Soul And / Or Related Artists

'here is the (older) news...'


an apology

On this page I wrote that Bobby Martin had died. Indeed he had, although the Bobby Martin concerned was a member of the Martiniques and not the picture of Bobby Eli that I added, like the idiot I can be from time to time! My apologies to Bobby Eli, who I know is a site visitor. Really sorry my friend for any upset I may have caused. Off to sit in the corner with a dunces hat on now!!

marvin dvd hits the streets

Marvin Gaye DVD

This Marvin Gaye DVD is absolutely lovely. Something about the Revolver Group, who issue these things, is they seem to know how to capture certain essential moments in these artists careers. They have a Stevie Wonder DVD on hold right now, that is another masterpiece. The one real sadness, about this DVD, is the footage of Marvin with Tammi Terrell, as it was taken 3 years before her passing. There are some lovely moments, interspersed with with television interviews, that are simply lovely to delve into visually. There was something very melancholic about the man. Almost humbling himself before the audience or interviewer. He gives credit to his late brother Frankie for his Vietnam reflections, respectfully regarding the 'What's Going On' sessions. Shame that the man could still be within our midst, however, as he descibed himself, he ws a 'troubled man'. A great DVD. Lovely footage (especially the Tammi Terrell material...loved the outfit, Tammi). Check Amazon for a copy. Great birthday present for anyone, who has the slightest interest in this convaluted genre.

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sly stone is back!

Sly Stone

Sly Stone is making a comeback. Here is part of an e-mail I received from his younger sister:

'Since the 2006 Grammies, where Sly reappeared in the public eye, people have been ignited and intrigued by Sly and his new music. Where is he going? What new music is he creating? Will he return with the Family Stone?

If you would like to see what Sly Stone is REALLY up to, you can check out his new OFFICIAL website at This site has the latest news and goings-on for Sly and the Family Stone'.

Now that is news. Below is his official website for further information.

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angela bofill is unwell

Angela Bofill

I received in this disturbing news via Ronn Matlock today:

The 'Angel of the Night,' singer Angela Bofill is paralyzed on her left side following a stroke suffered on Jan. 10, her manager Rich Engel told us. Bofill is convalescing is at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA.

Bofill, 51, was released from intensive care on Sunday (Jan. 15) and will require speech and physical therapy, Engel said. 'A benefit concert has been organized to pay her hospital bills, as Bofill did not carry health insurance. The show, planned by Engel along with N.Y. radio stations Kiss FM, and CD 101.9, will be held on March 11th at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. Similar events are being planned for Detroit and Los Angeles, Engel said. We spoke with David Nathan of the R & B Foundation, who informed us that Bofill may just qualify for sorely need aid aid from the organization. He says that the wheels are grinding and if all goes well, she will receive assistance with medical bills ASAP.'

Meanwhile, well wishes and donations from fans should be sent to Live At Night, P.O. Box 1140, Maplewood, N.J. 07040. Engel asks that checks be made payable directly to 'Angela Bofill'.

I am sure we all wish her well.

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sad news regarding michael brecker...maybe someone out there?

Michael Brecker

Please check this link regarding Michael Brecker's state of health:

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news on Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell


Dome Records artist Brenda Russell is thrilled that Oprah Winfrey has now become the leading producer of the Broadway run of Brenda’s new musical version of The Colour Purple.

Music and lyrics for the show are written by Brenda with Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and the show opens at the Broadway Theatre on December 1.

One of the show’s key songs “What About Love?” is being recorded as a duet by Jill Scott and Patti Labelle.

Further information: Santosh Robinson 020 8748 4499

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Emmett North Jnr

Emmett North Jnr

'Smooth jazz / r & b guitarist/singer/recording artist 'Emmett North Jr.' seeking representation, manager and booking agent, he can travel and has performed exstensively in many cities in the UK., Helsinki, Finland,Belgium, Holland and Palermo,Sicily as a solo performer. His released recordings are five albums and three maxi's. 'Emmett' is also former guitarist for Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Berry and many others. You can contact him,hear music samples, see bio, video clips and photos at: (, email him at: (, will perform jazz fest,jazz / r & b clubs, colleges and corporate affairs. Please reply if you can be of any assistance, sincerely & musicallly, spokesperson Valery Meyer for 'Emmett North Jr.' and staff.

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new Ray Charles DVD

Ray Charles DVD

What is there not to like about Ray Charles? His gentle misdemeanour was always quite captivating and is beautifully highlighted by this fine double DVD set. What the viewer, actually, gets are Brother Ray's 3 visits, guesting on the Dick Cavett Show, broadcast in the early Seventies. The whole shows are included, thus a couple of times you have watch a couple of other guests, however, Ray takes the lions share of the proceedings. Dick Cavett and Ray had an obvious chemistry going on, which is highly amusing at times, especially when Cavett duets with the genius. Dick has a terrible voice, a fact that he plays on and things become highly amusing. Ray works his way through 'Georgia On My Mind', 'Born To Lose' and 'I Can't Stop Loving You' amongst others. Cavett reminisces about his friendship with Ray at the end of this set, quite touchingly. Ray is frank about his life and talks about his drug addition, his poor childhood, amongst other topics. A very nice set that is accompanied by a glossy booklet. Now with Christmas only a couple of months away........

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more new orleans / hurricane katrina - a new charity release

While not initially conceived as a benefit recording, in the time since the tracks for I Believe to My Soul were recorded in June of 2005, tremendous devastation has struck the U.S. Gulf Coast -home of two of the featured artists on I Believe to My Soul, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. In Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music, Rhino and Work Song and will donate $10 of the purchase price of every CD sold to aid in the region's recovery. In all other retail channels in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music and Rhino and Work Song will donate $3 of the purchase price of every CD sold. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross (according to the country in which the CD was purchased) to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This donation will continue for the lifetime of the CD
and is in addition to Starbucks Coffee Company's long-term relief and recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

As part of its long-term commitment to aid the relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, Starbucks Coffee Company made an initial commitment of $5 million over five years to impacted U.S. Gulf Coast communities. The Company has designated the American Red Cross as the recipient of its initial $1 million contribution. In addition to its financial commitment, Starbucks is working closely with the American Red Cross relief effort, as well as Emergency Operations Centers and Federal Emergency Management Agency in the impacted areas. To date, the Company has donated more than 30,000 pounds of ground coffee; 235,000 bottles of EthosTM Water; and 9,600 bottled TazoR drinks; and 44,000 pastries to support them in their endeavors.

Thanks To Andrew Warren @ Special Ops Media

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new orleans / hurricane katrina / help!

U.S. Red Cross

I don't normally post e-mails at the site, but I am making an exception in this case.

