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Rest in Peace George Michael

Wow, another great music artist has passed away.  Found out a few hours ago that singer George Michael passed away at his home in England.

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George Michael, the British bubble-gum teen idol turned international pop star known for his flamboyant style and sexually provocative lyrics, died on Christmas in England.

He was 53. A publicist reported the death but provided no cause.

Michael, whose real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, first stepped into the global spotlight in the early ’80s as a member of Wham!, a duo whose brand of blue-eyed soul produced a series of lively hits, including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper” and the enduring holiday ballad “Last Christmas.”

I’ve been a fan of George Michael since his Wham days.  One of my favorite Wham songs is Everything She Wants.

Check out Hand to Mouth from his cd/album Faith.

Rest in Peace George Michael.

Music Monday- Corinne Bailey Rae

She’s back!!!  Corinne Bailey Rae has a new song out titled Been To The Moon.

Happy birthday to Aaliyah

Today would have been the 37th birthday of singer Aaliyah Haughton.  Aaliyah died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001. Can’t believe it’s been almost 15 years since her death.

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Aaliyah’s 3 studio cds include Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, One In A Million and Aaliyah. One of my favorite Aaliyah songs is Hot Like Fire from her One In A Million cd.

Rest in Peace Aaliyah.

Happy birthday Sade Adu

Today is the 57th birthday of British singer, songwriter and producer Sade Adu.

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I’ve been a fan of Sade’s since the 1980’s when Diamond Life was released. The band Sade have released six studio albums/cds including Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Lovers Rock, Love Deluxe and Soldier of Love.

Sade has so many great songs that it’s difficult to say which one is my favorite.  But one of my favorites was never released as a single.  Maureen is from her Promise album/cd.  Love this song.

Will Sade ever release a new cd? Who knows. Just glad I own all of her music. Check out Soldier of Love from her last cd Soldier of Love which was released in 2010.  Yes six years since her last cd.

TGIF

What a long week even though I did have a Monday holiday.  Haven’t posted here in a long time. 2013 was a crazy year for me and now we’ve been dealing with a brutal winter in 2014.  I’m so sick of snow.

Anyway check out this video by Swedish House Mafia.  I discovered them while listening to one of the Electronic Dance stations on SiriusXM.

Unsung’s new season

The new season of TV One’s Unsung starts on Monday June 25.  The new season includes such artists as Sly & The Family Stone, Con Funk Shun, The Marvelettes, Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, Gerald Levert, Lou Rawls and Arrested Development.  I’m really looking forward to watching Sly & The Family Stone and Angela Bofill.

Tv One usually asks Unsung fans who they would like to see in future episodes.  One person that always gets mentioned is Stephanie Mills.  Well wouldn’t you know it, Huffington Post has an interview with Stephanie and she states why she will not let Unsung do an episode on her career.

Stephanie Mills, R&B Diva, Refuses To Do TV One’s ‘Unsung’ Series

Since its debut in 2008, TV One’s hour-long music series, “Unsung,” has been one of the network’s crown jewels, covering the sometimes tragic careers of an array of celebrated music acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, DeBarge, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Alexander O’Neal, Minnie Ripperton and Phyllis Hyman. Earlier this year the NAACP Image Award-winning series earned its highest rated, most successful season to date as it started airing in 27 percent more homes via various cable carriers.

Though the African-American targeted network is set to premiere the show’s sixth season with Sly and the Family Stone on June 25, one veteran music act who viewers will never see on the series is Stephanie Mills.

The Brooklyn-bred songstress, who catapulted to the top of music charts in the 1980s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” seems to have a story that’s ripe for “Unsung,” which is often considered “the black version of ‘Behind The Music’ — VH1’s longtime biographical series.” But according to the sometimes reclusive Mills, the retrospective show is just not her cup of tea.

“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.”

“I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that,” the “Never Knew Love Like This Before” belter continued. “They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl.”

You can check out the entire article here.

Last year the Washington Post had a very interesting article about Angela Bofill.

Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous

By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011

Angela Bofill waits in a plain, beige dressing room at the Birchmere, preparing to go onstage without something she has lost.

It’s not a small thing. Most people, says one fan of the ’80s R&B balladeer, would shut down, would be content to live out their lives offstage, out of the spotlight, wherever it is that old singers go to fade away. The music business demands perfection. A certain look.

At the least, it demands a voice.

“I love perform,” says Bofill, 56, her syntax fractured, her rhythm stop-and-start. She’s illuminated by bright lights but not an ounce of glitter or sequins. Instead, she wears a black-print blazer. A cane leans against the dressing table.

“I used to study opera. Used to teach voice. Used to have perfect pitch. Now, no pitch. Bad pitch. Frustrated – little bit. Half my life, singing. First time. No sing.”

She says she sounds like an old movie. “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” she jokes.

Outside in the dark, cold parking lot, a sold-out crowd lines up for Sunday night’s show: “The Angela Bofill Experience.” After two strokes and a five-year absence from the stage, Bofill’s name is again on the marquee. Fans have come from as far away as New Jersey, some cradling Bofill’s original albums, which show an absolutely gorgeous woman.

You can read the entire article about Angela Bofill here.

At Midnight

Check out At Midnight by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.  Heard it on my ipod this morning.  At Midnight is from the Ask Rufus cd.

 

 

RIP Don Cornelius

Earlier today I read that Soul Train creator Don Cornelius committed suicide.  He was found in his home in Southern California early this morning.  He was 75 years old.

