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NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

Thursday, 03 April 2008 03:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NANCY WILSON TAKEN ILL

A year after grabbing a Grammy for her last album 'Turn To Blue' - and 52 years on from her recording debut for Dot Records back in 1956 - the legendary jazz chanteuse NANCY WILSON suffered a collapsed lung on Monday 31st March. The 71-year-old singer was hospitalised as a result and has had her lung re-inflated. Between 1962 and 1994, Ohio-raised Wilson enjoyed a string of US R&B hits, including 'You're As Right As Rain,' a Top 10 smash on Capitol Records in 1974. It's hoped that she will make a full recovery.


 

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 09:51 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SEAN LEVERT DIES...

The run of sad news for the LEVERT family continues with the announcement of the death of SEAN LEVERT at the age of 39. SEAN, it seems, had just begun a jail sentence for non-payment of child maintenance for his three children. He was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio when on Monday, 31st April and known to be suffering from high blood pressure, he began hallucinating. He was rushed to Cleveland's Lutheran Hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy was inconclusive, but foul play has been ruled out and toxicology reports are currently being carried out. It is alleged that SEAN had been a marijuana addict since his early teens. His passing comes in the wake of the premature death of his brother GERALD in 2006. With GERALD and MARC GORDON and performing as LEVERT, SEAN had enjoyed hits in the late 80s, the best known possibly being 'Casanova' though soul fans will probably remember 'Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop Goes My Mind' with more affection. GERALD and SEAN, of course, were sons of the legendary O'JAYS' vocalist EDDIE LEVERT who is said to be devastated by the news. On behalf of the family a spokesperson issued a statement thanking people for their condolences and stating that Sean was "a man of strong character with a real zest for life". Prior to his imprisonment, Sean was trying to revive LEVERT with new partners.

 

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

Wednesday, 02 April 2008 07:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

NEW LALAH HATHAWAY ALBUM and DONNY HATHAWAY BOOK

LALAH HATHAWAY - the 39 year-old daughter of legendary soul singer, DONNY HATHAWAY - releases her fourth solo album, 'Self Portrait,' in June on Stax Records. The follow-up to 2004's well-regarded long player 'Outrun The Sky,' it comprises twelve self-penned songs and features cameos from singer, Rahsaan Patterson, and ex-Miles Davis bass player, Marcus Miller.
Fans of Lalah's father, Donny, might be interested to know that there's a new book out focusing on the singer's life and music. It's not a standard biography though - rather, it's an ambitious collection of prose poems by ED PAVLIC entitled 'WINNERS HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED - A SONG FOR DONNY HATHAWAY.' It's published by The University of Georgia Press and priced at $19.95.

 

IMPRESSIVE DVD

Tuesday, 25 March 2008 12:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IMPRESSIVE DVD

It's an incredible fifty years since the fabulous IMPRESSIONS first came together, and to celebrate, award-winning DVD company Reelin' In The Years Productions are releasing a wonderful collection highlighting some of the veteran group's most memorable moments. Entitled 'Movin' On Up - The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield' , the set features over twenty archive clips showing first the IMPRESSIONS, and then MAYFIELD as a solo artist performing a host of their classic titles including 'It's All Right', 'I Need You', 'We're A Winner', 'Superfly' and 'The Makings Of You'. What's more, the performances are linked with exclusive interviews with remaining IMPRESSIONS SAM GOODEN and FRED CASH, the group's producer JOHNNY PATE, MAYFIELD'S widow ALTHEIDA and - most tellingly - Civil Rights Leader ANDREW YOUNG who relates how important the music of MAYFIELD was to the whole Civil Rights Movement. PUBLIC ENEMY'S CHUCK D is also featured talking about the contemporary relevance of the IMPRESSIONS, and to complete the package there's a 28 page booklet which includes rare photos and extensive essays. For a comprehensive review, go to our REVIEWS pages.

 

INDIE SINGLES

Friday, 21 March 2008 13:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INDIE SINGLES

For those who collect indie soul singles there's some decent ones around at the moment. One that's already causing quite a stir is 'Tonight' from an unknown called PEO - though the label adds 'featuring MIRIJAM' We're none the wiser, but the tune's a nifty little dancer that's right on the modern room groove. With hints of classic Drizabone, a lovely piano, swirling strings, a rumbling bass and a cute vocal, the cut's a real sweetie. www.soulwalking.co.uk main man TOBY WALKER put us onto this oneā€¦ the label's Sundae Soul, by the way, and it's available through www.juno.com . CD Baby, though, is the place to pick up POOKIE LANE'S 'Southern Woman' - the lead cut from the one time gospel star's about-to-be-released debut album. The song's a real old fashioned slab of soul and vocally POOKIE has all the gritty attack of ALI OLI WOODSON - no wonder he's toured with DENNIS EDWARDS' version of the TEMPTATIONS. Finally, more of an EP than a single is 'Step Baby' from CORNELIUS MD. On the four-tracker CORNELIUS comes across like a poor man's BARRY WHITE, though the crisp title cut and 'Work That Neck' might get some toes tapping. www.soulchoonz.com is the place to check that one out.

 

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