• 0 Sam Cooke Summertime

    Here's Sam Cooke in a lighter studio moment from way back in 1962. The photo is on the back of the vinyl release The Best of Sam Cooke. Producers Hugo & Luigi proclaim on the album jacket "he lives in the top ten," and Sam Cooke did, with these memorable favorites included in this collection: "You Send Me" "Only Sixteen" " Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha" "For Sentimental Reasons" "Wonderful World" "Summertime" "Chain Gang" "Cupid" "Twistin' The Night Away" "Sad Mood" "Having A Party" "Bring It On Home To Me" Discover much more about Sam Cooke in the Archive. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Jody Watley Declares New International Independence

    • Website
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/18/2009

    Long after her fun-filled days with Shalamar, vocalist Jody Watley continued to release new songs via the independent music circuit. She's just expanded her reach, by signing an international marketing agreement with London based ADA-Global, who will distribute her Avitone Records independent back catalogue from 1995 to the present. Check out my 2006 update on Jody Watley's The Makeover album, which is scheduled to be revised and re-released soon as the first Avitone-ADA project. Jody has planned these upcoming mini-tour concert dates: Thursday, July 30, 2009, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, 8 pm Friday, July 31, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Times Square, New York, NY, 8 pm Sunday, August 2, Halstead Market Days Festival, Chicago, IL, 8:30 pm Follow Jody Watley: On Music, Pop Culture, and Life by reading her motivating blog updates. You can also learn more at the official Jody Watley website. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Soul Men Mac and Jackson Spread Boogie Flu

    • Audio
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/14/2009

    Now out on DVD, Soul Men, the 2008 movie, with the late Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, (pictured here with the late Isaac Hayes), is a raunchy, entertaining, musical laugh fest. Surprise, surprise, these Hollywood guys not only have the gift of gab, but they can bust a classic soul vocal move! Here's what I call a genre buster..."Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down)," a track featured in both the movie, and on the Original Soul Men Soundtrack. Listen to my 60 second remix of "Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down)" performed by Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson. Your browser does not support the audio element. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Diana Ross Rolls into Foxwoods Country

    • News
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/12/2009

    A now somewhat rare Diana Ross concert appearance is always a treat. Mashantucket, Connecticut, Motown legions will be thrilled to check out Ms. Ross, live, Saturday, May 16, 2009, for an 8 pm show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 War Keeps West Coast Peace with Classic Soul Jams

    • Video
    • 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

    • Video
    • 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 Con Funk Shun Steps Lightly but Brightly

    Con Funk Shun's 1977 album Secrets included the Michael Cooper inspired anthem "Ffun," one of their top songs. Michael, Karl Fuller, Paul Harrell, Cedric Martin, Louis A. McCall, Danny Thomas, and Felton C. Pilate II are all pictured here on what is the flip side of the lyric sheet insert included in Secrets. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 New Birth Classic Soul Buzz

    Hit covers of "Dream Merchant," "I Can Understand It," and "Wildflower" made them household names. Find the excellent blow-by-blow story of the dynamic journey forged by classic soul ensemble New Birth, compiled by 2 original members, Melvin and Leslie Wilson, at their official website. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Lionel Richie Roams through Deutschland

    • News
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/23/2009

    Lionel Richie's European tour rolls on with May, 2009 dates in Switzerland, Austria, and several cities in Germany. "Forever" "Just Go" "Nothing Left To Give" "Forever And A Day" "I'm Not Okay" "Good Morning" "Through My Eyes" "I'm In Love" "Think Of You" "Into You Deep" "Pastime" "Face In The Crowd" "Eternity" These are the tracks on Just Go, the new album with a revised international release date of Tuesday, May 19th. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge Marches On

    • Concerts
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/20/2009

    Lead vocalist Kathy, along with her siblings Joni, Kim, and Debbie, used the Chic "Le Freak" rhythms of Edwards & Rodgers along with "We Are Family" values to power Philadelphia's Sister Sledge to the top of the charts. Today, Kathy keeps the beat going with her solo group Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge. Attention Thursday night party people. Ms. Sledge lands in Hammond, Indiana at Horseshoe, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago on April 30th, 2009, for a 7:30 pm performance at The Venue. The Venue opened in August, 2008, and has featured Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, and others. Previous Post | Next Post

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