I remember back in the day watching this show. It was fun to watch the dancers and the different music artist every Saturday.  Soul Train brought some great music into the homes of millions of Americans.  I remember a while ago watching a documentary titled Soul Train:  The Hippest Trip in America.  VH1 is showing the documentary on February 6 at 9:30pm.  I know Centric, the cable channel use to show episodes of Soul Train.  I wonder if they will start up again.  Or maybe have a Soul Train marathon this weekend.

‘Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius found dead

By Greg Kot

Tribune critic

Don Cornelius became the baritone-voiced bellwether of Chicago cool when he took “Soul Train” from the South Side to a national audience in the 1970s.

Cornelius, 75, was found dead Wednesday at his Mulholland Drive home in Encino, Calif. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say. There was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.

Born in Chicago in 1936, Cornelius grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood and worked numerous jobs: he sold insurance, worked as a TV newsman and deejayed at WVON, which serenaded the South and West Sides with soul music. While employed at WCIU-TV in the ’60s, he started hosting soul dance parties around the city and eventually approached station management about a show based on the same idea. They accepted.

“I wasn’t surprised because I was invited to come over there by one of my mentors, Roy Wood, who was the news director at WVON-AM radio,” Cornelius told the Tribune last year. “He was a good man. He had persuaded them to do a black-oriented news show called ‘A Black’s View of the News.’ I knew the format at Channel 26 had a lot to do with ethnic-targeted programming, so I said to the owner one day, ‘Why don’t you let me try this?'”

“Soul Train” debuted in 1970 with low expectations and overhead. Color cameras weren’t in the budget and the dancefloor was the size of a typical living room. But the show struck a chord with an audience that had been largely ignored by other teen-oriented dance shows, most famously Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” For young, African-American kids, “Soul Train” was must-see after-school viewing because it presented mostly R&B artists that other shows neglected. And, perhaps most importantly, it showcased the hippest dance moves.

You can read the entire article here at the Chicago Tribune.

Mr. Cornelius use to end his show with the following saying:

“And you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I’m Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”

Check out the video to the Soul Train theme song The Sound of Philadelphia.  The song was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

RIP Mr. Cornelius.

Float On

So I’m sitting on the train this morning on my way to work and listening to my mp3 player. A song on my playlist that I haven’t heard in a long time comes on. Float On by The Floaters was one of my favorite songs back in the day.  I downloaded the song from the Can You Dig It? The 70’s Soul Experience box set that I own.

I bought the album Floaters back in 1977 when it was first released and I still have it. The album has the extended version of Float On.

Float On is what you call grown folks music.  Real music where the fellas are singing love songs to women. They sure don’t make music like this anymore.

Aquarius, Libra, Leo, Cancer
Ralph, Charles, Paul, Larry

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Aquarius, Libra, Leo, Cancer
Ralph, Charles, Paul, Larry

Aquarius and my name is Ralph
Now I like a woman who loves her freedom
And I like a woman who can hold her own
And if you fit that description, baby, come with me

Take my hand, come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing love with me, I want you to

Float, float on (Come on, come on,
(Come on, baby, yeah, yeah)
Float on, float on (Ooh, ooh, baby)
Float, float, float on
Float on (Float with me), float on

Libra and my name is Charles
Now I like a woman that’s quiet
A woman who carries herself
Like Miss Universe
A woman who would take me in her arms
And she would say, Charles, yeah
And if you fit that description
This is for you especially

Mmm, take my hand
Come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing loving with me, I want you to

Float, float on (Girl, yes)
Float on, float on (With Charles)
Float, float, float on (Ooh, yeah)
Float on, float on

Leo and my name is Paul
You see I like all women of the world
You see to me all women are wild flowers
And if you understand what I’m sayin’
I want you to

Mmm, take my hand
Come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing love with me, I want you to

Float, float on (So float with me, baby)
Float on, float on (Yeah)
Float, float, float on (Float with Paul, y’all)
Float on, float on

Cancer and my name is Larry, huh
And I like a woman
That loves everything and everybody
Because I love everybody and everything
And you know what, ladies,
If you feel that this is you
Then this is what I want you to do

Ooh, yeah, take my hand
Let me take you to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing your love with Larry, listen

Float, float on (You better float with me now)
Float on, float on (Float on)
Float, float, float on (Yeah, yeah)
(You better float on)
(Float on)
(Ah)

Unsung returns

One of my favorite shows on TV One, Unsung returns for a new season on Monday, September 13.

The new season features Heatwave, Tammi Terrell, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and more. Previous season have featured Rose Royce, Stacy Lattisaw, The Bar-Kays, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Phyllis Hyman and Debarge.

TV One’s signature music biography series sheds much-do light on some of the most influential, talented and yet, somehow forgotten R&B, Soul and Gospel artists of the last 30 years. While Aretha, Whitney, Diana, Stevie, Marvin and the Winans have been recognized over and over again-there are several artists like Phyllis Hyman and The Clark Sisters who haven’t been as honored.

This season, we’ll dig deep into the lives of Teddy Pendergrass, hip-hop notables The Fat Boys, songstress Tammi Terrell, The O’Jays and many, many more. Airing Monday nights, Unsung uncovers the hidden truth behind the fading of your favorite stars.

This new and exciting season will reveal the business and personal struggles that kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. Don’t miss Unsung when it returns!

I’m curious to see what happened to Heatwave.  One of my favorite Heatwave songs is The Groove Line from the album/cd Central Heating.  Awesome song.  Here’s the extended version of The Groove Line.

And here’s the radio edit version featuring the group.

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