Sinnamon – Thanks To You [1982]

Electro Funk at its finest, catchy as all hell synth hook, quality vocals, catchy as hell.

From Discogs
BEST DANCE TRACK OF 1982

In order for a song to have an impact on a listener for the first time, there has to be something in it from the very beginning that blows the listener away. In the early 80’s, there were many dance trax that did just that, but they were underground songs, mainly designed for dj’s to surprise people with at discos, so the mainstream public never knew about them. Most of these songs never made the charts (think of Toney Lee’s “Reach Up” and Brenda Taylor’s “You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too”) But if there was one song that broke this despicable rule, it was “Thanks To You” by Sinnamon, a female vocal trio of Connecticut natives Barbara Fowler, Marsha Carter and New Yorker Melissa Bell. When it was released on May 22, 1982, it hit #44 on the black singles charts for eleven weeks. As the song begins, you are hypnotized by the keyboards and the arcade-like rhythm, while lead singer Fowler takes you on warm journey too start off the summer. Soul music really is #1 in my book. There is no other genre that delivers such joy and intensity. When a song stays with you for days on end and keeps you satisfied, you know it’s the best there is in the world. And the reason this song was big was because it was popular and high in demand, especially in the New York area. Radio stations like WRKS(98.7 KISS-FM)and WBLS(107.5 FM) were the big supporters who played it constantly. At about that time, DJ Shep Pettibone was hired at KISS-FM for his mastermix parties, and Prelude Records sought to cash in on his success and popularity by releasing KISS-FM Presents Shep Pettibone’s Mastermixes, which did well in the New England area. Sinnamon would also keep things going that same year with “He’s Gonna Take You Home(To His House)”, which has a seductive nightime mood.

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