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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stephanie Mills In The House

Stephanie Mills, Kingsley Smith (King from Powerhouse Radio), and Diane Prior. It’s 1980, we are in the studio of WAYV-FM, Atlantic City, NJ. Diane, our evening dj, went on to WKTU-FM in New York City, and me to 4 different FM stations in Philadelphia, PA.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Whitney Houston So Emotional

From Newark, New Jersey to Beverly Hills.  Whitney Houston: born August 9, 1963 in Newark.  Died: February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills. Celebrate her life with this “So Emotional” wallpaper from Picture Sleeve Pop.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Aretha and Ray

Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles share a hug from back in the day.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Sly Stone's July 4 Flag Day

July 4th flag day with Sly & the Family Stone from their album There’s A Riot Goin’ On.

Have a safe one!

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Roberta Flack Keeps Her Song Soft and Mellow

Always the master of timeless R&B, Roberta Flack continues to serenade audiences with her elegant mixture of toned down pop, soul, and jazz.

Roberta’s official biography tells the story...

"Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University."

"She was “discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry’s by musician Les McCann, and promptly signed to Atlantic Records resulting in the release of a string of big Roberta Flack hits."

An interpretive album of Beatles’ classics is occupying lots of Roberta’s time, even as she sings to audiences during her 2010 tour.

Her Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, New York, provides inspiring music education to underprivileged students free of charge.

That’s Roberta giving back to the community.

Roberta Flack live features the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 12, 2010, DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC
  • Saturday, June 19, McDonald’s Gospelfest, Prudential Center Arena, Newark, NJ
  • Friday, July 9, Vancouver Island Music Fest, British Columbia, Canada
  • Saturday, July 17, BFLO Jazz Festival, Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY
  • Sunday, July 25, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Canada
  • Saturday, September 4, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Tokyo, Japan
  • Saturday, September 18, Mayo Civic Center Theater, Rochester, MN

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shelia E. and Natalie Cole Freeze Frames

Natalie Cole’s “I Live For Your Love" is one of the many 7 inch 45 rpm vinyl picture sleeve singles released to promote her music back in the day.

Some of her other picture sleeves include:

  • “Dangerous”
  • “Jump Start”
  • “When I Fall In Love”
  • “Miss You Like Crazy”

Shelia E.’s “The Glamorous Life" and “The Belle of St. Mark” are her two most popular picture sleeves, along with:

  • “A Love Bizarre”
  • “Sister Fate”
  • “Bedtime Story”
  • “Holly Rock”
  • “Hold Me”
  • “Koo Koo”

In 2010, some of these sleeves are more valuable than the records.

You may find some hidden gems lying in a basement, garage, attic, flea market, second-hand shop, or at a used record store.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time Plays it Cool for New Year's Eve

That’s Morris Day out in front on the cover of the Time’s 1981 album, The Time.

As was normal back in the day, record label Warner Brothers stamped a “loaned for promotion only” sticker on the upper right side of my deejay copy (of the vinyl disc).

Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Monte Moir, Jellybean Johnson, Jesse Johnson, and Morris Day were the Minneapolis, Minnesota Time.

They’ll be represented during the 16 hour plus Powerhouse Radio New Year’s Eve Special beginning at 9 am Eastern.

During a portion of the special, I’ll be plugging in my announcers microphone to provide an additional element of that old school classic soul touch.

As 2009 comes to a close, faith is the key, and hope unlocks the door for an optimistic year in 2010.

Before successful on-air times at both WBLS in New York City, and WUSL Power 99 FM in Philadelphia, I got some seasoning working at a variety of radio stations.

So, compare what you hear on these two brief excerpts from way back when to our special on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009!

Total running time is 4 minutes, 30 seconds for the complete aircheck.  The first clip features WALL contest time.  Remember when radio stations always featured non-stop contests?

Clip two takes you to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For several of my early artist interviews, visit the Powerhouse Radio archive.

I don’t have any pictures from WALL, but here’s one from May, 1977 taken at WUSS about a year after the clip recording.

By the way, the picture of me at the top of this page is new, from about 2006.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Whitney Houston Looks Good in New Cover Art

Here’s Whitney Houston featured on the cover of her forth coming album I Look To You, slated for a September, 2009 release.

As we all know, there’s more substance to Whitney than just eye candy.

Take a look back at some of the outstanding Whitney Houston recording industry achievements.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Gap Band Keep the Party Train on Track

The legendary Gap Band of brothers honed the art of funk to a science with a truly unique approach to their groove grinding R&B.

These photos are from Gap Band VI.

Let’s reveal much more about this trio who hail from the USA heartland by spotlighting some highlights from The Gap Band’s official biography...

"One of the most influential groups in the history of classic soul, Charlie and his brothers, Ronnie and Robert Wilson, made themselves famous with their non-stop humorous funk grooves.

The sons of a Pentecostal minister, the Wilson brothers started performing in 1967 when they formed a group along with Tuck Andress of Tuck and Patti Fame.

The GAP Band, named after the black business hub of their native Tulsa, Oklahoma (Greenwood, Archer, Pine Streets), became the band of choice for visiting musicians.

“We used to be called the Greenwood Archer Pine Street Band,” Charlie explains, “but that was a bit too much to put on posters, so we abbreviated it to G.A.P. Band.

Then once, through a typographical error, the periods disappeared and out popped the GAP Band.”

During the band’s early career they opened for major hit bands like The Rolling Stones, and supported J.J. Cale, Willie Nelson, D.J. Rogers, and Leon Russell.

In the 80’s, Charlie toured with Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics. The GAP Band has always been a touring powerhouse, known for their high energy, groove thumpin, party-like set.

