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Ketty Lester: New to the Charts: Ketty Lester Sang 'As Herself' To Notch Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

A SUDDEN decision to sing "in my own style" has brought instant success for chart newcomer Ketty Lester, whose 'Love Letters' stands at No. 27. ...

Sam Cooke: Sam Ploughed Money Into Act

Profile by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, October 1962

SAM COOKE is currently one of America's hottest disc properties. Since he scored his first hit with 'You Send Me', Sam has had a pretty ...

Brook Benton: Disappointed Brook

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1963

Peter Jones looks at the Million-Selling Ex-Truck Driver... ...

The Shirelles: The Neglected Shirelles

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

"I MET HIM on a Sunday" sang Addie, Doris, Shirley, and Beverly. They were heard by a class-mate at Passiac high school during a rehearsal ...

Little Eva: Alan Smith Says 'Welcome, Little Eva'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1963

THE GIRL who put a new twist into the twist – Little Eva – arrives in London today (Friday) for her first tour of Britain. ...

The Chiffons: New to the Charts: Tokens aid Chiffons

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, April 1963

'HE'S SO FINE', the disc by the Chiffons — a coloured, all-girl group with a Shirelles-type sound — looks set to confirm the prophecy of ...

Ray Charles: Welcome to Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

THE GENIUS... Messiah... Prophet... High Priest. Big words, and strange words to apply to a singer! But all have been used with religious fervour describing ...

Ray Charles: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

Too hard a job for Ray Charles? ...

Ray Charles: "I Don't Know What Is The Real Me," Admits Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

"CARY GRANT, the film star. You know, he's a friend of mine and he used to tell me to come to England. He told me ...

The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Tremeloes: The 'Twist And Shout' Battle Hots Up! (And How The NME Helped)

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THERE'S A long and fascinating story behind the big come-back success of 'Twist And Shout' (now with three versions in the best-sellers) — and it's ...

1963: Rhythm And Blues Made The News

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

THIS HAS been THE year for rhythm and blues fans. There is no doubt about it. At the beginning of the year the R & ...

1963: Year Of Rhythm & Blues #2

Overview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, December 1963

Part two of a series spotlighting all the important events in the R & B world this year. ...

The Crystals' Story: Their Sound, Their Career And Their X-Certificate Disc

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1964

Norman Jopling talks to the group with the hottest U.S. hit sound ...

Dee Clark, Dionne Warwick, Freddie King, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Solomon Burke, The Tymes: The Tymes, Freddy King, Dionne Warwick, Dee Clark, Solomon Burke, The Miracles: Regal Theatre, Chicago IL

Live Review by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, April 1964

ON STAGE WITH THE R&B LEGENDS ...

Dionne Warwick: Going Shopping With Dionne!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1964

DIONNE WARWICK is tall and willowy — a shapely frame built on the curviest of legs. The dark eyes smoulder. The whiter-than-white teeth flash a ...

Inez & Charlie Foxx: The Pounding Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, August 1964

ONE OF THE biggest and most interesting breakthroughs in the record industry here in recent months is the appearance of Inez Foxx with 'Hurt By ...

Gene Pitney, The Supremes: Gene Pitney's 72 Days With The Supremes

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, October 1964

GENE PITNEY recently took a bus journey with the Supremes. They shared front seat views — FOR 72 DAYS AND OVER 30,000 MILES. Gene, who ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha's Mad On Fashion

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

NEXT TO music, probably the most important thing to Martha, of the Vandellas, is fashion. When I saw her in her room at the Strand ...

Marvin Gaye: Marvin — He Never Forgets A Face

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1964

PETER JONES TALKS TO AMERICA'S SMOOTH-VOICED BLUESMAN, MARVIN GAYE, THE LATEST OF THE TAMLA-MOTOWN STARS TO HIT BRITAIN ...

James Brown, The Rolling Stones: James Brown: The Stones Can't Stop Talking About King James

Interview by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, December 1964

EVERY NOW and then, a rhythm and blues artiste in America breaks through the confines of his own field of music and becomes a giant ...

Betty Everett: At Last Betty Hits Our Charts

Profile by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1965

BETTY EVERETT lounged decoratively, elegantly dipping into a bowl of Indian food — her first Press reception on her first visit to Britain. Her trip ...

The Contours, Earl Van Dyke, Kim Weston, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

James Brown, Solomon Burke: Solomon Burke: The Burke v. Brown Feud

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, July 1965

"TELL ME," I said, "all about you and James Brown. There was a two-second hush, and then Solomon Burke, king of rock & soul, launched ...

Booker T & The MGs: College Comes First For Jones

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, August 1965

FEW FULL-TIME college students could find enough time, energy or initiative to record and promote a record like the 1964 hit 'Green Onions'. But Booker ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Mother of Four Rocks in Revue

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, September 1965

IT ALL HAPPENED by accident. Tina Turner explained it this way: "While watching Ike on stage in St. Louis one night (he played the organ ...

Nina Simone: The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, October 1965

Nina Knocks Out With 'Pastel Blues' ...

Jackie Wilson: Wailing Wilson Fishes, Hunts

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, November 1965

JACKIE WILSON'S career (past, present, and future) may be accurately summed up in one word — determination.   ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Class and Soul Spell Success For Miracles

Profile and Interview by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, December 1965

WHEN THE Miracles are performing in a club you don't eat. You don't drink. You don't even think. You just feel. ...

Mel Carter: Swingin' Mel Carter Setting New Goals

Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, January 1966

WHEN HIS heart sings it really sings. His name is Mel Carter and he is one of the few remaining ballad singers who continues to ...

Fontella Bass: British Trip Caused Heartaches For Fontella

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1966

AS A RESULT of her recent British visit I found that sensitive "soul" Fontella Bass suffering from a big back-ache and a little heartache just ...

Otis Redding: Otis Blue (Atlantic ATL 5041) ***

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, February 1966

Final R&B acceptance for the STONES? (Yes, Otis has recorded 'Satisfaction') ...

James Brown: Two Sides of James Brown

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, March 1966

JAMES BROWN. Such a plain name – they call him Mr. Dynamite. They are one person. But there are two faces to the entertainer. Thousands ...

James Brown: Brown's A Super-Spectacle: James Brown: Walthamstow Granada, London

Live Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, March 1966

OUT INTO THE cold streets of Walthamstow, ears ringing and apparently not working properly; eyes definitely out of focus; legs a trifle shaky. ...

Tammi Terrell: Tammi Terell: From Medicine To Music

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, March 1966

SOME PEOPLE fade into a crowd and some just naturally stand out. Tammi Terell is one of those who stand out. ...

James Brown: The Soul Of Mr. Brown

Interview by Dave Godin, Record Mirror, March 1966

JAMES BROWN has at last been to Britain. His all too brief stay had just about the maximum impact that it could have had. It ...

The Action, Arthur Alexander: Arthur Alexander, London; The Action, Sussex

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, April 1966

Arthur Alexander: Marquee Club, London ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: Lee Dorsey: Lee's Back — Thanks To The Talented Mister Toussaint

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1966

YOU PROBABLY first heard of Lee Dorsey after you asked the DJ what that record was he just played with the gun banging in it. ...

The Supremes: The Chic-est Girls In Show Business

Report by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, May 1966

WELL, OF COURSE, their sound: Supreme, tops, five in a row if you're keeping score. But LOOK at them! I mean, those are three swell-looking ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike And Tina Deep And High

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, May 1966

'River Deep, Mountain High', Ike and Tina Turner have signed with Phil Spector and there's no telling what fantastic sounds they'll come out with now! ...

Dobie Gray Into The Acting Bag

Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, July 1966

THE "LEADER of the 'In' Crowd" came into The BEAT office this week and almost didn't get out. ...

Andy Williams, Arthur Lyman, Bert Kaempfert, Bob Dylan, Jackie Edwards, James Brown, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Marty Robbins, Norma Tanega, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, Ruby & the Romantics, Wayne Newton: Bob Dylan, James Brown, Otis Redding et al: Album Reviews

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, August 1966

Dylan rocks through 4 great sides ...

Bobby Hebb: 'The Beatles Are An Oak Tree — Mighty'

Interview by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, September 1966

"IT TAKES ALL kinds of trees to make a forest. And like the Beatles are an oak tree — tall and mighty. And maybe the ...

Lamont Dozier, The Supremes: Holland & Dozier: Motown's Money

Profile and Interview by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, September 1966

THE SUPREMES strolled into the crowded club where the Temptations were playing and instantly everyone in the room knew they were there. ...

Lee Dorsey: Panel-Beating Gave Him Rhythm

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1966

LEE DORSEY is a small, flyweight ex-boxer who always looks as if he doesn't know where his next dime is coming from. ...

Otis Redding: Mr Cool and The Clique From Memphis

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, September 1966

OTIS REDDING is unbelievably cool. Or is it just travel-weariness. Who knows? When he landed on English soil last week to introduce himself and prepare ...

Otis Redding at Tiles: 16.09.1966

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, October 1966

OTIS SHOULD receive a mention in the Financial Times this year. The attendances on his recent our, especially in the London area, were quite phenomenal. ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Show Comes To Town — All Nineteen Of Them

Interview by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, October 1966

CARRYING a valet, two secretaries, the Ikettes — their three girl backing singers — two male singers Jimmy Thomas and Prince Albert, plus the Kings ...

James Brown Says 'I'm A Dynamo!'

Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, October 1966

Mr. Soul Speaks Out On Himself, His Music, His Points of View... ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Other Smokey Robinson — Songwriter

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1966

BACK IN 1957 Bill "Smokey" Robinson, then 17, bumped into Berry Gordy Jr. Smokey had a stack of about 100 songs he had written, and ...

The Four Tops: NME Chart News Woke Up The Four Tops In Record Time!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, October 1966

THE PHONE rang eleven times in Room 3055 at New York's Hilton Hotel before Lawrence Payton roused himself from his slumbers and dragged it towards ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops On The Four Tops

Interview by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, October 1966

WHEN FOUR handsome young men from Detroit put out a record that immediately grabs everyone's attention, people soon want to know everything there is to ...

Big Joe Williams, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sonny Rollins: Tempo: R&B and Jazz Album Reviews

Review by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1966

FOR SOME reason, recordings of live rock and roll shows are selling very well. You can hardly hear the music above the enthusiastic audience response ...

Lou Rawls: Greatest Thing Since Black Pepper

Profile and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, November 1966

THEY CALL IT Blues but really it's a large spoonful of mother earth. All heaped up and occasionally spilling over. When it spills over it's ...

Lou Rawls: Royal Tahitian, Ontario CA

Live Review by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, December 1966

Rawls 'Live' At Tahitian Recalls 'Death' In Florida ...

Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett: Atlantic '67

Report and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, December 1966

FRANK FENTER is a tall, tanned, talkative South African who has a way of expression with his hands that would do credit to an Italian. ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Spin Thru Britain

Report by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, December 1966

EPSTEIN BOOKS TOUR ...

Robert Parker: Shakespeare Hotel, Woolwich, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, January 1967

THE NUMBER OF blues and blues-based artistes touring the UK in the autumn months is quite absurd and not everybody will have the time or ...

Booker T & The MGs, The Mar-Keys, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave, The Vibrations: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge et al: New Albums Reviewed by Norman Jopling and Peter Jones

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1967

Rhythm & Blues galore! ...

Don Covay: Quotes by Don Covay

Profile and Interview by Bill Harry, Record Mirror, January 1967

DON COVAY burst on the music scene as a singer in the U.S. in 1964 with a self-penned smash hit called 'Mercy Mercy'. As a ...

Otis Redding In London

Report by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, February 1967

WHEN OTIS REDDING was over here Ready, Steady, Go! built up an entire programme around him, using his own band (only 9 of them came over, but ...

Solomon Burke: The Marquee, London, 18th July 1966

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, February 1967

JUST OVER a year ago, Solomon Burke made his first appearance at the Marquee and was greeted with incredible scenes of enthusiasm. Before he had ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Plan a Motown Choir

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

SWINGING London was practically rocked off its hinges the first time the famous Four Tops descended among us last year – the year of 'Reach ...

Madeline Bell, The Four Tops, The Merseys: The Four Tops, The Merseys, Madeline Bell, Remo Four: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1967

FOUR TOPS HAD US ALL ON OUR FEET reports Alan Smith ...

Cream, Edwin Starr: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, February 1967

AFTER LAST week's unfortunate non-happening at the Saville, almost everything that happened this Sunday seemed to be in contrast. ...

Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye: Marvin and Kim: Swingin' Twosome!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1967

SIX FEET high, aged 27, songwriter, athlete, ballad singer and rock 'n' roller — this is Marvin Gaye. Attractive, intelligent, married to a producer and ...

Garnet Mimms: Whisky A Go Go, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music, April 1967

MANY ENTHUSIASTS feel that Garnet Mimms is the best of the current crop of soul-ballad vocalists and if we pretend that "soul" is an idiom ...

Wilson Pickett: Official Sound Report: An Interview with Wilson Pickett

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1967

AS WE WALKED into Wilson Pickett's dressing room at the Apollo in New York, two shady characters were in the process of selling a freshly ...

Booker T & The MGs, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave: Stax-Volt Review: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music, April 1967

It was perfectly clear that every performer on the Stax show was going to receive the most sympathetic applause should he or she subsequently turn ...

Otis Redding: A Talk With Otis Redding

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1967

BIG OTIS REDDING tugged a comb through his wiry hair, wiped a trickling bead of perspiration from his glistening face, and sat edgily on a ...

The Doors, James Brown, Joe Tex, Lonnie Mack, McKinley "Soul" Mitchell, Petula Clark, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher: New Albums From The Doors, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1967

Orbison Gibson album — a fine LP but could be depressing... ...

The Bee Gees, Booker T & The MGs, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, P.P. Arnold, Prince Buster, Sam & Dave, The Tremeloes, The Who: Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

The Beach Boys, Val Doonican, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Bob Dylan, Chris Farlowe, Clinton Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Vince Hill, John's Children, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The New Vaudeville Band, Elvis Presley, Percy Sledge, Them: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Them, Beach Boys, Kinks et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1967

A multitude of newies this week including Presley, Dylan, & Beach Boys ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Laurence Payton, The Quiet One

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

LAURENCE the Top has a homely round face, honest, open eyes, and a liking for big shirts with big collars. He sits with his dark ...

The Byrds, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & The Pacemakers, John Lee Hooker, Mantovani, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Olympics, Roy Orbison, Prince Buster, Jimmy Ruffin, The Supremes, Jackie Trent: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: How I Got Out Of The Ghetto by Renaldo Benson

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

TOP RENALDO is the most instantly likeable man I ever met. Happiness was made for Renaldo. It sparkles out of his honest eyes. It gleams ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Easy-Going Abdul Fakir

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

TOP ABDUL is the one the others call Duke — why, he doesn't quite know. Maybe it's his air of royal dignity. ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Levi The Leader

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1967

MUSTACHIOED LEVI Stubbs is the undoubted leader of the Four Tops — the man in front, the quiet man of influence, and a singer with ...

Joe Tex: The Wonderful Adventures of Joe Tex

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, July 1967

WE'VE HEARD very few Joe Tex songs, even album songs, that we didn't tike. He tops that on stage with his great band. Plus, he's ...

The Supremes: Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1967

Diana Ross: 'Thin Is In!' ...

Otis Redding: "Soul Survivor"

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

WHO WILL be the big soul singer, the one to last and last? We have James Brown, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett and the subject of ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Glad Loses Pip!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1967

IT WAS ENOUGH to give Gladys Knight the pip, the tough struggle this attractive Tamla singer had in getting a hit in Britain. For a ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

This Steve Cropper interview begins a series on Stax Records in Memphis. ...

The Righteous Brothers: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, September 1967

AS YET ANOTHER of the many examples of how extensive is rock 'n' roll's acceptance by the adult world, the Righteous Brothers are currently packing ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1967

IN THIS FINAL installment of the Steve Cropper interview, Steve gives some excellent advice to guitarists who want to become studio musicians. We hope you ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker & the Allstars, Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

IT WAS A 'soul show' at the Saville last Sunday, in the very widest sense of the term. Jimmy Cliff started off, and when he ...

Freddie King, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker and The All-Stars, Jimmy Cliff, Freddie King: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, October 1967

GREAT THUNDERING jackanapes! An all-round good show at the Saville: No goofs, no cur­tains falling down, great music, a nice audience and even, won­der of ...

Arthur Conley, Linda Carr, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1967

ALL SOUL CAN sometimes be a little too much for one whole show. But the Soul Explosion package tour going around at the moment manages ...

Arthur Conley: The Prince Of Sweet Soul Music

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, October 1967

THE WORLD of Pop is pretty crazy. And it's pretty crazy when a twenty-one-year-old singer is 'discovered' twice in his twenty-one-year-old life by two of ...

Booker T & The MGs, Booker T. Jones: The Stax Story (part 3): Booker T. Jones

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1967

BOOKER T. JONES was born in Memphis, Tennessee, November 12, 1944. He started playing the organ professionally at the age of fourteen. During his high ...

Aretha Franklin: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, November 1967

ARETHA IS great — Aretha is sensational! Aretha is the finest girl blues singer in this country, bar one, and she proved it beyond any ...

Sam & Dave: Soul Explosion!

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, November 1967

A DOUBLE Dynamite Duo with a tradition to live up to. That's Sam and Dave – and their tradition is hit records. Hits like 'Soul ...

The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: The Supremes: Psychedelic Tamla!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, November 1967

Brian Holland, one of Motown's famous composing team, speaks to Alan Smith, and tells about PSYCHEDELIC TAMLA! ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 4): Al Jackson

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

BORN NOVEMBER 27, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee, Al studied drums in high school, and played with his father's band until he formed his own nine-piece ...

Eddie Floyd: Knocking On The Wrong Wood

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1967

EDDIE FLOYD IN A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY ...

Otis Redding: Otis, The King Of Soul

Report by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, December 1967

OTIS REDDING, voted as the worlds number one male vocalist in this year's MM Pop Poll, died in an air crash on Sunday night. A ...

Aretha Franklin: A History Of Soul Queen Aretha Franklin

Profile by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, December 1967

WELL, WHAT'S going to happen in 1968? New faces? New stars? Of course. But as we step gingerly over the threshold into the new year, ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 5): Duck Dunn

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

DONALD V. DUNN was born on November 24, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee and he learned to play the bass in high school. He now resides ...

The Supremes: Supremes Live It Up In London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, January 1968

THE SUPREMES didn't sleep for two days at the weekend, then they flew from the warmth of Cannes to the chill of London, after which ...

David Porter, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave: The Stax Story (Part 6): Porter & Hayes, Producers

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

ISAAC HAYES and Dave Porter have written about one hundred and fifty songs together for Stax artists and also produced most of them. So far their ...

The Foundations: Alan Smith Finds Foundations An Unusual 'Bunch'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, February 1968

THE BEATLES had it. So did Gerry "Engelbert Humperdinck" Dorsey, the Four Tops and Tom Jones. I'm talking about faith — an artist's faith in ...

Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story (part 7): Eddie Floyd

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1968

EDDIE FLOYD, born June 25, 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama, grew up with the idea of entertaining as a profession. Eddie idolized Johnny Ace from the ...

Otis Redding: Otis New Hit His Greatest Tribute

Comment by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1968

DURING HIS all-too-brief lifetime, Otis Redding was respected by the world of music — and virtually ignored in his own home town of Macon, Georgia. ...

Otis Redding — Fare Thee Well

Obituary by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1968

AN AIRPLANE belonging to Otis Redding Enterprises fell into the freezing waters of a Wisconsin lake, Sunday, December 10, and the following day skin divers ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson: The Miracle Of Motown

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1968

BILL "SMOKEY" Robinson, the leader of the Miracles, couldn't decide between athletics and engineering. At Northern High School in Detroit (where all the Miracles were ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Tina Turner: The Ike And Tina Turner Revue: Streatham Locarno, London

Live Review by Bill Millar, Soul Music Monthly, April 1968

IN SEPTEMBER 1966, some seven thousand people saw the Rolling Stones and like & Tina Turner at the Royal Albert Hall and – judging by ...

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 ...

Otis Redding: A Sad Reminder Of The Great Otis: Otis Redding: Dock Of The Bay

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1968

ALMOST EVERY TRACK of Otis Redding's new Dock Of The Bay album is a constant and sad reminder of the sheer soul — there is, ...

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

SOME PEOPLE are going around saying that Aretha Franklin is the Queen Of Soul, many people are buying her records, and one person (show compère ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Booker T & The MGs, The Box Tops, The Dells, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Merrill Moore, Otis Redding: James Brown, Box Tops, Albert King, Otis Redding et al, Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968

Loads of R&B albums including Otis' great Dock Of The Bay LP ...

Otis Redding, Steve Cropper: "The Otis Redding I Knew", by Steve Cropper

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, June 1968

MY ORIGINAL feeling for Otis wound up to be my final feeling for Otis. He was a pure man. Anything you say about him has ...

Aretha Franklin: Houseproud Aretha Loves To Get Home

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1968

"SIDDOWN," said the Queen of Soul. So I saddown — on a plush settee in a room at the Dorchester — and Lady Aretha excused ...

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 ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Buries Underground And Has Fun!

Profile and Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, August 1968

YOU'LL JUST love Sly and the Family Stone when you see them next month. They're what I call a fun group, who get a kick ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson

Profile and Interview by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, September 1968

SMOKEY ROBINSON is the reigning genius of Top-40. Since the Beatles and the Beach Boys dropped out of the single-then-follow-up-album pattern aimed at the AM ...

The Impressions

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, October 1968

THE IMPRESSIONS have proved that it is possible to become tops in the record field without resorting to the loud, unintelligible sounds that can hardly ...

Aretha Franklin: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, October 1968

ARETHA FRANKLIN, the first lady of soul, appeared at Philharmonic Hall last weekend and was the guest of honour at a huge dinner party thrown ...

Diana Ross, The Supremes: Diana Ross: A Talking Instead Of Just A Walking Doll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1968

DIANA ROSS is a living doll. But as an all-talking living doll, her new image came as quite a surprise to the pop scene last ...

Blue Cheer, John Fahey, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: New LPs from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Blue Cheer and John Fahey

Review by uncredited writer, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

Marvin and Tammi: big warm glow! ...

Johnny Winter, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Soul Team Plays 'South of the Border' ...

Sly & The Family Stone: 'Everyday People' (Direction)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1969

IT WAS A pity their first British visit was such a mess up, for Sly and Co seem like a most unusual and interesting group, ...

Tamla Motown: Munch, Munch, Munch

Comment by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1969

Chris Welch discovers what it's like to eat his own words… ...

The Flirtations, The Foundations, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder, The Foundations, The Flirtations: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, March 1969

Stevie's a big star now ...

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell: Marvin Gaye: With The Solo Success Comes A Little Sadness

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

MARVIN GAYE PHONES FROM DETROIT AS 'GRAPEVINE' HITS No. 1 ...

Nina Simone: Nina's The Medium For The Message

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

NINA SIMONE, the artist, is the High Priestess of Soul, the blues singer and the jazz pianist. Nina Simone, the person, is compelling, formidable, and ...

Dusty Springfield:
 Dusty In Memphis (Philips)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, April 1969

DUSTY'S AMERICAN LP is her best yet! Eleven great tracks most of them beautiful, soulful ballads with Dusty sounding all the better for holding herself ...

Johnny Nash: Wise Guy With A Difference

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, April 1969

POP IS A precarious business as so many artists will tell you. The fame and fortune that arrives overnight can disappear at an even faster ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Ike Turner, Tina Turner: Ike & Tina Turner: River Deep-Mountain High; Outta Season

Review by Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, May 1969

IKE AND TINA TURNER have been packing suitcases and riding buses for years, playing the Sportmen's Clubs and the Showcase Lounges, sometimes making it into ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: 'We're Not Part Of The Tamla Sound' Says Junior Walker

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1969

OKAY, THE story has been told before. But here goes once again... so this guy Autry deWalt was a school-kid and he walked everywhere. Everyone ...

Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey: Made in New Orleans: Record Production Techniques and the Land Of Dreams

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, May 1969

THERE WAS a time, not so long ago, when almost all the writing about popular music was descriptive or informative. ...

Otis Redding: Bound To Be A Big Hit: Otis Redding: The Dock Of The Bay (Atco)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, June 1969

IT'S ALMOST a waste of time to review an Otis Redding album: everybody already knows how great he was. ...

Sam & Dave: Sam and Dave: Double Trouble (Atlantic)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, June 1969

ANYONE who's ever seen Sam and Dave on stage will appreciate just how hard the dynamic duo work. ...

