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Motown Spotlight has been a regular feature for many years and gives a great insight into the workings of the iconic Motown label and all things Detroit. See the latest and archived ‘Spotlights’ below.

  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 artist, producer and songwriter as well as choosing three tracks by others.  The session went so well...we split into it two parts! Pt. 1 - George's favoutites from his own catalogue... Pt. 2 - George's choices from recordings by others... Click here for the GEORGE DUKE Page at SoulMusic.com    
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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 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lionel Richie; LEGACY (POSTHUMOUS) AWARD: George Duke; R&B PIONEER: Love Unlimited; INSTRUMENTALIST/MUSICIAN: Bobby Eli; PRODUCER/ARRANGER: Sylvia Robinson; SONGWRITER/SONGWRITING TEAM: Barrett Strong; UK SOUL ARTIST/GROUP or DUO: Mica Paris; MOTOWN ARTIST/GROUP or DUO: Diana Ross. Check out the list of other 2016 inductees right here Voting for nominations into the next round of inductions (February 2017) is now open! Just click the link to vote (voting is free, no registration required),
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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 the equally compulsive and mesmerising dance hits “So Many Mountains” and “The Greatest Feeling”. All are disco classics, with a driving beat that can’t be ignored. The hooklines in all are instant, vital and stay in the mind for hours afterwards (particularly “So Many Mountains” for me – just can’t shake it, but no bad thing!) However, there’s others here that spring out, and “Natural Part Of Everything”, with its fascinating melody, is one. There’s so much Van McCoy here – he was responsible for several of the songs - and it’s wonderful: his sound is so recognisable. Singer and producer are a perfect match. With a gospel feel, Melba changes pace with “Lean On Me”, although the musical backdrop is too low keyed for me. A more full blooded
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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 songs. “The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection” is just the job. In between some of the tracks like The Supremes’ “White Christmas”, Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas”, Four Tops’ “Merry Christmas Baby” and The Miracles’ “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, there’s spoken word greetings from some of the contributors. They’re all young voices of course, but the sentiment is there. A splash of tinsel on the grooves! Feeling better already…let’s TCB The other day I decided to play the “Magic Lady” CD first released in the late eighties and was surprised to hear it’s stood the test of time. And the music reminded me of a chat with Linda Stokes during the time of its release, and the first single “Betcha Can’t Lose (With My Love)” which reached the UK top
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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 of the most recognisable in the business; her personal stylish presentations manifest themselves across most music genres, whether it’s ballad, funk, dance and in between. With the Pips, her Motown history of success and failures is well documented, so let’s get straight to the point with tracks from her two solo albums – “Miss Gladys Knight” released by Buddah in 1978, and “Gladys Knight” from Columbia a year later. “You Bring Out The Best In Me” is a hi-octane dancer which she effortlessly deals with, while the opening track “I’m Coming Home Again” is unpretentious, yet powerful. Against rolling strings that weave across the melody, her sumptuous vocal expressions are softly determined. At the other end of the spectrum, she hits the dancefloor, blasting across the speakers with the brassy
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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 and The Sweet Inspirations. Voting ends December 31! Just click the link
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https://youtu.be/_3ZYU5q4N0s 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 contributions to the security or national interests of the US, world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours. Much like our honours system methinks; wonder when I’ll become a Dame which is my wildest wish. Anyway, the President said “It’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists and public servants to activists, athletes and artists, these twenty-one individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.” “I am so deeply humbled to be one of the recipients….and I am truly grateful and appreciative of such a great gift” Diana responded. Other recipients included Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks
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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 and Motown Artist/.Group or Duo. One vote for each category and this poll will end November 30. The first (6) categories are mandatory; the last (6) are optional. Past inductees are not included in the list of possible nominees. Many thanks for your participation! Just click the link - registration not required, voting is free! With soulful regards, David Nathan, Michael Lewis and Paul Mason/SoulMusic.com
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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 he co-wrote and produced the company’s first trail blazing number one US single “Please Mr Postman” for The Marvelettes. Robert was born in Chicago, Illinois but Detroit became his home. Being one of the first handful of staff Berry Gordy signed to his fledgling company, he was, like the others, involved in all manner of behind scenes activities, including session singing and studio engineer, when he purchased their first set of recording equipment in the form of a tape machine discarded by the Detroit radio station, WJLB. In the late fifties, The Satintones and The Miracles were Gordy’s only working male groups, and as Mr Bateman recalled “We had our record out (on the Tamla label) ‘Motor City’ and it seemed like we were getting some airplay until The Miracles
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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 here for Ronnie's website  
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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 received the lion’s share of the composing credit having penned the lion’s share of the group’s hit material. With The Beatles openly crediting Black America as their prime inspiration, it seems only natural for them to pay homage to their British equivalents. Kicking off with Aretha Franklin’s “Eleanor Rigby” (always a pleasure), through to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Got To Get You Into My Life” and Mary Wells’ “Do You Want To Know A Secret”. Smashing! Motown too are well represented – as indeed they should be due to The Beatles (and of course Dusty Springfield’s) relentless promotion of the young sound coming from Detroit – with the Four Tops’ version of “The Fool On The Hill”, The Supremes’ “A World Without Love”, The Temptations’ “Hey Jude”, and The Undisputed
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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," the latter providing the inspiration for her latest album, recorded in the famed city. She talks to SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan about her visit to the birthplace of so many classic R&B recordings and more...   Click here for the BEVERLEY KNIGHT page at SoulMusic.com
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SoulMusic Records is proud to present the following 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 by the fabulous Melba Moore, spanning the renowned entertainer’s recordings between 1975-1980 for the Buddah and Epic labels. Included are all of Melba’s US charted hits during this exciting period of her career when she first rose to prominence globally.     GLADYS KNIGHT: THE SOLO COLLECTION (SMCR-5145D) - A first-ever 2-CD set of the two albums "Miss Gladys Knight"  recorded for Buddah Records in 1978 and "Gladys Knight" recorded for Columbia Records in 1979 by the legendary singer in the late ‘70s.   Included are eight bonus tracks from the Columbia sessions.  
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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 MORGAN RACHELLE FERRELL MALE ARTIST SAM DEES JOE SIMON GLENN JONES GROUP/DUO THE THREE DEGREES SISTER SLEDGE WAR INSTRUMENTALIST/MUSICIAN BOB JAMES LONNIE LISTON-SMITH JIMMY SMITH PRODUCER/ARRANGER MTUME & LUCAS WILLIE MITCHELL TOMMY LiPUMA SONGWRITER/SONGWRITING TEAM BARRETT STRONG SAM DEES MICHAEL MASSER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LIONEL RICHIE BETTY WRIGHT MILLIE JACKSON LEGACY (POSTHUMOUS) AWARD LOU RAWLS WILSON PICKETT GEORGE DUKE R&B PIONEER FREDA PAYNE SWEET INSPIRATIONS SYREETA UK SOUL ARTIST/GROUP or DUO BILLY OCEAN MICA PARIS JUNIOR GISCOMBE MOTOWN ARTIST/GROUP or DUO DIANA ROSS THE TEMPTATIONS THE MIRACLES (1959-1970) https://poll.fbapp.io/wkppdg
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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)” and the massively emotional “Bring On The Love (Why Can’t We Be Friends Again)”, both composed by the lady, and released by Capitol Records in 1978. If my memory serves me well, she recorded these tracks in the States, and Marc, who stayed in the UK to finished filming his “Marc” television series, regularly updated me on her progress. The tragedy was that upon her return, they dined at Mortons Club, and it was on their way home, that the accident happened that killed Marc outright. Gloria sustained dreadful injuries, one of which was a broken jaw where her mouth was wired for ages. She used to write me little notes when I visited, which was often. It was thought she’d never sing again but slowly her rich, warm, gospel-tinged