Throughout their career they have performed with an eclectic set of artists including Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Isley Brothers, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, L.L. Cool J, Destiny’s Child, Ashanti, Ja Rule, and Dru Hill.

From the late 70’s to early 80’s the band dominated the R&B charts with their hard driving funk grooves.  Four of the band’s nine albums went platinum..."

  • The Gap Band II
  • The Gap Band III
  • The Gap Band IV
  • Gap Band V - Jammin)

  • Gap Band hits include:

  • “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”
  • “Party Train”
  • “Burn Rubber”
  • “Outstanding”
  • “Oops Upside Your Head”
  • “Early in the Morning”
  • “Yearning for Your Love”
  • “Outstanding”

Charlie Wilson continues to support his own solo career, and will be performing on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 19, 2009, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
  • Saturday, June 20, City Stages Music Festival, Birmingham, AL
  • Friday, June 26, Grant Park - Taste of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, June 27, Chene Park, Detroit, MI
  • Sunday, June 28, Nokia Theater, Dallas, TX
  • Saturday, July 4, Essence Music Festival – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
  • Friday, July 24, Kanawha Plaza, Richmond, VA
  • Friday, July 31, Macy’s Music Festival – Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
  • Friday, August 14, Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards, Las Vegas, NV
  • Friday, September 4, Palace Theater, Cleveland, OH
  • Sunday, September 6, Fort Hood Stadium, Killeen, TX
  • Friday, October 2, LA County Fair, Los Angeles, CA

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sam Cooke Summertime

Here’s Sam Cooke in a lighter studio moment from way back in 1962.

The photo is on the back of the vinyl release The Best of Sam Cooke.

Producers Hugo & Luigi proclaim on the album jacket “he lives in the top ten,” and Sam Cooke did, with these memorable favorites included in this collection:

* “You Send Me”
* “Only Sixteen”
* “ Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha”
* “For Sentimental Reasons”
* “Wonderful World”
* “Summertime”
* “Chain Gang”
* “Cupid”
* “Twistin’ The Night Away”
* “Sad Mood”
* “Having A Party”
* “Bring It On Home To Me”

Discover much more about Sam Cooke in the PowerhouseRadio.com Archive.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Con Funk Shun Steps Lightly but Brightly

Con Funk Shun’s 1977 album Secrets included the Michael Cooper inspired anthem “Ffun,” one of their top songs.

Michael, Karl Fuller, Paul Harrell, Cedric Martin, Louis A. McCall, Danny Thomas, and Felton C. Pilate II are all pictured here on what is the flip side of the lyric sheet insert included in Secrets.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

13 Blue Magic Lane is Home for 5 Philly Fellas

Richard Pratt, Vernon Sawyer, Keith Beaton, Ted “Wizard” Mills (lead vocals), and Wendell Sawyer are the 1975 version of Blue Magic.

This montage of photos is from the original inner jacket sleeve from their album Thirteen Blue Magic Lane.

Wedged between 1974’s Blue Magic (that included the hit “Side Show"), and their 2nd 1975 record The Magic of the Blue (featuring “Three Ring Circus"), Thirteen Blue Magic Lane wasn’t unlucky with respect to several strong tracks highlighted by:

  • “Chasing Rainbows”
  • “Magic of the Blue”
  • “We’re On The Right Track”
  • “What’s Come Over Me” (with Margie Joseph)

Blue Magic, from the city of brotherly love, textured “the sound of Philadelphia” to their own strengths using many of the city’s top session musicians and producers during the legendary Gamble and Huff era.

Even with the expectation of a signature ballad serenade, a Blue Magic show from my personal experience was always well paced, energetic, and lively.

In 2008, a live in concert Blue Magic DVD was finally released.

A classic soul gem to seek out if you can find it is the 1976 live double album featuring Blue Magic, Margie Joseph, and Major Harris, from which we occasionally play tracks on Powerhouse Radio.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Unique Musique Banned in Boston

Musique’s 1978 dance hit “In The Bush” psyched out a lot of people who select radio station songs due to suggestive lyrics that seem mild today.

The hook laden refrain “push push in the bush” caused manager imaginations to run wild, even though there wasn’t one real naughty word in the entire song.

Earlier in the same decade the word “crap” was edited out of Paul Simon’s song “Kodachrome” before some radio stations would play it.

With such sensitivity by radio people not to offend local “community standards” among rabbit eared listeners, the hesitation to play “In The Bush” was not a surprise.

No station wanted a listener to complain to the Federal Communications Commission.

The original Musique featured Jocelyn Brown, Angela Howell, Gina Tharps, and Christine Wiltshire on Keep On Jumpin’.

Pictured here are their replacements, Mary Seymour, Denise Edwards, and Gina Taylor, who were featured on the 2nd album, Musique II.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vanessa Williams Celebrates

Today, March 18th, is the birthday of singer, actor, and former Miss America Vanessa Williams.

Her most recent CD, 2005’s Everlasting Love, was striking in its creative brush stroke; adding new color to the canvas of 12 golden oldies.

Among those put to the test, “Never Can Say Goodbye” (featuring George Benson), and “I’ll Be Good To You” (The Brothers Johnson original).

Blessed with a gorgeous voice, Vanessa has cruised the middle of the road mainstream with the airy hits “Dreamin’,” “Save the Best for Last,” and “Love Is” (with Brian McKnight).

Her tempo crankers “The Right Stuff” and “Running Back To You” get the party started.

With those 80’s, 90’s, and new millennium hits behind her, Let’s look for some future magic from Vanessa Williams.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Funky Funkadelic

March 5, 1978 - “Flash Light” by Parliament is the number one R&B song.

Here is Funkadelic, (their alter ego), with George Clinton holding court in the corner.

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