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Classic Interviews & Features
Percy Sledge October 1970 Interview
PERCY SLEDGE made a fleeting visit to London recently on his way to Holland to receive an award. Naturally, B&S got together with him and the first thing that Percy noted was the cover of the then-current issue of B&S, with the Delfonics on: "You ...
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Rare Earth September 1974 Interview
A look at a rather special group — the first white act to headline an Apollo show in many a long year…and they won over their audience. Read on… RIGHT FROM their inception, Rare Earth has been a special group. Right down to the fact that th...
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Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose October 1972 Interview
When an act has a million seller first time out, it is highly unusual for the public to have to wait eleven months for the follow-up but that's the way it was for the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, whose long-awaited second release also gained the...
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Pleasure March 1978 Interview
Pleasure by name and pleasing to the ear, the guys look set to become one of the hot new acts of '78 LET'S face it — Portland, Oregon, isn't exactly world-renowned as a soul music centre and you'd be hard pressed, I'm sure, to name one band to hai...
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Pleasure August 1978 Interview
The 8-piece outfit spent most of their time in the studio until recently but with their fourth Fantasy album taking off they are currently on a cross-America tour to meet up with their followers. IF YOU are looking for an act to really explode int...
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Chairmen of the Board November 1972 Interview
BELIEVE it or not, but Britain has been indirectly responsible for bringing the Chairmen of the Board back together again. "We had got too involved in the business end of it all," explained one of the three lead singers in the group, General Johnson,...
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Chairmen of the Board September 1970 Interview
FOR MANY YEARS, I have been singing the praise of a certain Norman Johnson, who was the lead voice with the Showmen. Norman's voice, I always considered, was one of the most expressive I had ever heard. When in the States last year, I heard a certain...
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Chairmen of the Board June 1971 Interview
HAVING HAD three consecutive chart records in this country and with "Pay To The Piper" gradually edging its way into the Top 30, the Chairmen of the Board can now claim to be an estabished act in this country. It is in this capacity that they are now...
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Arthur Conley June 1971 Interview
ALTHOUGH Arthur Conley is acknowledged as being one of the finest young entertainers on today's Soul scene, it's quite a while since his last really successful single. His current European tour coincides with the initial release of Arthur's first rel...
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Rick James November 1979 Interview
Originally published 26/07/2102 "I really like my own music — honest! If I really take myself out of myself I find that though Rick James may not be the most original artist or writer in the world, he's good" "TO ME, a punk is someone who sa...
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Rick James September 1978 Interview
Originally published 26/07/2012 Rick's style has been dubbed Punk Funk in some quarters. He himself agrees the term might be apt as it signifies the rebellious aspect of his music… FOR a first release to become a hit is something specia...
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Rance Allen June 1973 Interview
THE GENERAL concensus of opinion relating to the Wattstax film is that the Rance Allen Group is one of the major successes of the film. The actual 'live' show confirms that opinion beyond doubt. Outside of America, the quartet is not well known an...
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Rance Allen February 1979 Interview
THE release of "Straight From The Heart" marks the return home of the Rance Allen Group. After a gap of four years — during which time Stax was inactive and the brothers recorded for Capitol — Rance, Stephen and Tom are back on the Stax label. "We...
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Carol Douglas September 1976 Interview
"Doctor's Orders" created a big demand for Carol in Europe and she still has a heavy working schedule. The lady took time out to bring B&S up-to-date with her activities… IT'S BEEN a little while since we last heard from the lovely lady w...
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Eugene Record February 1972 Interview
IT WAS in February 1970 that my eyes were first really opened to the Chi-Lites. Until then. I had only been able to hear a couple of singles and, whilst I recall liking them, that is a situation that frequently occurs. It was back then that Decca ...
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