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SoulMusic Records is proud to present (4) new reissues 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 original eight-track 1983 album is supplemented by four cuts produced by famed musician Stanley Clarke which remained in the vaults until they were included in a ‘90s U.S. reissue of the original LP.   Due on October 21 via Amazon.co.uk and October 28 via Amazon.com :  TAVARES: DON'T TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC-THE REMIX PROJECT (SMCR-5142) A specially-compiled CD of remixes of five of the major hits by international hitmakers Tavares by top European remix producer Ben Liebrand, four of which achieved major British chart impact when issued in 1985 and 1986 as well as a US disco version of “It Only Takes A Minute,” making its CD debut along with the Liebrand-penned instrumental “One Minute.”   RAMSEY LEWIS: HOT DAWGIT-THE ANTHOLOGY-THE COLUMBIA YEARS (1972-1989) (SMCR-5143D)  A luxurious 2-CD set by the legendary Ramsey
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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 at her album covers, mesmerized by her sheer beauty. A former leading diva at music mogul Clive Davis’ Arista Records and Broadway Star of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies”, when we met she had long since been eclipsed by younger artists. However, she was still a favorite of the London based magazine for which I wrote and when she won a readers poll in 1993 I was tasked with the job of interviewing her over the phone. The interview turned personal as I asked her about her romantic life. “I don’t have a boyfriend right now but the electricity bills are paid, if you know what I mean?” she said with a throaty laugh. I didn’t get her cryptic clue. “A vibrator, Jeff” she spelled out, leaving me speechless. We continued
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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” , a top 15 UK hit in 1969. Wonderful, priceless music with no sell by date. So imagine the thrill having this double header to listen to – “We Got To Get Our Thing Together” (1975) and “No Way Back” (1976); the first never available on CD before, with the second only previously available as a limited edition Japanese reissue. Opening with the laid back, mellow single, and CD’s title, its melody change is quite inspiring. “Strike Up The Band”, a fast paced take on the Gershwin composition, is more befitting the nightclub stage than my office, yet not unattractive. Thankfully, “Reminiscing” returns me to the Dells’ groove; the drifting melody is unpretentious as the singers join and part in song. Another single, “Love Is Missing From Our Lives” features The
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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 congratulate our inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, our permanent online acknowledgement of the contribution of the artists, musicians, producers, songwriters and arrangers who have contributed to the timeless genre known as soul music. Just click the link!      
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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 journey including Phyllis Hyman, Deniece Williams, Brenda Russell, Chaka Khan, Jean Carne, Cherrelle, Angela Winbush, The Emotions, Randy Crawford and The Jones Girls.  It's a brilliant tour-de-force set, receiving much deserved acclaim and response from music lovers who have come to know and love Will's distinctive soulful sound.  David Nathan catches up with the ever-genial music man to talk about the album's genesis and more...     Check out links to WILL DOWNING at SOULMUSIC.COM - Interviews, Features and more...
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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 taken from a pair of recently found tapes which she recorded during 1970 in Los Angeles. No, I haven’t heard it yet, but the sheer historical value of this pending release is staggering because, for one thing, it will fill in blank spaces in Syreeta’s early career. Among the unissued material like “Love’s Gone Bad”, “I Want To Go Back There Again”, “Can’t Stop”, “You” and “Save The Country”, there’s the version of “Love Child” which has been kicking around on YouTube for ages now. During our many conversations, Syreeta told me her version was never seriously considered for single release, and this was also backed up a few years ago by one-time UK Motown product manager, Gordon Frewin, despite the singer’s fans begging to purchase it. Syreeta recorded many
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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 this team of super-talented artists in their own right.  With a long history of knowing both Junior and Leee, our exclusive SoulMusic.com video - courtesy UK SoulMusic.com partner Paul Mason of Event Photo - captures some priceless moments and gives insight into the makings of "Vol. 1, The Renaissance Begins" a musically historic recording...      
