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The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam
June 22, 2006

This issue includes...

1) The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam
2) Billions Bounce to the Beat of Video Game Soundtracks
3) Q - The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
4) Music News: Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and OutKast
5) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?
6) Millie Jackson Shocks the House
7) Your Feedback via email to King at Powerhouse Radio

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1) The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam

Check out "The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam" blog

at: http://www.powerhouseradio.com/classicsoulblog

Several times a week, King from Powerhouse Radio will share...

  1. Interesting updates and profiles about music artists from
    the world of classic soul, classic R&B, and related genres.

  2. Announcements about tours and concerts compiled directly
    from the music artists.

  3. The stories behind some of the soulful songs we all love.

  4. His personal opinion, thoughts, and insights about many
    topics related to the world of classic soul and classic R&B.

Go to: http://www.powerhouseradio.com/classicsoulblog

While you are there, sign up to receive notification when new articles are posted.

Check out the recent articles about Whitney Houston, Sly Stone, Billy Preston, and Beyonce'.

2) Billions Bounce to the Beat of Video Game Soundtracks

When guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, started 'Sumthing' Distribution more than five years ago, little did he know that 'Sumthing's' ultimate niche would be video game soundtracks.

Video game hardware, software, and accessories hit a record $10.5 billion dollars in USA sales in 2005, fed by the demand for new gaming consoles, such as the Xbox 360.

Microsoft partnered with Nile Rodgers in May 2002 to release the video game soundtrack to "Halo: Combat Evolved," that opened the door to numerous game soundtracks to follow.

Artists are starting to pile on the craze...from Mya, who sang an original tune in the game "James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing," to Brandy, who's voice and likeness will appear in a new sci-fi/action game.

Everyone from all genres of music "want in" on the $30 billion-a-year global video game market.

Brandy is also developing a soundtrack for her untitled game. The soundtrack will be available as a separate CD.

You can now load your own music CD's into some of the advanced game systems. Gone are the days of cheesy sounding synthesizer video game music.

Taking the video game soundtrack phenomenon to a whole new level, publisher Ubisoft has announced a partnership with Clear Channel Communications for their radio stations in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Oakland.

Radio DJ's from these cities will be integrated into the video game "And 1 Streetball," along with some cutting edge hip hop music, so that the local vibe of each city can be experienced in the game.

"And 1 Streetball's" music tracks will be introduced through the voices of the recognizable radio personalities from each city.


Written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter


3) 3) Q - The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (guest review)

"Quincy Jones' creative magic has spanned over six decades.

As a musician, producer, arranger, composer, entertainer, and entrepreneur extraordinaire, he stands today as one of the most successful and admired artists in the entertainment world.

From meeting and playing with all his jazz heroes including...

* Charles Mingus
* Charlie Parker
* Dizzy Gillespie
* Miles Davis
* Count Basie

through producing his first number one record and working on many albums and film and TV scores, to producing Michael Jackson's record-breaking album Thriller which sold 50 million copies, Quincy Jones has had an incredible career.

In this stylish and candid memoir, Quincy reveals the truth about his schizophrenic mother, his difficult childhood, the discovery of his remarkable musical talent, and the rewarding but often strenuous path to success.

Touching on his many wives and children and revealing countless anecdotes about Quincy Jones' equally famous friends...

* Miles Davis
* Ray Charles
* Bill Clinton
* Picasso
* Frank Sinatra
* Michael Jackson
this is a compelling and candid memoir about one of the most successful black entrepreneurs of our time.

Quincy Jones was born in Chicago in 1933 and started playing the trumpet at the age of twelve.

He is the most nominated Grammy artist, with a total of 76 nominations, has won 26 Grammy Awards (the second highest amount) and several Oscar nominations.

During his fifty-year career, he has picked up hundreds of awards and accolades and has worked with many of the major influential musical artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."


Q - The Autobiography of Quincy Jones reviewed by Jazzscript.co.uk, a website devoted to books on jazz.

4) 4) Music News: Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and OutKast

Chaka Khan
Chaka will receive a BET Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, June 27, 2006. Damon Wayans will host the annual program, live from the Shire Auditorium in Los Angeles, 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern.

