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Willie Dixon, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry in1986 (from the documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll”).

jan Gaye: After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye


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Gaye, Jan. After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye. Amistad: HarperCollins. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062135513. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062135537. MEMOIR
On her 17th birthday, Janis Hunter met rhythm-and-blues legend Marvin Gaye as he was stumbling out of his first marriage, and despite a 16-year age difference, they launched a too-hot-to-handle affair.

Their own marriage eventually collapsed under the weight of fame, drug abuse, and domestic strife. Here, Jan speaks out for the first time since Marvin was shot and killed by his father in 1984. Reportedly sizzling stuff, with many famed music figures of the day drifting through; with a 50,000-copy first printing.


This searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

On her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janice Hunter met Marvin Gaye-the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious albumWhat”s Going Onmade him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a sixteen-year-age difference and Marvin”s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown”s founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set ofSoul Train,and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.

Silent since Marvin”s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history”s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of color and black-and-white photos,After the Dancereveals what it”s like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.



September 9, 1996: The Aftermath




September 9, 1996: 8PM: “Metro Police and about 20 friends and fans of 2pac are in an altercation over what police call a “missunderstanding”. Tensions are calmed with help from a female friend of Shakur’s and four men originally handcuffed during the scuffle are released. No one was arrested. Police have been patrolling outside the hospital out of concern for retaliation after the shooting.” Source: Las Vegas Sun

September 8, 1996: The Morning After



September 8, 1996: 11AM: Suge Knight is released from the University Medical Center. 6:20PM: 2pac undergoes a second operation at UMC to repair damage from bullet wounds. Source: Las Vegas Sun, Cathy Scott.

Let’s Get It On: Anniversary


Let’s Get It On is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released August 28, 1973, on Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. Serving as Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let’s Get It On incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop, and quiet storm. It has been noted by critics for its sexually suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as “one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded”.

Following the breakthrough success of his socially conscious album What’s Going On (1971), Let’s Get It On helped establish Gaye as a sex icon and furthered his mainstream appeal. It produced three singles—title track, “Come Get to This“, and “You Sure Love to Ball“—that attained Billboard chart success. Let’s Get It On became the most commercially successful album of Gaye’s recording career, and it further expanded his creative control during his tenure with Motown. Its sexual balladry, multi-tracking of Gaye’s vocals, and seductive, funk sound influenced later R&B artists and production.

The album has been regarded by many music writers and critics as a landmark recording in soul music. It furthered funk music’s popularity during the 1970s, and its smooth soul sound marked a change for his record label’s previous success with the “Motown Sound” formula. Let’s Get It On has been named one of the best albums of all time by various critics and publications. In 2001, it was reissued by Motown Records as a two-disc deluxe edition release.

Smokey Robinson & CO: Duets




One of our favorite Motown legends has been busy working on a brand new album of duets! Smokey Robinson sings his classics with Elton John, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and more. Pre-order “Smokey & Friends” now at Amazon Music:

All Eyez on Me:Diamond



The Late great Rapper Tupac Shakur’s double album, All Eyez on Me, has been certified as “Diamond” status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing more than 10 million copies sold.

Meet the Temptations:50th Anniversary!



Meet the Temptations is the 1964 debut album by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. It includes most of the group’s early singles, excluding only the first, “Oh Mother of Mine”, and its b-side, “Romance Without Finance” (later included on a CD reissue of the LP); as well as the single “Mind Over Matter” (and its b-side “I’ll Love You Till I Die”), in which the group is credited as The Pirates. The album consists entirely of previously released singles, including the group’s first hit single, “The Way You Do the Things You Do”.

The lineup on the cover features Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and newest Temptation Davis (later David) Ruffin. Ruffin had just joined the act three months before this album was released, and actually only appears on “The Way You Do The Things You Do”. The other tracks all feature original Temptation Elbridge “Al” Bryant, who was fired from the group in December 1963.

Again, excepting the hit single, these tracks all date from the Temptations’ slow-selling starting period (during which some Motown staffers referred to them as the “hitless Temptations”). Despite local success in Detroit and the midwest, the Temptations released six singles that missed the Top 100 Pop & R&B charts, and one, “Dream Come True”, which made it to #22 on the R&B singles chart. Most of these songs feature Paul Williams as (main) lead, while Kendricks, Bryant, Franklin, and Otis Williams were given plenty of lead lines, ad-libs and harmony vocals heard throughout the album. Kendricks was also given a small handful of songs to lead as well, including the two charting singles.

