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MILLION DOLLAR WHITNEY

Monday, 24 August 2009 12:25 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MILLION DOLLAR WHITNEY

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S latest album is scheduled for October release and speculation has been rife about its direction … well, if the lead single is anything to go by 'I Look To You' will be a spectacular return to form for the one-time, all-conquering diva. That new single, you see, is a totally irresistible slab of pop/soul - 'Million Dollar Baby'. Tellingly, it's written by ALICIA KEYS and features a generous sample from LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY'S Salsoul classic 'We're Getting Stronger'. Reminiscent of WHITNEY'S modern soul classic 'Fine', it clearly shows that the lady can still cut it.

 

AT HOME WITH HALL

Monday, 24 August 2009 12:24 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

AT HOME WITH HALL

Inveterate web surfers might already have come across one of music's most fascinating sites - www.livefromdarylshouse.com . If you haven't let me enlighten you… The site is all down to DARYL HALL and over the last year or so he's been inviting musos over to his palatial place to join him for some food, drink, a bit of partying and lots of performing. He films it all and puts it all on the site for everybody to enjoy. So far the featured guests have included people like KT TUNSTALL, THE PLAIN WHITE Ts and his old buddy, JOHN OATES. Now for episode 22, he catches a real superstar - SMOKEY ROBINSON. SMOKEY seems delighted to be chez HALL and after lots of food (or so it seems) the pair work their way through classics like 'Being With You', 'Tears of A Clown' and much more. It's all good fun … the address, again, is www.livefromdarylshouse.com


 

MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MELBA AND PHIL ... TOGETHER

The Shanachie label has developed a great knack of persuading classic soul stars into the studio and right now they've just achieved a real coup by getting PHIL PERRY to record a whole album with MELBA MOORE. The LP - 'The Gift Of Love' - gets a late September release and it really is an old school soul classic, featuring covers of 'Optimistic', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and the SPINNERS' 'Sadie'. MOORE - who recently has been focusing on acting and recording her gospel albums - is delighted to be back to secular recording and is thrilled to be working with someone of PERRY'S calibre. Full review of 'The Gift Of Love' on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon


 

JOHNNY CARTER DIES ...

Saturday, 22 August 2009 05:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

JOHNNY CARTER DIES ...

JOHNNY CARTER, lead tenor with the DELLS, died on Friday 21st August - he was 76. CARTER passed away at the Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey Illinois and cause of death was given as lung cancer. Born in 1933, CARTER joined the DELLS in 1960 - replacing JOHNNY FUNCHES. Since then, the line up of the DELLS had remained constant and since CARTER'S diagnosis with cancer last August, the veteran group have refused to perform. By general consent, JOHNNY CARTER truly possessed one of soul's most distinctive voices and he was one of only a handful of artists to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice. He was honoured not only for his work with the DELLS but also for the role he played with seminal do-wop group the FLAMINGOS. TERRY STEWART CEO of the Hall Of Fame said "We have lost an incredible voice that graced two of the most significant vocal groups of all time". CARTER is survived by five daughter and several grandchildren

 

GEORGE BENSON - SPINNING SOME TALES

Wednesday, 19 August 2009 05:45 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

GEORGE BENSON - SPINNING SOME TALES

GEORGE BENSON has a new album out on 21st September called 'Songs And Stories' via Concord. The first album in three years from the 66-year-old Pittsburgh-born singer/guitarist, 'Song And Stories' is a star-studded affair produced by the redoubtable Marcus Miller - it features contributions from guitarists Lee Ritenour, Wah Wah Watson and Norman Brown as well as assistance from singers Lalah Hathaway and Patti Austin, saxophonists Tom Scott and Gerald Albright, keyboard maestro Greg Phillinganes and ex-Rufus drummer, John Robinson. The material includes soul-infused covers of James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,' Christopher Cross's 'Sailing' and Donny Hathaway's 'Someday We'll All Be Free,' and also features three new songs penned by veteran tunesmiths Lamont Dozier ('Living In High Definition'), Bill Withers ('A Telephone Call Away') and Rod Temperton ('Family Reunion').

Go to George Benson's website (www.georgebenson.com) to see video clips of 'The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories.'

Look out for a full review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com

 

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