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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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