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CUBA GOODING Sr DIES....

Friday, 21 April 2017 10:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCUBA GOODING SR, singer with the Main Ingredient and father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr, has died at the age of 72.

Reports say that Gooding was found dead in his car yesterday, Thursday 20th April in Woodland Hills, California. It was said that his body was slumped over the wheel of his Jaguar car and that there was no suspicion of foul play. However anonymous sources told the LA Times that drug paraphernalia and alcohol containers were found in the car.

Gooding was born in Harlem in April 1944 and we're told that he was named "Cuba" because his father, Dudley, had once lived on the island. Living just a few blocks away from the Apollo Theatre, young Cuba was drawn to music and in the mid 60s he reluctantly joined a vocal group, The Poets, with childhood friends Tony Sylvester, Luther Simmons Jr and Donald McPherson. "Reluctantly" because Gooding always harboured a desire to be a solo performer. Relegated to singing backgrounds, he left after the Poets (who'd recorded for Red Bird) morphed into The Insiders and signed with RCA.

The Insiders then became The Main Ingredient and scored hits like 'You're My Inspiration'. Sadly lead singer Donald McPherson died in 1971 and Cub Gooding returned as lead singer. With Gooding out front the Main Ingredient went on to enjoy their biggest hits.... 'Everybody Plays The Fool', 'Happiness Is Just Around the Bend' and 'Just Don't Want to Be Lonely'.

In 1977 Gooding signed a solo deal, with Motown but after a couple of moderately successful albums he rejoined the Main Ingredient in 1980.

Gooding's son Cuba Gooding Jr is an Oscar-winning actor who's appeared in films including 'Boyz 'N the Hood', 'A Few Good Men' and 'Jerry Maguire'.

The star had three other children with his wife Shirley Gooding: Omar and April, both of whom are also actors, and musician Tommy Gooding, who served as the musical director of his father's touring band.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 April 2017 10:45

 

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe first got to properly know TOM GLIDE around 2010 but since then the French retro soul man has earned himself quite a reputation as a purveyor of fine, classy, sophisticated modern soul. So every soul lover will be delighted to know that Monsieur Tommy is getting ready to release a full album.... May 5th, we think.

The long player is 'Divas Got Soul' which kind of suggests a set of songs fronted by a selection of top soulstresses. Already one of the album's tunes is causing delight throughout the modern soul world. It's the deliciously mellow, 'Old Skool Dayz' which features a sultry and soulful vocal from Chidi. The song's an unashamed slab of soul nostalgia. Set in 1979, people like Teddy P get a name check and there are memories of Sony Walkmen, roller boots and other 70s fripperies all over the place. They say there's no future in looking back, but, hey, it sure sounds good!

Interestingly, we're told that the 'Old Skool Dayz' single will only be released AFTER the album which, by the way, will be on Tom's own TGEE records. There will, though, be remixes from Ashley Beedle and the North Street crew and there will be a vinyl release too via Jo Wallace's Ramrock label.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:58

 

ARE YOU READY?

Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe oddly-named AFRISH are a new UK soul and funk band though the various members have been around for quite a while. Morgan Howell has been with Soulpersonna and Terry Lewis was a key member of Mama's Gun. The other players are Ben Edwards and Richie Beesley while the whole crew are marshalled by UK veteran muso Lee Murthwaite.

The band have just released their first single – a tasty slab of good 'ole jazz funk, 'We're Ready'. Released on Murthwaite's own SO-UK label, it's totally hypnotic and sure to become a big club fave; the beats are bob on and the brass figuring quite lovely.... there's a vocal mix on the way too. More about that when we have one!

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:59

 

ONE WAY PLEASE!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAs previously reported TITO JACKSON is putting the finishing touches to his album.... surprisingly, given his musical pedigree, his first solo set. The long player is to be called 'Tito Time' and was heralded by the single 'On My Way Home'... an unusual mix of soul and country flavours.

Tito's now just released a second single.... a gentle mid-tempo groove with a contemporary feel, 'One Way Street'. It augers well for the album which, we're told, features input from  Big Daddy Kane, Betty Wright, Jocelyn Brown, and 3T (Tito's sons, Taj, Taryll, and TJ)

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:38

 

KING KENI

Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK based soul man KENI STEVENS is currently at #1 in the UK Soul chart, Sweet Rhythms Chart, Colourful Radio Chart and Amazon R&B chart with his tasteful 'Out Of The Blue' long player. Released on Soul Chilli Records, the big tune is 'One Way Ticket To Love' – a duet with his daughter Jess Stevens. The track is now available as a single download via DSG. Though if you like these new fangled things called CDs and LPs Keni will be at the Soul Brother Record day bonanza this Saturday (see previous story) for a signing session at around 3 pm.

 

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