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"You Got What It Takes" is not the old Marv Johnson song, but a new concoction that incorporates Thurston's nondescript tenor over a peppy disco-length track. "I Wanna Do It with You," supposedly about dancing, samples Thurston's lead on a pulsating track with nice changes; the female voices sing with vigor, and Rodney Brown's guitar solo and Al Johnson's maniacal keyboarding will have your ears ringing. Also includes the first-class booty song "I Want Your Body" and a pedestrian remake of Billy Stewart's "Sitting in the Park."


Born: Washington DC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s

Soul singer Bobby Thurston was a native of Washington, D.C., and got his start singing and playing congas with a group called Spectrum Ltd. in his high school years. He caught his break when writers/producers Willie Lester and Rodney Brown heard him sing live, and signed him as part of their attempt to forge a stable of artists in the vein of Philadelphia International. Thurston recorded his first album, Sweetest Piece of the Pie, in 1978, and it was very much in the smooth, mellow Philly soul vein,...
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