Billy Preston: Billy's a Natural

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1969

IF EVER there was a "natural" for the charts, Billy Preston's 'That's The Way God Planned It' — which enters this week at No. 19 ...

Chuck Willis: I Remember Chuck Willis

Review by Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, August 1969

EVERY ONCE IN a while something happens that reminds one of the incalculable contribution Atlantic Records has made to rock and roll and rhythm and ...

Nina Simone: God Bless The Child

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

NINA SIMONE was born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, the sixth of eight children. Her mother worked as a housekeeper and her father was ...

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 Apollo Theatre and the Fillmore East: Black and White Music in NYC

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Scenes, September 1969

MORE THAN Central Park and city blocks separate the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and the Fillmore East in the East Village. ...

The Dells: 1953 Doo Wop to 1969 Class

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

By Chuck Barksdale of the Dells ...

James Brown: Telling The Natural Truth

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, September 1969

'SAY IT LOUD – I'm Black and I'm Proud' sold 20,000 copies in Britain, although the BBC played it only once. Is James Brown surprised? ...

The Temptations: Can You Put A Name To The Temptations?

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1969

I'VE ALWAYS had the feeling that although the Temptations have enjoyed good record sales in this country, they've never quite made it as people with ...

Erma Franklin, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett/Erma Franklin: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, September 1969

A Vote For Wilson (Pickett That Is!) ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Sam & Dave: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

Soul Selections Get Sensual Treatment From Tina Turner ...

Percy Sledge: The Best Of Percy Sledge

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, December 1969

PERCY SLEDGE is here for a three-week tour, and to coincide with it Atlantic have released a single, 'True Love Travels On A Gravel Road', ...

Wilbert Harrison: Bring Back The Fifties

Column by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 1970

EVERY YEAR, the manager of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem stages an 'oldies' show, in which almost forgotten stars of R&B relive their past for ...

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 ...

Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave, Joe Tex: Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, January 1970

IT'S BEEN three years since a soul tour of such importance has been to Britain. Then, in the spring of 1967, it was Otis Redding ...

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. ...

Richie Havens: Stonehenge (Stormy Forest)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Fusion, March 1970

THE SUBJECT OF Richie Havens is always sure to provoke an argument. Those who tend to dislike him do so with a great deal of ...

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. ...

Shuggie Otis: Here Comes Shuggie Otis (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

IF SHUGGIE Otis is this good midway through his teens, what's he going to mature into? ...

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? ...

Booker T & The MGs: McLemore Avenue (Stax)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

NICE IDEA – they play all the tunes from Abbey Road, and imitate the sleeve of that album by picturing the four MGs crossing McLemore ...

The Temptations: Psychedelic Shack (Tamla Motown)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1970

SHAME, SHAME, shame... Motown's sold its soul for a spoonful of wah-wah guitar. Actually that's not quite true, because you can't totally obliterate the true ...

Sexy Soulful Women

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, June 1970

I'M NOT sure why, but I'm more often moved by men singing than by women. Somehow I can identify with a much larger range of ...

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 ...

Diana Ross Doesn't Miss Supremes

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, July 1970

DIANA ROSS is a supremely confident person. She has progressed from being a member of just another Tamla Motown group called the Supremes, to making ...

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', ...

The Voices of East Harlem: The Black Pride Of 13 Hip Kids

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1970

BLACK PRIDE, as a kind of more inner-directed companion to Black Power, is rapidly becoming a force in our musical world. "Black Is Beautiful" was ...

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 ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Can Do All The Tamla Jobs —

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, September 1970

– but still finds time for his golf! ...

Clarence Carter: Am I A Bit Of A Fraud?

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, October 1970

CLARENCE CARTER is beginning to think perhaps he's a bit of a fraud! So many people are rushing out to buy his first British hit ...

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 ...

Eric Burdon, War: War: Carrying A Heavy Burdon For Peace

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1970

EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago in Los Angeles, Eric Burdon, six coloured guys, and a Danish harp player declared war on everything detrimental to mankind, except flesh ...

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 ...

Swamp Dogg: 'Whistle Dixie Out Your Ass': Swamp Dogg

Report and Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, October 1970

SAN FRANCISCO – Swamp Dogg had just finished taping a four-song set for a quadraphonic television show, and now everyone was up in the control ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Do You Really Know What Soul IS?

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, October 1970

I BELIEVE that the sudden rash of hit records by black singers is a flash in the pan, and doesn't mean anything in the long ...

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 ...

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. ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Mary Wells: Motown: Still Making It?

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, November 1970

FOUR years ago, there were a lot of people who made a point of going into their local record shops and asking, can I hear ...

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 ...

Dr. John (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

From scuffling in the clubs and studios of late-'50s New Orleans, to his reinvention as Dr. John in mid-'60s L.A., Mac Rebennack tells the whole story - the gangsters, the drugs, the hard times and the high times. And, of course, the music, always the music.

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James Brown: Mister Messiah

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1971

JAMES BROWN will die on the stage one night, on the moving staircase of his own feet in front of a thirty-piece band; and then ...

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 ...

Donny Hathaway: Everything Is Everything (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

A USEFUL glossary of soul terms occurs during the title track, a warm, friendly if somewhat meaningless piece of philisophy. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: No Place Like England Says Martha

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

"I WANT you to tell everybody what a beautiful audience we had tonight. We haven't been over here in four years. We're professional but I ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, January 1971

THE MAGIC Motown formula, an amalgam of glamour, professionalism and good, driving music brought excitement to dark and dreary Finsbury Park last week when the ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie Freaks Out

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, January 1971

LAST TIME Stevie Wonder was in Britain he promised that his next album would be the new style him, with a deeper musical and lyrical ...

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 ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairman of the Board: In Session (Invictus)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1971

THIS IS REPUTEDLY a live set, recorded in Harlem at the Apollo but I doubt that. But regardless of that little caveat emptor, the Chairmen ...

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', ...

Sam Cooke: This Is Sam Cooke

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1971

SAM COOKE HAS always seemed, to me at least, the most underrated (or simply ignored – you don't really rate these people) of all the ...

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 ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, March 1971

The clockwork king of soul? ...

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 ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

The Turners Shift To a New Category Called Porno Soul ...

Baby Huey: The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, April 1971

BABY HUEY never made it; not really. At his peak, when he was the stellar attraction of a rhythm and blues circuit that stretched from ...

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 ...

Isaac Hayes: Isaac Hayes... To Be Continued

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, April 1971

The 'Black Moses' Should Move Ahead ...

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 ...

Lee Dorsey: Yes We Can (Polydor)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Cream, May 1971

LEE DORSEY's one of the easiest singers to underestimate: he seems to be completely unassuming, apparently equally prepared to sing good blues like 'Get Out ...

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 ...

Wilson Pickett: In Philadelphia (Atlantic) and If You Need Me (Joy)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Cream, May 1971

IT SEEMS AS if Wilson Pickett's been the number two soul singer ever since the term was coined. Ray Charles, James Brown, Otis Redding, and ...

Funkadelic: It's Just To Get People's Attention

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

EVER since Keith Emerson set fire to an American flag on the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the banning of groups from that particular ...

Nina Simone: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Throng Welcomes Nina Simone, Back After Long Absence ...

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 ...

Freda Payne: Freda Speak

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

IT'S NOT been all peaches and cream for Freda Payne since she had a worldwide hit with 'Band Of Gold'. As she says: "Until recently ...

Funkadelic: The Speakeasy/The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1971

Fun with Funkadelic ...

The Dixie Flyers, Rita Coolidge: The Dixie Flyers

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

THEY'VE BEEN called the best rhythm section in the States — don't ask me who called them that, but I figure the guy who did ...

Nina Simone: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

Nina the leader ...

Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack: Roberta Flack: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

I KNOW I'VE said it all before, but here we go again: Roberta Flack's concert at Carnegie Hall was so enjoyable. Visually, when she starts ...

Baby Washington, The Intruders, Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett: Apollo Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, May 1971

EX-TEMPTATIONS man, Eddie Kendricks, now solo, was due to open and debut his act at The Apollo but at the eleventh hour he cancelled out saying "the ...

The Chambers Brothers: New Generation

Review by Ben Edmonds, Rolling Stone, May 1971

AT THE OUTSET, the Chambers Brothers were a warmly exciting gospel act (catalogued on a series of fine albums released by Vault), but they apparently ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5: Jacksons Give Teenyblacks Hope

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1971

FROM THIS SIDE of the Atlantic it may seem somewhat difficult to appreciate the Jackson-mania — and there is no other word for it — ...

The Elgins: Down Tools, Folks, It's A Lucky Strike

Report and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

The dispirited Elgins quit in 1967 and took up humdrum jobs in industrial Detroit. And then it all happened... ...

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 ...

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 ...

Funkadelic: When The Circus Hit Town

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

FUNKADELIC man George Clinton casually made the understatement of the year. There they were, the five front men of the year's most outrageous band, dressed ...

Tami Lynn: Tami Worked Hard For Overnight Success!

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

"IT'S LIKE a Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland story. Just when you think it's all over it starts to happen." ...

Marvin Gaye: A Study of Marvin Gaye's Liberation

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1971

MARVIN GAYE is a mystery man. Most people know him as the singer who made the biggest-selling Motown record ever – 'I Heard It Through ...

Donny Hathaway: The Word Is Out On Donny Hathaway

Profile by Jerry Wexler, Fusion (advertisement), June 1971

A FEW WEEKS ago, the superb composer-singer Carole King picked up eight copies of Donny's first LP (Everything Is Everything, produced by himself) and distributed ...

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 ...

Bill Withers: Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Bill Withers Plays In Soul-Folk Style ...

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 ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny Hathaway (Atco)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, August 1971

EVER SINCE Otis Redding's tragic death in 1967, record companies have been searching for the great black hope to fill his shoes. Whenever a new ...

Clarence Carter: Slippin' Away With Clarence Carter

Interview by Joel Selvin, Rolling Stone, August 1971

SAN FRANCISCO – Clarence Carter leaves his Holiday Inn room on the arm of his road manager, who looks familiar. It's Rodgers Redding, and it's ...

The Jackson 5: In New York It's Jackson Power: Jackson 5: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, August 1971

THE Jackson Five, school
 exams behind them, are now on tour in America, storming their way round and playing to packed audiences. ...

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 ...

The Chi-Lites Are Deep But Not Too Deep

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1971

WE'RE ALL familiar with the Detroit "sound." Well it seems the next big American industrial city to become famous for its music will be Chicago. ...

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 ...

Sonny Til & the Orioles: Sonny Til and the Orioles: Sonny Til and the Orioles (RCA)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1971

BACK IN THE FIFTIES there was something called The New York Sound. It was classed as R&B, but unlike the tough, electrified R&B of Ike ...

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, ...

Ike & Tina Turner: What You Hear is What You Get (United Artists)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

Torrid Tina ...

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. ...

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 ...

The Coasters: Lecherous, Indolent, Stupid…and Comical: The Coasters

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, October 1971

THERE IS A passage in the Coasters' 'Sweet Georgia Brown' where the lead baritone flies off on the immortal line "she gotta walk that make ...

Al Green, The Bill Black Combo: Al Green: Now Green Smashes The Big Memphis Monopoly

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, October 1971

MEMPHIS HAS long been accepted as capital city of rock 'n' soul, but to the casual fan this means just Elvis on the rock side ...

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 ...

Clyde McPhatter: Welcome Home

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, November 1971

CLYDE MCPHATTER is one of the best singers to come out of the early 50s vocal group tradition. After a stint with Billy Ward and ...

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 ...

Johnny Otis: Doin' That Hand Jive With His Feet

Interview by John Morthland, Creem, November 1971

When the Johnny Otis Show appears on stage, it brings years and years of rhythm and blues history with it. ...

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 ...

Al Green: The Soul Story

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Beat Instrumental, December 1971

WITH AL Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone' Decca's subsidiary London label has notched its first chart entry in more than 18 months. It's quite a ...

Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits – on Atlantic and Columbia

Review by Pete Wingfield, Cream, December 1971

ON ATLANTIC: Greatest Hits illustrates the power that fourteen condensed, concise, definitive musical statements can exert – particularly in the soul/R&B field, totally geared until ...

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 ...

Etta James: Peaches

Review by Pete Wingfield, Cream, December 1971

THIS DOUBLE ALBUM set of Etta James' hits from Chess seems uncharacteristically enlightened, despite a commercially suicidal price-tag (£3.99, enough to make even ardent soul ...

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 ...

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 ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield: Soul Music's Elusive Dynamo

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, December 1971

CURTIS MAYFIELD is a hard man to catch these days. If he's not locked away in a studio all night recording himself, the Impressions, or ...

Al Green: You're Never Alone With Al

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1971

THERE WAS no chance of Al Green getting tired of being alone when Decca Records welcomed him to Britain with a turkey and Christmas pud ...

Doris Troy: This Little Lady Is Miss Troy

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, West Indian World, December 1971

Doris Troy is one helluva woman. Almost, she's the ultimate soul sister, big, bouncing, warm-hearted, sincere and certainly talented. ...

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 ...

Al Green: Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1971

DESPITE the counter-attraction of the Buddy Rich big-band downstairs there was a packed house for Al Green "Upstairs" at London's Ronnie Scott's including many big ...

Ann Peebles: Will Princess Ann Be Queen

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1972

ON THE distaff side, soul music has produced a long run of superb girl singers and these soul sisters have found it far easier to ...

B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder: Soul on Fire

Report by Philip Norman, Sunday Times Magazine, 1972

STEVIE WONDER crosses the hotel lobby, resting on the elbows of two other people. That he is blind, has been blind from birth, is nonetheless ...

Billy Preston: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1972

IT'S NOT EASY to be uncompromisingly religious in a den of drugs, drink and iniquity like the Troubadour, but Billy Preston has both the Power ...

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 ...

Isaac Hayes and The Platinum Pirates

Report by Roger St. Pierre, Record Collector, January 1972

BOOTLEG RECORDS have become a familiar part of the music scene in the past few years but a far more serious problem for record companies ...

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 ...

Dionne Warwick: "...The Holy Ghost, Of Course."

Overview by Nick Tosches, Fusion, January 1972

ONCE THERE was a little pickaninny girl from East Orange, N.J. She used to play organ and sing in the choir at the church of ...

Bloodstone: Diggin' Bloodstone

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

IF THE reaction to Bloodstone's first London appearance – at the Rainbow Theatre on a recent Soul concert – is anything to go by, then ...

Sly & The Family Stone: There's A Riot Goin' On (Epic)

Review by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

SYLVESTER STEWART and Sly Stone (OK so you know they're one and the same but the sleeve credits insist this album was written, arranged and ...

The Chi-Lites Step Out Of The Shadows

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, January 1972

THANK heaven for the Chi-Lites. This four-man Chicago-based outfit has brought back to soul music two elements missing from it for too long – good ...

Bloodstone: The Bloodstone Sound Spectrum

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

THERE'S BEEN a growing flood of black American artists to these shores over the past few years, and more and more of them have decided ...

Stevie Wonder: Audiences Will Accept New Things From Me, Says Stevie Wonder

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

MUSICAL BARRIERS are tumbling down – that's the reckoning of Stevie Wonder, currently on another 20-date European tour. "Audiences used to have a pre-conception of ...

Stevie Wonder: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, January 1972

STEVIE WONDER is the first artist to make Motown work for him rather than vice-versa. He has full control over his music and has acquired ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie's Moog Music...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

"I NEVER did realise it would take me so long to lose that 'Little' Stevie Wonder tag. There are times when I wish I'd only ...

Bloodstone, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield, Bloodstone: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

WITH THE Curtis Mayfield/Bloodstone show, the Rainbow Theatre proved conclusively that the Albert Hall has lost its place as the capital city of bad acoustics. ...

Donnie Elbert: The Mystery Of The Vanishing Chart Star

Report by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1972

Wanted: DONNIE ELBERT to contact numerous, and despairing record company executives ...

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 ...

Curtis Mayfield In The Talk-In

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

WHEN YOU first used strings on your early work with the Impressions it was something of a breakthrough in soul music. Did you find any ...

Stevie Wonder, Bags Of Chips And Clapton

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, February 1972

NME calls in at all-night recording session ...

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: Streetcorner Music

Profile by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1972

THE MUSIC-BUYING public (which has something – how much or how little is a matter of opinion – to do with determining the trends) can ...

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 ...

Tommy Hunt: A Black Tom Jones

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1972

TOMMY HUNT is a name you'll be hearing a lot of if the best laid plans of the entertainment business don't go astray. More than ...

Isaac Hayes: The Aloof Mystique of Isaac Hayes

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1972

...but he's part of the people in his gold-plated Rolls Royce ...

The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson: Schmaltz or Genius?

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1972

In his day perhaps they thought Mozart was a hype ...

Michael Jackson: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

THE MOST amazing thing about little Michael Jackson's solo success is how calmly he's taking it all. "I think it's great," is all he says ...

Ben E. King Why Ben Stopped Drifting

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

KEEPING abreast of the times, says Ben E. King, is one of the most important and difficult jobs for a singer. He's been singing and ...

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 ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: From The Beginning…

Report and Interview by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1972

SMOKEY IS LEAVING the Miracles. This may mean more to those of us in Detroit, who've watched the Miracles almost, but never quite, make the ...

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 Jackson 5: Greatest Hits

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1972

MOTOWN HAS ALWAYS been known for its little ones more than its big ones, and the Jackson Five are no exception. This is undoubtedly their ...

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 ...

Carla Thomas, The Temptations: The Temptations, Carla Thomas: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, April 1972

IF ELVIS himself had stepped onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon on Friday he could hardly have created more excitement than the Temptations stirred up with ...

Aretha Franklin: Young, Gifted, and Black (Atlantic)

Review by Michael Lydon, Fusion, May 1972

FROM THE shimmering, expectant notes which mark its opening to the brutally final chord of its close, Aretha Franklin's new album, Young, Gifted, and Black,is magnificent. ...

Betty Wright: I Love The Way You Love (Alston)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, May 1972

SOMETIME LAST spring, a single appeared called 'I Love the Way You Love'. One of the people I live with bought it; she said, "This ...

Denise LaSalle: Denise La Salle: Trapped By A Thing Called Love

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, May 1972

IF THIS ISN'T THE best soul album this year, someone is going to have to come up with something really amazing. Denise La Salle is ...

Wilson Pickett On African Soul

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, May 1972

WILSON PICKETT is back — as big and brash as ever, and if his press reception this past week at WEA Records (nee Kinney) is ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

The Staple Singers: Soft Sounds That Burn Deep

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, June 1972

JAMAICAN SINGERS have yet to follow up their undoubted success in Britain with a similar impact in the States but neverthelless reggae is making a ...

Little Willie John: Willie John: A Soul Who Died In Jail

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, June 1972

THE DEATH of Little Willie John is chronicled in the June 8th 1968 edition of Billboard. Datelined Walla Walla, Washington, May 27th, the notice reads: ...

The Persuasions: Street Corner Symphony (Island)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, International Times, June 1972

THE PERSUASIONS are a five-strong black vocal group who perform acappella. Their album Street Corner Symphony is just what it says: a set of songs ...

Gladys Knight: Gladys and Her British Problem

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

"UNDERRATED" is a fond word of Press agents and record companies to explain away lack of success for their artists. So when someone uses the ...

The Chi-Lites: The Windy City Sound

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, June 1972

IF ANY outfit holds serious aspirations to usurping the Temptation's crown as the world's leading soul group then it must surely be Chicago's Chi-Lites who ...

Viola Wills

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, June 1972

THE SANCTIFIED Sisters, four beautiful black ladies Joe Cocker collected in the US for his British homecoming, are more than visual relief from all those ...

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 ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves Goes Solo

Report and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

MARTHA REEVES is going solo. After 10 years fronting one of Motown's most successful groups, Martha and the Vandellas, Miss Reeves is stepping out alone. ...

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 ...

Richard Berry: Echoes: Richard Berry

Retrospective by Bill Millar, Record Mirror, July 1972

"They took me to see that friend of mineyeah District court-room two-twenty-ninethe judge said 'your payments are way behind'I said 'Don't worry Daddy it won't ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson: Motown And Mafia, And Why He's Quitting The Miracles

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, July 1972

SMOKEY ROBINSON is a hell of a lot more than just a giant of soul or Motown. For more than a decade, his original and ...

Average White Band: Above Average White Band

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, July 1972

THIS PIECE, unless I serve a personal restraining order and keep my legs firmly crossed, is likely to develop into a hysterical citation of the ...

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 ...

Bill Withers, Superstar

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1972

WITHIN a year of its composer Bill Withers taking it high up the American chart, 'Ain't No Sunshine' has become firmly established as a soul ...

Sam Cooke: Who Remembers Him Now? Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1972

"NOT 'ALF Sam Cooke's been an influence on me," Rod Stewart was saying in his NME interview last week, adding that the inclusion of 'Twisting ...

Bill Withers: Leanin' On Bill Withers

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, August 1972

THAT OLD saying "never too late" is certainly true in the case of Bill Withers. Withers is just about the hottest male singer in America ...

Cecil Womack, Mary Wells: Mary Wells And Her Guy Still Making Hits

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1972

IT WAS PAST five in the afternoon but Mary Wells was still fast asleep, recovering from the rigours of her whistle stop British tour and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bill Withers: Morale Music For The People In The Ghetto

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, September 1972

A TELEPHONE CABLE that runs off the edge of Britain, down under the Atlantic, and up again into the heart of North America to St. ...

Thelma Houston: Happy Houston

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, September 1972

IT WASN'T very long ago that Thelma Houston was on everyone's list as most probable new star. The reasoning was simple. Thelma's first album had ...

The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Stephen Stills, Tom Rush: Stephen Stills, The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Tom Rush albums

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1972

Stephen Stills: Manassas (Atlantic); The Impressions: Times Have Changed (Curtom); The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Stax); Tom Rush: Merrimack County (Columbia) ...

Curtis Mayfield: Where He's Been And Where He's Going

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Let It Rock, October 1972

AFTER SUCH COMMITTED, socially conscious compositions as 'This Is My Country', 'Mighty Mighty, Spade and Whitey' and 'Choice Of Colours' Curtis Mayfield believes the time ...

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 ...

Bobby Womack: Preacher Bobby's Hour-Long Sermon

Interview by Robin Katz, Disc and Music Echo, October 1972

YOU JUST CAN'T talk to Bobby Womack. Don't misunderstand. It's not that this man doesn't have a thing to say, quite the contrary. ...

Allen Toussaint, Jerry Butler: Jerry Butler and Allen Toussaint: The Spice Of Life

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, October 1972

IT'S NOT so long since soul albums were merely collections of singles, plus a few make-weight tracks. ...

Bobby Womack: Understanding (United Artists)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1972

ALTHOUGH HE'S one of the most respected rhythm 'n' blues guitarist/songwriters, Bobby Womack hasn't yet hit the big time the way an Isaac Hayes or ...

The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose: Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose (United Artists)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, November 1972

BASICALLY, THERE ARE two Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (CB&SR) sounds. One is the basic, upbeat piano sound layered with tight, spiraling harmony, as 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 ...

The Stylistics: Stylistics: Who Has The Talent?

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, November 1972

IN THIS technological age it's sometimes said producers and arrangers are more important than artists. ...

The Jackson 5: Jacksons Fly In

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

"AH KISSED Jer-a-maine three times," cried the tall girl as she ran into me, almost pushing me to the ground. "I saw Michael! I saw ...

Dennis Coffey: The White Soul Guitar

Profile by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

DENNIS COFFEY is a white man who plays soul music. Ask any soul fan. Regular pop fans might not be acquainted with his name but ...

Bill Withers: Lots of Sunshine for Bill Withers

Profile and Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

MOST SONGWRITERS dream of one day writing a standard. Singers dream of establishing one. Bill Withers does both – frequently. You only have to look ...

The Jackson 5: On Tour With The Jackson 5

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz goes behind the scenes to report on America's top soul group. ...

The Jackson 5: Caroline Boucher Meets The Father Of A Phenomena

Report and Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

THE TWO rival fan factions swarm round the Churchill Hotel, Osmond Brothers fans to the left waving up to those windows, Jackson Five ones massed ...

The Jackson 5: The Jackson Five: The Talk of the Town, London

Live Review by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

TWO DAYS after they arrived, the Jackson Five had the unenviable task of doing a 45-minute spot to the British press at a champagne party ...

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 ...

Bill Withers: Making Music Till He Drops

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

THE QUEST for that intangible magic with which so few of us are blessed, can often entail a very long journey indeed. And whilst Bill ...

The Jackson 5: Don't Treat Them Like Children!

