Rockin’ Robin – The Jacksons

January 6, 2019

I thought it would be nice to include The Jacksons as part of my first selection. They started out as The Jackson 5 but changed their name after leaving Motown Records. The original group consisted of Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Michael Jackson. Jermaine would be the first to pursue a solo career and then Michael. They were one of the first boy groups to present us with spectacular performances…

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Silent Night – The Temptations

December 24, 2018

  Well, folks, two more sleeps before the big day. I will be busy roasting the traditional ham at our house and getting into the Sorrel, wine and the odd Appleton Rum. I am not venturing further than my living room so I will partake in a few libations. It was a struggle to decide which artist or artists would be my last selection before Christmas. It was either Johnny…

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Dancing In The Street – Mick Jagger & David Bowie

December 15, 2018

Welcome to this week’s “Flashback Friday,” where we relive the hits and genre of yesterday’s music. I know people still create R&B and Soul songs, but the music that lives on are those songs from the 50s, to the 90s. Whether you called it R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, House, Hip-Hop or even Pop, it is and will be everlasting. This month is the 50th anniversary of the album that really…

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I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder

December 9, 2018

My next artist needs no huge fanfare. Most of us grew up listening to Stevie Wonder. Some of us even grew up with him, given that he and I are born in the same year 1950. His first song would debut when he was 11. I would have an opportunity to see him live in Birmingham, England in 1964. He was part of the Motown Revue that was touring throughout…

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Do Your Dance – Rose Royce

December 1, 2018

Do you remember the year the movie “Car Wash,” came out? Do you remember the soundtrack from the movie? Well my next selection, Rose Royce is the group that recorded the music. Before recording as Rose Royce the group started out as Total Concept Unlimited and then Magic Wand. They auditioned for Edwin Starr who took them as his backing band. It was through Edwin Starr that they met Norman…

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Hang On In There Baby – Johnny Bristol

November 11, 2018

Well, we have come to the last selection for this “Soulful Sunday.” As I was writing up the notes for each of the selections this week I was definitely transported back in time to some of the concerts and dances I had the opportunity to attend during that moment in time when there was optimism among the young people of the time that we could all be friends. My last…

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Too Hot To Trot – The Commodores

November 2, 2018

I am ending this week’s selection with a very popular group, The Commodores, when Lionel Richie was a member. The group came together in the late 1960s while the members were still in college and broke their teeth in so to speak performing on the college circuit. At that time they were known as The Mighty Mystics. They later changed the name to The Commodores, after looking through the dictionary….

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Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye

October 28, 2018

Well, folks, Winter’s Town Cryer is officially here in Ottawa, Canada. We woke up to a dusting of the white stuff. Now whether it will last is another matter, but Winter has announced that it has arrived. With that said, welcome to “Soulful Sunday,” and to start us off is one of Motown’s lead acts, none other than Marvin Gaye. Marvin was so popular that Motown’s founder, Barry Gordy, teamed…

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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…

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Cold Blooded – Rick James

October 19, 2018

James Ambrose Johnson, aka Rick James, lived the life of his first major hit “Super Freak.” The thing about Rick James his the wildlife did not start with his success. It started much earlier and could have been because of his father’s abandonment of the family when he was very young. Where Jimmy Hendricks is known as one of the pioneers of the Rock guitar, Rick James is known for…

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