'I am DESPERATELY trying to find friends that hopefully evacuated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. They are the Aunt-in-law, cousin-in-law, etc., of Marlon Jackson. If you can possibly get in touch with him, would you PLEASE find out if he knows anything about the safety and whereabouts of Patricia and Al Parker, Alva and Ken and, most of all, dear Mrs. Virginia Johnson. PLEASE help me to get some news of / to them. I don't have to be in direct contact with Marlon. Just want info or want this passed on to any of these people to telephone me at 281-293-7576 or e-mail If Marlon needs any verification of authenticity, I have pictures of he and wife with Mrs. Virginia in her Ferncrest Manor nursing home room in New Orleans that I copied and made larger and put on Mrs. V's wall so she could see them better. My mother was her roommate and we love all of this family of wonderful people. Thank you VERY much for any help. Linda Moorehead'

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don-e signs to dome records

Don E

After a long absence from recording as a solo artist, one of the UK's most talented urban artists DON-E has signed a deal with Dome to release his new self-produced album 'Try This'.

The South London-based artist-producer, signed to Island in the Nineties, has guest vocals from Omar on "No Reason", with Midlands newcomer Lornette Ford duetting on the first single "Slow!" "All We Need" features a cameo from UK rapper Grim.

A hidden bonus track "UK Black" pays homage to the many UK artists who have made their mark from the Seventies to the present day.

In recent years Don, who owns his own studio in South London, has been focussing primarily on writing and producing with such artists as Shaun Escoffrey, Mica Paris, Lynden David Hall, Beverley Knight, Grace Jones, Avani and Rahsaan Patterson.

He recently returned from a US tour guesting with Omar and has also played a number of dates with Grace Jones.

Dome release the new album on October 3, and there will be live dates to accompany the release.

Further information: SANTOSH ROBINSON
020 8748 4499

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eddie kendricks artwork

eddie kendricks

There's going to be a free exhibit of original artwork at The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. One of the pieces is the original artwork from one of the Eddie Kendricks's album covers. The exhibit runs from July 31st to October 9th.

Bonnie Quintanilla
Skilset Communications

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sad news regarding norman whitfield

Norman Whitfield

Motown producer sentenced on tax violation in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) - Leading Motown Records producer Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote such R&B classics as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," was sentenced on Monday to six months of home detention for failure to file U.S. income tax returns.
Whitfield admitted in a guilty plea in January that he had deliberately neglected to report to the Internal Revenue Service more than $4 million in songwriting royalties he earned from 1995 through 1999.
He originally was charged with five counts of willful failure to file an income tax return, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in prison.
But Whitfield pleaded guilty to a single count under an agreement with federal prosecutors and made restitution on the $956,000 in taxes he owed the government, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kwan.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson agreed to allow the 65-year-old songwriter to serve his six months of incarceration under home confinement, rather than in prison, after doctors confirmed that Whitfield suffered from a kidney ailment and other health problems, Kwan said.
Whitfield will be placed on probation for a year after his home detention is completed.
The Grammy-winning hit-maker was inducted last year into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with lyricist Barrett Strong, his longtime collaborator at Motown.
The New York-born Whitfield, who ended up in Detroit as a teenager in the 1960s after his father's car broke down there, is widely credited as an architect of the Motown Sound and pioneer of the sub-genre of R&B that came to be known as "psychedelic soul."
A member of Motown founder Berry Gordy's "quality control department," which decided which songs the label released, Whitfield served as the principal producer for The Temptations from 1966 until 1974.
He co-wrote and produced such hits "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Cloud Nine," "I Can't Get Next to You" and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)."
But he is perhaps best known for his work with Strong on "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," which was first released by Gladys Knight & the Pips before Marvin Gaye turned it into a blockbuster hit for Motown in December 1968.
Whitfield left Motown in 1975 to form his own label, Whitfield Records, which scored a smash hit with Rose Royce's "Car Wash," the title song to the 1976 film that featured Richard Pryor and the Pointer Sisters.

Reporting by Steve Gorman, editing by Stacey Joyce

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stevie wonder in an exclusive interview in uncut magazine

Uncut magazine

In a world exclusive interview he talks publicly for the first time in a decade about his stint as Motown's boy genius, his groundbreaking 70s albums and his superb comeback LP.

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angela johnson has a new album

Angela Johnson

New York singer-songwriter-producer ANGELA JOHNSON returns to the UK for live dates with her band, to coincide with the release of her second Dome album ‘Got To Let It Go’ on June 6. Angela, who won many fans with her debut album ‘They Don’t Know’ and her appearances at two successive Jazz FM Soul Weekenders, plays London’s Jazz Café on June 6 and Club One, Ascot on June 8. Other UK and European shows are being finalised. Advance tickets for the Jazz Café (£17.50) can be purchased from or by calling: 0870 060 3777 (standing tickets), restaurant reservations: 020 7534 6955. For Club One, ticket price is £15.00 contact: 01344 875123. A classically trained pianist and violinist, Angela has recently been writing and recording with a variety of other artists, including Rahsaan Patterson, Laurnea and Deni Hines, as well as writing and featuring as a guest vocalist with Reel People. A 4-track vinyl sampler will accompany the album release. Further information: Santosh Robinson - 020 8748 4499 Santosh Robinson Dome Records Ltd 59 Glenthorne Road Hammersmith London W6 0LJ

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new 'soul discovery' internet soul show

Soul Discovery

Crossover, Modern, Deep, Upfront + Forgotten Gems.
Everything from the world of Jazz old & new
Choice Movers for March:
Lee Morris 'I can’t believe you’re loving me' (Lee & Co.)
Edwynn Page 'Are you somebody’s girl' (2/hot)
Dirtysoul 'Love Grow' (HS)

Check this link:

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candi staton performs at the jazz cafe in london

Candi Staton

Candi Staton - Live

WHERE: Jazz Café - 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1
WHEN: Wednesday April 27th 2005 9pm - 1am
TICKETS: £17.50 Box office: 020 7344 0044

Famed for her disco anthem 'Young Hearts Run Free', three times Grammy nominated Southern Soul and Disco diva Candi Staton plays a one-off Jazz Cafe show.

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conya doss performs at the jazz cafe in london

Conya Doss


Conya Doss, the Cleveland, Ohio-based R & B / soul singer-songwriter, who made her debut on record in 2002 with ‘A Poem About Ms Doss’, is to visit the UK in March for a show at the Jazz Café, London.

Conya, whose second album ‘Just Because’ has just been released by Dome, will be supported by New York soul star Myron, who produced three tracks on the new album. He will also act as Conya’s musical director onstage.

