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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:The $100,000 Hit?

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Little Known Black History Fact: Loyd Jowers

The shot that killed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day in 1968 was presumably fired from Jim’s Grill, a café on ground floor of a rooming house. James Earl Ray, King’s assassin, was staying there. But Loyd Jowers, who ran Jim’s Grill, stated he received $100,000 to arrange for Dr. King’s assassination and said that Ray was not King’s killer.

Read more about Jowers here on BlackAmericaWeb.com http://bit.ly/1fRmMPW.

Lorraine Hotel:Room 306

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Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Dr. King, and Ralph Abernathy in front of room 306, April 3, 1968, a day before the assassination.

Ms. Mavis Staples:Stax Princess!

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Be sure to join us at the Stax Museum tomorrow for a book signing for the new bio out on Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers! Author Greg Kot will be with us f…rom 2 – 5 pm. More details at link below!
http://www.staxmuseum.com/events/calendar/view/book-signing-for-i-ll-take-you-there-mavis-staples

Valerie june: Sunday Best

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Born in Jackson, Tennessee, June was the oldest girl of five children. As a child growing up in Humboldt, June was exposed to gospel music at her local church and R&B and soul music via her father.As a teenager, her first job was with her father – a promoter for gospel singers and Prince, K-Ci & JoJo, and Bobby Womack – helping him hang posters in town.

 

June relocated to Memphis in 2000 and began recording and performing at the age of 19, initially with her then-husband in the duo Bella Sun.After her marriage ended she began working as a solo artist, combining blues, gospel and Appalachian folk, in a style that she describes as “organic moonshine roots music”, and learning guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar.[2][3] She became associated with the Memphis-based Broken String Collective.[6][8]

 

In 2009 she was a featured artist on MTV’s online series $5 Cover (following the lives of Memphis musicians attempting to make ends meet),[2][3][9][10][11] and in 2010 she recorded the EP Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, a collaboration with The Old Crow Medicine Show.

 

In 2011 she was honored by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission at the Emissaries of Memphis Music event.She raised funds to record an album with producer Craig Street via Kickstarter.com, raising $15,000 in 60 days.[[ Later that year she relocated from Memphis to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shortly after, record producer Kevin Augunas introduced June to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, which led to the recording of June’s album Pushin’ Against a Stone in July 2011, which was co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Kevin Augunas.

 

In 2012, June performed with producer John Forté on a collaboration called Water Suites (on the hip-hop-blues song “Give Me Water”), and with Meshell Ndegeocello on the song “Be My Husband”. She contributed the The Wandering’s 2012 album Go on Now, You Can’t Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music Volume III.In 2012 she performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, playing at Bestival and appearing on Later… with Jools Holland.[2][17]

 

She has received substantial radio play in Europe on BBC Radio 6, including a feature on Cerys on 6 with Cerys Matthews. Mary Anne Hobbs of XFM has said of June “This woman has already touched my heart, she really, really has.”

 

In February 2013, June was invited to support Jake Bugg on the UK leg of his tour. In March 2013, June performed two nights at South By Southwest. The first performance was on March 14 as part of the Heartbreaker Banquet. On March 16, June performed again, this time as part of The Revival Tour.

 

After self-releasing three albums, her debut album as a signed artist, Pushin’ Against a Stone, is due for release in the UK and Europe through Sunday Best Recordings on May 6, 2013, and through Concord Music Group in August, 2013.  The album includes several songs co-written with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who co-produced it with Kevin Augunas The album was so titled to commemorate the story of her life. June said “I feel I’ve spent my life pushing against a stone.

And the jobs I’ve had have been fitting for getting a true feel for how the traditional artists I loved came home after a hard day to sit on the porch and play tunes until bedtime.”[24] The record includes performances by Booker T. Jones, who co-wrote one of the songs contained on the album. The track “Workin’ Woman Blues” was produced and engineered by Peter Sabák in Budapest.

 

The two singles released in the UK and Europe were “Workin’ Woman Blues” and “You Can’t Be Told

 

Elvis Presley:January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

elvis-presley1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, he had been seated on the toilet reading ‘The Scientific Search For Jesus’. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. His first record for RCA, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, was also his first US No.1. He starred in 31 films. Elvis holds the record for the most entries on the US Hot 100 chart with 154. Elvis became the first rock ‘n’ roll artist to be honoured by the US Postal Service with a stamp.

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