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Manu Dibango September 1973 Interview
THERE IS absolutely a no-contest when it comes to the most recorded song of the year in soul circles. It is simply "Soul Makossa" and though it took a little time for its originator — Manu Dibango — to assert his chart supremacy, his was finally the ...
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Manu Dibango April 1974 Interview
HIS FRIENDS call him Dibbs but to the rest of the world his name is Manu Dibango, and he is the creator of one of the best selling compositions of 1973, "Soul Makossa." Already there are 23 different versions on release. Manu Dibango was recently ...
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Fred Wesley August 1974 Interview
WITH THE continuing progress of the James Brown Empire, it seems that Fred Wesley is rapidly becoming James' sergeant-at-arms. His name crops up time and time again as either arranger or soloist of whatever and it seems at times that he works almost ...
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Lynn Collins October 1974 Interview
"James Brown is something of a god in Africa, and everybody looks up to him" LYN COLLINS has been the most successful of all of James Brown's musical donations to the world. In the two years plus that she has been with the Revue, she has tr...
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Dynasty December 1979 Interview
CURRENTLY enjoying their first major taste of success with "I Don't Want To Be A Freak" is Dynasty, two young ladies and a young man who are based in Los Angeles. But Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere and Kevin Spencer have different backgrounds. Nidra ...
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Jerry Butler April 1972 Interview
'Education is vital to all forms of business, if you are to survive' AS "Moody Woman" starts to slide down the British charts for the second time, Jerry Butler is just celebrating his first million seller since parting company with its co-c...
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Anita Ward June 1979 Interview
"RING My Bell" is just about the hottest dance property in the land right now and it introduces to the world a young lady from Memphis, Anita Ward. However, if you listen to Anita's debut album for TK/Juana, you'll get a surprise because, aside from ...
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Barbara Pennington March 1976 Interview
ACTUALLY, I must confess that when you ask me about hat-tricks from Blackpool, the first name to spring to mind would be Stanley Mortenson. But the legendary Stan is about to be joined, methinks, by another triple twin from the tower-town in one Ian ...
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The Fantastic Four September 1975 Interview
As far as Britain is concerned, the mere fact that you've made a record for the legendary Ric Tic label is sufficient to make you a legend in your own time. That fact alone has been instrumental in creating a constant following for such names as Edwi...
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The Fantastic Four January 1978 Interview
Courtesy of the disco boom, the Fantastic Four are back in business and scoring their biggest hit of all time… ONE OF the good things about the still-alive disco boom is that it has allowed a lot of sleeping soul giants to reawaken. A case in mind...
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The Trammps November 1975 Interview
With "Hold Back The Night" literally one step away from topping the British soul charts, now is the ideal time to trace back the long and interesting career of one of the disco's favourite group of sons — in fact, the ten-piece Philly-based band won ...
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The Trammps May 1974 Interview
IN TRUE Philadelphia style, Trammps are currently loitering with intent on the British soul charts with the first release on the Philadelphia International distributed Golden Fleece label. Whilst Golden Fleece is completely new, the, same cannot be s...
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The Trammps February 1976 Interview
THIS FEATURE could so easily have been devoted to — wait for it! — Bummie & the Bums! Who is this Bummie character I can hear you chortle? None other than deep voiced Earl Young, the drummer of just about every session that has ever been recorded in ...
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The Trammps June 1978 Interview
The re-release of "Disco Inferno," by way of its success in Saturday Night Fever, could give Trammps their first gold disc. B&S talks to Earl Young and discovers how the late Charlie Chaplin helped name the group. I DON'T know what you think of th...
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The Trammps August 1979 Interview
IF there is such a thing as disco-land's favourite group, then that would surely have to be Trammps — five young men from Philadelphia who have been making disco records since before the word was used in everyday language and who today are still goin...
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