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  • 0 10 Classic Soul Picks for Father's Day

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/15/2007

    Color Him Father - the Winstons Daddy - Beyonce' Daddy Could Swear - Gladys Knight & the Pips Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson Dance with my Father - Luther Vandross Father Figure - George Michael Papa was a Rolling Stone - Temptations Papa's got a Brand New Bag - James Brown Song for my Father - Horace Silver Quintet Sugar Daddy - Jackson 5 Put these on your Dad's iPod, or burn them to a CD. When it comes to classic soul, (and a little jazz flava from Horace Silver), Dad never sounded better!

  • 0 Ashford & Simpson Send It

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/31/2007

    Ashford & Simpson's 1977 classic soul album Send It is extremely rare. This photo is from the back of the vinyl album cover. "Don't Cost You Nothin," and the underground hit "Bourgie Bourgie" lit up the dance floor back in the day. Nick and Val are truly a unique act. As solid as a rock, they managed to served up 35 R&B single releases through 1997. As songwriters, it doesn't get any better than Ashford & Simpson, who have written these time tested hits: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Diana Ross "Let's Go Get Stoned" - Ray Charles "California Soul" - 5th Dimension Catch Ashford & Simpson as the special guests of headliner Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Sunday, July 29, 2007, at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, PA.

  • 0 7 May Days for #1 Classic Soul R&B Hits

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/22/2007

    Here's a quick time capsule look at 7 #1 chart topping R&B hits from the golden age of classic soul. Each song was #1 on the indicated day in May this week. 4 are from the 1970's, 2 are from the 1960's, and one goes all the way back to 1954, thanks to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. May 20, 1972 - "I'll Take You There" - Staple Singers May 21, 1977 - " May 22, 1954 - "Work with me Annie" - Hank Ballard May 23, 1964 - "My Guy" - Mary Wells May 24, 1975 - "Shining Star - "Earth Wind & Fire May 25, 1963 - "If You Wanna Be Happy" - Jimmy Soul May 26, 1973 - "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" - Barry White How many do you remember?

  • 0 10 Classic Soul Picks for Mother's Day

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/12/2007

    "A Real Mother For Ya" - Johnny Guitar Watson "I'll Always Love My Mama" - Intruders "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" - Ruth Brown "Mama Told Me Not To Come" - Wilson Pickett "Mama Used To Say" - Jr. "Mama's Pearl" - Jackson 5 "Mom" - Earth Wind & Fire "Mother Dear" - Supremes "Sadie" - Spinners "Tell Mama" - Etta James Put these on your Mom's iPod, or burn them to a CD. When it comes to classic soul, Mom never sounded better!

  • 0 John Legend Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/26/2007

    John Legend will be honored with the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame this coming June. Award recipients are gifted songwriters in the early years of their careers who are making a significant impact with their original songs. John Legend joins Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys and John Mayer (past recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award). In 2004, Legend premiered as a singer-songwriter-pianist-performer with his album Get Lifted. Get Lifted produced the hit "Ordinary People," and was a critical and commercial success, earning Legend eight Grammy nominations. He won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album. In 2007, Legend won his 4th and 5th Grammy awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance for his album Once Again. John also captured the 2007 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy for his collaboration with Van Hunt and Joss Stone on the Sly Stone tribute CD, Family Affair.

  • 0 9 Classics from Dionne Warwick

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/05/2007

    9 classic Dionne Warwick albums will be reissued on CD this May by Collector's Choice Music. Her first six albums will be reissued. In all, nine of her first 10 classic pop and soul releases will hit the street this May 15th. These are Dionne's great tracks from her Scepter and Warner Brothers years, remastered from the original tapes, featuring most of her amazing work with the Burt Bacharach - Hal David songwriting team. 1) Presenting Dionne Warwick: From 1963 including Dionne's first single, "Don't Make Me Over," and "Wishin' and Hopin'," (later a huge hit for Dusty Springfield). 2) Anyone Who Had a Heart: Released in 1964, features Dionne's first Top Ten hit "Anyone Who Had a Heart." 3) Make Way for Dionne Warwick: Released in 1964, featuring the Bacharach and David classics "Walk On By," and "Close To You," (a hit for the Carpenters in the 1970's). 4) The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick: From 1965, featuring "Who Can I Turn To?" from the Broadway play The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd. 5) Here I Am: Released in late 1965, containing nine Bacharach-David compositions out of 12 songs on the album. 6) Dionne Warwick in Paris: This is a remaster. Called "The Black Pearl" by her Parisian fans, Dionne Warwick was very popular in France before becoming a stateside favorite in the USA.Her first live album was recorded at the Olympia Theater in Paris. Dionne Warwick in Paris was recorded on January 18, 1966.   7) Here Where There Is Love: Released in 1966. Ms. Warwick's first Top 20 pop charting album, and a No. 1 hit on the R&B charts.Bacharach and David gems "Alfie," "What The World Needs Now," "Trains and Boats and Planes," and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" are all here, along with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."   8) The Magic of Believing: A departure from her pop success and a tribute to her gospel roots, inspired by her mother Lee, a founding member of the Drinkard Singers with Cissy Houston. 9) Love at First Sight: Her last album for Warner Brothers Records in 1977, featuring New York City Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Dionne Warwick fans, spread the word. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Gamble and Huff Songs Dive into Pride at 45