DJ Jazzy Jeff has described Conya as “A whole lot of soul in a beautiful package…a must hear”

The Jazz Café show is on March 29, with advance tickets priced at £15 (£18 on the door) from the usual outlets.

Further information: Santosh Robinson Dome Records 020 8748 4499

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Soul Classics

I was contacted by a nice woman called Sarah, who works for a company called Quite Great. That company are handling the PR for this lovely double CD release entitled 'Soul Classics'. Sarah has very kindly offered to send one of 3 CD's to three lucky winners, of this absolute set of, well......Soul Classics! Perfect present for a friend this Christmas, or for your own stereo. Every track you will know and love. So, if your old vinyl versions of these tunes have seen better days, then why not test your knowledge, and see what transpires. Firstly, here is the tracklistings:

CD 1
01 Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer For You
02 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
03 Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
04 Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
05 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears
06 The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart Of Mine
07 Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin'
08 The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
09 The Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
10 The Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
11 Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
12 Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
13 Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - You're AlI I Need To Get By
14 James Brown - It's A Man's Man's Man's World
13 Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
16 Gladys Knight & The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night
17 Commodores - Three Times A Lady
18 Barry White - You're The First, The Last, My Everything
19 Billy Paul - Me And Mrs. Jones
20 The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
21 Jr. Walker And The All Stars - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
22 Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair
23 Edwin Starr - War
01 Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
02 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown
03 The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love
04 The Temptations - Get Ready
05 The Four Tops - Bernadette
06 Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling
07 Martha Reeves And The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
08 Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
09 The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
10 Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
11 Michael Jackson - Got To Be There
12 Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
13 Sly & The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
14 Freda Payne - Band Of Gold
15 Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
16 Commodores - Easy
17 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now
18 Irma Franklin - Take A Little Piece Of My Heart
19 Ben E. King - Stand By Me
20 Al Green - Let's Stay Together
21 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston - It Takes Two
22 The Temptations - My Girl
23 The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her
24 Mary Wells - My Guy
25 The Supremes - Stoned Love

Some great sides there. As it is that festive time of the year, I won't make the questions too taxing. O.K. here goes:

a) Who recorded the original version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. (Looking for a female singer and not an original cylinder version from 1921! LOL! A clue is, she has a track on this set)

b) Name one of the three songwriters who penned 'Stop, In The Name Of Love'

c) Name one of the artists here who duetted on an album release alongside the artist Blinky.

Not too hard. Use the search engine at the site if you need a little help. If you e-mail me the answers, I will file them and get my daughter to draw the names out of a hat on the on the 19th of December (Sunday here). Therefore the final entries will need to be in by end of play on the 18th. I will e-mail Sarah the winners names and addresses (don't forget to include those with your answers) and, post allowing, you should receive the music before the 25th December. (later outside the U.K., possibly, In that case...Happy New Year!) Two weeks, so good luck and have a great holiday season!

The Winners are:

Roman Strobl in Austria

Sean Belyeu in Ohio

and Rob Orchard the U.K.

Well done to everyone who entered the competition. Absolutely no-one got the question incorrect, so if nothing else, you can all walk down the street with your head held high! Have a very Happy Christmas, and thanks for coming to the site in the first place. Well done to the winners.

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new dvd from a 1963 concert in brazil by brother ray charles

Ray Charles DVD

I was contacted by the people who are marketing this DVD. Brother Ray's passing was one of the lowest points within Black Music this year. I was a child of the Sixties and many events bring back powerful memories. Kennedy's assasination, followed by his brothers and Martin Luther King's. Then there was the killing of Malcolm X, along with the Black Power protests at the 1968 Olympics. Interesting times.

Occasionally, something takes you back to those days. Lot of bad stuff going down, but a lot of positives as well. If you look at this moment in time, it is really quite stunning. This DVD is a 'must have' if you are into Ray Charles' music in any way. The band and background singing is quite superb. The whole experience, in watching this DVD, was very moving. As they say in footballing terms, this is very much a game of two halves. Two concerts. The first section is what hit home for this watcher. What a great artist we lost this year. An innovator. Do go and buy this DVD for Christmas. It is a simply lovely way to look back on a genius. As they say in the song....'which nobody can deny' on the image for more details, and, by the way, make sure your DVD player is a multi region one. My I-Mac asked me which region I wanted to view this on, so I used the main machine in my living room. Do persevere, however, this is wonderful, wonderful footage.

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new album by the chestnut brothers for 2005

Chestnut Brothers

Coming soon in early 2005, is a new 'Soulful / Contemporary R & B' full-length album by The Chestnut Brothers, featuring a remix of their popular song, 'Whole Lotta You In Me'. The album will be released on the Abdul 215 Entertainment imprint.

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new albums by enchantment, linda stokes and deniece williams on the way

Michael Stokes

The producer and songwriter, Michael Stokes e-mailed me and informed me of a couple of very interesting projects he has on the way. Apart from working on Smokey Robinson's latest release, he is working with his wife, Linda (Magic Lady) on a new album, along with new sets from Deniece Williams and the excellent Enchantment. Michael is sending me some of this new material. When it arrives, I will post it at the site. Michael is an unsung hero of Soul Music in my humble opinion. Check out his page at the site:

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tyrone davis is in a coma

Tyrone Davis

Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites e-mailed me this news yesterday (14th September 2004):

'I want to ask everyone to please start a prayer line for a friend and long time buddy Tyrone "Can I Change My Mind" Davis who is in the hospital at MICU in Chicago.
Tyrone has suffered a stroke and possible MI. (Heart attack) and may have had a second stroke while in the hospital.
I have talked to his wife and she has informed me that he is unconscious at this time but vital sign are stable. So I ask you all to take a moment and say a pray that GOD will take care of him in his hour of need. Thank you God Bless'

Let us hope that the man makes a full recovery.

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best disco in town dvd release and forthcoming shows

Best Disco In Town

Recently, I was sent this new DVD release of a concert entitled 'The Best Disco In Town', which pays homage to the old Capital Radio gigs of the Eighties, I guess. I must admit at being a little wary of releases such as these, mainly because, in some ways it patronises the artists somewhat and they sometimes appear to be a shadow of their former selves. This DVD was a lovely surprise. The audience was comprised of mainly 'thirty somethings', who had been there at that time, and was held at Wembley Arena in 2003. It was great to see Kid Creole strutting his stuff to many of the classic hits of that great band. Really took me back in time. Now I recall where Jim Carrey got the idea for the outfits for the film 'The Mask'! One thing that really struck me was the tightness of each of the backing bands. The sound quality is quite excellent with every act here. All the musicians involved were quite magnificent. Rose Royce's performance was particularly highly polished. Howard Hewett, of Shalamar, can sing any of the newer Soul Singers into oblivion. He is a genius in my humble opinion, whilst Jeffrey Daniels can still do the moonwalk to perfection. Tavares and the Real Thing were quite excellent, however, the group who stole the day, sorry evening, for me were Chic. Nile Rogers has discovered two real gems of singers in Sylver Sharp and Jessica Wagner. These women have fantastic voices, highly disciplined and Soulful. There is a second DVD that accompanies the concert disc, that has background material relating to the show. All in all, a lovely surprise and worth adding to your music shelves. Nicely filmed, great sound and thoroughly enjoyable.

