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Blues & Soul was a pioneering British music magazine covering black music. Originally titled Home of the Blues, it was founded in London by John Abbey in 1966, changing its title in 1967. John Abbey moved to the USA in the 1970s, handing control of the magazine to others. It is now published bi-monthly and available online.

Aretha Franklin: Aretha's Artistry

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1968

THE YOUNG lady who has probably had more effect on the r&b scene in the U.S.A. than anyone else during the past year, who has ...

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul in London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1968

FRIDAY, MAY 10th, marked the long overdue arrival in Britain of America's first Lady of Soul, the remarkable Miss Aretha Franklin: an event which soul ...

Nina Simone

Interview by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, July 1968

ONE IS always apprehensive about meeting artists for whom one has a great admiration or burning passion – I deliberately avoided meeting the one and ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Dave Godin Column: Howlin' Wolf

Essay by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, April 1969

I RECENTLY READ a most scathing and critical review of the new Howlin' Wolf album which has been issued in the States on Cadet-Concept (the ...

Billy Preston

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

DISCOVERED IN our own backyard! ...

Roy Hamilton

Retrospective by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

WE REGRET the loss this month of another R&B artist, Roy Hamilton. Whilst Roy has frequently strayed from R&B, he is generally considered to be ...

Frederick "Shorty" Long: Shorty Long

Retrospective by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

FREDERICK (SHORTY) Long drowned in a boating accident on Sunday, June 29. Also killed in the same accident was Shorty's friend, Oscar Williams, who also ...

The Temptations Came, Saw And Almost Conquered

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1970

AND SO, it's all over. The Temptations, first ambassadors of Soul and Motown have been and gone again. The question now is whether it was ...

The Temptations: The Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1970

ON ENTERING the exclusive surroundings of London's most popular dinner and entertainment club, my mind was engaged on the description that most journalists from the ...

Arthur Conley, Jimmy Ruffin, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Jimmy Ruffin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1970

IT STARTED out as a most exciting way to start the 70's for every British Soul lover. But after three weeks on the road it ...

The Miracles: Thank The Beatles

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1970

SMOKEY ROBINSON and the Miracles flew into London specifically to appear on Tom Jones TV show. Even if many Soul fans disapprove of what Mr. ...

Doris Troy: Dave Godin Meets Mother Soul

Interview by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, February 1970

WHEN EDITOR John Abbey asked me if I would do a feature interview with Doris Troy to coincide with her forthcoming single release on Apple, ...

The Showstoppers: The Show Stoppers

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Blues & Soul, February 1970

'AIN'T NOTHING But A Houseparty' reads the title but there's a lot more to the Show Stoppers first hit than just that! ...

Blue Mink, Booker T & The MGs, Jimmy Ruffin: Booker T And The MGs/Blue Mink/Jimmy Ruffin: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1970

THE HAMMERSMITH Odeon has been the scene of great jubilation and triumph for many top r&b/soul artists in the last few years and soul fans ...

Jimmy Ruffin: I Nearly Became A Temptation

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1970

AND SO, the news is out that the Ruffin brothers, David and Jimmy, could well be linking up in the States as a double act. ...

The 5th Dimension, Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Betty Everett, Bob & Earl, Chuck Jackson, The Delfonics, The Dells, Eddie Floyd, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, Mary Wells, Rufus Thomas, The Supremes, The Temptations: On Disc: Singles Reviewed By John E. Abbey

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1970

RECORD OF THE FORTNIGHT ...

Wilbert Harrison: One Man Band

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1970

ALMOST WITHOUT WARNING, Wilbert Harrison arrived in London during mid-April to appear with Creedence Clearwater at London's Royal Albert Hall concerts. Wilbert was chosen by ...

Dionne Warwick: The Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, May 1970

THE "PRINCE Albert Hall" (as Dionne so charmingly referred to it) is the most peculiar venue in London for a recording artist to play. ...

Inez Foxx Speaks Frankly To B and S

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1970

...and tells the truth about her first solo tour and its problems ...

Isaac Hayes: The Most Important Soul Man Of Today

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1970

JA: How did you first get together with David Porter, in the very beginning? ...

The Flirtations: In Pursuit Of That Elusive Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1970

DESPITE THE fact that the beautiful Flirtations virtually live on our doorstep, the British public has inexplicably ignored their many fine records, despite the fact ...

Sam & Dave: The Split — The Story

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1970

AFTER 10 YEARS, Sam and Dave have finally parted company. They both intend to continue in the business, yet neither is certain of exactly which ...

Aretha Franklin: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

WHEN THE second house of Aretha's only London date started half an hour late, it did at first appear a bad sign. However, since the ...

Aretha Franklin: Our Queen

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1970

THE ARRIVAL in Britain of the Queen of Soul was, naturally, a Red Letter day in the 1970 Soul calendar. After all, this was only ...

Bobby Womack

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

OUTSIDE OF the States, Bobby Womack does not really mean a great deal. On listening to his current American album, My Prescription, this is indeed ...

Candi Staton, Clarence Carter: Clarence Carter & Candi Staton: Clarence and Candi and Rick Hall

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

WHEN WE heard the good news of Clarence Carter's impending marriage to his protege, Candi Staton, we felt we had to get in touch with ...

Otis Leavill

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

IT WAS ONLY because one member of Atlantic's London office staff had particular faith in Otis Leavill's R&B hit from the States, 'I Love You', ...

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Express Yourself

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

THOUGH THE Watts 103rd St. Band are not yet a big act in Britain, they have established themselves as one of the top attractions in ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield: Curtis; The Impressions: Check Out Your Mind

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (Curtom) ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield: No Longer An Impression

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

AS EXCLUSIVELY reported in Blues & Soul some 4 months ago, Curtis Mayfield has officially left the Impressions after 12 years. When we finally tracked ...

Freda Payne: The Story Behind Band Of Gold

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

"THAT'S REALLY funny, because I was only talking to the office yesterday asking if 'Band Of Gold' had made any charts overseas – especially Britain". ...

R.B. Greaves

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

ONE OF the most promising talents to emerge in the States this year has been R. B. Greaves. His multi-million seller, 'Take A Letter Maria', ...

Chairmen Of The Board: The Chairmen of the Board

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

FOR MANY YEARS, I have been singing the praise of a certain Norman Johnson, who was the lead voice with the Showmen. ...

The Isley Brothers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

The Isley Brothers, Ronnie, Rudolph and O'Kelly, have spent well over a decade at the top. Their success culminated in the formation of their own ...

Esther Marrow: Newport News Virginia

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

BRITISH SOUL FANS could be for-given for having never heard of Miss Esther Marrow a month or so ago since Miss Marrow has, to date, ...

Percy Sledge

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

PERCY SLEDGE made a fleeting visit to London recently on his way to Holland to receive an award. Naturally, B&S got together with him and ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1970

THE APPEARANCE in London of the much-heralded exponents and instigators of psychedelic soul – only their second ever British date; the first being at the ...

The Delfonics: Sexy Soul

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

GENERALLY, all forms of American music finally break through in Britain. But, to date, there has been one outstanding exception in that the smooth groups ...

The Four Tops: Changing Times

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

IN THE FIVE short months that have passed since the last time the Tops came to Britain, a great deal has happened to them. ...

The Glass House

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

ALREADY, Holland-Dozier-Holland have introduced us to Freda Payne and the Chairmen of the Board this year via their Invictus label. It is highly likely that ...

The Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns: The Memphis Horns

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

HOW MANY of you have listened to the Memphis records and thought to yourself how great the brass is? Every Sam & Dave record, or ...

Esther Marrow, The Voices of East Harlem: The Voices Of East Harlem/Estha Marrow: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1970

The Voices That Raised The Roof ...

The Last Poets: Thoughts... and Music: The Last Poets

Comment by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

AS EDITOR of Blues & Soul, I have always done my personal utmost to concentrate on the musical content of our music and the artists ...

Candi Staton, Clarence Carter: Clarence Carter: 'Patches' An Ideal Album Track

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

OWN UP, all those who didn't give Clarence Carter's 'Patches' even an outside chance of making the U.K. charts; let alone actually make the Top ...

David Porter: Gritty Groovy Now He's Got It

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

REMEMBER THE big Soul boom of last year when every second record on the pop chart was a revived Soul sound? Naturally, everyone saw this ...

The Edwin Hawkins Singers: Edwin Hawkins

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

EVERY NOW and then, a true phenomenon occurs in the world of popular music. The 60's was a period when at least one unusual occurrence ...

Patti LaBelle: Pattie Labelle and Bluebelles: Fly-IN High

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

IT HAS gone virtually unnoticed in the British musical press that Pattie La Belle (or Patty La Belle or Patti La Belle!) and her Blue ...

Roberta Flack: The Real Roberta Flack

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

ROBERTA FLACK sings. In fact, as Les McCann so aptly put it in the liner notes of her first album for Atlantic Records, titled First ...

Tom Dowd: The Reluctant Master

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

"COLUMBIA DIDN'T record Aretha badly, it was just that what they did was untimely. Aretha Franklin is incapable of making a bad record." ...

The Raelets, Ray Charles: Ray Charles and The Raelets In Concert

Live Review by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, November 1970

THE ANNUAL concert featuring Ray Charles, his Orchestra and The Raelets is an event which usually draws S.R.O. crowds and this year was no exception. ...

Dee Dee Warwick

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1970

DEE DEE Warwick has been turning out good records now for half a decade and she really hasn't received the acclaim she warrants. However, her ...

Garnet Mimms: Reflections On Garnet Mimms

Overview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1970

NEW YORK SOUL '64 TO '67 ...

The Edwin Hawkins Singers/Blue Mink: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1970

IN PRACTICALLY every biography written about today's soul singers, mention is made of how he or she began singing in church; so much so that ...

Booker T & The MGs: Booker T And MG's: Still Very Much Together

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1971

IN THE British music press of late, there have been numerous rumours that Booker T. and the M.G.s have split up or are about to ...

Carol Woods

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1971

CAROL WOODS made her British debut recently on the Ember label with 'If I Let You' and, whilst this particular record has been unable to ...

Homer Banks

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1971

THERE IS always a curious under-current in Soul music in this country for certain artists who don't mean too much in their own country. ...

Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Jerry Wexler, Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett: Jerry Wexler: Aretha, She's Just Unbelievable

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1971

JERRY WEXLER is without doubt, one of the great producers who revolutionised Rhythm and Blues music in the 50's and 60's. ...

Mad Lads

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1971

THERE ARE numerous vocal groups that never make the Top 10 of the National Chart. Most of these acts simply fade into obscurity or carry ...

Nina Simone: Nine Simone: Super Star For 1971

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1971

AS HAS been noted by her many fans and soul people generally, there has been a marked silence from the High Priestess of Soul for ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Bitter End, NYC

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

Curtis Mayfield's Solo Debut ...

Gladys Knight

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

"'If I Were Your Woman' is the long awaited follow up to 'Grapevine'" says Gladys Knight ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Deutches Museum Hall, Munich

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

TO WITNESS the Ike & Tina Turner Revue is an experience in itself but, to make certain that a revue of the show got into ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Workin' Together #1

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

Part One ...

Jackie Moore: Precious 8 Months Later A Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

BRITAIN HAS always been quick to accept a new Soul sister and, if anything, the respect accorded to a female singer in this country far ...

James Brown: The Sugar Shack Club, Boston

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

The Greatest Showman In Soul ...

The Spinners: Motown's Spinners

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

AFTER NEARLY ten years of trying, the Spinners finally achieved their break-through in this country via the first Stevie Wonder production of them. The song ...

Oscar Toney Jr

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

No U.K. release for 2 years but still a great favourite ...

William Bell: Wow…William Bell

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1971

WHEN IT comes to be rated as the most under-appreciated man in Soul music, one William Bell must rank as hot favourite. ...

Bobby Byrd, James Brown: Bobby Byrd

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1971

IF YOU'VE ever wondered who the second voice is on James Brown's 'Sex Machine', we can put your mind at rest for it is none ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Workin' Together #2

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1971

Part Two: The Ike Turner Story ...

Joe Simon

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1971

WITH JOE Simon's signature, Spring Records have gained their first real entry into the super-star league. Joe's first for the label, 'Your Time To Cry', ...

Vicki Anderson: Ready To Quit Unless Something Big Comes Along

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1971

VICKI ANDERSON made a lot of friends in this country with her part in the James Brown Revue. On record, she is best known for ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1971

IF ARETHA is the Queen of Soul and Otis was the King of Soul, James Brown must qualify as the Super-King of Funk! On the ...

The Showstoppers: Second Time Around For The Showstoppers

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Blues & Soul, March 1971

ONE-HIT WONDERS are far from being an unusual phenomena on the pop scene. Surprisingly, considering the generally higher level of artistic merit required, they are ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny Hathaway

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

WITH THE natural progression of our music, for the first time we are able to claim musical genius within Soul Music. ...

Eddie Kendricks, The Temptations: Eddie Kendricks: A Temptation No More

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

A MOTOWN News Release, dated March 19, 1971, confirmed something that we had been hearing about for several weeks – namely that Eddie Kendricks, lead ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: Funkadelic

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

IT'S RARE that a tour by an American R&B group can cause controversy that makes headlines in the more general pop music papers. But that's ...

Margie Joseph Makes A Big New Impression

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

FOR THOSE of you who haven't noticed, the fastest rising album on the American chart over the last month or so belongs to one Margie ...

Rozetta Johnson

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

WHEN IT comes to female Soul singers, you've got to look south of the Mason-Dixon line. It's in the South that you'll find the girls ...

Freda Payne: The Heart and Soul of Freda Payne

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1971

WITHOUT A DOUBT, the most exciting and worthwhile 'new' discovery of 1970 was Freda Payne. Exciting because she is just that; worthwhile because she will ...

The Raelets: The Stars Behind The Stars: The Raelets

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1971

THE ART of vocal back up work – the vocal accompaniment which so often complements and assists the names out front to obtain the exact ...

The Sweet Inspirations: The Sweet Soul Of The Sweet Inspirations

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1971

IN THE first part of this short series, we covered the role of The Raelets. In this article, the work of the most important group ...

Aretha Franklin: Aretha's Thank You To B&S Readers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1971

ANOTHER VISIT PLANNED FOR THE END OF THE YEAR ...

Brook Benton: Either You Got It Or You Don't Got It

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1971

ONE OF the most pleasing successes of 1970 was Brook Benton with what to me was probably the most soulful record of that year, 'Rainy ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic: A Parliafunkadelicment Thang

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1971

RARELY DOES an R&B act cause any controversy or speculation prior to making a British tour. But the one exception in recent years is Funkadelic, ...

Tami Lynn

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1971

"YOU'RE JOKING. It's just like a dream. God, it must have been five...no, six years ago that I made that record." Those were the first ...

The Fuzz

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1971

YOU HAVE probably noticed a record by a group called Fuzz, which has been on the American Top 100 now for some three months or ...

Ike & Tina Turner: The Stars Behind The Stars: Part Three — The Ikettes and Others!

Overview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1971

IN THE last part of this series about vocal back-up girls, we'll deal with the numerous ladies who don't belong to any particular group plus ...

Arthur Conley

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

ALTHOUGH ARTHUR Conley is acknowledged as being one of the finest young entertainers on today's Soul scene, it's quite a while since his last really ...

B.B. King: Background To A Living Legend

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

B.B. KING is the undisputed King of the Blues – fact! Every press release in existence on B.B. will tell you that he is a ...

Carol Woods

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

SIX MONTHS ago, we featured a young lady in our magazine who had just made her British debut on the recording scene; her name was ...

Chairmen Of The Board

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

HAVING HAD three consecutive chart records in this country and with 'Pay To The Piper' gradually edging its way into the Top 30, the Chairmen ...

Garnet Mimms: In Search Of A Record Outlet

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

SOME FOUR years ago, Garnet Mimms was just about the hottest R&B entertainer in the States. Then his contract with United Artists Records expired and ...

The Dixie Flyers: The Guys Behind The Hits

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

THE FIRST real opportunity that R&B fans had to know of Dixie Flyers collectively was when they turned up on Aretha's Spirit In The Dark/Don't ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Gentle Genius

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

FEW – IF ANY – people have contributed as much to the progression of what is generally regarded as Soul music as has Curtis Mayfield, ...

Jean Knight

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

WITH THE initial success of King Floyd's 'Groove Me', Soul music spotlighted the relatively small town of Jackson, Mississippi, and the record's producer, Wardell Quezergue. ...

Bettye LaVette, Esther Phillips: Lelan Rogers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

LELAN ROGERS first sprang to prominence as the man who brought national success to Esther Phillips with 'Release Me'. In the decade that has passed, ...

The Beginning Of The End

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

"NASSAU'S GONE funky; Nassaus's gone Soul" is how the Beginning Of The End bounce into the history-making hit, 'Funky Nassau'. History? This is the best ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Fascinations: The Fascinations

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

IT'S ONE of the strange things about the music world when a record that is five years old and is making its third bid for ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Speakeasy, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1971

THE ALL-too-brief, spur-of-the-moment appearance of Curtis Mayfield at London's Speakeasy club must surely rank as a historic event in the history of soul music in ...

King Curtis

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1971

CURTIS OUSELEY – known the world over as King Curtis – was fatally wounded and died on Friday, August 13 only a few yards away ...

Sam & Dave

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1971

AFTER less than a year apart, Sam Moore and Dave Prater – alias Sam & Dave, the Dynamic Duo – are back together. The decision ...

Dionne Warwicke: Is She The Same Girl?

Comment by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1971

THE RELEASE of four Dionne Warwicke albums by Decca – Soulful, Motion Picture Hits, Promises Promises and Very Dionne has sparked off some renewed interest ...

Tami Lynn: Tam Lynn's Debut Album

Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1971

IT IS very difficult to analyse a debut album from any artist, since an artist's potential is often judged on their first album as opposed ...

Al Green - Superstar

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

THE LAST time I talked to Al Green, he was riding high with his adaptation of the Temptations' 'I Can't Get Next To You'. Now, ...

Curtis Mayfield

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

IT IS, indeed, very rare for an American artist to make a short visit to this country and immediately score a hit single in the ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool And The Gang

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

CONSIDERING THAT Kool & The Gang have only ever had one British release they have an incredible following. That release – well over a year ...

