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  • 0 Tower of Power Celebrates a Funky 40 Oakland Stroke

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 10/14/2008

    Tower of Power, Oakland, California's brassy funk ensemble, is celebrating a milestone: 40 years of bump city nitty gritty. They are having a big celebration Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Tower of Power is back in the studio recording a new album. Here's a nice discography of all 31 Tower of Power albums (with tracks) at their official website. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Jacksons are Joyful about New Icon Honor

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 10/09/2008

    Performing Rights organization BMI represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers, and publishers with more than 6.5 million works. At their September, 2008 Urban Music Awards in Los Angeles, the Jacksons were honored with the BMI Icon Award. Marlon, Tito, Janet, Jackie, & Randy Jackson (left to right). Where's Michael and Jermaine? (missing in action!) Here's a portion of what BMI's had to say about the Jacksons in capturing their tribute: "One of pop music's most influential quintets, The Jacksons blazed a trail for R&B and pop music, creating a sound and musical image that is emulated to this day." "Hailing from Gary, Indiana, and formed in 1966, the Jackson brothers' Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and, joining in 1976, younger brother Randy were a true American success story, transcending race and redefining the sound of pop and R&B music." "They were the first group to have their first four singles hit number 1, and they remain one of the most globally influential pop and R&B groups in history." "The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997." Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Rhythm & Blues Foundation Hosts Pioneer Awards Party

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/04/2008

    Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, and Bonnie Raitt will co-host the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's 20th Anniversary Pioneer Awards gala in Philadelphia, Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.       Chaka Khan will be honored with the Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.     Bill Withers, Teena Marie, and singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto will receive the Foundation's Individual Artist Award.         The Whispers and Kool & the Gang will receive the Foundation's Group Artists Award.       Motown's fabulous musicians, the Funk Brothers, will receive the Foundation's Sidemen Award.     Donny Hathaway will posthumously receive a Legacy Award in recognition of his classic soul excellence from the 1970s.       Al Bell, former president of Stax Records and Motown Records, will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Leadership Award. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Female Stars Sing a Song for Cancer Research

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/21/2008

    Producers Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid have come up with a 2008 concept to rival 1985's "We Are The World," the song that benefited African famine relief. 15 female stars have agreed to record "Just Stand Up," scheduled to hit airwaves and computers on September 2, 2008. Sales at retail locations and iTunes downloads will benefit cancer research. So which hot female "femme fantastics" representing the new school have jumped on board to harmonize together on "Just Stand Up?" Here's the scorecard: Mariah Carey Beyonce' Mary J. Blige Rihanna Ashanti Fergie Melissa Etheridge Sheryl Crow Ciara Keyshia Cole Leona Lewis LeAnn Rimes Carrie Underwood Miley Cyrus Natasha Bedingfield Should be a collector's item for individual fans of each lady. Hopefully, big bucks will be raised from the sale of "Just Stand Up" to benefit a very worthy cause. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 2 Evelyn Champagne King Toasts New Open Book CD

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/19/2008

    Evelyn "Champagne" King has released her first new album in 15 years, Open Book. In a press release describing her new collection of songs, Evelyn dedicates her effort noting "this one is for my fans." The song Open Book is a ballad Evelyn describes as "slightly autobiographical." Making waves and getting club action right now is "The Dance," the first release from the CD. Evelyn is scheduled to debut the album at The House of Blues in Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Evelyn "Champagne" King's top 5 classic soul gems: "Shame" "Love Come Down" "I'm In Love" "I Don't Know If It's Right" "Back To Love" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac, & Samuel L. Jackson Get Soul Men Movie Focus

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/12/2008

    Here's the late Bernie Mac, along with Samuel L. Jackson, in a scene from Soul Men, a new music flick in the movie pipeline also featuring Isaac Hayes. With both Mac and Hayes now deceased, I wonder if Dimension Films will stick to the scheduled USA release date this Fall of November 14, 2008? Soul Men has a familiar story. Take the sometimes strained relationship between 2 fictional legendary R&B male icons (think Sam & Dave), borrow a reunion theme from both Blues Brothers movies, and you have the core plot. Our soul men, Mac and Jackson, decide to reunite at the Apollo Theater after going their separate ways for almost 20 years. John Legend also has a prominent role in Soul Men. With the deaths of both Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac within days of each other, I'm sure there will be additional interest when Soul Men finally gets released. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Isaac Hayes Remembered

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/11/2008

    Living up to his bigger than life image, here's "Black Moses," Isaac Hayes, with Millie Jackson on the cover of their 1979 album, Royal Rappin's. Check out an even steamier Hayes - Jackson photo from the flip side of the album. Isaac Hayes passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008, at age 65. He was really the biggest post Otis Redding Stax Records star who changed the face of soul music with extended free-flowing mixes of some of pop's biggest hits. "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," and "Walk on By" are just 2 examples of Hayes' progressive "deal changing" approach to the status quo of R&B songs that generally stuck to the formula of three minutes or less in the early 1970's (to make a hit). "The Theme From Shaft" made him a mega star, but Isaac Hayes was instrumental in writing and arranging songs for other artists long before the world of movies and John Shaft. 6 Isaac Hayes Hits that you don't want to miss: "Theme From Shaft" "Do Your Thing" "Walk On By" "Never Can Say Goodbye" "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" "Joy" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Patti LaBelle Saluted by UNCF

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/07/2008

    The Spotlight will shine on Patti LaBelle during a taping of the 30th annual An Evening of Stars event, formerly The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, Saturday, September 13th, 2008 at Hollywood's Kodiak Theater in Los Angeles. You'll be able to see this star studded event broadcast nationwide during January, 2009. Patti will receive UNCF's (United Negro College Fund's) prestigious Award of Excellence. Previous honorees include Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Lou Rawls. You can win a free poster autographed by Patti LaBelle visualizing the event by going to UNCF's 30th anniversary event page for all the details. Update: link removed after the event date. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 LL Cool J Takes Exit 13 Home

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/05/2008

    Hip hop stars come and go, but LL Cool J has defied the odds as he gets ready to release his 13th album, Exit 13, on Def Jam Records Tuesday, September 9, 2008. I remember seeing LL Cool J live in concert over 20 years ago in Philadelphia, PA with several other hip hop acts who have long since disappeared. The cover of Exit 13 has a mile marker that says "8760 miles and still counting." Yes, the clock keeps ticking for LL Cool J, who just turned 40 in January, 2008. In a young man's game, LL Cool J has all the street cred that he needs to continue to be an important presence in a genre of music he help to create. Take a walk down memory lane with the 12 previous albums from LL Cool J: 1985 - Radio 1987 - Bigger and Deffer 1989 - Walking with a Panther 1990 - Mama Said Knock You Out 1993 - 14 Shots to the Dome 1995 - Mr. Smith 1997 - Phenomenon 2000 - G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith 2002 - 10 2004 - the DEFinition 2006 - Todd Smith 2007 - Todd Smith, Pt. 2: Back to Cool Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Alicia Keys Spies 007 Theme

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/31/2008

    If you've been to the movies this summer, you may have seen the promotional trailer for Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond film scheduled for release this fall (2008). Alicia Keys has teamed up with Detroit's Jack White from the group White Stripes for a first ever 007 theme song duet. "Another Way to Die" is the song that will feature Keys and White. Troubled soul Amy Winehouse, who received early consideration for the Quantum of Solace theme, did not land the project. Find out what James Bond themes have been sung by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, and Dionne Warwick. Previous Post | Next Post

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