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, November 1972

Robin Katz continues her inside story of the Jackson Five with a frantic interview at the Churchill ...

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. ...

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 ...

Gladys Knight: Gladys v Motown

Report by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, December 1972

Robin Katz on the likely outcome of a forthcoming battle over contracts ...

The Jackson 5: The Jackson Five: Five Pranksters Puppets

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1972

TAUNTS THAT the Jackson Five are nothing more than carefully manipulated puppets just aren't borne out by the facts. Five minutes in the company of ...

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 ...

Merry Clayton: The Triumphant Acid Queen

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1972

MERRY CLAYTON is the girl who stopped the show at the London Rainbow performance of Pete Townshend's rock opera Tommy earlier this month. Even the ...

Isaac Hayes: Live At The Sahara Tahoe

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, 1973

IGNORING the Shaft soundtrack, Isaac Hayes blew it with the Black Moses double set. This followed three good and original albums, although you could still ...

Gamble-Huff, Thom Bell and the Philly Groove

Overview by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, January 1973

On a balmy night in the late summer of ’67, while the world was wearing flowers in its hair, I was sinking into my seat, ...

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 ...

Blue Mink: Out of Preaching Bag

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1973

UNTIL THE advent of Blue Mink and hits like the current 'Stay With Me' and 'Melting Pot' — which established them a couple of years ...

Nina Simone: Emergency Ward (SF 8304)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1973

LOGGING A BIG pop hit sometimes does more harm than good to artists who previously had a rather specialist appeal. ...

Billy Paul: Nostalgic Chart Topper For Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1973

Keep a check on Billy Paul. Before long, he's going to top the British chart, repeating his two million selling number-one in America with the ...

Claudia Lennear: Brown Sugar Lady

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, January 1973

A CLUSTER of fly-bursting, brown-skinned ladies has become pretty much standard roadshow equipment for plenty of white rock bands these past few years. The lead ...

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 ...

Bobby Womack: Understanding Bobby Womack

Interview by Steven Rosen, Los Angeles Free Press, February 1973

TWELVE YEARS AGO Bobby Womack migrated to California, looking for the riches that he thought were there. "I came out here like the pioneers searching ...

Isaac Hayes: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1973

ISAAC HAYES, they tell me, is the leading light of the new black life-style. Black Moses, yet. ...

Roberta Flack: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, February 1973

MAJESTIC, CERTAINLY, with a voice as clear as crystal – but I'm afraid to say that Miss Roberta Flack, in concert, is something of a ...

Isaac Hayes: The Man They Call Moses

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, February 1973

IMAGES DON'T come much heavier than that surrounding Isaac Hayes. But take away the dark shades, the heavy chains, the robes, the immense mink coats, ...

Isaac Hayes: The Day Moses Came To Town

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, West Indian World, February 1973

THE LONDON Hilton's high-speed lift whisked me up 27 floors into the super-soul world of Isaac Hayes, the original "Black Moses". ...

Hall & Oates: Nutritious Music: Daryl Hall & John Oates

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

DARYL HALL, one half of Whole Oats, decided that Philadelphia can lay claim to one of the most innocuous music scenes in the entire country. ...

Stevie Wonder: Carnegie Hall, New York

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, February 1973

GODAMN IT! You would think the President of a record company would know better — especially the President of Motown Records. ...

Stevie Wonder: The New Wonder Ingredient

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, February 1973

BLACK AND PROUD, MUSIC FROM THE SOUL ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny's Return

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, February 1973

NEW YORK — DONNY HATHAWAY hasn't been around for several months, so it was nice to see him back in New York, looking good and recording ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

Valerie Simpson

Report by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, March 1973

THE NAMES Ashford and Simpson should ring a bell with anybody that reads the small print on Motown records: Nicholas and Valerie have chalked up ...

Billy Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1973

IT'S EASY TO detect a strong jazz influence in Billy Paul's vocal on 'Me And Mrs. Jones'. The reason is simple enough. Paul, now 35, ...

Cornell Dupree: The Boss Guitar of Cornell Dupree

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1973

CORNELL DUPREE's name will mean nothing to the general public, but those who scan LP sleeve credits will recognise him as one of America's busiest ...

James Brown: He Ain't Slowing Down

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One leaned back in his chair, adjusted his robe, and expounded: "Back in 1969 King Records didn't want to know. They said ...

James Brown: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One's in town, and the James Brown Revue's gettin' down and gittin' it on at the Rainbow. Bop through to the stalls ...

Eddie Kendricks: When Temptation Got The Best Of Eddie Kendricks

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1973

IT'S A big decision quitting a world-famous group, especially when they're on top, and look like sitting pretty for a long while. So it was ...

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 ...

Bobby Womack: Gettin' To It

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Music World, April 1973

BOBBY WOMACK HAS been making music for twenty long years, an odyssey that carried him from the working quarters of Cleveland to the rocking corners ...

Isaac Hayes: A Man Of The People

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Beat Instrumental, April 1973

ISAAC HAYES certainly lives up to his 'Super-star' title. During his recent British visit the Black Moses spent £38,000 on jewellery and another £30,000 on ...

Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man (Motown); Diana Ross (And Others): Lady Sings the Blues (Motown)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1973

SOCIOLOGISTS LIKE TO talk about black people mimicking whites, and I suppose that it is inherent in the presumptions most of us make about black ...

Sylvester: Stardom as Lifestyle

Profile by Richard Cromelin, Music World, April 1973

Of course, there's nothing more ancient or honorable than the old shamanistic transvestite that we see running up and down Greenwich Avenue. There's something very ...

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 ...

Detroit Emeralds: Smooth-Cut Emeralds

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, April 1973

"I DON'T THINK we're what people expect us to be," James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds explained after receiving a lukewarm reaction from a music ...

Diana Ross: Rapping with Lady D

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

THE DISTINGUISHED-looking old gentlemen in the red braided uniform accepts my coat with an expression of mild distaste and ushers me into the Pine Room ...

Roberta Flack And All That Jazz

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, April 1973

DANNY HOLLOWAY talks, in New York, to the lady who made the big transition from jazz to mass acclaim. ...

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 ...

Curtis Mayfield, Diana Ross: Black Music

Comment by Dave Marsh, Let It Rock, May 1973

SOMETIME LAST fall, John Percy Boyd, Mark Bethune and Michael Brown, a trio of black college students in Detroit, decided to put an end to ...

Timmy Thomas: Breaking the rules: Timmy Thomas

Report and Interview by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, May 1973

IN THE American record business, like any other, it’s the biggies with the bread that rule the roost. But every so often, an obscure record ...

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. ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Fresh (Epic)

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, May 1973

SLY IS an interesting enigma. Top soul dj-turned-musician, he singlehandedly influenced the course of soul music with a sound that owed more to acid than ...

Jerry Butler: The Iceman Talking: The Life And Times Of Jerry Butler

Interview by Norman Jopling, Cream, June 1973

BUTLER'S MUSIC Workshop is upstairs in a tatty warehouse building in Chicago's South Side, very near Chinatown and uncomfortably near Lake Michigan so it gets ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: A Day With Miss Knight

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, June 1973

IF GLADYS Knight took time off to reminisce there's no doubt she could come up with a few interesting tales about the record business. Simply ...

Bloodstone: Natural High

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, June 1973

THE MORE I listen, the less I understand. A year ago Bloodstone was just one of any number of black groups who could excite a ...

Bill Withers: Live At Carnegie Hall (A&M)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1973

FIRST TIME I saw Bill Withers live he was appearing at the huge Louisiana State Fair in Baton Rouge to a matter of about 20,000 ...

The Jackson 5: J5 Kick Harder Than Ever: Jackson Five: Skywriter (Tamla-Motown)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, June 1973

BOISTEROUS young Charles Shaar Murray wrote a more-than-adequate appraisal of this fine album before it was released and I can only restate his enthusiasm for ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Fresh (Epic)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, June 1973

I LIKE A little mystery, don't you? 'Course you do. So here's one: the finished version of Sly's new album, in the shops at last, ...

Sylvia Robinson: Not So Much A Debut For Sylvia

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, June 1973

ONCE IN A while a record comes along that nothing will stop being a hit. Not even the fact that radio producers are frightened of ...

Curtis Mayfield: Back To The World (Curtom)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, July 1973

WITH ALL courtesy to the self-proclaimed Black Caesar, Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was the musical equivalent to Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather. Both were nearly as ...

Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, War, Jimmy Witherspoon: War, Roberta Flack, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Witherspoon: Shea Stadium, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, July 1973

War declared at Shea Stadium. ...

War: The Battle Against 'Unlove'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1973

THIS IS the story of war declared but not yet unilaterally. Approximately two years ago, when the American 'jazz-rock-blues-soul' band appeared in the U.K. with ...

Joe Simon: Country Joe

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, July 1973

SOUL MAN Joe Simon has scored a long run of American hits — with country songs. And now his 'Step By Step' currently climbing the ...

The Pointer Sisters: The Pointer Sisters

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1973

ANITA, RUTH, JUNE and Bonnie Pointer come to us with the fervent recommendations of seemingly everybody in America. But with the best will in the ...

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. ...

Smokey Robinson: Miracles And Meditation

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1973

IT'S JUST on a year since Smokey Robinson split from the Miracles to spend more time as an executive of the Motown Corporation. Now, he ...

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1973

WHEN APPRAISING an artist of the stature of Stevie Wonder, there seems nothing worse than to hark back to previous triumphs and make comparisons. ...

Hot Chocolate: Chocolate Brown

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1973

THERE IS absolutely no getting away from the fact that it was an excessively hot and sticky afternoon. Sweaterama incarnate. Clothing stuck unpleasantly to the ...

Afrique, Don Covay, The Independents: Afrique: Soul Makossa; The Independents: The First Time We Met; Don Covay: Super Dude 1

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, September 1973

THERE MUST be some crap music coming out of the States, or is it me? Can't I discern between the good, the bad and the ...

Aretha Franklin: Hey Now Hey (Atlantic)

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, September 1973

IT'S BEEN HIP for mainstream rock critics to knock Miss Franklin for some time now, in much the same way the current vogue is to ...

Dobie Gray: Drift Away

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1973

I COULDN'T find the name 'Dobie Gray' in any of the rock encyclopaedias. Presumably after 'The In Crowd' he became one of those half-forgotten names ...

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 ...

Howard Tate, Lou Courtney: Howard Tate and Lou Courtney: The Blues and Dance Men

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, September 1973

TWO ARTISTS of widely different appeal, Howard Tate and Lou Courtney both deserve inclusion in this series because although only modestly successful even in the ...

Candi Staton: Foxy Lady Of Soul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, September 1973

RIGHT FROM the days when Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox and later the ladies Holliday, Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington ruled the blues/jazz roost there ...

Billy Preston: God Planned It Good

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, September 1973

AFTER YEARS spent as a session man for an astonishing roster of star names the Beatles, the Stones, Barbra Steisand, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam ...

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, September 1973

THE GREENING OF MOTOWN continues apace, with performers who once flourished under the company's autocratic guidelines (the Four Tops, Gladys Knight) seeking success elsewhere while ...

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 ...

Soul Foundations: Twenty Essential Soul Records

Guide by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, October 1973

OH LORD – I'M GONNA GET SHOT down for this. ...

O.V. Wright: Wright Man In The Wrong Place

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, October 1973

MANY SUPPOSEDLY great soul singers are, in truth, only as good as their current producer and/or writer. O.V. Wright's reputation however is solidly based on ...

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. ...

Billy Preston: Rainbow Theatre, London

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

AFTER A shaky start, Billy Preston tore London's Rainbow Theatre apart on Thursday last week, with a little help from his friends. ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

HOLLYWOOD: Will he? Won't he? Will he? Won't he? Sly Stone's reputation is too firmly etched for these questions not to be asked when he's ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Palladium, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, November 1973

IT LOOKS as if Sly Stone has changed his ways. During a rash of appearances here in the Lost City (a TV taping and two ...

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 ...

Sylvester and the Hot Band: Bazaar (Blue Thumb)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, December 1973

WHEN SYLVESTER'S first album came out, his supporters' only defense was to say, "Well, he's a great live act." Now, in his second one, he's ...

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. ...

Otis Redding

Essay by Dave Marsh, Let It Rock, January 1974

LET'S GET one thing straight. Otis Redding's posthumous rise to the Kingship of soul is highly suspect. He earned the accolade a little too easily ...

Little Milton

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1974

SOUL MUSIC and the blues have boundaries which are largely indefinable — a factor which has allowed many artists to straddle the two. ...

The J.B.'s, Kool and the Gang: The J.B.'s: Doing It To Death (People); Kool & The Gang: Wild And Peaceful (D-lite)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, January 1974

IF THERE'S two movie theatres in your town, and one is showing some foreign art movie like Elvira Madigan or The Heartbreak Kid and the ...

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 ...

Gladys Knight: Imagination

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, February 1974

COME TO THINK about it, I always did rate Gladys Knight very highly. ‘Take Me In Your Arms and Love Me’ especially was one of ...

The Isley Brothers: 3+3 (Epic)

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1974

BLACK MUSIC is currently well entrenched in the process of mixing recent rock forms into the standard sound of soul, a process in which the ...

Al Green: Call Me 
(London), Livin' For
You (London)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, February 1974

THESE TWO ALBUMS have been released here in the last three months, in uncomfortably close succession, mainly because Decca procrastinated over issuing Call Me by which time Livin' ...

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 ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool The Brand Leader In Funky Stuff

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1974

KOOL AND the Gang are just about the biggest thing on the Southern (of England that is) soul scene at the monent, and they're even ...

Gladys Knight: Anthology

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, March 1974

Seven years in the shadow of Diana Ross ...

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 ...

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

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Black Music, May 1974

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

Jerry Butler: Power Of Love (Mercury)

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, May 1974

JERRY BUTLER is unquestionably the King of Chicago-style cool R&B (the name Ice Man didn't come for nothing – at a time when Pickett epitomized ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Finally In The Right Place

Interview by John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, June 1974

From Gris Gris to Gumbo to the Top of the Charts, with "goofer dust an' powders an' oils an' sachets an' lotions an' candles an' ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Super Sly

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1974

HE EXTENDED A HAND but looked elsewhere. Who could tell where his eyes focused beneath those silver shades? He gripped and I felt pain through ...

Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight: Claudine (Original Soundtrack)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, June 1974

IT MUST have seemed a good idea. Amalgamating the talents of Buddah stablemates Gladys Knight and Curtis Mayfield for the sound-track of Claudine. ...

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 ...

The Supremes: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1974

I NEVER COULD understand why so many Rock Critics (sic) couldn't stomach The Supremes. ...

George McCrae's Last Chance – A Smash

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1974

STRANGE how chance plays its part in the record business. If George McCrae hadn't decided to have one last try at making a hit record ...

War: A Street Rod on the Boulevard of Soul

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Rolling Stone, July 1974

"SOMETIMES I TELL myself: I'm B.B. Dickerson and I'm in War so I'm going to pull up in front of the Continental Hyatt House in ...

Arthur Alexander: Remembering

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, August 1974

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

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 ...

Ashford & Simpson: Behind A Painted Smile

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'You're All I Need To Get By', 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing', and 'The Onion Song' were all hits ...

Hot Chocolate: Ghetto Music — Council Estate Style

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

Robin Katz meets a hot, unified body ...

Johnny Bristol

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S 'Hang On In There Baby' is currently moving up the American charts. It sounds very much like the Isaac Hayes-Barry White school of ...

The Jackson 5: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1974

NEW YORK: There's something about Michael Jackson that is almost frightening to behold. How can it be possible for a kid that age to be ...

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 ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone Finds Domestic Bliss with Small Talk

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus, September 1974

Two years ago, Sly Stone's future looked bleak. Now, after an acclaimed album, a woman, and a son have come his way, Sly's entire life ...

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 ...

Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1974

THE STORY so far: in 1966 Lorraine Ellison made one vast contribution to popular mythology with 'Stay With Me, Baby', unquestionably a classic (maybe this ...

Billy Preston: The Busiest Soul In Showbusiness

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, September 1974

THANKS TO his prodigious session-work, as well as his own tours, Billy Preston is one of the most frequent American soul visitors to our isle; ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC & Sunshine Band: Let The Sunshine In

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1974

ALTHOUGH it has yet to register in the US Top 100, 'Queen Of Clubs' by K. C. and the Sunshine Band represents the second big ...

Lorraine Ellison, Tracy Nelson: Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison (Warner Bros.); Tracy Nelson: Tracy Nelson (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1974

A Rising Star Needs a Setting ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: The Everything Man

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

SUBTLE ONE, that title. See, in the centre of the sleeve there's a picture of the dude who is presumably Jimmy Castor wearing a standard ...

Johnny Bristol: Hangin' Out with the Other JB

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, September 1974

PRODUCER/SONGWRITERS turned artists are an increasingly common feature of the soul scene. ...

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. ...

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 ...

The Drifters

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

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

Allen Toussaint: Introspective Funk

Retrospective and Interview by Joe McEwen, Real Paper, The, October 1974

PRODUCER ALLEN TOUSSAINT hunches forward over the expansive 16-track control board and stares impassively through the glass at two singers in the orange studio beyond. ...

Ann Peebles: The Biba Rainbow Room, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, October 1974

APPLAUSE IN this sybaritic cafeteria is always a little suspect, being related to how far the performer can corroborate the Biba audience's good opinion of ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Anthology/Junior Walker & The All Stars: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, October 1974

MARTHA AND The Vandellas never really made the grade. ...

Minnie Riperton: S'Wonderlove

Interview by David Rensin, Rolling Stone, October 1974

LOS ANGELES – Along with many of the stars and hopefuls at Chicago's 1971 Black Expo, Minnie Riperton waited patiently backstage to approach the blind ...

Johnny Bristol: Hang On In There, Baby

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1974

HEY, THIS cat's a whole lot better than Barry White. ...

Ann Peebles: Gulliver's, London

Live Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

CONCERTS at the ultra-trendy Biba's Rainbow Room almost invariably, for some reason or other, turn out to be disappointing and, from the reviews I've read ...

Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand The Rain

Interview by Harry Doherty, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

BRITAIN has been bitten by the Ann Peebles bug and, in a typical reciprocal move, our very own famous bug (commonly known as 'flu) has ...

The Commodores: Machine Gun

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, October 1974

THE COMMODORES, a sextet who compare roughly with Kool And The Gang and the Ohio Players, appeal to me in a limited way. ...

The Meters: Funk From The Crescent City

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, October 1974

THERE'S ALWAYS been something unique about New Orleans music, whether it's the jazz of Louis Armstong, the boogie-woogie blues of Champion Jack Dupree, the lopping ...

Bobby Bland: Dreamer

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, November 1974

ONE DAY last week I tuned into Noel Edmunds and I heard it – and fell back into bed. ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Small Talk

Review by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, November 1974

BY SLY'S SLUGGISH standards, it's not that long since the last album, Fresh; maybe married life has given him a creative surge. ...

Barry White: Can't Get Enough (20th Century)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, November 1974

YOU KNOW, I've heard people say that too much of anything isn't good for you. But I don't know about that, 'cause the fact is, ...

Stevie Wonder: Further Fulfillingness

Interview by Wayne Robins, Melody Maker, November 1974

STEVIE WONDER had to know: should he, could he, release part two of Fulfillingness' First Finale at the end of November? ...

Al Green: Explores Your Mind

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, November 1974

CAN AL GREEN recover his credibility and save the world after all?, is the theme of today's programme. ...

The Miracles: Miracles Never Cease…

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, November 1974

LOS ANGELES: "I really loved touring with the English groups, back in 1963 and 1964. We used to tour with the Rolling Stones and people ...

Aretha Franklin: With Everything I Feel In Me (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, November 1974

Aretha, You're the Top ...

The Delfonics: Developments In The Delfonic Dilemma

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, November 1974

MENTION THE Philly sound, and people will start thinking about The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Intruders or The Three Degrees. ...

Barry White

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, December 1974

Some things turn me on...like the way you might say a word or the way you wear your hair and have a certain smile on ...

George McCrae: Soul Lib

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1974

"I TELL YOU... England is the most exciting and beautiful country I have ever seen," says George McCrae, now two and a half weeks into ...

Otis Redding: A Legend During His Lifetime, Or Only After His Death

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1974

The former, argues ROGER ST. PIERRE, in this appreciation of OTIS REDDING, who died seven years ago this month – the Boss Man soul music ...

Edwin Starr: The Thespian Anglophile And The Motown Machine

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, December 1974

EDWIN STARR has a rather special place in the British soul scene, since none of America's top soul acts can match his record of some ...

Solomon Burke: The Solomon Burke Story

Retrospective by Cliff White, Black Music, 1975

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

Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale (Motown)

Review by Danny Goldberg, Hit Parader, January 1975

THERE IS more of the 'Sunshine Of My Life' ballad side of Stevie Wonder on this new LP than the rocking 'Living In The City'. ...

New Soul Compilation Albums

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, January 1975

Black is busting out all over ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Survival Kits on Wax

Profile and Interview by Sheila Weller, Rolling Stone, January 1975

NEW YORK – At the age of 25, he has to his credit two published novels, one published collection of poetry and four albums of ...

Gladys Knight: I Feel a Song

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, January 1975

TWO YEARS AGO, while working for another magazine, I rejected a rambling interview between black poet Nikki Giovanni and singer Gladys Knight. The interview wasn't ...

Gladys Knight: I Feel a Song

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, January 1975

RELUCTANTLY, ONE MUST admit that Aretha Franklin has now lost her crown as America's top female singer to Miss Knight. Gladys and her Pips have ...

Cher, LaBelle: LaBelle: It Happened In Hollywood

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1975

IT HAPPENED in Hollywood.To be precise it happened on The Cher Show. ...

The Delfonics: Alive And Kicking

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, January 1975

THE REAL SOUND of Philadelphia belongs to the Delfonics, who started not only the Philly sound but almost the whole black vocal-group syndrome back in ...

The Righteous Brothers - Give it to the People

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1975

ANOTHER ILLUSION SHATTERED. ...

Blaxtravaganza: Soul Train

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1975

That’s SOUL TRAIN, a TV showcase not only for the cream of US soul acts, but for the stuff-struttingest most fashion conscious kids on the ...

Larry Graham, Sly & The Family Stone: Larry Graham: Platform For Station

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

OAKLAND: Few people can ever have listened to a Sly Stone record without experiencing a gut feeling as the bass guitar runs through its paces, ...

Soul (Style): Baggy Trousers Will Not Be Admitted

Report by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, January 1975

THE STYLISTIC rivalry between soul fans in the North and South of England has been well publicised. But what magazine odes to regional soul tend ...

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power

Profile by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, January 1975

BY FAR THE biggest ensemble to be visiting Europe on the Warners tour is Tower of Power, the Oakland based blues and soul outfit whose ...

Little Beaver: Beaver's Blues

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, January 1975

STUDENTS OF the currently emergent Miami Sound will have noticed the proliferation of album credits, both as writer and musician, for one Willie Hale. ...

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 ...

Jackie Wilson, Johnny Otis, The Platters: Johnny Otis, Platters, Jackie Wilson Reissue Albums

Review by Bob Fisher, Cream, February 1975

Johnny Otis: Pioneers of Rock: Vol. 2The Platters: The Best of the PlattersJackie Wilson: Greatest Hits ...

Syl Johnson: Barbarella's, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

MOST OF the soul artists who do the one-nighter round of the UK and USAF bases have some kind of hit going for them, or ...

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 ...

The Ohio Players: Ohio Players: Fiery, Freaky and Funky

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

CURRENTLY THE HOTTEST item on Billboard's album chart is The Ohio Players Fire (Mercury). Phonogram must have burnt their fingers in the rush get it ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE Don Covay made with this album was in making 'It's Better To Have' track one, side one. ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, February 1975

DON COVAY'S resurrection as an artist was one of the brightest events of last year. His 'It's Better To Have' made number 21 in the ...

Bobby Womack: I Can Understand It

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

CALLED IN America Greatest Hits, this album simply illustrates the unsatisfactory position that Bobby Womack finds himself in in England. Hitless. ...

Dionne Warwick: Best Of

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1975

ONLY ONE OBJECTION to this album, so let's put it right up front. ...

Kokomo: Kokomo

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, February 1975

THE AVERAGE WHITES broke the ice with their second album and Kokomo will be the first of the beneficiaries. ...

The Chi-Lites

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

IT'S A SOMEWHAT perplexed Chi-Lites who recently embarked on their second and most extensive UK tour of Clubs and Cabaret. ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions: Big Sixteen

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, March 1975

IT'S PLEASING to see Anchor pushing out this classic compilation, as it's been unavailable for several years. It was originally issued on the old HMV ...