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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 https://youtu.be/YGbNvRAeZtc
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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 toured the world. Back in the studio, Al and the band are recording a new album with the lead-off single, "Heed The Message" reminiscent of the uplifting music that Al created with EW&F from 1973-1981. In this interview with David Nathan, he talks about his work as a producer, the band and the late Maurice White (with whom he wrote a number of timeless classics),... Listen to David's interview with Al McKay Listen to Heed The Message on SoundCloud https://youtu.be/d4qhgmxs6wA CLICK HERE FOR THE AL McKAY PAGE 
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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 with “I Want Your Loving (Just A Little Bit)” and this CD’s first track “Chillin’ Out”. There’s no fuss or frills here, just honest, well rounded sounds with infectious melodies and choruses. Largely aimed at dancers – check out “The Morning After” or “Let Me Change Your Mind” for starters. The fact that this gifted singer/composer was taken from us at the young age of thirty-four years, left us bereft of what could have been. And it’s this statement alone that makes us treasure this one and only long player recorded as a soloist, having been in the membership of The BB & Q Band. A handful of remixed, extended bonus tracks offer a harder, forceful flavour, particularly on the before mentioned “The Morning After”. Four tracks here were composed
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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 https://youtu.be/YGbNvRAeZtc
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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 interview Maurice White in person during a plane ride from Los Angeles to Seattle that proved to be a life-altering conversation. Over the years, I interviewed Maurice and Verdine White many times and I have many precious memories connected with EW&F over decades - their music has enriched my spirit, touched my soul and kept my feet dancing! Last night, this superb group (with original members Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson and a brilliant band) served up classic after classic - Can't Hide Love, Serpentine Fire, Fantasy, Jupiter, On Your Face, Yearnin & Learnin, Evil, Reasons, Shining Star, Sing A Song, Head To The Sky, That's The Way Of The World alongside the timeless hits, After The Love Has Gone, September, Let's Groove, Boogie Wonderland and a rousing encore with one of
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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 the case and last year, she returned triumphantly to the same venue: I missed that show - and I'm so glad (thanks to Joanna Burns P R, Andrew Scott and Angie Becker of Kennedy Street Enterprises) that I got to see Gladys (who I first interviewed in 1972) in all her glory this time. The show moved, Gladys grooved, there were ballads (Neither One Of Us, The Best Thing That Ever Happened, I Don't Want To Do Wrong), surprises (On & On, You're Number One, Baby Don't Change Your Mind), the timeless hits (Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Love Overboard), a nod to some of Gladys' self-professed musical inspirations (via The Man I Love, Stormy Weather and Someone To Watch Over Me), a beautifully-constructed medley of Lionel Richie's "Hello"
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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 Royce from 1975-1980, Gwen Dickey experienced unprecedented success with the legendary Norman Whitfield as her musical mentor. Since leaving the group in 1980, Gwen has forged a solo career that has included collaborations with KWS on Chaka Khan’s classic hit Ain’t Nobody in 1994 and in 1998 with Jay-Z for a brand new version of the Rose Royce hit Wishing on a Star becoming a UK Top Ten hit. Ahead of her show at one of London's most prestigious venues, Boisdale's in Canary Wharf, Gwen sat down with David Nathan to reminsice and reflect on her musical legacy.... Listen now: https://youtu.be/0xOp8ToC9x4
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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 the opening pulse of "In The Thick of It," the full house of long-time fans were enthralled with Ms Russell and the four piece band that supplied an incredibly full sound for the 12-song set covering her nearly 35 year recording career. In keeping with her gift as a remarkable storyteller, each song was brought to life with an introduction involving its inspiration or evolution Her hometown (Brooklyn) gave her "Walking In New York." A particular period of despair was the catalyst for her inspirational tune "Expect a Miracle" which has undoubtedly provided counsel for many others as well. She spoke of the blessing of having great artists perform her songs, like "Dinner With Gershwin" which the late Donna Summer first recorded. And she performed one of the two songs
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About the author – Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next – Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.

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