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  • 0 Michael Jackson Video Tribute

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/07/2009

    The Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be broadcast today worldwide, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Watch our Powerhouse Radio video tribute as we remember Michael Jackson in 60 seconds. Previous Post< | Next Post

  • 0 Soul Power Movie International Debut

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/25/2009

    A blockbuster formula: match Muhammad Ali vs. George Forman, then connect the boxers with the star power of James Brown, the Spinners, B.B. King, Bill Withers, the Crusaders, Bill Black, Miriam Makeba, and Celia Cruz. What do you have? A classic soul knock-out punch of epic concert proportions. Our performers provide the key ingredients for a spectacular 1974 promotion created to dazzle the African continent. Partly inspired by South Africa's music legend Hugh Masekela, a 3-night, 12-hour concert served as a backdrop for the Ali - Forman boxing match hyped as "The Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire. The 1997 movie When We Were Kings documents the fight, with secondary emphasis on the music festival, known as Zaire 74. Now comes Soul Power, a 2008/2009 production emphasizing the music using huge portions of the original concert footage not included in When We Were Kings. Here are some release dates for the new movie Soul Power: Belgium, July 1, 2009 UK, July 10, 2009 USA July 10, 2009 (limited venues) Netherlands, September 17, 2009 Watch the Soul Power movie trailer on IMDb Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 War Keeps West Coast Peace with Classic Soul Jams

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/07/2009

    Lonnie Jordan, War, and crew are teaming up with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano for some May, 2009 west coast gigs. You may remember Malo's Latin cross-over hit "Suavecito." The group was lead by Carlos Santana's brother, Jorge. El Chicano's most memorable track was the smooth instrumental favorite "Viva Tirado." War Dates: Saturday, May 23, 2009, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano Sunday, May 24, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano Find recent War videos featured on the band's official website. 2022 Update: An older 'War live' video that was originally posted below has been removed. Here's a newer one, an excellent live version of "Why Can't We Be Friends" (Live at KAABOO Del Mar 2018 in Del Mar, CA). Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Ann Peebles Rare Rain is Unplugged

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/05/2009

    Producer Willie Mitchell extended the famous gritty Memphis Stax sound by creating his own unmistakable style; facilitated by the talents of Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright, and Ann Peebles. Ann's "I Can't Stand The Rain," a song she co-wrote, is a classic soul masterpiece. The St. Louis, Missouri native recorded the song with Mitchell in 1973. In 1992, Ann recorded an "unplugged" version that matches the original in stellar vocal prowess. Watch the rare, unplugged version of Ann Peeble's I Can't Stand The Rain." 2022 update: This video was originally on MySpace but it is now sunset there. Here it is on YouTube as posted in 2014: Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Bama The Village Poet's Forgotten Thanksgiving Treat

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 11/23/2008

    On a recent Thanksgiving, a Classic Soul R&B Music Jam blog reader commented about Bama The Village Poet: "Thank you for that nourishing morsel of the Bama, and it is sad that this great piece of work has been largely forgotten." Discover more about Bama The Village Poet. Watch my brand new 3 minute 59 second video featuring Bama's classic soul composition, "Thanksgiving," (as he reads his own words). Updated version courtesy of Quikthinking.com Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Four Tops Historic U.K. First

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 10/21/2008

    When it comes to male lead singers from the guy groups of the Motown era, none was better than the Four Tops' Levi Stubbs. His distinctive voice piloted the Motor City ensemble to fame and fortune as one of Motown's most successful "sound of young America" ambassadors. Stubbs passed away on Friday, October 17, 2008 at his home in Detroit, Michigan. The Four Tops were the first Black artists to reach #1 on the British album charts (a 1968 greatest hits collection). Following quickly in their footsteps to #1 on the U.K. album charts would be the Supremes. Here are my thoughts in 90 seconds on the legacy of Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops, who now have one sole surviving member from the original group (Abdul Fakir): Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Ashford and Simpson Rise High

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/30/2008

    Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson have written some of the best classic soul songs of all time. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" may be their best. I'm still holding out hope that I'll eventually get to see them perform live. Ashford & Simpson have had a strong solo career as performers. Valerie Simpson has also released her own albums. This is the front and back cover of their 1983 vinyl album, High-Rise Enjoy the "High-Rise" video on YouTube. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia