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 ...

Chaka Khan, Rufus: Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan: Rufusized (ABC Dunhill)

Review by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, March 1975

RUFUS DATE back to 1968. They were called the American Breed. They had 'Bend Me Shape Me' for a hit record. The American Breed became ...

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 ...

Betty Wright: Do Me Wright

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1975

BETTY WRIGHT IS, as they say, a lot more than just a pretty face. She's also got a voice that's stacked with burning southern soul, ...

Average White Band

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

AIN'T IT just like the February sunshine to play tricks with the mind? Here I am, sat aboard the Long Island Railroad Express, rattling out ...

LaBelle: Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1975

"THE RE-VO-LU-SHUN...will not be televaaaaaazed," declaims Patti LaBelle, staring into the audience from the stage of the Congressgebouwe in the Hague. ...

LaBelle: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1975

THE PROVERBIAL BREATH of fresh air. ...

The Moments, Shirley & Co.: Shirley & Co. and The Moments: The Carpenters Are My Real Faves

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, March 1975

Al Goodman, A & R man for All Platinum label. So what are you doing on the Soul page with Shirley & Co., Al? ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Chi-Lites: (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People/Greatest Hits/A Lonely Man/A Letter To Myself/Toby

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, April 1975

I'D BETTER DECLARE myself: I like Philly Sound, the Stylistics, Barry White even (or, rather, sometimes); I don't think Norman Whitfield mangled Motown: I do ...

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 ...

The Moments, Sylvia Robinson, Shirley & Co., The Whatnauts: All Platinum Records: A Few Moments With Shirley & Co

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

If 'All Platinum' appears an ambitious name for a record label, consider the fact that their first two UK releases, Shirley and Company's 'Shame Shame ...

James Brown: Reality and Breakin' Bread

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, April 1975

A WORD OF advice. Never attempt to review James Brown product whilst the records are actually playing. It's impossible either to write or type when ...

Swamp Dogg

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, April 1975

"WHERE ELSE BUT in America could a person own a Rolls-Royce, an Eldorado Mark IV, a Mercedes limousine, an estate in Long Island, an apartment ...

Minnie Riperton

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

MINNIE RIPERTON is as fizzy as a soda bottle shaken on a hot summer day. Life, it is reassuring to know, can be enjoyed even ...

Al Green: Green Light!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

Stylistics, Sweet Sensation, Chi-Lites — all top names in the world of sweet soul music. But there's only one boss — AL GREEN. And no ...

Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Sister Sledge; Jimmy Castor; Ben E. King; The Spinners: Return of the Soul Package

Report and Interview by Bob Fisher, Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, April 1975

From the great lost soul label of Atlantic it came, writhing with synchronized funk, its many black heads chanting and wailing. Nothing like it had ...

Al Green: Eaten Something Funny Al?

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, April 1975

"L.O.V.E. SPELLS LOVE," says Al Green on his current NME chart rider of the same name, while according to Jimmy Witherspoon's current US hit, it's ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, April 1975

IF ALLEN TOUSSAINT ever wants to make the great album he's obviously capable of, he'd be best advised to first take a year's sabbatical from ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Ben E. King, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Spinners, Sister Sledge: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robin Katz, Sounds, April 1975

SOUL IS ALIVE... ALIVE ...ALIVE... ALIVE ...

Bernard Purdie: Purdie's School of Drumming

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1975

Pete Makowski talks to top American session drummer Bernard Purdie ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Midnight Train To Harlem

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

Blowing it at the Apollo means you haven't really made it at all. After a heart-stopping false start, GLADYS KNIGHT went on to prove that ...

J. J. Barnes: The Groovesville Masters

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, April 1975

DESPITE A couple of very successful tours of the Midlands and the North, JJ seems dogged by bad luck. ...

LaBelle: ...How The West Was Won — Nearly

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

A few days in the life of LaBelle. Penny Valentine reports from America's West Coast where the critics are a harder nut to crack than ...

Syl Johnson: A Whole Lot Of Whiplashes And Scars…

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, April 1975

NOT MANY artists hot on the US Soul charts have had the apprenticeship of Syl Johnson. ...

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. ...

Jimmy Jones: Timin' Is The Thing

Retrospective by Penny Reel, Let It Rock, May 1975

What would have happened if you and IHadn't just happened to meet?We might have spent the rest of our livesWalking down misery street. ...

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. ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairmen of the Board

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, May 1975

IT WAS THE Chairmen of the Board's umpteenth tour of the UK, but this time round, the venues were a little classier, with week long ...

Average White Band: The Spirit is High as The Average White Band Go Out to Haunt the Strip

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1975

Success to these guys means getting better, smoking Rothmans and a few extra patches on their denims. Barbara Charone reports from Los Angeles ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, May 1975

LIKE EVERY OTHER sub genre of soul seems to do, the current blockbuster – jazz-funk, bump-funk, party street-dance, or whatever you care to tag it ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, May 1975

'SUPERNATURAL Thing Pt. 1' marks the first occasion on which Ben E. King has hit the American Top twenty since 'Don't Play That Song' in ...

Barry White: Villa Park, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, May 1975

THERE'S BEEN some controversy about the prices on Barry White's English gigs – £5 was the top price at Birmingham. ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights (Reprise)

Review by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, June 1975

ALLEN TOUSSAINT certainly has an impressive track record: Smiley Lewis, 'Ooh Pa Pah Doo', Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman, Irma Thomas, Frankie Miller, the ...

Average White Band: Winterland, San Francisco

Live Review by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, June 1975

THERE ARE THOSE who have had Average White Band pegged from the start as the best blue-eyed soul band since the Young Rascals, and these ...

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'. ...

The Exciters - Dark Clouds Over the Black Country

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, June 1975

INTERNAL DISSENSION IS the bane of any cult, and though the Northern Sounds soul movement might seem healthy from the outside, in reality it's torn ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights (Reprise)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, June 1975

Toussaint's Night Flight ...

Bettye Swann, Candi Staton: Candi Staton and Bettye Swann: Broken Hearts, Do Right Women

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, June 1975

EVERY TIME I hear Bettye Swann's pained 'Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me' I'm so moved I want to go and punch that ...

Curtis Mayfield: America Today

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, June 1975

THREE YEARS AGO, Curtis Mayfield was one of the golden boys of New Wave soul, having broken with marketing formats (The Impressions) and joined the ...

Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood: Now Look Here! This is Bobby Womack

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1975

BOBBY WOMACK is confused. Suffering from an overdose of in-the-studio-excitement and jet lag, he sits on the bed of his hotel room cubicle at Blake's, ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey's Backatcha

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, June 1975

MOTOWN announced the retirement of William "Smokey" Robinson in January 1972. ...

Stax - The Stax Story - Volumes I & II

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, June 1975

SINCE THE 32 tracks collected here were cut after the 1968 Stax/Atlantic split it would be unwise to take the over-all title of this two-record ...

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 ...

Shirley and Lee, Shirley Goodman: Shirley Goodman: Good Times Roll Again

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, July 1975

JET-BLACK RINGLETS and bra-busting cuddliness; nothing about Shirley Goodman tells you that she used to resemble the waif-like teenager on the front of those old ...

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". ...

Dionne Warwick: Worries of the Warwick sisters

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, July 1975

WE'RE A LONG way on from 1964 and 'Walk On By' but, despite the profusion of instantly forgetable records Dionne Warwick has turned out since ...

Average White Band: Cut The Cake (Atlantic)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1975

Hamish Stuart (guitar, vocals), Alan Gorrie (bass, vocals), Onnie Mclntyre (guitar), Roger Ball (keyboards, alto and baritone saxophones), Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), Stephen Ferrone (drums, ...

The Righteous Brothers - Sons of Mrs. Righteous

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, July 1975

IT REALLY DOES seem that the greater part of the Righteous Brothers was their uncle Phil Spector. ...

Bobby Womack - I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, July 1975

FROM 1964, FOLLOWING the death of his mentor Sam Cooke, to 1969, when he finally began to record under his own name, Bobby Womack was ...

Hot Chocolate: Choc's Away

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, July 1975

A CLUTCH of nubile girls are usefully spending their school holidays hanging around outside the Bell Record Company offices in the hope of a glimpse ...

Wilson Pickett - Join Me and Let's Be Free

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, July 1975

FIRST OF ALL you have to picture the scene. There he stands, up to his elbows in stagnant water, a faraway look in his eyes, ...

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. ...

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 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 ...

Betty Davis, Miles Davis: Betty Davis: Aisles of Miles

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1975

The ex-wife or Miles Davis is now making it on her own account. Robin Katz reports ...

The Commodores, Hamilton Bohannon, James Brown: James Brown: Sex Machine Today, Hamilton Bohannon: Insides Out, The Commodores: Caught in the Act

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, August 1975

"WHITE ROCK", OBSERVED CSM last week in his Wailers review, "lays its beat on you; the Wailers' music allows you to find your own rhythm ...

The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Junior Walker & The Allstars, The Supremes: Tamla albums round-up

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1975

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS. The Supremes' new LP is a winner. ...

The Stylistics: Sing, Baby, Sing!

Profile and Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1975

ABUSE COMES too easily. The Stylistics are the masters of sweet soul, the kings of lush sentiment, and the lords of overstated romance. Even their ...

Ben E. King - The Ben E. King Story

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1975

ATLANTIC, YOU'RE NOT fooling anyone. ...

James Brown - Live at the Apollo Vol.1

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1975

EVERY SO OFTEN an album comes along that is more than just another good, bad, or indifferent release from the artist concerned. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1975

CONSIDERING THAT THEY'D only checked in at 4 a.m. that morning – that they hadn't been notified of our appointment for an interview – and ...

The Supremes: The Supremes (Tamla Motown) (32.16)

Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, August 1975

SIX PRODUCERS on one record? Is this some kind of a joke? I've heard of Rick Derringer dreaming of a different producer for each song ...

Stevie Wonder - Blind, Gifted and Loaded

Report by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, August 1975

THERE HAS BEEN an official silence about Stevie Wonder's plans since he publicly announced in March last year that he was to retire in 1976 ...

The Brecker Brothers: Everythin's All White

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1975

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Allen Toussaint: Feel Like Staying Home

Profile and Interview by John Morthland, Creem, September 1975

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Allen Toussaint has moved into the pop spotlight lately via Labelle and Paul McCartney but it's not his first time there. ...

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: A Quiet Storm

Review by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, September 1975

COULD THIS BE Smokey's What's Going On – the album to elevate him, like Marvin Gaye, from a singles-orientated soul veteran to an across-the-board contemporary ...

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 ...

The Fatback Band: Yum Yum

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, September 1975

"MY NAME is Yum Yum, Gimme some!" ...

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. ...

Joe Simon - Get Down

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1975

LEAPING ONTO THE dance floor of American's all-pervasive disco, Simon recovered from a slump in popularity by intoning "Get down, get down" about fifty-nine times ...

The Chi-Lites, The Moments: The Chi-Lites: Half a Love and The Moments: Sharp

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, September 1975

IF IT WERE ONLY for All Platinum's second certifiable classic – The Moments' 'Dolly My Love' – this group's new album would need to be ...

Johnny Nash: Tears On My Pillow

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1975

ANYONE WHO CAN cheerfully sing "be careful how you hold her, please don't even scold her, she's my cream puff" either deserves a hefty kick ...

Natalie Cole: Meet Nat Queen Cole

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, September 1975

WITH 1975 almost certain to establish itself as a most uneventful year for soul, it's refreshing to come across a 45 by a newish singer ...

Orchestral Soul: So When Was the Last Time You Saw a Black Cello Player?

Overview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1975

SOUL: the emotional part of man's nature, or the seat of the feelings or sentiments.SOULFUL: of, or expressive of, deep feeling or emotion. ...

The Chi-Lites at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1975

AFTER AN HOUR or so of the kind of entertainment that tempts freeloading reviewers to demand their non-existent money back, any halfway-decent act is a ...

The Supremes at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, September 1975

NEXT TIME YOU have the opportunity, check out Motown's Anthology of Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits. Unless you're an avid fan whose every ...

LaBelle: Labelle: Phoenix

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1975

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Phoenix is Labelle's third album. Forget anything prior to Pressure Cookin': those albums were by some other people and are of ...

The Ohio Players - Honey

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1975

EARLIER THIS YEAR Ralph 'Pee Wee' Middlebrook, trumpeter with The Players, admitted in an interview "now we've made it after all that scuffling I suppose ...

George McCrae: George McCrae (TK)

Review by John Morthland, Creem, October 1975

GEORGE McCRAE and the TK studio hands don't sell songs on his albums, they sell a mood, an ambience. ...

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 ...

Al Green: Al Green Is Love

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1975

REMEMBER WHEN YOU were young, listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes by torchlight? ...

Esther Phillips: Laissez-Faire in Bouffant Hair

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, October 1975

ESTHER PHILLIPS doesn't get too knocked out when she scores with a hit single. ...

The Isley Brothers: Isley Brothers: Heat's Still On Isleys

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

LOS ANGELES: The Isleys' latest album, The Heat Is On, recently hit number one in America, but for as long as there's been rock and ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner: Acid Queen

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, October 1975

"WE TOURED FOR years with all the English groups and I always liked what they were singing about. ...

The Temptations: Moving With The Times

Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, October 1975

IT'S SURE tough work being a Temptation. Before replacing Damon Harris in soul music's top fivesome, Glenn Leonard not only had to learn the group's ...

Get Arp And Get Down!

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

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

Profile by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

Millie Jackson: Gettin' Her Piece

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, November 1975

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

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 ...

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

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

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 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 ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, November 1975

WELL, TO BE quite frank I thought they were fairly dreadful. ...

Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave: Back At' Cha!

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, November 1975

IF ANYTHING SYMBOLIZES the decline of the Stax Records era (recently brought to a probable close with the indictment of president Al Bell for bank ...

Betty Davis: Nasty Gal

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1975

THIS IS IT funk y'allThis is it right hereThis is it do ya hear me girlsAnd well they can't do it forya no nastier than ...

Rufus: Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (ABC)

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, November 1975

AMERICAN BLACK music (that which is loosely termed 'soul') has been going through a disturbing period. It continues to do so. Where once the arm ...

The Temptations: House Party

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1975

IT'S COMFORTING TO have a few acts that you can rely on to keep supplying the goods, and The Temps certainly do deliver. ...

Ann Peebles...and the Hi Records Story

Interview by Todd Everett, Phonograph Record, December 1975

THOUGH NASHVILLE, Tennessee, has proclaimed itself "Music City U.S.A.," the traditional center of musical activity in that area of the country, and the city from ...

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 ...

Kool and the Gang, The Ohio Players: Kool and the Gang: Spirit Of The Boogie; Ohio Players: Honey

Review by Richard Williams, Let It Rock, December 1975

OCCUPYING ROUGHLY the same area in the impressively wide spectrum of contemporary Black music, these two orchestras both play for dancers but nevertheless perform entirely ...

Eric Gale et al: Negril

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, December 1975

IF EVERYONE HAD a pair of disco turntables as well as a telly, this record might sell a million. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: Our Martha Aims Higher And Higher

Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, December 1975

"IF I won any fans over here on my first trip I still have them. They're so much more devoted than the people back home, ...

The Staple Singers: Let's Do It Again

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, December 1975

IF MAYFIELD'S lyrics are anything to go by, this film must be whole lots of scenes of funky loving in which they do it again ...

The Miracles: City Of Angels

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, December 1975

WHAT A LETDOWN. ...

Betty Davis: Nasty Gal

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1975

ON HER FIRST two albums, Betty Davis staked out a peculiar brand of kinky, tongue-in-cheek funk that garnered her a cult following in Philadelphia and ...

Bobby Womack: Safety First

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1975

BOBBY WOMACK is the kind of guy who lights up a room when he enters, and this suite in the Plaza Hotel is no exception. ...

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 ...

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 ...

David Ruffin: Who I Am

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1976

THIS IS AN encouraging album. After a celebrated re-signing with Motown last year, the ponderous Norman Whitfield-produced Me 'n Rock 'n Roll Are Here to ...

Dionne Warwick, Thom Bell: Dionne Rings The Changes

Report and Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, January 1976

SINCE IT was the arranging/production and inspiration of Thom Bell which took Dionne Warwick (no final "e" these days) back into the charts after a ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Beware The Guitar Gangster

Profile and Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, January 1976

SUPERSTAR? MAYBE not. But despite a lack of any major hits, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson has long been acknowledged as a super-talent of the black American ...

Sheer Elegance: By Sheer Chance?

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, January 1976

From obscurity to a hit in two moves...just luck? Not true, Sheer Elegance tell HARRY DOHERTY ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Signs Rise for Shining Stars

Interview by David Rensin, Rolling Stone, January 1976

LOS ANGELES – "Music is a sacred thing and we take it very seriously," Earth Wind & Fire founder/percussionist Maurice White offers during a rehearsal ...

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. ...

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 ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Gratitude

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1976

PROOF AT LAST that EWF deserve all the acclaim that's been heaped on them in the last couple of years. ...

Kokomo: Grown Some Funk Of Our Own

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, February 1976

THE SUBDUED shufflings of a hotel chambermaid were gradually coaxing Alan Spenner, Kokomo's friendly grizzly bear of a bass payer, out of sweet slumber. ...

The Blackbyrds: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1976

BETCHA DIDN'T know there's such a thing as Black-byrdomania. Neither did I until this concert, when a quietly slumbering stalls suddenly became a heaving sea ...

Gladys Knight: The Best Of…, A Little Knight Music, Gladys Knight And The Pips

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, February 1976

DON'T BE MISLED – The Best Of... actually refers to the best of Gladys and the 'Pips' Buddah output, but such is the strength of ...

The Future Of Rock 'N' Soul

Comment by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, February 1976

JUST ONE glance at the pop charts over the past decade is sufficient to indicate the domination of black music in general and soul music ...

The Isley Brothers: Twist And Shout, Super Hits

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1976

SOME RECORDINGS CRY out to be reissued. In fact they never should have been deleted in the first place. Others should never even have been ...

The Salsoul Orchestra: The Salsoul Orchestra (Epic)

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, February 1976

I ASKED Paul Atkinson, who decides these things at CBS, why he was releasing this album here. ...

The Fatback Band: Fatbacks Hit Back

Interview by Robin Katz, Black Echoes, February 1976

SOMEONE BLEW the whistle on the Fatback band this week. "The whole show was disappointing" came the critical opinion. "They basically play the same riff ...

Ann Peebles: Tellin' It

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1976

IN 1968 IN Memphis, Tennessee, Willie Mitchell succeeded to the board of an ailing record company called Hi. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1976

"HEY, BRIAN, it's sold out – there's a line in front of the theatre!" That's one of the Midnight Band's glamorous female entourage calling out ...

Kokomo, The Kursaal Flyers: Kokomo/Kursaal Flyers: Guildford

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, February 1976

A VERY strange billing, Kokomo as support to the Kursaal Flyers. Now that seems to say something about relative popularity and the length of time ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays: Family Reunion (Philadelphia International)***

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1976

THERE'S A HIT on this record, in case you're interested – 'I Love Music'. I needn't elaborate on that one, as if you're reading this ...

Tina Charles: Tina And A Tale Of A Toothbrush!

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Black Echoes, February 1976

IT BEGAN, as these things very often do, with a toothbrush. A brief pause before we continue, lest the unqualified mention of the hygienic appliance ...

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! ...

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 ...

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

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1976

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

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. ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC and Sunshine Band

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1976

"I'd just put out the George McCrae album, and I kept hearing one of my tunes come busting through the wall up there." H.W. Casey ...

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. ...

Thom Bell, The Spinners: Thom Bell & The Spinners: Looking For 'Hudson Bros.' Acceptance

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, March 1976

WHEN THE SPINNERS recently celebrated 25 years together as a group, amid all the celebrations the soul quintet were quick to point out the part ...

Dobie Gray: Capricorn Rising

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1976

IT IS, I GUESS, the third time around for Dobie Gray who, at the present moment, is stretched out full length on a bed on ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: Gladys Knight and the Pips (DJM)

Review by Simon Frith, Street Life, March 1976

SHE'S JUST GONNA have to get used to it. When you're the greatest pop singer in the world (and she is) and have been together ...

Barry White: The Discreet Charm Of the Black Bourgeoisie: Barry White and Company

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, March 1976

WHEN YOUNG American blacks threw off their jeans, gave them to the white kids, and emerged supercool in their three-piece suits, brogues and cashmere sweaters ...

The Fatback Band: Ain't No Such Thing As We Don't Sounds BAAAD

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

"WHEN WE get a groove we hate to quit!" shouted out Bill Curtis. His voice carried over inexorable waves of sound, cookin', stampin', and gettin' ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

THIS MUST RANK as the most Perplexing gig I've ever seen. All I was left with at the end was a burning desire to rush ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, March 1976

POLE-AXED BY SKIN-CRAWLING hot and cold flushes, with a head full of demented panel-beaters, the last thing I wanted to do was travel 50 miles ...

Diana Ross: Breakfast With Lady Diana

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

THIS IS the story: it's a champagne breakfast for Diana Ross, being held at a Top London Hotel. Which means that everybody drags in bleary-eyed ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament-Funkadelic: Mothership Connection

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, March 1976

WITH THE "Parliafunkadelicment thang", leader George Clinton has succeeded in creating two distinct identities for one band—the mystical voodoo of the Funkadelics and the stabbing, ...

The Fatback Band, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Smokey Robinson, The Sylvers: Smokey Robinson/Mighty Clouds of Joy/Sylvers/Fatback Band: Los Angeles

Live Review by John Swenson, Sounds, March 1976

YOU WON'T find a better textbook example of what's gone wrong with R&B over the past few years. Ticket prices, scaled from $10.00 down, were ...

Bobby Womack: Safety Zone

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, March 1976

IF YOU WANT to do Bobby Womack a favour, you'll ignore this album. ...

Bobby Womack: That's All Y'All

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

2010 note: this is the copy as printed. There is a section of text missing (possibly due to subediting error). This is marked by *** ...

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

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1976

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

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 ...

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

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1976

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

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 ...

Al Green: Full Of Fire (London) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

AL GREEN stands in the middle of the ring, caught in combat between an elastic rhythm section and a resilient horn section. Producer/engineer Willie Mitchell ...

Bobby Womack Sings Through Clenched Teeth

Interview by Mick Brown, Street Life, April 1976

IT PROMISED to be, in that time-honoured cliche of showbusiness hyperbole, a 'star-studded occasion'. His publicist said Bobby Womack would be dropping off in the ...

Brook Benton: Brook's No Hero Of The Past

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Record Mirror, April 1976

LIKE RAY CHARLES, Fats Domino and precious few others, Brook Benton's pulling power as one of the father figures of black American music continues despite ...

Archie Bell and the Drells Still Dance All Night

Profile and Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, April 1976

NEW YORK – Archie Bell interrupts his rushed, businesslike replies for a moment and works up the faintest trace of a smile: "I didn't know ...

War: A Walk On War's Wild Side

Interview by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1976

FAR OUT Productions, besides being War's Hollywood headquarters, seems to be a favourite hangout for streetwalkers. They seem to think that all the black gentlemen ...

Al Jarreau: Jarreau Gig At La Coupole Goes Molto Bene

Report and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1976

"THERE'S NO reason for my deserving this interview any more than the man out there pouring drinks, except that I try to say something through ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Her Man, His Woman

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1976

RECORDED AND FIRST released as the Get It, Get It L.P. on the L.A. Cenco label circa 1965, this album was snapped up by Capitol ...

Brook Benton: This Is Brook Benton

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1976

THIS MONTH'S MIND-BLOWER: The Benton basement tapes surface after 18 years in the can and turn out to be a bag of fun for all ...

Diana Ross: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, April 1976

WHEN WILL THE real Diana Ross sing up and be counted? ...

Johnnie Taylor: Eargasm

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1976

THAT THIS ALBUM has already been such an overwhelming success in America must surely be due to US Columbia's marketing techniques rather than the music, ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey's Family Robinson (Tamla Motown) *****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, April 1976

"A VOICE on the stereo singing softly, Describing what I feel about you, The singer seems to know all about it, Seems like the writer ...

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 Jarreau: A Man And His Laundry

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

"IT DON'T make no moth a fugging difference what happens to me, Going to be there in my own time, in my own way..."– Al ...

Marvin Gaye: I Want You (Tamla Motown) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

MARVIN GAYE is in the fortunate or unfortunate position of being regarded as a prophet-cum-saviour. ...

