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He had style: from his cool sense of dress to his one-of-a-kind vocalize… It in with much sadness that I learned of the passing of the great Al Jarreau on February 12 after a recent hospilization in Los Angeles at the age of 76.  My first interview (for Britain’s Blues & Soul magazine) with Al …
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Soulmusic.com founder, historian and author David Nathan is interviewed on Channel 5 in the UK about the announcement of Aretha Franklin’s retirement
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Welcome to the first column of the new year and, needless to say, hope we’ll spend the next twelve months together talking Motown and related issues. In the aftermath of suffering from this awful cough lurgy, I decided I needed to ease my way into this  2017 debut, so unearthed a CD I’d long forgotten …
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  To celebrate his induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame as a Legacy Award recipient, we’ve gone into the SoulMusic.com vaults to present this audio interview.  In January 2011, SoulMusic.com contributor Jeff Lorez caught up with legendary George Duke. He asked the multi-faceted music man to share seven tracks from his extensive catalogue as an …
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Thanks to all those who voted and congratulations to our latest round of inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com:                           CONTEMPORARY SOUL MUSIC ARTIST/GROUP or DUO: Pharrell Williams; FEMALE ARTIST: Miki Howard; MALE ARTIST: El DeBarge; GROUP/DUO: Sister Sledge; LIFETIME …
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MELBA MOORE: STANDING RIGHT HERE: THE ANTHOLOGY – THE BUDDAH & EPIC YEARS (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) A fabulous musical trip in two halves. Firstly, we’re invited to remember Melba’s Buddah years in 1975 when she began her journey into stardom. Here we are heavyweight in hits via the international smash “This Is It”, hotly followed by …
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Tell me, why is it that colds, sniffles, coughs and sneezes last so much longer when Christmas Day is looming? Now in my third week, it really is a pathetic, sickly creature writing this but, hey, the show must go on – and Motown is the show! I know what I’ll do, play some Festive …
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GLADYS KNIGHT: THE SOLO COLLECTION EXPANDED EDITIONS (SOULMUSIC.COM RECORDS) Oh my – how I remember these albums on their first outing, where the elegance of the lady is matched only by her warm, soulful deliveries that cover all emotions, with a defining edge that has often been imitated but never replaced. Gladys’ voice is one …
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Voting has now begun in the latest round for inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com Just click the link – voting is free, no registration required. Our nominees include Miki Howard, El DeBarge, Sharon Jones, The Three Degrees, George Duke, Bobby Eli, Patti Austin, Diana Ross, Beverley Knight, Barrett Strong, Dexter Wansel …
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Wow! Amazingly wonderful news to start with this month which is quite a treat these days. On behalf of us all at soulmusic.com, many congratulations to Diana Ross who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the current President Barak Obama! She is one of 21 recipients of America’s highest civilian award which represents admirable …
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We’re pleased to announce that nominations are now open for inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame. You can now vote in (12) categories – Contemporary Soul Artist/Group/Duo; Female Artist; Male Artist; Group/Duo; Instrumentalist/Musician; Producer/Arranger; Songwriter/Songwriting Team; Legacy (Posthumous) Award; Lifetime Achievement Award, R&B Pioneer and our two new categories, UK Soul Artist/Group or Duo …
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(With apologies to Sharon Davis for being a couple of days late in adding this to the site) A note of sadness to start – with the passing of Robert Bateman at the age of eighty years. The founder member and bass singer of The Satintones and, of course, a composer of considerable note because …
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In-person interview with Ronnie Canada, whose career has included stints with The Drifters and The Bluenotes as well as recordings with Caviar, road gigs with Betty Wright and shows as a vocalist with Judge Jules and many other dance music producers and whose previously-unreleased album with Caviar is finally seeing the light of day… Click …
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: LET IT BE – BLACK AMERICA SINGS LENNON, McCARTNEY AND HARRISON (ACE) This, the follow-up to “Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney”, is another pot pourie of wonderful cover versions. This time, George Harrison has been included in the mix, the Beatle who was so often overlooked as John and Paul …
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Beverley Knight has distinguished herself as one of Britain’s pioneering soul/pop artists, having recorded eight albums since 1995 and establishing herself as constant presence on the UK music scene as well as expanding – in recent years – to appear in a number of successful London West End musicals including “The Bodyguard,” “Cats” and “Memphis,” …
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SoulMusic Records is proud to present the following levitra professional new releases. Click each CD for more details (track listings, full information, order links): Due on November 4 via Amazon.co.uk and November 11 via Amazon.com MELBA MOORE: STANDING RIGHT HERE – THE ANTHOLOGY – THE BUDDAH & EPIC YEARS (SMCR-5144D) –  A sumptuous first-of-its- kind 2-CD set …
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We’re happy to announce our latest round of voting for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame here at SoulMusic.com Voting is free, no registration needed and ends on October 31, 2016. Just click the https://poll.fbapp.io/wkppdg Nominees are: CONTEMPORARY SOUL MUSIC ARTIST/GROUP or DUO SANDRA ST VICTOR SHARON JONES FAITH EVANS FEMALE ARTIST CHERYL LYNN MELI’SA …
