Some jumping junior 'R&B' from 1982 - from the days when 'urban' meant human beat-boxing, hand-clapping, hopscotching and syncopated, synchronised skipping on the steps of Sesame Street-style brownstones.
These days R&B means stars scowling when they don't win that 'Best hat' Grammy, shouting about drive-bys, and beefs and 'collaborating' with lisping Japanese fashion designers on shiny, brightly-coloured leisure wear collections that even Milanese window dressers or Meshach Taylor in Mannaquin would find a 'bit fruity'.
The teenaged Lattisaw's collaborators included Van McCoy, Johnny Gill and Narada Michael Walden, luminaries and leading lights from the days when smooth, shiny suited, gentlemanly-yet-still-amorous soul singers with processed hair were standard on the R&B charts....
When courting a lady, soul stars like Billy Ocean, Ralph Tresvant, Peabo Bryson and Color Me Badd (though obviously not the white one with the beard) would take her to a top Bistro in Detroit, Philly or LA, wouldn't flinch when she ordered a double Campari and TAB cole or a pricy seafood starter and pay for a stretch limosene with a champagne-stocked wet bar and red velvet upholstery back to his place before 'Sexing her up'.
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