Maxine Nightingale: Maxine — Right Back At The Top

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1976

NEW YORK: Maxine Nightingale, who comes from Wembley, seemed neither over-awed nor surprised that her record 'Right Back Where We Started From' was topping the ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1976

HORACE SILVER to Brain Case, NME, May 1st 1976. "I'd prefer just reports on concerts rather than a critique." Quite right too, Horace. O.K. then. ...

Gladys Knight and the Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

HAVING BEEN privileged to see two out-of-London sets of G. K. and the P's, I was rather more picky than most of the London audience. ...

Gladys Knight: Things happen when you're a disciple of Buddah...

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1976

... but it helps if you're GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS. Here's how things are going, as told to CLIFF WHITE. ...

Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan: Gloria Jones: Keeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, May 1976

GLORIA JONES is the sultry lady sprawled across the sheets who screams through T. Rex's 'Get It On'. Very Tina Turner, and judging from all ...

Marvin Gaye, The Temptations: Soul Albums Reviewed

Review by Simon Frith, Street Life, May 1976

Temptations: Wings of LoveMarvin Gaye: I Want YouLee Garrett: Heat For The Feets EVEN SOUL musicians grow old and, though black music has never ...

The Temptations: Wings Of Love (Tamla Motown)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, May 1976

VERY NEAT structure to the new Temps release. Side one has all the funk, all the dancers, and Side two has what you could call ...

Average White Band: Edinburgh, Scotland

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

"I'VE GOT an announcement to make," Alan Gorrie told a sold out Edinburgh audience the night after Scotland had beaten England. "If there's any dodgy ...

Lee Garrett: Born A Loser

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, May 1976

Meet the man who put dues-paying into the big league: LEE GARRETT. Born blind into a poor family and a drifter by his teens, Garrett ...

Average White Band: Young Rascals Searching For Your Soul

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, May 1976

Barbara Charone talks to Scotland's most famous sons, the Average White Band'I'm sure people will put us down...I hope they don't put us down but ...

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, ...

The Spinners: The Detroit Spinners: Spinners Wynner

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, June 1976

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

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. ...

Millie Jackson: Free And In Love

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, June 1976

OOWEE, LORD HAVE mercy. This girl just turns me to jelly every time she opens her mouth. ...

Natalie Cole: Natalie (Capitol) 35 mins ***

Essay by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

IF YOU get right down to it I suppose pop/rock is composed of a set of quite different musical idioms within which almost everyone sounds ...

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 ...

Millie Jackson: Free And In Love (Spring/Polydor) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

MILLIE JACKSON has purchased a slinky new catsuit for the sleeve of this album, suitable for a liberated courtesan. And she can afford it too, ...

The Crusaders: Crusaders: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, July 1976

THE HELL WITH it, let's be dogmatic and lay down a truth that was already manifest before their historic visit. When it comes to pumping ...

Jerry Butler: The Iceman Cometh, Yet Again

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Black Echoes, July 1976

IT WAS deejay George Wood who originally tagged Jerry Butler "The Iceman" because of his on-stage cool and it's still an especially appropriate nickname, not ...

Johnny Guitar Watson albums

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, July 1976

Vivien Goldman explains why she's been drooling over Johnny 'Guitar' Watson for the past month. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Don Covay: Travelin' In Heavy Traffic

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1976

AN APPRAISAL OF THE VIRTUES OF MR. DON COVAY ...

Sam Cooke: Twistin' The Night Away

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1976

BETWEEN 1960 and 1963 more Twist albums hit the market than the total spinoff products from Elvis, The Beatles and Jaws. ...

Tavares: Sky High Tavares

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

THOUGH Tavares are scoring for the first time in Britain with 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel', the quintet of brothers has been together as ...

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 ...

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 ...

George Benson: Mr Bad Makes Good

Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, September 1976

VETERAN JAZZ guitarist George 'Bad' Benson recently went to school to pick up his young son. Upon arrival, a group of eager young schoolkids clustered ...

The Real Thing

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1976

THE REAL THING seems to be an apt name for a trio who are determined to succeed on their own merits and not as a ...

The Emotions: Flowers

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, September 1976

SALVAGED FROM THE debris of the Stax bankruptcy, the Emotions have reemerged with one of the year's most refreshing soul albums. Producer Maurice White, who ...

Johnny Guitar Watson

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1976

I WAS SUFFERING an unprecedented fit of nerves as I stood clutching my dime by the pay phones in Little Lucy's El Adobe Restaurant in ...

Rufus: The Truth About Rufus

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, September 1976

"I Hate The Blues!" Snaps Chaka Khan ...

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... ...

Ben E. King: Camden Lock

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, October 1976

MY LAST VISIT to the quaint, cobbled pavements of Camden Lock was to see Eddie Floyd knocking on wood in standard mid-60s soul routine. Ben ...

Dorothy Moore, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Dorothy Moore, Jimmy James & Vagabonds, Wild Honey: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1976

IT'S 1 A.M. and I've just about survived a ludicrous Sunday, beginning at some ungodly hour I never knew existed and exercising patience I never ...

Moon: Is This The Dark Side Of The Moon?

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1976

"ARE YOU using Memorex?" asked Moon's Noel McCalla, leaning quizzically over my cassette machine. "You gotta use Memorex for us, you know. Only the best, ...

The Meters: Trick Bag

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1976

DAY ONE: can't get past the third track. Before reaching it, 4.08 mins of 'Disco Is The Thing Today' revealed a commercial, characterless leap onto ...

Marvin Gaye: Cool Soul Genius Wows Albert

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

Marvin Gaye: Royal Albert Hall, LondonTHERE HAS to be a reason for hiring the Albert Hall. It's true that information sometimes gets lost over the ...

Marvin Gaye: Soul Searching

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

MARVIN GAYE's chosen an interesting stage of his career to re-visit these shores after a 12-year absence. ...

Natalie Cole, Tavares: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1976

NATALIE COLE is an MOR sophisticated lady, right? An exceptional singer in the mould of Aretha Franklin who's chosen to, or been persuaded to, don ...

Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, October 1976

RUMOURS THAT the New Musical Express has deliberately pursued a course of hostility towards Stevie Wonder are, of course, utterly without foundation; but (even at ...

Marvin Gaye: The Marvin Gaye Interview: Earthly Fights and Mystic Flights

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1976

"HOW ARE you? I must say you have the patience of Job." ...

Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield: Aretha Franklin: Sparkle (Atlantic)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1976

SUBTITLED 'Music From The Motion Picture', Sparkle is a soundtrack album, that plays like a record. It doesn't, unlike most of the genre, hang limply ...

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 ...

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... ...

The Meters: The Meters: Paul's Mall, Boston

Live Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, November 1976

THE METERS may well be the finest performing American band. Without resorting to such modern pop trappings as smoke bombs and gyrating pianos, the Meters ...

The Bee Gees: Bee Gees: Children of the World

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, November 1976

FROM MUSHY pop ballads through late-Sixties psychedelia and low-key rock, the Bee Gees have demonstrated a chameleonlike ability to adapt to disparate pop trends. These ...

Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson: It's Your World (Arista) ****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, November 1976

WITH IT'S Your World – his fourth English but sixth American album – Gil Scott-Heron takes another step in carving out his singular niche as ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Newcastle Polytechnic

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

THE GIG at Newcastle Poly was Johnny Guitar Watson's first British date for a decade. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Spirit

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

THE SONGS OF Earth, Wind and Fire combine pure urban fantasy with the type of facile brotherhood messages that also crop up in the music ...

O'Jays: Message in the Music

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

NOW THAT the Staples are unabashed sex merchants, the O'Jays are pop's foremost message mongerers. But the O'Jays don't write or produce their albums, so ...

Bobby Womack: Home Is Where The Heart Is (Columbia)****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, December 1976

WHEN BOBBY's excursion into country'n'western finally made it into the racks this summer, his long-cherished project met with mixed reviews. ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Phil Spector: Ike and Tina Turner

Profile by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, December 1976

THAT THE Tina Turner-Phil Spector combination should have produced one isolated tour-de-force 45 was perhaps not surprising; after all, Tina more than anyone else was ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans

Live Review by Wayne Robins, Rolling Stone, December 1976

A GOLD PYRAMID glitters onstage. Light beams, like giant mutant insect eyes, stare down at the audience. Musicians dressed for a Halloween party in some ...

Barry White: I'm in a Beautiful Mood

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 1977

BARRY WHITE is the singer who turned black Soul music into a product closer akin to soggy white blancmange. ...

Wilson Pickett: Return of the Wicked Pickett

Report and Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1977

"I’VE ALWAYS WANTED to be a star," said Wilson Pickett. He clapped his hands and fell back into a deck chair behind his house in ...

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 ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

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

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

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. ...

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

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

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

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power: Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, January 1977

THIS IS essentially transitional meat from Oakland, Soul City's finest. ...

Average White Band: The Average White Band: Person To Person

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, January 1977

WELCOME BACK the musically credible and eminently excellent Average White Band with this defiant poke in the ear for all those people who seven months ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, January 1977

THERE IS AN unwritten guarantee with every ticket for a Gladys Knight & The Pips concert. A guarantee of aural, visual and emotional satisfaction. I've ...

Gladys Knight: In A Changing World, There's Always Gladys Knight

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

Gladys Knight and The Pips: New Victoria, London ...

Al Green: Have a Good Time

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1977

IF HIS RECORDS ARE ANY indication, Al Green is a troubled, no, haunted man. ...

Gladys Knight And The Pips: The Family That Eats Together Hits Together

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1977

Since their last visit eight months ago, nothing much has changed for Gladys Knight and the Pips. ...

Kokomo: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1977

WELL, JOE Cocker wasn't there. At least I don't think he was. After a very hard weekend of various rock 'n' roll activities the strain ...

The Sylvers: Something Special

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, January 1977

WHAT'S WRONG with disco music? All my friends hate it, so I know there must be something good about it. They say it's inhuman; I've ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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

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

Bobby Womack: Bobby Sox It To Ya

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, February 1977

"HELLO LONDON, it's Bobby Womack on the line." Hello Bobby, you friendly soul. How good to hear your voice again. ...

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 ...

Eddie Kendricks: Kendricks Tempts The Mind And Body

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, March 1977

EDDIE KENDRICKS, I'm sorry to say, is not the man he used to be. Thirteen years ago he was one of the Temptations, and was ...

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. ...

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 ...

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

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

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

The 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 ...

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 ...

Ronnie Spector: Hi There, Big Boy! Wanna "Interview" Me?

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1977

Mmm-mm. Eighty-eight pounds of compact yumminess on parade for all you heavy guys out there. CLIFF WHITE, hot from New York, on delectable RONNIE SPECTOR's ...

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 ...

Wilson Pickett (1977)

Interview by Michael Lydon, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1977

After Michael Lydon's swift intro, an avuncular Wilson Pickett talks about his gospel roots, The Falcons, hooking up with Atlantic and working in Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3mb, total interview length: 46' 10" sound quality: ***

The Chi-Lites: Theatre Royal, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, May 1977

THE HOUSE LIGHTS dimmed and the musicians took their places. There was a buzz of activity on the darkened stage for a minute or so ...

Joe Tex: The Soul Of An Underdog

Profile and Interview by Joe McEwen, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1977

THE SHOW was held at South Philadelphia's Spectrum, still a brand-new facility in 1969, but it could well have been the fare at North Philly's ...

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 ...

Elkie Brooks: Two Days Away

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1977

THERE'S NOT much doubt that Elkie Brooks is going to be around for ever and ever. Elkie's a singer, simply as that. But there's still ...

George Benson: It's A Man's Man's Man's Man's World

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

"YOU'RE SAYING that women are equal to men and all that crazy stuff!" George Benson laughed in astonishment.Hold on a second I must be hallucinating ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament: Live: The P-Funk Earth Tour

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1977

"THEY SAY the bigger the headache the bigger the pill!" Dr. Funkenstein shouts. ...

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. ...

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' ...

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 ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: In Town Tonight

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, July 1977

On the last night of The Jacksons visit to London, Michael Jackson realised he hadn't seen the sights. Robin Katz (an American of all people) ...

Average White Band, Ben E. King: Ben E. King/Average White Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, July 1977

THIS ISN'T an original thought but it bears repeating: Ben E. King is an excellent singer, and highly individual with it – unmistakeable in a ...

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 ...

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. ...

The Gap Band: The Gap Band

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, August 1977

SO I PICKED through the albums lying in Master Barton's dusty drawer and there, amongst the dross, was a name I recognised. The Gap Band. ...

Bootsy Collins: Space Bass Reveals Plans for Planetary Domination

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1977

Bootsy's Rubber Band, Funkadelic: On video, from... Houston, Texas ...

Betty Wright, KC & the Sunshine Band, Latimore: The Miami Transfer: Florida Soul

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1977

AFTER SEVERAL year's of British release through President Records, earlier this year Henry Stone's Miami-based TK conglomerate switched outlets to RCA who have ...

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! ...

The Isley Brothers: Ernie Isley: Pride of the Isleys

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, September 1977

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

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 ...

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 ...

Rose Royce Find Success The Norman Whitfield Way

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

"IT'S KJLH, the station of Kindness, Joy, Love and Happiness," the deejay smoulders on the car radio, and goshdarn if you couldn't almost believe all ...

Brothers Johnson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1977

AS BONES OF contention go, there is currently none more fat and juicy than the one being wrestled between the main pack of legit music ...

Deniece Williams / Lenny Williams: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1977

REGULAR PATRONS of theatre gigs in Britain have become so wary, not to say weary, of suffering rent-a-stooge warm-up acts that many now don't bother ...

Shirley Brown: Shirley Brown

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

IF IT was Clive Davis, head of Arista, who's responsible for the release of Shirley Brown, I'd like to invite him to hold his next ...

Millie Jackson: Feelin' Bitchy

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, October 1977

HEY, MILLIE? This is Vivien.I'm writing to you 'cos I dig the way you move onstage. I saw you foolin' round with that guy onstage ...

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 ...

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. ...

Barry White: On The White Line To Barry

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, November 1977

Barry cools down a heavy breathing Rosalind Russell, a bit more than arms length away ...

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 ...

Funkadelic: Scifi Funkiness: Triple Threat Guitar From Funkadelic

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1977

ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, a group of singers organized themselves from a rather large barbershop group into a pop/soul conglomeration called Parliament. They moved from ...

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 ...

The Commodores: Live (Motown)

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, December 1977

So this is Christmas: The Voice of Young Amerika! ...

Betty Wright: This Time For Real…

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, January 1978

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

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 ...

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 Commodores: Come Funk With Us! (But Bring Your Led Zep Records)

Interview by Howie Klein, Creem, January 1978

"NOW YOU take a group like Fleetwood Mac or the Zep," offered Benny. "It's another thing that the audiences get off into. I don't understand ...

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 ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Bridges

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

DID THEY really get what they wanted? They being black Americans. Gil Scott-Heron doesn't think so. He thinks that what they got came only on ...

Parliament: Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, January 1978

Clinton's Clones Hit Ass & Funny Bone ...

The Last Poets: Wake Up Limeys, The Last Poets Are Among You

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1978

"Wheat's characteristics and nature make it wheat. It differs from barley because of its nature. Wheat perpetuates its own characteristics just as the white race ...

Allen Toussaint: Toussaint

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, January 1978

SO NOW the whole Toussaint catalogue is available again, enabling listeners of taste to trace for themselves the development of the New Orleans man's approach, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Millie Jackson: Mille Jackson: The Primal Scream Therapist Of Soul

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1978

MILLIE JACKSON yanked me over to her side of the fence the first moment I heard her belting out some juicy slice of angst on ...

Millie Jackson: Odeons Birmingham And Hammersmth

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1978

Millie's preoccupations, said The Guardian, are sex, sex and more sex; can't argue with that. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1978

CBS HAVE A problem. To be sure, it's the sort of ticklish little teaser that most record companies would be glad to scratch, but a ...

Millie Jackson: Another Day, Another Dollar

Report and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, February 1978

A COLLEAGUE FROM another paper and I were swopping reactions about Millie Jackson. He'd interviewed her in London; I'd caught up with her a couple ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Flying Sorcerers

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1978

Earth, Wind & Fire are the biggest soul group in the world – their albums now go platinum. But Britain will have to wait until ...

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 ...

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 ...

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... ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Hot Chocolate: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1978

IT WAS the funniest ending to a concert I've ever seen. Hot Chocolate said their goodbyes, walked off and, I imagine, stood in the wings ...

Joe Sample: Rainbow Seeker (ABC Import)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1978

SEARCH AND DEPLOY ...

Tavares: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1978

ANGELA IS a slim, pretty, 16-year-old blonde with the kind of Camay complexion and wide-eyed innocent appeal that drives randy old journalists into that wretched ...

Bootsy Collins, Raydio: Bootsy's Rubber Band, Raydio: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, April 1978

SELF-STYLED Player Of The Year, Bootsy Collins is hip to the dynamics of Showtime. As his music is a fantastic flight from bases built by ...

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 ...

The Manhattans: There’s No Good In Goodbye; It Feels So Good

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, May 1978

IN A FIELD ONCE glutted with heavyweights, lightweights and pretenders, the Manhattans stand almost alone, a throwback to an era when an orange sharkskin suit, ...

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 ...

Brass Construction, Rokotto: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, June 1978

...CLIFF WHITE sounds his Funky horn about what he sees as a lack of critical perspective... ...

Heatwave: West Runton Pavilion, Norfolk

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, June 1978

Waiting for the Getdown gestalt ...

Bootsy Collins: 'Don't Leave Home Without Your F.U.N.K!'

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, June 1978

"I WANNA PLAY with the kids", Bootsy Collins said, yearning. Walking down the gravel path winding past the white neo-Classical pillars of Kenwood House, Highgate, ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy: Developments in the Popcorn Industry

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, June 1978

...a.k.a. A Visit To The funk Factory a.k.a. A Meeting With A Black Man In Daft Glasses a.k.a. PAUL RAMBALI talks to superfunkster BOOTSY COLLINS ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy's Rubber Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, July 1978

A MESSAGE from the Mothership: "If you ain't gonna get it on, take your dead ass home." Some did...some of those dead asses...they couldn't cope ...

Boney M: By The Rivers (well…sands, beaches, coves, quays and bays) Of Babbacombe

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, July 1978

TORBAY OR NOT Torbay – that is the question! I am standing at the barrier of Platform 2, Paddington, one chilly Saturday morning expressing Brandoesque ...

Etta James: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, July 1978

THEY PROBABLY don't realise it but The Who once dedicated an album to Etta James. Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy it was called, and by ...

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 ...

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 ...

Raydio: Raydio & A Moon In June Reality

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1978

RAY PARKER Jr., creator and main man in Raydio, the American sextet who recently toured with Bootsy and are just scoring their second British hit ...

Etta James

Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, August 1978

IT IS A cruel irony that had she not been a junkie for thirteen of her forty years, Etta James would probably still be working ...

Etta James: Soul Punk Etta: Superstardom the Hard Way on a Dollar a Day

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, August 1978

"THANKSGIVING DAY in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven't become a superstar yet. It ...

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, ...

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 ...

The Commodores: Motown's Black Beatles

Profile by Cliff White, New Musical Express, September 1978

HOW'S about it, Expressways Moosik? We're broadcastin' at ya from the command module, Commodore Steamship, Commodore Country, sitting right down town, Tuskogee, Alabama, modulatin', right ...

Etta James: Payin' The Cost

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Melody Maker, September 1978

YOU CAN ENJOY Etta James as a throwback to the rockin' Fifties. You can admire her as the apotheosis of Sixties soul performing ghetto clubs ...

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... ...

Etta James: James The First

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

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

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 ...

Rose Royce, Stargard: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1978

IT SURE WUZ A GREAT PAAAARTY... ...

The Crusaders: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, October 1978

ON STAGE, as on record, The Crusaders an elusive synthesis of assorted musical elements which, although generally bonded in a cohesive sound that is unmistakably ...

The Jacksons: No Signs Of Any Slackening

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, October 1978

'Blame It On The Boogie' may not be the Jacksons most exciting single, but it's doing the trick again. PAUL SEXTON talks to Michael Jackson ...

Chaka Khan (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1978

Just having left Rufus, Chaka talks about making her solo debut (featuring 'I'm Every Woman'), her Chicago roots, her dislike of disco and her surprising love of punk rock.

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Rose Royce: Socio/Political Conscience? Waal, Ah'm Rilly Into Chutney

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, October 1978

"SO HOWS about up at number two, we have the one and only Rose Royce with 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore'...goodness gracious yes..." ...

Ray Charles: Love And Peace

Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, October 1978

IT'S RARE FOR any artist to re-emerge successfully from a long period of musical sterility. Harder still, somehow, for black musicians, whose problems – brought ...

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. ...

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 ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: Funkadelic: The Noble Art of Rhythm'n'Biz

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1978

WARNER Brothers' New York Office on East 54th is only two blocks across and three up from the Taft Hotel on West 51st; close enough ...

Heatwave: Heating Up the Disco Crowd

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, November 1978

TO COME back from a very successful American tour to see your new single shoot into the chart at No 36 while making healthy strides ...

Isaac Hayes: Chronicle/For The Sake Of Love

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, November 1978

IT'S MY CONTENTION that, whatever bizarre circumstances caused the flurry of lawsuits circulating round Isaac Hayes prior to the demise of Stax Records, and the ...

Latimore: Benny Latimore: Diggin' Deeper

Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, December 1978

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

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 ...

The Jacksons: Destiny

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, December 1978

THIS IS AN important album for the Jacksons – now five again, with a small letter at least, Jermaine's defection having been balanced by lil' ...

Chic: C'est Chic

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1978

DISCO, THE People's Music, is the modern blues: the truest expression of a generation's thoughts, bitter sweetness with a backbeat. The old blues celebrated the ...

Chaka Khan: The Risk Pays Off

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, December 1978

LOS ANGELES – In the stately Beverly Hills suite of offices which houses B and B Associates, Chaka Kahn's prestigious management firm, the air is ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Bellevue Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, December 1978

THE WORLD funk extravaganza circus comes to Manchester. ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Parliament: The Brides of Funkenstein: Funk Or Walk; Parliament: Motor Booty Affair

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1978

IF ROCK stars had the kind of union that insisted on overtime bans and frowned on over-productivity, George Clinton would undoubtedly be the subject of ...

Chaka Khan: Chaka (Warner Bros.) ****

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, December 1978

NOW THEN, an album which the whole team involved has obviously spent a good deal of time thinking about. Chaka Khan needs songs which exploit ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, December 1978

THE "MOTHERSHIP" arrives. Everybody gets on out of it and has a "party". And I dance. And slump. And dance and slump. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hot Chocolate: Everyone's a Moneyspinner

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

GREAT POPULAR music is generally not a cynical or synthetic product, but something personal to one individual that many, many others find appealing. ...

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

EDITOR'S NOTE: A couple of weeks ago, Vivien Goldman trashed Marvin Gaye's new album in these columns. A dissenting voice pleads to be heard ...

War: Youngblood (MCA)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

WAR WAS a multi-platinum album act in America with such classic Top 40 streetfunk singles as 'All Day Music', 'Cisco Kid', 'The World Is A ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

Cheers for Chic ...

The Pointer Sisters: Pointers To The Future

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, January 1979

NOSTALGIA, so the old song hath it, ain't what it used ta be. ...

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 ...

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... ...

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 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 ...

Sister Sledge: We Are Family (Cotillion U.S. import)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, March 1979

I WAIT for new work by Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers in the way that I once waited for the latest items from Phil ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, March 1979

WOW!!! SHEER excellence!!! You weren't there? You are square!!! (you thought it was the other way round? You still living to those snobby chic guidelines? ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Maurice White's Band of Hope

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, March 1979

There's more to America's biggest soul band than bread and circuses. VIVIEN GOLDMAN followed them to Staffordshire to talk about the Bible, spinal fluid, reincarnation, ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, March 1979

PITY THE poor reviewer covering a show of the astonishing calibre of Earth, Wind & Fire's weekend extravaganza at the Empire Pool. ...

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 ...

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, ...

Tavares: Madame Butterfly (Capitol)

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, April 1979

MADAME Butterfly opens with the familiar dance floor sounds – brass riff, flowing strings punched out guitars, tightly strung percussion – but this isn't really ...

Percy Sledge: The Venue, London

Live Review by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, April 1979

THE SIMPLISTIC idea that the fundamental difference between country and soul in the Sixties was that one music was made by poor whites in the ...

Raydio: Rock On (Arista)

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, April 1979

IN A YEAR already generous with good R&B albums comes Ray Parker's second release, and it may be the best of all. ...

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. ...

