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A Stamp for Marvin Gaye
August 1, 2003

This issue includes...

1) A Stamp for Marvin Gaye
2) The Internet Radio Boom
3) Get Your Website Listed on our Listener Links Page
4) Music News: Jackson 5 Reunion Tour is Coming
5) A tribute to Frankie Crocker by Cleo Rowe
6) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?
7) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Land of J5
8) Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience
9) Scholarship Money for Keyboard Players
10)The Contest that won't go away
11)Your Feedback

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1) A Stamp for Marvin Gaye

The Motown Alumni Association, Los Angeles Chapter, is promoting a world wide campaign lobbying the U.S. Postal Service for a commemorative stamp for the legendary Marvin Gaye.

Why not join the effort, so that by April 2, 2004, (what would have been Marvin's 65th birthday), he finally gets the recognition he deserves.

The committee in charge of issuing commemorative stamps has turned down the "Marvin stamp" several times.

To help Marvin get his posthumous stamp, visit the Motown Alumni Association at:



To fill in and print out a letter that you can mail to the US Postal Service right now, click this link:


2) The Internet Radio Boom

According to Edison Media Research, the Internet broadcast USA audience has surpassed 100 million people.

An estimated 103 million Americans aged 12 and older have used Internet audio or video broadcasts.

Internet radio listeners have tripled since 2000.

Worldwide, Powerhouse Radio had listeners from 89 different countries (other than the USA) tune in and listen during the month of July, 2003.

Thanks for listening, and spreading the word.

3) Get Your Website Listed on our Listener Links Page

If you have your own website, how would you like us to add a link to it from Powerhouse Radio.com?

We've set up a new "Links to Listeners" section, and would love to add a link to your own website.

Tell us about your site on our feedback page:

Feedback about your site

4) Music News: Jackson 5 Reunion Tour is Coming


According to Jermaine Jackson, the original Jackson 5 will be reuniting for a tour that will include Michael Jackson.

The group is also working on a new CD that will be released in conjunction with the tour.

Jermaine says that Michael is "absolutely on board" for both the tour and album.

No concert dates or album release dates have been confirmed.

Grandmaster Flash

Hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash, credited with inventing the art of the performance technique "scratching," will receive the prestigious Founder's Award, at this year's Billboard R&B Awards, August 8, in Miami, Florida.

5) A tribute to Frankie Crocker by Cleo Rowe

A note from King:

The following is an excerpt of a tribute to Frankie Crocker written exclusively for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter by radio personality Cleo Rowe.

Frankie Crocker was a pioneering New York City radio dj and program director, who popularized R&B music to the masses, and captured new crossover audiences.

Cleo worked for Frankie at New York's WBLS in the 80's & 90's, (I worked for him at WBLS in the 70's).

You can read her full tribute, and hear Frankie at:



Frankie Crocker (1937 - 2000)

A tribute to Frankie Crocker by Cleo Rowe

I have many stories to tell about radio personality Frankie Crocker, but this one stands out as the one that began my career.

As a teenager in Queens, New York, I grew up listening to the Super 16 - 1600 AM WWRL dj's. Folks like Gregory in the morning, Hank Spann "the soul server," "golden voice" Jerry Bledsoe, and all night Gary Byrd.

Although they were great, the one who stood out for me was the afternoon drive guy - Frankie Crocker.

I remember running home from St. Agnes High to check out my radio at 3 o'clock. That's when Hollywood Frankie Crocker signed on the radio.

When I decided to embark on my broadcasting career, I just knew one day, I would work for and with Mr. Frankie Crocker.

I'll never forget when I tried to get an interview appointment with him at the number one station in New York, WBLS.

I camped out in the lobby of the building on Second Avenue until he met me. After a few tries, I got to see him and talk to him.

Basically, he said "go out and get some more experience." I had already dj'd at WNJR in Newark, NJ, WBMX in Chicago, and 92 WKTU in New York.

But to work for the program director Frankie Crocker, you had to be very polished. So I went to Jackson Mississippi for a couple of years to get "the shine."

I then sent Mr. Crocker a presentation by way of another friend who was already in New York at another station. This person hand delivered my package to Frankie.

Frankie heard my presentation, and called me immediately with an offer I couldn't refuse. I prayed for this to happen, and it did. The rest is history.

From 1979 to 1984, I worked primarily for "the chief rocker" at the number one rated "The World's Best Looking Sound," WBLS.

This is a short didi about my mentor. The person who influenced my life, in such a way that I became more confident about myself and my craft.

He taught me about the work ethic and self esteem. That it's alright to love yourself "then Cleo you can spread it around."

written by Cleo Rowe


Special note: After WBLS, Cleo worked for top rated WPLJ in New York from 1984 - 1990.

You can read the full text of her entire tribute, and hear Frankie Crocker here:

Frankie Crocker

"If you believe in yourself, anything is possible"

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6) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?

