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Black Music

Launched in 1973, Black Music (renamed Black Music & Jazz Review from April 1978) was a monthly British music magazine aimed mostly at fans of soul and reggae music. In July 1984, it was absorbed by Blues & Soul.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1974

IN 1965 Nina Simone strengthened her newly-won acclaim as the High Priestess of Soul with a dramatic reworking of a unique echo from the fifties. ...

Ashford & Simpson: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Black Music, May 1974

NICKOLAS ASHFORD and Valerie Simpson have, of course, been writing great songs for years. Songs like 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'Reach Out And Touch ...

Arthur Alexander: Remembering

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, August 1974

EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago Warner Brothers issued an album that re-introduced a name from the early sixties. Arthur Alexander (BS.2592) had been a long time coming. ...

The Drifters

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, October 1974

WHEN is a Drifter not a Drifter? That is the question. ...

Solomon Burke: The Solomon Burke Story

Retrospective by Cliff White, Black Music, 1975

IT'S ALWAYS good to see neglected talent straighten up and fly right after seemingly falling by the wayside, especially when the talent is as undeniable ...

Get Arp And Get Down!

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex. DAVITT SIGERSON explains all. ...

Krispy And Company, MFSB: Krispi And Company, MFSB: More Disco Madness

Profile by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

What kind of madness is it when two bands adopt different names to record versions of a 30s showtune called 'Brazil'? Just put it down ...

Millie Jackson: Gettin' Her Piece

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, November 1975

MILLIE JACKSON raps. That's what her fans come to see her for, she figures, and she'll rap about anything—though, nowadays, she raps most often about ...

Stevie Wonder: Technology and R&B: Get Arp And Get Down

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Wake Up, Everybody (Philadelphia Int.)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1976

'Wake Up Everybody'/'Keep On Lovin' You'/'You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good'/'Don't Leave Me This Way'/'Tell The World How I Feel About 'cha ...

Shirley Goodman: Shirley Goodman: Remember Shirley and Lee? Now it's Shirley and Jesus!

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1976

The 23-year tale behind Shirley and Company's 'Shame Shame Shame' smash. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: You Won't Be Able to Tune In, Turn On and Cop Out...

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1976

Davitt Sigerson goes to New York to rap with the angry poet of revolution, Gil Scott-Heron ...

The Spinners: The Detroit Spinners: Spinners Wynner

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, June 1976

The Detroit Spinners have recently celebrated twenty years in the music business. Their leader, Philippé Wynne, talked to Davitt Sigerson in New York about his ...

George Chandler: Anatomy of a Soul Record

Report by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1976

George Chandler in the studio at Chipping Norton ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, January 1977

Davitt Sigerson Probes Into The Mind Of Stony Browder Jr. ...

Art Neville, The Meters: The Meters: Twenty Years on the Funk Meter #1

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, January 1977

THE METERS' ART NEVILLE gives his personal account of New Orleans R&B in the first part of a mammoth feature by CLIFF WHITE ...

Art Neville, The Meters: The Meters: Twenty Years on the Funk Meter #2

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, February 1977

THE METERS Story told in Part Two of Cliff White's mammoth interview with ART NEVILLE ...

James Brown: After 21 Years, Still Refusing To Lose...

Report and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1977

A MONTHLY magazine cannot attempt to match the ephemeral topicality of a weekly news-sheet, particularly, a monthly magazine that works within the rigid structure of ...

The Isley Brothers: Ernie Isley: Pride of the Isleys

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, September 1977

"THE ALBUM, 3+3, featuring 'That Lady', was in '73, but since 1969, we've been more or less involved with the Isley Brothers. My father was ...

Betty Wright: This Time For Real…

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, January 1978

The "Clean Up Woman" cleans up — a report by John Morthland ...

Etta James: James The First

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, October 1978

Etta James, a star of this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, visited London after her show there en route for her American home. While here, she ...

Latimore: Benny Latimore: Diggin' Deeper

Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, December 1978

FROM THE earliest days of this supergroovalistic megamag we have brought you some of the most comprehensive black music inter/over-views ever published on a broad ...

Millie Jackson - Rappin' with Millie J

Interview by Gary Sperrazza!, Black Music, September 1980

"So now ladies and gentlemen it is star time...ARE YOU READY FOR STAR TIME!!!...(yells, applause)...Thank you and thank you very kindly...It is indeed a great ...

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