The Ritchie Family - American Generation on Musikladen Yes, another video of The Ritchie Family doing " American Generation ," but this time in those infamous outfits from the album cover yes, those outfits.
A really really great tune from The Trammps. Love how they even lip-synced that spoken part. There's a little interview with Don Cornelius at the end of this one also. Chic - Le Freak How can anyone not love this song. The clearest video I could find of " Le Freak.
Donna Summer - Bad Girls Live fromlooking and sounding great! A disco song with such personal, painful lyrics. Nobody can do this song like Candi Staton. Not to mention Chaka's looking great in this one! Love the costume! Anyway, that's all for now. Posted by Tommy at AM 2 comments:. Tuesday, March 28, Victor Willis update. He appeared in court earlier today, so we'll see what else will be reported. My earlier blog posting on his troubles is herein case anyone's interested.
Willis was arrested on Sunday during a routine traffic stop near the block of Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco, according to police. Both Willis and Staci Brandt, a passenger in the car, were found to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to the South San Francisco Police Department. Upon his arrest Willis reportedly told police officers that his name was Markus Duty. Brandt allegedly gave officers a false name as well.
Willis has been missing since Oct. Willis was pulled over around 11 p. After being stopped, Willis was found to be in possession of 3. When questioned by officers, Willis reportedly gave a false name -- his brother's -- and had a fake license, the district attorney's office reported. According to the assistant district attorney he'll mostly likely be going to jail for up to five years now. And so the downward spiral continues. Oh and also, the reader who sent me the tip also suggested that I pass on this link to a Passover parody of "Macho Man" called "Matzo Man" on the American Comedy Network site.
I'm not really hip to all the Kosher references, but check it out if you're interested. Posted by Tommy at PM 3 comments:. Not sure that I can top that this week, but for what it's worth, I figured it was time for a little break from the divas.
Damon Harris was a member of The Various - Im A Good Woman (Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters) (Vinyl from toas original member Eddie Kendricks' replacement. At the time he joined the group, he was 20 and by far their youngest member. He had been such a big fan of the group even before joining that he had previously been a part of another group called The Young Tempts who had released a few singles on former Motown group The Isley Brothers' T-Neck label.
Not surprisingly, Motown filed suit and they changed their name to The Young Vandals. Fast-forward toafter a four year tenure Harris was ousted from the Temptations, apparently because of issues with group leader Otis Williams. The album was produced by the late James "Budd" Ellisonwho until his recent passing this past October was Patti LaBelle's longtime musical director. While the album was quite good; commercially speaking, it didn't exactly fare any better than any of Impact's albums, yet did yield at least two notable songs.
The lead off track, " It's Music " was one song that I had loved even before tracking down this album. It worked so perfectly on his mix, with Damon's vocal drawing you in, gently urging you to " feel the music. Needless to say, I was so glad to find that full 7. The best way I can describe the sound of this record is just as a straight ahead, percolating, sexy, and polished sound. Those funky guitars and horn section are as usual some of my favourite parts about this record, along with Damon's gentle, yet assertive vocal and the strong backgrounds which really build this one up.
In any case, it's one of my favourites on the album; the lyrics, though simple, are paired with a wonderful melody, anchored by the those great horn and string sections.
It's the type of tune you can have running through your head for days on end, at least in my experience anyway. As far as I know, Damon Harris hasn't released any other solo albums.
These days though Harris is involved with his own Damon Harris Cancer Foundation remove exclamation point in new window which he started after his successful battle with prostate cancer. He also still performs as " The Temptations Revue featuring Damon Harris ," one of several former Temptations members with their own 'revues' of Temptations hits. A note about the cover photo on the top. No, I did not make that thing myself.