Lil' Kim
Saturday, August 2, 2003
House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

Patti LaBelle
Saturday, August 2, 2003
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Rock The Mic Tour
Jay-Z and 50 Cent
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Hi-Fi Buys, Atlanta, GA

Anita Baker
Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, CA

O'Jays, Four Tops, Temptations
Thursday, August 7, 2003
FleetBoston Pavilion, Boston, MA

Al Jarreau, Yolanda Adams, Najee
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Scene Pavilion, Cleveland, OH

Earth Wind & Fire
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2003
Pier 62/63, Seattle, WA

Kindred the Family Soul
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Kindred the Family Soul
Friday, August 29, 2003
African Festival Of The Arts, Chicago, IL

Isley Brothers
Friday, August 29, 2003
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA

Chaka Khan
Saturday, August 30th, 2003
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Ford Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI

The Roots
Thursday, September 4, 2003
Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ/Philadelphia, PA

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Thursday, September 11 - Sunday, September 14th, 2003
Caesars, Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, September 20, 2003
Palaeur, Rome, Italy

Saturday, September 27, 2003
Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom

Dionne Warwick
Sunday, November 2, 2003
Cerritos Center For The Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA

7) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Land of J5

Courtesy of The Archive of Misheard Lyrics at amiright.com

Jackson 5's, "Dancing Machine"
Misheard Lyrics:
"Fully coded self contained
Tuned and channeled to your vibes"
Correct Lyrics:
"Full of color self contained
Tuned and gentle to your vibes."

Jackson 5's, "I Want You Back"
Misheard Lyrics:
"Let me show you, girl, that I no longer bite."
Correct Lyrics:
"Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right."

Jackson Five's, "The Love You Save"
Misheard Lyrics:
Michael: "You'd better stop!
the love you save may be your own!"
Jermaine: "Please, please
or something something baby,
You'll be all alone."
Correct Lyrics:
Michael: "You'd better stop!
the love you save may be your own!"
Jermaine: "Please, please
or some day, some day baby,
You'll be all alone."

8) Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience

Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience...

a new book by Greg Tate. Greg Tate is a journalist who has written about literature, music, and popular culture.

Many of us know that Hendrix started in the world of R&B as a guitarist for the Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, King Curtis, and others.

As a solo artist, Jimi was forced to go to England to make a name for himself, before breaking through in the USA.

Did you know that to this day, Jimi Hendrix CD catalog sales total over 3 million dollars annually.

Tate pulls no punches in a book which he calls, "a kind of Jimi Hendrix Primer for black folk."

The gritty liner notes say it all...

"Incorporating extensive interviews with black Americans who can shed light on Hendrix's complicated racial relationships, Midnight Lightning explores, among other issues:

* How Hendrix exploded our complacently segregated world to emerge as an icon for white boys (direct quote).

* Why we never hear his songs on black radio.

* Why black people once viewed him as a hippie Uncle Tom.

* His connection to the Black Power movement.

* How he electrified soul music and made the electric guitar supplant the human voice.

* How he revolutionized the technology in popular music.

* How he redefined rock fashion.

* His sex appeal, especially for black women."

For some late Summer reading, I highly recommend this book. You'll get a perspective about Hendrix that's a real eye opener.

9) Scholarship Money for Keyboard Players

Are you, or do you know a keyboard player who could use a $10,000 scholarship?

Piano keyboard legend, (and my favorite), Horace Silver, has a contest going on for USA citizens ages 18 - 28.

Five finalists in the contest will perform live at the University of Southern California this Fall.

To enter, you'll need some demo recordings. For more information, contact the Horace Silver Foundation:


The deadline is July 31, 2003, however, this is the fifth year of this contest, so if you miss the deadline, you can practice like crazy for next year.

Speaking of playing piano, one of the easiest ways to learn is by using some of Jermaine Griggs's valuable tools, including his Play the Piano by Ear program.

Even if you have no goals to be a professional, and just want to learn enough keyboard to play

* at your church function
* special event
* wedding
* celebration
* ceremony
* party

you'll want to check out Jermaine Griggs. I highly recommend it. Click this link:


10) The Contest that won't go away

Since we didn't get a winner last month, we are extending this contest until we get a winner.

There are four CD's waiting for you if you can identify the photos of the three mystery guest music artists on the following page:

Who are we? If you are stumped, you may want to get a friend to help you.

Fill out the contest form, and place your three answers in the "guesses" section of the contest form.

You must get all three right. You'll win a CD from each artist (plus a fourth bonus CD). (You'll get a grand total of four CD's).

Good luck.

11) Your Feedback

Marilynn writes:

"Is your radio service free? How do I sign in so I can listen to the radio while online?"

King replies:

Yes Marilynn, this is free online radio. No sign in, no sign up, no subscription fees, no commercials, and no logon is necessary.

Just click the "Listen to Music" link on our website. A second fast way to hear the music is to download our free software from:

Download Powerhouseradio

Put us on your desktop, and you'll have instant access to the music in just two clicks.

Jet writes:
"I am a singer/songwriter/musician based in Hollywood. I have original music, R&B and funk. I am impressed with your website. What is your procedure for submitting new music?"

Jet, I tell everyone looking for exposure that the best way to get noticed is to setup a website, where potential listeners can hear what you have to offer.

Next step, market the website. Then, place your music on your site...

even if it's only 30 seconds of a track, or of several tracks, that's enough to catch peoples' attention. A good webmaster can hook you up.

When I get approached with music submissions (for new stuff), I'll go to the website in question and listen, and make a judgment about what I'm hearing.


Don't be left out, because we're listening. Leave your comments here:

Your feedback


Enjoy the rest of your Summer. Until September, see ya...



Dr. Dre did a great job with the incidental instrumental music he was responsible for in Bad Boys II.

To read my review of the movie, posted under the name "Academyaward5," at the Internet Movie Database, click the link:



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