Diana Ross
Diana Ross' Blue Album, sitting on the shelf for over 34 years, has just been released by Motown. The 16 hard core jazz and blues tracks were intended as a follow-up in 1972 to the Lady Sings the Blues Soundtrack, but were never released.

The movie "Idlewild," from hip hop duo OutKast, is scheduled for an August 25, 2006 release in USA theaters, three days after the release of the movie's soundtrack.

"Idlewild" is set in the 1930's. The storyline revolves around the business of running a speakeasy, and of course, the music.

5) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?

Aretha Franklin
Friday and Saturday, June 23 - 24, 2006
House of Blues
Atlantic City, NJ

Jay-Z (10th Anniversary)
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Radio City Music Hall
New York City, NY

Bobby Womack & Friends
Saturday, July 1, 2006
Cannon Center
Memphis, TN

Dionne Warwick
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Tower of London Festival
London, UK

Teena Marie
Friday, July 7, 2006
Spreckels Theatre
San Diego, CA

LL Cool J
Monday, July 17, 2006
Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO

Patti Labelle
Saturday, July 22, 2006
D.A.R. Constitution Hall
Washington, DC

Mary J. Blige
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Plain Dealer Pavilion
Cleveland, OH

Kool & the Gang
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Hilton Casino Resort
Atlantic City, NJ

Earth Wind & Fire
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Atlanta, GA

6) Millie Jackson Shocks the House

From Millie Jackson's official biography:

"Millie Jackson is much more than an entertainment legend. The shapely, charismatic and multi-talented entertainer is without a doubt, a music industry icon.

Her often criticized career paved the way for many of today's female recording artists and entertainers.

In spite of being stamped bawdy, brash and bad, Millie is the epitome of performance perfection on stage.

Several years ago, she added a new dimension to her established legendary career by creating, financing, directing and starring in a Ohio musical stage play based on her song, "Young Man, Older Woman."

During the play's touring years, audiences (old and new) discovered that Millie Jackson was as equally at home as an actress, as she was singing songs in a musically mesmerizing manner.

"Young Man, Older Woman" broke numerous box office records and attracted countless standing room only audiences in cities and venues during a run that lasted almost four years.

It's overwhelming success prompted David Patrick Stearns of USA Today to write a feature article, citing Millie as an astute businesswoman and lauding her, for her ability to turn her brand of risque music into stage play success.

In Los Angeles, actor/comedian Martin Lawrence created a special role for her to play on his popular TV sitcom after seeing her perform in "Young Man, Older Woman" at the Wiltern Theatre.

It's definitely no stage joke that her career was launched in a New York night club on a bet. It happened in a Harlem night club shortly after she finished high school.

Winning the bet by performing resulted in Millie's metamorphic rise from a fledgling performer to a world-renown electrifying entertainer.

Her first record release, "A Child of God," on Spring Records, more or less set the tone for what was to come with provocative and social hypocrisy (from the transplanted Georgia native).

Her debut album resulted in Millie being named "Most Promising Female Vocalist" by NATRA, a now defunct radio and record industry organization.

The following year, her single, "It Hurts So Good," was featured in the Warner Brothers film, "Cleopatra Jones."

The soundtrack album resulted in Millie winning "Best Female R&B Vocalist" honors from Cash Box Magazine."


Check out the rest of the complete Millie Jackson story from her official biography:

7) Your Feedback via email to King at Powerhouse Radio

Sue writes:

"I just discovered your radio station yesterday (at work). Keep up the good work. I like the music. I love classic soul / R&B."

Azel comments about the Frankie Crocker page in the Powerhouse Radio Archive:

"Great to hear that someone out there had some recorded sound of the Soul Server, the master, Hank Spann, my favorite radio DJ personality and DJ inspiration!

Thank you for posting that sound bite. It is incredible. It brought tears to my eyes. I have not heard that legend voice in over 30 years!"

Washington says this about the WOKJ Jackson Mississippi music playlist in the Powerhouse Radio Archive:

"I was a student at Florida A&M in 1965 and I picked up music and high school football games on wokj. The station came in clear."


King replies:

Thanks Sue, Azel, and Washington for your comments.


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Editor: King
Copyright 2006 by Powerhouse Radio
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November - The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam
April - Prince is King
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