2004 sees the return of this concert, including Chic again, along with the Pointer Sisters, Candi Staton, The fantastic Emotions, The Three Degrees, Evelyn King and Boney M. Something for everyone there. The shows are in October.

Check the site at: or call freephone 0800 328 9623 for a copy.

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marlon saunders and n'dambi upcoming gigs from soul brother records

Marlon SaundersN'Dambi

Marlon Saunders & N'Dambi Live @ The Jazz Cafe in July Marlon Saunders- Jazz Café, 24th July 2004.

Marlon whose voice graced Jazzhole's selection on 'Organic Soul 3' launched has brilliant debut 'Enter My Mind'.

The album remains one of the best of last year. His cool soulful delivery is matched by songs with a story to tell & hooks large enough to catch Jaws. His exuberant live performances wowed audiences in the UK in November.

'Enter My Mind' Marlon's debut solo album is available from Soul Brother Records * Note. Tickets for Marlon's show will also include free entry to the club night which follows directly after his gig.

Andy Smith presents Northern Soul. For more details log onto

N'Dambi - Jazz Café, 29th July 2004

N'dambi is truly one of Soul undiscovered gems. Ex collaborator of Erykah Badu, she combines a deep soulfulness and lyrical astuteness with an engaging vulnerability. Her jazzy overtones combine with influences from church, blues, and greats like Nina Simone. She is one of Soul's superstars in waiting. Her latest album 'Tuning Up & Cosignin' on CD & vinyl (last few) recorded live in the studio is a masterpiece. 'Tunin' Up & Cosignin', N'dambi's great second album is available from Soul Brother Records.

Tickets for both of these unmissable shows are available from Soul Brother us on 020 8875 1018 or email

Soul Brother Records, 1 Keswick Road, East Putney, London, SW15. (U.K. telephone number 07000 768 527)

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lamont dozier interview

Lamont Dozier

This coming Saturday, 17th July 2004, on the Kev Roberts Solar Radio Show, Kev is playing some of the conversation that Charles Waring (Blues and Soul) and myself had with the great man. The photo above I took of Lamont after our chat. Kev's show goes out between 10 a.m. and midday U.K. time. He was absolutely fascinating, so do check Kev's excellent show. It is worth checking out each week. The music is of the highest quality and Kev interviews some of the real Soul greats. URL below:

Solar Radio

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swing out sister album due

Swing Out Sister

The excellent new Swing Out Sister album is now finally going to see a U.K. release on the 26th of July 2004. I can't recommend this album enough. Their best yet. Already receiving airplay on Peter Young's Jazz FM show, Richard Searlings show and Kev Roberts Solar show.

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televised motown event



Hosted by Lionel Richie and Comedian Cedric The Entertainer

Two Hours of Non-Stop Music to Include Performances by Motown Legends and Contemporary Superstars

The ABC Television Network will air an event special celebrating the greatest hits of Motown Records with “Motown 45”. The special was filmed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 4, and will air May 17th on ABC.

Among the artists scheduled to perform, thus far, are Erykah Badu, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Wayne Brady, The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, Macy Gray, Gladys Knight, India.Arie, Nick Lachey, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Kelly Rowland, Joss Stone, Raven Symone, The Temptations, and Vanessa Williams.

“Unlike past Motown anniversary specials, this is not a history lesson,” said Mr. Hamlin. “There are no awards, speeches, tributes or clip packages. Instead, a constantly rotating pattern of live performance from multiple stages will ensure that the music virtually never stops.”

Among the classic songs to be performed are: “Please Mr. Postman,” which was the label’s first number one hit in 1961, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Dancing In the Streets,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “It Takes Two,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Sir Duke,” “Superstition,” “What’s Going On,” “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and many more, as well as medleys by The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr., Motown Records produced dozens of #1 hit singles and was the soundtrack for an entire generation. Several of the hits to be performed on “Motown 45” can be found on the upcoming CD, Motown: #1’s, a digitally remastered compilation of 24 of the label’s most popular hits, sung by the artists that made them famous. Motown: #1’s will be released on April 20.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Negro College Fund.

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the legendary caister soul weekender is a quarter of a century old!

Caister Flyer 1Caister Flyer 2

The Caister Soul Weekend, the original soul music weekender event, reaches its 25th anniversary next month and will celebrate the event at the traditional Caister home - Vauxhall Holiday Park over the Bank Holiday weekend 30th of April to the 3rd of May.

To cope with the extra demand, event organisers now utilize several hotels in Great Yarmouth as well as the Holiday Centre itself.

The original concept of the Caister Weekender was instigated by club DJ and radio presenter, Robbie Vincent who suggested to original promoters, Showstopopers, the idea of taking the various soul tribes of the 70s away for a weekend devoted to soul music.

Many of the original Caister DJ team are still actively involved with the event including Chris Hill, Froggy, Tom Holland, Chris Brown, Gary Dennis and Sean French.

Caister takes place twice a year at the beginning of May and the beginning of October.

Full booking details for Caister, telephone 0870 755 2000. Caister website on:

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sheree brown to release a new album

Sheree Brown

Sheree Brown's last solo album was released in 1982 on Capitol Records. Since that time she has been an in demand session singer and artist. Due to a lot of nagging on my part (to shut me up, I guess! LOL), she has completed a new album. The set is called '83, which I guess is a reference to her third in the consecutive years releases, the two previously being 1981 and 1982. Really looking forward to hearing the new album. She is launching her own website shortly. I will place a link on her page here, so as you can pick up a copy of her album. Welcome back Sista!

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robbie vincent returns...again!

Robbie Vincent

On the 22nd of February 2004, the legendary Robbie Vincent returns to Radio London for a one off show. Robbie will be taking Norman Jays slot for a 3 hour show, between 7 and 10 p.m. U.K. time. Essential listening. Norman's page at the BBC is below:

robbie vincent returns

Robbie Vincent

Some really good news for Soul Fans in the London area, is the return to the radio of Robbie Vincent. He will be returning to his old stamping ground at Radio London.

