Archives for : June2014

Lilly Ghalichi:Material Girl!

 

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The Contours: “Do You Love Me.”

 

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52 years ago today The Contours released “Do You Love Me.” The song was a Top 40 single in 1962 and again in 1988, after being featured prominently in the film Dirty Dancing.

Shaun Robinson:Bet Bell!

 

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Ok @floydmayweather. You trying to ‪#‎photobomb‬? Great seeing you last night at ‪#‎BETExperience‬.

Paris Hilton:Video Girl!

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Paris Hilton on the set of her new video, wearing a custom Stephanie & Michael Costello “Rita” Gown.

Bobby Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 28, 2014)

 

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Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Womack wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin’ For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, “Harry Hippie”, “Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.

In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Soul legend Bobby Womack has passed way at the age of 70yrs old.

 

Do The Right Thing:25th Anniversary!

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Happy Birthday Stokely Carmichael (June 29, 1941-November 15, 1998)

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An Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.
He rose to prominence first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”) and later as the “Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party.
Initially an integrationist, Carmichael later became affiliated with black nationalist and Pan-Africanist movements.
He popularized the term “Black Power”.

 

Happy Birthday Little Eva (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003),

 

 

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Little Eva is an American R&B singer.
Born in Belhaven, North Carolina, she moved to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York at a young age. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
It is often claimed that Goffin and King were amused by Boyd’s individual dancing style, so they wrote “The Loco-Motion” for her and had her record it as a demo (the record was intended for Dee Dee Sharp).

However, as King said in an interview with NPR and in her “One to One” concert video, they knew she could sing when they met her, and it would be just a matter of time before they would have her record songs they wrote, the most successful being “The Loco-Motion”.

Music producer Don Kirshner of Dimension Records was impressed by the song and Boyd’s voice and had it released.
The song reached #1 in the United States in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

After the success of “The Loco-Motion”, Boyd was stereotyped as a dance-craze singer and was given limited material.

The same year, Goffin and King wrote “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)” (performed by The Crystals) after discovering that Boyd was being regularly beaten by her boyfriend.
When they inquired why she tolerated such treatment, Eva replied, with apparent sincerity, that her boyfriend’s actions were motivated by his love for her.

Phil Spector’s arrangement of the song was ominous and ambiguous.
“ It was a brutal song, as any attempt to justify such violence must be, and Spector’s arrangement only amplified its savagery, framing Barbara Alston’s lone vocal amid a sea of caustic strings and funereal drums, while the backing vocals almost trilled their own belief that the boy had done nothing wrong.

In more ironic hands (and a more understanding age), ‘He Hit Me’ might have passed at least as satire. But Spector showed no sign of appreciating that, nor did he feel any need to. No less than the song’s writers, he was not preaching, he was merely documenting.” ”

Boyd’s other single recordings were “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, “Some Kinda Wonderful”, “Let’s Turkey Trot” and a remake of the Bing Crosby standard “Swinging on a Star,” recorded with Big Dee Irwin (though Boyd was not credited on the label).

Boyd also recorded the song “Makin’ With the Magilla” for an episode of the 1964 Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Magilla Gorilla Show.
She continued to tour and record throughout the sixties, but her commercial potential plummeted after 1964.

 

She retired from the music industry in 1971.
She never owned the rights to her recordings. Although the prevailing rumor in the 1970s was that she had received only $50 for “The Loco-Motion,”
Interviewed between 1988 after the success of the Kylie Minogue cover version of “The Loco-Motion”, Boyd stated that she did not like the new version; however its then-current popularity allowed her to make a comeback in show business.

Happy Birthday Leonard Lee( June 29, 1936-October 23, 1976)

