Who was 24-Carat Black?

Hosts Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell take a hard look at legendary tracks of the past and present, connecting the dots on the music they sample and the songs that inspired them. Join us for Season 3, where Riffs takes a deep dive into the tragic world of 24-Carat Black, the band everyone has heard, but nobody has heard of.

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From YouTube star to Billboard chart topper, Charlie Puth, the 27-year-old songbird from New Jersey, shows no signs of stopping... And thanks to his feature (and co-penmanship) on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” (2015), he’s now an international pop icon. Puth’s collabs go on to include: Boyz II Men, Meghan Trainor, James Taylor, Jason Derulo, Lil Wayne, Selena Gomez, just to name a few. Joe & Toby dive into the music sample, albeit, as teeny-tiny as it is… it’s pretty fantastic. You’d never guess Ray Charles was sprinkled throughout this Fast & Furious sensational song.

What we geek out over in this episode: The legendary Ray Charles & American guitarist Lowell Fulson, BB King “Three O’Clock Blues” (1951), who sampled Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” (1954)?, “Georgia On My Mind” (1930) Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell, Percy Mayfield’s “Hit the Road Jack” (1960), Charlie Puth and his perfect pitch & the anti-drop.

Bonus Material: Tin Pan Alley! Features a few of the prolific New York City songwriters of the 19th century’s Great American Songbook: Irving Berlin, Ernest Ball, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

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