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/02/2007

    Kenny Gamble (right) and Leon Huff (left) are marking their 45th anniversary as musical producers with a fresh Hollywood showcase for their vintage hits. Pride is a new movie about troubled 70's teens who find redemption through their swimming team. Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac star. Five songs from the Philadelphia International Records catalog dominate the soundtrack. Here's are the songs from Pride: "Back Stabbers" written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, performed by The O'Jays "Let's Clean Up the Ghetto" written by Gilbert Cary, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, performed by The Philadelphia All-Stars "Little Child Runnin' Wild" written by Curtis Mayfield, performed by Curtis Mayfield "Express Yourself" written by Charles Wright, performed by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band "I'll Take You There" written by Alvertis Isbell, performed by The Staples Singers "It's Your Thing" written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and O'Kelly Isley, performed by The Isley Brothers "Expansions" written by Lonnie Liston Smith, performed by Lonnie Liston Smith "Blow Me Away" written by Brenton Brown, Performed by Dreamseed "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" written by Marvin P. Gaye and James Nyx, performed by Grover Washington, Jr. "Slow Motion" written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Performed by Johnny Williams "I Love Music" written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, performed by The O'Jays "I Can't Wait Much Longer" written by Francis Miller and Robin Trower, performed by Robin Trower "The Fool and Me" written by James Dewar and Robin Trower, performed by Robin Trower "Oh Happy Day" written by Edwin Hawkins, performed by The Edwin Hawkins Singers "Love Train" written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, performed by The O'Jays "Strawberry Letter 23" written by Shuggie Otis, performed by The Brothers Johnson "The Payback" written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks, performed by James Brown "Dare To Dream" written by John Legend, Aaron Zigman, Sunu Gonera and Jerry Hey, performed by John Legend This is an unusual mix. "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Williams, and the two songs from Robin Trower (of Procol Harum "Whiter Shade of Pale" fame) are surprises. "Expansions" is a superb fusion of R&B and jazz. It's nice to see the song recycled in this flick. "Slow Motion" was a hit for Williams, but not as big as the other Philly International tracks on this soundtrack. Pride is based on a true Philadelphia story, hence the dominance of Gamble & Huff classic soul productions. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Dreamgirls vs. Cars vs. An Inconvenient Truth Song Showdown

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 02/22/2007

    Five tunes are nominated for the best song in a movie this year. A winner will capture the prize this Sunday, February 25th, during the 79th annual Academy Awards. Dreamgirls has three song nominations: "Listen" music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler; lyric by Anne Preven "Love You I Do" music by Henry Krieger; lyric by Siedah Garrett "Patience" music by Henry Krieger; lyric by Willie Reale The two other nominees are: "I Need to Wake Up" music and lyric by Melissa Etheridge from Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth "Our Town" music and lyric by Randy Newman from Cars Melissa Etheridge's song only appears at the end of Al Gore's movie. It's not an integral part of the way the story is told. I haven't seen Cars, so I won't make any predictions about which of the five songs will grab the Oscar. With three songs nominated, Dreamgirls definitely has a chance to win. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 10 Soulful Valentine Hits for the Heart

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 02/14/2007

    Some time ago, Michael Henderson wrote a magnificent and timeless song, "Valentine Love." On his solo album, Solid, Michael slows the tempo and sings the song (by himself) as a straight forward love song. In a duet with Jean Carn on the collection Norman Connors Saturday Night Special, "Valentine Love" is given a slightly quicker tempo, with Michael looking for forgiveness from the main lady in his life: Valentine Love Lyrics by Michael Henderson: I'm sending you a valentine in hopes that you're still mine and if that valentine doesn't reach you it's ok Now it's not as bad like you though it would be Come on baby, take my heart. I love you still and I always will be yours be yours yours yours yours I'm so in love with you I'm sending you this valentine in hopes that you're still mine and if that valentine doesn't reach you it's ok I can't make up your mind for you just have patience, that's all you can do I love you still, and I always will be yours be yours, I'm so in love with you (Michael's version only) I'm on my knees begging you back baby there's nothing I wont do there's nothing, there's nothing Michael won't do (Michael's version only) If I could only hold you in my arms again I'm so in love with you There nothing your baby won't do If I could just? Hold me I'm in love I'm sending you this valentine I'm sending you this valentine I'm sending you this valentine I'm in Love ---------- Here are my "10 favorite soulful R&B valentine hits for the heart" ranked in order: "Just as Long as We Have Love" Spinners with Dionne Warwick "I'll Try Something New" Smokey Robinson "I've Got So Much to Give" Barry White "Love's Holiday" Earth Wind & Fire "Always" Atlantic Starr "Lady Love" Lou Rawls "All This Love" Patti Labelle (originally by DeBarge) "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson "Give Me Your Love" Curtis Mayfield "Valentine Love" Norman Connors (featuring Michael Henderson and Jean Carn) Happy Valentine's Day. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Bill Withers Gift of Giving Message

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 12/26/2006

    Here's the picture sleeve and message from a classic soul Bill Withers 45 rpm release, "The Gift of Giving." Enjoy your holiday week. Previous Post | Next Post

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