The album was originally issued only in monaural sound. A stereo remix of the album was issued along with the original mono version in 1966. The bonus tracks were added to the album in 1999.

Track listing
Side one
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers)
“I Want a Love I Can See” (Robinson)
“(You’re My) Dream Come True” (Berry Gordy, Jr.)
“Paradise” (Gordy)
“May I Have This Dance” (Janie Bradford, Norman Whitfield)
“Isn’t She Pretty” (Gordy, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams)

Side two
“Just Let Me Know” (Gordy)
“Your Wonderful Love” (Gordy)
“The Further You Look, the Less You See” (Robinson, Whitfield)
“Check Yourself” (Elbridge Bryant, David English, Gordy, Williams)
“Slow Down Heart” (Robinson)
“Farewell My Love” (Gordy)

1999 CD reissue bonus tracks
“Oh, Mother of Mine” (William “Mickey” Stevenson, Williams)
“Romance Without Finance” (Stevenson, Kendricks)

Eddie Kendricks: vocals (tenor/falsetto)
Paul Williams: vocals (tenor/baritone)
Melvin Franklin: vocals (bass)
Otis Williams: vocals (tenor/baritone)
Elbridge “Al” Bryant: vocals (tenor/falsetto) (all tracks except “The Way You Do the Things You Do”)
Davis “David” Ruffin: vocals (tenor/falsetto) (“The Way You Do the Things You Do”)
Eddie Holland: background vocals (“Check Yourself”)
Brian Holland: background vocals (“Check Yourself”)

Berry Gordy: “Dream Come True”, “Paradise”, “May I Have This Dance”, “Isn’t She Pretty”, “Just Let Me Know”, “Your Wonderful Love”, “Check Yourself”, “Farewell My Love”, Executive Producer (Album)
Smokey Robinson: “The Way You Do the Things You Do”, “I Want a Love I Can See”, “May I Have This Dance”, “Just Let Me Know”, “The Further You Look, the Less You See”, “Slow Down Heart”, “Farewell My Love”, Executive Producer (Album)
Norman Whitfield: “May I Have This Dance”, “The Further You Look, the Less You See”
Andre Williams & William “Mickey” Stevenson (as “Dre-Mic”): “Oh, Mother of Mine”, “Romance Without Finance”

Singles history
The main lead vocalists on each track are identified by superscripts: (a) Paul Williams, (b) Eddie Kendricks, (c) Al Bryant, (d) Otis Williams, (e) Melvin Franklin.

“Oh Mother of Mine” a, b
Miracle single 5 (originally a non-album single; CD bonus track), July 24, 1961; b-side: “Romance Without Finance” a, b
“Check Yourself” a, (intro: d, e)
Miracle single 12, November 7, 1961; b-side: “Your Wonderful Love” a
“(You’re My) Dream Come True” b
Gordy single 7001, March 16, 1962; b-side: “Isn’t She Pretty” (recorded 1961) c, a, b, e, d
“Paradise” b, e
Gordy single 7010, September 26, 1962; b-side: “Slow Down Heart” a, e
“Mind Over Matter (I’m Gonna Make You Mine)” b (credited as The Pirates)
Mel-O-Dy single 105 (non-album single), September 29, 1962; b-side: “I’ll Love You Till I Die” a (The Pirates)
“I Want A Love I Can See” a
Gordy single 7015, March 18, 1963; b-side: “The Further You Look, the Less You See” a
“Farewell My Love”* a, b, e
Gordy single 7020, June 25, 1963; b-side: “May I Have This Dance” (recorded 1962)* b, e
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” b
Gordy single 7028, January 23, 1964; b-side: “Just Let Me Know” (recorded 1963) a, c

The Supremes:Throwback Thursday!


In 1967, at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas. Florence was sent home during this gig and Cindy Birdsong, who had been secretly rehearsing with Diana & Mary, stepped in. Florence would never return to the stage as a Supreme.

Three years later the group would record their final performance on January 14, 1970 at The Frontier Hotel. “Farewell,” a double-lp, is the rare Motown live album that is great from start to finish. Listening to it, it’s hard to believe they were barely speaking to each other at this point.