Simtec & Wylie

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

IF YOUR'E looking for an ultra-funky record, then Simtec & Wylie's 'Gotta Get Get Over The Hump' is perfect for you. The record is currently ...

The Five Stairsteps

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

IT'S ALMOST five years to the day since I first met Clarence Burke Sr., better known the world over as Papa Stairstep. At the time, ...

8th Day

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

WITHIN EVERY Invictus and Hot Wax group there is a winner. General Johnson showed up with the Chairmen, Steve Mancha turned up singing lead for ...

Booker T & The MGs: Booker T and M.G.'s

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

DONALD 'DUCK' Dunn, best known in R&B circles for his invaluable contribution to our music via Booker T. & The M.G.'s, was recently in London ...

Carla Thomas: The Memphis Queen

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

RIGHTLY, CARLA Thomas is the Memphis Queen. ...

David Ruffin, The Temptations: David Ruffin

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

THE TEMPTATIONS without David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams! Strange, but true – that is the sad situation as of today. There was enough ...

Detroit Emeralds

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

IF EVER there was a record destined to become an in-demand oldie, it is the Detroit Emeralds' 'Do Me Right', which somehow managed to avoid ...

Diana Ross, The Jackson 5: Diana Ross

Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1971

MOTOWN'S MUCH-heralded first independent production centred on Diana Ross, proved to be all it was cracked out to be – and more! Screened on B.B.C. ...

Hugh Masekela

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

HUGH MASAKELA is best known in this country for his UNI instrumental hit, 'Grazin' In The Grass', which later provided the Friends of Distinction with ...

Leroy Hutson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

IN ALL honesty, it was strange to see Fred Cash and Sam Gooden flanking a new "leader" and central figure of The Impressions. Sadly, the ...

Mabel John: Mable John

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

MABLE JOHN, one of the most charming people in the whole record industry, bounded into London once more as leading lady with the Ray Charles ...

Oscar Toney Jr

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

THERE ARE a handful of American artists who don't need a current record to provide them with sufficient work in this country. Frequently, this is ...

The Impressions: Live

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

THE DEACON'S Rap, Sam and Fred's superb harmonics, Leroys faultless lead, all combined with Curtis' lyrics gave us what must have been the greatest show ...

The Intruders

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

DESPITE HAVING been one of Soul's leading acts for close on five years now, The Intruders have yet to make any serious impression on the ...

The Tams

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

THE MOST successful of all of this year's re-issues has undoubtedly been The Tams' 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me', which, prior to being re-released on ...

Troy Keyes

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

TROY KEYES had a very successful single in 1967, 'Love Explosions', and has been conspicuous by his absence ever since. "I spent a year with ...

Willie Mitchell

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

THE SUCCESS story of the day in our music must lie in Memphis with that patient and ever consistent genius, Willie Mitchell. Since he became ...

Ann Peebles

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

ALREADY BEING tipped as a potential giant R&B record in this country is Ann Peebles version of 'Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love'. The only ...

Freddie North

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

AFTER SIXTEEN years of trying hard, Freddie North has broken through into the proverbial good time – and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. ...

Fugi

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

FUGI Is a name that will mean absolutely nothing to virtually every reader of B&S. So let's start by telling you that Fugi – pronounced ...

Jimmy Ruffin

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

IT'S QUITE a few months now since Jimmy Ruffin was last in the British charts following a run of about one year when his name ...

The Platters

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

IN THE States, there is as much confusion over The Platters as there has been over The Drifters with numerous groups touring the country using ...

The Temptations: Introducing Damon Harris and Richard Street

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

MUCH HAS been written in B&S lately about the departure of Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams from the Temptations and, in all fairness, a lot ...

William Bell: The Real William Bell

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

AFTER MANY years of having a fake William Bell on hand, the real McCoy finally arrived in Britain recently in the form of a suave, ...

Valerie Simpson: Underexposed

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1971

WITHOUT DOUBT, Valerie Simpson is one of the most important talents to emerge this year. Her debut album, Exposed made some considerable impression on both ...

Denise LaSalle: Denise La Salle

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1971

THE LAST twelve months have been extremely successful for new female Soul artistes. The most recent success belongs to Chicago's Denise La Salle, whose 'Trapped ...

The Main Ingredient

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1971

RCA RECORDS has never had a good reputation as an R&B label. However, quietly they have recently built up quite a roster of good R&B ...

B.B. King

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1971

PERHAPS MORE than any other single entertainer, B.B. King has contributed a good deal to "opening the doors" for the blues and for making it ...

The Supremes: Soulfully Supreme

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1971

2008 introduction: The Supremes were in the UK for their first post-Diana Ross tour with Jean Terrell as the group's new lead singer and Motown ...

The Four Tops, The Supremes: The Magnificent Seven Live: The Supremes and the Four Tops live at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1971

DUE TO lack of publicity, the International Children's Aid Charity concert on Tuesday November 30 at the Royal Albert Hall was not as well attended ...

Brenda & The Tabulations: Brenda and The Tabulations

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

OVER THE past five years, Brenda & The Tabulations have been Philadelphia's most consistently successful act. Since the first time that she showed up on ...

Chocolate Syrup

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

1971 HAS been a remarkable year for group's names and none has been more imaginative than Chocolate Syrup, five young men who are currently enjoying ...

Honey & The Bees: Honey and The Bees

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

HONEY and the Bees are four beautiful young ladies from Philadelphia who have just come off their biggest hit to date. 'It's Gonna Take A ...

Millie Jackson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

MILLIE JACKSON has had one of the most meaningful songs of 1971 in her current hit, 'A Child Of God (It's hard To Believe)'. Not ...

People's Choice

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

PEOPLE'S CHOICE 'I Likes To Do It' has been one of the most consistent selling Mojo singles to date – it has never achieved the ...

Rufus Thomas

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

BRITAIN HAS always been a happy hunting ground for Rufus Thomas, right back to his first tour in 1967, not so long after notching up ...

The Staple Singers

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

IF I HAD to select the most satisfying thing to me personally of 1972 (within the realms of our music!), I would be more than ...

Curtis Mayfield

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

SINCE EMERGING as an important solo entertainer, Curtis Mayfield has also emerged as the president of a successful record company, due mainly to his basic ...

Donnie Elbert

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

HERE'S AN unbelievable story – would you believe that Donnie Elbert's 'Where Did Our Love Go' is three years old, was recorded in London and ...

Maceo Parker and All The Kings Men

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

MACEO & All The King's Men, currently on the U.K. Singles chart with 'Got To Getcha' and 'Thank You', didn't come into existance until March ...

The Dramatics

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

CONTINUING THE success story of former Golden World/Ric Tic artists are The Dramatics, who were recently awarded their first Gold Disc for million-plus sales on ...

The Last Poets

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

THE LAST Poets have enjoyed success in the States via two albums, The Last Poets and This Is Madness, both on the Douglas label. However, ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays: Together For More Than A Decade

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

OF ALL the so-called lesser known American vocal groups, the O'Jays are one of the most remarkable. Not only have they been together for well ...

The Unifics

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1972

THE UNIFICS main claim to fame in this country is via their in-demand oldie, 'Court Of Love', a record that sold close on a million ...

Billy Preston: Working The Way God Planned It!

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1972

BILLY PRESTON has been here all the time, yet he's only just arrived; and after many years of building his way up the bumpy road ...

Stevie Wonder: A Little Too Far Out?

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1972

ALL IN ALL, 1971 was not a big year for Stevie Wonder in this country, and his appearances in the chart were, in fact, few ...

Betty Wright

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

WHEN ATLANTIC recommences battle in this country following the switch from Polydor to Kinney's distribution, one of the records that will receive maximum support is ...

Chairmen Of The Board

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

AS EXCLUSIVELY reported in B&S, the Chairmen Of The Board are back working but as a trio. ...

Don Gardner

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

IT'S FUNNY the way that you run into people by surprise. On planning a quick interview with Curtis Mayfield, I discovered that his road manager ...

Honey Cone

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

DESPITE spending a week or so in this country, it is doubtful whether many British citizens had an opportunity to see Hot Wax' successful trio, ...

James Brown: Talking Loud And Saying Something

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

JAMES BROWN is renowned for being a leader of his people and never more so than right now. During his long and successful career, he ...

The Persuasions

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

THE PERSUASIONS are unique. They are, in fact, the only full time professional exponents of Accapella in the States. Accepella is the art of musical ...

Jackie Moore, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett, Jackie Moore: Copacabana, NYC

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

CAN YOU imagine seeing Wilson Pickett at the Talk of the Town in London, complete with middle-aged folks having a night out, coach parties from ...

Bill Withers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

WHEN 1971 is finally evaluated in years to come, historians will look back and acknowledge Bill Withers as one of the most significant and important ...

Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack: Donny Hathaway: Aiming High

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

AS WAS written in the Bill Withers feature in the last issue of B&S, there have been a handful of new talents in the 70's ...

The Temptations: Temptations Special: Damon Harris and Richard Street

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

Rappin' with Damon Harris... ...

The Temptations: Temptations Special: Dennis Edwards

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

THE PAST year has seen some traumatic changes for the Temptations, changes that would certainly have wrecked any normal group's career to the point where ...

The Moments

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

OF ALL the stalwart American groups, the most hard done-by title surely goes to the Moments, three young men with a string of hits that ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1972

THOUGH SOMEWHAT quiet on the recording scene of late, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the original wildman of our music, is still attracting large audiences in the ...

Al Green: Superstar

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

PROBABLY THE MOST eligible superstar to join our ranks over the past twelve months is Al Green, an unpredictable artist and an equally unpredictable man. ...

Bettye Swann

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

WE'VE SAID it before and we'll no doubt say it again – Britain's soul fans are far more loyal to their favourite girl singers than ...

Bobby Womack

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

"I'M FINALLY going to make it to Europe," an overjoyed Bobby Womack yelled over the phone to me! "My agent just told me that there's ...

Candi Staton

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

IT'S BEEN many months since Candi Staton was last featured on the charts in the States. Now, to confound everybody, she has two singles at ...

Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter: A Personal Tribute

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

CLYDE McPhatter is dead. I would be a liar if I said I was surprised because Clyde has been 'lost' for quite a few years. ...

Frederick Knight: Success From Out Of Left Field

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

REGULAR READERS of B&S will already be more than aware of how we occasionally jump on a record right from when it becomes available in ...

George Perkins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

THREE YEARS ago, George Perkins' debut single, 'Crying In The Streets', gave him a No. 1 R&B record. Now comes the belated follow-up and a ...

Love Unlimited

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

IT'S NOT very often that a basically Soul single is talked about as being an instant British hit but that's the way Love Unlimited's first ...

Major Lance

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

IF WE had to nominate the most asked after Soul artist who is outside of the super league of the Hayes/Mayfield/James Brown/Motown and ilk, it ...

The Manhattans

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

REGULAR readers of B&S who follow the U.S. charts have probably noticed that every now and then a record comes on the charts then drops ...

The Nite-Liters

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

THINGS HAVE changed quite a good deal for The Nite-Liters since we last heard from them. Back then, they were almost totally unknown in this ...

The Stylistics

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

IN THE past year or so, we have been blessed with more genuine talent acceptance for our music and those who make it than at ...

Gladys Knight and The Pips

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1972

BELIEVE IT or not, this September marks the 20th anniversary of Gladys Knight and the Pips. Before you let your imagination run away with you, ...

Laura Lee

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1972

DESPITE the fact that she has never been properly represented in this country on record, Laura Lee is certainly one of the most requested female ...

Little Royal

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1972

CURRENTLY ENJOYING his first national success is Little Royal, whose 'Jealous' single currently stands high on the American Soul charts. Although it's his debut on ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1972

"YOU KNOW, we recorded the album for Columbia but they just did not want it. They were too busy with Sly and Chicago; Santana and ...

Esther Phillips: Twenty-Five Years A Star

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1972

A MORE apt title could surely not have been found for the initial Kudu set by Miss Esther Phillips. From A Whisper To A Scream ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1972

EVERY YEAR, there are only a handful – maybe six – records which go on to become all-time personal favourites, records that get played at ...

Barbara Lynn

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1972

BARBARA LYNN is probably best known for her composition of 'You'll Lose A Good Thing', which she recorded herself in 1962 and gained a Gold ...

Chakachas

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1972

EVER SINCE the emergence of the Chakachas and their first record, 'Jungle Fever', there has been a great cloak of mystery surrounding their background. I ...

Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1972

SINCE EXPLODING on to the scene some two years ago with two consecutive million sellers, Mel and Tim's recording career fell into a period of ...

The Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers: Wattstax

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1972

THE whole idea of WATTSTAX '72 was splendid. It enabled more than 100,000 people to attend a seven hour concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum ...

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace (Atlantic)

Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1972

WHEN I WAS first privileged to hear some of Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace album when John Abbey brought back from the States several cassettes'-worth of ...

Mark IV

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1972

I MAKE no apologies for stating that Mark IV's 'Honey I Still Love You' is by far my favourite record of the moment. Equally so, ...

The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1972

WHEN AN act has a million seller first time out, it is highly unusual for the public to have to wait eleven months for the ...

The Delfonics, Thom Bell: The Delfonics

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1972

PHILADELPHIA'S Delfonics are probably the innovators of the city's famed sound, dating back to their earliest Philly Groove hits such as 'La La Means I ...

The Drifters

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1972

DESPITE BEING relatively cold in the States right now, The Drifters are having their most successful year ever in this country. They currently are on ...

The Persuaders

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1972

THEIR ALBUM sleeve note begins: "Most of us became aware of The Persuaders via their monster single recording of 'Thin Line Between Love And Hate'. ...

Jackie Wilson: The Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1972

THERE ARE very few performers whose career can span a good fifteen years and continue to be chart names and still draw crowds, particularly in ...

Archie Bell and the Drells: Archie Bell & The Drells: Here They Go Again

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1972

IT'S BECOMING commonplace these days for Britain's pop public to turn on to American soul acts at a time when the artists' career is quiet ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1972

CURRENTLY enjoying very considerable success with his very cleverly put together maxi-single of 'Walk In The Night', 'Right On Brothers And Sisters' and 'Gotta Hold ...

Ray Charles

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1972

TO QUOTE the title of one of his famous Atlantic recordings, a virtually guaranteed event is the annual visit of the Ray Charles revue with ...

The Stylistics: The Sound Of Sweet Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1972

PERHAPS ONE of the most significant 'happenings' this year has been the much-deserved chart success of the sweet-soul-sounding Stylistics who have undoubtedly been hailed as ...

Gladys Knight: Soul Perfection In Person

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1972

IT'S A VERY rare treat to meet an artist whose work you admire and whose in-person appearances you find exciting and who on top of ...

Bettye LaVette: Betty Lavette: First Album Due After Ten Years…

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1972

BELIEVE IT or not, Betty Lavette is celebrating her tenth year as a recording artist and yet it is only now that she really feels ...

Bob & Earl: Back On The Road Again

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1972

IT'S MORE than three years since Bob & Earl were last here but much has happened for the duo in that time. ...

Aretha Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland: Rev James Cleveland

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1972

IT'S REALLY quite a sad commentary on life that it took a pupil to bring the master to the attention of the world but that's ...

Bill Withers, Fontella Bass: Bill Withers/Fontella Bass: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1972

IN THESE days when it's applied with alarming frequency to practically every new talent that emerges, the word "genius" as with so many other superlatives ...

The Jackson 5, Junior Walker & The Allstars, The Sisters Love: The Jackson 5, Junior Walker, The Sisters Love: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1972

THE FIRST ever visit of Motown's Jackson Five is something which numerous people won't forget in a hurry: the staff at the hotels that the ...

Esther Phillips

Review and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1972

IT'S ALWAYS a very gratifying and rewarding experience to see an artist in whom you have particular faith and in who you strongly believe, finally ...

Stevie Wonder: Man Of Today And Tomorrow

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1973

ONE OF THE most rewarding and exciting aspects of taking any serious interest in any field of music is observing the artistic development and progress ...

Eddie Kendricks: Holding On

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1973

2008 intro: Eddie Kendricks had enjoyed critical acclaim with his groundbreaking 1972 People, Hold On album. The former Temptation had to experience a commercial mainstream ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: A Lady With A Big Future

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1973

IT WOULD surely be true to say that every fan must have one or two records that they will always treasure – the special one ...

Al Green

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

ALTHOUGH AL Green claimed to be a little surprised about being voted No. 1 Male Vocalist in our annual poll. I think that few other ...

Clydie King: Ready Willing And Certainly Able

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

I SUPPOSE it's true to say that Clydie King is best generally known in this country for her successful duet hit with Jimmy Holiday, 'Ready. ...

Grover Washington Jr.

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

GROVER WASHINGTON Jr. became one of Kudu's brightest lights by a complete one in a million accident. "I was called in to do a background ...

Johnny Nash

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1973

"REALLY WEIRD" is how Johnny Nash describes the acceptance and success he's recently received in the States via his major CBS hit 'I Can See ...

Johnny Williams: Slow Motion To The Top

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

JOHNNY WILLIAMS and his first release on Philadelphia International provided us with one of the most interesting statistical records of last year. Apart from the ...

Ronnie Dyson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

IT'S WELL over a year ago that Ronnie Dyson took 'When You Get Right Down To It' to the top of both pop and soul ...

Arthur Conley, The Supremes: The Supremes, Arthur Conley: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1973

AWARE OF all the 'changes' that have been going on with the Supremes of late, it was natural to hope that some of the new, ...

Barry White: A Potential Superstar

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1973

ANYONE WHO has heard Barry White's first album on 20th Century will undoubtedly concur on the point I am about to make – he is ...

Billie Holiday, Diana Ross: Diana Ross: The Lady Is A Winner

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1973

NO ONE is more aware than the lady herself of the totally negative attitude prevalent amongst quite a large number of people when it was ...

The Artistics

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1973

OLDIES HAVE always played a major part in the British Soul scene and it is quite amazing how many of these in-demand items come from ...

Barbara Jean English

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

AT A time when a lot of talented girls are beginning to surface again, it is also worth noting that there are a few completely ...

Billy Paul: The Age Old Problem Of The Follow Up

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

BILLY PAUL exploded on an unsuspecting public with the tale of 'Me And Mrs. Jones', a record that sold more than 2 1/2 million copies ...

Bunny Sigler: On To A Winning Streak

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

THERE ARE honestly very few people within our musical sphere who I really want to interview and who I have missed. But one such person ...