I'm not an expert, but I'm sure even I could do a better job. That cover is the hack-job of the original that they used on the LP) out-of-print Hot Productions CD reissue of the album mastered from the original vinyl no less! Unfortunately I couldn't find a pic of the original cover, so that had to do for now. Also, if anyone plans to buy this CD at Amazon. I haven't bought any from there, but I've heard this from others who have. Posted by Tommy at PM 7 comments:.
June Pointer circa I was debating whether to put this on my blog, whether it was relevant enough or too gossipy, but whatever, here it is. June is currently recovering in the hospital.
Please pray for a speedy recovery As some of you may or may not know, June Pointerthe youngest of the sisters, seems to have had drug problems on and off for years.
In a People Magazine feature from Augustshe said drugs have been a part of her life " every day since I was 13…. That article from was about her newfound sobriety, yet after a couple of years or so she would be kicked out of the group after falling off the wagon again and subsequently missing performances.
She had been booted out of the group prior to Various - Im A Good Woman (Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters) (Vinyl for short periods of time, but this time around it seemed like it was more permanent. The much longer absence for one, and finally her official replacement by niece Issa daughter of Ruth Pointer and Dennis Edwards of the Temptations pretty much said they were serious about it this time.
Byofficially removed from the Pointer Sisters' lineup, she resurfaced as part of a duo with her sister Bonnie, which only seemed to expose the rift between the two groups of sisters.
I hear for the most part they put on a really great show, although one of the more scathing amateur reviews that I found said, in part: " The news was broadcast on celebrity gossip columns all over; many of the articles stressing that Bonnie had been not been charged in the case, yet I can imagine it probably cast suspicion on her too. As if that weren't low enough, later that year in July she would be arrested yet again and charged with battery for attacking her boyfriend limo driver Joel Coigney and trying to scratch his eyes out after a binge of crack cocaine, pot and margaritas.
She was really the dynamo of the group in many ways, vocally and otherwise. Just goes to show that ol' Nippy was right, Crack IS wack! One look at the Pointer Sisters' official guestbook shows that there's still so much love for her out there. Among all the messages, there was even a touching message of support from one of one of June's former sisters in law. In any case, it seems that the drugs have finally caught up with June.
Here's a link to a short video file of June's court appearance in May '04 from the defunct show " Celebrity LP) ". I hope, for a change, we'll hear some good news sooner or later. Then again if you did, you probably wouldn't be looking at a disco music blog. In case you're wondering, yes that is in fact Mrs. Was Ms. Baker turning in her grave? I'll let you be the judge. Mind you, I'm not sure what they were thinking when they decided to do this album. Looking at it now, I don't think something like this would stand a chance of being released today.
It's about as likely as, say, a hip-hop tribute to Nat 'King' Coleif you will. Perhaps they were trying to pitch this as an actual musical but decided to make an album first, similar to how Evita came about thanks to JungleRed for this tidbit. Whatever the case, it was a moment of camp genius from the mind of Jacques Morali. Equating Morali with camp is perhaps a tad redundant, but this is easily the campiest thing he's ever produced, and that's really saying a lot.
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Earth Angel. Maurice Williams. Eddie My Love. Over the Mountain, Across the Sea. Rex Garvin. Heaven and Paradise. Don Julian. The Letter.
Vernon Green. The Way You Look Tonight. Ann Farina. Put Your Head on My Shoulder. Paul Anka. Dorinda Morgan. Big Boss Man. Let the Good Times Roll. That'll Be the Day. Chuck Berry. Stranded in the Jungle. Stagger Lee. Dance With Me Henry. Track Listing - Disc 2. At the Hop Performed. Charles E. Pretty Little Angel Eyes. Barbara Ann. Fred Fassert. Bread and Butter.
Larry Parks. Rama Lama Ding Dong. George Jones Jr. Bye Bye Love. Oh How Happy. Chuck Hatcher. The Jerk. Popsicles and Icicles. David Gates. Backfield in Motion. Blueberry Hill. Before the Next Teardrop Falls. Goodnight My Love. Phil Spector. Sealed With a Kiss. Track Listing - Disc 3. I'm a Believer. Neil Diamond. It's My Party. She'd Rather Be With Me. Surfin' Safari. Sea Cruise. Huey "Piano" Smith. Everything Is Beautiful.