Sade: The Band


For those that don’t know, LET”S SET The Record Straight: SADE is a BAND. Not a solo act. The Band was named after their lead singer Helen Folasade Adu. Known as Sade Adu or “Sade”. However SADE is very much a Band. The Members are, Sade Adu – vocals, lyricist, songwriter, Stuart Matthewman – guitar, sax, songwriter, Paul Spencer Denman – bass, songwriter, Andrew Hale – keyboards, songwriter and Ryan Waters – Guitar. When the band performs/record without the lead singer Sade Adu, they are called Sweetback.

The History
The musical group Sade was formed in London in 1982, by members of a Latin soul band, “Pride”. Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Spencer Denman, together with Paul Anthony Cook, formed the break-away group and began to write their own material. They named the band after lead singer, Sade Adu, and made their debut performance in December 1982 at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London in support of Pride. In May 1983 the band performed their first US show at Danceteria Club in New York City. Andrew Hale joined the band in 1983, but Cook left in 1984. Sade received more attention from the media and record companies than Pride had, and eventually separated from that group altogether. On 18 October 1983, the band signed with Portrait Records (which was absorbed by its parent label, Epic Records, in 1986).When singer Sade and her band of the same name were establishing themselves, their record company, Epic, made a point of printing “Pronounced Shar-day” on the record labels of their releases.

In February 1984, Sade released their first single, “Your Love Is King”, which became a Top Ten hit. A second single, “When Am I Going to Make a Living” barely made the Top 40, but the band’s debut album, Diamond Life, was released in July 1984 and peaked at No. 2. It spent over six months in the UK Top Ten and was later certified 4x Platinum by the BPI. Diamond Life won the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Album. The band embarked on their first major UK tour, augmented by Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Terry Bailey (trumpet) and Gordon Matthewman (trombone). A third single, “Smooth Operator”, was released from the album with a video directed by Julian Temple. The single became their first US hit in Spring 1985, propelling the album in the US Top Ten. Also in 1985, the band were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards—”Best Female Video” and “Best New Artist”. On 13 July 1985, Sade performed at the Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London. Sade Adu became the only African-born artist to appear in front of the live audience of 75,000, and an estimated worldwide television audience of 1.4 billion in 170 countries.

In late 1985, Sade released their second album, Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US. It was certified double platinum by the BPI in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986, Adu was nominated for an American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist, and the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On 28 June 1986, after touring for the album, the band performed at the Artists Against Apartheid Concert in the Freedom Festival on Clapham Common in London. In 1987 the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Promise.

Sade’s third album, Stronger Than Pride, was released in May 1988. The album peaked at No. 3 in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI. It was preceded by the single, “Paradise”, which made the UK Top 30 and US Top 20. The band toured across the world again, augmented by Blair Cunningham (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), James McMillan (trumpet) and Jake Jacas (trombone & vocals).

Sade’s fourth album, Love Deluxe, was released in November 1992. The album peaked at No. 3 on the US Album charts and was certified quadruple-Platinum,[9] and peaked at No. 10 in the UK and was certified Gold by the BPI.

In 1993 the band recorded a cover of the Percy Mayfield song, “Please Send Me Someone to Love”, for the Academy Award-winning film, Philadelphia, before launching the Love Deluxe world tour. Joining the band were Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), Trevor Murrell (drums), Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion), and Rick Braun (trumpet).

The 1994 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group was awarded to Sade for “No Ordinary Love”, featured in the 1993 film, Indecent Proposal. In November the group released their first compilation album, The Best of Sade. The album was another Top Ten hit in both the UK and US and was certified Platinum and Quadruple-Platinum respectively. In 1996 Hale, Denman, and Matthewman formed their own band as a side project, Sweetback, and released a self-titled album.

In October 2000 Sade Adu came out of retirement to perform at the prestigious MOBO Awards, her first live performance in several years. The following month, Sade released their fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, their first album in eight years. The album peaked at number 18 in the UK (their only studio album not to make the top 10) though was certified Gold by the BPI. It fared better in the US, peaking at number 3. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002. The band toured the US throughout 2001. The tour resulted in a live album, Lovers Live, which was released in the UK and US in February 2002. In 2005 the band contributed the track, “Mum”, to the Voices for Darfur DVD.