Bobby Womack: Roads Of Life (Arista)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, May 1979

THE FORTUNES of gravel-voiced soul vet Bobby Womack have taken a dip of late. ...

Albert King, Booker T & The MGs, The Emotions, Pop Staples, Steve Cropper: Stacks of Stax: Stax Releases

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, May 1979

Steve Cropper/Pop Staples/Albert King: Jammed Together (Stax 3009) Booker T & The MGs: Time Is Tight — The Best Of… (Stax STX 3007) The Emotions: ...

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... ...

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 ...

Patti LaBelle: It's Alright With Me (Epic)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, June 1979

I GUESS it's all of eighteen years since I first heard 'Down The Aisle' by Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles – and when I put ...

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!" ...

The Isley Brothers: Winner Takes All

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, June 1979

3 + 3 DON'T MIND they just keep on jamming. Strings and horns? Uh-uh. They just go up to Bearsville. Ernie puts down the drums ...

McFadden and Whitehead: The Rise and Rise of McFadden, Whitehead and Ward (Anita)

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, June 1979

EVEN THE Johnny Pearson Orchestra on Top Of The Pops couldn't ruin a song as strong as 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'. ...

Anita Ward: Emergency Ward

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, June 1979

Anita Ward rings PAUL SEXTON'S bells ...

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). ...

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 ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy's Rubber Band: This Boot Is Made For Fonk-n (Warners)

Review by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, July 1979

THE WORLD'S zaniest bass-player is back, whatever the truth of reports about a nervous breakdown; or, as he tells us himself: "I dug the concern ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson: What The Hell Is This ****½

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

THIS IS a real mutha for ya, from the first seconds of the title track which go for your vitals with a rivet gun of ...

McFadden and Whitehead: Startin' 'N' Stoppin'

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1979

PAUL SEXTON winds up old phillybusters McFadden and Whitehead ...

Sylvester: No Business Like Show Business

Essay by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, July 1979

ON HIS RECORD sleeves, Sylvester is definitely svelte. A pink shirt and a red rose. Spectacles and a cool look, like Arthur Ashe. My favourite ...

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 ...

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 ...

Minnie Riperton: Minnie (Capitol) ****

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, August 1979

THIS WAS going to be a happy, triumphant comeback album... ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: I Am

Review by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, August 1979

MAURICE WHITE, Earth, Wind and Fire's presiding genius, ranges across popular music like a robber baron, selecting only the tastiest artifacts for his collection. ...

Al Green: The Record Mogul In The Sky

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1979

WHO CAN DENY that the Lord moves in mysterious ways? In this week of Mammon in hyperdrive – Quadrophenia, the rejuvenation of mods v. rockers ...

Al Green: Tired Of Being Alone

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

Al Green's London concerts last week were a puzzling mixture of the brilliant and the banal – and VIVIEN GOLDMAN discovered that his verbals are ...

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!" ...

Earth Wind and Fire, Teddy Pendergrass: Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am (ARC/Columbia); Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy (Philadelphia International)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, September 1979

Dear brothers and sisters: If you are interested in being a part of the Universal Community of Mellow Truth, sip a glass of wine and please pay attention. In ...

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 ...

James Brown: Get Up, I Feel Like Being A Rap Machine

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, September 1979

JAMES BROWN is late for our appointment. But then it would almost be heresy on his part were he not a regal 45 minutes behind ...

Nina Simone: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, September 1979

NINA SIMONE has never been a comfortable musician to see live. A powerful performer, she is formidably dedicated to her art. It's hardly surprising, then, ...

The Crusaders: It's A Street Life In The Crusaders

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1979

IT'S THE MID-1950s in Houston, Texas, east of Galveston Bay and west of the River Colorado, and some of the local folks are having themselves ...

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 ...

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. ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: Memories of the Way We Were (Buddah); 20 Golden Greats (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Melody Maker, October 1979

GLADYS KNIGHT has been turned into the spinster of soul. Her generous face seems to invite desertion. Yet with almost maternal dignity, she translates this ...

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 ...

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, ...

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. ...

Brothers Johnson: The Brothers Johnson

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, November 1979

'PLATINUM' IS THE perfect word to precede 'record' when you’re a musician today. And with a three-for-three tally, the Brothers Johnson are decorating their walls ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Back On The Right Track/Sly & the Family Stone: Ten Years Too Soon

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1979

FILED SIDE by side, those titles read like the bookends of a wasted decade. In their predictably loud, plain language they seem to say that ...

Wilson Pickett: Land Of A Thousand Libels

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1979

IN GUY PEELAERT'S Rock Dreams tome of some six autumns back, one of the artist's strongest slices of visualized popular music imagery went under the ...

Prince: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

IT MUST BE A daunting prospect for anyone to make his or her performing debut, save for a couple of hometown Minneapolis tuneups, before an ...

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 ...

George Clinton: Mutiny On The Mothership — Uncle Jam Wants Out

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, December 1979

Drummer Jerome Brailey and Horny Hornsman Fred Wesley have already quit Funkadelic – and now George Clinton is giving up live performances. Richard Grabel reports ...

Michael Jackson (1980)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1980

John Pidgeon, via a 13-year-old Janet, hears from the King of Pop about how he linked up with Motown, learned about the studio, how he sees his future and his defense of disco

File format: mp3; file size: 9.2mb; Interview length: 10' 01"; sound quality: ****

War Effort

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1980

John Abbey talks to the Music Band's harmonica ace, Lee Oskar ...

Defunkt: Trax, New York

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, February 1980

EVEN THE decidedly old-wave, uptown industry water-hole Trax has caught the Funk Flu that's hit this borough like an epidemic. People are dancing to progressive, ...

Dan Hartman: Relight My Fire (Blue Sky) *

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

DAN HARTMAN has obviously learned all he knows from listening to TV theme music. Shame he didn't pay more attention to the master — Aaron ...

Diana Ross, Jermaine Jackson: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown); Jermaine Jackson: Let's Get Serious (Motown)

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, June 1980

The hit factory calls in the new technology ...

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 ...

Millie Jackson: For Men Only (Polydor 2391460)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1980

'This Is Where I Came In'; 'This Is It'; 'If That Don't Turn You On'; 'I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again'; 'A ...

Smokey Robinson: Warm Thoughts

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, August 1980

"The fireside, the lamplight intimate and low, reverie with finger at the brow, and eyes that lose themselves in answering looks..."– Paul Verlaine, ‘La Bonne ...

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' ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Faces

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, October 1980

ANY GROUP can only pack so much stuff. The stuff that oils and inspires their moves, greases songs, a magic stuff that flows through a ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1981

GIL SCOTT-HERON was widely viewed as a potential superstar in 1974 when he became the first performer signed by Clive Davis at Arista Records. The ...

Marvin Gaye: In Our Lifetime (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1981

SOMEHOW ONE forgives the sermonising in Marvin Gaye that irritates in other soul stars. Visually he fits the bill – he might almost be the ...

Marvin Gaye: For Once In A Lifetime

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, February 1981

AFTER NEARLY two hours in that bedroom, Lydia finally gave up. By any standards she'd waited long enough for her Marvin Gaye interview – a ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: Off The Cuff

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1981

Stevie Wonder's rival? The black Bambi or just James Bond's scuba diving companion? Mark Cooper looks at the mystery behind Michael Jackson's shades… and finds ...

The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: The Great Greenland Mystery

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, April 1981

For years scientists have been baffled by The Great Greenland Mystery. What is it that makes Greenland the only territory on earth where The Jacksons ...

Teddy Pendergrass: Attractive — Moi? Sexy — Moi?

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, May 1981

Sex symbol Teddy Pendergrass shrugs off the impertinence of reporter Barney Hoskyns ...

E.S.G.: ESG: No Guile or Wile, Just Wallop

Profile and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, May 1981

THESE DAYS, a lot of bands glorify the appearance of being what they are not. ...

Prince: A Dirty Mind Comes Clean

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, June 1981

WHO IS THE REAL Prince, anyway? The flashy, high-energy black pop star with the Stratocaster wearing Iggy Pop's underwear? Or the pleasant, soft-spoken fellow who ...

Defunkt: Embassy Club, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, June 1981

Make my funk the D-funkt ...

Prince: Strutting With The New Soul Monarch

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1981

THIS FELLOW sitting across the table from me in an uptown Manhattan Holiday Inn room may be a Prince but he ain't no Charlie.   ...

Prince: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, June 1981

HISTORY SHOWS us the horrible roster of agonising tortures which the human mind has devised in pursuit of the ultimate cautionary pain: bodies roasted over braziers, heads ...

Marvin Gaye: Glad To Be Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Apollo Victoria, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, June 1981

APART FROM the odd dash of Las Vegas, a little hammed up stage behaviour, and a constant projection of distracting holiday snaps of our hero ...

Funkapolitan: Your Flavour Of The Month

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, August 1981

Deanne Pearson learns to Dance, Scream & Scoobydoo ...

Chic: Grandmasters of Chic

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, August 1981

Rodgers & Hart... Rodgers & Hammerstein... Rodgers & Edwards... The new age directors of organised rhyme get a witness in DANNY BAKER. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, October 1981

Urban time warps and geomusical quantum leaps later, Kid Creole and his pal Sugar-Coated are washed up on a sandy Island with only their wits ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Living On A Met-Plane

Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, November 1981

EARTH, WIND & FIRE'S MAURICE WHITE GETS METAPHYSICAL. BRINGING QUESTIONS OF HIS OWN DANNY BAKER ASKS: DO YOU BELIEVE MY FRIEND IN WHAT YOU CLAIM? ...

Aswad, Linx: Linx and Aswad: Shades of Black

Profile and Interview by Richard Williams, Times, The, November 1981

THERE IS A special role in British life for young black pop musicians, involving a task more serious than could ever be demanded of their ...

Chic: The Real Chic

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1981

TEAR A STRIP off the sucker. Suddenly everybody's selfconsciously diving for the dancefloor. Most groups have got their 'funky number', even if they're not funky. ...

James Brown: Soul Brother Number One

Retrospective by Cliff White, History of Rock, The, 1982

James Brown: the most famous flame of all. ...

Stevie Wonder: Original Musiquarium I

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, 1982

FOUR MONTHS late, four sides long, only four tracks new but fortunately containing enough sterling old stuff to make it a realistic proposition (economicswise) comes ...

Material, Nona Hendryx: Nona Hendryx: Labelle-d By The Funk

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, January 1982

Paolo Hewitt sees eye-to-eye with NONA HENDRYX ...

James Brown: Twilight Of The Godfather

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, January 1982

APART FROM several Arsenal players, James Brown was my first hero. ...

Chic: Take It Off

Review by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, February 1982

IT'S BEEN ABOUT a year since the last CHIC album. Since then, half of the dance bag bands, in the world have come to resemble ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Don't Walk Away Ever!

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1982

MY FIRST TASTE of Motown music was many summers ago as I mulled away my school holidays in a sort of passive ignorance, more interested ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Homeland Is Where The Hatred Is

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, March 1982

JUST ONE CHANGE of buses, and the sound stages of Century City, Ca., where platinum-plated cowboys bite the props department dust, are replaced by the ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: Ecstasy At The Dawn Of Creation!

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1982

Earth Wind And Fire: Wembley Arena, London ...

Maze: A Funk-Lite Labyrinth: Maze

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1982

FRANKIE BEVERLY’S eight-man Maze could have come to Europe at any time in the last two years and met with the same phenomenal response they ...

Rick James: Blowing Out Tinsel Town

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, April 1982

Not So Long Ago:THERE WAS a time when nearly everybody in the world owned a Motown record. Motown was like a baby's security blanket, warm, ...

Imagination: The Imagination Master Class

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1982

LEEE: YOUR NAME'S Barney Rubble. How long have you been interviewing? A year? So you're young, a spring chicken?BH: Why, do I look well-seasoned? ...

Junior Giscombe: Secret Life of a Streatham Soul-Boy

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, May 1982

Paolo Hewitt rides the Soul Train to L.A. with Junior Giscombe ...

Defunkt: Too Fierce For Radioland

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1982

Joe Bowie, singer-songwriter-trombonist-leader talked to Kris Needs and Killing Joke bassist Youth. ...

Dr. John: Dr John: On Becoming Mac Rebennack

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, June 1982

The legend of Dr. John and his gumbo ragtime voodoo funk medicine, as told by the man who invented him, lived him and let him ...

The Pleasure of the Pain

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

Various Artists: Lost Soul, Vols. 1-3 (Epic, import) ...

Donna Summer: Donna Summer

Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, July 1982

IF THERE's one song that Donna Summer should be singing right now it's our current number one, 'Fame'. Tailor made for her, 'Fame' is glossy, ...

Defunkt: This Defunkt Life

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, August 1982

According to Joe Bowie, only his trombone and his funk-jazz band Defunkt stand between him and the imminent nuclear apocalypse. LESLEY WHITE talks to the ...

Larry Graham: The Sly Sound Of Success

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, August 1982

THE SOFA is sumptuous, the clothes casual; Larry Graham sits swathed in both, the epitome of affluent black America. We're in a hospitality suite in ...

Imagination: Work That Body!

Interview by Lesley White, Face, The, September 1982

Suitably softened up by his workout with four year-old Twinkle, IMAGINATION'S extrovert frontman picks himself up off the floor for an interview with LESLEY WHITE ...

The Four Tops: One More Mountain (Casablanca)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, September 1982

WHEN MARVIN Gaye recorded What's Going On in the early '70s it was part of an important transition for the Motown label, its mixture of ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Moving Target (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1982

GIL SCOTT-HERON is one of the most quietly effective performers currently working in popular music: his cool, firm underplaying makes the listener want to move ...

The Time: What Time Is It? (WEA)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, October 1982

TIME IT WAS AND WHAT A TIME IT WAS ...

Millie Jackson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1982

VOICE: robust and versatile, unique among name entertainers for its dynamic revitalisation of R&B and soul intonations of yesteryear. Humour: sardonic, self-deprecating, ego-crushing, uplifting; more ...

Cheryl Lynn, Luther Vandross: Cheryl Lynn: Cheryl & Luther's Instant Love Affair...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1982

ONE OF the big success stories of the moment surrounds Cheryl Lynn, whose duet with Luther Vandross on 'If This World Were Mine' is currently ...

Luther Vandross

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Musician, December 1982

LUTHER VANDROSS curled up in the stuffed arm chair with his Wizard-of-Oz red ruby shoes tucked under his massive bulk. When he described Dionne Warwick's ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, December 1982

ALMOST FOUR years ago Michael Jackson (ably assisted and abetted by producer Quincy Jones) unleashed the scorching fury of Off The Wall. It was the ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol)

Review by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, December 1982

A GEORGE Clinton solo album? Not a bit of it. Right down to Pedro Bell's quirkily barbed sleeve artwork, this is a Funkadelic record. The ...

Marvin Gaye: Mr Midnight In The City Of Angels

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, December 1982

DON'T WALK along Sunset Boulevard, otherwise you'll end up as part of the freakshow on the sidewalk rather than a spectator at The Last Great ...

Shalamar: The Second Time Around

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, December 1982

LATE LAST March, under the advice of a close friend, Jeffrey Daniels, one third of a group called Shalamar, took a walk down the Kings ...

Blue-eyed soul: Colour Me Soul

Overview by Bill Millar, History of Rock, The, 1983

The phrase 'blue-eyed soul' was coined by Georgie Woods, a black disc jockey on the WDAS radio station in Philadelphia. One of the major personalities ...

George Clinton: The Return Of Doctor Funkenstein

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, New Musical Express, January 1983

TWO YEARS AGO George Clinton was freeing the galactic ass at the head of an unparalleled funk troupe – Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, ...

Imagination: The Glam Gladiators Fight Back

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, January 1983

AT THE BOTTOM end of London's Marylebone Road, going towards the station, you pass numerous beauty salons, the type of establishment that's emerged in many ...

Arthur Alexander: A Shot Of Rhythm And Soul (Ace)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, January 1983

THIS IS a welcome and important collection bringing together for the first time on one LP all the famous and not so famous songs recorded ...

Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (CBS)

Review by Carol Cooper, Musician, February 1983

UPON RELOCATING to England in 1981, Marvin Gaye complained to London's New Musical Express that his last Tamla release, In Our Lifetime, was flawed because ...

Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, February 1983

DRESSED TO FUNK 

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The Gap Band: Star Spangled & Starry-Eyed

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1983

Gavin Martin meets The Gap Band, three of America's fortunate sons who just want to party and make people happy. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (CBS)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, February 1983

I SAY, let's not groove tonight. Sometimes Earth, Wind & Fire get down on a groove and flashily mess it around. Sometimes they just lie ...

The Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples: The Gap Band/Yarbrough and Peoples: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1983

Intrepid fans shuffle past a regiment of niggly security men and into the Hammersmith Odeon. On stage a whole troupe of compères bounce on and ...

Rockers Revenge: The Harder They Fall

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, February 1983

ROCKERS REVENGE FIND THEMSELVES WALKING OUT OF SUNSHINE WITH THEIR COVER VERSION OF 'THE HARDER THEY COME'. PAOLO HEWITT GETS HIS REVENGE IN NEW YORK ...

DeBarge: Debarge: The New First Family Of Motown

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1983

IT SEEMS that Motown have finally found the successor to the Jacksons! After the ineffectiveness of the first album by the Debarge family, their second ...

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 ...

In Search Of The L.A. Black Beat

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1983

LOS ANGELES IS the home of black music stars. Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Earth, Wind & Fire, ...

Prince Charles & The City Beat Band: Prince Charles (& The City Beat Band) Alexander

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1983

From the ghetto and gangs of Roxbury in Boston to the Lyceum ballroom: Prince Charles Alexander and his trusty Lyricon move on up.

File format: mp3; file size: 48mb, interview length: 52' 27" sound quality: ***

Prince: Someday Your Prince Will Come

Essay by Carol Cooper, Face, The, June 1983

THE THING TO BEAR IN MIND is that Prince does not do interviews. He certainly didn't do this one, nor any of a dozen others ...

George Clinton: the return of Dr. Funkenstein

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, June 1983

HEADS TURN when George Clinton enters a room. Any room. At the moment, the people in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel are staring ...

George Clinton: Putting On The Atomic Dog

Interview by John Morthland, Creem, July 1983

GEORGE CLINTON hunkers down into the couch in the conference room of Capitol's Manhattan offices, pours himself a tall noontime glass of orange juice, and ...

Nile Rodgers: Adventures In The Land Of The Good Groove

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, July 1983

SINCE NILE RODGERS (A) is democratic enough to include Wall Street within the borders of good-groove land (see the map on the album cover), and ...

Freeez: Two's Company... Freeez A Crowd

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1983

PROFOUND STATEMENTS of our time, number 23. Let me introduce you to Freeez's John Rocca, who says assertively: "If you want a loaf of bread, ...

Rick James: Cold Blooded (Motown)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1983

IN THE freak funk stakes, high-livin’ devil-may-care Rick James rates as a bit of a clown. As you’ll know if you caught his Rockpalast ...

Smokey Robinson: Cruisin' with Smokey

Interview by Dave Marsh, Record, August 1983

In an exclusive interview, the master of the romantic vignette-in-song gets into some nuts-and-bolts talk about the creative process and gets down with some vintage ...

Level 42: Standing In The Light (Polydor)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1983

BRITFUNK... THERE'S a lot of it about. From the half-Bakered whine of 'AEIOU' to the anonymous disaster that is David Grant, these isles are responsible ...

Big Jay McNeely, Young Jessie, Chuck Higgins, Willie Egan: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, September 1983

I DOUBT WHETHER I am sufficiently qualified to pronounce on the merits or otherwise of the foregoing concert, considering I involve a substantial proportion of ...

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

Songwriter and producer 'Bumps' Blackwell looks back at his illustrious career in pop and R&B: on Sam Cooke and 'You Send Me', Specialty Records and the West Coast indie scene, and at great length about his major discovery Little Richard.

File format: mp3; file size: 41.3mb, interview length: 45' 08" sound quality: ****

Brian and Eddie Holland

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1983

The Motown legends tallk about their partnership with Lamont Dozier; songwriting and production; Berry Gordy; their work with the Four Tops; crossing over to the pop market, and leaving Motown.

File format: mp3; file size: 37.2mb, interview length: 40' 35" sound quality: ****

James Jamerson: What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?

Comment by Dave Marsh, Record, November 1983

"I walk in shadows, searching for light, Cold and alone, no comfort in sight. Hoping and praying for someone who'll care, Always moving and going ...

Level 42: Living It Down

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1983

IN THE HITCHHIKERS Guide To The Galaxy the number 42 is revealed as the clue to The I Meaning Of Life. This is the origin ...

Rick James' Perfection

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, November 1983

THE FOUR women stood in the semi-dark recording studio. "Okay, let's go," said the producer. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker: The Shotgun Sherriff Rides Again

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, November 1983

A Motown soul veteran for all seasons, Junior Walker has taken his sax appeal from small American clubs in the '50s to the heart of ...

Arthur Alexander

Sleevenotes by Bill Millar, Ace Records, 1984

DURING THE early '60s, Arthur Alexander wrote a famous clutch of compact, well-crafted country-soul songs. Stories of inconstant love and private gloom, they were covered ...

Otis Redding: Otis Blue (Atco)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 1984

AS WITH SUCH iconic records as Forever Changes and Anthem Of The Sun, time has eroded the stature of Otis Blue. ...

Simply Red: Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

IT HAS to be said that this plumpish, carrot-mopped bloke stomping around like a kid in a playpen hardly looks the part of STAR. And ...

Fats Domino, Ray Charles: Thorns In Velvet: Fats Domino and Ray Charles at the Capital Jazz Festival

Live Review by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1984

AMONG the collection of venerable antiques paraded for this year’s Capital Jazz Festival – couldn’t the organisers find anybody of note under the age of ...

David Williams, Michael Jackson: David Williams: A Slight Case Of No Credit

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Session guitarist David Williams' name was left off Thriller album. ...

Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey: New Orleans R&B Hits The Club Lingerie

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Bill Bentley and Harold Battiste hope to trigger renewed local interest in New Orleans music at Club Lingerie. ...

George Clinton: You Shouldn't Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, January 1984

WHATEVER faults there may be in George Clinton's music, a limited horizon is not one of them. ...

Luther Vandross: Busy Body (Epic)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, January 1984

MY DADDY warned me about fellers like Luther Vandross. He gave me, rest his soul, two sage sayings: "Never run after a bus or a ...

Millie Jackson: E.S.P. (Extra Sexual Persuasion) (Spring)

Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, February 1984

I RESPECT Millie Jackson the way I respect a hooker who succeeds in booting out her pimp and buys a computer to do the accounts ...

Nina Simone: Diary Of A Princess Noir

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1984

GAVIN MARTIN DELVES IN BETWEEN THE SHEETS WITH NINA SIMONE – A SOULFUL PUSSYCAT WHO PRETENDS SHE'S AN ANGRY TIGRESS ...

Millie Jackson: How To Talk Dirty and Influence People

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, February 1984

WHAT'S HAPPENED to the great soul singers? ...

Womack and Womack: Love Wars (WEA)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, February 1984

"ABSENCE MAKES the heart grow fonder", sing Cecil (brother of Bobby) and Linda (daughter of Sam Cooke) at the start of their epic 'Love Wars' ...

Michael Jackson: The Biggest Selling Solo Artist Of All Time

Report by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, March 1984

Quiet out there. Michael Jackson's record company is throwing a party and Ian Birch has got an invite. A few famous folk, dancers in top ...

Dr. John: A Shot of Rhythm 'n' Snooze

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1984

BACK IN New Orleans in the '50s, when he was one of the few white people involved in one of the last great watersheds in ...

Millie Jackson: Dominion, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1984

WHY IS this woman not in the movies? ...

Hot Chocolate: All Because The Lady Loves Hot Chocolate

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, March 1984

FRESH FROM his evening shower and now only half an hour away from facing 2,000 of his most ardent supporters, Errol Brown, a white towel ...

Womack and Womack: Love Warriors

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, March 1984

IT SHOULD really be no surprise that Cecil and Linda Womack's Love Wars LP is the most compulsive and acclaimed soul outing since the Marvin ...

Bobby Womack: The Poet II (Beverly Glen import)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, March 1984

AN OLD-FASHIONED man in the midst of a booming, disordered black music, Bobby Womack's journeyman career comes to a glorious peak with The Poet II. ...

Dennis Edwards: Anyone For Dennis?

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, April 1984

IT WAS very nearly the combination of the year. Dennis Edwards and Chaka Khan. But hold on: Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett – maybe it ...

Marvin Gaye 1939-1984

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, April 1984

With the death of MARVIN GAYE, black music lost one of its most eloquent voices. Colin Irwin documents a brilliant but tempestuous career. ...