Robbie will first be heard on BBC London 94.9FM on Friday 5th December 2003 from Noon to 3.00pm when he stands in for Robert Elms.

He'll then be back in the last week of December to stand in for Jon Gaunt in the mornings (9.00am-Noon) from Monday 29th December through to New Year's Eve and again on Friday 2nd January 2004.

Robbie has been travelling for the last year. Great to have him back.

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dome records competition!

Dome Cookin' Volume 2

Those nice (and generous) people at Dome Records have asked me whether I would run a competition at the site, in order that three of you knowledgeable guys out there, win a copy of their excellent Dome Cookin Volume Two compilation.

The album consists of songs by the likes of Dennis Taylor and Incognito amongst others. This really is a fine compilation, which I would recommend you to pick up even if you are not a lucky winner. An essential album, covering some of Dome Records finest releases over the last decade or so.

All you need to do is e-mail me with the answer to these two, fairly simple questions (There are clues at the site, by the way). Three addresses received will be drawn from a hat on the 20th September (I'll get my daughter to do that!).

I will forward those chosen addresses on to Santosh at Dome, who will mail out the CD's to the lucky winners. Best of luck to all of you out there.

Question 1:

What are the titles of Dennis Taylor's three albums recorded for the Dome Records label (bearing in mind that one is forthcoming on October 13th)?

Question 2:

Name three other artists (apart from Dennis Taylor and Incognito), or groups, that have recorded for Dome Records?

I will post the winners names here after the competition has closed.

Closing date will be the 20th of September 2003.


Andy Humberston, Coalville, Leicestershire.

P. Stenning , Cobham, Surrey.

Emily Hutchinson, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Dome Records

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upcoming organic soul live tour

Latanya LockettBig Brooklyn RedKim Hill

feat Latanya Lockett, Big Brooklyn Red and Kim Hill

London @ Jazz Cafe Tuesday 23rd Sept
Tickets for the London Jazz Cafe gig can be bought from Soul Brother Records. Price plus booking fee. Call us on 020 8875 1018 or email

Ascot @ Ollies Weds 24th Sept
Tickets available to book by phone on 01344 875 123 or visit their website for more info -

Leeds @ Hi Fi Club Thurs 25th Sept
Tickets available to book by phone on 0113 242 7353 or visit their website for more info ( or at Jumbo Records in Leeds on 0113 245 5570, or Crash on 0113 243 6743 - or

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interesting new magazine

Keep On MagazineKeep On Magazine

The first issue of a new magazine has hit the streets of the U.K. Very nicely designed and focusing mainly on the dance side of music. Having said that, there are very nice articles on Curtis Mayfield and Leroy Burgess amongst other soul folk. They even gave this website a very nice acknowledgement. Thanks guys. Click on either image to visit their website.

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barry white dies

Barry White

By now, you will all be aware of the passing of Barry White. I grew up listening to his music and I believe this to be a major loss to the Soul Music Scene. Check the Respect page at the site. The words 'I am gutted' have never been more appropriate.

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forthcoming visitors to soul brother records in putney, london sw15

Frank McCombLeon Ware

Two excellent soul singer songwriters are appearing at the Soul Brother Records store in the next couple of weeks.

Frank McComb will be there on Sunday 8th June @ approx 2pm signing his new album 'The Truth' and also the 'Love Stories' set. Frank is playing at the Jazz Cafe 8/9th June.

Also at the store will be Leon Ware Saturday 14th June @ 2pm signing his new album 'Loves Drippin' and all his back catalogue items. He is playing at the Jazz Cafe on 13/14th June.

Soul Brothers shop is at:

Soul Brother Records, 1 Keswick Road, East Putney, London, SW15. (U.K. telephone number 07000 768 527)

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Luther rumours

Luther Vandross

12.6.03 Check this link:

Last weekend, I took a call from a very upset friend (Reverend Tim) in Santa Monica. Luther Vandross had died...or had he?

Tim was at the soul skating rink that he goes to on a regular basis.

They stopped the music at the place, made the announcement that Luther had passed and then played 'The Glow Of Love'. I could hear in Tim's voice that he was really upset. He got me going and I made a few calls.

Well as it turned out, there were several web postings from fans, but nothing from Reuters or the Press Association. I couldn't find anything on the Net.

There are two issues going on here. Number one is why didn't Luther's J Records label, shout from the rooftops that this was a lie spread, apparently, by a New York deejay?

We all know Luther is very ill (at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York) however, rumours like this must be snipped in the bud.

Secondly, what sick mind thought this was funny? I took an e-mail from one mum who said she broke down in front of her kids.

I guess the Internet has it's downside? I made several calls that I hoped would stop this lie spreading.

You feel like a fool, still I am glad he is alive and, soon hopefully, kicking. Tashan said the rumours were all round Caister.

I spoke to Chris Hill, who asked me to post something to calm peoples fears, so here is that posting.

We should remember that, whatever actions we take, they have a knock on effect. Throw a pebble into a pond and there are ripples.... can leave a personal get well message at Luthers website right here...

further information:

Luther Vandross' Mother Says Her Son Steadily Improving
Singer has not regained consciousness in three weeks. by Gil Kaufman

Luther Vandross was "touch and go" following his stroke three weeks ago, but is steadily improving, according to his mother, Mary Vandross.

"Right after the stroke, he was in grave danger; it was very touch and go," Mary Vandross said in a statement issued Monday (May 12). "But I feel that it is just a matter of time before he improves and to me, his appearance gets better daily. It's a very slow process."

The singer, 52, was forced to undergo a tracheotomy two weeks ago to assist his breathing after contracting pneumonia.

The singer remains in critical but stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson, and has shown no signs of consciousness since he was found in his New York apartment several hours after suffering a stroke on April 16.

Mary Vandross makes the trip to the intensive care unit at New York's Weill Cornell Medical College hospital every few days from her home in Philadelphia. She said she's been overwhelmed by the support from the singer's friends and admirers, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whom she calls "almost every day to pray with me."

Though Vandross remains unresponsive, Mary Vandross said she and the singer's nieces play music and talk to him all day long, spinning such favorites as Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick as well as his own music. Among the songs they play for Vandross is the title track to his upcoming album, Dance With My Father, which Mary said her son told her was the best song he has ever written. "In fact, right after he wrote 'Dance With My Father' he called me and he said, 'Mama, I wrote a song for you and daddy, I'm going to bring it and see what you think,' " she said.

The album is still slated for release on June 10. "Knowing how he loves this new album, I believe Luther would want it to come out now and I'm so grateful that he can get this chance," she said. "He is going to recover and when he does, I want him to be greeted with a big success story. He has to recover, he's all I have left, he's my last surviving child."