Dobie Gray

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

IN THESE sceptered isles, of course, Dobie Gray is best known in the Northern disco circuit where 'The In Crowd', 'Out On The Floor' and ...

First Choice: Everybody's First Choice

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

IT'S NOT very often that we Europeans get the opportunity to appreciate an American Soul record in advance to the native Americans, but in the ...

Gladys Knight And The Pips

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

A NEW page in the seemingly long and successful career of Gladys Knight & the Pips is about to begin with the group's debut release ...

Leon Haywood: The Good Times, The Bad Times And The Times In Between

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

IN OUR quest to track down the select band of artistes who are always there in the background but never seem to get the right ...

The Lost Generation: Lost Generation

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

THE LOST GENERATION is four young men – two sets of brothers – who exploded to fame two years ago with 'The Sly, Slick And ...

The Stylistics

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

IT REALLY wasn't such a surprise to B&S readers that the Stylistics' first album should come out as top album in the annual B&S Poll. ...

Al Green, Syl Johnson, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1973

WILLIE MITCHELL. His name is synonymous with the rich brass sound that has become known worldwide as the Memphis Sound. For years, Willie as been ...

Sly & The Family Stone: White City, London

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1973

"SLY STONE to appear at White City Festival". After reading various articles concerning Sly Stone, you imagine the feeling of reading this headline. ...

The Moments, Sylvia Robinson: All Platinum Records: Behind The Scenes With Joe Robinson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1973

JOE ROBINSON is President of All Platinum Records, a complex of record companies that embraces Stang, Vibration, Horoscope, Turbo and All Platinum labels. ...

Donny Hathaway: Reassessing His Musical Life

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1973

2008 intro: Donny Hathaway was in London on vacation after completing work on a new album, Extensions Of A Man and took a brief time ...

Diana Ross: Talking With Diana Ross

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1973

PRE-CONCEIVED notions are always hard to forget and when one has been continually conditioned to a particular notion, time makes it that much harder to ...

Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On (Tamla)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1973

UNLESS A veritable monster soul single rears its head during the final quarter of this year, Marvin Gaye will have the pleasure of having the ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby Blue Bland: Arrival

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1973

WHEN THE news was announced that the vast ABC/Dunhill Record complex had purchased the Duke-Peacock group of companies, speculation began as to what ABC would ...

Dionne Warwicke: Just Being Herself

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1973

THAT CERTAIN entertainers decline or prefer not to give interviews is an incomprehensible fact that frequently puzzles both journalists and the public. ...

Aretha Franklin: Aretha: Supersoulstar

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1973

2008 introduction: Aretha Franklin had just enjoyed major success with the Stevie Wonder composition 'Until You Come Back To Me'. She was in contract re-negotiations ...

Ashford & Simpson: Really Somethin' Else!

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1973

OVER THE last five years, the emergence of producers-turned performers has been a phenomenon which brought into the limelight some of the finest creative forces ...

Billy Paul, The Intruders, O'Jays: The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Intruders – Philadelphia International Tour: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1973

MOST INITIAL comments that I overheard on my way out from the Philly Package concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon theatre were slightly tinged with disappointment. ...

Stevie Wonder: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1974

IT'S BEEN said before but it's got to be said again: Stevie Wonder is, firstly, one of the most creative talents in the musical world ...

Linda Lewis, The Staple Singers: The Staple Singers/Linda Lewis: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1974

IF ANYONE ever asked for a definition of soul, the best advice you could give them would be to go to a concert by the ...

Barry White, Love Unlimited: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

Triumph at the Rainbow ...

Gloria Jones: Sharing Her Soul

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

HOW MANY times, I wonder, do we hear that old worn out cliché from visiting Americans about how much they dig this country and how ...

New York City: Playboy Club, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

SOMETIMES THE atmosphere or the vibes, whatever you want to call it, can have a profound effect on the performance of entertainers and if you're ...

The Real Thing: Gulliver's, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

MAKING ONE of their rare appearances in London, Liverpool's Real Thing put on an entertaining performance which demonstrated their vocal capabilities but did not show, ...

The Supremes

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1974

PERHAPS MORE than any other female group around today, The Supremes have undergone what seem like almost regular personnel changes and to my mind, it's ...

Doris Troy: Stretchin' Out and Gettin' Ahead

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1974

AS WE promised in the last 'TALA', we're gonna be checking out a few of the American artists who have decided to make their home ...

Ann Peebles: Hangin' On To Success

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1974

ALL OF a sudden, it seems like the whole world is talking about the talents of a magnificently soulful young woman and she puts it ...

Oscar Brown Jr.: Man With A Message

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1974

HIT RECORDS are funny things. An artist can go in the studio, work for hours, use the best musicians, spend lots of money and think ...

Rufus & Chaka Khan: Tellin' Something Good

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1974

2008 introduction: The group Rufus had released its first album on ABC in 1973; by the following year, the Chicago-based team was on its second ...

Viola Wills: Struggling For The Truth

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1974

IT CAME as something of a surprise to the lady to learn that her name was already familiar to a hard core following of fans ...

Doris Duke: The Other Woman

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1974

THERE ARE but a handful of names that seem to have an almost magical effect on soul folk everywhere. For some, the name is held ...

Syreeta: Spinnin' To The Top

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1974

LIVING IN the footsteps is a problem which daunts performers from time to time when they come from a successful musical family – we all ...

Ann Peebles: Sweet and Soulful

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

David Nathan reports on Ann Peebles' London gigs and talks shop with the delectable lady. ...

Gloria Gaynor: Her 'Hello' Is Her Goodbye

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

2008 introduction: After having some club success with 'Honeybee', Gloria Gaynor was just beginning to get her career in gear when David met her in ...

LaBelle: Tomorrow's Brightest Stars

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

2008 introduction: In person interview conducted by David Nathan in the kitchen of Vicki Wickham's apartment in midtown Manhattan. Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah ...

Lorraine Ellison: Heart And Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

David Nathan talks to the 'Stay With Me' lady, who's set to unleash her talents and become much more than just a singers' singer ...

Millie Jackson: Sayin' What Comes Naturally

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

IF THERE is truly any justice, 1974 will see the final emergence of the magnificent Mille Jackson right at the top of her field, where ...

Ashford & Simpson: Ashford and Simpson: Nick and Val

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1975

IT'S PRETTY hard to believe that the young, unassuming couple seated comfortably in their smart New York apartment-and-office are the masterminds behind a whole string ...

Syl Johnson: Truth Teller

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1975

ALMOST INEVITABLY, the one line of questioning that any interviewer takes with Syl Johnson involves Al Green, Willie Mitchell and Hi Records. Which is understandable ...

Dionne Warwicke: Right Back On Top

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1975

ASIDE FROM 'Then Came You', her million-selling, Thom Bell-produced duo with The Detroit Spinners which catapulted to the higher echelons of the pop & soul ...

Hues Corporation: The Hues Corporation: The Love Corporation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1975

'LOVE CORPORATION' really is an apt title for the Hues Corporation's new single because this L.A.-based trio literally ooze love for their fellow men and ...

The Tymes: A Tyme Piece

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1975

THERE ARE two specific reasons why it is always a pleasure for me to interview and then present a feature on the Tymes. Firstly, because ...

Zulema: Zulema For Real

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1975

IT IS EXCEPTIONALLY refreshing and highly unusual in this world full of phoney and plastic people to meet anyone with the honest, sensitive and just ...

Al Green: Love, Happiness And Convictions

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

2008 introduction: Known as the "Prince Of Soul," Al Green had built up a strong audience thanks to a string of hit singles and best-selling ...

Ann Peebles: Learning To Cope With The Rain

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

BEING THE recording artist for a classic can have almost as many pitfalls as advantages. The history of our music is littered with names who ...

Carol Douglas

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

WITH THE continued success of the disco in America, we are constantly getting a steady flow of new talent hitting the charts. Carol Douglas is ...

Choice Four

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

WITH VAN McCoy currently riding the crest of a wave as a producer and songwriter via his work with The Stylistics – and his own ...

Dee Dee Warwick

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

IT'S BEEN more than a while since we heard from one young lady whose consistently good records seemed to never hit quite as big as ...

Dooley Silverspoon

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

ONE HARDLY is likely to forget the name of Dooley Silverspoon and that really was the main purpose behind Dooley – whose actual surname is ...

Grover Washington Jr: Grover Washington: Mister Magic

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

IN JAZZ circles, Grover Washington Jr. is even unique because though he has been commercially successful in a big way, he still appeals to the ...

Jim Gilstrap: Wonder Man

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

When 'Swing Your Daddy' exploded on to the scene, everybody was saying they knew the name of Jim Gilstrap – but where from? ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: Boogieing To The Top

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

JIMMY CASTOR confesses that, right now, he is feeling elated. And one look at the charts or a few hours listening to nearly every r&b ...

Melba Moore: Soulful Sophistication

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

LIKE MOST everyone else, you're probably under the impression that the name Melba Moore is more synonymous with Broadway, Las Vegas, supper clubs and Hollywood ...

New York City: A Return Ticket From Philadelphia

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

AT A TIME when we should have been welcoming George McCrae back for his second British tour, we are instead featuring that super-talented quartet, New ...

Odia Coates

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

ODIA COATES is now a lady with two claims to fame. Her actual discovery as far as the world is concerned is that she was ...

Revelation

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

"POSITIVE THINKING and a high energy level" are, according to Benny Diggs, what make Revelation what they are. If you ever feel that you want ...

Sam Dees: The Show Goes On

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

AS any reader of B&S will have already perceived, the new Sam Dees album – The Show Must Go On – ranks as one of ...

Sister Sledge

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

THE TRULY amazing dynamism of the four lovely ladies who make up Philadelphia's own SISTER SLEDGE are finally getting the kind of recognition which their ...

The Drifters: Still Drifting

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

TRYING TO interview the Drifters sometimes proves an almost impossible task but it is one that I relish every time it is made possible because ...

The Futures

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

"TO BE a moon, not just a star" is the collective ambition of five, talented young guys from the City of Brotherly Love. Known as ...

The Moments and All Platinum Records: Moments To Remember

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

I'M SURE THE Moments will understand my meaning when I say that I am absolutely dumbfounded to be able to write a feature on them ...

The Spinners

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

IF YOU talk about supergroups these days, it is inevitable that The Spinners will enter your conversation. In the relatively short space of four years, ...

Vernon Burch

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

VERNON BURCH may be a new name to you but his past is littered with success since he was one of the contributing members of ...

Walter Heath

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

TALKING WITH Mr. Walter Heath midway during his recent stay in New York on the bill at the Uris Theatre with Seals & Crofts is ...

War: War and Peace

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

THE QUESTION that every B&S reader has been asking of late has been: Where is War? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the last War ...

Carl Graves

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

CARL GRAVES is a young man currently making his name on a worldwide basis via a lovely debut solo recording on A&M Records, 'Baby Hang ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: The Everything Man Really Has Everything

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

ON REFLECTION, the two most successful names to emerge from the highly successful Atlantic Super-Soul concert tour were Jimmy Castor and Sister Sledge. ...

Allen Toussaint, Johnny Bristol: Johnny Bristol and Allen Toussaint: Producers 'N' Performers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1975

IT SEEMS that it's an increasingly notable fact that more and more producers, after scoring successfully in that field, are turning their attention to the ...

Loleatta Holloway

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

IT WOULDN'T take a genius to notice that Loleatta Holloway's delectable US hit, 'Cry To Me', is simply one of my favourite sounds of all ...

Major Harris

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1975

WHEN WE all take a good reflective look back at 1975, one of the records which will unquestionably stand out as one of the biggest ...

Tamiko Jones

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

IF SHEER beauty could ensure a hit record, then Ms. Tamiko Jones would simply never yield the top spot. However, as well as having something ...

The Three Degrees: The International Three Degrees

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

THE MOST successful banner carriers on behalf of the Philly Sound are undoubtedly the beautiful and talented Three Degrees, Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday and Fayette ...

The Main Ingredient: Reaching Out For New Horizons

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1975

IT IS JUST conceivable that you're one of these people who take The Main Ingredient for granted. They're the kind of group, you figure, who've ...

The Newcomers

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1975

THOUGH THEY bear the name of The Newcomers and this is their Debut Feature in B&S, the trio are in fact far from being a ...

Van McCoy: The Disco Man

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1975

THERE CAN be very few self-respecting soul fans around who don't own a record which has featured the name "Van McCoy" somewhere along the way. ...

Barbara Mason: This Girl Is A Woman Now

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1975

YOUR IMPRESSIONS of Ms. Barbara Mason may well be restricted to the young girl of the tender age of 16 singing her own composition, 'Yes ...

Curtis Mayfield: Love To The People

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

I ADMIT THAT I always eagerly look forward to the bi-annual interview time with Curtis Mayfield because it never quite seems like an interview. ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Insides Out

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

WHEN, BACK in January we became the first British magazine to interview the talented Hamilton Bohannon, I confess I didn't expect to ever have to ...

Joe Simon: The Reluctant Superstar

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

IN TERMS of actual record sales and box office figures, Joe Simon has only one or two peers over the past decade or so. Yet ...

Leonard Caston

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

THE NAME Leonard Caston should already be more than familiar to B&S devotees because he has contributed a good deal to the furtherance of our ...

Natalie Cole

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1975

BEING THE daughter of such an internationally famous man as the late Nat King Cole could conceivably pose a problem for any budding star. After ...

Sister Sledge

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

SINCE IT'S a proven fact that rare talent cannot stay hidden indefinitely, you really shouldn't be at all surprised that Sister Sledge are currently reaping ...

The Dells, The Dramatics: The Dells and The Dramatics: A New Beginning

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1975

TWO OF America's top vocal groups were in New York recently for a concert at The Felt Forum and we got the chance to talk ...

Valentino

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

WITHOUT A shadow of doubt, one of the most controversial records of all time within our musical sphere is Valentino's 'I Was Born This Way'. ...

Barrett Strong: Stronghold

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

IT'S STRANGE to think that without Barrett Strong, it is quite conceivable that the whole Motown empire would have never gotten off the floor because ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: A Creative Explosion

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1975

TO UNDERSTAND the true power of Earth, Wind & Fire, you have to understand that these are nine people with a message. A universal message ...

Eddie Kendricks: The Hit Man Hits Again

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

IF EVER an album was aptly titled it is the new Eddie Kendricks' Tamla set – The Hit Man. ...

Ernie Bush

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

WITHOUT A shadow of doubt, one of Britain's most played disco sounds of the day is by Ernie Bush. Entitled 'Breakaway', the disco folk are ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC and The Sunshine Band: The Miami Innovation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

A GREAT deal has been written about the emergence of the Miami Sound via names such as George and Gwen McCrae, Little Beaver and, of ...

Linda Carr

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

ACTUALLY, ALTHOUGH we are acclaiming Ms. Linda Carr as a "B&S Debut Feature", we are being technically incorrect because Linda was featured way back in ...

Moment Of Truth

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

NEW YORK-based group, the Moment of Truth, currently have one of the hottest disco properties in their Roulette outing of 'Helplessly'. The record – their ...

Natural Four

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1975

CURRENTLY WOWING audiences on their tour with fellow Curtom recording artists, The Impressions, the four-man Natural Four are creating more than a little impact and ...

Ronnie McNeir

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

WITHOUT DOUBT, one of the prettiest and classiest ballads currently on the American charts comes from Detroit-based Ronnie McNeir and is entitled 'Wendy Is Gone'. ...

Rufus: Today and Tomorrow

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

ALMOST without notice to the soul community, Rufus arrived and departed our shores towards the end of last month simply to appear on BBC-TV's Top ...

The Brecker Brothers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

NOW THAT the colour barriers have been well and truly broken down within our music, odds are that at any given moment, you'll find two ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Leroy Hutson: The Impressions

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1975

WITHOUT OVERSTATING the fact, you could justifiably say that The Impressions have come a long way! ...

The Ohio Players: Honey

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

OVER THE past year or so, I can't think of a group who has made as much impact on our music as the Ohio Players. ...

New Birth: The Re-Birth Of New Birth

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

FRANKLY, ANYONE who has not in the past become totally confused with the New Birth, Niteliters and Love, Peace & Happiness triangle should apply immediately ...

Thelma Houston

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1975

IT SEEMS that there will always be that small coterie of artists you will always find falling under that elusive category, "the singer's singer". ...

Betty Davis: Filthy But Funky

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

IT'S FUNNY how some women are genteel yet others may be quite the opposite – yet still manage to retain their femininity. ...

Bobby Moore

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

UNTIL I spoke with Bobby Moore – whose record of 'Call Me Your Anything Man' is just about disco-land's favourite sound of the day – ...

Charlie Whitehead

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

YOU CAN never keep a good man down and that old saying certainly applies to ol' Swamp Dogg! Over the past decade, there's hardly been ...

Esther Phillips: The Time Is Now

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1975

CERTAINLY one of the most gratifying experiences is to see an artiste you've admired over a period of years finally get that long overdue recognition ...

Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Back From The Wilderness

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

A SIGN OF TRUE GREATNESS in terms of an entertainer is surely the ability to stay. Think about it – how many names can you ...

Jeannie Reynolds

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

WITH SO much interest in the Philly disco sound, Detroit has been put pretty much into the shadows as far as dance music is concerned ...

The Joneses: Keeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

UNTIL THEY recently returned to the charts with 'Love Inflation', you may be forgiven for wondering what had happened to the early promise and enterprise ...

The Rimshots

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

AS BRITAIN gradually develops its own soul character, an ever-increasing list of names are attracting interest on this side of the Atlantic before they break ...

B.T. Express

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

WHEN IT comes to disco funk, James Brown is perhaps no longer unrivalled since the arrival of the B.T. Express, who are proving to be ...

Faith Hope & Charity: Faith Hope Charity And Success

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1975

THE NAME "Faith, Hope & Charity" may well be familiar to avid soul fans who remember their big hit of a couple of years back ...

Jackie Moore: More Precious the Second Time Around

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

Jackie Moore is a pleasing young lady who exploded on to the scene back in 1971 with a multi-million worldwide selling single called 'Precious Precious' ...

Smokey Robinson: Building A Quiet Storm

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

WILLIAM 'SMOKEY' ROBINSON has been referred to as the "greatest poet of our decade" and when one listens to the unique lyric style that the ...

