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Billy Paul May 1974 Interview
Originally published 9 October, 2012 IT'S ALMOST two years now since Billy Paul really exploded on to the scene with his multi-million selling single, "Me And Mrs. Jones". Success has ensued on record via the equally salesworthy "360 Degrees" albu...
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Billy Paul April 1977 Interview
Originally published 9 October, 2012 Billy's bubblin' over about his new recordings. He tells B&S about his hopes for them, and about his new act, his production plans, and his deep gratitude to his wife for her help and understanding. "IT'S TH...
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Billy Paul May 1973 Interview
Originally published 9 October, 2012 BILLY PAUL exploded on an unsuspecting public with the tale of "Me And Mrs. Jones," a record that sold more than 2½ million copies in the States alone, as well as achieving hit status in numerous countries arou...
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Leon Haywood May 1973 Interview
IN OUR quest to track down the select band of artistes who are always there in the background but never seem to get the right break, we were fortunate enough to be put in touch with Leon Haywood at a time when it looks as though a proverbial 'break' ...
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Joe Simon March 1971 Interview
WITH JOE Simon's signature, Spring Records have gained their first real entry into the super-star league. Joe's first for the label, "Your Time To Cry", his own song, has already exceeded 800,000 in sales and is casually heading to the one million ma...
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Joe Simon March 1972 Interview
ONE of the biggest mysteries — and personal disappointments — of the Anglo-American Soul situation is that Joe Simon, possessor of three American Gold Discs, is still virtually an unknown outside of the pure soul lovers in this country. During his ul...
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Joe Simon March 1975 Interview
IN TERMS of actual record sales and box office figures, Joe Simon has only one or two peers over the past decade or so. Yet this quiet and peaceful gentleman is the most reluctant and withdrawn of all of the soul superstars. He rarely talks above a p...
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Johnny Guitar Watson October 1975 Interview
"Let me talk to the Lone Ranger — and pronto!" Ever since the genial Johnny Watson hit the charts with his effervescent hit, "I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger", I've been longing to get him on the other end of a phone so that I could see that incr...
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Johnny Guitar Watson January 1978 Interview
Johnny has come up with 3 gold albums in little more than a year but it seems that life at the top isn't always one big bowl of cherries…. IT REALLY wasn't the best time to get to Johnny Guitar Watson. He had just been informed of the ca...
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Johnny Guitar Watson August 1976 Interview
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson has three singles riding the current chart, but he just couldn't believe that one of them is his old duet with Larry Williams. "HI-HO, SILVER", exclaimed the original masked Lone Ranger. Well, his natural successor — ...
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Johnny Guitar Watson January 1979 Interview
AFTER the comparitive failure of "Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty", Johnny Guitar Watson is back with a vengeance. His "Giant" album looks likely to emulate all three prior DJM albums — yes, even "A Real Mother For Ya". To the outside world, "Funk Be...
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Earth, Wind & Fire/Maurice White 1975 Interview
July 1975, In person interview conducted by David Nathan with Maurice White on a flight from Los Angeles to Seattle EW&F had broken through to mainstream success thanks to the response to their fourth Columbia album, “That’s The Way Of The Worl...
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Instant Funk February 1979 Interview
Into the winners circle with a three year old recording, Instant Funk now look set to become 79's major funk success. Read on... IF EVER a group was aptly named then it is surely Instant Funk. This superbly tight nine-piece band has in the ...
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Natalie Cole June 1976 Interview
WHEN Natalie Cole exploded on the scene last summer with the single of "This Will Be", I don't think anybody could have visualised the tremendous impression that this charming young lady could have made in such a short time as nine months. Aside from...
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Natalie Cole April 1979 Interview
"I have never considered myself to be an R&B singer. But I do consider myself to be a soul singer" IN three short years, Natalie Cole has risen to the point where today she is a household name. In the past few months, Natalie has had her ow...
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