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  • 0 Number One Classic Soul Songs from the 1970s

    • Games
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/07/2010

    It's puzzle time again with 11 number one classic soul songs from the 1970's. This is the second of 3 challenges. The next one will feature the 1960's. We give you the artist name and a hint, you give us the song title. Good luck! 2022 Update: The board shown is NOT the 1970s board. It is an example board. Flash technology upon which the crossword puzzle is based is no longer supported. I'm giving you the hints, answers, and the shaded column solution below!   The Hints: Diana Ross song: valleys, rivers, and ? 1970 Aretha sings Simon & Garfunkel - 1971 Chi-Lites lady - 1972 Spinners romance question - 1973 Big Eddie Kendricks hit - 1974 Repeat after the Staple Singers - 1975 Rufus - Chaka Khan - you are my heat and fire - 1976 Inferno of the snake - Earth, Wind &Fire - 1977 The Chic French come out at night - 1978 Cheryl Lynn keeps it this way - 1979   The Answers:   Solutions entered in the correct boxes on the board spell out the mystery song in the shaded column: "I'll Be There" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Number One Classic Soul Songs from the 1980s

    • Games
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/01/2010

    It's puzzle time again with 14 number one classic soul songs from the 1980's. This is the first of 3 challenges. The next two will features the 1970's, and the 1960's. We give you the artist name and a hint, you give us the song title. Good luck! 2022 Update: The board shown is the CORRECT 1980s board. Flash technology upon which the crossword puzzle is based is no longer supported. I'm giving you the hints, answers, and the shaded column solution below!    The Hints: Chaka Khan touches you New Edition sweet femme Kool & the Gang - not stale Prince the bird man Dazz Band cracks it Stevie Wonder's woman Lionel Richie that's the way it will be Brothers Johnson boogie Tom Browne plays for Kingston Earth, Wind & Fire jam "tonight" Luther Vandross makes time for romance Lakeside's big ocean trip Michael Jackson's reflection   The Answers:   Solutions entered in the correct boxes on the board spell out the mystery song in the shaded column: "Freeway of Love" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Dells Are Harmony

    • Audio
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/25/2010

    Chicago's Dells, kings of harmony, formed in 1953, and recorded for Chess and Vee-Jay Records. By the 1970's, The Dells moved to Mercury Records, ABC, and Chi-Sound. The Dells had hits in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Listen to just over 60 seconds of The Dells singing "A Heart Is A House For Love," featured in the soundtrack from The Five Hearbeats movie, (song produced by George Duke, 1991). Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 El DeBarge gets a Second Chance

    • Video
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/18/2010

    What has El DeBarge been doing for the past 16 years? A trifecta of occasionally making some music, experiencing some rough times, and rediscovering the magic of songwriting. In 2008, he teamed up with George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love. Best known as the lead voice for "Rhythm of the Night," "Who's Holding Donna Now," and other group hits with DeBarge, El's solo career has charted reasonable success. He's scheduled to release Second Chance, a new album of songs on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. The already released title cut is charming, featuring El DeBarge's high register vocal trademark. Watching the video, I'm reminded of Lionel Richie, as "Second Chance" pushes El DeBarge squarely into soulful adult contemporary territory. Watch the video and see if you like the song. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Janelle Monae Jams with the Big Boys

    • Video
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/10/2010

    The latest 2010 darling of every music critic in the world seems to be Janelle Monae, the young Kansas City, Kansas cross-genre phenomenon. She's been slotted into contemporary R&B, neo-soul, dance-rock, indie rock, and pop-rock. Read what the music critics say about Janelle Monae. After listening to her album The Archandroid in it's entirety on one long summer car trip, I have to say that Janelle Monae is extremely gifted. She's a chameleon of styles. When singing without the protection of vocal production gimmicks, her friendly warm voice is exposed. Roberta Flack, Tina Turner, Beyonce, or Pat Benatar? Monae reflects them all in a wall-to-wall 18 track sonic assault. The Archandroid is schizophrenic with ambition. There's not much cohesion moving from one song to the next. As a decent 2nd album, Monae does deserve credit for producing something totally different. "Tightrope" featuring Big Boi from Outkast offers James Brown funkiness with the album's most accessible commercial selection. Note, the rest of the album is nothing like "Tightrope." Janelle Monae proves that there's always someone new on the horizon who can cut through the clutter of the "me too" clones and offer something unpredictable and fresh. Watch the well produced "Tightrope" video. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Millie Jackson Country

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/03/2010

    Country tunes in Nashville for the talented tongue of Millie Jackson? That's what she did in 1981, broadening her horizons to the masses. This 45 RPM picture sleeve single is from her country album, Just a Li'l Bit Country. She tackles the Don Gibson song, "I Can't Stop Loving You," a major hit for Ray Charles in 1962. There must have been an international market for European country lovers, as this particular copy was made and pressed in West Germany by Polydor Records. However, what Millie Jackson does best is to rock the house with her live and uncensored no holds barred charm. An excellent example, Millie's classic soul jewel, "If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right." Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Time Tested Alexander O'Neal Takes a New Journey

    • Audio
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/28/2010

    Alexander O'Neal teamed up with Cherrelle in 1986 to score with the hit duet "Saturday Love." O'Neal, a Minneapolis, Minnesota native now hangs his hat in the UK. Has Great Britain changed Alexander's musical approach? The answer lies in 5 Questions the New Journey, O'Neal's first new album since 2002. As an original member of the Time, he parted ways with the band before the group achieved their biggest success. Listen to 30 seconds of "My House," and see if Alexander O'Neal is keeping time to a new groove. Your browser does not support the audio element. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Soul Train Video Classics are back on Track

    • Review
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/15/2010

    It's the 40th anniversary of a biggin' everyone's sure nuff diggin' as Don Cornelius and Time-Life dispatch a new silver streak collection of TV Soul Train video classics. Read Mickie's nice overview of "The Best of Soul Train," a 9-DVD 2010 release in honor of Mr. Cornelius' long-lasting television enterprise. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 A New Edition for Bell Biv DeVoe

    • News
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/14/2010

    1986. Bobby Brown leaves New Edition. 1988. Three other group members Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie DeVoe (seen here) team up with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. By 1990, the Bell Biv DeVoe album with the title track "Poison" is released, a 3 million seller. What are the guys doing today? Slipping in a few live performance dates to be sure. This Marquee promotes a Thursday, July 15, 2010 show at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Michael Jackson Tribute by the Commodores

    • Audio
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/09/2010

    "Nightshift," the haunting tribute hit by the Commodores memorializing Marvin Gaye, among others, was released in 1984. The song won a Grammy Award in 1985. 25 years later in 2010, the Commodores have re-recorded "Nightshift" with their original production team (Dennis Lambert & Peter Wolf) as a tribute to Michael Jackson. They've done a nice job updating this classic soul gem. Listen to 45 seconds of "Nightshift," a tribute to Michael Jackson. Your browser does not support the audio element. Previous Post | Next Post

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