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

    Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia, is the most ambitious CD collection to date chronicling the amazing classic soul journey of R&B music innovators Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. 71 songs are featured on the new 4 disk set, due for release at physical and digital retail outlets on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, via a partnership between Legacy Recordings and Philadelphia International Records. How is this anthology different from The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits or Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records, both released earlier this year? 33% of the tracks on this new record were never released on Philadelphia International Records! However, either Gamble & Huff, or their creative musical collaborators, are responsible for prominently injecting the Philly sound into the production of these expatriate non-P-I-R tracks. CD 1 "Expressway (To Your Heart)" Soul Survivors "La-La Means I Love You" Delfonics "Cowboys To Girls" Intruders "Hey, Western Union Man" Jerry Butler "Ready Or Not Here I Come" Delfonics "Only The Strong Survive" Jerry Butler "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" Delfonics "Brand New Me" Dusty Springfield "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" Wilson Pickett "You're The Reason Why" Ebonys "Drowning In The Sea of Love" Joe Simon "I'm Stone In Love With You" Stylistics "I Miss You" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Back Stabbers" O'Jays "Sunshine" O'Jays "I'll Be Around" Spinners "Slow Motion (pt. 1)" Johnny Williams "Me & Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Love Is Here" Futures CD 2 "Love Train" O'Jays "Break Up To Make Up" Stylistics "Family Affair" MFSB "It's Forever" Ebonys "Time To Get Down" O'Jays "There's No Me Without You" Manhattans "I'll Always Love My Mama" Intruders "The Love I Lost" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "I Wanna Know Your Name" Intruders "Dirty Ol' Man" Three Degrees "Put Your Hands Together" O'Jays "Thanks For Saving My Life" Billy Paul "Mighty Love" Spinners "Be Thankful For What You Got (Pt. 1)" William DeVaughn "For The Love Of Money" O'Jays "Where Do We Go From Here" Trammps "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)" MFSB (featuring the Three Degrees) CD 3 "Then Came You" Spinners with Dionne Warwick "Love Is The Message" MFSB (featuring the Three Degrees) "When Will I See You Again" Three Degrees "Where Are All My Friends" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Picture Us" Bunny Sigler "Bad Luck" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Give The People What They Want" O'Jays "Billy's Back Home" Billy Paul "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (featuring Sharon Paige) "Do It Any Way You Wanna" People's Choice "The Big Hurt" People's Choice "Let Me Make Love To You" O'Jays "Wake Up Everybody" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "I Love Music" O'Jays "Don't Leave Me This Way" Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Let's Groove" Archie Bell & The Drells "Livin' For The Weekend" O'Jays CD 4 "Kiss and Say Goodbye" Manhattans "I'm Not In Love" Dee Dee Sharp "You'll Never Find Another Love" Lou Rawls "The Rubberband Man" Spinners "Enjoy Yourself" Jacksons "Free Love" Jean Carn "I Don't Love You Anymore" Teddy Pendergrass "See You When I Get There" Lou Rawls "Use Ta Be My Girl" O'Jays "Close The Door" Teddy Pendergrass "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" McFadden & Whitehead "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" Jones Girls "Hurry Up This Way Again" Stylistics "Love T.K.O." Teddy Pendergrass "I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'" Leon Huff "It's Gonna Take A Miracle" Deniece Williams "If Only You Knew" Patti LaBelle Deniece Williams, William DeVaughn, Joe Simon, The Trammps, Dusty Springfield, The Spinners, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Manhattans, Jerry Butler, and Wilson Pickett did not record for Philadelphia International Records. Including these performers does reveal how the Philly production sound touched a broad variety of individual styles. For instance, you'll see in the video below the album cover featuring the spirited vocalist who went straight from Memphis to Philadelphia to capture some Philly magic. Most of the tracks on Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia are full-length original album versions. Unlike Philadelphia Classics, the double LP set from 1977 (released on CD in 2002), which featured spectacular extended versions of "Don't Leave Me This Way, "Love Is The Message," and others, there are no super extended versions in this 4 CD release. Instead of the short versions of "Be Thankful for What You Got (pt. 1)" by William DeVaughn, and "Let's Groove" by Archie Bell & The Drells (only 3 minutes here), I would have included the longer original album versions. My favorite lost track in this collection is "I'm Not In Love," Dee Dee Sharp's sexy cover of the 1975 10CC hit. I used to play Dee Dee's version on the radio back in the day. Glad it is here, although on my pre-release copy of this box set, Dee Dee Sharp's name is missing from the performer list on the back CD jacket! If you treat yourself to this excellent collection, the CD bonuses include: A booklet with unpublished photos Philadelphia International Records Timeline Historical essays by Felix Hernandez, Lynell George, Gerald Early, Joe McEwen, and James Miller Conversations with Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and producer Thom Bell This is hot stuff! A one-hour television special, Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia will blast off on PBS in November, 2008 with repeats through 2009. Enjoy the 1 minute video tribute that I've produced and narrated in honor of Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 2 50 Years of Motown Video

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 03/31/2008

    Berry Gordy received an $800 loan on January 12, 1959, and used the proceeds to create "Hitsville, USA - The Sound of Young America," better known as Motown Records. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we've pulled out all the stops to create an entertaining new video tribute from PowerhouseRadio.com: "50 Years of Motown." Right away, you'll see "the 5 Motown families" represented on the revolving wheels of steel. All of the images were pulled from my personal archive of recordings and Motown memorabilia. It's amazing the number of artists who have passed through Berry Gordy's empire. Turn on your computer's sound and enjoy the 3 mintue 21 second video production. Leave a comment and tell me who I've missed. Two suspects are quite obvious! Congratulations from PowerhouseRadio.com to the amazing artists who have shared their classic soul as part of "50 Years of Motown." Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Dyke And The Blazers Classic Soul Funk

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 02/18/2008

    When you think about the creators of funk, James Brown always comes to mind. Dyke and The Blazers are another legendary late 1960's funk ensemble, often compared to the Godfather of Soul. Wilson Pickett covered Dyke's "Funky Broadway," resulting in an even bigger hit for the wicked one. Watch the 3 minute 9 second story of Dyke and The Blazers, produced by PowerhouseRadio.com. Previous Post | Next Post

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