Friday, 18 May 2012 15:49 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

duckBassist DONALD 'DUCK' DUNN, anchor man with BOOKER T. & THE MG's, has died in Tokyo aged 70.

The MG's were, of course, the house band for Stax records and DUNN featured on almost every major hit cut in the Stax studios as well as featuring on the MG's' own records. He'd joined the band after original bassist LEWIS STEINBERG quit and stayed with them till the unit all but disintegrated in 1971

The bassist had been in the Japanese city to play a series of concerts as part of a Stax show, featuring MG's guitarist STEVE CROPPER and vocalist EDDIE FLOYD, and had played two gigs on Saturday night. CROPPER posted on his Facebook page that DUNN had died in his sleep on the morning of May 13. .He wrote: "Today I lost my best friend; the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live. DUCK DUNN died in his sleep Sunday morning in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club."

BOOKER T AND THE MGs were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. DUNN also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2007.





Friday, 18 May 2012 15:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

chuck-brown-deadCHUCK BROWN, leader of CHUCK BROWN AND THE SOUL SEARCHERS, who was affectionately known as "The Godfather of Go-Go" - the non-stop, hi-excitement soul style he developed in Washington -has died aged 75.

The singer is perhaps best remembered for his 1979 US hit 'Bustin' Loose (Part 1)', which was later sampled by the rapper NELLY on 'Hot in Herre'.

BROWN was a hugely influential figure on the Washington DC music scene. After his death on Wednesday, following his hospitalization for pneumonia, the Washington Post reported that his Go-Go anthems could be heard all over the city as hundreds gathered at the Soul Factory church and on the street that was named CHUCK BROWN WAY in 2009.Washington DC Mayor VINCENT GRAY was among those paying tribute. He said, "Go-go is DC's very own unique contribution to the world of pop music. Today is a very sad day for music lovers the world over."



Thursday, 17 May 2012 18:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

donnaDONNA SUMMER has died at the age of 63. She'd been fighting a long and private battle with cancer. Her family announced the sad news today – Thursday 17 May.

Born LADONNA ADRIAN GAINES, SUMMER broke into the music business in her early 20s as a backing singer for THREE DOG NIGHT. Her first hit, the controversial 'Love To Love You Baby', reached the No 2 spot on the Billboard charts in 1976. Then, through the rest of the 70s and into the 80s she was a regular visitor to the charts in the US and throughout Europe. Her music was aimed squarely at the disco floor but her committed delivery ensured she had a large fan base in the soul community too.

In her career Ms SUMMER won five Grammy and six American Music Awards and had three multi-platinum albums.

SUMMER had recently been living in Nashville, Tennessee. She had three daughters and four grandchildren. Her family released a statement saying they were "at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy".

Tributes to the singer have been fulsome. Amongst those paying their respects was DIONNE WARWICK who expressed her sadness at losing a great performer and "dear friend." WARWICK said in a statement: "My heart goes out to her husband and her children. Prayers will be said to keep them strong."



Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ivyIVY JO HUNTER, working with MICKEY STEVENSON, was part of one of Motown's most important song writing teams in the 60s. His writing credits include 'Just Ask The Lonely', 'I'll Always Love You', 'I'll Keep On Holding On' and, of course, 'Dancing In The Street'. Motown connoisseurs know that HUNTER was an artist too –recording stuff like 'I'd Still Love You' and 'I Remember When (Dedicated To Beverly)' for the VIP imprint.

After leaving Motown HUNTER formed the Probe 1 Production company in Detroit and through the 70s and 80s he produced a clutch of collectable recordings. He continued to make his own recordings too and he was also the lead vocalist on North By Northeast's 'Pain Of City Living'. You can catch the flavour of IVY JO'S post-Motown work on a brand new vinyl single from SOUL JUNCTION RECORDS. The 7" pairs the ultra catchy 1979 waxing 'See You Around' with a pleasing ballad, 'Yea, Yea, Yea'. Vocals throughout are soulfully superb, begging the question as to why he didn't really make that breakthrough at Motown. Still, 'See You Around' might compensate.... fitting the modern soul bill perfectly and destined to be a classic. Find out more @



Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

chakaWhen you're called CHAKA FRANKLIN there can only be one career path – soul music. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina CHAKA began treading that path at an early age singing in choirs and at school from the age of 4. After attending East Carolina university (where she was part of a vocal ensemble, ASHANTI) she began a career in Respiratory Therapy but continued to make music.

In 2011 she met producer DAVID ZIGGBYBLUE WATKINS at an Atlanta Talent showcase and he took Ms. FRANKLIN straight into the studio to record the dramatic ballad 'I'm 2 Good 4 U'. Featuring a guest vocal from AHMAL PARKER, it's a mix of old school soul sensitivities and new wave R&B. The single is currently available via all the usual internet outlets and you can learn more @

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