Soul/R&B Musicians that Died in June

Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, (The Temptations, Soul Stirrers), June 1, 1991 Anthony “Tony” Ulysses Thompson, (Hi-Five), June 1, 2007 Franklin Delano “Junior” Alexander Braithwaite, (Wailers), June 2, 1999 Benny Spellman, June 3, 2011 Cornelius “Neeny,” Richard Harp, (The Marcels), June 4, 2013 Jayare Cahron Childs, (Cali Swagg District), June 6, 2014 Marvin Isley (The Isley Brothers), June 6, 2010 Billy Preston, June 6, 2006 Melvin “Lil Phat” Vernell III, June…

October 11, 2017
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Remember What I Told You To Forget – Tavares

Well that is all the time we have for this “Soulful Sunday,” folks and as I finish my coffee and rum cream, it is time to sign off. This next song was originally recorded by Motown’s The Four Tops, another great version, but I kind of like this version better. The Tavares Brothers or simply Tavares, had their first number one hit on the Pop and R&B charts with a…

October 8, 2017
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I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops

Would you believe the only thing that could breakup this next group was illness? From 1954 until 1997, the members of The Four Tops remained the same as when they started in high school. Like so many of the groups that started out in Detroit, The Four Aims, signed with Motown, changed their name to The Four Tops and went on to be one of the most popular R&B, Soul…

August 13, 2017
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Baby Love – The Supremes

Did I mention that my favourite Supreme was Florence Ballard? Well it appears at the beginning when the group first started out she was the voice up front. When The Primettes however, signed with the Motown label and changed their name to The Supremes, Barry Gordy, decided to go with Diana Ross as the lead vocal. I am one of those that found Diana Ross’ voice somewhat shrilly and nasally….

August 13, 2017
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Ain’t To Proud To Beg – The Temptations

Well it is 32C with a feel of 36, so I am about to stroll down the lane, find a nice place to watch the world go by, listen to some music, usually a mix of R&B, Soul and Reggae, and have a few Red Stripe. I am closing off this week with another Motown favourite, The Temptations. Here they are with “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” So whether you…

July 30, 2017
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Love Machine – The Miracles

Hey folks, Flashback Friday,” is back. I took off on vacation last week and with all the travelling and stuff, could not get into what I reall wanted to do, which is post a few Soul, Funk and R&B tunes. I am still on vacation so this weeks spins are coming from sunny Jamaica, and will be for the next few weeks. We start this week off with a pioneer…

July 14, 2017
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Games People Play – The Spinners

Well it is a wrap for this week’s Soulful Sunday and I hope you enjoyed the selection. These were some of the hottest vocal groups on the scene back in the 1960s right through to the 1980s. this last group, The Spinners have had an up and down career. The were originally with Motown but never reached higher than 14 in Billboards top 100 and never had a top ten…

July 2, 2017
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Soul and R&B Muscians Who Died in April

  Jesse Albert Stone, aka, Charles Calhoun, (The Blue Serenaders), April 1, 1999 Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. “Marvin Gaye” April 1, 1984 Robert “Rob,” Pilatus, ( Milli Vanilli), April 2, 1998 Charles Edwin “Edwin Starr”Hatcher, April 2, 2003 Homer Banks (Song Writer, Stax Records), April 3, 2003 Andre Decarlo “L.A. Dre,”Bolton, (AZ1), April 3, 2017 Harry “Boom Boom” McGilberry, (Temptation) April 3, 2006 Daniel “Danny,” Earl Rapp, (Danny and the…

June 15, 2017
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Slow Dance – David Ruffin

Well I have come to the last song for this week and again it is another lead singer who left a famous group to go solo. Only this time his story ended tragically. Have you seen the movie “The Five Heartbeats?” A movie about a R&B, group that had a meteoric rise to fame and the same end came to its original lead singer as the lead singer I am…

June 4, 2017
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How’s Your Love Life Baby – Eddie Kendricks

When you listen to songs like “Just My Imagination,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” that falsetto voice belongs to Edward James Kendricks, aka Eddie Kendricks. He was the lead singer for the Motown group The Temptations. A group he co-founded and sang lead from 1960 until he left to start a solo career. This tune comes off “The Vintage ’78,” album, that contains some of his best R&B and dance…

June 4, 2017
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