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Levi Stubbs (June 6th 1936 – October 17th 2008)




IN TRULY LOVING MEMORY AND ON THIS DAY IN 2008 Mr Levi Stubbs June 6th 1936 – October 17th 2008

Barack and Michelle Obama:Anniversary



Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary to our President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama!

Karrine Steffans:10th Anniversary!


Harry Ray (December 15, 1946- October 1, 1992)





Remembering The Late Great Harry Ray of The Legendary R&B Vocal Group The Moments/Ray, Goodman & Brown on the 22nd Anniversary of his death.

Ray, Goodman & Brown is an American R&B vocal group. The group originated as The Moments, who formed in the mid-1960s and whose greatest successes came in the 1970s with hits including “Love on a Two-Way Street”, “Sexy Mama” and “Look at Me (I’m in Love)”. In 1979, for contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and had further hits, including “Special Lady”

Between the first album’s release and The Moments’ #1 hit, Sylvia Robinson’s brother-in-law Johnny Moore (who appeared with Goodman and Brown on the cover of the group’s 1970 second album); however, Moore was absent from a live appearance. Since The Moments were now considered a headline attraction, he was fired; Goodman and Brown worked as a duo until new arrival Harry Ray rounded out the trio. This lineup became Sylvia Robinson’s favorite, and the one most heavily promoted by All Platinum.[citation needed] Ray sang lead while Brown recovered from vocal overexertion, and was the lead voice on many of The Moments’ subsequent hits including the follow-up “If I Didn’t Care” (#7 R&B, #44 pop, 1970), “Sexy Mama” (#3 R&B, #17 pop, 1973) and “Look At Me (I’m In Love)” (#1 R&B, #39 pop, 1975).

After Brown recovered, they shared lead-vocal duties; occasionally Goodman took a turn, and served as spokesman for the group. Their album, entitled A Moment With The Moments, showed Goodman, Brown and Johnny Moore on the cover and was hastily released while Brown was still recovering. The release numbers ran out of sequence in their hurry to support the single “If I Didn’t Care” in 1970. This was the first Moments lead vocal for Ray, and the only track on which Ray appeared. Another remix of “Love On A Two Way Street” was included, but the rest of the album consisted of tracks recorded before Brown’s illness (mainly B-sides from earlier singles). Moore was gone from the group by the time the album reached the charts. After Brown’s voice returned Stang began releasing singles from the On Top album, with Ray and Brown dividing lead vocals. Ray also recorded a duet with Sylvia Robinson, “Sho Nuff Boogie” (credited as Sylvia and the Moments), in 1973.

The Moments were co-credited with labelmates The Whatnauts on their hit “Girls (Part 1)”; it reached #25 on the U.S. R&B charts and became one of their biggest international successes, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1975. Ray and Goodman were strongly involved in writing and producing much of The Moments’ material from the mid-1970s, as well as producing and writing for The Whatnauts and All-Platinum’s other artists.

By 1979, the group had had a total of 27 R&B chart hits and decided to leave Stang, signing with the larger Polydor Records label. A legal dispute arose, barring them from using “The Moments” on their new label, so they renamed the group with their last names: Ray, Goodman & Brown.

The first single under their new name, “Special Lady,”see video here became one of their biggest hits, reaching #1 on the R&B chart and #5 on the pop chart in early 1980. The B-side featured “Déjà Vu”, with lyrics by Bob Natiello and music by Lou Toby. They followed up with more hits, including “Inside Of You” (#14 R&B, 1980). In 1982, following the release of their fourth (and final) Polydor album, Ray left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Kevin “Ray” Owens, a backing vocalist for Luther Vandross. Ray re-joined Sylvia and Joe Robinson at their new venture (Sugar Hill Records), but after one album and a minor hit, “Sweet Baby,” he rejoined Goodman and Brown in 1983 for their comeback on EMI with the ballad “Take It To the Limit” (which put them back on the R&B charts at #8 in 1987). In 1991, Harold “Eban” Brown, former vocalist for The Delfonics, became the lead vocalist for Ray, Goodman & Brown. He stayed for two and a half years before joining The Manhattans and became lead vocalist for The Stylistics in 2000.

Ray suffered a fatal stroke in 1992 and was again replaced in the group by Kevin “Ray” Owens. Occasionally solo artist Greg Willis joined Ray, Goodman and Brown in performances (and later on records), but never became a full-time member. Vocalist Wade “Smokey” Elliot also did a stint, before signing a solo contract with CBS Records during the 1990s. With Owens’ return, the trio continued to perform and tour as Ray, Goodman & Brown. They released two albums in 2002 and 2003: one with new material, and the other featuring re-workings of soul songs by other male vocal groups.

These albums reunited them with former All-Platinum producer George Kerr. In one of their public appearances, they teamed with Gerald Alston to perform The Manhattans’ hit “Kiss And Say Goodbye”. They sang backup vocals for Alicia Keys song “You Don’t Know My Name,” which was a #1 soul/R&B song in 2003. As of 2008 Owens, Goodman and Brown continued to record together and tour (sometimes with vocalist Larry “Ice” Winfree), performing hits from both The Moments and Ray, Goodman and Brown. On July 27, 2010 Goodman died at the age of 67.

