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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Number One Classic Soul Songs from the 1980s

It’s puzzle time again with 14 number one classic soul songs from the 1980’s.

This is the first of 3 challenges.

The next two will features the 1970’s, and the 1960’s.  We give you the artist name and a hint, you give us the song title.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Dells Are Harmony

Chicago’s Dells, kings of harmony, formed in 1953, and recorded for Chess and Vee-Jay Records.  By the 1970’s, The Dells moved to Mercury Records, ABC, and Chi-Sound.

The Dells had hits in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

Listen to just over 60 seconds of The Dells singing “A Heart Is A House For Love,” featured in the soundtrack from The Five Hearbeats movie, (song produced by George Duke, 1991).

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

El DeBarge gets a Second Chance

What has El DeBarge been doing for the past 16 years? A trifecta of occasionally making some music, experiencing some rough times, and rediscovering the magic of songwriting.

In 2008, he teamed up with George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love.

Best known as the lead voice for “Rhythm of the Night,” “Who’s Holding Donna Now,” and other group hits with DeBarge, El’s solo career has charted reasonable success.

Read the complete El DeBarge story at his official website.

He’s scheduled to release Second Chance, a new album of songs on Tuesday, September 28, 2010.

The already released title cut is charming, featuring El DeBarge’s high register vocal trademark.  Watching the video, I’m reminded of Lionel Richie, as “Second Chance” pushes El DeBarge squarely into soulful adult contemporary territory.

Watch the video and see if you like the song.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Janelle Monae Jams with the Big Boys

The latest 2010 darling of every music critic in the world seems to be Janelle Monae, the young Kansas City, Kansas cross-genre phenomenon.

She’s been slotted into contemporary R&B, neo-soul, dance-rock, indie rock, and pop-rock.

Read what the music critics say about Janelle Monae.

After listening to her album The Archandroid in it’s entirety on one long summer car trip, I have to say that Janelle Monae is extremely gifted.

She’s a chameleon of styles.  When singing without the protection of vocal production gimmicks, her friendly warm voice is exposed.

Roberta Flack, Tina Turner, Beyonce, or Pat Benatar?

Monae reflects them all in a wall-to-wall 18 track sonic assault.

The Archandroid is schizophrenic with ambition.

There’s not much cohesion moving from one song to the next.

As a decent 2nd album, Monae does deserve credit for producing something totally different.

“Tightrope" featuring Big Boi from Outkast offers James Brown funkiness with the album’s most accessible commercial selection.

Note, the rest of the album is nothing like “Tightrope."

Janelle Monae proves that there’s always someone new on the horizon who can cut through the clutter of the “me too” clones and offer something unpredictable and fresh.

Watch the well produced “Tightrope” video.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Millie Jackson Country

Country tunes in Nashville for the talented tongue of Millie Jackson?  That’s what she did in 1981, broadening her horizons to the masses.

This 45 RPM picture sleeve single is from her country album, Just a Li’l Bit Country.

She tackles the Don Gibson song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” a major hit for Ray Charles in 1962.

There must have been an international market for European country lovers, as this particular copy was made and pressed in West Germany by Polydor Records.

However, what Millie Jackson does best is to rock the house with her live and uncensored no holds barred charm.

An excellent example, Millie’s classic soul jewel, “If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Time Tested Alexander O'Neal Takes a New Journey

Alexander O’Neal teamed up with Cherrelle in 1986 to score with the hit duet “Saturday Love."

O’Neal, a Minneapolis, Minnesota native now hangs his hat in the UK.  Has Great Britain changed Alexander’s musical approach?

The answer lies in 5 Questions the New Journey, O’Neal’s first new album since 2002.

As an original member of the Time, he parted ways with the band before the group achieved their biggest success.

Listen to 30 seconds of “My House,” and see if Alexander O’Neal is keeping time to a new groove.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Soul Train Video Classics are back on Track

It’s the 40th anniversary of a biggin’ everyone’s sure nuff diggin’ as Don Cornelius and Time-Life dispatch a new silver streak collection of TV Soul Train video classics.

Read Mickie’s nice overview of “The Best of Soul Train,” a 9-DVD 2010 release in honor of Mr. Cornelius’ long-lasting television enterprise.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A New Edition for Bell Biv DeVoe

1986.  Bobby Brown leaves New Edition.  1988.  Three other group members Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie DeVoe (seen here) team up with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

By 1990, the Bell Biv DeVoe album with the title track “Poison” is released, a 3 million seller.

What are the guys doing today?

Slipping in a few live performance dates to be sure.

This Marquee promotes a Thursday, July 15, 2010 show at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Michael Jackson Tribute by the Commodores

“Nightshift," the haunting tribute hit by the Commodores memorializing Marvin Gaye, among others, was released in 1984.

The song won a Grammy Award in 1985.

25 years later in 2010, the Commodores have re-recorded “Nightshift” with their original production team (Dennis Lambert & Peter Wolf) as a tribute to Michael Jackson.

They’ve done a nice job updating this classic soul gem.

Listen to 45 seconds of “Nightshift,” a tribute to Michael Jackson.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Bloodstone Stays Cool with Natural High Vibes

"Natural High” was Bloodstone’s only certified-gold single.  “Why do I keep my mind, on you all of the time” lyrically opens the #4 R&B, #10 pop 1973 hit.

Group member Charles McCormick, (2nd from the left), wrote this classic soul ballad for his wife, his senior-class high school sweetheart.

Bloodstone was formed in Kansas City, Missouri, by McCormick, Harry Williams, Charles Love, Willis Draffen Jr., and Roger Durham.

When the temperature gets hot, “Natural High” puts you in a cool state of mind.

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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 29, 2010

One Million Fans Try a Little Tenderness with Otis Redding

There’s a reason why well over one million fans have enjoyed this 1967 Stax Tour Otis Redding live performance.

Brightened up your day and watch the classic “Try A Little Tenderness."

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Video - Remembering Michael Jackson One Year Later

Click the link and please watch this 90 second video (posted on facebook) featuring my thoughts about the King of Pop’s year long archival renaissance as we mark the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson.

The date was June 25, 2009, one year ago.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

George Clinton to Hangout in Hampton VA

George Clinton will help Hampton, Virginia celebrate it’s 400th anniversary with a funk party on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8 pm.

200,000 plus attendees are expected to gather at one of the East coast’s largest family-friendly festivals for the weekend.

On the evening of the show, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic will take to the City Hall stage.

It’s the 28th annual Hampton Bay Days weekend, an event founded in 1982 to remind the public about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Maryland region.

In other recent George news...

George Clinton and El DeBarge perform a great tongue-n-cheek version of Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on George’s 2008 CD, George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love.

Here’s a quick 6 second video of George receiving the 2009 BMI Icon Award (seen with Bootsy Collins).

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

7 Songs that Score for the 2010 World Cup

Here are 7 songs that score for the 2010 World Cup football - soccer experience happening now in South Africa.

  1. “Move on Up” - Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, and Bono written by Curtis Mayfield
  2. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” - Shakira (the official World Cup song)
  3. “Sign of a Victory” - R. Kelly, (the official anthem of the World Cup)
  4. “Satellite” - Uwu Lena, (unofficial German football song)
  5. “Shout for England” - Dizzee Rascal
  6. “Wavin’ Flag” - K’Naan (used by Coca-Cola ads)
  7. “Oh Africa” - Akon and Keri Hilson (used by Pepsi ads)

You can see the live version of “Move On Up” featuring Angelique Kidjo and John Legend (close to the top of our Facebook.com/PowerhouseRadio page) for a limited time.

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