Thursday, May 28, 2009
AWB - Hall and Oates Box Set Bonanzas
New box sets paired with massive vintage catalogue reissues just keep on comin’ for many seasoned legacy artists.
The complete Average White Band catalogue of 12 albums released from 1973 to 1982 are now recast as four 2-CD slip-cased sets on Edsel Records, under the supervision of original AWB band members Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre.
Listen to my classic AWB interview with the Scottish band from their very first USA tour.
Straight From Philadelphia is another new box set from Daryl Hall & John Oates scheduled for a June 2, 2009 release.
For a pretty hefty price, fans will be able to relive “Sara Smile,” She’s Gone,” and their other soulful sounds.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. stay Sweet
From her hosting stint with the TV show Solid Gold, to their solo hits, to their life with the 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are great examples of how far talent can take you.
The official McCoo and Davis website proudly proclaims how the couple is “celebrating a lifetime of entertainment, distinction, and a legacy of giving."
You don’t have to be a star to be in their show. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will be appearing in Las Vegas July 3 - July 5, 2009, at the Suncoast Hotel.
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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”
* “Chain Gang”
* “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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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Jody Watley Declares New International Independence
Long after her fun-filled days with Shalamar, vocalist Jody Watley continued to release new songs via the independent music circuit.
She’s just expanded her reach, by signing an international marketing agreement with London based ADA-Global, who will distribute her Avitone Records independent back catalogue from 1995 to the present.
Check out my 2006 update on Jody Watley’s The Makeover album, which is scheduled to be revised and re-released soon as the first Avitone-ADA project.
Jody has planned these upcoming mini-tour concert dates:
- Thursday, July 30, 2009, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, 8 pm
- Friday, July 31, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Times Square, New York, NY, 8 pm
- Sunday, August 2, Halstead Market Days Festival, Chicago, IL, 8:30 pm
Follow Jody Watley: On Music, Pop Culture, and Life by reading her motivating blog updates.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Soul Men Mac and Jackson Spread Boogie Flu
Now out on DVD, Soul Men, the 2008 movie, with the late Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, (pictured here with the late Isaac Hayes), is a raunchy, entertaining, musical laugh fest.
Surprise, surprise, these Hollywood guys not only have the gift of gab, but they can bust a classic soul vocal move!
Here’s what I call a genre buster..."Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down),” a track featured in both the movie, and on the Original Soul Men Soundtrack.
Listen to my 60 second remix of “Boogie Ain’t Nuttin’ (But Gettin’ Down)” performed by Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Diana Ross Rolls into Foxwoods Country
A now somewhat rare Diana Ross concert appearance is always a treat.
Mashantucket, Connecticut, Motown legions will be thrilled to check out Ms. Ross, live, Saturday, May 16, 2009, for an 8 pm show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
War Keeps West Coast Peace with Classic Soul Jams
Lonnie Jordan, War, and crew are teaming up with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano for some May, 2009 west coast gigs.
You may remember Malo’s Latin cross-over hit “Suavecito.” The group was lead by Carlos Santana’s brother, Jorge.
El Chicano’s most memorable track was the smooth instrumental favorite “Viva Tirado."
- Saturday, May 23, 2009, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano
- Sunday, May 24, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA with Tierra, Malo, and El Chicano
Here’s a relatively recent War video from TV’s Regis and Kelly that is featured on the band’s official website. (Select the Regis and Kelly video).
War performs condensed versions of “Cisco Kid,” “The World Is A Ghetto,” “Low Rider,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends."
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Ann Peebles Rare Rain is Unplugged
Producer Willie Mitchell extended the famous gritty Memphis Stax sound by creating his own unmistakable style; facilitated by the talents of Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright, and Ann Peebles.
Ann’s “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” a song she co-wrote, is a classic soul masterpiece.
The St. Louis, Missouri native recorded the song with Mitchell in 1973. In 1992, Ann recorded an “unplugged” version that matches the original in stellar vocal prowess.
Watch the rare, unplugged version of Ann Peeble’s I Can’t Stand The Rain."
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