Aretha Franklin is hosting a candlelight vigil and prayer service for Vandross May 19 at 6:30 p.m at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Joining Franklin will be the Ebenezer Mass Choir, her sons, Eddie and Kecalf, and the Four Tops.

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A bad year for passing souls

Brandi Wells

This has been a bad year, thus far, seeing the passing of several soul artists. Edwin Starr (I was working on a show that would have seen him headlining), Little Eva, Homer Banks, Tony Bell, Esther Ridgeway, Hank Ballard, Nina Simone and now there are alledged reports (which I am trying to confirm at this moment), of the passing of the singer Brandi Wells in March. I trust these reports are premature. I, also, hope that these passings are like London Buses and we don't see any more for a while.

I would like to wish Luther Vandross and Barry White a speedy recovery from their recent illnesses.

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Greg Edwards recruited to the line-up at Capital Gold

Greg Edwards

Received this e-mail this morning (6.2.03) regarding the deejay Greg Edwards relocating to Capital Gold from Jazz FM (in the U.K.) . Looks like Jazz FM have installed revolving doors at the station!! I used to listen to Greg's show during the Seventies, at the station, before a Saturday night out. A very good deejay.

'Capital Gold are pleased to announce that we have signed Greg Edwards to join the Capital Gold Network presenter team. Greg will be returning to once again present 'Soul Spectrum', the legendary heritage black music programme that ran on Capital FM between 1974 and 1987, and that Capital Gold introduced last summer with Tony Blackburn presenting.
Greg was born on the Caribbean island of Grenada, moved to New York when he was 8 and on to the UK in 1967. As head of 'Custom Labels' at CBS, he was instrumental in launching the careers of artists like The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Three Degrees and Billy Paul.
Greg started his Radio career replacing Emperor Rosko on Radio One before joining Capital in 1974. For the last 9 years Greg has been working at Jazz FM.
Apart from being a fantastic heritage name, Greg brings a vast knowledge and experience of Black music styles of Motown, Disco, Jazz Funk and Soul to compliment the 'music expert' image of Capital Gold. The new look Soul Spectrum show will feature everything from Motown tracks to artists like Mary J Blige.
As part of Capital Gold's new look Spring Presenter Schedule, Greg will be presenting 'Soul Spectrum' on Thursday & Friday 20:00 - 22:00 p.m., Saturday evenings after the sport show 18:00 - 21:00, and a more laid back, ‘music for lovers version’ on a Sunday evening 22:00-01:00.'

So Tony Blackburn goes to Jazz FM, Greg goes to Capital...........nurse!!!

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New copy of Soulin' Magazine now available

Soulin Magazine

The latest copy of Tony Horn's excellent Soulin Magazine is now available. The Winter 2002 edition has been a while coming, but I can guarantee you that it has been well worth the wait. On the cover is a picture of Tashan performing at the recent Fleetwood Weekender and Tony has an indepth interview with the great man featured. There are also excellent articles on the likes of the tragic Jeannie Reynolds, Major Harris, Beloyd and Brown Sugar, along with all of the usual features and reviews. An excellent magazine and available from Tony directly on 01933 386 376 or via his e-mail address at Soulin's website is at

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Frank McComb is back in the recording studio

Frank McComb

LA-based producer Steve Harvey, currently getting major props for his work on Donnie's 'The Colored Section' album, has just gone back into the studio with Frank McComb to record not one but two new albums. The first should be laid to tape before Christmas and will feature the trio of McComb on keys, Harvey on drums and former Rufus player Bobby Watson on bass. Additional guests will be invited to play on individual tracks, including Billy Preston. The set is due to be the first project released independently by Scotland Yard Productions.

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Upcoming gigs at the Jazz Cafe in Camden

Ledisi ledisi

Phillyadelphia's Jazzyfatnastees have now re-scheduled their date for January 10th.

Here are the forthcoming artists that are visiting the venue this and next year:

Marlena Shaw [Dec 9th-15th]; Jean Carne/Nathan Heathman [Jan 6th-9th]; Damage [Jan 14th-17th]; Lewis Taylor [Jan 20th-22th]; Tasha's World [Jan 28th]; Ruby Turner [Jan 31st]; Hil St. Soul [Feb 16th]; Mica Paris [Feb 17th-21st]; and Terri Walker [Feb 26th].

Ledisi is due at the Camden Parkway venue on March 6th, Omar on March 10th-14th and Carleen Anderson booked in for April 28th-30th. Call 0207 916 6060 for ticket details.

Jazz Cafe click on the image for further venue details

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Donna Gardier and Angela Johnson added to the Blackpool event in January 2003

Donna Gardier

Dome Records are providing three of the artists at the Blackpool Hilton Event from the 3rd to the 5th of January 2003. All of the hotel accommodation has been sold out, however, there are still tickets for the gig, if you are prepared to find a hotel in the town yourselves. The tickets are available at 0161 832 1111. Nice way to start the new year.

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Meshell Ndegeocello returns to the Jazz Cafe in November

Meshell Ndegeocello

Prior to the Marlena Shaw dates at the Jazz Cafe, the venue has secured the services of ace bassist Meshell Ndegeocello on the 18th - 21st November inclusive. Tickets are £17:50 in advance. The 24 hour credit card hotline is 020 7344 0044. Alternatively you can book online at Meshell has a new album out entitled 'Cookie: The Athropological Mixtape'.

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Marlena Shaw returns to the Jazz Cafe in December

Marlena Shaw

Marlena Shaw makes a welcome return to the Jazz Cafe in Parkway, Camden, London NW1, this December. The dates are Monday 9th through to Saturday 14th. The 24 hour credit card hotline is 020 7344 0044. Alternatively you can book online at Prior to these welcome dates, are dates in September and early December for Carleen Anderson and David Lynden Hall.

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Luther to tour the U.K. this autumn

Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross is heading over to the UK this autumn for a series of arena dates. The 'Take You Out Tour' will be rolling into: Cardiff International Arena [November 4th]; Sheffield Arena [5th]; Wembley Arena [7/8th]; Birmingham Arena [10th]; Glasgow SECC Arena [12th]; Newcastle Telewest Arena [13th]; and Manchester MEN Arena [15th]. Purchase tickets on line at

This was not to be. Luther passed away in 2005. A real shame.

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Alicia Keys adds second London Date

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has added another London date to her autumn tour. The date is 3rd November 2002 at the Wembley Arena. Tickets are £22.50. Telephone number is 0870 400 0688.

