One lesson music lovers learn early on, is to never judge a book by its cover. And since musicians pull inspiration from so many genres and influences, their content has little to do with the color of their skin, and everything to do with their talents. Yesterday, the music industry lost legendary musician Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees. We think this is the best time to revisit the blue eyed soul singers who have touched our hearts, making us fall in love, soothing our heartbreaks, and soundtracking our daydreams.
Check out songs from 10 of our favorite blue eyed soul singers.
The Bee Gees- “Stayin’ Alive”
The Bee Gees provided the soundtrack to disco, when a young John Travolta had the nation dancing in their boogie shoes. Robin Gibb performed the anthemic dance hit during a live concert in Frankfurt. Rest in peace, Robin.
Robin Thicke- “Love After War”
With his sultry songs about his beautiful wife, Paula Patton, Robin is dominating soul music. This one makes us want to start a fight with our honey just so we can make up.
Jon B.- “They Don’t Know”
Before Robin stole our hearts, Jon B. was the one who could make us melt. Don’t listen to what people say… Sigh, we knew we had our own thing.
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.- “My Love”
JT has been my boo thing since I was 8 and he sang Jodeci’s “Cry For You” on MMC. But when he hooked up with Timbaland and T.I., he crossed over into the hip-hop soul lane, and that’s exactly where we love him most.
Frank Sinatra- “The Song Is You”
Long before our parents were a twinkle in the sky, our grandmas skipped school to catch a glimpse of Old Blue Eyes. Frank Sinatra is the reigning master crooner, and master of style. Check out a gorgeous Sinatra in his youth. What a beautiful man!
Michael McDonald and Patti Labelle- “On My Own”
Michael McDonald is one of the only male singers who can hold a candle to Patti Labelle. When they get together to perform this classic, there’s never a dry eye in the house.
George Michael and Aretha Franklin- “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me”
George Michael tore it up with the Queen of Soul, and showed major vocal chops in the presence of music royalty. He was quite the hottie back in the day, wasn’t he?
Phil Collins- “In The Air Tonight”
Sorry Kanye, but Phil Collins was the greatest of all time when it comes to 808s and heartbreak. This kissoff is one of the best in music, you almost can’t help but bang on some imaginary air drums.
Hall & Oates- “I Can’t Go For That”
Growing up, I always wanted to know what Hall & Oates couldn’t go for. Years later, I still don’t know, but can’t help but two-step when this song plays.
Mayer Hawthorne- “The Walk”
Mayer Hawthorne might be a new name in your music collection, but his throwback sound and cheeky lyrics is reminiscent of the days of Motown.
StyleBlazers, which blue eyed-soulster is your favorite?