The Fantastic Four

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

AS FAR as Britain is concerned, the mere fact that you've made a record for the legendary Ric Tic label is sufficient to make you ...

Kay-Gee's, Kool and the Gang: The Kay-Gee's

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

IF YOU'RE talking of funky disco groups today, you're sure to mention Kool & the Gang, B.T. Express, the Fatback Band – and the Kay-Gees. ...

Gloria Gaynor: Experience

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

HAILED AS the unrivalled Queen of the Discos, the delicious Ms. Gloria Gaynor has certainly spread her wings on her second MGM album, Experience. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

"Let me talk to the Lone Ranger – and pronto!" ...

Lonnie Liston Smith: Visions Of A New World

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

With the tremendous upsurge in jazz over the past couple of years, the strange thing is that remarkably few genuine 'new' names have benefitted. ...

People's Choice: The People's Choice

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

WITH THEIR 'Do lt Anyway You Wanna' perched atop the world's R&B and pop charts, the Philadelphia band of the People's Choice are literally just ...

The Temptations

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

WHEN IT comes to successful vocal groups, the stalwart Temptations really have no peers. For over a decade now, they have reigned virtually uninterrupted over ...

Van McCoy: The Real McCoy

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

Although 'Van McCoy: The Artist' has really only just arrived in terms of commercial acceptance, Van's creative influence has played a major role within the ...

The Trammps: Can't Hold Back Trammps

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

WITH 'Hold Back The Night' literally one step away from topping the British soul charts, now is the ideal time to trace back the long ...

Natalie Cole: Whatever Will Be Will Be

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

It's rare, very rare, for the son or daughter of a superstar to make it in his or her own right. The pressures are intense ...

Ramsey Lewis: Don't It Feel Good

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

WITH THE ever growing interest in jazz, it's interesting to note that in most instances, the names who are bringing about the revival are relatively ...

The Impressions

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

Ever since I became interested in our music, I can hardly remember a time when the Impressions have been absent from the charts. ...

The Miracles: In A New Bag

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1975

THERE CAN be little doubt that one of the most interesting concept albums to come along in a very long time is the current set ...

The Undisputed Truth: Their Aim Is Higher Than High

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

WITH THE increasing use of theatrics within the sphere of our music, it is interesting to note that Motown's Undisputed Truth were just about the ...

Chuck Jackson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

ONE OF the major disappointments in what has otherwise been a very good year for our music was the cancellation of the proposed All Platinum ...

Darrow Fletcher

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1975

WE OFTEN hear tell of child prodogies – those rare breed that begin their careers at some more than tender age! Frequently, in the crazy ...

Dionne Warwick, Thom Bell: Dionne Warwick and Thom Bell: Hitting The Road Together

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1975

WITHOUT ANY question, one of the most significant musical marriages of our decade was the one that brought the team of Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach ...

George McCrae: Growing Pains But It's Worth It All

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

IN SOME ways, George McCrae has attained the impossible. Because if you consider the past, you'll find that virtually every artist who literally explodes on ...

Jimmy Bo Horne

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

TRYING TO interview Jimmy Bo Horne is a strange mixture of a journalist's idea of paradise and bedlam because whilst for half of the time ...

Mike & Bill: Mike and Bill

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

THOUGH IT hasn't developed into being the monster success that we predicted, Mike & Bill's highly commendable (and danceworthy!) 'Somebody's Gotta Go' has established the ...

Oliver Sain

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

WITH OLIVER Sain's current double headed hunk of disco funk climbing into the British charts at his customary high placing, the timing could not be ...

Chaka Khan, Rufus: Rufus' Chaka Khan: Golden Lady

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1975

IT'S DIFFICULT to believe that much of the power, strength and soul that you hear when you hear Rufus stems from anyone as petite and ...

Sheer Elegance

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

WITH THE interest in home-grown soul now reaching the point where it's acceptable to feature British based artists and groups in the soul charts, one ...

Tamiko Jones

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

IT'S AMAZING how many of today's super-soulstars can be traced back to the Ric Tic-Golden World family for their very first step into showbiz. The ...

Stephanie Mills: The Wiz Kid!

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 1976

"This young lady has gusto, tenderness, sweetness, and Soul... all the qualities to make her more that just another singer – a Star!" David Nathan ...

Betty Wright

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1976

FOR EVERY successful sound, there always has to be a pioneer. For Motown and Detroit, I guess it was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; for ...

David Ruffin, The Temptations: David Ruffin

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1976

IF YOU check your American charts this week, you'll find that David Ruffin – after a break of some two years – is riding both ...

The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1976

THE THING that most interests me with the new wave of Funk-Jazz giants is that they all have a tale of interest to tell. Whereas ...

Margie Joseph: The Real Divine Miss M

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1976

ONE MAJOR criticism which is frequently levelled at the bigger record companies is how, with a relatively large roster, some of their strongest potential stars ...

Maxayn: Ready For Action

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1976

IT'S ALWAYS a pleasure to run into someone who is as warm and real as they are talented. Ms. Maxayn Lewis is one of that ...

The Blackbyrds

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1976

THE FIRST really big soul occasion for the year so far has been the recent highly successful concert appearances of Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds. ...

The Three Degrees: Three Degrees: Universal Stars

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1976

IN THE realm of female groups today, you would be hard put to name any set of ladies who can emulate the current popularity and ...

Brass Construction

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

I'M NOT prone to making rash statements (as most readers of B&S of any long-standing will bear witness) but I am going to predict that ...

D.J. Rogers: Songs Of Love And Hope

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1976

A young man whose West Coast reputation is spreading fast. ...

The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

YOU CAN'T say you weren't warned! The F-J (Funk-Jazz, for those of you who have been up the Amazon for the past year!) Revolution has ...

Donna Summer

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

GETTING A record banned by the dear of BBC is as surefire a way of getting a hit as I know of and it's a ...

Eddie Kendricks: The Philly Connection

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1976

B&S undercover agent probes Soul star's defection to another town ...

Evelyn Thomas

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

WITH THE Chicago Soul Road-show only weeks away from kicking off its British tour, the timing of 20th Century's Evelyn Thomas could not be better ...

Freda Payne: Wanna Get Re-acquainted

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1976

ACCORDING to the lovely lady herself, "the public is just getting re-acquainted with Freda Payne!" and if her latest album on A.B.C. is anything to ...

Gene Page In His Own Right

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1976

He's worked with Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Diana & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, the J5, Martha Reeves, and many others. Now it's time to ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Good Evening, Here Is The News

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

The 'Jo'burg' man has a reputation for telling it like it is. However, John Abbey had his pre conceived notions of Gil completely and pleasantly ...

Jean Plum

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

MAKING HER debut in the British soul charts this week is vivacious Jean Plum, whose London release of 'Look At The Boy' has been hotly ...

Lamont Dozier: Stretchin' Out

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1976

WHEN THE time comes to chronicle the names of some of the top producers and songwriters of the sixties and seventies, there is no question ...

The Trammps: Zing Went Bummie And The Bums

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

THIS FEATURE could so easily have been devoted to – wait for it! – Bummie & the Bums! Who is this Bummie character I can ...

Ashford & Simpson: Ashford and Simpson: At Peace With The World And Themselves…

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1976

Ashford and Simpson are back in business after a lengthy sabbatical. Here they expound on their new album – how it reflects the changes they've ...

Barbara Pennington

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

ACTUALLY, I must confess that when you ask me about hat-tricks from Blackpool, the first name to spring to mind would be Stanley Mortenson. But ...

Bettye LaVette: Betty LaVette

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1976

ANY LIST of legendary 'deep soul' sisters would be totally incomplete without the name of a young lady from Detroit whose emotion-packed recordings have been ...

Bobby Womack

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

ROOT-RAPPIN? Whassat? Well, it's like this...John Abbey got to talking with Bobby and the conversation drifted to his very early days – his roots! ...

Detroit Emeralds

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

IT'S A pity that the original Detroit Emeralds have split up into two segments and gone their own way. Not that the two units aren't ...

Esther Phillips

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

MS. PHILLIPS feels that new doors have opened up for her since 'Day'. She deeply regrets the cancellation of her Euro tour but looks forward ...

Hugh Masekela: Africa's Ambassador To The USA

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1976

Our diplomatic correspondent in Los Angeles talks to Hugh Masekela, one of Africa's favourite sons. ...

L.J. Johnson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

COMPLETING THE other half of Ian Levine's winning double hand from Chicago, is L.J. Johnson who is comfortably placed in the higher echelons of both ...

The Mighty Clouds of Joy: The Mighty Clouds Of Joy

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1976

HALF A Million Hustlers Can't Be Wrong. That's how many buyers Eddie Drennon attracted for 'Let's Do The Latin Hustle' – in the States alone. ...

Al Jarreau: Look Out, Al Jarreau's On His Way

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

IT SEEMS like but a short time since we last spoke to a talented gentleman who has been hailed by many of his peers and ...

Bobby Womack

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

...AAH, WHERE were we now? Oh, yeah, Bobby and the Valentinos had just got to their first real hit with 'It's All Over Now' on ...

Brook Benton

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

AFTER SOMETHING like twenty years of continuous success in the States, Brook Benton looks like finally achieving the breakthrough that has eluded him during the ...

Al Jarreau, Ashford & Simpson, Dionne Warwick, The Impressions, Larry Graham, Leroy Hutson, The Staple Singers: California Soul Hits The Big Apple

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

A special report by David Nathan on the on-stage and behind-the-scenes activities at Warner Brothers' special "California Soul" series of concerts during end of February ...

Larry Graham: Graham Central Station: The Graham Standing at Platform 3 Will Call At All Stations

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

"Constant change is the key these days," says Larry Graham of Graham Central Station. Having recently made inroads into the 'crossover' market, they're now striving ...

Jermaine Jackson

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

Having experienced the whole J5 explosion, how are things with Jermaine Jackson since goin' out on his own? Well, seems things are pretty fine, as ...

The Crusaders: Crusaders Have Their Fingers On The Pulse Of Crossover Potential

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

Since dropping the 'Jazz' tag from their name, the group have made their mark in many musical areas. David Nathan talks to drummer Stix Hooper... ...

The Impressions: Imps In The Mood For Love

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

With everyone into disco music, the Impressions concentrated on a love mood for their Loving Power set. And that move seems to have paid handsome ...

The J.A.L.N Band: The J.A.L.N. Band

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

IN THE PAST, whenever a British-based band has attempted to create some genuine funky music, it has generally been sneered at and bypassed. But with ...

The Softones

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

VERY FEW of the soul super-groups break through into the really big time without serving a kind of apprenticeship and, with out wishing to blow ...

The Staple Singers

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1976

ONE OF the most welcome sights of recent months has been the re-appearance in the pop and R&B charts of that much-loved and extra-soulful family ...

Tina Charles

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

IF YOU ask any New York disco follower which British name they most associate with their chosen musical path, I'll lay you odds-on that they'll ...

Doris Jones

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

THE LEVINE Machine leaps into action again and Ian's latest protege is New York's Doris Jones. ...

Dorothy Moore

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

TO REFER to the beautiful 'Misty Blue' by the equally beautiful Ms. Dorothy Moore as a unique record is perhaps an under-statement. Rarely do deep ...

Edwin Starr

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

YESSIREEBOB, VENUS and Mars are alright tonight! The past year has been relatively quiet for Edwin Starr but he seems happier than at any time ...

Hampton and Banks Caught In The Act

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1976

'Caught In The Act' happens to be the title of Carl Hampton and Homer Banks' initial single for Warner Bros. When it comes to writing ...

James and Bobby Purify: Their Two-Timing Puppet

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

Discerning U.K. record buyers have shown their mettle once again. The Purify boys' recut of 'I'm Your Puppet' has virtually been passed over in the ...

Mandrill: They Did It Their Way

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

Hey caramba, the boys are really grabbing some attention with their 'Disco Lypso' cut. And they've proved it never pays to give in. They've continued ...

Melba Moore: Okay Melba This Really Is It

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1976

No messin' this time – the lady means business! Ms. Moore's Peach Melba album paved the way and now she's really cracked it with her ...

The Manhattans: Kiss And Say Hello To The Manhattans

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1976

The Manhattans have been kinda bubbling under for a long time. Now destiny has caught up with them and their new osculatory single is currently ...

Al Wilson

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

ANY LONG-TERM reader of B&S will know what I mean by a "backbone of our music singer". They are the artists who don't attain superstar ...

Archie Bell and the Drells: Archie Bell & The Drells

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

ITS AN old saying that you can't keep a good man down, right? Well, that saying has never been better proven than by our old ...

Bootsy Collins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

"SAY MAN, do you think these shades make me look just a little like Bootsy Collins? Eh?" ...

Candi Staton

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

WITH THE greatest respect in the world to the delightful Candi Staton, I would have taken virtually any odds against ever seeing her sitting on ...

Luther Vandross: Luther Are Good For The Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

2008 introduction: "Luther are three girls and two guys whose debut single for Cotillion is attracting a lot of attention. They are not headliners yet, ...

Nancy Wilson: Nancy A Woman Of Today

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

Talented. Aware. A warm and sincere human being. That's Nancy Wilson. She's achieved a great deal already but aims to fulfill many more dreams, both ...

The 5th Dimension: The Times They Are A Changin'

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

ALMOST SINCE their inception a decade ago, The Fifth Dimension have become almost a musical institution. Not necessarily one to everyone's taste because for the ...

The Isley Brothers: Reflections Of Love And Life

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

The Brothers Isley are really tuned in to life around them and this awareness is the prime source of inspiration in their music. Eavesdrop as ...

The Meters: Restless Days In New Orleans

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

By rights, the band should be right up there at the top. But, it seems they have hassles and problems to contend with. On their ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays Mind Their Own Business

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

At a time when big-name tours have become economically prohibitive, the trio took it on themselves to underwrite their own nationwide tour. Eddie Levert explains ...

The Real Thing

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1976

AT A time when being black and British seems to be in vogue, it is important that we don't forget a group who have been ...

The Sylvers

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

WHEN PAT, Angie, Olympia, Edmund, Leon, James, Ricky and Foster (with Charmaine off sick that day) were seated around the table in Capitol's conference room, ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Changing Sounds In Memphis

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

Willie Mitchell's distinctive Memphis sound has been the driving force behind many golden hits over the years. Now he feels it's time for a change. ...

Al Green: Soul Minister Al Aims To Get Next To You

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Right now, Al Green's planning his future lifestyle. He wants more than hit records. He aims to show folks the key to divinity. Heavy stuff? ...

Ted Taylor: Bespoke Soul Taylor Made Hit Steals Up Chart

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Ted Taylor's contribution to Soul goes back further even than the Soul charts themselves – his early experience being gained with the original Mighty Clouds ...

B.T. Express: BT Express: Still Groovin' On The Right Track Baby

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

They came from virtually nowhere last year and set the whole world a-dancin'. Now, with the CBS promotion machine behind them, they're making the big ...

Hidden Strength Uncovered

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

The lowdown on the New York group who have hustled into both the U.S. and U.K. charts. A B&S expose by John Abbey who strongly ...

Jeff Perry: A Family Affair

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Spotlight on the man who made the classic 'Love Don't Come No Stronger'. Jeff and his four brothers spearheaded a very talented family, as John ...

Marlena Shaw : Marlena Shaw: Let's Hear It For The Good Guys and Gals

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

"Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?" Hey man, we're not being abusive...that was the title of Marlena Shaw's breakthrough album and serves to introduce this background ...

Philly Devotions: A Story Of Patience And Dedication

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Everything comes to he who waits, they say. Well, these guys are hanging in there with the confidence that success will come when their talent ...

Barrabas: Rappin' with Barrabas

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

IN NEW YORK to finish the mixing on their next album for Atlantic recently were members of Barrabas, the Madrid-based group who've enjoyed success throughout ...

Tavares' Third Era Brings UK Breakthrough

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

If Heaven is missing an angel, then that winged spirit must be smiling down on the brothers Tavares. They've really broken through internationally and plans ...

The Crusaders: 26 Years Young And The Best Is Yet To Come

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

'Tis strange to think that the Crusaders were laying down their distinctive sounds before some of their fans were even a twinkle in their daddies' ...

The Emotions: Happiness Is…

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Happy days are here again for Wanda, Jeanette and Sheila. They learned a lot from the quiet times and that knowledge is serving them well ...

The Ohio Players: The Spirit of '76

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1976

IT HAD to be more than just coincidence. Here I was in Ohio Player Satch Satchell's luxurious hotel suite overlooking Grosvenor Square writing for our ...

Albert King

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Been stood up by your girl? Low on cash? Behind with your payments? Then you must know the blues. They'll be around as long as ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Bohannon Boogies Into Phase Two

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Hamilton's free from the pressure he was under following his UK trip, and he's 'bad' no more! He's entering a new era and feels that ...

Eddie Floyd: Malaco Is The Stax Of Tomorrow

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

"MALACO? It's got a great future. It reminds me of Stax in the early days – there is that kind of atmosphere about the place ...

George Benson: By George No I R and B Jazz and Pop

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Music history was made recently when George Benson topped the R&B, jazz and pop charts with his debut album for Warner Bros. The guitar man ...

Herbie Hancock: 'Ancock An' The 'Ead 'Unters

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

That's a fearful band name for someone as peaceful as Herbie Hancock to front. But, it's a name that clicks with the Soul-loving public when ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: When You're Hot You're Hot

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson has three singles riding the current chart, but he just couldn't believe that one of them is his old duet with Larry ...

Lou Rawls And The Philly Pay Off

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Lou was beginning to feel he'd never happen big in Britain but his CBS-Philly tie-up has paid a big divvy. Now he's planning a trip ...

Margie Joseph: Haven't I Paid Enough Dues?

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Though Margie Joseph feels she still has a lot more promise to fulfill, she thinks she's already done enough to be up there in the ...

Mark Radice: The Reluctant Disco Star

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Mark recording at the tender age of 7, and was groomed in the pop stakes. However, his new album features back-ups from Brass Construction and ...

Melba Moore

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1976

Okay folks, this is it....the lady gives her views on the music biz, artistic temperament, women in business, hit records, coping with success, and other ...

Silver Convention: Take Three Girls

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

...three girls who look good and sound good; dub them Silver Convention; groom them and create for them the perfect disco-soul setting. That's what Silvester ...

