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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Whodini Spooks Halloween with Haunted House of Rock

"Freaks Come Out at Night” was a 1984 hit released by the sophisticated hip hop - R&B ensemble Whodini.

Jalil Hutchins, John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, and deejay Drew “Grandmaster Dee” Carter made their international mark with a string of popular favorites including the memorable “Friends."

"Freaks Come Out at Night” has no connection to Halloween, but the Whodini hoot “Haunted House of Rock” does.

Listen to 60 seconds of “Haunted House of Rock” by Whodini.

This contemporary monster mash is no Frankenstein antique.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Natalie Cole Rebounds from Unforgettable Crisis

Tragedy, challenges, and tough times are no stranger to Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole.

Her ups and downs have been well documented.

The high visibility of her most recent crisis has magnified the consequences of some past behavior that she’s now coping with.

Here’s a well written story by Meg Grant, Natalie Cole’s New Life, that pulls back the curtain on a lifetime of misfortune, success, and survival.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lisa Lisa Hits Em the Freestyle Way

Lisa Velez, the ‘Lisa Lisa’ in Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, has been called the Queen of Freestyle.

Bustin’ moves belting out uptempo tunes is only half of her appeal.

Lisa Lisa charms you with her bubbly vocal cheerfulness.

Ballads live in her comfort zone too, as demonstrated in the ginger delivery of Lisa Lisa’s classic slow jam “All Cried Out."

Life ‘N Love, released in July, 2009, is her latest album featuring 13 new tracks.

Looking back into the 1980’s, you don’t have think very long to remember at least 6 vintage Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam hits:

  1. “Can You Feel The Beat”
  2. “I Wonder If I Take You Home”
  3. “Lost In Emotion”
  4. “All Cried Out”
  5. “Head To Toe”
  6. “Let The Beat Hit ‘Em”

The New York City native is on the road to reconnect with her friends and fans.  Lisa Lisa has several dates with some familiar faces to party to the freestyle groove.

Different acts will appear with her on different dates, including Stevie B., Shannon, Expose’, and Rockwell.

  • Friday, October 30, 2009, Arizona State Fair - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Saturday, October 31, QC’s 20/20, Montebello, CA
  • Friday, November 6, Club KXX, Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, NM
  • Friday, November 13, Taj Majal, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Saturday, December 19, Magic City Casino Amphitheater, Miami, FL

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Brian McKnight Welcomes the Evolution of a Man

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, is the official release date for Brian McKnight’s highly anticipated Evolution of a Man, a new 14 track collection.

Notable collaborations on this album include a couple of duets featuring Brian with Stevie Wonder, and Jill Scott.

It’s been just about one year since McKnight presented his successful holiday album, I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

Evolution of a Man touches varied material from ballads to reggae reflected on these tracks:

  1. “The Brian McKnight Show”
  2. “Just a Little Bit”
  3. “I Bet Cha Neva”
  4. “What I’ve Been Waiting 4”
  5. “When U R Loving Me”
  6. “Never Say Goodbye”
  7. “Stay Tuned”
  8. “Next 2 U”
  9. “I Miss U”
  10. “Always Be My Baby”
  11. “Baby It’s U”
  12. “While”
  13. “Another You”
  14. “Not Alone”

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bootsy Collins, Teena Marie, Klymaxx, and ZAPP! get Unsung

TV One will be profiling more vintage R&B talent on the 2nd season of their revealing documentary showcase: Unsung.

To the lovers of classic soul, Bootsy Collins, Teena Marie, Klymaxx, and ZAPP! are successful performers with large fan bases.

Unsung explores the premise that these artists peaked professionally at a level somewhat short of the massive impact of some bigger superstars, however, they deserve an investigative nod for their valuable contributions.

Catch the new shows beginning Sunday, November 1, 2009, on TV One.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This Is It Is Not the Last of Michael Jackson

Watch and listen to my thoughts about the new Michael Jackson song, “This Is It.” There are more unreleased tracks in the Michael Jackson vault waiting to eventually surface.

The Jacksons are featured on “This Is It” singing background vocals.  You’ll hear the track at the end of the movie Michael Jackson’s This Is It, and it is featured on the companion 2 CD record.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Mariah Carey Crafts Foreigner Love Song Video

With a voice as strong as ever, Mariah Carey revives a song from the past, and brings it up to the present, with this live performance of Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is."

The version on her new 2009 album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is good, but not quite as electric as this live performance, proving that great performers are inspired by the energy radiating from their responsive audiences.

Watch the video, then vote for the performance you like better, either Mariah Carey’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” or Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You."

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fraulein Whitney Houston German Fernsehen Video

Music is the universal language, as Whitney Houston sings her latest song “I Look To You,” on the German television program, Wetten Das, during her fall 2009 promotional tour in Deutschland.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Leon Huff is King of Philly Soul Keyboard

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are usually identified as the signature writers, arrangers, and producers for their Philadelphia International Records empire.

The hot piano riffs behind many of those Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Intruders, and O’Jays recordings come courtesy of keyboard king Leon Huff.

When you are pumping out the hits for a stable of stars, you have little time remaining for your own solo projects.

Incredibly, Leon Huff released only one solo album in 1980: Here To Create Music.

This record was re-released in 2008 on CD by Sony BMG, Legacy, and Philadelphia International Records.

Listen to 30 seconds of Leon Huff strutting his stuff on “I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’,” an excellent example of his sophisticated Philly musical fusion pulling together orchestration, funk, and sensational soul.

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