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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

JRMotown singer, JIMMY RUFFIN died on Monday 17th November in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. The sad news was announced today (Wednesday, 19th November) by his children Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr. They gave no further details. However Jimmy has been in hospital since the middle of last month (as previously reported on these pages).

Jimmy Lee Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936, in Collinsville, Mississippi and after moving to Detroit was signed to Berry Gordy's Motown Records where he first recorded for the short-lived Miracle imprint. His biggest Motown hit, of course, was 1966's 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' but he also enjoyed success with songs like 'I've Passed This Way Before' and 'Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got'.

In the US, despite the hits, Jimmy was always known as Temptation David Ruffin's older brother. In the UK, however, he was revered as a true soul star in his own right and for a time he lived in England. He enjoyed success there in the 80s with top 10 pop hit, 'Hold On To My Love', written and produced by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. Then in the late 80s he recorded a couple songs with British pop group Heaven 17 while for a time he was also involved in Paul Weller's Red Wedge collective singing on a record released in support of the striking coal miners.

In the 90s Jimmy had his own radio show in the UK and became an anti-drug advocate after the death of his brother David.

Latterly Jimmy Ruffin was living in Las Vegas and we believe he was writing and recording material in 2011 and 2012 that he hoped to eventually release.

Most of Jimmy's Motown catalogue is currently available on CD – including the sought after album 'I Am My Brother's Keeper' which he recorded with David.

His children posted the following message: "Jimmy Ruffin was a rare type of man who left his mark on the music industry. Our family in its entirety is extremely upset over his death. He will truly be missed. We will treasure the many fond and wonderful memories we all have of him. We appreciate all of the love and prayers from our family, friends, his colleagues and his adoring fans".




Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:26



Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Hoochie-Coochie-NewcastleThe North's premier soul club – Newcastle's famed HOOCHIE COOCHIE – has a tasty menu of top attractions lined up for the Christmas and New Year period....

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November sees Dimitri From Paris playing the venue. The acclaimed French DJ maestro will be playing great soul and dance from the last four decades. We're told tickets are selling fast as they are for the following Friday when Joey Negro takes to the decks for another night of soulful dance.

The music's live on Friday 12th December when UK soul and funk band, Brother Strut, take to the Hoochie Coochie stage. The band is made up of some of the UK's top session players who between them have played with people like Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Amy Winehosue, The Temptations and many more.

Newcastle's own Smoove & Turrell are in the Hoochie House on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th December returning to celebrate the release of their 3rd studio album 'Broken Toys'. The BIG, BIG Christmas show happens on Tuesday 23rd, when the club hosts the King Bee Christmas Party.

Attractions booked in for the early part of 2015 include Horse Meat Disco, Jocelyn Brown Kenny Thomas, Los Charlys Orchestra and Azymuth.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:05



Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Paul_Carrack_MainEveryone's favourite Brit blue-eyed soulster, PAUL CARRACK, is well into his annual UK tour. With a number of dates already under his belt, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch the charismatic Sheffield singer. This weekend Paul's in Guildford and Portsmouth; and the mammoth tour ends at Milton Keynes at the end of March 2015. In between, he's sure to be playing somewhere near you.

Paul's two hour show features his usual mix of Carrack originals and well-chosen soul covers – including versions of things like Bobby Bland's Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City', Ray Charles' 'You Don't Know Me' and the Drifters' 'When My Little Girl Is Smiling'. Naturally the set list also includes classics like Ace's 'How Long' and Mike and the Mechanics' 'Living Years' – songs on which Paul was the featured lead vocalist. Acknowledged show highlight, though, is a moving version of Gerry and the Pacemakers' 60s ballad 'Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying'.

For full details of the remaining tour dates go to . In the meantime our search engine archive (top right) will allow you to access a full review of his latest album, 'Rain Or Shine' and an-depth interview.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:05



Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

nsmileCurrently the hottest tune on the modern soul scene is 'Your Smile' by NEO. Neo of course, is French piano man Stephane d'Esposito and he penned the song with the vocalist Rudi Wilburn. The song first came out in 2005 but this year it won the attention of Gary Van den Bussche who runs the wonderful Disco Soul Gold organization which includes the boutique label DSG Records. So, Gary got his old mate Billy Freeman from Drizabone to remix 'Your Smile'. Big Bill retained the magic of the original but added those special, infectious Drizabone elements to the cocktail and the new version took the modern soul world by storm.

If you want more of 'Your Smile', the good news is that it's about to become available in two new mixes.

First up is CW's Soulful Mix. Slightly slowed down, this one will once again appeal to the sophisticated modern soul crowd. With a lush, spoken passage, the ambience is Barry White meets Lou Rawls ... and that can't be bad can it?

The second tweak – the 12 Shades Dirty Groove Mix – is a touch more experimental. Almost in soulful house territory, it features a loping bass line and some wonderful Donald Byrd style trumpet which creates an appealing, ethereal atmosphere.

Whatever mix you go for, you'll enjoy some classy, proper modern soul... find out more @ .

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:35



Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

GoodFootPackshotLondon's Soho continues to be a focal point for proper old-fashioned soul clubs and currently one of the hottest is Madame Jojo's where once a week ,wearing his DJ hat, SNOWBOY (Mark Cotgrove) spins proper old fashioned soul to a packed and appreciative audience at the GOOD FOOT club night. At the Good Foot the music is 60's soul, R&B, Latin and funk and Snowboy mixes the well-known with the less well known and the downright rare.

Ace imprint BGP has just released a wonderful 23 tracker that aims to recreate the sounds of the Good Foot night and it's stuffed with those magic and special sounds that made you fall in love with soul in the first place.

Amongst the gems on the album are Etta James' delightful 'Can't Shake It' ( a little known 1964 Chess side), the Brownettes' 'Baby Don't You Know' ( a James Brown-penned item from 1968), the Contours' 'Do The See Saw' (only released in 2011) and the Shirelles' 'Boys' (which, of course, the Beatles recorded for their first LP)


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:16




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