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Jazz Cafe in London has an impressive summer line-up

Carleen AndersonMichael Franti

The Jazz Cafe in London has an impressive line-up of artists coming along in the next couple of months. Here are just a few:

Michael Franti & Spearhead - 10th - 11th July / Azymuth - 19th July / Light Of The World - 2nd and 3rd August / Leon Ware - 9th - 10th August / Norman Connors - 16th - 17th August / Idris Muhammed, Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer & Houston Person - 22nd - 24th August / Omar - 26th - 30th August / Carleen Anderson - 17th - 19th September and Jon Lucien - 26th - 28th September.

Going to be a busy summer!

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Donnie to play the Jazz Cafe, in London, in June


Kentucky born and bred artist Donnie will be performing new tracks from his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘The Coloured Section', at the Jazz Café in London between the 6th-8th of June. For Booking info click below:

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Leon Ware working on a new album

Leon Ware

Sources say that Leon Ware is in the recording studio, working on a new album entitled 'Love's Drippin'. I am sure I have no idea what he is talking about!! There is no label deal at present. I will update this page as more information becomes available.

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Angie Stone to return to the U.K.

Angie Stone

Angie Stone returns to The U.K. for an exclusive date at the Birmingham Academy Tuesday 16th July 2002. Tickets on sale now at the usual outlets. London dates to follow, so I am informed.

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Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes is dead

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, of the successful female trio TLC, was killed in a car crash in Honduras early on Friday 26th April 2002. She was reported to have not been wearing a seatbelt at the time.
Lisa was in Honduras for a holiday. She was amongst seven people in the car on Thursday night and the only fatality according to reports.
Lisa released her own solo outing in October 2001, entitled 'Supernova' on Arista Records, with the track, 'The Block Party', being the first single release.
Lisa Left Eye Lopes was just 30 years old.

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Leon Ware, Lesette Wilson and Norman Connors Play London's Jazz Cafe in August

Leon, Lesette and Norman

The Jazz Cafe in London is going to be the place to be this summer. Lesette Wilson plays there on the 22nd of June followed by Leon Ware on the 9th and 10th of August, followed one week later by the welcome return of Norman Connors and his Starship Orchestra on 16th and 17th of August. Having seen Leon and Norman on both of their last visits there, I can highly recommend you pick up a ticket. Norman ditched the machines and played some fabulous drumming. The band were fabulous. See you there. Tickets can be bought from Ticketmaster on 020 8533 0111.

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Leroy Burgess to visit London for a P.A. visit

Leroy Burgess

Leroy Burgess is to visit London later in April for a P.A. visit to Soul Brother Records in London. Soul Brother recently released an anthology of Leroy's work and he will be signing copies of his CD at the shop by East Putney tube station (Keswick Road SW15) at 2.30 p.m. Worth visiting Soul Brother at any time, but this will be a really good reason to get on down there. Date is April 27th.

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James Brown returns to London in May

James Brown

James Brown returns to London a year after a one off concert at East London's Ocean venue in Hackney. He will be playing at the same venue with his full band. Tickets are £35 and are available from Ticketmaster on 020 8533 0111. The date is Tuesday the 7th of May. Book early to avoid missing out.

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India Irie to play a one off show in London

India Irie

India Irie is to play a one off show at the London Shepherds Bush Empire on the Thursday 11th of April 2002. Tickets are £17.50 and you will have to add a booking fee to that price. Booking number is 0870 771 2000 or you can book online at

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Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore wed

Chante Moore And Kenny Lattimore

Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore were married on New Years Day at the Grand Lido San Souci Resort Hotel, Ochos Rio, Jamaica. The couple married after a short tour at which Kenny Lattimore performed, along with the Isley Brothers, in New York in late December. Hope the pair live happily ever after.

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More Live Gigs @ The Jazz Cafe in Spring 2002

Jean CarneThe Blackbyrds

Two great acts are appearing at the Jazz Cafe during March. These include Jean Carne on 14th, 15th and 16th and The Blackbyrds return, during the same month, for the 28th, 29th and 30th. Check the Jazz Cafe website at the links page for more info.

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Jody Watley @ The Jazz Cafe in February

Jody Watley

Jody Watley is to make two U.K. appearances at Camden's Jazz Cafe venue in London. Dates are 21st and 22nd of February 2002.

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Angie Stone to come to the U.K. in February 2002

Angie Stone

Angie Stone will appear at the Shepherds Bush Empire on March 3rd and 4th as part of a European tour. Tickest are priced at £17.50 and are available from Ticket Web (0870 771 2000) and Piccadilly Box Office (020 7434 2222) along with all of the usual outlets.

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New album from Me'Shell Ndegeocello

Me'Shell Ndegeocello

The fourth album from cult spoken word / funk / soul artist Me'Shell Ndegeocello is ready to hit the streets. 'Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape' finds Me'Shell back in funky vein after the rather downbeat third set. She is still recording for Maverick Records.

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Jill Scott UK Live Dates

Jill Scott

Jill Scott has just announced UK tour dates for early next year. She will be at Manchester's Academy
14th Thursday February / London's Brixton Academy on Saturday 16th February / Birmingham's Academy on Tuesday 19th February and Bristol's Academy on Wednesday 20th
February 2002. Tickets are £20 inside London / £17 Outside. Call the 24-hour credit card line on 0115 912 9000. On sale from now.

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Nathan Heathman, Eloise Laws and Norman Connors @ The Jazz Cafe

Eloise Laws

As an addendum to the last posting, Angela Bofill will not be appearing at the Jazz Cafe, however Eloise Laws will be taking her place. Still a very impressive line-up methinks. The dates are 21st-24th November.

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Nathan Heathman, Angela Bofill and Norman Connors @ The Jazz Cafe

Nathan HeathmanAngela Bofill

Singer / Songwriter and Musician Nathan Heathman will be coming to London to perform at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town. Nathan will be accompanied by Angela Bofill and Norman Connors. The dates are 21st-24th November. Can't wait.

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Donnie album completed


Donnie Johnson from Atlanta, whose promo single on Giant Step, 'Do You Know', has been making plenty waves hereabouts, has now finished recording his album with Steve Harvey at the helm. 'The Colored section' will not feature the mooted duet with his mate India Arie because of scheduling difficulties - India's out on tour - but promises to be filled with great lyrics and wonderful playing. LA based Harvey is also working on an act he describes as like Rufus meets Bobby Womack - we'll have copies soon, we hope. Steve also reveals that his buddy and regular session guitarist Bobby Watson has joined Chaka and the rest of the team on the Rufus reunion tour, an event which has already led to an album deal.

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Singer Aaliyah killed in plane crash


R & B singer and actress Aaliyah died when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said.
The cause of the crash was unclear. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, said the plane was a Cessna 402 owned by Skystream, a company based in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She said the plane crashed at the end of the airport's runway at 6:50 p.m.