Ray Stevens. Come Go with Me. Clarence E. Russell Brown. Rudy Clark. Bongo Rock. Don't You Just Know It. Oh, What a Night. You Cheated. Don Burch. My Prayer. Memories of el Monte. For Your Precious Love. Morris Albert. Track Listing - Disc 4. Proud Mary. John Fogerty. Peggy Sue. Soldier Boy. It Ain't Me Babe. Bob Dylan.
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. Harper Valley P. Tom T. Blue Suede Shoes. Carl Perkins. Bird Dog. Boudleaux Bryant. Love Is Strange. Ethel Smith. Chantilly Lace. Jiles Perry Richardson. Teenage Prayer. Hank Williams. The Big Hurt. Wayne Shanklin. My True Story. Come on Let's Go. Ritchie Valens.
Teen Beat. Track Listing - Disc 5. Since I Don't Have You. Angel Baby. Rosie "Rosalie" Hamlin. Little Star. A Thousand Stars. Eugene Pearson. When We Get Married. Don Hogan. Daddy's Home. James Sheppard. Diamonds and Pearls. West Tyler. Harlem Shuffle. Big Stuff. The Wanderer. Ernie Maresca. Mama Said. Who's Making Love? Tossin' and Turnin'. Rockin' Robin. Karen Thomas. Sixty Minute Man. Alley Oop. Dallas Frazier. Track Listing - Disc 6.
Remember Walking in the Sand. George "Shadow" Morton. Duke of Earl. Twist and Shout. Mashed Potato Time. A Teenager in Love.
Doc Pomus. This I Swear. The Boy from New York City. Honky Tonk, Pt. Otis Blackwell. You Were Mine. Paul Giacalone. Every Beat of My Heart. Johnny Otis. Track Listing - Disc 7. Chuck Rio. Runaround Sue. Wake Up Little Susie. What'd I Say. Ray Charles. Handy Man. Oogum Boogum. Alfred Smith. In the Rain. Tony Hester.
It's All in the Game. Once in a While. Teen Angel. Jean Surrey. He Will Break Your Heart. I've Been Hurt. Ray Whitley. Bumble Boogie. Jack Fina. Track Listing - Disc 8. Where Did Our Love Go. Charlie Brown. Splish Splash. La Bamba. Rip It Up. Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Summertime Blues. Wipe Out. Good Vibrations. Run Baby Run. Joe Melson. Indian Style Heavy Funk V. You could download smthg from it here:. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the rare bebop jazz musicians who successfully explored funk and soul while remaining a jazz artist.
As a bandleader, Byrd was an influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock. Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school.
After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, Byrd obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Byrd's first regular group was a quintet that he co-led from to with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured 'live' on At the Half Note Cafe. Byrd's LP Royal Flush marked the Blue Note debut of Hancock, who came to further attention Various - Im A Good Woman (Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters) (Vinyl Byrd's successful album Free Formand these albums also featured the first recordings of Hancock's original compositions.
Hancock has credited Byrd as a key influence in his early career, recounting that he took the young pianist 'under his wings' when he was a struggling musician newly arrived in New York, even letting him sleep on a hide-a-bed in his Bronx apartment for several years. He was the first person to let me be a permanent member of an internationally known band. He has always nurtured and encouraged young musicians. He's a born educator, it seems to be in his blood, and he really tried to encourage the development of creativity.
Hancock also recalled that Byrd helped him in many other ways: he encouraged Hancock to make his debut album for Blue Note, connected him with Mongo Santamaria, who turned Hancock's tune 'Watermelon Man' into a chart-topping hit, and that Byrd also later urged him to accept Miles Davis' offer to join his quintet.
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