Marvin Gaye: Death Of A Midnight Lover – A Tribute To A Trouble Man

Obituary by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, April 1984

The romantic spirit of rising young black America in the '60s, Marvin Gaye evolved into a radical voice testifying pleasure and protest. A brilliant artist, ...

Etta James: Empress In Exile

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

MOST EVERY year now Ms Jamesetta Hawkins – Etta to you – will at the behest of Dingwalls Boss (Goodman, that is) fly over ...

Lamont Dozier

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, April 1984

HE LOOKS tired now, as if all that time spent playing, writing and dreaming up words and sound had finally drained him of life and ...

Rick James: A Rant

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

BARNEY HOSKYNS dials a late night dateline to RICK JAMES at Motown's LA offices. ...

The SOS Band: $O$

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, April 1984

The selling of soul, by our financial staff, Paul Sexton ...

George Clinton: You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, May 1984

I LIKE FISHING almost as much as I like music. Dealing with dumb, slimy creatures can get to be a way of life. George Clinton ...

George Duke, Mtume: Mtume, Duke et al: Class Of '74 Pops Into The Mainstream

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1984

LOOK AT WHAT 10 years can do to jazz mavericks. A decade ago, George Duke, James Mtume, Reggie Lucas, Ndugu Chancler and Stanley Clarke were ...

Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1984

AM I the only person who thinks Tina Turner looks, um, more sensual when she's fully clothed rather than parading acres of well preserved flesh? ...

Marvin Gaye: No-One Quite Like Him

Obituary by Dave Marsh, Record, July 1984

Blessed with a cool born of control rather than emotional distance or reserve, Marvin Gaye was the artist who best expressed Motown's mix of disparate ...

Chic: Believer (Atlantic Records) *½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, July 1984

ANYONE FOR aural necrophilia? Like all dead boring musical activities, there is little mutual satisfaction to be gained here. ...

KACE's High: Funky Music In The Park

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

'And the winner is band number....Number...." ...

Solomon Burke: Soul Alive!

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

APPARENTLY THE audience at this 1981 D.C. club date didn't realize that classic, gospel-rooted soul is hopelessly unhip, because it responds to Burke's impassioned performance ...

Prince: Purple Rain

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, August 1984

THE PROBLEM with major league soul is not a lack of 'good' music. What has been lost is the ability, possibly the desire, to make ...

The Jacksons: Victory (Epic)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1984

NO-ONE SHOULD be too surprised that Victory is not a triumph. What's happened to the Jackson household since young Wacko came of age would screw ...

Michael Jackson: Inside the Jackson Dream Machine

Essay by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, August 1984

IN THE Helmsley Palace Hotel, New York – an establishment whose style is best described as neo-Liberace – the lobby was filling up with Michael ...

The Jacksons: Meadowlands Stadium, New Jersey

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, August 1984

SCARCELY HAD I touched down Stateside last week when I found myself bound in a bus for Meadowlands in a humid pocket of endless, endlessly ...

Esther Phillips: Alone Again

Obituary by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, August 1984

ESTHER PHILLIPS died on 7 August. I read this somewhere in the small print of a national newspaper. "LOS ANGELES – Blues and jazz singer ...

Afrika Bambaataa, James Brown: James Brown (and Afrika Bambaataa): Sex Machine Today

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, September 1984

WHAT DO you think of when you think of James Brown? A stretcher case raddled with emotional pain dragging himself back from endless encores of ...

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Energetic Updating Of Brass-Band Sound

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

NEW ORLEANS — This city is a hotbed of jazz tradition, but the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has come up with a new twist on ...

Denise LaSalle: Right Place, Right Time: The Return of Denise Lasalle

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

DENISE LASALLE THOUGHT her singing career was over three years ago. The blues-soul singer, who appears at the Long Beach Blues Festival Saturday, was a ...

Trouble Funk On A ‘Go-Go’

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

WASHINGTON – Ronald Reagan may preside over official Washington, but Trouble Funk rules the inner city surrounding it. ...

Stevie Wonder: The Woman In Red (Motown)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, September 1984

SO HERE'S a new Stevie Wonder album, but not THE new Stevie Wonder album, the one we've stopped holding our breath for (makes Aswad and ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, September 1984

YEARS AGO when Bobby Womack bought his raw but stylised music to this same venue it was more a case of disintegration than any cause ...

Johnny Adams Creeps Up On Some Recognition

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, September 1984

NEW ORLEANS — Sometimes talent alone isn't enough to forge a successful career in pop music. ...

Bobby Womack: Something Special (Liberty/EMI)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, September 1984

ONE OF soul music's great iconclasts, recently repopularised and rediscovered with his two Poet sets, Bobby Womack's marvellous legacy from the late '60s and early ...

Bobby Womack: The Last Great Soul Man

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1984

Who's that stepping briefly into the limo – and life of – Bobby Womack? Why, it's blushing Barney Hoskyns, who, in the next 5,000 words, ...

Chaka Khan: I Feel For You (Warner Bros.)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, November 1984

CHAKA KHAN'S quest to distance her solo work from Rufus' sly, slinky funk led her into an electronic embrace with producer Arif Mardin Two albums ...

Teena Marie: Starchild (Epic)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1984

MARY CHRISTINE BROCKERT is a tiny white California gal who makes big, beautiful black music. Her speciality is exuberantly sassy and happy music for the ...

Billy Ocean (1984)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1984

From tailoring in Savile Row to 'Caribbean Queen' – Billy tells of his fight to break away from the cabaret circuit of his early days to score his mega-hits of the mid-'80s.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 55.1mb, total interview length: 1 h 00' 14" sound quality: ***

Prince & The Revolution: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Live Review by Bill Holdship, New Musical Express, December 1984

IT TOOK The Star over 55 minutes to make his grand entrance following new paramour Sheila E's rhythmically exciting but lightweight opening set. The lights ...

Sylvester

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, December 1984

NOT EVEN the New York cool that infests a group like The Force MD's can prevent the obvious excitement that sweeps through them as Sylvester ...

Big Jay McNeely

Sleevenotes by Bill Millar, Saxonograph Records sleevenote, 1985

IN AUGUST 1983 Big Jay McNeely flew to London for the R & B Jamboree at Camden 's Electric Ballroom where he topped a bill ...

David Porter (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

The man who co-wrote all those great hits with Isaac Hayes remembers Memphis, and Stax, from back in the day.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 36" sound quality: ***

Johnny Adams (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Growing up in New Orleans, gospel roots, the country music connection and much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57.1mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 15" sound quality: ***

James Carr, O.V. Wright: Roosevelt Jamison on James Carr (and O.V. Wright) (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Roosevelt Jamison – friend, mentor and sometime manager – remembers deep soul greats James Carr and O.V. Wright.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 47.2mb, total interview length: 51' 37" sound quality: ***

Rufus Thomas (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Rufus Thomas, between mouthfuls, talks about his youth in segregated Memphis, Minstrelsy, Ike and Tina Turner and his long involvement with Stax Records.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 70meg, total interview length: 1h 16' 23" sound quality: **

Sam & Dave: Sam Moore of Sam & Dave (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

Getting together with Dave Prater; Atlantic/Stax; the Stax-Volt UK tour; meeting the Queen; working with Lou Reed: the Soul Man speaks.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.5mb, interview length: 42' 01" sound quality: ***

The Dominoes

Sleevenotes by Bill Millar, Charly Records, 1985

BILLY WARD'S DOMINOES, from whose personnel Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson later emerged as star soloists, were the founding fathers of gospel-oriented doowop with a ...

The Fatback Band (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

NYC's favourites talk about the genesis of the band, releasing THE first rap record, 'King Tim III', and how the band have survived and thrived with the funk.

File format: mp3; file size: 23mb; Interview length: 25' 09"; sound quality: ***

The Making Of Rhythm & Blues

Overview by Pete Grendysa, Collecting Magazine, 1985

IT WOULD BE HARD to imagine a stranger combination of factors than those that brought about the formation of rhythm & blues. Crucial to the ...

If It Don't Go, It Ain't Go-Go!

Report by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, February 1985

IT'S RARE FOR AN excellent musical style to remain unknown for long, yet Washington's Go-Go scene has done just that despite us running Richard Grabel's ...

Shriekback: Funk's Fictional Threat

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Monitor, March 1985

1985, AND A GAGGLE of groups plough a well-furrowed, increasingly barren field. ...

Barry White (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

The Walrus of Love talks about releasing himself and other acts on own label, and the advantage of being independent; the state of R&B today; praises Jackie DeShannon and Brenda Holloway, and talks about new album Sho You Right.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.6mb, interview length: 15' 58" sound quality: * (phoner)

Luther Vandross: The Night I Fell In Love

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, March 1985

[2004 note: It makes me wince to look back and see my jejune critical self dismissing ‘The Other Side of the World’ as "tediously soupy". ...

Redds And The Boys: Groovin' To A Go Go

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, March 1985

CHUCK BERRY boogied on his finger, wiped it on the wall, and outraged America's upright citizens. ...

Prince: Around the World in a Day

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, May 1985

The Return Of The Acid Reign ...

Asher Senator, The Cool Notes, Five Star, Pato Banton, Smiley Culture: The Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Asher Senator, Pato Banton, Five Star: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, May 1985

"All Dayers" have been going for years. They're marathon sessions of dancing to reggae and soul records with live appearances from the singers who made ...

Dr. John: Nights For Trippin' With Dr. John At The Lingerie

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, May 1985

DR. JOHN SHOULD feel right at home this weekend at the Lingerie in Hollywood. ...

Ashford & Simpson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, June 1985

REVELATION ONE. Ashford (Mr) gets down on his knees, and tells us the meaning: "Grrr nga nga nga huh witness!" Revelation Two. Ashford: "When I ...

Prince: Around The World In A Day

Review by Max Bell, Times, The, June 1985

PRINCE, THE CURRENT court jester of American hippy soul, once wrote a song called 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', a good message number that indicated this ...

Rick James: Glow (Motown)

Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, June 1985

POOR RICK has never been taken very seriously - a self-obsessed prima-donna of sophistifunk, as lascivious as Richard Pryor’s ear-screwing monkey. But the slick Dick ...

Cameo's Larry Blackmon (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1985

The Cameo frontman goes back and forth over his influences, the band's formation and changes over the years, philosophy, race and all kinds of fascinating stuff!

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 85.7mb, total interview length: 1h 33' 37" sound quality: ***

Mai Tai: Le Beat Route, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

FLINGING ON my best white suit and ballet shoes, I dived through the catflap and tricycled along to what could've been The Symbolic Death Of ...

Al Green: The Pre-Godlike Genius Of Green

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1985

Let's Stay Together (Hi)I'm Still In Love With You (Hi)Call Me (Hi)Precious Lord (Hi) ...

Lee Dorsey: Holy Cow!

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, August 1985

SOME PEOPLE MAY cherish Holy Cow! (Arista) for making readily available a single-volume collection of Lee Dorsey's irresistible, sublimely lazy '60s hits like ‘Ya Ya’ ...

The Stylistics: Style Wars

Interview by David Toop, Black Echoes, August 1985

DAVID TOOP talks to the world's greatest soft soul harmony group – THE STYLISTICS ...

Dobie Gray (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1985

"I never did feel like a soul singer": from his youth in Texas to Nashville success, Dobie Gray talks about his crossover from R&B to country.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 43.9mb, total interview length: 47' 54" sound quality: ****

Sheila E: Romance 1600 (Paisley Park/WB)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, September 1985

Fun and games ...

Dan Penn (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1985

A short chat with the country-soul legend, talking about writing 'Cry Like A Baby', producing the Box Tops, and on the sadly MIA Eddie Hinton

File format: mp3 File size: 9.2mb Interview length: 10 minutes Sound quality: ****

Womack and Womack: Soul Wars: Womack And Womack: The Dominion, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, September 1985

TEXTURING INTIMACIES with the grain of their extraordinary, conflicting voices, Womack And Womack have almost singlehandedly rescued the dramas and gestures of love from the ...

Bobby Womack: The Great Provider

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, September 1985

"They call me a living legend/But I'm just a soldier who's been left behind/And now my heart can't take it/My feet won't make it/I'm the ...

The Mary Jane Girls: Mary Jane Girls Can't Help It

Interview by Roy Trakin, Creem, October 1985

LOS ANGELES — Ah, the pleasures of pulchritude!! To be surrounded by two members of Rick James's musical wet dream, the salacious Mary Jane Girls: ...

Womack and Womack: Radio M.U.S.C. Man (Elektra)

Review by John Swenson, Spin, October 1985

THE WOMACK FAMILY is giving the Jacksons a run for their money. Radio M.U.S.C. Man is, in fact, the most impressive musical reunion since the ...

Five Star: Five Go To Disneyland

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1985

Pooh Bear wanders by with a pot of honey on his head! Shoals of artificial fish splash merrily in a nearby lake! Donald Duck sings ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: The Capital Gains Of Go-Go

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1985

IS WASHINGTON'S explosive Go-Go funk Style destined to follow New York's rap/scratch/hip-hop brigade into the pop mainstream? ...

Morris Day, The Time: Now Is The Time For Morris Day

Interview by Carol Cooper, Face, The, December 1985

He played the senior dude in Purple Rain, the one who nearly stole the show from his real-life hometown rival Prince. He calls his autobiographical ...

Stevie Wonder: In Square Circle (Motown)

Review by R.J. Smith, Spin, December 1985

THESE THINGS never do fall from the sky, like factor emissions and bird shirt. But if they did (If your mother had skates she'd be ...

Sade: International Centre, Harrogate

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, December 1985

SADE ADU may have a most entrancing set of vocal chords and a face to match, but somehow this evening never really got off the ...

Stevie Wonder: Ever Decreasing Circles

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, December 1985

Is STEVIE WONDER's giant talent exhausted or just sleeping? GAVIN MARTIN seeks the truth, but finds the man cocooned from the nitty gritty by an ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty In Memphis

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1986

ONE OF THE pleasures of the recent rerun series of Ready Steady Go Starring The Dave Clark Five was the opportunity to be reminded that ...

Harlem’s Finest: The Apollo Theatre

Retrospective by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1986

THROUGH A GAUZY silver curtain, multi-colored lights outline a band playing a mellow blues with a dancing beat. As the audience begins to cheer, the ...

Tommy Tate: Singing For The Soul Of It

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, January 1986

BARNEY HOSKYNS meets Mississippi soulman TOMMY TATE, whose 'What gives You The Right' is one of the "Sweetest, saddest black pop records of all time". ...

Full Force: Young Business People Of The Year?

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, January 1986

Well, they have created the biggest 12 inch record in CBS history and they are going to feature on a new tribute to Martin Luther ...

Stevie Wonder: In Square Circle

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, February 1986

IT BUBBLES, it gurgles, it coos. You were maybe expecting ‘Fingertips Part III’? In Square Circle is a seamless piece of synthetic aural gratification that ...

Ruby Turner: Jewel In The Crown

Profile and Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, February 1986

IT MIGHT be late to break nationally but in this man's town at least Ruby Turner's beefy update of 'If You're Ready (Come Go With ...

James Brown: He's So Good, He Says

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, February 1986

JAMES BROWN is a litany of hit songs and personal titles. He's the Godfather of Soul, the King of Soul, the Living Legend of Soul, ...

Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal: Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, March 1986

IN THE LATEST edition of Monitor, Chris Stubbs suggests that soul music's fading calling card is now sex music. And it's certainly true that the ...

Merry Clayton, The Rolling Stones: 'Shelter' from the Storm: Merry Clayton

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1986

MERRY CLAYTON'S spine-chilling vocal in the middle of ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of the most electrifying moments in rock history but you couldn't blame Clayton ...

Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle: Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, March 1986

THEY PACK 'EM in down Croydon way. A brace of shows by the Tabu twosome, no less, proving that Saturday love really stretches this far ...

Prince: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

GET A load of this guy. Five-foot-two in high heels, his tight black toreador pants stretch up to a fraction above his crack, hence a ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: Crankin' That Go Go Gadget

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, April 1986

THIS IS CRAZY. I'm in Cheriy's Roller Rink, in Northeast Washington, D.C. The place is filled with black teenagers, and even their younger brothers and ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: George Clinton: Fried Brains To Go

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, April 1986

"GEORGE WILL be with you in a minute, he's just playing with a raygun." (Clintonesque PR person). ...

Sheila E

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, April 1986

WHEN THE wheels of celebrity are set in motion the limousine windows are tainted; bystanders can see in but the star is blinded to life ...

Prince Strips Down: Parade

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, April 1986

WHO BUT PRINCE fills us today with the kind of anticipation we once reserved for new work by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling ...

Solomon Burke: Soul Alive! (Rounder)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1986

THE TRUE TRIUMPH of Solomon Burke's Soul Alive! (Rounder) was neither the spirited elan of performances that transcended mere revivalism nor the startling, albeit chart-invisible, ...

Five Star: Sibling Soul

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, May 1986

FIVE STAR are one of Britain's most successful chart acts, but their Dad still keeps them firmly in line. PAOLO HEWITT meets the stars who ...

Roger Troutman (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1986

He disapproves of drugs! He digs Yes! From being pushed by his father as a kid, via the P-Funk connection and the Ohio funk scene to his mad recording methods, Zapp frontman Roger Troutman tells all.

File format: mp3; file size: 56.5mb, interview length: 1h 01' 41" sound quality: ***

Pepe Willie, Prince: Pepe Willie: "See, Me And Prince Had A Deal..."

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IN THE MID-'70s, Pepe Willie — a New York writer, musician and producer — went into the Cook House Studio in Minneapolis with two teenaged ...

Zapp: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1986

ZAPP LIVE were perhaps the most extreme spectacle I have ever witnessed, with both band and audience abandoning inhibitions more extensively than at any rock ...

Peter Guralnick: Sweet Soul Music

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1986

FA-FA-FA-FA-FA-FAB ...

Denise LaSalle, Rockin' Sidney: Rockin' Sidney and Denise LaSalle: The Toot Toot Route

Report by Mike Atherton, Black Echoes, July 1986

Sidney Simien spent part of 1984 recording new songs at his home studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Unremarkable as this information may seem, it was ...

Gil Scott-Heron (1986)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1986

Scott-Heron talks about music and politics, Reron and B Movie, Sun City, Clive Davis and Arista/RCA, and ruminates on favourites old and new.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.1mb, interview length: 19' 42" sound quality: * (phoner)

George Clinton: Electric Spankatizer Yeah

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1986

SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER OR THE GAP BETWEEN GREEN POINTY EARS? ...

Gwen Guthrie: Inflated Rent

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, August 1986

"BIG? I WASN'T prepared for just how big Gwen Guthrie is. Unkempt too...hair straggly, dressed in just a white wraparound bathrobe, she's been bustled straight ...

Gwen Guthrie: Money Matters

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, August 1986

GWEN GUTHRIE, currently burning 'em up with 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent' explains to David Stubbs the genesis of 'Fly Girl' ...

Janet Jackson: This Girl Sleeps With Snakes

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, August 1986

And feeds her llama on bubble sum and lets her giraffe eat all her mum's trees and sends her monkey to school. Oh yes, and ...

Cameo: Word Processor

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1986

Listen up! Ambition may be the result of having a possessive, overbearing mother, but just eat a big avocado salad and you'll be solid. And ...

George Clinton, Parliament: Parliament: Uncut Funk — The Bomb

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1986

GEORGE CLINTON is one of the great people of the 20th century. Probably you know this already. He took the funk legacy of James Brown ...

Janet Jackson

Profile and Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, October 1986

"THERE COMES A time in a kid's life when they have to take over. It's hard for the parents to let go – and I'm ...

Lionel Richie: Dancing On the Ceiling

Review by Adam Sweeting, Q, October 1986

IT IS SAID THAT Lionel Richie's previous solo album, Can't Slow Down, sold an unthinkable 15 million copies, the kind of statistic that can cause ...

Cameo: Word Up! (Phonogram/Club Records)***2/3

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, October 1986

WORDS UPSIDEDOWN: Because you're not the only one whose heart has been broken and Blackmon's approach will serve to remind you of this – and ...

Cameo: Word Up (Club)

Review by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, October 1986

SWEET TALKING GUY ...

Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Cometh

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, October 1986

JERRY BUTLER – Chicago crooner, beer businessman and local politician – meets cool SIMON WITTER ...

James Brown: Stay On The Scene Like An Answerin' Machine

Interview by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, October 1986

MARK SINKER talks to God – alias JAMES BROWN – on the great black telephone. ...

Whitney Houston: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, October 1986

I WAS there. ...

Trouble Funk: Say What! Live In London

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1986

JUST THE other night I achieved a tiny slice of immortality when radio-jock Andy Kershaw played a 1960s Texan garage nugget of which he knows ...

Cameo: "I Am A Warrior"

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, November 1986

Oh. That's funny, we could have sworn you were the bloke with the"codpiece" from Cameo, Larry Blackmon (for it is he) announces his plans for world domination. ...

Patti LaBelle: Patti Labelle: Labelle Of The Ball

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, New Musical Express, November 1986

"I LOVE Madonna. I do. I just don't like the way she stepped on my feet. We were at the American Music Awards, in the ...

Jesse Johnson: "Prince Is An Asshole"

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, November 1986

OF ALL THIS last decade's superstar black bands, which do you think has spawned the most solo success stories? The Jacksons? Earth Wind & Fire? ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool & The Gang (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 1986

The Bell boys talk about the road from hard funk to pop-funk, changes of personnel, their jazz roots and describe a year in the life of the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.8mb, interview length: 39' 07" sound quality: **

Whitney Houston: The Long Road To Overnight Stardom

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Billboard, December 1986

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, a new artist emerges who simply takes over, in utterly decisive and undeniable fashion. So it was with Whitney Houston ...

Cameo Wins Funk Fans With Sly Wit

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1986

Cameo: Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica ...

Cameo: Product Of America

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, December 1986

His codpiece was banned from TOTP, his new single 'Candy' has been banned by Radio One, but LARRY BLACKMON has still led Cameo to the ...

John Richbourg: The Grandaddy Of Soul

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Soul Survivor, Summer 1986

OF THE MANY white disc jockeys who pioneered the airplay of black rhythm 'n' blues through the 1950s and 60s, perhaps the most influential in ...

Allen Toussaint (1987)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The First Gentleman of New Orleans on the city's music then and now, on Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey and the Meters, and on songwriting, producing and performing.

File format: mp3; file size: 66.4mb, interview length: 1h 12' 30" sound quality: ***

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1987

From Alabama to Detroit, from The Royals to The Midnighters, the great Hank Ballard tells of Clyde McPhatter, Billy Ward, King Records and 'The Twist' and 'Work With Me Annie'

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.2meg, total interview length: 46' 05" sound quality: ***

Johnny Adams: The Tan Nightingale (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

CHARLY FOLLOW-UP their 1978 reissue of Johnny's Heart And Soul album with a wider-ranging retrospective on the man also known as the Tan Canary. (Given ...

Patti LaBelle: On Her Own: Patti Labelle

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1987

PATTI LABELLE HAS seen it all – lived through every phase of black American pop from the doo-woppy girl groups of the early 1960s to ...

Patti LaBelle (1987)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The gal with the Big Hair talks about hitting with 'On My Own', the making of her Winner In You album, and fondly remembers the old package-tour days and her time with LaBelle.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 17 minutes 32 seconds Sound quality: ***

Aaron Neville, ZZ Hill: Stateside Booty: ZZ Hill, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Holiday and Early Motown

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

THE FLOOD of soul reissues and compilations continues with four more from the vaults of EMI's Stateside subsidiary. First off, an album of mid-period (early ...

Trouble Funk (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Drop The Bomb! The First Citizens of the Chocolate City talk about everything Go Go: the audiences, the live thing, getting energy from the people and the Washington DC scene.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 40.8mb, total interview length: 44' 24" sound quality: ***

General Kane: Slamming The Crack

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, January 1987

Crack may have killed Applejack but GENERAL KANE leader Mitch McDowell won't touch the stuff: "I'm no saint, I've done a lot of things in ...

Anita Baker: Heaven Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, January 1987

ANITA BAKER, the new queen of soul, discusses the dos and dont's of the bigtime with a sympathetic Caroline Sullivan. ...

George Benson: "If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, February 1987

KEN FRITZ, the slim, obsessively neat half of George Benson's management team Fritz & Turner, was worried that he may have caught a chill while ...

Hot House: Hot Shots

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, February 1987

Hot House is one of the best new soul acts in Britain. Hot House was signed before their record company had even seen a picture ...