C.M Lord: This Lord's A Lady

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1976

C. M. Lord offers a diverse range of talent...a little bit of everything. But the little lady aims to avoid being pigeonholed when a hit ...

Impact: 4 Happy Men Make An Impact

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1976

AFTER WHAT can only be termed a false start with 'Happy Man', the rich promise of new Atco quartet, Impact is reaching fruition rather rapidly ...

Al Wilson: Something For Everybody

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

Mr. W. doesn't regret not putting all his eggs in one basket. Because he's been able to adapt, he's kept working, as he explains to ...

B.B. King: Keepin' The Blues Alive

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

THE WORD "blues" has become almost synonymous with the word "king", be it Albert, Freddie or B.B. The blues as a musical form has existed ...

B.T. Express

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

David Nathan gets the feedback from leader Bill Risbrook on how the band view things now that they're off and running with CBS. ...

Carol Douglas

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

'Doctor's Orders' created a big demand for Carol in Europe and she still has a heavy working schedule. The lady took time out to bring ...

Roy Ayers: The 35 Year Success Story

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

Mr. A's been in the biz for 3 decades and right now he's enjoying more success than ever. Black music is the heart of American ...

The Real Thing: The Naked Truth About Survival

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1976

John Abbey investigates the group's problems in surviving before their recent hits. ...

Thelma Houston: Thelma's Heading For The Silver Screen

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

IT'S BEEN said time and time again but one of the most underrated female vocalists around is Ms. Thelma Houston. When Thelma first hit the ...

Blacksmoke

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1976

CURRENTLY CREATING much excitement and interest throughout the States with their own brand of music are a group of young men known as Blacksmoke. ...

The Fatback Band: Fatback Band: Givin' The People What They Want

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1976

For their new Night Fever album, the band have concentrated on what the fans seem to like most – happy up 'n' dancin' music. John ...

The Spinners

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1976

David Nathan talks of this 'n' that with Henry and Pervis of the Atlantic supergroup... ...

Bobby Byrd: Past Present And Future

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1976

WITH MR. Bobby Byrd, currently set for a tour of the U.K. (November 19 thru December 5), it seemed an appropriate time to get with ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Really Something Else

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1976

David Nathan spends an enlightening few hours with five very intelligent but pretty crazy people who are really shaking the industry up ...

Heatwave: All Set To Burn Ya

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

WITH THE increase in non-American soul oriented acts reaching a peak, tasty funk combos are appearing almost literally out of the woodwork. ...

James Booker: A Winner Never Quits, A Quitter Never Wins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

'THE BLACK LIBERATCHI' That's what it says on the card and you can tell that it's going to be one of those interviews when you ...

Tata Vega: Tata For Now

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

It's full speed ahead for Ms. Vega, who's being hailed as the most dynamic white female singer around. ...

Tavares: The Supergroup Of All Time

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

The five brothers are really buzzin' at this moment in time. Will they go on to become the biggest Soul group of all time? ...

The J.A.L.N Band: The J.A.L.N Explosion

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

After a spluttering start, Britain's black explosion is now gathering momentum and the J.A.L.N. Band look set to establish themselves as consistent hitmakers ...

The Whispers're Getting Louder

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1976

CURRENTLY ENJOYING, by their own admission, the most successful period in their career (in fact, as we write this article, radio station WBLS in New ...

Wild Cherry: Ripe 'n' Funky

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1976

Wild Cherry used to be into heavy rock. Now they play that funky music and their hit single has gone platinum... ...

Billy Butler: On The Right Track

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

AFTER many years in the background, it seems that Curtis Mayfield has persuaded Billy Butler (brother of Jerry) to step out front and put his ...

Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo: Very Much Together

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

AFTER ALMOST ten years with The Fifth Dimension, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo announced in November of last year that they'd decided to go it ...

Bobby Womack

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

Bobby's now with Columbia Records and he's brim full of confidence to conquer the world. An' the good news for U.K. fans is that he's ...

Brass Construction

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

IT WAS with a great deal of anticipation and curiosity that everyone waited patiently for the second Brass Construction album on U.A. Perhaps no one ...

Brick: An Introduction

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

John Abbey talks to the dazzling new group who have just hit the top spot on the U.S. singles chart ...

Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones: Brothers Johnson: Good To Ya, Good For Ya

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

ONE OF the success stories of 1976 in terms of 'newcomers' on the scene is concerned must involve George & Louis Johnson. Although they'd worked ...

Country Joe McDonald: Country Joe: 69 years young, an' the fire's still burnin'!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

THE ONLY reason that the Blues is dying out is that the young folk simply don't want to know about the Blues. Even Blues legends ...

Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, The Staple Singers: Curtis Mayfield: The Creative Mastermind

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

TO TRY and describe Curtis Mayfield's enormous contribution to the music world would take far more adjectives than we have at our disposal. ...

James Wells: First Time Around

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

THE LATEST output from the Levine Machine is James Wells, who recently made a lightning trip to London to add some vocals for a new ...

Ralph Johnson

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

AFTER a couple of years working The Impressions, Ralph Johnson decided earlier in the year to move on. Rather than just making a bid for ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Rappin' With Johnny Guitar Watson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

HIS RECENTLY COMPLETED EUROPEAN TOUR: "It was simply the greatest tour of my life! I don't think I've ever enjoyed myself on the road as ...

Skip Mahoney & the Casuals: Skip Mahoney and The Casuals: Well, Bless My Soul

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1976

QUIETLY MAKING quite a name for themselves in the States and now in this part of the world, too – are Washington's premier vocal group, ...

The Ritchie Family: The Best Ritchie Family In Town

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

TRULY IN the vanguard of the disco set of entertainers are the three ladies who make up The Ritchie Family. No, they are not sisters ...

The Originals: Down To Hitsville

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1976

David Nathan talks to Freddie Gorman, once a single act and writer with Ric-Tic, who has been churning out hits with the Originals for 12 ...

Boney M: The Newest Darlings Of Euro Disco

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

FRANCE: No. 1. West Germany: No. 1. Sweden: No. 3. Switzerland: No 1. ...

D.C LaRue: DC LaRue: Gay Clubs Give Birth To Hetero Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

PERHAPS THE final bolt in the ages old controversy about soul and colour was nailed in just a month back when D.C. LaRue's 'Cathedrals' topped ...

Rose Royce Clean Up With Car Wash

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

With Norman Whitfield in the driving seat, the 10-piece outfit currently have two titles in the UK chart, both from the Car Wash movie. ...

Carl Douglas

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

Pssst! Didja hear th' one 'bout th' Polish Kung Fu fans?With 'Kung Fu Fighting', Carl Douglas scored one of the best-selling singles of all time, ...

The Cate Brothers: Cate Bros' Blue Eyed Soul

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

ALTHOUGH SCOTLAND'S Average White Band are credited mostly for the pulling down of that old colour barrier that used to segregate white soul acts away ...

Odia Coates: Coates Of Many Colours

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

IT'S FUNNY how some people look much better in real life than on photo. To date, I really haven't seen a good, accurate photograph of ...

The Bar-Kays: Euro Rumpshakers Get Hip To The Bar-Kays

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

The group so nearly made the big Euro breakthrough a decade ago with their 'Soul Finger' anthem. Now 'Shake Your Rump To The Funk' has ...

Leon Ware: Motown's Musical Masseur

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

Some guys get all the best album sleeve sessions! With his Musical Massage set, Leon Ware has come to the fore of Motown's influx on ...

Rose Royce, The Temptations: Norman Whitfield

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

With three of his productions currently in the top four singles in this country, the timing could not have been better for this exclusive interview ...

The Blackbyrds: Awright, we're back to settle some unfinished business!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

The Blackbyrds' keyboards ace, Kevin Toney, explains the delay in getting their new album together, and the new directions they're heading in... ...

The Dynamic Superiors: Superiority Complex

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1977

David Nathan raps with the Dynamic Superiors about this, that 'n' the other...an' particularly their new album, You Name It. ...

The Jacksons

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1977

ONE OF the more dramatic announcements of 1975 came when The Jackson Five made it known that they had concluded a new recording pact with ...

Thelma Houston

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1977

YOU'VE HEARD it before so we'll spare the space and time it takes to tell you that for as long as she's been recording, Ms ...

Alvin Cash: The Ali Connection

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1977

Alvin's friendship with Muhammad Ali goes way back and 'The Ali Shuffle' is his updated tribute to his good buddy. With the action the disc's ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Harold Melvin and Blues Notes: The Inside Story

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1977

The Blue Notes split was one of the big Soul stories of '76. Harold Melvin talks to John Abbey and gives the lowdown on what ...

Heatwave: The Hardest Working Band In The Land

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1977

"We have always worked hard and that won't change because of a hit record. In fact, we may end up working harder" ...

L.T.D.: LTD: Love Togetherness And Devotion

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

David Nathan talks to L.T.D.'s Billy Osborne, who traces the group's history and explains their philosophy ...

Phyllis Hyman: This Lady's Got Star Karma

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

"This lady's got star karma...The buzz about Phyllis Hyman started amongst the superstar elite. It hasn't taken long for the word to get around..." ...

Syreeta

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

David Nathan catches up with the lovely lady and reports that she's feelin' on top of the world. And there's news of her upcoming album ...

The Chambers Brothers: High Energy Encapsulated

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

AFTER A fairly lengthy absence from the charts – although they've by no means been absent from the music scene in general – The Chambers ...

The Dramatics

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

"We're still singin' like we're starvin'"!Starvin' they ain't, but the Dramatics still put every ounce of effort into their work. Over the years, they've scored ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays' Philly Decision

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1977

'Magic' is how the O'Jays describe their success with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and they want to continue working with them. But they want ...

Walter Jackson: Feelin' Good an' He Does Ya Good

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1977

FOR ALL those deep soul folk who've been treasuring their collection of his Okeh records, the news that Mr Walter Jackson is really back and ...

Average White Band: AWB: Danger This Band Blows Superstars Off Stage

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Chart toppers, gold and platinum discs, SRO crowds, the Average White Band are accepted by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. And they've been ...

Billy Paul: It's The New Billy Paul, Let 'Im In

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Billy's bubblin' over about his new recordings. He tells B&S about his hopes for them, and about his new act, his production plans, and his ...

Bobby Caldwell: The Final Breakthrough

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

IF PATIENCE is a virtue, then TK's Bobby Caldwell is a virtuous being. ...

Carl Davis: Doing His Own Thing

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

WHEN YOU talk about Chicago in a musical way, there are some names that spring to mind instantly. Curtis Mayfield, Chess Records, The Chi-Lites, Chaka ...

Deniece Williams: This Really Is Niecy

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Spotlight on a charismatic new star, Ms. Deniece Williams ...

Enchantment

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

CURRENTLY ENJOYING their first major nationwide success is the five-man vocal group from Detroit, Enchantment, and though they appear under the Roadshow banner (via United ...

GC Cameron

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

PERHAPS ONE of Motown's most underrated artists must be Mr. G. C. Cameron. With the release of several singles and now with two albums firmly ...

Loleatta Holloway: Soulfully Yours, Loleatta

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

WITH ALL the current trends taking everyone from Melba Moore to Eddie Kendricks and Thelma Houston into the 'disco' arena, it should come as no ...

The Moments: Magic Moments

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

You can't keep the good guys down and the Moments have popped up again with their 'Jack In The Box' monster. They talk to B&S ...

The Miracles: Miracles 'Spy' Sensation

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Uncle Sam has taken exception to the group's 'Spy For Brotherhood' and it's being withdrawn. "Rebellious", "Sacrilegeous", say the men in high places. "We're innocent", ...

The Manhattans: Rappin' With The Manhattans

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

AT THE end of their recent highly successful debut British tour, we managed to corner the genial quartet of Manhattans just long enough to bring ...

Tavares: Kickin' Up A Storm Internationally

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

The guys say a big thank you for their B&S award and talk about their hectic schedule in coming months...records, tours, a movie. They've really ...

Spider's Webb: The Soulful Saga Of Spiders Webb

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

How a one-time Hully Gully exponent met and wed a Motown sessioness, and how as the frontrunners of Spiders Webb they wooed and won the ...

The Spinners: Today and Tomorrow

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

David Nathan talks to the boys as they unfurl the dawning of a new era with the addition of John Edwards to replace lead singer ...

Timmy Thomas: The Sweet Smell Of Success Revisited

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Timmy Thomas is back in chart business with his 'Stone To The Bone' disco giant. He reflects on his previous success and how he's learned ...

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power: Ain't Nuthin' Stoppin' 'Em Now

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

EVEN THOUGH some people feel that their artist roster may just be too large to enable any act to 'happen' in a big way, CBS ...

Edwin Starr: Under Rated Super Starr

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Edwin Starr consistently makes the charts, yet he's still somewhat underrated. He talks to B&S about his new album recorded at Chipping Norton and how ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool and The Gang: The Gang's Still Kool Baby

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1977

Kool & the Gang have been through a period of transition recently and undergone personnel changes. But in continuing with their Disco-Funk material they're still ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1977

JUST AS their American run of successes seems to be on a temporary wane, so supergroup Earth Wind & Fire achieve their British breakthrough – ...

Michael Henderson: Here There And Everywhere

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1977

ALTHOUGH YOU'RE probably totally unaware of it, there's probably been some point in your musical 'life' when you've heard Michael Henderson! ...

Brass Construction: The Brains Behind Brass Construction

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1977

B&S SuperEd, John Abbey, goes a-rappin' with BC's Superleader, Randy Muller... ...

Teddy Pendergrass: The Whole Town's Talking 'Bout Teddy

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1977

...Mr. Pendergrass, that is. B&S's John Abbey began whistlin' the toons from Teddy's album within minutes of first hearing it, an' that's the most accurate ...

Rufus: They're Rufusizing Buckingham Palace

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1977

....and Chaka Khan's going down with Alice! Or, to be less obscure, June 11 will see Rufus and Chaka Khan playing one of the Queen's ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Time Out With Junior Walker

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1977

ONE OF the most consistently popular Motown artists of all time has to be Jr. Walker. His ratio of chart records may not be what ...

Anglo-Saxon Brown: Evolving

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

ANGLO-SAXON Brown. A brand of shoes? A new company brewing beer? Tailors? No, just eight very talented people who, after several years of standing in ...

Arthur Prysock: Arthur Socks It To Ya

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

AS RECENTLY noted in B&S' review of Mr. Arthur Prysock's 'When Love Is New', the time seems right for a number of gentlemen who've been ...

Bo Kirkland & Ruth David: Bo and Ruth Get Next To You

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

PROBABLY THE biggest selling import single of all time is Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis' epic 'You're Gonna Get Next To Me'. ...

Candi Staton

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

Ms. Staton was well pleased with her B&S award for '76's Record Of The Year. She's very self-critical and tries to look at everything she ...

Philippe Wynne: He's A Wynner

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

IT'S UNLIKELY that anyone would disagree that the soul world has seen its fair share of changes in recent times. Not only the music itself ...

James and Bobby Purify: The Purified Anglophiles

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

"Audiences? British are best...." Who says so? Messrs. James and Bobby, the Purify Brothers. Read on folks... ...

Jean Carn: Philly Girl

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

Stints with the likes of EW&F, Norman Connors and Duke Ellington provided Jean with a wealth of experience. Now, with Gamble and Huff in Philadelphia, ...

Ruby Andrews: A Precious Gem

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

BRITAIN HAS always been a happy hunting ground for the more soulful American singers and though they may not all see their name in lights, ...

Simon Soussan: Simon's 'Uptown Festival'

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

THE NAME of Simon Soussan is synonymous with the authentic British Northern disco scene/sound. Before joining the "brain drain" and defecting to America (Los Angeles, ...

Slave: Chained To The Charts

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

IT WOULD hardly take much research to see that there is a whole new core or breed of musicians and groups who are breaking through ...

Detroit Emeralds: The Detroit Emeralds: Resurrection

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

Abe, James and Ivory are back in harness and the Detroit Emeralds are riding high again. B&S gets together with the guys and catches up ...

The Jacksons

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

The brothers have graduated with honours from their teeny bopper image. They still retain the respect and adulation of their younger fans but now the ...

The Floaters: "We're Floating along on the crest of a wave…"

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

'Float On', the Floaters' disco monster was planned as an instrumental. But James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds dreamed the guys should ad-lib some vocals. ...

Archie Bell and the Drells

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

John Abbey talks to the man who was making disco records before Disco was even invented... ...

Aretha Franklin: Aretha Still Rules Okay

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1977

A rare and exclusive interview with David Nathan. Aretha tells B&S about her new album, her movie and tour plans, and life on the West ...

Jerry Butler: The Return The Ice Man

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

There were those who felt Jerry Butler might fade into obscurity. But, you can't keep a good man down and he's back with a vengeance...a ...

Jimmy Bo Horne: Seems To Me This Man's Gonna Happen

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

John Abbey talks to cyclist-cum-Soulman, Mr. Jimmy Bo Horne ...

The Supremes: New Supremes Will Spearhead New Motown Era

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

The rumours suggested that the Supremes might soon be no more. But, though Mary is leaving to go solo, Susaye and Scherrie will continue with ...

George McCrae: Okay George Diamonds Are Forever But

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

In search of a new sound, George McCrae moved to New York to record his Diamond Touch album. But U.S. sales ain't been all they ...

Ralph MacDonald: King Of The Skins

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Ralph McDonald, the leading session percussionist and now a recording star in his own right. ...

Evelyn Thomas: Some Enchanted Evelyn

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Evelyn Thomas, a recent visitor to Britain, talks to B&S about her new album sessions. ...

The Facts of Life: The B&S Guide To The Facts Of Life

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Hey, hold on friends, we ain't about to explain all about naughty parts! No, no....this is the Facts Of Life group who are currently burnin' ...

Hamilton Bohannon: This Smile Belongs To Hamilton Bohannon

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

The Disco Man has the fastest-moving album of the day; that's why he's radiating happiness and joie de vie. ...

Tony Etoria And The 'X' Factor

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Tony's currently climbing both pop and Soul charts and seems to have that certain somethin' which could establish him as the first Black British Superstar... ...

Brainstorm: UK Soulcharts Have A Brainstorm

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Although Brainstorm did well enough in the States with their debut single, Britain woke up to them first and they established themselves to a greater ...