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Happy Birthday LEONARD LEE!!
An American composer and a pioneer in the art of Rock & Roll.
(here in “Shirley & Lee”)
Shirley & Lee are best remembered as a rock-and-roll duo from the 50’s who came up with one great song that helps to define the era in pop music.
One of them came back years later to usher in a different era in pop music history.
Shirley Mae Goodman and Leonard Lee were both born sometime from 1935 to 1937.
In the early 50’s they formed a rhythm-and-blues duo in New Orleans.
They began to record for the Aladdin label in 1952 and became known as “The Sweethearts Of The Blues.”
Shirley had a high voice and Lee’s was big and booming, and the contrast between the two gave their act its appeal.
They began to record songs that made the top ten on the rhythm-and-blues charts, such as their first big one I’m Gone in 1952, a song that was written by Leonard Lee and Dave Bartholomew.
In their early songs they pretended as if they were sweethearts.
Other hits followed, including Feel So Good in 1955 and I Feel Good two years later.
In late summer of 1956 the song with which Shirley & Lee are most often associated entered the charts. Let The Good Times Roll was a big hit at teenage parties everywhere.
Some DJ’s refused to play it, claiming that it had suggestive lyrics. The song crossed over to the pop charts, where it reached as high as number twenty.
Shirley & Lee continued to record together up until 1963, when Lee began to record songs for Imperial.
Shirley developed an act with Jesse Hill which they called Shirley & Jesse, and they worked in New Orleans with Mac Rebennack and others.
In 1975 Shirley recorded a song called Shame, Shame, Shame with a group of studio musicians, and it was released on the Vibration label as by Shirley And Company.
The song had links to rock-and-roll’s glorious past — in addition to Shirley’s lead female vocal, one of the musicians included in the recording was Kenny Jeremiah, who had been a founding member of the Soul Survivors [Expressway To Your Heart] in the 60’s.
In addition, Shame, Shame, Shame was written and produced by Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson of Mickey & Sylvia [Love Is Strange].
The song reached number twelve and was regarded as one of the first disco hits of the 70’s.

 

“Salt n Pepa”:Express Yourself!

 

 

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“Learn to love yourself… You are worthy and you matter.” — Cheryl “Salt” James Wray

Pictured with her partners in rhyme, Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, then and now.

Happy 45th Birthday Tichina Arnold

 

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Happy 45th Birthday to actress and singer Tichina Arnold!

Keyshia Cole:Red Top!

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Allen Iverson:Throwback Thursday!

 

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On this date in 1996, the 76ers selected Allen Iverson with the first pick of the Draft. #TBT

Happy Birthday Bitch Lewis (June 26, 1946-July 23, 2011)

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Happy 75th Birthday Barbara Chase-Riboud

 

 

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Barbara is best known to many for her books, “Sally Hemings” and “Hottentot Venus,” but she is also an acclaimed sculptor whose “Malcolm X Steles” were recently showcased in her hometown of Philadelphia. Today marks her 75th birthday.

Steve Harvey & Co

 

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Today in Hong Kong I awaken to my wonderful wife on our anniversary….. After having a great weekend filled with Gods grace I am a blessed man ….. GOD is so awesome….. Going home to see our first grandchild! Wow Gods grace is a lot!!!

Happy Birthday Rosie Gaines

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Happy Birthday to vocalist, musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer Rosie Gaines (born on June 26th). Rosie was a part of Prince’s band The New Power Generation, as well as a solo artist.

Happy Birthday Michael Vick

 

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Happy Birthday to Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980), pro football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Happy 40th Birthday Derek Jeter

 

 

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Happy Birthday to Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974), a pro baseball shortstop who is playing in his 20th and final season in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday CHris Issak

 

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Happy Birthday Chris Issak
Is an American rock musician.
Isaak signed a contract to Warner Bros. Records in 1984 for his first album Silvertone.
The tracks “Gone Ridin'” and “Livin’ for Your Lover”, from this album, were featured in David Lynch’s cult classic Blue Velvet. Isaak’s second self-titled album Chris Isaak was photographed by fashion photographer Bruce Weber.
Isaak’s contract was renewed in 1988 when Warner Bros. moved him to their Reprise Records label.
Wicked Games…

Though released on the 1989 album Heart Shaped World, an instrumental version of the song was later featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart.
Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who was obsessed with Lynch films, began playing the vocal version and it quickly became the station’s most-requested song.

Chesnut spread the word to other radio stations around the country and the single became a national Top 10 hit in February 1991.
The music video for the song was directed by Herb Ritts and was a big MTV and VH1 hit; shot in black and white, it starred Isaak and Danish-Peruvian supermodel Helena Christensen rolling on the beach, embracing and whispering in each other’s ears.
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Another less-seen version of the “Wicked Game” is directed by David Lynch and comprises scenes from the film Wild at Heart. “Wicked Game” also featured as the backing music in the 2001 TV advert for the Jaguar X-Type range of cars in the UK.
In 1995 Isaak split with long time guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, and that year’s Forever Blue and the accompanying tour featured Hershel Yatovitz on guitar.

In 1999, Isaak’s “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The song is on his 1995 album Forever Blue.
The music video for the song is directed by Herb Ritts, it was shot in color, it starred Isaak and French supermodel Laetitia Casta in a motel room.
This was Isaak’s second collaboration with Ritts.

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