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  • 0 Stevie Wonder Overjoyed to Tour Again

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/04/2007

    Stevie Wonder last toured in 1995. According to his website, he's back on the road for several special dates this Fall: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA Monday, September 10, 2007 - Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - Meadow Brook Music Festival - Rochester Hills, MI Friday, September 14, 2007 - Chastain Park - Atlanta, GA Sunday, September 16, 2007 - Pier 6 Concert Pavilion - Baltimore, MD Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY Thursday, September 20, 2007 - Bank Of America Pavilion - Boston, MA Wonder historically puts on an excellent show, so he's not to be missed. More dates will be added. The September 18th show at Radio City Music Hall is a benefit concert, co-headlined with Aretha Franklin, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Washington, DC National Memorial. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx Reunion Album

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/14/2007

    Patti LaBelle is currently working on a reunion album with former LaBelle members Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx. LaBelle, the group, was an early 1970's trendsetter during "the decade of funk." Their blended voices were dominated by the soaring sonics of Patti LaBelle, and lyrically energized by the excellent songwriting of Nona Hendryx. Dash, Hendryx, and LaBelle created a unique songfest mixing up musical genres in an unpredictable way. LaBelle Albums: LaBelle - 1971 Moonshadow - 1972 Pressure Cookin' - 1973 Nightbirds - 1974 Phoenix - 1975 Chameleion - 1976 3 LaBelle Picks: "Lady Marmalade" "Isn't It A Shame" "Come Into My Life" Patti LaBelle is negotiating to sign a new record deal with Island/Def Jam soon. 2021 Update: Here is a brief Tribute to Sarah Dash from Quikthinking.com. Sarah passed away in September, 2021. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Ronald Isley's Brothers, Sisters, and Fans Shout for a Presidential Pardon

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/09/2007

    According to the Isley Brothers website, The White House has received thousands of telephone calls in support of a pardon for Ronald Isley who was due to begin serving a 3 year sentence for non-payment of taxes on August 7, 2007. In the "News" section of the website, all kinds of telephone numbers and links are provided to mobilize fans to rescue Ron "Mr. Biggs" Isley from the big house. 2021 Update: The Isley Brothers official website is sunset. Follow the Isley Brothers on Facebook. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Quincy Jones Opens Up the Q Vault

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/31/2007

    Quincy Jones is opening up his archive. The 27-time Grammy Award winner is scheduled to launch QuincyJones.com in the Fall of 2007. A big feature will be access to previously unreleased audio and video of Quincy and legendary performers he?s worked with. Music professionals can look forward to a virtual Quincy Jones academy for networking opportunities. Video podcasts will be a big part of QuincyJones.com. In 1953, Quincy Jones was the first arranger/conductor to utilize the newly-invented Fender electric bass in audio recordings. He used one of the first synthesizers on his Ironside TV series theme music, which brought electronic music into the mainstream in the late 1960?s. Q has worked beside the legends: Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Bono, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Oprah and dozens more. He has an Emmy Award, seven Oscar nominations, and an honorary Oscar to go along with those 27 Grammys. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 2 Main Ingredient Cuba Gooding Sr. Votes for Politics

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/24/2007

    35 years ago this July, Tony Silvester, Luther Simmons Jr., and lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr.'s "Everybody Plays the Fool" became the Main Ingredient's biggest chart hit. Anchored by Gooding's vocal charm in the early 1970's, the group had 20 songs glide into the R&B charts through 1990 with various personnel changes along the way. While his Academy Award winning son Cuba Gooding Jr. has been getting most of the recent family attention, the senior Gooding has several projects in the works. Cuba Gooding Sr. is scheduled to release a new vocal track in September 2007, called "Politics." Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story is coming to film too. It's a cinema anthology that tells of tragedy and success in three generations of the Gooding Family. History buffs and classic soul fans should enjoy it. "Everybody Plays the Fool," and "Just Don't Want to be Lonely," top the Main Ingredient hit list." Their cover of Brian Auger's "Happiness is Just Around the Bend" is another one of my personal Main Ingredient favorites. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Janet Jackson Jumps from Virgin Babe to Island Girl

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/16/2007

    Janet Jackson has left Virgin Records to hopefully find new fortune with Island Def Jam. 2004's Damita Jo, and 2006's 20 Y.O. album releases were only marginally successful for Miss Jackson. Janet needs a fresh start in a new direction that honors her roots. Can this classic soul coquette conquer the charts again? Look for a possible late 2007, early 2008 new Janet Jackson release. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Keith Sweat Hotel Registers Fans with Applause

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/02/2007

    Keith Sweat has recently released Sweat Hotel, an all live-track collection. Quite a few Sweat favorites are featured on this 15 song CD. When "New Jack Swing" was hot, Keith Sweat was right there with it in the late 1980's, and early 1990's. Sweat Hotel offers Keith at his best teaming up with a strong supporting cast of musicians and vocalists on these tracks... "I Want Her" "Something Just Ain't Right" "Don't Stop Your Love" "I'll Give All My Love To You" - (with Monica) "Lose Control" - (with Silk) "Freak Me" - (with Silk) "Make It Last Forever" - (with Jackie McGhee) "Right And A Wrong Way" "How Deep Is Your Love" "Let's Chill" - (with Charlie Wilson) "Get Up On It" - (with Kut Klose) "Twisted" - (with Kut Klose) " (There You Go) Telling Me No Again" - (with Akon) "Just Got Paid" - (with Charlie Wilson/Teddy Riley/Silk/Johnny Kemp/Kut Klose/Jackie McGhee) "Nobody" - (with Athena Cage) Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Respect Yourself - The Stax Records Story comes to PBS

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/28/2007

    Between 1959 - 1975, Stax became one of the most important classic soul record labels in history. The top 4 classic R&B labels include Motown, Philadelphia International, Atlantic, and Stax. 2007, the 50th anniversary of Stax, has seen a flurry of activities reminding us of the important Stax label contributions. First there was the release of the excellent double CD Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration. June 22nd in Memphis, Tennessee, legendary artists from the label got together to benefit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Now, PBS will air Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, beginning on Wednesday, August 1. Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Richard Pryor, and Jesse Jackson all appeared on the Stax label. You won't want to miss this historic TV special. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Diana Ross Tribute and James Brown Salute Headline the BET Awards

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/26/2007

    The Hollywood spotlight shines on the 2007 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday evening, June 26. Look for Diana Ross to receive a lifetime achievement award. You'll also see posthumous classic soul tributes to both James Brown and Gerald Levert . Actor Don Cheadle will receive a humanitarian achievement award. The BET Awards always have some of the best musical performances. This year should be no different. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland Ready as Ms. Kelly

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/20/2007

    Can Kelly Rowland catch a break? The Destiny's Child member finally releases her highly anticipated Ms. Kelly album in stores and online Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Ms. Kelly has been delayed several times over the past year, probably to avoid head-to-head competition with DC kindred spirit Beyonce's B'Day. It's ironic that Ms. Kelly drops just 3 days before Beyonce' kicks off her Summer tour in New Orleans. Kelly will be featured in a mini-concert appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Wednesday, June 27, at 12:05 am Eastern. Lucky fans of the "by invitation only" event have been advised "not to wear white, light blue, beige, or logos" because according to the TV producers, this apparel doesn't come across well on camera. Look for Sony Music to give Ms. Kelly a big push. Previous Post | Next Post

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