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  • 0 Millie Jackson - On The Soul Country Side

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
    • 11/15/2014

    Here's another touch of country from the soul of Millie Jackson. Also see our Millie Jackson Country update. Steve Horowitz has his own take on Millie's The Soul Country Side where he talks about all of the country songs she sings. Let's face it, R&B is a fusion of soul, blues and country. Ray Charles, Lionel Richie, Charley Pride and others have all delivered emotional melodies when they sing country. A mix of rural towns, forlorn ladies and urban cowboys make for great story telling. Read both updates above, and listen to Millie Jackson sing a quick segment of  "Here You Come Again" made popular by Dolly Parton.   Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston Live

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/16/2014

    Looking forward to hearing Whitney Houston Live, her first-ever live album featuring restored and remastered tracks. Release date is November 10, 2014. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Retreat

    • Video
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 10/19/2013

    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Listen to "Retreat!" from the new album: Give The People What They Want. I'm not crazy about the animation but the song is strong enough to grab and hold you. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Essential Bill Withers

    • Songs
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/21/2013

    The Essential Bill Withers is a new 34-track 2013 anthology that features all of his hits and more.  "Better Days (Theme from Man and Boy)"  "Ain't No Sunshine"  "Harlem"  "Grandma's Hands"  "Hope She'll Be Happier"  "Better Off Dead"  "Lonely Town, Lonely Street"  "Let Me in Your Life"  "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"  "Use Me"  "Friend of Mine"  "I Can't Write Left-Handed"  "Lean on Me"  "Make a Smile for Me"  "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh"  "Heartbreak Road"  "Railroad Man" Disc Two  "Family Table"  "The Best You Can"  "Hello Like Before"  "I Wish You Well"  "Don't You Want to Stay?"  "I'll Be with You"  "My Imagination"  "Lovely Day"  "I Want to Spend the Night"  "Tender Things"  "Let Me Be the One You Need"  "Memories Are That Way"  "Soul Shadows"  "Just the Two of Us"  "In the Name of Love"  "We Could Be Sweet Lovers"  "Something That Turns You On" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 B.B. King and Peter Frampton

    • Photo
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/15/2013

    B.B. King and Peter Frampton perform "The Thrill is Gone" Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ. Both appeared in separate sets. Frampton performed with his Guitar Circus group. Below is the B.B. King band at the same show. 2022 Update: As a bonus, here is Peter Frampton playing 3 years later (February 26, 2016) at a private performance I attended in Washington, DC. All photos by Kingsley H. Smith. Regarding the 2013 B.B. King show, I was lucky enough to finally see him  perform live. B.B. passed away on May 14, 2015. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Teena Marie Lady T

    Hot irons in the fire! Fiery classic soul. Lady T., Teena Marie didn't have to take a backseat to anyone. I was lucky enough to see her perform live one time. It was in a large Philadelphia arena. The size of the crowd did not distract from the intimate punch Lady T. hammered home that night. Teena Marie, March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010. R.I.P. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Stephanie Mills In The House

    • Photo
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/19/2012

    Stephanie Mills, Kingsley H. Smith (King from Powerhouse Radio), and Diane Prior. It's 1980, we are in the studio of WAYV-FM, Atlantic City, NJ. Diane, our evening dj, went on to WKTU-FM in New York City. I eventually sailed on to 4 different FM stations in Philadelphia, PA and then to Washington, DC for broadcast network executive duties. Photo by Snookie Jones. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Sparkle Then and Now

    • Review
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/16/2012

    Whitney Houston's "Celebrate," a nice uptempo duet with Jordin Sparks of American Idol fame was recorded in early February, 2012. The latest "Sparkle" movie was released in August, 2012. The original film from 1976 starred Irene Cara. "Celebrate" is included in the soundtrack. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Nile Rodgers Chic Le Freak

    Nile Rodgers, the surviving founder of Chic, chronicles the rise of his group in "Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny." Co-founder Bernard Edwards died in Tokyo, Japan in 1996. The distinctive production style of Rodgers was responsible for hits by Diana Ross, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, Duran Duran, Grace Jones and many more. Rodgers, a composer, arranger, guitarist and producer describes his humble beginnings in New York City before the dawn of Chic. Readers of this autobiography will enjoy the special Nile anecdotes from various studio sessions. Chic was a dynamic force, driven by the unique style of Rodgers and Edwards (on bass). They don't receive enough credit for their innovation. Chic is often stereotyped in perception by attributing the blandness of the disco era to the group. Many negate Chic's best work by lumping it in with the mediocre robotic melodies of disco's heyday. For the whole story, check out "Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny." Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston So Emotional

    • Photo
    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/20/2012

    From Newark, New Jersey to Beverly Hills. Whitney Houston: born August 9, 1963 in Newark. Died: February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills. Celebrate her life with this "So Emotional" wallpaper from our sister website Picture Sleeve Pop. Previous Post | Next Post

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