The Platters: When Is A Platter Not A Platter

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

When he leaves the group, it seems Herb Reed says he's been unable to use the name even though he first thought of it. But ...

Maze: A Maze In Grace

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Maze are recognised as Capitol's premier jazz band; but they really cut right across the board and sell to disco, funk, pop and rock fans ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha #1 – From Detroit to The Columbia Years

Retrospective by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

An appreciation of the career of Aretha Franklin ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha #2 – The Golden Years

Retrospective by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

"THERE WAS a great zest, love and feeling for the music," states Jerry Wexler and when pressed further on the subject of that first session ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha #3 – Into the '70s

Retrospective by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

1969 IS GENERALLY acclaimed as the year that saw something of a decline on Aretha's part. The decline was, in a sense, inevitable. The ridiculous ...

The Trammps: Best Dressed Trammps You Ever Did See

Interview by John Abbey, David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

"WE FEEL that maybe this one is going to go straight to the top!" exclaims Harold 'Doc' Wade, one member of the five-member Trammps who ...

Bob James: A Profile Of Mr Low Profile

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

FIRST, there was One. Then Two. Naturally, then, Three And now there's Four. ...

Brothers Johnson: Those Prolific Brothers Johnson

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

With their 'Strawberry Letter 23' smash, George and Louis have consolidated their sensational breakthrough of last year. David Nathan caught up with them in New ...

Deniece Williams: No Free Time For Niecy

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

THE SUCCESS story of 1977 certainly belongs to Deniece Williams. ...

Garnet Mimms: Mr. Mimms Comes Truckin' On Back

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Garnet Mimms, already assured of a place in Soul's Hall of Fame, is back in business after a two-year lay-off spent cooling out and reflecting ...

Idris Muhammad: The Mountain Comes To Muhammad

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Turn This Mutha Out brought runaway success to Idris Muhammad, but his roots go back 20 years when he was drummer in Larry Williams' band. ...

Kenny Gamble: Kenny's Gamble Pays Off

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

John Abbey talks to Kenny Gamble about the success of the Philadelphia International project which spearheads the whole 'Clean Up The Ghetto' campaign. ...

Marlena Shaw …and happy days (aaaaay!)

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

AND SHORTLY after arriving back at her Las Vegas home, Marlena Learned that CBS were inviting her to their annual conference – held this year ...

Marlena Shaw : Marlena Shaw: Sweet Beginnings

Interview by John Abbey, David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Re-united with producer Bert deCoteaux at Columbia, Ms. Shaw has really started to blossom. David Nathan and John Abbey gather th' fax from th' lady… ...

Minnie Riperton: 'Minnie Bird': The 5 - Octave Soprano Is Back

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

MINNIE RIPERTON'S press bio reads: "The lady with the five and a half-octave coloratura soprano voice is a star". Without taking away from her talent ...

Randy Crawford: The Coming Of Age Of A Star

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

PROVIDING ONE of the highlights for a recent sell-out concert in New York which featured Grover Washington Jr., was a young stylist who is quickly ...

Shirley Brown: Counting Her Blessings

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

ALL THOSE folk who dug the soulfully classic sound of Ms. Shirley Brown when the lady literally broke the charts up in 1974 (yes, it ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey Hits The Big Time

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Smokey Robinson talks about his movie projects, recording and tour plans....and of his intention to visit Britain soon! ...

Danny Williams: The Ensign's flyin' and Danny's back with a bang!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

AS JUST about anyone will readily inform you, the current hit single of 'Dancin' Easy' is a parody of the well-known TV advert, for the ...

The Hitchhikers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

WITH THE increased number of albums being released by record companies generally and with so many of the albums being of such an increasing high ...

T-Connection: The Nassau Connection

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Meet T-Connection, another slab of talent from funky Nassau. Their 'Do What You Wanna' is disco dynamite, but they plan to develop the serious side ...

The Nobles: New and Exciting

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

WE RECENTLY got the opportunity, alongside some of CBS' top executives, to check out a group recently signed to the company through a production deal ...

Tornader: Blowin' Up A Storm

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1977

David Nathan traces the background of the rock, roots and reggae duo. ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha #4 – The Brand New Aretha

Retrospective by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

Part 4 of an appreciation of the career of Aretha Franklin, by David Nathan... ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha #5 – The Future

Comment by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

David Nathan concludes his in-depth appreciation of Aretha Franklin ...

Betty Wright: The Final Ascent To Those Dizzy Heights

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

David Nathan gets up-to-date with the lady and prophesises big success for her in coming months ...

Boney M

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

That risque sleeve: "I hadn't even thought of it that way," says Boney M's Marcia! ...

Meco Has Lift Off

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

Exclusive inter-galactic communication with the Star Wars victor ...

Nona Hendryx: Nona's Found Her Piece Of The Rock

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

Nona Hendryx talks about her first solo album since the break-up of Labelle ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy Pendergrass

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

CURRENTLY fulfilling all the promise he's ever shown when with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes with a flourishing solo career, we took a little ...

Andrea True Connection, The Emotions, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, The Salsoul Orchestra, Thelma Houston: The Billboard Disco Convention: Disco Is Here To Stay

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

David Nathan reports from New York on the Billboard Disco Convention 1977. ...

The Blackbyrds

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

David Nathan hears from Keith Kilgo and Joe Hall how the group plan to pass on their hard-earned experience to newer up-and-coming acts...B&S got a ...

The Emotions: Those Flowering Emotions Are Now In Full Bloom

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

The young ladies have finally cracked Britain, and with their single snuggled at the top of the B&S chart the way now looks clear for ...

Van McCoy: The New McCoy

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

John Abbey talks to Van McCoy who has just signed with MCA Records in a move to satisfy his desire to grow, as an artist ...

The Drifters: Ex Drifter Bill Chooses The British Way Of Life

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

THE BRITISH soul colony – an ever expanding group of ex-patriot Americans who have chosen the British way of life – has had a goodly ...

Gary Byrd: The Communicator

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1977

David Nathan talks to Gary Byrd, one of New York's top deejays, lyricist for Stevie Wonder, and a young man with a mission or two ...

Larry Graham: Graham Central Station: Undiscovered Pioneers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1977

David Nathan talks to a true innovator, Mr. Larry Graham ...

Hodges, James & Smith: Hodges James and Smith: A Soulful Sound And A Bit Of Razzle Dazzle

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

The ladies dislike any comparison with the Supremes and the Three Degrees but they have the charisma to take them right to the top. ...

Rose Royce: How Total Concept became Rose Royce

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

It was as Total Concept that the Rose Royce combo came to London a few years ago. There followed a spell on the road with ...

Eddie Henderson: Soul Transfusion Brings success To Doc Henderson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

Eddie Henderson is a doctor of medicine and psychiatry, but currently he also has the hottest jazz-based album in the U.K. ...

The Stylistics: Stylistics Plead Guilty To Recent Lack Of Direction

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

The guys feel they have been out of tune with the market for a while now but they are planning steps to get their career ...

Sun A Shining

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1977

WHEN the sun shines, it shines on everybody. Similarly, that's what the group bearing the same name want their music to do... ...

The Isley Brothers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1977

Go For Your Guns Amigo: Them thar Isleys are due back in town with a new album... ...

War: The Latest News From The War Front

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1977

John Abbey talks to War's keyboard maestro, Lonnie Jordan, about their recent signing with MCA. ...

Jon Lucien: The Unique Mr Lucien

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1977

"IT'S IN a developing stage. My career is moving to another level," are Jon Lucien's opening remarks the day before his New York appearance with ...

Cameo: Still Going Strong After Rigor Mortis Has Set in

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

B&S raps with the funky, funky 9-man band who play some pretty arresting music ...

Grace Jones: The New Dahling Of The Disco Set

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

Jamaican-born Grace began as an actress and model in New York and Paris. Now she's fast building a reputation as Disco Queen. ...

Tamiko Jones: John Abbey and Tamiko Jones: A Soulful Wedding In Atlanta

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

CERTAINLY one of the most exciting events of this year (might even qualify for the decade!) was the soulful wedding of our esteemed editor, Mr. John Abbey to the ...

Rokotto

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1977

WHEN IT comes to our music, the fish-famed Scottish city of Dundee isn't exactly rivalling Detroit, Memphis or Philadelphia, is it? ...

Roy Ayers: The Ambidexterous Mind Of Roy Ayers

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

IN AMONGST that unending list of people who've been patiently waiting in the wings for that catapult into the realms of superstardom is a gentleman ...

The Dells: Silver Jubilee

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

Twenty-five years continuous success… and with the original line-up still intact. Dave Nathan files this exclusive interveiw with Chuck Barksdale. ...

Archie Bell and the Drells: Archie Bell and The Drells

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Q. When is a Philly group not a Philly group?A. When they're a bunch of Texans known as Archie Bell & the DrellsJohn Abbey talks ...

Bobbi Humphrey: Bobbi Means Business

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Ms. Humphrey knows that talent isn't always enough to achieve success. Thus, she's formed her own management company and now stands or falls on her ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Musical Giants

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1977

ONE OF the gratifying success stories of this musical decade belongs unquestionably to a group who have literally become giants in the music world. We ...

Lamont Dozier: The Hitmaker Supreme Who Can't Read Or Write Music

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1977

....but he's got a good ear and keeps cookin' up the goodies! David Nathan investigates the art of culinary composing, according to Lamont Dozier. ...

Barry White: Look Out For Barry In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Barry White struck gold with his last single and album but he's set to surpass himself with his plans for next year ...

Sylvester

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

How an ex-Cockette named Ruby Blue became Sylvester... ...

The Temptations: The Revitalised Temptations

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Some felt that the Temps wouldn't survive outside of Motown but the guys are happy with their initial tracks for Atlantic and plan to fight ...

Brenda & The Tabulations: Brenda and The Tabulations: Coming Back For More

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

After five years of turning out soul classics, Brenda 'retired' to become a housewife. But now she's back in business and rarin' to go.... ...

Cissy Houston In Her Own Right

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Cissy has sung behind countless superstars, from Elvis to Aretha, particularly during her stint as leader of the Sweet Inspirations. She's now out front again ...

Eddie Kendricks

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

There's the man who goes on stage to work and the guy off-stage who's just a member of the public. "It's important those two people ...

Eleanor Grant: Look Out For Eleanor In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

ALTHOUGH AT present, the name of Eleanor Grant is barely known around the record buying brotherhood of the world, you only have to speak to ...

Fat Larry's Band

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

FAT LARRY'S SLIMMING DOWN (BUT GETTING BIGGER!)Larry's losing weight, so he may be fronting Not-So-Fat-Larry's Band soon! Bat with their new Stax affiliation, he and ...

The Fatback Band: Fatback Band: The Master Dance Combo

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

John Abbey talks to Bill Curtis about the band that's not strictly a 'band' anymore ...

Pockets: Gold Lined Pockets

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

VIRTUALLY everything that Earth, Wind & Fire touches turns to gold. One of the group's latest protegees consists of an eight-man aggregation known as Pockets. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: The Ups And Downs Of Success

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Johnny has come up with 3 gold albums in little more than a year but it seems that life at the top isn't always one ...

Millie Jackson: In Tune With The People

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Soul's upfront lady makes sure she stays on target by taking time and trouble to talk to the people and staying in touch with what's ...

T-Connection Make It 3 In A Row

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

THOUGH THE disco boom of the past two years will no doubt have its negative after-effects, there can be no disputing the fact that it ...

The Controllers: Four Young Men With A Soulful Message

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

ALMOST EVER since the term "soul music" was coined – and it might be interesting to find out just who coined it first! – there ...

The Drifters: We haven't sung soul since Clyde McPhatter left!

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

GROUPS COME, groups go. One day it'll rain, next day it'll be sunny. But one thing that you can rely upon is the fact that ...

The Fantastic Four Are Back With A Bang

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Courtesy of the disco boom, the Fantastic Four are back in business and scoring their biggest hit of all time... ...

Hot: When You're Hot You're Hot

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

ONE OF the biggest international hits of 1977 belongs to three, very attractive, very intelligent young women who go by the name of Hot. ...

ZZ Hill: ZZ and The Making Of A Soul Classic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

'Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It' is one of '77's most soulful sides. David Nathan talks to ZZ Hill about his earlier days ...

Shirley Caesar: The First Lady of Gospel

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1978

IT'S LONG been acknowledged that some of the very finest black performers around today have their roots squarely and firmly in the gospel field. Everyone ...

Fat Larry's Band: Fat Larry's Slimming Down (But Getting Bigger!)

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Larry's losing weight, so he may be fronting Not-So-Fat-Larry's Band soon! But with their new Stax affiliation, he and the guys are getting bigger every ...

Deniece Williams, Earth Wind and Fire, The Emotions: Earth Wind & Fire: Maurice White

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

WITHOUT A shadow of doubt, Earth Wind & Fire is the most successful group that our music has ever given the world. In fact, after ...

Mandrill Plan Operation World

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

Following a highly successful tour of major American cities, Mandrill are now anxious to become a truly international act. Plans are underway for them to ...

Patti Austin: The Jingle Queen Breaks Out

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1978

David Nathan talks to a soulful lady whose dulcet tones can also be heard on numerous American TV commercials ...

The Commodores: Hot At Home An' Zoomin' In Europe

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

SO, FOR the good news for European fans. The Commodores will definitely be touring Europe this April, and that is confirmed! ...

Detroit Emeralds: The Emerald Behind The Floaters Gem

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

HAVING FOUGHT their way back to prominence, the Detroit Emeralds are now set to consolidate themselves – not only in their own right but also ...

The Imperials: Old Doo Waps Never Die

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

The Imperials discover that Britain love 'em ...

Gladys Knight: The Pips: A Solo Album But No Split With Gladys

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1978

After twenty-five years together, Gladys Knight and The Pips have become virtually a musical institution. Now, a new chapter is opening in the history of ...

Al Green: The King Is Dead Long Live The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Al Green: the Logical successor to the title of King of Memphis... ...

Biddu's Planning For The Future

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

WHEREAS MOST producers and artists are satisfied with concentrating on today, our old buddy. Biddu, is firmly trying to forge a new sound for the ...

Confunkshun: Memphians With California Bloodlines

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The Magnificent Seven hail from the West Coast, but the band was born in Memphis ...

Freda Payne

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

"Success can be the emptiest place in the world," says Freda..."Having a husband and now a son makes me realise just how empty my life ...

Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela: Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela: Herb and Hugh Fusion

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela explain their Tijuana Meets Africa project ...

Joe Simon: Mr Consistency That's Joe Simon

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

"I may not make more than one gold record a year," he says, "but every release sells about 300,000...and that's what keeps me going to ...

Pleasure Is Their Business

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Pleasure by name and pleasing to the ear, the guys look set to become one of the hot new acts of '78 ...

Roberta Flack: Flack's Back

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Roberta Flack – the Star who likes to hang out just like everyday folks ...

The Bar-Kays

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The Bar-Kays put the city back on the world's musical map..."Shake your rump to the funk", the guys suggested, and the world tuned in to ...

The Blue Notes wanna be the black Beatles!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The original Blue Notes, having endured the splits with Harold Melvin and Teddy Pendergrass, are aiming for versatility and the kind of musical freedom that ...

Judd Phillips: The Memphis Mercury Connection

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

NO, IT ISN'T a devious underworld operation; rather, it is the efforts of the Chicago-based Mercury organisation to be the first major to capitalise on ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Gettin' Hi High Again

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Willie Mitchell has virtually forsaken his own career in favour of running Hi Records and putting the label back up there... ...

The Blackbyrds: You can't put a price on education, say the Blackbyrds…

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The guys have always restricted their working schedule in order to further their education. This has cost them a lot of dollars but they figure ...

Bootsy Collins

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

IN THE two years of 'its' acceptance, Bootsy's Rubber Band has become established as one of America's leading progressive R&B bands. Each of their three ...

Harvey Mason: Have Funk Will Travel

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1978

ONE OF the most interesting developments in recent years on the contemporary music scene has been the recognition and attention paid to those folk who ...

Henry Allen and Cotillion Records: One Of The Pioneers Of The Development Of The Contemporary Black Music Industry

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Since its revival a couple of years back, Cotillion Records has underlined Atlantic Records' commitment to black music. With pioneer Henry Allen at the helm, ...

Kellee Patterson: Kellee Gets Fitted With Gold

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

WELL, IT has taken a full six month cycle but Kellee Patterson has finally won her Gold disc for the interestingly titled 'If It Don't ...

Larkin Arnold: A Capitol Investment

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

LET'S BE honest. A couple of years or so back and if you mentioned the name of Capitol Records, you thought of Glen Campbell, the ...

Maze: The Golden Days Of Maze

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

It took Maze around nine months to go gold with their debut album but their second set has equalled that feat in just six weeks ...

Ralph MacDonald: The Percussive Roots Of Ralph McDonald

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Ralph's new album traces his musical roots from Africa to the Islands and America. Here he talks about his dual roles as artist and producer, ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1978

After nearly twenty years together under the able guidance of Mr. George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic and associated entities have finally begun to receive the ...

Chic: How Chic's Bootlegged Single Became A Disco Smash…

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1978

REGARDLESS of whether you happen to be one of the many millions of people who now frequent discos on what has become a vast international ...

Cuba Gooding Comes In From The Cold

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1978

The former lead singer with The Main Ingredient has been away from the recording scene for just a year. In between, he's been busy preparing ...

Gene Chandler: The Duke Of Earl Is Back

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

Having grown tired of working the chittlin' circuit, Gene went off the road to concentrate on the business side of things...and scored some notable successes. ...

The Trammps: How Chaplin Helped Give Birth To The Trammps

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

The re-release of 'Disco Inferno', by way of its success in Saturday Night Fever, could give Trammps their first gold disc. B&S talks to Earl ...

Joe Tex: The Gut Feeling For A Hit

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

Joe stays close to the streets and the people who buy the records. Thus, he has a good instinct for what's a likely hit and ...

Mandre: 'Soular' Soul From Outer Space

Profile by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1978

ACCORDING TO Motown Records' press release: "Unknown to but an enlightened few until now, we have been visited many times by denizens from the other ...

The Manhattans: Manhattans Are Planning A Doo Wop Album

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

The guys started out as a street-corner group and have always maintained an interest in the old doo-wap style. Now there's talk of them cutting ...