In 2012, Harold “Eban” Brown rejoined remaining original member Billy Brown to re-record “The Moments Greatest Hits – Volume 1”. It was released in April 2014 on the Universal Music Group label – featuring the vocals of Harold “Eban” Brown and Billy Brown only. As of 2014, Winfree was officially welcomed into the group as the replacement for Goodman, with Owens and Brown, bringing the group back to it’s regular trio status.

William C. Nell:This Day In Black History





October 1, 1851, Black and white abolitionists smashed into a courtroom in Syracuse, N.Y., and rescued a fugitive slave. Abolitionist William C. Nell published Services of Colored Americans in the Wars of 1776 and 1812, the first extended work on the history of American Blacks. Revised edition of the book was published in 1855 with new title, The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution.

Joe Black and Jackie Robinson:Anniversary




Joe Black and Jackie Robinson were teammates on the Dodgers from 1952-1955. On October 1, 1952, Joe Black became the first Black pitcher to win a World Series game. The Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees 4-2. He captured the National League Rookie of the Year Award at age 28 with 15 victories, 15 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 1952.

The Black Panther Party: Anniversary




The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, CA. by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, on October 1, 1966. The original six members of the Black Panther Party were Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherwin Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman), (Front Row)
Reggie Forte, and Little Bobby Hutton(Treasurer).

“Night of the Living Dead”: Anniversary





George Romero’s influential, low-budget zombie thriller, “Night of the Living Dead” was released on this date in 1968. Did anybody see it when it was originally released? Photo from the film from the L.A. Times files.

Marvin “Marv” Tarplin (June 13, 1941 – September 30, 2011)







Remembering A Legend on the 3rd Anniversary of his death, Marvin Tarplin Gutarist and original member(given credit as an original member on their first album) of The Legendary Miracles. ( Top Middle)

Marvin “Marv” Tarplin (June 13, 1941 – September 30, 2011) was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for The Miracles during the 1950s through the early 1970s. He was one of the group’s original members and co-wrote
several of their hits, including “The Tracks of My Tears”.

Referred to as The Miracles’ “secret weapon”, Tarplin began his career accompanying a teenage Detroit, Michigan girl group known as The Primettes (later The Supremes). The Primettes sought an audition with Motown Records, and Tarplin played guitar as they performed for Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. Robinson was impressed by Tarplin’s guitar playing, and lured him away from the Primettes to join The Miracles. Tarplin joined The Miracles in 1958. In the 2006 Motown DVD release, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: The Definitive Performances 1963-1987, Robinson and fellow Miracles Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers commented that Tarplin’s unique guitar playing style was reminiscent of the late Curtis Mayfield, and was the inspiration behind many of their greatest hits.

While Tarplin remained with the Miracles for as long as Robinson was their lead singer, he is only present on the cover of three Miracles albums: Cookin’ with The Miracles (1962), I’ll Try Something New (1962), and The Fabulous Miracles (1963). He is mentioned, though not pictured, on the back cover of the group’s first album, Hi… We’re The Miracles (1961), and listed as an original group member. As a songwriter, Tarplin helped co-compose many of the Miracles’ hit singles, amongst them the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame winner “The Tracks of My Tears” for which he received the ASCAP Award Of Merit (1965), “My Girl Has Gone” (1965), “I Like It Like That”, (1964), “Going to a Go-Go” (1965), “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage” (1967), and Point It Out (1968).

In addition, Tarplin co-wrote several Robinson produced hits by Marvin Gaye, including the Top 10 million selling hits, “Ain’t That Peculiar” and “I’ll Be Doggone”. His guitar work was featured on Gaye’s Top 40 hit, “One More Heartache”, which he also co-wrote, and another of Gaye’s chart hits, 1965’s “Take This Heart of Mine”. He also played on The Four Tops 1970 Top 20 hit, “Still Water (Love)”, co-written by Robinson. Tarplin also appeared with the group on The Ed Sullivan Show, the 1964 film, The T.A.M.I. Show, the 1965 CBS television special, Murray The K – It’s What’s Happening, Baby, and virtually all of the group’s personal appearance concerts worldwide, including the Motortown Revue shows in the early 1960s.

Tarplin left the Miracles in 1973, shortly after Smokey Robinson and his wife Claudette left the group. His replacement in The Miracles was Donald Griffin, brother of Billy Griffin.[citation needed]

Robinson and Tarplin continued to collaborate as writers on Robinson’s solo recordings, including the Top 10 hits “Cruisin'” (1978) and “Being with You” (1981). Tarplin also continued to play guitar on record and in concert for Robinson, and, until 2008, continued to tour with Robinson. In 2007, Milwaukee, Wisconsin musician, Paul Cebar, paid homage to Tarplin with his song “Marv’s Fluttering Guitar (For Marv Tarplin)” from the album Tomorrow Sound Now For Yes Music People.[citation needed]

Tarplin retired from touring in 2008. Tarplin is also pictured on the cover of the 2009 Motown CD release, The Miracles-Depend On Me:The Early Albums (2009).


