Come Share My Love – Miki Howard

December 9, 2018

In the early 1980s, we had singers like Anita Baker, Toni Braxton and my next singer Miki Howard. These women added a blend of Gospel, Jazz and R&B. This mix was to provide them with several hits. Miki Howard was born into a musical family. Both mother and father were members of two top Gospel groups. Her father Clay Graham sang with the Pilgrim Jubilees and her mother Josephine Howard…


People Get Ready – The Impressions

November 11, 2018

Hello folks, I hope you took time out of your Sunday schedule to remember all those young men and women that died to give us peace and freedom in both great wars and during the Cold War period. Between 1955 and 1975, we had two significant events that are still influencing my concepts of what freedom and peace should mean. The first is the war after which the young men…


Love Is A Five Letter Word – Denise LaSalle

October 28, 2018

  “Love Is A Five Letter Word,” was originally recorded by The Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings and it really is a great recording. I found this cover by Denise LaSalle, one of the Disco Queens and as usual she added some background as to why love would be a five letter word. Denise LaSalle was born in Mississippi where she would have been surround by Gospel, Blues and Country…


Cowboys To Girls – The Intruders

October 21, 2018

Back in 1965, the Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP) was just forming in the minds of Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble. The took a chance on a band called The Intruders. The Intruders had formed in 1960 and had already created their own sound. This sound was not has tinged with the Pop sound of Motown Records or Funk and R&B inflicted like Stax/Volt Records. What The Intruders did was to…


Drift Away – Dobie Gray

October 7, 2018

My next artist has been known to record under the names, Leonard Ainsworth, Larry Curtis, and Larry Dennis, but we know him as Dobie Gray. On his birth records his parents are shown as Jane and Jethro C. Brown, and his name as Lawrence Darrow Brown. So we can assume his real name is Lawrence Darrow Brown. Dobie is known to perform Soul, R&B, Pop and Country. His grandfather was…


It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

October 5, 2018

  As mentioned in my last post Marsha Wash and Izora Armstead became Two Tons Of Fun and backup singers for Sylvester. Before that event however, they performed in a Gospel group known as “Now,”that was an Acronym for News Of The World. When Sylvester was auditioning for new backup singers, Marsha tried out and got the job. Sylvester asked her if she knew anyone else in the big girl…


You Make Me Feel – Sylvester

October 5, 2018

The next artist, is probably the first singer I saw who dressed androgynously and was open about his sexuality. This, of course, was before Boy George, the lead singer of the British band, Culture Club. Sylvester started singing at the age of three. His mother being very religious would carry her three boys to a Pentecostal church in the Watts area of Los Angeles. It is there that Sylvester started…


A Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle

September 16, 2018

You would think that my next artist spent most of her singing career, singing songs in duets and for animated movies. That would be far from the fact. Although she debuted in 1987, she had been singing from the age of three. Regina had begun singing in church, and Growing up in a very musical home it is no wonder she began that early. Her earliest influences would be her…


Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams

September 14, 2018

  Well, I am ready for the weekend and I hope this week’s selection has contributed to your weekend feeling. My last selection is a woman that a lot of people have heard but never really followed. She was born in the same city and state as the Jacksons, Gary, Indiana. She is considered one of the top female voices of the Soul and Disco era. Reason being her four-octave…


Super Fly – Curtis Mayfield

September 9, 2018

  Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation movie “Superfly.” The album from that movie would score Curtis a Number One on the album chart. Curtis Mayfield was born 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He was performing, singing Gospel by the age of seven. Self-taught on the guitar, he formed his own Gospel and Soul band, The Alphatones. It was while performing in the church that he would meet Jerry…