Sweet Thunder: Versatility Is The Name Of The Game

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

AS THEIR biography says, the name of Sweet Thunder does sound like a paradox but if you listen to their new and charted album – ...

The Originals: A New Chapter Begins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1978

Until recently, the Originals had spent their career at Motown, and enjoyed great success. But, they felt it was time to move on and now ...

Village People: The Macho Answer To Women's Lib

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1978

With a debut album that proved to be a big disco item in 1977 and a new album already making strong headway, the six guys ...

Bobbi Humphrey: Bobbi's Jam with Stevie

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Bobbi Humphrey tells B&S how Stevie Wonder came to play harmonica on her 'Home Made Jam' single in return for help she had contributed to ...

Bunny Sigler: Bundino Sigalucci, Reluctant Songwriter

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1978

With a couple of albums under his belt from his days with Philly International and his hit of '67 'Let The Good Times Roll' behind ...

Dexter Wansel: The Message In His Music

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

IF YOU take a look at virtually any album that comes out of Philadelphia International these days, you are almost certain to see Dexter Wansel's ...

Evelyn "Champagne" King: Bubblin' Over

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Currently the recipient of numerous accolades and predictions is the young lady known as Evelyn "Champagne" King. She certainly deserves all the praise she's getting. ...

Faze-O Repay Ohio Player's Faith In Them

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

...and get SHE label off the ground! ...

Idris Muhammad: Idris Boogies On Up

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Idris Muhammad's new album is a deliberate attempt to widen his horizons and is set to surpass all that his Mutha album achieved. B&S examines ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: Bertha Butt Meets Darth Vader

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

WHEN IT comes to novelty disco tunes, Jimmy Castor has proven himself to be irresistible. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: Martha's Happier Than Ever Before

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

WE MEET AGAIN is the apt title for Martha Reeves stunning debut album for Fantasy Records because it reunites her with one of the men ...

Millie Jackson Rings The Changes

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Millie's new album is far more uptempo than any album she's ever done. Ironically, the track that most people are picking up on is a ...

Quincy Jones: Feelin' Great In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Quincy Jones finds that the ideas and his music are just flowing these days, he feels like a man on the sea, just going with ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

John Abbey talks to lead singer Eddie Levert and newest member Sammy Strain, and reports on just why and how the O'Jays have remained in ...

The Soul Children: Back On A Good Thing

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

The threesome are back in business with David Porter and their 'Can't Give Up A Good Thing' single is lighting the way for the Stax ...

Taste Of Honey: A Taste Of Honey: Funky Unky Unky

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

Boogie Oogie Oogie has shot A Taste Of Honey to international stardom, but John Abbey discovers they are more than just pretty faces! ...

Average White Band: AWB Aim To Spread Their Wings

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1978

Having signed an international deal with RCA records, the band plan to take their music around the world ...

Hodges, James & Smith: Hodges, James and Smith: The Time Is Now

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

WE AT B&S have always acknowledged the significance of timing. The right record at the right time and with the right company and suddenly a ...

Margie Joseph: Margie's Feeling Her Way To The Very Top

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

Margie Joseph is using her God-given talent to the full. "My dream is to be a superstar," she says, "and I just don't want anyone ...

The Ohio Players: Ohio Players Come Out Of Hibernation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

John Abbey talks to Satch Satchell, the Ohio Players' spiritual leader. ...

Patti LaBelle: Going Straight

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1978

For her new album, Tasty, Patti has adopted a whole new approach. She tells David Nathan how she accepted the challenge of showing people another ...

Pleasure To Meet You

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

The 8-piece outfit spent most of their time in the studio until recently but with their fourth Fantasy album taking off they are currently on ...

Sylvester: The Second Step

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

The man himself talks to John Abbey about his second Fantasy album, his attitudes, and his aims for the future. Another B&S exclusive... ...

The 5th Dimension: The Fifth Dimension

Overview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1978

AFTER A period of time out of the recording limelight, The Fifth Dimension are back – with a new album ("Star Dancing"), a new record ...

Aretha Franklin

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1978

In one of the very rare interviews she grants, Lady Soul gave this in-depth story to B&S' David Nathan at her beautiful Encino, California home. ...

Candi Staton: Disco Confuses Candi

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

As long as she can remember, people have been dancing to Candi Staton's records. "It's just a new word for an old style," she says ...

Etta James: Betta Than Evva

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

Having licked a serious drug problem, Etta is climbing to the top again and has been delighting audiences on the road with the Rolling Stones, ...

Foxy Get Off On That Groove

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The all-white chart-toppers don't try to sound black – it's their natural way. "We just want to play that groove,'' they say. "If there isn't ...

Grace Jones: Amazing Grace

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The Queen of the Dancefloors, the inimitable Grace Jones ...

Johnny Bristol: Still Hangin' In There

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

'HANG ON In There Baby' remains to this day one of the best selling R&B based records of all time. It carried its creator, Johnny ...

Atlantic Starr: Meet Atlantic Starr

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

John Abbey talks to the 9-piece outfit who are storming the U.S singles and albums charts ...

Prince Phillip Mitchell: Prince Phillip's Makin' It But Good

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

As a songwriter, Phillip Mitchell has penned hits for such diverse talents as Millie Jackson, Candi Staton, Ben E. King and Joe Simon. Now he's ...

Rick James: The Punk Funk Of Rick James

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

Rick's style has been dubbed Punk Funk in some quarters. He himself agrees the term might be apt as it signifies the rebellious aspect of ...

Rose Royce: The Golden Success Story

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The band's three albums have all gone gold, and then platinum – some achievement! Percussionist Terry Santiel tells B&S of the debt they owe to ...

Teddy Pendergrass

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1978

WITH THE acceptance and success of Teddy Pendergrass' second solo album for Philly International Records, it seems that he has established himself in the forefront ...

The Stylistics: Back 'In Fashion'

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

In Fashion just happens to be the title of the group's debut album for the Mercury label and it looks like giving them their biggest ...

Betty Wright

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1978

Thirteen years on in her career, Betty Wright has finally begun to gain acceptance outside of just R&B circles. David Nathan reports... ...

Charo: Disco Comedienne

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

The lady's natural wit made her a runaway success on America's chat shows and her debut album was an international winner. Now she feels she's ...

KC & the Sunshine Band

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

WHENEVER you think of the Miama Sound, the name of K.C. & the Sunshine Band immediately springs to mind. Via a long string of golden ...

Randy Jackson: Solo Randy Will Always Be Part Of The Jacksons

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

THIS MONTH sees the release of the debut single by the latest of the super-talented children of Joe Jackson. Collectively, they are known to the ...

The Impressions: The Impresssions

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

After more than 20 years as a group, the guys are now bigger than ever in Europe. Recordwise, plans are afoot for them to record ...

B.B. King: An Audience With The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The King in question is Mr. B.B. King and in this exclusive interview he talks to John Abbey about the future of the blues as ...

The Sylvers: Golden Sylvers Look To The Silver Screen

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

Edmund Sylvers tells David Nathan about the group's new record affiliation, their aims in the film world and plans for a European tour. ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: Back To Their Roots

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The rumours are that Harold Melvin and the group are set to return to Philadelphia International. Harold himself tells B&S how it is.... ...

Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Returneth Home

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

Jerry talks to B&S about his reunion with Gamble and Huff and his plans for the future... ...

Loleatta Holloway: Queen Of The Night

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The 'Cry To Me' lady talks to B&S about her new disco following... ...

Mtume: Not Just Funnin', Mtume Mean Real Business

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

Mtume's jumping off point came when two of the guys wrote a hit for Roberta Flack, but they are more than just a songwriting team ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

One of the brightest new stars on the horizon is a young lady whose voice has already been heard across the world. As lead singer ...

Timmy Thomas: The Gospel Freak

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The 'Why Can't We Live Together' man now has a dual role – as head of TK's Gospel division and leader of the Freak dancefloor ...

Eddie Henderson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Eddie Henderson: I didn't get where I am today by not being danceable... ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: George Clinton

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Coinciding with the arrival of the whole Parliafunk-adelicment entourage in Britain for concert dates, B&S concludes its exclusive interview with the mastermind of the whole ...

Odyssey: The Native New Yorkers Hit The Road

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Odyssey held back from touring after their 'Native New Yorker' smash. But now, with their new single and album, they are eager to get out ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: Parliament Funkadelic: Watch Out The Mothership Is Coming

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Beware, Britain – the Mothership is coming! George Clinton and those extra-terrestial beings, Parliament-Funkadelic, are about to descend on to your cities. It will be ...

Bernie Worrell: P-Funk: Bernie Worrell, The Keyboard King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

THE LATEST Parliafunkadelicment member to shoot solo shots is Bernie Worrell, the keyboard king of Funkadelia. Entitled All The Woo In the World, the album ...

Funkadelic: P-Funk: Mike Hampton – Kid Funkadelic

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

REPRESENTING the younger generation of Funkadelicans is Mike Hampton, a long-haired extrovert who plays perhaps the meanest guitar within our musical sphere. "I am not ...

Quazar: Outta The Woodshed An' Into The Charts

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1978

The group spent some 6 years woodshedding (preparing themselves to face the public.) Now, as David Nathan reports, their hard work is paying handsome dividends... ...

The Brides of Funkenstein: The Brides Of Funkenstein: The Solo Talents Within The Parliafunkadelicment Thang…

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

AS ONE would imagine, monogamy isn't in keeping with Dr. Funkenstein's image and so I guess it was only natural that when he launched his ...

Chic: The Art of Being Chic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 1979

On the eve of their departure for their British concert dates, David Nathan talked to Chic about the chemistry that makes up their hit sound ...

Al Green LP

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

WELL, it's time for a new Al Green album. Entitled, Truth 'n' Time", it is Al's first album since Belle, almost exactly a year ago. ...

Al Jarreau: Days Of Future Past

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

Since the release of his debut album three years ago, Al Jarreau has firmly established himself as a creative talent of the first order. He ...

Cameo: Sitting Pretty With Their Ugly Ego

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

If the group's second album was two steps ahead of their debut set, then the new one is five steps ahead of either, they feel. ...

Cerrone

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

As his new album implies, Marc Cerrone surely has that Golden Touch...in fact, the album reportedly shipped gold in seven countries! ...

Chanson: There's No Holdin' 'Em Back

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

James and David have worked as session musicians on countless hits but now, with their debut on Ariola, they've become an instant success in their ...

Cheryl Lynn: Cheryl's Trip Down The Yellow Brick Road

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

"I'M JUST excited about the whole thing!" bubbles Ms. Cheryl Lynn and she has every reason for feeling that way. Her debut Columbia album and ...

Chic: A Day In The Life Of Chic

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

So what actually happens when you have the No. 1 pop, r&b and disco record in the nation? How does an average day transpire and ...

Dobie Gray Is Driftin' Back

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

"PEOPLE TEND to think that if you're not on the top of the charts, you fall flat on your face," states Dobie Gray. "Well, I've ...

Grover Washington Jr: Grover's Motown 'Seed' Is Bearing Fruit A Plenty

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

ALTHOUGH on odd occasions they have varied their musical direction – notably into Country & Western for a minute and via the Rare Earth Rock-Pop ...

Heatwave

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

LONDON, England, is hardly renowned for its temperate climate but it can boast one long and consistent Heatwave because it is – and probably always ...

Jean Carn: Happy Is The Only Way To Fly

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

Jean's second album, Happy To Be With You, is winning friends with R&B and jazz fans alike...and happy also sums up the way she feels ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Guitar Giant

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

AFTER THE comparative failure of Funk Beyond The Call Of Duty, Johnny Guitar Watson is back with a vengeance. ...

Peabo Bryson Comes Into His Own

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

With his debut album for Capitol, already certified as gold, Mr. Peabo Bryson is truly "reaching for the sky". His newest album, 'Crosswinds' looks set ...

Peaches and Herb: On A Groove Thing

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

THEY'RE BOTH agreed: Peaches and Herb state almost unanimously that working on their latest album with producer Freddie Perren (the album is on Freddie's own ...

Sarah Dash - Putting It Together Again

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

After 16 years with the now legendary team of Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles (who after selling their hearts to the junkmen and disappearing over ...

The Temptations: Temptations Thrive On Their New Found Freedom

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

AFTER A rather disappointing first year with Atlantic Records, it looks as though 1979 will see the mighty Temptations searching in earnest to regain their ...

The Staple Singers: Muscle Shoals Revisited

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

IT CAN'T be coincidence that the minute the Staples return to Muscle Shoals, they come away with their best selling album since the last time ...

Celi Bee Spreads Her Wings

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

WE GOT the opportunity to spear with Celi Bee (of Celi Bee & the Buzzy Bunch disco fame) on one of the lady's rare stopovers ...

Chaka Khan

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

B&S award is more meaningful, says Chaka... ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers: Bustin' Loose

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

1979 HAS been acclaimed as the year that Funk would fight back. Proof of the truth of that statement can be found by simply looking ...

Donny Hathaway

Obituary by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THE TRAGIC news of the death in mid-January of Donny Hathaway no doubt shocked the gifted singer-songwriter's many admirers across the world and it was ...

Gene Chandler: The Duke Is Back

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

RIGHT NOW, Gene Chandler's 'Get Down' is just about the biggest disco record in the country. Presently, Gene is touring the country promoting his biggest ...

Instant Funk: The Return Of Funk

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

Into the winner's circle with a three year old recording, Instant Funk now look set to become 79's major funk success. Read on... ...

Rance Allen

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THE RELEASE of Straight From The Heart marks the return home of the Rance Allen Group. After a gap of four years – during which ...

Brass Construction: Randy Muller: Dance To The Music

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

"The new Brass Construction album will have the same kind of rhythm pulse and good groove as the first one..." ...

Rose Royce: A Very Satisfying Year

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

UNDOUBTEDLY, 1978 was The Year Of The Groups. Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores and Rose Royce almost held a monopoly on the awards. Though ...

T-Connection: Out To Kill

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

AFTER TWO rather varied albums, T-Connection have made up their minds that their about-to-be-released third album will be the one to kill the discos. ...

The Dixie Hummingbirds: Flyin' High

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THERE HAS been a whole lot of publicity about the fact that fifty years ago, Walt Disney was introducing Mickey Mouse to the world over ...

The Jackson 5, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: Ten Golden Years

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

The guys recently celebrated ten years as a headlining act and B&S took the opportunity to talk to them individually and gather their thoughts on ...

The Neville Brothers: A Family Affair

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THE NAME of Neville is synonymous with the whole New Orleans sound. The eldest brother, Art, has invested more than twenty years into the music ...

Van McCoy Comes Out Of Retreat

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

Having now emerged from a somewhat less fruitful period, following his huge international smash, 'The Hustle', Van McCoy talks of his recent creative and emotional ...

Evelyn "Champagne" King: Evelyn Champagne King: A Bubbling Bundle Of Talent

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

From office cleaning to record stardom, the 'champagne' lady uncorks her story...and cites producer T. Life as the Rat in her life!!! ...

Switch: Talent In Depth

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

Lead vocalist Greg Williams explains how a chance meeting with Jermaine Jackson led to the guys achieving their big breakthrough. Now they're readying their second ...

Sylvester: Step Three

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

The man triumphed in both Disco sections of the annual B&S Poll but, surprisingly, tells us that his next album might actually be his last ...

ADC Band: The ADC Band: All Fired Up

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

THEIR BIOGRAPHY calls them a "funky renaissance band" and I guess that does just about sum up the ADC Band, Detroit's own band who have ...

The Commodores: 3 Times a Winner

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores triumphed in 3 sections of the recent B&S Poll. Here Lionel, who won the award as Best Songwriter, tells why ...

Bloodstone: Shining Brightly Six Years On

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

WOULD YOU believe that it's six years since Bloodstone hit the world's record charts with their haunting 'Natural High' ballad – probably one of the ...

Bunny Sigler: A Disco Believer

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

After 12 years, writer, producer, singer Bunny Sigler finally has the creative freedom to pursue all avenues to his own satisfaction. ...

Chaka Khan, Rufus: Chaka Khan: Chaka Really Is Every Woman

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

OVER THE years, we have covered just about every possible facet of Chaka Khan's career. So, during a break whilst recording a new album with ...

Creme D'Cocoa: Philly Versatility

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

VENTURE RECORDS was launched last fall and immediately attained its initial breakthrough with 'Do What You Feel', the debut release on a new quartet from ...

Edwin Starr Makes Contact

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

After a lengthy absence from the charts, Edwin's back with a vengeance. And he's well tuned in to disco as some folks acclaim 'Twenty Five ...

GQ Present 'Gentlemen's Funk'

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1979

David Nathan talks to the GQ quartet, currently scoring with their 'Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)' opus and finds that they label their music as 'gentlemen's funk'. ...

Natalie Cole

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

IN THREE short years, Natalie Cole has risen to the point where today she is a household name. In the past few months, Natalie has ...

Rufus: Best of Both Worlds

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1979

Still maintaining their link with the departed Chaka Khan – Rufus now find their diverse talents sprouting in all directions.... ...

Sister Sledge: Family Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

WHOEVER CAME up with the idea of putting that beautiful family quartet, Sister Sledge, together with platinum Chic hitmakers, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, is ...

Tasha Thomas: Title Doubt

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

ALTHOUGH 'Shoot Me' has been the vehicle for the world to become acquainted with Ms. Tasha Thomas, it is a somewhat unlikely source. 'Shoot Me ...

LaBelle, Patti LaBelle: The Real Raw Patti LaBelle

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

Patti is happier with her latest album than with anything she has ever done before, and feels that producer Skip Scarbrough has captured the real, ...

Bell and James

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1979

CURRENTLY PROVING to be one of 1979's hottest records is a tune which has literally exploded on the pop and r&b charts almost simultaneously. ...

Joe Simon

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1979

I DON'T know about you, but my impression of Joe Simon has always been of a sober, conservative character. Maybe it was his clean approach ...

War: Luther Rabb

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1979

War's newest member is rarin' to go...as part of a very enthusiastic band, and as a solo act ...

Maze: The 'Inspiration' Behind Maze

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1979

B&S raps to Maze leader Frankie Beverly who reveals the formula behind their 'rapid' rise to stardom. ...

Millie Jackson: A Few Moments Pleasure

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1979

'I HATE to stay at home and not work,' says Millie, a confirmed workaholic. John Abbey talks to Millie about her new album, and her ...

