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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Quincy Jones Opens Up the Q Vault

Quincy Jones is opening up his archive.

The 27-time Grammy Award winner is scheduled to launch QuincyJones.com in the Fall of 2007.

A big feature will be access to previously unreleased audio and video of Quincy and legendary performers he’s worked with.  Music professionals can look forward to a virtual Quincy Jones academy for networking opportunities.

Video podcasts will be a big part of QuincyJones.com.

In 1953, Quincy Jones was the first arranger/conductor to utilize the newly-invented Fender electric bass in audio recordings.

He used one of the first synthesizers on his Ironside TV series theme music, which brought electronic music into the mainstream in the late 1960’s.

Q has worked beside the legends: Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Bono, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Oprah and dozens more.

He has an Emmy Award, seven Oscar nominations, and an honorary Oscar to go along with those 27 Grammys.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin to Headline the King Dream Concert

With another $20 million needed to finish the Martin Luther King Jr. Washington, DC National Memorial, the race is on to capture more support for the project.

Radio City Music Hall in New York City will host the Dream Concert on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at 8pm to benefit the DC King Memorial.

Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Jessye Norman, Bebe & Cece Winans, and Robin Thicke will perform.

Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, Joss Stone, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will also share the stage.

Whoopi Goldberg will be a guest presenter for the evening.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 30th, at 9am, and are priced at $250, $500 and $1,000.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Washington DC National Memorial project is running out of time to secure the rest of the money needed to finish construction.

Groundbreaking took place on November 13, 2006 for the $100 million project.

Muhammad Ali, Angela Bassett, Jamie Foxx, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kerry Washington, Ben Affleck, Shaquille O’Neal, LaDanian Tomlinson, and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins are on the host committee.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Main Ingredient Cuba Gooding Sr. Votes for Politics

35 years ago this July, Tony Silvester, Luther Simmons Jr., and lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr.’s “Everybody Plays the Fool” became the Main Ingredient’s biggest chart hit.

Anchored by Gooding’s vocal charm in the early 1970’s, the group had 20 songs glide into the R&B charts through 1990 with various personnel changes along the way.

While his Academy Award winning son Cuba Gooding Jr. has been getting most of the recent family attention, the senior Gooding has several projects in the works.

Cuba Gooding Sr. is scheduled to release a new vocal track in September 2007, called “Politics."

Everybody Plays the Fool: The Cuba Gooding Story is coming to film too.  It’s a cinema anthology that tells of tragedy and success in three generations of the Gooding Family.

History buffs and classic soul fans should enjoy it.

"Everybody Plays the Fool,” and “Just Don’t Want to be Lonely,” top the Main Ingredient hit list."

Their cover of Brian Auger’s “Happiness is Just Around the Bend” is another one of my personal Main Ingredient favorites.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

5th Dimension Catalog to be Reissued

Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson were the original 5th Dimension.

On August 7, 2007, their entire Soul City/Bell Records catalogue will be reissued by Collectors’ Choice Music on 7 CD’s.

The 5th Dimension started making soul and pop hits 40 years ago during “the Summer of love” in 1967.

Songwriters Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb contributed to the early success of the group by authoring many of their hits.

The smooth harmonies of McCoo, Davis, and the rest of the group are responsible for their classic signature sound.

A walk down 5th Dimension memory lane includes:

  • “Aquarius (Let The Sunshine In)”
  • “Stoned Soul Picnic”
  • “Up-Up And Away”
  • “One Less Bell To Answer”
  • “Sweet Blindness”
  • “Puppet Man”
  • “Go Where You Wanna Go”
  • “The Worst That Could Happen / Wedding Bell Blues”
  • “I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All, (Last Night) “
  • “Love’s Lines, Angles And Rhymes”
  • “California Soul”
  • “Workin’ On A Groovy Thing”

One of the best 5th Dimension anthology CD’s you’ll find is Ultimate 5th Dimension, on the BMG Heritage label, released in 2004.  I highly recommend it.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Janet Jackson Jumps from Virgin Babe to Island Girl

Janet Jackson has left Virgin Records to hopefully find new fortune with Island Def Jam.

2004’s Damita Jo, and 2006’s 20 Y.O. album releases were only marginally successful for Miss Jackson.

Janet needs a fresh start in a new direction that honors her roots.  Can this classic soul coquette conquer the charts again?

Look for a possible late 2007, early 2008 new Janet Jackson release.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tina Turner Turns it on One More Time

The 7 continent 9 city 2007 Live Earth concerts proved once again that it takes more than good looks and charisma to turn on stadium sized crowds.

You need the musical chops to “get over” with credibility in order to please audiences.

When Tina Turner headlined at Wembley Stadium, (one of the Live Earth venues), 7 years ago, she proved why she was deserving of her 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tina is also in the Guinness Book of Records for drawing the biggest crowd by a solo performer: 180,000 fans at Rio de Janeiro’s American Stadium in 1988.

