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  • 0 Marlena Shaw Sends a Message to Mr. Right

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/21/2009

    What do music makers Marlena Shaw, Steve Lawrence, and Donny Osmond all have in common? They injected the same sugary Carole King 'lovers lament' song, "Go Away?," with unique spins turning the poetic story into a popular favorite. Although she didn't record the original, when Ms. Shaw turned "Go Away Little Girl" into "Go Away Little Boy," Marlena created a catchy, original update combining a rap introduction with a charming, memorable pop melody sung with spirit. In the liner notes of her 1999 best of CD collection, we learn that "with no nonsense and no niceties, Marlena sings "'Go Away Little Boy' for all the men who don't have the courage to satisfy a real W-O-M-A-N." The first couple of minutes of the song present a 'rap/monologue' sprinkled with humor and passion, equal to the best ramblings from Millie Jackson, Barry White, or Isaac Hayes. "Go Away Little Boy" originally appeared on Marlena Shaw's 1977 Columbia album, Sweet Beginnings. The monologue portion of the song is called "Yu-Ma." Your browser does not support the audio element. Listen to 30 seconds of New Rochelle, New York, native Marlena Shaw sing the main theme from her sassy hit. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Michael Jackson's A Place with No Name

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/17/2009

    It's probably a step down for Michael Jackson to sample another artist, but lifting a melody with permission is the sign of the times. Your browser does not support the audio element. "A Horse with No Name" by America was always one of my favorites. Listen to a portion of Michael Jackson's new "A Place with No Name." Yes, he did get permission to use the melody. Look for this posthumous Michael Jackson release soon. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston Looks Good in New Cover Art

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/16/2009

    Here's Whitney Houston featured on the cover of her forth coming album I Look To You, slated for a September, 2009 release. As we all know, there's more substance to Whitney than just eye candy. Take a look back at some of the outstanding Whitney Houston recording industry achievements. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Smokey Robinson Passes the Time Flying High with Hits

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/14/2009

    Bill (William) Smokey Robinson has been apart of the music scene since Motown captured the hearts of young America way back when. Smokey's sincere comments regarding fond memories of Michael Jackson have been well received in the media during the aftermath of the Jackson tragedy. Time Flies When You Are Having Fun is the brand new Smokey Robinson album, scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, on his own label, Robso Records. Smokey is on the road during his 2009 tour: Wednesday, July 15, Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre Friday, July 17, Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Saturday, July 18, Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall Thursday, July 23, Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre Saturday, July 25, Lisle, IL, Morton Arboretum Friday, July 31, Kelseyville, CA, Konocti Field Amphitheater August: Saturday, Aug. 1, Oakville, CA, Robert Mondavi Winery Friday, Aug. 7, Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery Wednesday, Aug. 12, Vienna, VA, The Filene Center September: Friday, Sept. 4, Shreveport, LA, Sam's Town Casino Sunday, Sept. 6, Vinton, LA, Delta Downs Casino Friday, Sept. 18, Galveston, TX, The Grand Opera House Saturday, Sept. 19, Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort October: Wednesday, Oct 28, Newark NJ, NJ Performing Arts Center November: Friday, Nov 13, Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club Previous Post | Next Post  

  • 0 MichaelJackson.com Shares Fan Memories

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/09/2009

    You can find one of the best collections of Michael Jackson fan memorial messages at MichaelJackson.com. Previous Post | Next Post  

  • 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 Harlem Remembers Michael Jackson

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/02/2009

    In 1967, The Jackson 5 won an amateur night contest at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when Michael Jackson was only 8 years old. The Apollo honored the King of Pop this week. Listen to this short, excellent audio report (2 minutes 42 seconds) as featured on NPR: Harlem's Apollo Theater Honors 'King of Pop' Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Michael Jackson's Secret Songs

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/01/2009

    Does Michael Jackson have a secret song library bulging with almost 200 unreleased tracks? Several reliable sources are reporting that MJ bequeathed a massive music catalog to his three children Michael Joseph Jr., Paris Michael Katherine, and Prince Michael II, just weeks prior to his death. The secret song catalogue could be worth at least $100 million to Jackson's children. Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson had such high standards rolling with the "A list" tracks, that it's completely believable that a number of potential "B list" hit tracks were recorded and remain in secure vaults. A "B list" Jackson track may still be better than another artist's best material. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Michael Jackson Wake - Thriller and Bad

    Yes the abundant coverage of Michael Jackson's tragic death will eventually end. Among what I've watched, read, or listened to in several U.S. cities (and from around the world) over the past few days, here's a highlight and low light: Thriller: Donnie Simpson's excellent radio interview with Smokey Robinson on Washington D.C.'s WPGC. Bad: O'Jay Eddie Levert dropping the "s" bomb during the group's lifetime achievement acceptance remark at the BET Awards/MJ tribute program. What's one thing you have liked and/or have disliked about the coverage of the Michael Jackson tragedy? Leave a comment. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 50 Ways to Remember Michael Jackson

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/26/2009

    On August 14, 2008, I wrote 50 Ways To Love Michael Jackson, in honor of his 50th birthday. May he rest in peace. Michael Jackson, (1958 -2009), one of the great ones. Previous Post | Next Post

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