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The Kings Of Rock & Roll!

 

 

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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

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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

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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.

Rap Revolution: West Coast Edition

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The Temptations: 45th Anniversary!

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Today we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Temptations‘ #1 hit “I Can’t Get Next to You.”

Meet the Temptations:50th Anniversary!

 

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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)

Personnel
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”)

Producers
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!

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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.

The Temptations:Dennis Edwards Era

 

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                                                                                                                     Dennis Edwards Era. !968 to 1977. Dennis would return two more times,1980–1984, and 1987–1989.

On June 28, 1968 Dennis Edwards, a singer formerly of the Contours was hired to take Ruffin’s place. The addition of Dennis Edwards to the Temptations coincided with the adoption of a new sound for the group by producer Norman Whitfield, and in the fall of 1968, Whitfield began producing psychedelic-based material for the Temptations, derived primarily from the sound of funk band Sly & the Family Stone.

This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads. The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone. “Cloud Nine”, the centerpiece of the group’s landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award, for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969.

The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called “psychedelic soul”, also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes (“Reflections”, “Love Child”), Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and the music of The 5th Dimension, The Undisputed Truth, and The Friends of Distinction.

More Temptations psychedelic soul singles would follow in 1969 and 1970, among them “Runaway Child, Running Wild” (a number-one R&B hit), “I Can’t Get Next to You” (a number-one pop hit), “Psychedelic Shack”, and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”, but the formula began to wear thin when “Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)”, only went to #33 Pop in the fall of 1970. The group’s other important albums from this period included Puzzle People (1969) and Psychedelic Shack (1970).

Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, a ballad that became Kendricks’ final single with the group. Included on the Sky’s the Limit LP along with the original album version of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, “Just My Imagination” was released as a single in January 1971, and the song began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart, peaking at #1 two months later. By the time “Just My Imagination” topped the charts, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown’s Tamla label.

Hall & Oates: Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

 

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I’m nearly in tears at the Joy and fulfillment of seeing one of my all time favorite duos inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! These gentlemen music is the soundtrack of my Childhood, so many valuable, precious, and loving memories that I cherish til this day.

 

Two beautiful and talented artist who songs made the whole world sang! I never thought I would see the day that they would be in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, 40yrs Too late! But right on time! What’s you’re favorite Hall and Oats song?

Rick James: Solid Gold

 

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

Rick James: Wonderful

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Wonderful was released on June 13, 1988. Share your playlist in the comments from the album for your chance to win a copy of “Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James” when it is released in July

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

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

 

 

 

 

Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music

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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)

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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

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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.

Billy Idol:”Dancing With Myself,”

 

 

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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: http://smarturl.it/dancingwithmyself

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

Michael Jackson:Man In The Mirror

 

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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?

Donna Summer:(December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

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Remembering The Queen of Disco Donna Summer on the 2nd Anniversary of her death

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name, Donna Sommer, later Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Born into a devoutly Christian middle-class family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. Also influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, she became the front singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in West Germany, where she met music producer Giorgio Moroder. Also while in Europe, she married Helmut Sommer. After their divorce, she would keep his surname for her stage name; dropping the “o” and replacing it with a “u” for “Summer”.

After returning to the United States, Summer co-wrote the song “Love to Love You Baby” with Pete Bellotte. The song was released in 1975 to mass commercial success. Over the following years Summer followed this success with a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “On the Radio”. She became known as the “Queen of Disco” and regularly appeared at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City, while her music gained a global following.

She struggled with depression and addiction, and subsequently she became a born-again Christian in 1980.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She was posthumously described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name, Donna Sommer, later Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

Born into a devoutly Christian middle-class family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. Also influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, she became the front singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in West Germany, where she met music producer Giorgio Moroder. Also while in Europe, she married Helmut Sommer. After their divorce, she would keep his surname for her stage name; dropping the “o” and replacing it with a “u” for “Summer”.

After returning to the United States, Summer co-wrote the song “Love to Love You Baby” with Pete Bellotte. The song was released in 1975 to mass commercial success. Over the following years Summer followed this success with a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “On the Radio”. She became known as the “Queen of Disco” and regularly appeared at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City, while her music gained a global following.

She struggled with depression and addiction, and subsequently she became a born-again Christian in 1980.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She was posthumously described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Raising Hell: 28th Anniversary

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Raising Hell is the third album by Rap legends Run Dmc released May 16, 1986.

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