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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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