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posted a Quick Tip about Etta James. January 20, 2012
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Etta James 2
Etta James died today of leukemia in a California hospital surrounded by loved ones. I will be getting more information and writing a more detailed review of the woman whose voice is so beautifully haunting …
posted a Quick Tip about Aretha Franklin. August 17, 2011
Aretha
She's one of the few artists I personally believe belongs on everybody's play list.
posted a Quick Tip about Tracy Chapman. August 17, 2011
Tracy Chapman
I so wish that Tracy Chapman could land back in the mainstream again. She's a brilliant artist.
reviewed Otis Redding. March 11, 2011
Otis Redding
Otis Redding is the most underrated live performer. If you want to see the best performance ever by a rock star then check out Redding's appearance at the Monterey Pop festival. Backed up by Booker T …
reviewed Love Will Find Its Own Way: The Best .... February 17, 2011
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The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips
They were a significant force in American popular music for nearly three decades. Over the course of their storied career Gladys Knight and the Pips would master a variety of genres and experience a remarkable …
reviewed Junior Walker and the All Stars: The .... February 15, 2011
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Junior Walker and the All Stars
I began my lifelong obsession of collecting records in the spring of 1965.   There were so many amazing sounds emanating out of our little transistor radios in those days.  There was folk, …
reviewed The Temptations: Ultimate Collection. January 30, 2011
Temptations Ultimate Collection
Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care …
reviewed Goapele. January 26, 2011
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Goapele
Goapele is one of those artists that tend to stick with you. Do you ever hear a song and it just absolutely says everything that you wish you could say in that kind of angelic voice that you yourself …
posted a Quick Tip about Jill Scott. November 28, 2010
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Jill Scott
There is nothing better than listening to Jill Scott when it's raining or actually with any kind of weather. She is absolutely amazing. She started as a poet, became a singer, and then, an actress. Each …
reviewed Otis Redding. October 26, 2010
Otis Redding
I was 16 when I first heard Otis Redding and the song was "Dock of the Bay." I knew every word by its second listening. It just spoke to me --     "Look like nothing's gonna change  Everythi …
posted a Quick Tip about (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. August 14, 2010
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(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay)
Loved this song. It was part of my youth. Oh, to be young again!!!
posted a Quick Tip about Spinners. July 18, 2010
Spinners
Saw these guys in concert last night and they were dynamite. Group formed in late 50's still had 2 of it's original members performing!
posted a Quick Tip about Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-.... July 15, 2010
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Sam Cooke
A good friend recently told me his favorite song was "Bring it on Home to Me", so I started listening to Sam Cooke's version and indeed find it quite amazing. Great vocalist and a true legend!
posted a Quick Tip about India Arie. July 13, 2010
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India Arie
LOVE her music and lyrics... ranging from deep emotions to spirituality to just plain fun.
reviewed Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-.... July 07, 2010
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Sam Cooke
Because he died at such a young age we really only caught a glimpse of the enormous talent of Sam Cooke.   Sam began his career as a gospel singer and spent six years years as lead singer of …
posted a Quick Tip about Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-.... July 01, 2010
Sam Cooke
have been listening to this man since i was a child. Grew up in a house with music and he was in the lead with albums.
reviewed Chicago Blues Festival. June 18, 2010
Chicago Blues Festival
     I didn't want to go to BluesFest but my buddy Tom wanted to go and I needed to get out of the house. So we jumped on the "el" and in about twenty minutes we were …
reviewed The Ultimate 5th Dimension. May 05, 2010
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The Ultimate Fifth Dimension
They rose to the top of the pop music world virtually overnight!  This talented quintet, originally known as The Versatiles, formed in Los Angeles in 1966 and within a year they had secured a recording …
reviewed Motown Records. April 14, 2010
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Motown Records
A half century ago, a young Detroit entrepreneur named Berry Gordy Jr. decided that he was going to start his own record company.  His idea was a simple one really.  He was going to make records …
reviewed The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Ne.... March 11, 2010
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The Very Best of Lou Rawls
As his good friend Billy Vera points out in the liner notes Lou Rawls never ever sang silly love songs.  No sir!  From the very beginning Lou Rawls sang about serious, adult subjects.  …
reviewed VH1 Soul. February 18, 2010
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VH1 Soul
There's a rumor going around that VH1 Soul is on the brink of extinction. The blogs are abuzz with it- claiming that a merger that's been long in the works between Centric (BET/MTV) and VH1 …
reviewed One Night Stand! Sam Cooke Live at th.... January 18, 2010
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One Night Stand! Sam Cooke Live
Rod Stewart calls this disc "one of my favorite live recordings of all time".  Critics have been raving about it for years.  And so when RCA released a completely redesigned and remastered …
posted a Quick Tip about Teddy Pendergrass. January 14, 2010
Teddy Pendergrass
RIP Teddy P! You will be greatly missed...just another love TKO...
reviewed Teddy Pendergrass. January 14, 2010
Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass, the powerful voiced R &B and soul singer of classic hits such as "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes) and "Close the Door", …
reviewed Bring It On Home....The Soul Classics. January 09, 2010
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Aaron Neville Bring It On Home To Me
When I came across "Aaron Neville:  Bring It On Home..The Soul Classics" I found that I simply could not resist.  Here were 13 of the most memorable tunes in the history of soul being …
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