Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Doctor’s Orders

"Doctor’s Orders" by Carol Douglas was an early 1975 disco hit. Douglas, who was Sam Cooke's cousin and the daughter of Minnie the Moocher (her mother, Minnie Newsome, was a jazz singer who inspired Cab Calloway's song), hit number 11 on the pop charts and number 1 on the newly instituted disco chart with the song.

Despite Douglas' lack of significant later success, she does a great job with "Doctor's Orders," which was undeniably an influential track. Credit must go to producer Domenico Monardo, also known as Meco, the man to blame for 1977's rightfully despised (yet frighteningly successful) disco version of the "Star Wars Theme." I didn't want to provide a link to that atrocity, but in the "read it and weep" tradition, here it is, a painful and shameful '70s flashback. Click if you dare!

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