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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.

Rest in Peace Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson passed away today.

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Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death but did not report a cause. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m. “When deputies and medical personnel arrived,” he said, “they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”

I’m still in shock.  I was at work when I found out his death.  Soon as a read about his death I started playing his music on my ipod.

I’ve been a fan of Prince since Soft and Wet was released back in 1978.  That song along with Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad and I Wanna Be Your Lover started my love for all things Prince.  In 1982 I bought the 1999 album and it was on.  I wore that album out.  I still have it.

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Rest in Peace Prince.

 

 

 

Rest in Peace Maurice White

Earth Wind and Fire founder Maurice White passed away.

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Earth Wind and Fire has always been my all time favorite band.  They just don’t make music like EW&F music today.  This is why I cherish my music collection.  So many great music legends such as Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Donna Summer, Natalie Cole, David Bowie and now Maurice White passing away but their music lives on.

Check out one of my favorite Earth Wind and Fire songs All About Love. This song was written by Maurice White and Larry Dunn.  All About Love is from the That’s The Way of The World album/cd.

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Rest in Peace Maurice White.

Music Monday- Tracie Spencer

I was checking out some music today in Amazon and found a music artist I hadn’t heard about in a long time. Whatever happened to Tracie Spencer?

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TV One’s Unsung needs to do an episode with her.

She had some pretty good music back in the day. One of my favorite Tracie Spencer songs is This House. This House is from her Make The Difference cd.

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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.

This Christmas

Christmas isn’t Christmas if I don’t hear one of my favorite Christmas songs. This Christmas by the late Donny Hathaway is an all time classic.

Unsung’s 2015 new fall season

I know I’m late. Unsung started their new season last week with KC and The Sunshine Band. The new season also includes Kashif, Chante Moore, Lakeside, H-Town, Jennifer Holliday and Nate Dogg.

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KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET Through the disco era and beyond, KC and The Sunshine Band forged a sound of funk-filled happiness led by Harry Wayne Casey, a white singer/songwriter, who grew up in south Florida entranced by the sound of R&B.

KASHIF Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET From growing up an orphan in New York City and shuttled through a total of eight different foster homes to a rising star in Hollywood, Kashif’s life has mirrored that of a phoenix rising from the ashes.

CHANTÉ MOORE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET Chantè Moore made a name for herself first singing back-up for Toni Braxton. With her sultry looks and powerhouse voice, she soon became a household name with hits such as “Chante’s Got a Man” and “Love’s Taken Over.”

LAKESIDE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET A mixture of crisp musicians and sleek vocalists forged in the land of funk – Dayton, Ohio – Lakeside’s nine members gave show-stopping performances that became legendary and created radio classics such as “It’s All the Way Live” and “Fantastic Voyage”.

H-TOWN Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET H-Town exploded on to the R&B scene in 1993 with their No. 1 song “Knockin Da Boots.” The platinum-selling single from their debut album “Fever for Da Flavor”put both the group and their hometown of Houston on center stage. On the cusp of a comeback in 2003, H-Town was devastated when lead singer Dino was killed in a hit-and-run car accident.

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET Jennifer Holliday has a voice unlike any other. The original “Dreamgirl,” she rose to instant fame at the age of 21 after her unforgettable performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the 1981 Broadway production of “Dreamgirls.” However, she fell into a state of depression due to personal struggles and the release of the 2006 “Dreamgirls” film without her participation.

NATE DOGG Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET Since crashing the pop and hip hop charts in the early 1990s with Death Row Records, Nate Dogg became the “go to” R&B singer with a soulful hook.

Music Monday- KC and The Sunshine Band

I had a nice long holiday weekend which gave me a chance to catch up on my very busy dvr.  One show I caught up on was Unsung’s KC and The Sunshine Band episode.  They were very popular during the 1970’s.  One of my favorite songs from KC and The Sunshine Band is Keep It Comin’ Love.  This song was released in 1977 and is from the Part 3 album/cd.

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Check out Keep It Comin’ Love.

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable

A couple of weeks ago I was excited about the release of Disclosure’s Caracal cd. Well last week I downloaded Janet Jackson’s new cd Unbreakable.

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I love this cd. Between Caracal and Unbreakable I’m in music heaven right now 🙂

Rhythm Nation is my favorite Janet Jackson cd and I have a terrible habit of expecting every Janet cd to be as good as Rhythm Nation. It’s not on the same level as Rhythm Nation but it’s still very good. So glad to see she’s back with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

There are a lot of songs that are really good but my favorite is Dammn Baby. This song needs a video. I had Dammn Baby on repeat during my horrible subway commute to work last Monday. It got me through the usual Monday Metro Meltdown but that’s another story. The audio videos for Dammn Baby on You Tube aren’t that great. The song sounds better on the cd or you can listen to it on Spotify.  Hopefully Janet will release Dammn Baby as a single so we can get an actual video. I also love Gon’ Be Alright, Take Me Away, Shoulda Known Better, Night, Unbreakable and The Great Forever. I swear Janet sounds like Micheal in the very beginning of The Great Forever. The beginning of this song also sounds similar to Michael’s A Place With No Name.

If you’re a Janet Jackson fan I highly recommend Unbreakable.

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