Sade’s sixth studio album Soldier of Love was released worldwide on 8 February 2010, the band’s first album of new material in ten years. Following the release of the “Soldier of Love” single on 8 December 2009, the track debuted at number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart, making it the highest debut of the decade and the third highest all-time on the Urban Hot AC chart. “Soldier of Love” debuted at number 5 on the Smooth Jazz airplay chart and became the first ever vocal to hit number 1 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown.

The album peaked at No. 4 in the UK. In the US the album sold 502,000 copies in its first week and topped the Billboard 200 chart. The album stayed at No. 1 in the US for three weeks.[16] The group released the second single from the album, “Babyfather”, in April 2010, followed by a video in May. On 13 April 2010, the band performed “Babyfather” and “The Sweetest Taboo” on the US TV show Dancing With The Stars. In September 2010 the group announced the first dates of their global tour, Sade Live, to begin in April 2011.

In 2011 Sade received their fourth Grammy Award (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals) for Soldier of Love, and released a second greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection which made the UK Top Ten. A new video for the track “Love Is Found” premiered in July 2011.

Rick James: Solid Gold






Rick James receiving his first gold album and single with Skip Miller, and  Barney Ales.

David Ruffin (January 18,1941-June 1,1991)



David Ruffin (January 18,1941-June 1,1991) Gone But never forgotten.





Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music

This day in music Stevie Wonder released his first album, “The 12 Year Old Genius.” It would become Motown’s first #1  in 1963!

Ali-Ollie Woodson SR. (September 12, 1951 – May 30, 2010)


In loving memory of The Late Great Temptations singer Ali Ollie Woodson, SR. whom passed away on this day in 2010.

This Day In Music: The Supremes


May 30, 1965 The Number One Cut On The R&B Chart was, “Back In My Arms Again”, by The Supremes. It was their 5th number one (pop) song to date.

Teena Marie: Square Biz!






I live on Don Perignon, caviar, fillet Mignon and you can best believe that’s bunk I’ve been called Casper, Shorty, Vanilla Child but you know that don’t mean my world to me ‘Cause baby, names can’t cramp my style. And Buff’s collard greens A little hot water corn bread. I love you Cat Daddy But don’t let that go to your head That’s what I’m talking, baby Square Biz, Square Biz You know I love spirituals and rock Sarah Vaughn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Shakespeare, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni just to name a few

Billy Idol:”Dancing With Myself,”





Billy will release his self-written memoir, “Dancing With Myself,” on October 7th 2014 The book is bold, searingly candid, and written by Idol himself in his inimitable voice.

Pre-order the book here:

Stay tuned for news on Billy’s return to the studio and continued touring in coming weeks!

Santana: Billboard #1 Spot!






Superstar performances on CORAZÓN include ChocQuibtown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Pitbull, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Wayne Shorter, Soledad, and Diego Torres
(NewYork – May 14, 2014) Ten time GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon, 3 X Latin Grammy® winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Carlos Santana and his band SANTANA’S album CORAZÓN (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) debuts today at #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart and #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. This is the iconic performer’s first ever Latin music album of his career.

In addition, CORAZÓN debuts at #1 on iTunes in all 17 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Chile.

Santana performed many of the songs from his album CORAZÓN at a once in a lifetime concert event in December, accompanied by many of his album special guests, all celebrating their Latin music heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico (in his native state of Jalisco) at Arena VFG in Guadalajara. The concert entitled “CORAZÓN, LIVE FROM MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,” aired exclusively in the U.S. on HBO Latino on May 3rd, was simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is scheduled for release later this year on DVD. This is the first time ever that HBO Latino and HBO Latin America have joined forces to premiere a concert event in the US and Latin American regions.

Santana also performed on “Good Morning America,” “Live with Kelly and Michael” and at the Univision Upfront events this week.

Superstar performances on CORAZÓN, the album,include ChocQuibtown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Pitbull, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Wayne Shorter, Soledad, and Diego Torres.

Michael Jackson:Man In The Mirror




Last night Billboard awards there was no African American Males singers performing onstage, with the exception of The Late Great Michael Jackson, whom appeared via Hologram and seems to water down, and fully perished his already, tainted legacy. If Mr. Dick Clark was alive the Billboard awards would be totally different, Clark fought for decades  for Black performers to perform on The American Music awards and the Billboard awards, especially Black males, why after his death, the practice stopped?

Rick James: SouL Train


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