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COOL MILLION BACK FOR MORE

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COOL MILLION BACK FOR MORE

Top Euro modern soulsters COOL MILLION will soon be releasing their second full album - 'Back For More' - on their own Sed Soul Records. As an appetite wetter, they've just unleashed the title cut as a single. Featuring the vocals of EUGENE WILDE, the big retro groove is destined to become one of 2010's first big floor fillers. WILDE, of course, is best-known for tracks such like 'Gotta Get You Home Tonight', 'Don't Say No Tonight', 'Lately' and 'Personality'... now with Europe's coolest millionaires behind him, his career's set to bounce right back.

 

SHARON'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:04 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SHARON'S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

UK soul singer SHARON MUSGRAVE is possibly best known at the moment for her collaborations with JULIAN JOSEPH and WILLIAM ORBIT though she's also been an in-demand sessions singer and live backing vocalist listing gigs with, amongst others, DURAN DURAN and SIMPLY RED. Now working chiefly out of Canada, the lady is busy promoting her own solo career with two cuts available through i-tunes. 'Out Flow' reveals her penchant for the organic and acoustic, while 'Beautiful Music' is a very smooth soul number with just a hint of JILL SCOTT about it. Built around a great mid-tempo groove, modern soulsters could do worse than check it out - find out more at www.sharonmusgrave.com

 

KEKE KNOWS ...

Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:03 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

KEKE KNOWS ...

Shanachie Records get into 2010 with a brand new album on KEKE WYATT. The lady first broke through duetting with AVANT on 'My First Love' and she enjoyed major success with her debut album. But events conspired to hold back her career… till now that is. On February 23 KEKE will release her Shanachie Entertainment debut, 'Who Knew?' Like most modern soul/R&B albums the set boasts a long list of producers - including THE UNDERDOGS and TROY OLIVER. The first single will be the album's title cut while another highlight is a remake of RACHELLE FERRELL'S 'Peace On Earth'. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

TEDDY PENDERGRASS R.I.P.

Friday, 15 January 2010 05:13 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

TEDDY PENDERGRASS R.I.P.

The soul community is mourning the death of TEDDY PENDERGRASS, whose death from colon cancer was announced on Wednesday 13th January.
Born in Philadelphia, Pendergrass - who began his career as a drummer - rose to fame as the husky-voiced lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in the early 1970s. He fronted the group's huge Philadelphia International hits 'If You Don't Know Me By Now,' 'Wake Up Everybody,' and 'Bad Luck.'
In 1976, Pendergrass made his exit from the group to begin a solo career, which succeeded in transforming him into a sex symbol and yielded a slew of hits in the late '70s and early 1980s, including 'Close The Door,' 'Turn Off The Lights,' 'Love T.K.O.' and 'You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration.' In 1982, however, the singer's career suffered a seemingly catastrophic blow when he was paralysed in a car accident. But two years later, a determined Pendergrass - though confined to a wheelchair - made a miraculous return to the recording scene and US charts with a new label, Elektra/Asylum, which culminated with the US chart topper, 'Joy' in 1988.
Pendergrass stayed with Elektra until 1994 and three years later returned, albeit briefly, on Surefire Records for the US chart entries 'Don't Keep Wastin' My Time' and 'Give It To Me.'
From 1998 onwards, the singer affectionately dubbed 'Teddy Bear' by his fans, ceased recording and performing and in 2006 officially announced his retirement from the music business.
In 2009, it was revealed that Pendergrass was suffering from colon cancer and despite undergoing surgery he eventually succumbed to the disease.

 

WOODY CUNNINGHAM DIES

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WOODY CUNNINGHAM DIES

2010 has claimed its second major soul casualty. American news agencies are carrying the story of the death of soul veteran WOODY CUNNINGHAM. CUNNINGHAM, born in Baltimore, is maybe best known as the leader of '80s funk band, KLEEER. Not only was he the band's drummer but he also wrote and produced many of their songs and took on many of the vocals… some of which became familiar to the hip-hop generation through extensive sampling. Prior to KLEER, WOODY was an in-demand session player working for, amongst others, the Salsoul set up and LUTHER VANDROSS. In the '90s WOODY worked as a solo artist and was to enjoy a renaissance when he was contacted by Manchester's ANDY "MADHATTER" HOLMES who knew the esteem that CUNNINGHAM was held in on the UK modern soul scene. This led to the release of 'Oooh With You' in 1994 on Old English, a Manchester label. When he came to the U.K. to do some promotion, CUNNINGHAM went in the studio with producers HOLMES, STEVE CHRISTIAN, and SI BRAD to work on his solo debut album 'Never Say Never' … a classic set of '80s-style soul. It was released in 1997 by Expansion. His next album was 'Universal Love', and it showed a jazzier side to CUNNINGHAM'S artistry. That CD was also released on Expansion though more recently WOODY had been working with PHIL DRIVER'S UK-based Soul Unsigned set up offering a wonderful remix of 'Never Say Never' for that label's Contemporary Soul Songbook Volume

 

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