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COMPETITION WINNERS

Monday, 15 February 2010 15:16 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COMPETITION WINNERS

The winners of our MARVIN GAYE competition were -
BERNARD JENNINGS of Reading, KEVIN MURRAY of Wirral and GRAHAM ROBERTS of Great Yarmouth…..
Congrats to them and, of course, commiserations to all the other entrants. The competition drew our biggest response yet…. Watch out for more competitions very soon.
The answer to the question about the duettist on 'If This World Were Mine' was TAMMI TERRELL… we'll make the question harder next time.

 

BIG bbe TRIO

Tuesday, 09 February 2010 05:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BIG bbe TRIO

bbe Records have just launched three truly spectacular compilations that real soul fans should check out pronto. First up there's 'Lost And Found' - a big 28 tracker with the first 15 cuts chosen by KEB DARGE and the rest by PAUL WELLER. The selections are soulfully eclectic and featured artists include THE TEMPOS, BIG MAMA THORNTON, TAMMI TERRELL and MARGIE JOSEPH. There's also THE RADIANTS, THE DELLS and MAJOR LANCE …'nuff said. The second bbe set is down to DJ SPINNA. 'The Boogie Back' is a tribute to the great soulful dance music of the 80s and features SOUTH BRONX, FOXY, MTUME, WAR and more … and you can enjoy it mixed or unmixed. The same applies to the label's third compilation - 'Disco Love'. Here the picker and mixer is AL KENT (no not THAT one) and his particular focus is the 70s… and though things like CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC'S 'Love Your Family' aren't specifically disco, they are meant to make you dance! Full reviews on all three sets on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon. For more info go to www.bbemusic.com

 

ROBERT "SQUIRREL" LESTER DIES

Monday, 08 February 2010 13:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ROBERT

ROBERT 'SQUIRREL' LESTER of THE CHI-LITES died on January 22 aged 67. LESTER, who was born in McComb, Mississippi on August 16, 1942, had been in the group for over 40 years and was a founding member. THE CHI-LITES- formed from two doo-wop outfits - had been performing and recording long before their big break through in 1968 with 'Give It Away'. Then, during the early seventies - led by EUGENE RECORD - the outfit enjoyed a prolonged spell at the top with releases like 'Oh Girl' and 'Have You Seen Her' becoming long-term pop/soul classics. In the late seventies their label, Brunswick, was beset by financial problems and RECORD quit but LESTER kept the band going and they went on to record for Mercury before calling it a day. Then in 1980 the original foursome - RECORD, LESTER, MARSHALL THOMPSON and RED JONES got back together and pacted with Chi-Sound. Since then the line-up changed regularly and the band drifted from label to label but LESTER remained a constant. MARSHALL THOMPSON, this week, posted the following announcement -
"Today I am mourning the loss of my dear partner and friend, Robert 'Squirrel' Lester. He and I have been performing together for the past 50 years and now I am facing the reality that my friend has left me behind. I pray for peace to his family, friends and to each of you. I also ask that you include me in your prayers as I attempt to accept his passing, knowing that after a short illness, he is no longer suffering and has made his final journey. He will remain in my heart and can never be replaced."

 

SOUL UNSIGNED ... ONE SHOW OFF ... ONE SHOW ON

Friday, 05 February 2010 15:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL UNSIGNED ... ONE SHOW OFF ... ONE SHOW ON

For circumstances beyond everybody's control, Soul Unsigned's live soul spectacular at London's Piazza On The Park on Friday 26th February has been postponed. The evening which was to showcase J FUNK and RICHARD ALEXANDER DAVIS will be rescheduled later in the year. However, one party that WILL happen is the launch show for the label's new Jump Start compilation. That happens on Sunday February 21st at London's 'The Surgery' @ East Village, EC2. Album complier GINGER TONY will be on hand along with stalwarts BOB JONES and MARK WEBSTER. It runs from 14.00 though to 23.00 and entry is free. There are full details on www.soulunsigned.com

 

EVERETTE BACK TO HIS FIRST LOVE

Monday, 01 February 2010 14:58 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

EVERETTE BACK TO HIS FIRST LOVE

After many years at the top of smooth jazz tree, in-demand sax player EVERETTE HARP has returned to what he calls his 'Fist Love'… "proper jazz". In the sleeve notes HARP writes about getting back to the music he grew up with - stuff like JOHN COLTRANE'S 'Soul Trane' and DAVE BRUBECK'S 'Time Out'. So he and producer GEORGE DUKE assembled a top band (including DWIGHT SILLS, LENNY CASTRO MICHAEL PATCHES STEWART and REGGIE YOUNG) and set to work. The result is the acclaimed 10 tracker, 'First Love' whose highlights include covers of COLTRANE'S 'Central Park West', the GERSHWIN'S 'Our Love Is Here To Stay' and a DUKE/HARP collaboration, 'TEXAS GROVE' - which has a real feel of classic CRUSADERS about it. EVERETTE HARP'S 'First Love' is out now on Shanachie Records.

 

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