Who was the first woman ever to perform at the Palace of Versailles in France?  Ms. Tina of course.

Her 4 decade career is captured in a 90 minute 2000 performance called Tina Turner: One Last Time Live in Concert, recorded on the final night of a two night gig at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 fans.

We’re treated to a moving stage, electrifying pyrotechnics, and a Tina Turner performance that leaves the audience, dancing, singing, and shouting for more.

This performance wrapped up Tina’s Twenty Four Seven Millennium Tour 2000, and includes these songs:

  1. “I Want To Take You Higher”
  2. “Absolutely Nothing’s Changed”
  3. “Fool In Love”
  4. “Acid Queen”
  5. “River Deep, Mountain High”
  6. “We Don’t Need Another Hero”
  7. “Better Be Good To Me”
  8. “Private Dancer”
  9. “Let’s Stay Together”
  10. “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
  11. “When The Heartache Is Over”
  12. “Help”
  13. “Whatever You Need”
  14. “Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay”
  15. “Try a Little Tenderness”
  16. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”
  17. “Addicted to Love”
  18. “Simply The Best”
  19. “Proud Mary”
  20. “Nutbush City Limits”
  21. “Twenty Four Seven”

Over the next 12 months, you’ll get a chance to check out this concert on television one more time on many PBS stations who will air Tina Turner’s hot Wembley Stadium performance.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stephanie Mills Steps Out with Classic Soul Style

5 Stephanie Mills Favorites:

  1. “Never Knew Love Like This Before”
  2. “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin’”
  3. “Deeper”
  4. “Sweet Sensation”
  5. “Feel the Fire”

Hit music maker and former star of Broadway’s The Wiz Stephanie Mills steps out on the following 8 dates to share with you some sunshine during the remainder of 2007:

  • July 14, Nashville, TN
  • July 15, Louisville, KY
  • July 20, Alabama
  • July 21, Oklahoma City, OK
  • July 28, Washington DC - Constitution Hall (with The Whispers)
  • August 4, Atlanta, GA
  • September 28, New York City - B.B. King’s
  • October 27, New York - North Fork Theater, Long Island

You’ll catch some delightful moments when you catch up with Stephanie Mills.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Is there R&B/Soul in Live Earth?

R&B/soul and hip-hop seem to be underrepresented this weekend in the 2007 global “concerts for a climate in crisis,” Live Earth.

The same observation was made in 2005 during Live 8, the 20th anniversary concert marking Live Aid, the 1985 benefit to raise awareness about African famine.

Alicia Keys, Akon, Kanye West, and Ludacris are scheduled to appear at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Saturday, July 7th.

John Legend and Black Eyed Peas are on the bill in the United Kingdom at Wembley Stadium.

Rihanna touches down in Japan to sing at Makuhari Messe, the concert venue in Tokyo.

In South Africa, Angelique Kidjo, Joss Stone, and the Soweto Gospel Choir turn up the volume.

150 musicians across 7 continents in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, China, Japan, Germany, and Australia are coming together during the 24 hours of Live Earth to encourage individuals to take action to solve the climate crisis.

Here are the host cities:

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. Johannesburg
  4. Rio de Janeiro
  5. Shanghai
  6. Tokyo
  7. Sydney
  8. Hamburg

Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Satellite Radio, and Worldspace (satellite radio) will broadcast coverage.

During the 24 hour concert period, the main television network NBC, along with MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Sundance, Telemundo, UNI HD, and MUN2 will offer coverage.

Sundance channel has the earliest coverage, starting at 4 am Eastern.  Bravo will start their broadcast at 9 am Eastern.  The other channels will offer some coverage during the day.

NBC will anchor their coverage from 8 pm – 11 pm Eastern, Saturday night.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Keith Sweat Hotel Registers Fans with Applause

Keith Sweat has recently released Sweat Hotel, an all live-track collection.

Quite a few Sweat favorites are featured on this 15 song CD.

When “New Jack Swing” was hot, Keith Sweat was right there with it in the late 1980’s, and early 1990’s.

Sweat Hotel offers Keith at his best teaming up with a strong supporting cast of musicians and vocalists on these tracks...

  1. “I Want Her”
  2. “Something Just Ain’t Right”
  3. “Don’t Stop Your Love”
  4. “I’ll Give All My Love To You” - (with Monica)
  5. “Lose Control” - (with Silk)
  6. “Freak Me” - (with Silk)
  7. “Make It Last Forever” - (with Jackie McGhee)
  8. “Right And A Wrong Way”
  9. “How Deep Is Your Love”
  10. “Let’s Chill” - (with Charlie Wilson)
  11. “Get Up On It” - (with Kut Klose)
  12. “Twisted” - (with Kut Klose)
  13. “ (There You Go) Telling Me No Again” - (with Akon)
  14. “Just Got Paid” - (with Charlie Wilson/Teddy Riley/Silk/Johnny Kemp/Kut Klose/Jackie McGhee)
  15. “Nobody” - (with Athena Cage)

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