More on the Respect page

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Lamont Dozier at the Royal Festival Hall in London

Lamont Dozier

Lamont Dozier is going to be at the Festival Hall on 22nd September followed by Fontella Bass & David Peaston on the 27th. Phone Number: 020 7960 4242. Lamont's concert is going to be part of a review entitled 'Stop In The Name Of Soul'. Great that he is appearing but a shame he is going to have some artists appearing with him that include Roachford and Heather Small (aaargh!).

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Betty Everett is dead

Betty Everett

Soul singer Betty Everett, best known for her 1964 hit 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) , has died aged 61.
Everett's family discovered her body in her Beloit, Wisconsin, home on Sunday
19th Of August 2001, according to her lawyer, Jay B. Ross. She apparently died either on Friday or Saturday. She had been treated for heart problems and the cause of death was believed to be a heart attack, said her sister Christine Townsend.

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Sandra St. Victor album to be released on Expansion and James Brown to appear in the U.K.

Sandra St VictorJames Brown

Sandra St Victor's forthcoming album 'Gemini, Both Sides' is about to be picked up by Ralph and Richard at Expansion Records, here in the U.K. It should be in the shops by 3rd September, reports suggest.

James Brown will be appearring in the U.K., along with his 15 piece band and dancers, at The Ocean in Hackney later this month. Tickets are going to be around £35, however dates and times are yet to be announced. Booking Office number is: 0207 314 2800. Get down!

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Leon Ware At The Jazz Cafe In October

Leon WareLeon Ware

Leon Ware will be appearing at the Jazz Cafe, in Camden, on the 12th and 13th of October 2001. There will be a band of the best Dutch soul musicians supporting him.

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New Soulin' No.6 issue magazine out now

Soulin' Magazine

The new issue of the excellent Soulin' magazine has hit the U.K. streets. I have been in touch with Tony Horn, whose is the magazine's editor, and swapped various pieces of information. I must say this magazine is an excellent read for anyone even, slighly interested, in soul music. This issue features an in depth interview with Leon Ware along with some excellent reviews and features. Recommended and only £3.50 (including UK postage), I would say this is a 'must' magazine to have. You can get in touch with Tony at:

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Sandra St. Victor's new album due

Sandra St. Victor

Launching on 18th August with a party in New York City, 'Gemini: Both Sides' is the brand new album from former Family Stand member Sandra St. Victor. The long awaited follow-up to 'Mack Diva' features guest performances from Roy Ayers and Donald Byrd as well as production assists from long time musical collaborator Tom Hammer, Ty Macklin [of Erykah Badu fame], The Roots, Mark Batson [India.Arie] and one-time partners in The Stand, Peter Lord and Jeff Smith. There's a version of War's seventies classic 'Slippin' Into Darkness' too. Right now you can get it from Sandra's website,, but soon you'll be able to get it everywhere.

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Michael Jackson reunion concert thrown into doubt

Michael Jackson

Pop star Michael Jackson's upcoming reunion performance with his five brothers was thrown into doubt Friday after two siblings, Jermaine and Randy, complained publicly about 'exorbitant
ticket prices' being charged for the event.
The first regrouping of all six Jackson brothers on stage since their 1984 'Victory Tour' had been planned as part of a two-concert, all-star tribute to Michael Jackson in September, celebrating his 30 years as a solo artist.
Tickets for the Sept. 7th and Sept. 10th shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden are carrying a face value of up to $2,500, according to

By Steve Gorman

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Ernie K-Doe is dead.

Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe, the bluesman who topped the charts with 'Mother-in-Law' in 1961, died on the 5th July in the morning at University Hospital in New Orleans. He was 65.
Hospital spokesman Jerry Romig said K-Doe was 'very sick' when admitted on the Friday before and lapsed into a coma three days before his death.

See the Respect page

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Donnie album due next year


The best kept Soul secret in the United States is about to show his true colours with a debut album on Giant Step later this year. Look for Donnie's album 'Welcome to the Colored Section' in early 2002.

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New Isleys album due

Isley Brothers

The new Isley Brothers album entitled 'Eternal' is released in July and features vocal and production input from R.Kelly, Raphael Saadiq, Avant, Jill Scott and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.The project also includes a piece called 'Think' which features music written by the late Curtis Mayfield.
Said Ron Isley: 'It's our 40th anniversary and we wanted to make a record worthy of our entire career. This is the Isley Brothers Super Bowl record.'

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Donnie To Visit U.K.


Donnie is right now hard at work on his debut album with Steve Harvey out in California. He is planning to visit London in October for a series of live dates. He will be at the Jazz Café in Camden Parkway. Word that India Arie was being lined to up to perform on one track on the album now looks to have been accurate too.

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New Michael Jackson Album due

Michael Jackson

The new Michael Jackson CD is finally finished. It is titled 'Invincible' and is due around mid-September. It features several producers, but Teddy Riley is the main one. Guests on the album include Carlos Santana, Destiny's Child, R.Kelly and many more.

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New Mary J. Blige Album due

Mary J. Blige

Word is Mary J Blige has been working out with D'Angelo's personal trainer. Her new album is coming in mid-August from Universal Records and advance listens suggest it could be her finest yet.

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New Anita Baker Album

Anita Baker

The much delayed Atlantic Records debut from Anita Baker hit a further setback recently when the diminutive Detroit songstress ended up filing suit in the US District Court in Detroit against Zomba Recording Corp. and its Dreamhire division, whom she alleges supplied her with a 24-track tape recording machine that supposedly left popping noises all over tracks she'd been putting down. Despite all attempts to save the music she's had to start the project all over again!

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Billy Preston unwell

Billy Preston

27th May 2001 9:55 AM EDT
NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (AP) - Singer-songwriter and keyboardist Billy Preston remained hospitalized Saturday after being diagnosed with chronic end stage kidney disease.
Preston, who was touring as a member of Eric Clapton's band, was taken to a local hospital Wednesday and listed in stable condition, manager Joyce Moore said. Moore declined to give the name of the hospital. Preston's condition is thought to be caused by high blood pressure. He was
being treated with hemodialysis.
'From his hospital bed, he urges everyone with any symptoms or family history of high blood pressure to seek medical care immediately,' Moore said. Preston is best know for his work with the Beatles and Rolling Stones. His hits include 'Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing,' 'Will It Go Round in Circles?' and 'You Are So Beautiful To Me.'

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Incognito album due


A new Incognito album is set for release entitled 'Life Stranger Than Fiction'. The album will be the final set for the UK based Talking Loud label. The release date is set for July.

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