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  • 0 Millie Jackson gets Naughty again

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 12/29/2009

    One of the best live Millie Jackson tracks you'll ever want to hear is her lustful version of "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)." Millie takes the Luther Ingram hit and jazzes it up with one of her classic soul old school razor tongued raps. If you've never heard it, listen Thursday morning December 31, (Eastern time) during the Powerhouse Radio New Year's Eve special (9 am - midnight +). Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Eddie Floyd Knocks on Wood 60 Times

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/04/2009

    From 1968 - 1974, Eddie Floyd recorded for Stax Records during the golden age of the Memphis label. Steve Cropper, (Booker T. & the MG's guitarist), and Floyd co-wrote the memorable "Knock on Wood," a classic soul favorite that's been recorded by scores of artists. For a unique hobby Eddie has collected over 60 cover versions of "Knock on Wood" as recorded by other artists, including the Otis Redding - Carla Thomas duet, and the Amii Stewart '#1 song' version from 1979. It was nice to see his "I've Never Found Me A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" appear on the 2008 soundtrack of the Bernie Mac - Samuel L. Jackson musical comedy Soul Men. "I've Never Found Me A Girl...," as well as "Knock On Wood," appear on the Very Best of Eddie Floyd, remastered and re-released in 2007. In 2008, the reincarnated Stax label released the new album Eddie Loves You So, featuring Mr. Floyd (now in his 70's) updating some of his vintage songs. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston Hosts Free Song Download

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/30/2009

    As the momentum builds towards the release of a brand new Whitney Houston album, her promotional push is in high gear. During July, listening parties were held in Los Angeles and New York City for her fans to preview new tracks. "I Look To You," the title track from the album, is a simply arranged, emotionally sung ballad, reminiscent of the slow jam style that appeared on The Bodyguard soundtrack. Whitney's voice navigates the tune effectively. Her pipes resonate with less sonic command than I was expecting, but this song doesn't need exaggerated drama. You can grab "I Look To You" right now, but you have to move fast. A free mp3 download of the appealing song is available at WhitneyHouston.com through Friday, July 31. The release date for the album has been moved up to Tuesday, August 31, 2009. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Bill Withers Sings 9 for the Sunshine

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/23/2009

    These 9 Bill Withers songs are classics. "Ain't No Sunshine" "Lean On Me" "Lovely Day" "Just The Two of Us" (featuring Grover Washington Jr.) "Use Me" "Grandma's Hands" "Who Is He? (and What Is He To You)" "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" "Harlem" The West Virginia, singer - songwriter achieved most of his success in a relatively short period, 1971 - 1978. Still, Bill eclipsed the trendy, harder edged dance and pop music of his heyday by commanding graceful instrumentation, great lyrics, genuine emotion, and subtle soul in his songs. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Philly's First Choice Exposed

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 02/12/2009

    Annette Guest, Joyce Jones, and lead vocalist Rochelle Fleming had their share of big hits when they busted out of Philadelphia, PA during the golden era of classic soul. First Choice was backed instrumentally by the MFSB gang. The ladies recorded for Philly Groove Records. You Can't go wrong with these 5 from First Choice: "Armed and Extremely Dangerous" "The Player" "Newsy Neighbors" "Love and Happiness" "Smarty Pants" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Dionne Warwick Tracks The Cat to Philly

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 12/01/2008

    The recent 4 CD 2008 release, Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia, captured just about everyone who has recorded in the City of Brotherly Love. On these ambitious projects, you can't include everybody. Dionne Warwick's 1975 album Track of The Cat, produced, arranged, and conducted by Thom Bell with Philadelphia International Record's house band MFSB, is just one example of another artist who could have been better represented in the anthology with her own solo work. A moderate commercial success, Track of The Cat, released by Warner Brothers, included "Once You Hit The Road," a single from the album that got some radio airplay. Delfonics and Stylistics Producer Thom Bell's classical training was a big influence in the production of the masterpiece title cut for Dionne. Linda Creed and Thom Bell wrote the song lyrics to accompany the mesmerizing "cat" melody. "Track of The Cat" allows the strength of Dionne Warwick's vocal subtleties to shine while strings, French horns, and an immaculate arrangement keep the medium tempo vamp flowing forward with a memorable bass line. This is a song to love. The entire album was recorded in Philly with MFSB. It would have been nice to include Dionne Warwick's "Track of The Cat" on Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia. Dionne is represented on the collection by her duet with the Spinners: "Then Came You," yet another Thom Bell gem. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 1 Sam Cooke's Song of Change

