GWEN GUTHRIE: Ain’t Nothin’ Going On, But The Rent


“Got have J.O.B. if you want to be with me. No romance without finance.” This was the soul classic that is timeless and perfect to put you in the mood. Perfect car cruising song or a track to play while working on projects. The lovely Gwen Guthrie gives stunning vocals that are sure to soothe you.

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Clip by RBsound Holland 2015. Visit us on Gwen Guthrie born July 14, 1950 was an American singer and songwriter, who also sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna, among others, and who wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King, Gary Glitter and Roberta Flack. Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. In school, she studied classical music, and her father began teaching her piano when she was eight years old. By the early 1970s, she had joined vocal groups such as the Ebonettes and the Matchmakers, meanwhile working as an elementary school teacher.

When a backup singer scheduled to sing on Aretha Franklin’s 1974 single “I’m in Love” fell ill, Guthrie took the vocalist’s place beside Cissy Houston; thus Guthrie would happily state that her career on record began “at the top.” Guthrie soon began moonlighting as a singer of commercial jingles, sometimes with her friend Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson fame). A songwriting partnership with Patrick Grant resulted in Ben E. King’s comeback single, “Supernatural Thing”, and “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter”, covered by numerous artists. Together they wrote seven tracks on the Sister Sledge’s 1975 album Circle Of Love: Cross My Heart, Protect Our Love, Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes On Me, Don’t You Miss Him Now, Pain Reliever, You’re Much Better Off Loving Me, and Fireman. She was also the writer of Roberta Flack’s “God Don’t Like Ugly”. In 1986 her bih hit single “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent” Released on Polydor Records. The song became the biggest hit of Guthrie’s career, and the song’s title became a semi-popular catchphrase among many women throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s. Gwen died of uterine cancer on February 3 – 1999 at the age of 48. Enjoy in HQ+Sound the original 12inch version.