Groove” (with Romain & Danny Krivit, which peaked at #29) were moderately successful on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

During that same year, she released the single, “Ride The Storm” (with Akabu) which peaked at #69 on the UK Singles chart.

In 2002, Linda released the singles “Going Back to My Roots 2002” (which peaked at #85) and “Sunshine” (which peaked at #99) which were moderately successful on the UK Singles chart.

In the 2010s, she released the singles, “With You” (in 2010) and “Baby I’m Yours” (in 2011); it’s unknown how or if the singles made any music charts at all.
show some loveIn 2015, Linda collaborated with singers Evelyn “Champagne” King and Martha Wash on the single, “Show Me Love” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s dance charts.

These days, Linda continues to be active in the music business, performing solo or with The First Ladies of Disco show. When she’s not on the road, she works as an instructor at Roosevelt University’s Music Conservatory and as a stage presence coach.

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Thelma Houston ‎– Fantasy And Heartbreak[from her 1984 album, “Qualifying Heat”]

Dance Mix Version

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Georgio Tina Cherry[from his 1987 album, “Sexappeal”]

Club Mix Version

Dub Mix Version

Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
[from her 1989 self-titled album]

Brixton Bass Mix Version

Release Me
[from her 1992 album, “Femme Fatale”]

Girl From The Hood Mix Version

Troop Mamacita[from their 1988 self-titled album]

Extended Mix Version

Dub Mix Version

Allure (3) ‎– All Cried Out[from their self-titled 1997 album]

Hex Hector Radio Mix Version

Dub Mix Version

Main Club Pass Version

Mark Morales Final Remix Version

Mark Morales Perc-A-Pella Version

The Chimes ‎– 1-2-3[from their 1989 self-titled album]

UK Raw Mix Version

The Silent Club Dub Version

Gospel Mix Version

Philly Mix Version