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 11/05/2008

    On January, 30, 1964, 11 months before Lyndon Johnson was elected President of the United States, Sam Cooke recorded a spectacular pop anthem at the RCA studios in Hollywood, California. The song would stand the test of time. "A Change Is Gonna Come" tells the story of the struggle for respect, dignity, and validation. This is a great classic soul masterpiece. Thank you Powerhouse Radio listener Dot, for suggesting that we play this song in honor of the election of Barack Obama. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 11 Halloween Music Picks to Spook Your Soul

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 10/29/2008

    When you seek out entertaining Halloween music, you have to have frightful, suspenseful, wacky, weird, ghostly, chilling, quirky and fun filled scary themes. What else would charm the primal groove of your 'All Saints Eve' soul? These rhythmic wonders fit the bill and deliver the goods. Here are my 11 Halloween Music Picks to Spook Your Soul: "Thriller" - Michael Jackson "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder "Addams Groove" - Hammer "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr. "Born on Halloween" - Blue Magic "Skeleton In the Closet" - Louis Armstrong with Jimmy Dorsey "I Put A Spell On You" - Screamin' Jay Hawkins "Haunted (By Your Love)" - Blue Magic "Headless Horseman" - Bing Crosby with Vic Schoen "Spooky" - Classics IV with Dennis Yost "Devil with The Blue Dress" - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels Grab these for your Halloween party, digital music player, or CD burn. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Natalie Cole: Still Unforgettable

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/02/2008

    On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Natalie Cole is set to release Still Unforgettable, a new collection of songs she's compiled from "the great American song book." Natalie recorded Unforgettable...with Love in 1991 featuring the title track duet with her late father, Nat King Cole. The album Unforgettable...with Love sold over 14 million copies. Still Unforgettable promises 14 more memorable melodies from the world of pop standards, including one more duet with her late father: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Other CD highlights: "The Best Is Yet To Come" "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" "It's All Right With Me" "Nice N' Easy" "Something's Gotta Give" "But Beautiful" Still Unforgettable will be distributed by Rhino/WEA on the DMI label. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Marvin Gaye: You're The Man by a Landslide

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/12/2008

    I recently rediscovered a vintage, activist, gem of a song tailor made for the neurotic 2008 USA presidential election year. As several documentaries and books have revealed, Marvin Gaye was a creative kindred spirit who could not be held back by the predictable Motown hit machine. One year after releasing what many believe is the greatest classic soul album of all time, 1971's What's Going On, Marvin dropped a song to the streets that surged with social commentary: "You're The Man," in May, 1972. It was left off the Trouble Man album, and is one of those lost 45 rpm vinyl singles that featured part 1 only. The full version of the song (parts 1 & 2) can now be found on compilations (including 2001's The Very Best of Marvin Gaye 2 CD set). Given the histrionics of the George McGovern vs. Richard Nixon presidential election of 1972, "You're The Man" remains timeless even today with it's critical message. Your browser does not support the audio element. Check out the words, then listen to the last 60 seconds of this famous Motown piece. "You're The Man" Written by Marvin Gaye & Kenneth Stover Performed by Marvin Gaye © Motown Records Released May, 1972 Chart peaks: #7 R&B, #50 pop Talking, talking to the people try, get them to go your way tellin' us not to worry that we won't be led astray So blind, from signify their opponents always lie think about the mistakes you make I believe that miracles at stake We no busin', busin' is the issue Do you have a plan wager If, if you have a plan If you have a master plan I got to vote for you Hey hey, got to vote for you Cause, you're the man We don't want to hear no more lies About how you plan to economize We want our dollar value increased and employment to rise The nation's taxation causin' all of this inflation Don't give us no peace sign Turn around, and rob the people blind Economics is the issue Do you have a plan, wager Cause if you got a master plan I got to vote for you You're the man repeat: Don't you understand There's misery in the man Don't you understand There's misery in the man People marching on Washington Why not hear, what they have to say Because the tables just might turn against you brother sit around election day Politics and hypocrites Is turning us all into lunatics Can you take the guns from our sons Right all the wrongs this administrations done Peace and freedom is the issue Oh, do you have a plan, wager Ah, cause if got the plan If you got the master plan, Ohh I got to vote for you Hey hey, got to vote for you Cause, you're the man, Ahhh repeat: Got to vote for you Previous Post | Next Post

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