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80's Flashback

Gwen Guthrie, Ain't Nothing Going On But The Rent, 1986. Known as the "First Lady Of The Paradise Garage" for her close relationship with DJ Larry Levan, this was Guthrie's biggest hit, landing at #1 on the U.S. dance and R&B charts. Guthrie, who tragically died of uterine cancer in 1999 at the age of 49, was also an HIV prevention activist, donating the proceeds of her 1988 single, Can't Love You Tonight, to the AIDS Coalition. TRIVIA: Some of you might remember that Guthrie's vocal in Ain't Nothing was heavily sampled in the Utah Saint's 1993 hit What Can You Do For Me. MORE TRIVIA: Guthrie's title for this track comes from James Brown's 1972 hit Get On The Good Foot.

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