Friday, September 12, 2008
Do a Little Dance, Make a Little Love ... With Brook Benton? (And Tony Joe White?!?)
Brook Benton - Makin' Love Is Good for You
A Friday foray into disco is in order today, so says your ever-lovin' Stepfather of Soul, and today's selection, a 1978 Olde World release, finds Brook Benton crossing paths again with Tony Joe White, who had written Benton's 1970 smash "Rainy Night in Georgia." Despite a fine string of recordings for Cotillion, Stax, All Platinum and Olde World, Benton had not had a hit of that magnatude since, and unfortunately today's selection did not reverse that trend despite the strength of the song. "Makin' Love Is Good for You" finds Benton dispensing the title's advice while a nice groove pushes along and a backing ensemble provides fine support for his cool vocals. "Take care of your body," Brook sings, "make a little love today." Not bad advice at all!