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It was nearly forty years ago that Marc Bolan died in a car crash in Barnes and 30 September would have been his 60th birthday, and somehow I was drawn to his partner and Motown singer/composer Gloria Jones. First turning to her “Windstorm” album holding the haunting “If Roses Don’t Come (In Spring This Year)” …
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SoulMusic Records is proud to present (4) new reissues nosubhealth.com xanax due for release in October. Click each CD for more details… Due on October 7 via Amazon.co.uk and October 14 via Amazon.com: NATALIE COLE: I’M READY Expanded Edition (SMCR-5141) The sole album recorded by the late and legendary Natalie Cole for Epic Records. The …
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Renowned writer and author Jeff Vasishta shares his reflections on meeting one of soul music’s true legends, the late and great Phyllis Hyman… When I finally got to meet the statuesque and sultry R&B singer, Phyllis Hyman I had no idea quite what a revelation the day would be. At school I’d often gazed longingly …
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THE DELLS: WE GOT TO GET OUR THING TOGETHER / NO WAY BACK (CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL / SOULMUSIC RECORDS) My first introduction to this group was with the truly exciting soul masterpiece “Wear It On Our Face” in 1968, followed by “Stay In My Corner” and “I Can Sing A Rainbow – Love Is Blue” , …
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We’re pleased to announce the latest round of voting for nominees for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame is now open.  It’s free to vote, no registration required.  Poll ends September 30! Categories are, Male and female artists, Groups, Instrumentalists, Producers, Songwriters, Lifetime achievement, Legacy award, Pioneer, UK artist and of course Motown. We …
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Phone interview recorded July 25, 2016. Will Downing has created a catalogue of great albums for close to thirty years. His latest release is certainly among his best ever: “Black Pearls” pays tribute to some of the legendary female singers who have been in some way a part of the New Yorker’s personal and musical …
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As I was thinking about this month’s Motown musings, news arrived of an exciting – let’s not be coy here, it’s a wonderfully incredible – release courtesy of Kent Records at the end of September. “The Rita Wright Years 1967 – 1970”, a fourteen track compilation, some of which were previously recorded, with the remainder …
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Our latest SoulMusic Records reissues from 2016 Amazon.co.uk Widgets
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At the August 25, 2016 packed media launch at The Library in Covent Garde for the upcoming milestone album by five British black music pioneers – Don-E, Junior, Leee John, Noel McKoy and Omar – released appropriately under the name The British Collective, SoulMusic.com founder and historian David Nathan interviews three of the members of …
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The first-ever SoulMusic.com live video interview! The legendary, award-winning CANDI STATON in an up-close-and-personal interview with SoulMusic.com founder DAVID NATHAN in London, summer 2016. Video courtesy Paul Mason, Video Event Productions
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We’re proud to announce the results of the latest round of voting into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame at SoulMusic.com Please click the link for details! AND MORE!      
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Phone interview conducted July 15, 2016 Perhaps best known for his pionering work with legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire, guitarist/producer/songwriter and all-round multi-talented music man Al McKay launched his All Stars when EW&F began a hiatus in the ’80s. Since that time, the group has literally xanax online toured the world. Back in the …
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The latest reissue reviews from Sharon Davis…. CURTIS HAIRSTON: CURTIS HAIRSTON EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) What a wonderful breath of fresh air this re-issue of the 1986 album has turned out to be. A year prior to its original release, Curtis hit the UK top twenty with “I Want You (All Tonight)” which he followed …
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The first-ever SoulMusic.com live video interview!  The legendary, award-winning CANDI STATON in an up-close-and-personal interview with SoulMusic.com  founder DAVID NATHAN in London, summer 2016.  Video courtesy Paul Mason, Video Event Productions
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Phenomenal performance by The Legendary Earth Wind & Fire at London’s 02 last night. I first became aware of the amazing music of my favourite band through songs like Keep Your Head To The Sky and Devotion; after seeing their mindblowing performance at Madison Square Garden in 1975, I was the first British journalist to …
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Brilliant show by Gladys Knight on Saturday at Royal Albert Hall before a packed house of music lovers who clearly appreciate great singing and great entertainment. Gladys was away from the UK for a number of years and actually did shows here a few years ago touted as a final/farewell tour. Thankfully, that was not …
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In person interview conducted at Boisdale’s, Canary Wharf, London, April 28, 2016. She is the voice behind a string of timeless soul and pop classics – Car Wash, I Wanna Get Next To You, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Wishin’ On A Star, Ooh Boy and I’m Goin’ Down. As the lead singer of Rose …
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SoulMusic Records has reissued (5) classic Arista albums by the legendary drummer/producer/songwriter Harvey Mason, recorded between 1975-1981 Marching In The Street Earthmover Funk In A Mason Jar Groovin’ You M.V.P.
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SoulMusic.com Hall of Fame (Songwriter) Inductee Brenda Russell just completed a rare 3 day East Coast tour with performances at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD and The Birchmere in Arlington VA. Monday night’s show at Rams Head found the legendary singer-songwriter in peak form and joyous spirit. From …
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