Tavares: Tired Of That Flip Flop Music

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1979

UNTIL THEY got caught up in the mad disco scramble – though admittedly they were one of the trendsetting groups in that category – the ...

The Manhattans Zoom Back

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1979

'Kiss And Say Goodbye' provided the Manhattans with a global hit, and now the enduring quartet look forward to continued success with their new album. ...

Amii Stewart: Amii's Knockin' On Stardom's Door

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

B&S talks to the very talented Ms. Amii Stewart ...

Anita Ward: Anita Rings Chart Bell

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

'RING MY BELL' is just about the hottest dance property in the land right now and it introduces to the world a young lady from ...

Black Music Association: A Singular Voice For The Black Music Industry

Comment by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

The Black Music Association has just celebrated its first anniversary. B&S outlines its concept and success as a vehicle to preserve, project and further Black ...

Bruce Hawes: Bruces Hawes: Young Gifted Determined

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

Perhaps one of the most encouraging signs in the black music field right now is the slow but sure emergence of a whole crop of ...

Dionne Warwick

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

David Nathan provides a penetrating and objective insight into the evergreen Dionne Warwick – an artiste of undisputed pedigree and longevity... ...

Eddie Henderson: Doctor At The Crossroads

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

With the music world making so many demands on his time, Eddie feels he may have to phase out his medical practice completely... ...

Gene Chandler: Number One

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

ENCOUNTERED Gene Chandler, fresh from his European trek, where he was awarded a Silver Disc in London for sales exceeding 250,000 in the U.K. ...

Grover Washington Jr: The Man

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

By way of many fine recordings and countless live performances, Grover has become acknowledged as one of the decade's most talented musicians. But what of ...

Minnie Riperton: How Minnie's Cooking Tempted Stevie Wonder

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

MINNIE RIPERTON has a new album out and it marks her debut set for Capitol Records. She's feeling justifiably pleased with it and has good ...

James Brown: The Original Disco Man

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

'People are doing what I was doing ten years ago and calling it Disco' ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

AFTER AN absence of one album, the Jimmy Castor Bunch are back within the Atlantic family – this time on the Cotillion label. ...

Kleeer

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

KLEEER IS another of the new signings that Atlantic has come up with of late. The sextet's debut record, 'Keeep Your Body Working', has already ...

Lamont Dozier: Lamont Takes To The Road

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

Lamont Dozier is putting together a show to promote his new album and these will be his first live gigs for some 20 years! ...

Mary Wells: Back On The Right Track

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

Showing every sign of being ready to get right back into the swing of things, we recently had the opportunity to rap with Ms. Mary ...

Mary Wells: Back On The Right Track

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

Showing every sign of being ready to get right back into the swing of things, we recently had the opportunity to rap with Ms. Mary ...

Mass Production: Purest Mass Production

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

ALTHOUGH THEY don't actually top the charts with their every release, Mass Production have established themselves over their three year recording stint with Cotillion as ...

McFadden and Whitehead: Ain't No Stoppin' Gene and John Now

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

The McFadden and Whitehead story began back in the 60's when they toured with Otis Redding as members of the Epsilons. Then, in the early ...

Mike Theodore: High On Success

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

WITH HIS second album on Westbound – High On Mad Mountain – seasoned producer/arranger, Mike Theodore is further consolidating on the success of his first ...

Minnie Riperton

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

2008 introduction:This interview was David's second face-to-face conversation with Minnie; at the time, she was dealing with health challenges – in 1976, she had been ...

Narada Michael Walden: The Disco Awakening

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

ALTHOUGH he has just come off of one of Atlantic's biggest ever disco records – 'I Don't Want Nobody Else' – Narada Michael Walden wants ...

Prince Phillip Mitchell: Atlantic Crossing

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

AFTER TEN years of giving his best songs to other acts – notably 'Starting All Over Again' for Mel & Tim, 'Hurt So Good' for ...

Sister Sledge: We Really Are Family

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

THERE IS a certain closeness, a certain warmth about a family unit that is totally indestructible. It positively glows and when you are lucky enough ...

Tasha Thomas: The Glamor of Disco

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

AS WE have so often said, one of the great things about the disco boom is that it has brought to the surface a whole ...

Taste Of Honey Chase More Sweet Success

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

It ain't easy emulating the huge success of a record like 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' but the hit group are setting out to do just that. ...

The Beck Family

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

The family group explain how the Jacksons inspired them to switch from gospel to contemporary music. ...

The Crusaders, Randy Crawford: The Crusaders' Stix Hooper

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

B&S catches up with the Crusaders who have campaigned for jazz all over the world and whose new album is centred around 'street life'... ...

The Ohio Players: Up An' Dancin'

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

"Arista are famous for their pre-programming scheme and they could afford us!" ...

Alton McClain & Destiny: Alton Meets Her Destiny

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

ONE OF this year's giant left field records comes from three absolutely beautiful young ladies, Alton McClain and Destiny (D'Marie Warren and Robyrda Stiger). ...

B.B. King: B.B King: Reds and Blues

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

"I learnt the true meaning of freedom...But I also believe that music is the international denominator for bringing people together" ...

Chic: An Interview with Nile Rodgers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1979

David Nathan talks to Nile Rodgers, co-founder of the fabulously successful Chic, whose new album is being tipped as another world-beater. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Progress Is The Key

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1979

THERE SEEMS TO BE absolutely no question that in terms of consistency, universal and international acceptance and popularity, Earth, Wind & Fire have no peers. ...

The Emotions: Emotions Laid Bare

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1979

The girls divulge how they came to duet with EW&F on 'Boogie Wonderland' and talk at length about their songwriting activities... ...

The Spinners: Eternal Spinners

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

TIMING AND distinctive sound are two of our favourite comments when it comes to reviewing music in B&S. Timing (and the inborn knowledge when to ...

The Commodores

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

THE COMMODORES have attained a peak that no black group before them has ever been able to attain. For 1978, they were the fourth best ...

The Floaters: Floating Into The Future

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

WE'VE MADE this point on numerous occasions before – sometimes, a blockbuster hit can be the worst thing that can happen to a new act. ...

The Jones Girls: Keeping Up With The Jones Girls

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

Diana Ross and Gamble & Huff are useful people to have in your corner, and the talented trio openly acknowledge their gratitude and the belief ...

Van McCoy: In Memory of

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

JULY HAS been a devastating month for our music because of the tragic, sad deaths of Minnie Riperton and Van McCoy. Both were highly creative ...

Barry White: The Message Really Is Love

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

IT'S an old criticism that so few people practice what they preach. But, in the case of Barry White, the title of his new album ...

Doris Jones And The British Link

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

BECAUSE OF the nature of the music business, situations occasionally arise that go totally against the usual course of events. ...

Double Exposure: Secrets From The Locker Room

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

B&S investigator probes behind the scenes and unearths the concept of the quartet's startling new album... ...

Carol Douglas: Get Into Carol's Life

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

WITH THE release of her fifth album for Midsong International, Carol Douglas has reached a new stage in her career. ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's Peacock Music

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

INTERVIEWS with Michael Jackson are few and far between. However, after the Jacksons' Platinum Party, at which the whole family was presented with platinum awards ...

Shirley Brown

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

After her huge success with 'Woman To Woman', people expected Shirley to carry on rapping. Now she's resigned with Stax and her new album gives ...

Linda Evans: Solo Linda Scores Group Success

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

HAVING TRIED on three occasions to establish herself within a group – on each occasion, a trio, by the way – Linda Evans decided that ...

Sun Destination Superstardom

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

Pax Amantis?...the Custos Warriors?...Sun spokesman Byron Byrd explains all and then some... ...

Taka Boom: An Undisputed Talent

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

Taka spent a year and a half with Undisputed Truth and now she's capitalising on that experience with her solo career... ...

Terry Callier's Poetry In Music

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, August 1979

Terry Callier is currently reaping the rewards of his considerable talents. But, save for a series of telephone calls from Elektra Records, it might have ...

The Commodores' William King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

John Abbey meets Commodore William King ...

The Trammps: Disco's Favourite Sons

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

IF THERE is such a thing as disco-land's favourite group, then that would surely have to be Trammps – five young men from Philadelphia who ...

Bonnie Pointer

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1979

Leaving a successful group for a solo career can prove to be a daunting challenge, but Bonnie Pointer looks to have made the right decision. ...

Candi Staton: The Four Phases Of Candi

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1979

"It's about time that people realized that we can do more than change diapers and wash up dishes!" ...

L.T.D.: L.T.D.'s Devotion To Quality

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1979

WITH THE disco boom now officially on the wane, maybe we can get back to normal business! But before we write off that whole dance ...

Mary Wilson: No One Can Sing 'Baby Baby' Like Mary

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1979

"I'D REACHED a point where, in order to maintain the level we had reached with the original Supremes, I'd have to do something myself. I ...

Five Special: Something Special

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1979

THERE'S NO doubt that having a famous brother as your producer can certainly help you get the foot in the door, but these days with ...

The Crusaders: In Their Prime

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1979

With 25 successful and productive years already accomplished, the Crusaders have only just begun! Drummer, Stix Hooper explains their formula for success and longevity, and ...

Billy Preston: No Longer Going Round In Circles!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

B&S talks to Billy about his early days with Little Richard and Ray Charles, his development as a solo talent and his recent pacting with ...

Bootsy Collins: Nothing Will Stop The Funk

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

B&S drops in on Bootsy who says it out loud... ...

Candido: Technicolor Yul Brynner

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

IT TOOK the advent of disco to allow percussionists to come to the fore, and challenging Ralph McDonald for the leading role in commercial percussionists ...

Deniece Williams

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1979

David Nathan takes a look behind the public image of Deniece Williams and reveals other aspects of the diminutive songstress... ...

Teddy Pendergrass: The Sex Symbol Of Seventy Nine

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1979

Teddy continues to fill the major stadiums across the States and now he tells David Nathan what it'll take to tempt him to Europe... ...

Walter Murphy: Louie's Yer Uncle

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

ONE OF the most unusual records currently climbing the lists is 'Full Tilt Boogie' by the even more strangely named group, Uncle Louie. ...

Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross: Ashford & Simpson: Nick and Valerie's Hit Cure

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1979

With the success of their recent albums and the ensuing singles hit, Ashford and Simpson have truly arrived. David Nathan finds out what makes them ...

Fern Kinney: Fern's In The Right Groove

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

POPPY SEEDS have been the source of at least one good thing in this world. In the 60's there was a group called the Poppies ...

Kilo: Worth Their Weight In Gold

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

THOUGH KILO may be a new name to you their first album is only just on the streets now, their debut for Stax – the ...

Lenny Williams: Mr Consistency

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

"It isn't time to start abandoning disco or anything as drastic as that. It's just that people want their music more varied these days." ...

Nature's Divine

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

TAKE A tip from me...Nature's Divine are going to be a supergroup! This ten-piece ensemble from Detroit are already well on their way with their ...

Rick James

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

"TO ME, a punk is someone who says what's on his mind and who doesn't take no shit!" So says Rick James, one of our ...

Ronn Matlock

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

RONN MATLOCK is the latest in an endless line of new talents who seem to be constantly emerging again from Detroit. Though his Hot City ...

Rufus and Chaka Khan: The Beat Goes On

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1979

ANY CONFUSION you may have had about the exact status of the group Rufus should now be pretty much clarified in your mind – we ...

Shalamar Hit A Sylvers Lining

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1979

JEFFREY DANIEL, Jody Watley and Howard Hewett have quite a few good reasons to feel good right now. As the members of hit group Shalamar, ...

Sylvester: The Living Proof Of Disco's Heat

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

'MIGHTY REAL' was, of course, one of Sylvester's biggest hits – his biggest in Europe, in fact. However, it is more than just the title ...

Tamiko Jones: Tamiko's Intercity Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

New York, Detroit, Atlanta, back to Detroit, on to Nashville. Those were the ports of call for Tamiko Jones. ...

Dynasty: Piece Of The Rock

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1979

CURRENTLY ENJOYING their first major taste of success with 'I Don't Want To Be A Freak' is Dynasty, two young ladies and a young man ...

Gloria Gaynor: Come What May, '79 Was Going To Be Gloria's Year!

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1979

SO YOU thought Gloria Gaynor was still just the original Queen of Disco? You figured she might not be able to repeat the phenomenal success ...

Jupiter Beyond Another Philly Breakout David Nathan

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1979

CURRENTLY CAUSING quite a stir on the U.K. soul singles' chart is a record that's literally come out of left field to make a strong ...

War Effort

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1980

John Abbey talks to the Music Band's harmonica ace, Lee Oskar ...

Chic, Diana Ross: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown 8033)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1980

'Upside Down'; 'Tenderness'; 'Friend To Friend'; 'I'm Coming Out'; 'Have Fun (Again)'; 'My Old Piano'; 'Now That You're Gone'; 'Give Up'. ...

Stephanie Mills: Sweet Sensation (20th Century Fox T603)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1980

'Sweet Sensation'; 'Try My Love'; 'I Just Wanna Say'; 'Wish That You Were Mine'; 'D-a-n-c-i-n''; 'Still Mine'; 'Never Knew Love Like This Before'; 'Mixture Of ...

Teena Marie: T's Ready!

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Blues & Soul, August 1980

ON THE west side of Los Angeles lies Venice, situated between LA proper and the ocean. Most of it is beach. ...

Larry Graham's Maui Manoeuvres...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

Larry's built his own studio on the Hawaiian island of Maui and the first project was his own solo album. But this doesn't signal the ...

Richard Tee: Natural Ingredients (CBS 84194)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

'What A Woman Really Means'; 'Now'; 'The Nut's Off The Screw'; 'Tell It Like It Is'; 'Us'; 'Back Door Man'; 'Spinning Song' ...

Rick James, The Mary Jane Girls: Rick James' Case Of Life Or Death

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

Our Punk Funk hero has a new perspective on life following his recent hospitalisation. He's had to readjust his lifestyle as it became a case ...

Rick James: Garden Of Love (Motown)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

'Big Time'; 'Don't Give Up On Love'; 'Island Lady'; 'Gettin' It On'; 'Summer Love'; 'Mary-Go-Round'; 'Gettin' It On (In The Sunshine) Reprise' ...

The Jacksons: Triumph (Epic)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

'Can You Feel It'; 'Lovely One'; 'Your Ways'; 'Everybody'; 'Heartbreak Hotel'; 'Time Waits For No One'; 'Walk Right Now'; 'Give It Up'; 'Wondering Who' ...

The Valentine Brothers: Valentines Day

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Blues & Soul, May 1983

IF EVER A record could be said to sum up the times we are all living through right now, then it must be the Valentine ...

Anita Baker

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, May 1987

YOU MIGHT assume that after winning two Grammies, a couple of Soul Train Music Awards and having a two million-plus-selling album, Anita Baker would hear ...

Whitney Houston: An Interview with Whitney Houston

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 1991

SO MUCH HAS BEEN written and said about Whitney Houston since she burst on to the recording scene in 1985 with 'You Give Good Love', ...

Bell Biv DeVoe, Public Enemy, Son Of Bazerk, Young Black Teenagers: Hank Shocklee: Rebel With A Cause

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

"Yo Jeff, man, I'm sorry, what can I say? I wanted this interview to happen as much as you did, but Hank's just too busy ...

Ice Cube, Laquan, Yo Yo: Ice Cube, Yo Yo, Laquan: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

I'VE ALWAYS thought that the Brixton Academy, out of the larger venues, beats the likes of The Hammersmith Odeon and Dominion hands down when it ...

The Chimes: Sign O'The Chimes

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

B&S talks to Chimes members James Locke and Pauline Henry about their Poll success and their plans to maintain the impetus ...

En Vogue: Funky Divas (East West America)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

'This Is Your Life'; 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)'; 'Hip-Hop Lover'; 'Free Your Mind'; 'Desire'; 'Giving Him Something He Can Feel'; 'It Ain't ...

En Vogue: Diva-Stating

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

Jeff Lorez travels to Oakland, California to talk to writer/producers Foster & McElory about the apparent True Brit in their new "Funky Divas" album for En Vogue — and to the ...

Arrested Development: Astoria, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

THERE ARE THOSE amongst the hardcore rap community who think Arrested Development's down home, rural southern porch-sitting image is a stereotyped one that will prove ...

David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

I HAVE TO admit, I don't think that the largely all standing T&C was the ideal venue for either of these acts. ...

Flyte Tyme 10th Year Anniversary, 1982-1992: The Jam & Lewis Story

Report by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

I COULDN'T believe that I'd actually asked for a hotel wake-up call for 3:45am! By 4:30am I was struggling to keep my eyes open in ...

Alexander O'Neal, Flyte Tyme, Prince, The Time: The Jam & Lewis Story, Part 1: Flyte of Fantasy

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

To mark the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's ultra-successful Flyte Tyme Productions, Jeff Lorez flew to Minneapolis and spoke to Jimmy Jam for more than eight hours over two ...

Patti Austin, Cherrelle, The Human League, Cheryl Lynn, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part II

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, January 1993

Jeff Lorez continues his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions. ...

Alexander O'Neal, Bell Biv DeVoe, Herb Alpert, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Morris Day, New Edition, Ralph Tresvant, Sounds of Blackness, The Time: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part III

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, February 1993

Jeff Lorez concludes his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions ...

Cathy Dennis, Janet Jackson, Madonna: Shep Pettibone: Spontaneous Combustion

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

No amount of studio technology can ever compete with the priceless element of spontaneity to set things on fire, says Shep... ...

Mavis Staples, Prince, The Steeles: Prince & The New Power Generation/Mavis Staples/The Steeles: Wembley Arena and Bagley's Warehouse, King's Cross Freight Depot, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1993

THE MAN KNOWS no bounds. Having already performed a half hour show for the BBC that morning, Prince was intent on ending his European tour ...

Tony Toni Toné: The Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1993

I'M A FAN of the Tonies... what they stand for, the music they make, the whole tongue in cheek element; their acknowledgement of Northern California's ...

Aaliyah talks about her One In a Million album & more

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 1996

Just 17 but already something of a music biz veteran with a million selling debut album and dues-paying road activities behind her, the sweetly seductive ...

D'Angelo: The Gift & The Curse

Retrospective by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, May 2008

HE WAS a quiet, softly spoken, artsy type that clearly preferred to let his music do the talking. It seems like a lifetime ago. In ...

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