A Bronx A Tail: Anniversary!


On September 29, 1993 A Bronx Tale opened up in theaters.

“Let’s Get It On”: This Day In Music






On this day in 1973, Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Let’s Get It On” hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and spent 11 weeks at the summit.

“Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life”:This Day In Music




On this day Sep. 29, 1998 Jay-Z released “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

Miles Davis (May 26th 1926-September 28th 1991)



Remembering the Incomprable Mr Miles Davis.- May 26th 1926-September 28th 1991.

“A Different World”: 27th Anniversary





Twenty-seven years ago today was the debut of one of America’s most memorable TV series. Bill Cosby’s spinoff “A Different World”

Ralph Bunche: Nobel Peace Prize






Ralph Bunche won the Nobel Peace Prize on this day in 1950, becoming the first African-American, and person of color to receive the distinction. He’d negotiated the armistice between Israel and the Arab States—Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, that brought him home to a hero’s welcome including; a ticker tape parade on Broadway in NY; a declaration of Ralph

Bunche Day in Los Angeles; requests for lectures; the NAACP Spingarn Prize and dozens of honorary degrees. He continued international peace meditations focusing on the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean.

Believing in the power of education, and having graduated as valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University, than earning a M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, becoming the first African-American to earn a political science doctorate, Ralph Bunche went on to chair the Department of Political Science at Howard University, taught at Harvard University, served on the New York City Board of Education, and on the Harvard Board of Overseers, the Board of the Institute of International Education, and as a trustee of Oberlin College, Lincoln University, and New Lincoln School.

When President Truman asked him to become the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, he turned it down, citing the segregationist policies that still ruled the nation’s capital and saying he did not want to subject his children to them. He was an activist in the Civil Rights movement with Dr. King and others, and also created quiet change all of his life.

James Raleigh “Biz” Mackey (July 27, 1897-September 22, 1965)





September 22, 1965 James Raleigh “Biz” Mackey, hall of fame Negro league baseball player and manager, died. Mackey was born July 27, 1897 in Eagle Pass, Texas. He began playing professional baseball in 1918 and played until 1947.

He was regarded as the premier catcher in the Negro league in the late 1920s and early 1930s. By 1937, Mackey was managing the Baltimore Elite Giants where he mentored a teenaged Roy Campanella. Later he would work with future major league players such as Monte Irvin, Larry Doby, and Don Newcombe. Mackey retired from baseball in the 1950s and in a 1952 Pittsburgh Courier poll was voted the Negro leagues’ greatest catcher. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006

The Cosby Show: 30th Anniversary






On this day 30 years ago The Cosby Show premiered.

Long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live successful adult lives and get married (Sondra to Elvin and Denise to Martin). As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good.

Rhythm Nation: 25th Anniversary!


Janet Jackson released Rhythm Nation 1814 on 9/19/1989. The album garnered major critical praise and ultimately went on to move 20 million units worldwide. During its chart run, RN1814 placed seven singles in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. An eighth airplay only track (State of the World) reached the top 5 on airplay alone, but was unable to chart on the Hot 100 since it wasn’t commercially released.

Janet embarked on the Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour in support of the album and it was wildly successful. In fact, the Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour quickly became the most successful debut tour of any artist in music history. And it remains so today.

We continue to celebrate the impact of RN1814 — 25 years later. #RhythmNation25 #InductJanet


James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)





Remembering a Legend and the best Guitarist ever Jimi Hendrix, who passed away 44 years ago today.

Jimi was a Singer-songwriter, musician, producer, recording studio entrepreneur. He also played bass, keyboards, percussion.
What are your favorites songs by Jimi?

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in music history and one of the most influential musicians of his era despite his mainstream exposure being limited to four years.

He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival after initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and was instrumental in developing the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.

Hendrix helped to popularize use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock, which he often used to deliver tonal exaggerations in his solos, particularly with high bends, complex guitar playing, and use of legato.Hendrix was a pioneer in experimentation with stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings.

He was influenced by electric blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James, surf rock guitarist Dick Dale, rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper, and the jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. Hendrix began dressing and wearing a moustache like Little Richard when he performed and recorded in his band from March 1, 1964, through to the spring of 1965. In 1966, he stated, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice”.

Hendrix won several prestigious rock music awards during his lifetime, and many more posthumously. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The award’s biography noted that Jimi Hendrix “expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before. His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll.

“Hendrix was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected to identify his former residence on Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star for Hendrix on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on November 14, 1991 at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 2005, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was one of 50 recordings added that year to the United States National Recording Registry to “be preserved for all time” in the Library of Congress as “part of the nation’s audio legacy.” Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003.

Hendrix is widely known for and associated with the use of psychedelic drugs, most notably lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), as were many other famous musicians and celebrities of that time.

Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died of asphyxiation.


Legend Earl Van Dyke (July 8, 1930, – September 18, 1992)



In memory of Motown Legend Earl Van Dyke of the Funk Brothers, died of prostate cancer in Detroit On September 18, 1992.

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