Luther Vandross: The Language of Love

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, February 1987

So what does LUTHER VANDROSS, sex god to millions, do on a date? Does he even date at all? And what the hell happened when ...

Bobby Womack: The Mystery Man

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, March 1987

NEW YORK CITY 1985. The Rolling Stones are holed up in the studio cutting tracks for Dirty Work, their first album under their new deal ...

Janet Jackson: Complete Control

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1987

'WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I USED TO TALK TO THE ANIMALS... THEY'RE GOOD LISTENERS, AND I ALWAYS FELT THEY UNDERSTOOD.' SO SAYS JANET JACKSON, IN ...

Hot House: Staying Power

Profile and Interview by Kathryn Flett, i-D, April 1987

IN THE TWO weeks between i-D's attempt to organise an interview with Hot House and actually getting to do it they became – such is ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown: Take The Money And Go-Go

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, April 1987

CHUCK BROWN'S in Britain to stick up the go-go scene with his pioneering blast of bum-pin'. But as SEAN O'HAGAN finds out, he didn't get ...

Maceo Parker: Hot Cross Fun

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, May 1987

Years of sweating his butt off for The G.F.O.S. James Brown have told on Mr Maceo. And now that his own MACEO AND THE MACKS ...

Marcus Miller, Miles Davis: Marcus Miller: Bass For All Seasons

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, June 1987

What is it about MARCUS MILLER'S eternal thump that makes him Miles' choice bottom and the Bee Gees' top choice? ...

Prince: Sign O' The Times

Review by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, June 1987

Prince isn't a star, he's an event. And so is the release of his new double LP. Paolo Hewitt is let to the subterranean bunker ...

Paul Jackson Jr.

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1987

A NATIVE OF Los Angeles, Paul Jackson, Jr. credits "The Lord" for his entry into the protected domain of the session player. While no one ...

Whitney Houston: Whitney

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1987

WHITNEY HOUSTON had a lot to live up to from the moment 'Saving All My Love For You' and its shiny video went public. Its ...

Luther Vandross: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1987

YOU CAN'T fake this kind of excitement. There can be no more exquisite thrill in live entertainment than a summery, scantily-clad soul crowd climaxing as ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1987

Artist: James Carr.Album: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side). ...

Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm And Blues

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, August 1987

Miss Ross: not exactly on the front burner, but cooking nonetheless. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: The Great Contender

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, August 1987

TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY isn't modest. But, as he's quick to point out, he has very little to be modest about. Two hit singles, a number ...

James Carr (1987)

Interview by Andy Kershaw, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1987

The Lost Man of Southern Soul looks back at his Mississippi childhood; his background singing gospel; meeting Quinton Claunch and starting to make records, and after the lost years, touring Japan and his current activities.

File format: mp3; file size: 23mb, interview length: 25' 06" sound quality: *****

Terence Trent D'Arby: Yeau!

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, September 1987

"I'M VERY, VERY self-critical. I'm very critical of others, but I'm also very critical of my own work and there's no-one that could possibly put ...

Diana Ross: The Gospel According To Miss Ross

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, October 1987

"I'VE BEEN HERE so many times before," murmurs Diana Ross as she sweeps, surrounded by a clucking entourage, through the foyer of the EMI Records ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, October 1987

MICHAEL JACKSON is a man. Agreed, he is a young man, emotional age about thirteen, with a young man's interest in cars, girls, scary movies ...

Faye Adams

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Goldmine, October 1987

SHE HAS A TRANSLUCENT, flawless complexion, and her facial features are doll-like, suffused with an inner glow. Barely over five-feet tall, she holds herself oddly ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, November 1987

IF MICHAEL JACKSON is not the most confusing entertainer of our time, you can't blame him for not trying. ...

Nina Simone: Moody Dues

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, November 1987

JAPANESE TOURISTS frantically snapping photographs of each other is a recurring scenario common to the lobbies of Europe's grandest hotels. Today is different. Stepping from ...

Sam & Dave: Sam and Dave: The Best of Sam & Dave

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, December 1987

DURING THE HEIGHT of the Blues Brothers craze, I went to a small club to see the re-formed Sam and Dave. The dance floor ...

Roger Troutman, Zapp: Roger Troutman: Unlimited! (Reprise)

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, December 1987

THE DAYTON, Ohio-based Troutman clan that has given us Zapp and now Roger has developed perhaps the most schizoid personality in black music. ...

Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, Atlantic Records, 1988

FROM THE MOMENT the lights were dimmed in the old St. Nicholas Arena for Alan Freed's first New York Rock And Roll Show in January, ...

Stevie Wonder: Characters

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, January 1988

THE SINGLE, 'SKELETONS', made a couple of bold statements: its earthy, chunky bass synth lines proved Stevie Wonder to have recaptured the simple approach to ...

Irma Thomas: Time On Her Side: Irma Thomas

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, February 1988

IRMA THOMAS' entrance into the music business is the kind of story rock dreams are made of. ...

Gladys Knight: All Our Love (MCA)

Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, February 1988

SINCE WINNING the Ted Mack Amateur Hour TV show at the age of eight and picking up $2000 for her rendition of Nat 'King' Cole's ...

Stevie Wonder: Characters

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, March 1988

THIS IS ALMOST as satisfying a return to form as Sugar Ray Leonard's victory over Marvelous Marvin Hagler and practically as much of an upset. ...

James Blood Ulmer: Pied Bull, Islington, London

Live Review by Jack Barron, New Musical Express, April 1988

DRUNK ON BLOOD ...

Joe Tex: The Clown Prince of Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Very Best of Joe Tex' (Charly Records), May 1988

WHEN NASHVILLE publisher-producer Buddy Killen first met Joe Tex in 1961, the singer already had six years of recording and performing under his belt. They ...

Al Green (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1988

Interviewed at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans after a storming performance at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Rev. ruminates on the conflict between the spiritual and the secular, his own return to the church, and the two Al Greens.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 39"; sound quality: ***

Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones: Quincy Jones

Interview by Robin Eggar, Time Out, June 1988

The Jackson and Jones alliance has seen the transformation of a bubble-gum singer into the greatest musical phenomenon of his era. ...

James Brown: I'm Real (Polydor)

Review by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, June 1988

HE ISN'T, of course. He's Mr James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the Funky President, the Original Disco Man. He's a numbing backbeat tightened to ...

Jesse Johnson: Every Shade of Love (A&M)

Review by Roy Trakin, Musician, July 1988

YOU'D BE excused for mistaking one-Time guitarist Jesse Johnson for his former Twin Cities running mate, Prince. ...

Al Green: “I May Be From Another Planet…”: Al Green

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, July 1988

2005 note: I was in New Orleans in April/May 1988, filming items for German TV, when I heard that Al Green would be playing at ...

Al Green: Heaven Up Here: Al Green: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, July 1988

WHAT WAS I saying about letting the shiver do all the work? Just the other day? Oh me, oh my. Al Green, The Last Soul ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

A GIANT STEP FOR EVENT-KIND: Bringing his spectacular live show to the UK, MICHAEL JACKSON proves he can moonwalk and walk on water. MAT SNOW witnesses the Second Coming. ...

Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Prince: Prince/Michael Jackson/Luther Vandross: Live at the Capital Centre

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Columbia Flier , October 1988

BOTH PRINCE and Michael Jackson came to the Capital Centre last week for a showdown between the two reigning giants of rock'n'soul. Appearing in the ...

Ray Charles: 40 Years of Genius: Ray Charles

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Record Collectors' Monthly, November 1988

YOU CAN RUN to the mountains and you can hide out in a dingy jazz club in SoHo, but you can't escape Ray Charles. Not ...

James Brown Addicted To PCP

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, November 1988

Friends of the soul singer say drug has 'whipped him' ...

The Memphis Horns: All The Way From Memphis

Interview by Robert Gordon, Music & Sound Output, December 1988

The Memphis Horns Celebrate 25 Years ...

Neneh Cherry: Cherry On Top

Interview by James Brown, New Musical Express, December 1988

After spells in the hyper-trendy but hit-starved Rip Rig And Panic and Float Up CP, NENEH CHERRY is about to burst into the charts with ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White and Philip Bailey (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

Maurice White and Philip Bailey talk about latest album Touch The World, changes in the band, outside producers and record company politics. Plus a treatise on Egyptology!

File format: mp3; file size: 22.6mb, interview length: 24' 40" sound quality: ***

Chaka Khan: Khanal Knowledge

Interview by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

"ASK ME what you want, John. I can take it. I mean, what are you going to do — spank me?" ...

Bobby Womack: Doin’ It His Own Way: Bobby Womack

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'Womack Winners', 1989

WHEN BOBBY WOMACK called his seventeenth solo album The Last Soul Man and set out on 1987’s quasi-missionary tour of the same name, he was ...

Fishbone: Social Skank

Interview by Christine Natanael, Reflex, 1989

GRABBIN' AND RIFFIN', skankin' and ska – there's a revolution happenin'. Combining all the noises, making them all one, Fishbone leads the masses to have ...

The Memphis Horns: Two-Man Memphis Horns Keep Punching Those Sounds

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, January 1989

QUESTION: What do recent hit albums by Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood and Robert Cray have in common with earlier best sellers by Otis Redding and ...

MCA Records: Strip Mining

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, January 1989

OVER THE PAST 12 months Universal City – the five square miles of North Hollywood dominated by the MCA/Universal studios – has yielded a crop ...

Luther Vandross, part 1 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

Luther Vandross talks about growing up in the Bronx and his early bands, his big break working on Bowie's 'Young Americans', meeting Marcus Miller and hanging out with Chic.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.6mb Interview length: 36 minutes 48 seconds Sound quality: ****

Luther Vandross, part 2 (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1989

A master at work: Vandross talks to Barney Hoskyns about producing, recording and singing... and his privacy and sense of self.

File format: mp3 File size: 33.7mb Interview length: 36 minutes 54 seconds Sound quality: ****

Hot House: Town & Country Club, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, March 1989

THERE ARE, oh, a thousand or so people in London who know that Hot House have nothing to do with Chicago, or with Liam O'Maonlai ...

Luther Vandross: The Soul Survivor

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, March 1989

Mark Cooper on the awesome presence that is Luther Vandross ...

Luther Vandross: What A World For The Lonely Kind: Luther Vandross

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, March 1989

LUTHER VANDROSS is the pre-eminent mainstream soul performer of the 1980s. As a singer, songwriter and producer he is – with the possible exception of ...

Stevie Wonder: Breaking The Square Circle

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, April 1989

Perhaps the most innovative musician of the '70s, STEVIE WONDER has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the '80s, dividing his time between duets with Dionne Warwick ...

The Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon

Review by Andy Gill, Q, May 1989

The Neville Brothers bring it all back home. ...

Chaka Khan: Vivid And Real

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, May 1989

CHAKA KHAN, the smooth voice of early '70s soul, has been thrust back into the limelight with a new dance cut of her hits I'm ...

Al Green: Another Green World

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, June 1989

"Sometimes I wonder if you love me the way you say you do... Sometimes I just fold my arms and say... weeeee-eeeeh awooooah!" ...

Bobby Brown: Goodbye Cruel World

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, June 1989

THE ALL-SINGING, ALL-DANCING WUNDERKIND IS CURRENTLY THE FASTEST RISING STAR IN AMERICA WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM DON'T BE CRUEL. AT ONLY 20 HE IS SET ...

Bobby Brown: Bobby Bites The Bullet

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, June 1989

Mark Cooper meets the young American soul star everybody's gunning for ...

Bobby Bland: Bobby 'Blue' Bland (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Bobby Bland talks about his influences, including MOR men like Perry Como and Andy Williams, and about the ups and downs of his career. Oh, and how C.L. Franklin gave him "the squall".

File format: mp3 File size: 15.8mb Interview length: 17 minutes 12 seconds Sound quality: ****

Johnnie Taylor (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Soul legend Johnnie Taylor tells Barney Hoskyns about his background in gospel with the Highway QCs and the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke, Stax Records, having hits in the disco era, and finding a new home at Malaco.

File format: mp3 File size: 20.8mb Interview length: 22 minutes 45 seconds Sound quality: ****

Etta James (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1989

Etta James tells Barney Hoskyns about her struggles with addiction, meeting Billie Holiday, making Seven Year Itch and staying contemporary.

File format: mp3 File size: 40.4mb; Interview length: 44 minutes 5 seconds Sound quality: **

Aretha Franklin: Through The Storm (Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, August 1989

ARETHA'S THE Queen of Soul; you know it, I know it, it's so obvious that it should be a Jeopardy question. Hell, even she knows ...

Bobby Brown: Casual But Smart

Report by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1989

AT 11 O'CLOCK on Friday June 30, shoppers in Oxford Street's HMV Records noticed a growing number of predominantly female teenagers filing into the store. ...

Soul II Soul: Funki Bold Demeanour

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, September 1989

• Current king of British clubs JAZZIE B is preparing to launch SOUL II SOUL even further ahead of the opposition-the summer soundtrack on both ...

George Clinton: Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Interview by Kris Needs, Dance Music Report, October 1989

AT LAST it seems like George Clinton is getting some just recognition after about a quarter century of being funk's most colourful and innovative character. ...

Janet Jackson: Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1989

IT'S ALMOST FOUR years since Janet Jackson's last album – Control The Remixes hardly counts – and nearly 12 months since she began recording this ...

Aaron Neville (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1989

The giant of New Orleans singers looks back at his roots in the Crescent City: the hard times and the good times, being a Neville Brother, key vocal influences and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 29.2mb Interview length: 31 minutes 55 seconds Sound quality: ***

The Neville Brothers: At Last The Legend Lives

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, October 1989

The Neville Brothers, long held in awe by fellow musicians, are finally selling records. Mark Cooper on the London-bound band. ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Palomino, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, October 1989

Mayfield Performs Cream of His Crop of Hits ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Neither Fish Nor Flesh

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, November 1989

"PEOPLE, LISTEN to me," announces Terence Trent D'Arby over the intro of 'I Don't Want To Bring The Gods Down', "this is not a film, ...

Alexander O'Neal: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, December 1989

THE LIFESTYLE stemming from competent professional soul is utterly despicable. Ostentatious displays of wealth inherent in the flashy cars and gaudily overpriced fashions turn my ...

Soul II Soul: Songs In The Key Of Life

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, December 1989

WITH A STRING OF SUCCESSFUL SINGLES AND A STUNNING DEBUT ALBUM, SOUL II SOUL HAVE SPEARHEADED THE DANCE REVIVAL OF THE LATE-EIGHTIES AND LOOK LIKE ...

Brook Benton: 40 Greatest Hits

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Polygram Records, 1990

BROOK BENTON'S music was a study in contrast. The lushness of the backings was juxtaposed against the contained passion in his voice. On ...

Irma Thomas: Something Good: The Muscle Shoals Sessions

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1990

CHESS WAS pre-eminently a blues label and Chess was most definitely a Chicago-based label but Chess was also a hit-seeking label and that fundamental fact ...

Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle: Women Soul Singers

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1990

FOR ALL THE LEGENDARY kings of soul music, the Sam Cookes and Otis Reddings and Marvin Gayes, the true spirit of this great black American ...

Quincy Jones: Back On The Block

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, January 1990

ON THE FACE of it, this is where the man who was called 'Q' even before this magazine generously allows his address book to make ...

Patti LaBelle, Regina Belle: Regina Belle: Stay With Me (Columbia)/Patti LaBelle: Be Yourself (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, Spin, February 1990

THE DIVA is that most special of musical creations; her care and feeding are extremely important. ...

George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, February 1990

GEORGE CLINTON once said, explaining his orchestration of an 18-piece band, "Offer great musicians the possibility of order and anarchy on the same plate, and ...

The Chimes: Ringing In The Changes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1990

WITH THE TOP 10 SUCCESS OF THEIR COVER OF U2'S 'I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR', THE CHIMES LOOK SET TO JOIN SOUL ...

Bobby Brown: Star Gazing: Bobby Brown: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, June 1990

BOBBY BROWN may be less obsessively single-minded than Prince (he doesn't write/produce/sing/play every last note on his records), and Michael Jackson surely beats him jewel-encrusted ...

Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, June 1990

His Royal Altogetherness: America's most famous surrogate Royal arrived in Britain last week to take up a 20-night residency in the country's arenas. His luggage contained ...

Prince: Sleazy Grandeur

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, July 1990

He began making records as a control-fixated 18-year-old studio rat from Minneapolis. Ten albums later Prince had become the definitive pop icon of the '80s. ...

The Neville Brothers: Neville Brothers: The Mississippi Mafia

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, August 1990

THE NEW ORLEANS Jazz & Heritage Festival makes most British music festivals, even the Readings and Glastonburys, look a bit sick by comparison. It's not ...

The Neville Brothers: Brother's Keeper

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, September 1990

AFTER SPENDING A decade producing four albums for as many labels, the four Nevilles finally got the bit between their teeth with the Daniel Lanois-produced ...

Chuck Jackson in Three Acts

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, November 1990

AN OFT-REPEATED myth about American popular music is that the early 1960s were a fallow period, dominated by greasy teen idols named Bobby. Supposedly, domestic ...

Allen Toussaint: The Collection

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Reprise Records, 1991

BY THE TIME Allen Toussaint released his first Warner Bros. album, Life, Love And Motion, in 1972, it was already impossible to look at New ...

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', ...

O.V. Wright: Beautiful Screamer: O.V. Wright

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (Fontana), 1991

IF JAMES CARR and the (predominantly baritonal) country 
balladeers were one side of the southern Soul Man coin, the gritty, gravelly tenor voices of singers ...

Omar: Life Is Sweet

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, 1991

"At least people know what I look like now." ...

The Isley Brothers' Marvin Isley (1991)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Second generation Isley Marvin looks back at his elder brothers' success in the late '50s, and the way he and brother Ernie and cousin Chris Jasper re-invigorated the band in the early '70s.

File format: mp3; file size: 83.8mb, interview length: 1h 31' 30" sound quality: ***

Bobby Bland: Two Steps from the Blues: The Gospel According to Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, From a Whisper to a Scream (Fontana Books), 1991

WHEN HOWLIN' WOLF left Memphis for Chicago in late 1952, Sun Records' Sam Phillips was left with a crop of younger blues singers who in ...

The Clovers

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, Goldmine, February 1991

"WE PAID OUR dues, singing on corners, at parties, driving all over the country, sleeping in cubbyholes where we had to take turns. ...

Alexander O'Neal: All True Man

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1991

ALEXANDER O'NEAL ONCE once remarked that he was successful because he helped "bring back masculinity to the black industry". ...

Aretha Franklin, Dan Penn: Dan Penn

Interview by John Pidgeon, Record Hunter, March 1991

DAN PENN WROTE his first hit ('Is A Bluebird Blue?' for Conway Twitty) at fourteen, and collaborated prolifically with Spooner Oldham, turning out mid '60s ...

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 ...

James Brown: Star Time

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, May 1991

AN ASSEMBLAGE of 71 tracks and slightly less than five hours of music, weighing in at four CDs or cassettes (committed vinylists are, unfortunately, totally ...

David Ruffin, The Temptations: Former Temptation David Ruffin Dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1991

DAVID RUFFIN, a former lead singer for the Temptations, died of a drug overdose in the early-morning hours of June 1st at the Hospital of ...

Luther Vandross: Battle Of The Bulge

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1991

ON THE HOSPITALITY TABLE OF Luther Vandross's suite at Hollywood's Four Seasons Hotel, four untouched plates of king prawns lie waiting next to a half-demolished ...

Seal

Review by Andy Gill, Q, September 1991

"AAAH, IT'S JUST BEEN NON-STOP," says Seal of his virtual year-long bout of promotional chores. "I just wanna get out and play. I'm not interested ...

Prince & The New Power Generation: Diamonds And Pearls (Paisley Park/Warner Brothers)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, October 1991

THERE WAS a time when Prince seemed to be the vital force acting on pop music's zeitgeist. A wily provocateur, the greatest singles artist of ...

Prince: Diamonds & Pearls

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, November 1991

THESE ARE TESTING times for little PR Nelson. His Graffiti Bridge movie, due out last autumn, has never been publicly shown, and the accompanying double ...

Michael Jackson: Sound of Breaking Glass: Michael Jackson's Dangerous

Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, The, December 1991

HEY, SO HOW COME nobody's compared the fucker to There's a Riot Goin' On? Well, maybe Riot without the cocaine. Or okay, okay, Fresh then, ...

O.V. Wright: The Soul of O.V. Wright

Sleevenotes by Bill Bentley, MCA Records, 1992

OVERTON VERTIS Wright sang straight to the soul. As a child, Wright called the church choir home, and turned his voice to God. As he ...

Ray Charles: Rapping with Ray Charles

Interview by Robert Gordon, Interview, 1992

IN THE 1950s, Frank Sinatra tagged Ray Charles "Genius," an appropriate nickname for one of American music's most innovative figures. Charles brought a sophistication to ...

Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

Michael Jackson: hip hop and gospel, Slash and God, sublime and ridiculous. ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny Lyon: Greetings From Asbury Park

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, February 1992

Unlike his old buddies Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven, Southside Johnny Lyon has forsaken the trappings of rock stardom for clapboard houses and the smell ...

Brand New Heavies: May The Funk Be With You

Profile and Interview by Kodwo Eshun, i-D, April 1992

The Brand New Heavies have moved into the forefront of a new musical uprising: clubs, bands and vintage denim. The revolution is here – and ...

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 ...

Smokey Robinson

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

THERE ARE worse jobs than being Smokey Robinson. He's 52, with 2,000 songs down the pike, and still writing as easily as falling out of ...

The Meters: Uptown Rulers! Live on the Queen Mary (Rhino)

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Rhino CD, July 1992

SAY WHAT else you will about Paul and Linda McCartney, they sure knew how to throw a party back in 1975. ...

Michael Jackson: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

Report by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1992

Weird as ever but somehow less intriguing than before, the planet Michael Jackson still spins in its own orbit. His tour arrives in Britain this ...

Stevie Wonder: Re-issues

Retrospective and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, September 1992

STEVIE WONDER NEVER REALLY HAD a say in the matter: right from, his first album, he was Little Stevie Wonder, The 12-Year-Old Genius; an assessment ...

Stevie Wonder: CD Reissues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, September 1992

Stevie Wonder reissued: from 12-Year-Old-Genius to I Just Called To Say I Love You. ...

Neneh Cherry: A Life In The Day Of . . . Neneh Cherry

Interview by Simon Witter, Sunday Times, September 1992

Born of a West African father and a Swedish mother, Neneh Cherry, 28, takes her name from the American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, whom her ...

James Carr: The Lost Voice Of Soul

Report and Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, October 1992

WHEN IT WAS BUILT IN THE 1950s, Memphis's Mid South Building was probably stylish and sleek. Today, the blocky turquoise exterior pales next to the ...

Prince and The New Power Generation: 0{+>

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1992

APPARENTLY UNAFFECTED by his elevation to executive status at Warner Brothers Records, Prince bounces back with yet another 75 minutes' worth of music celebrating his ...

The Christians: Blood On The Tracks

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, November 1992

Song-sequencing is a small yet significant element of what experts call "the album-making process". Could Revolver have started with anything other than 'Taxman?' Should 'Madame ...

George Clinton: Funkadelic: Doctor Funkenstein, I Presume

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, December 1992

"Free your ass," he once advised the world, "and your mind will follow." Another song of his explored the fear of being eaten by a ...

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 ...

Prince: The Land of Paisley

Report and Interview by Mark Petracca, Creem, January 1993

As I reach the threshold of the mighty warrior, i feel a shudder pass through me. My self-worth is at stake. My shoes are too ...

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 ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Anthology 1961-1977

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, February 1993

CURTIS MAYFIELD and the Impressions: The Anthology, a two-CD, forty-song set, is a remarkable document. Lovingly assembled by Chicago-soul authority Robert Pruter, this collection connects ...

Young Disciples: Road to Freedom (Mercury)

Review by Amy Linden, Creem, March 1993

GET MORE than three Brits together in the same club and the next thing you know you've got yourself a whole goddamn movement, with accompanying ...

Jamiroquai: Hat's Entertainment!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1993

Jamiroquai are Jay Kay, basically, a serious 22-year-old west Londoner with serious political ideas, a serious love of funk and a seriously funky voice. PUSH ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Soul

Profile and Interview by Robert Gordon, LA Weekly, May 1993

THE WORLD LOST one of its most magnificent voices last Sunday, January 7, when James Edward Carr died of lung cancer at Court Manor Nursing ...

Whitney Houston: Down and Dirty

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, June 1993

YOU'RE EXPECTING her to float delicately into the room, but Whitney Houston strides in with a purposeful air. She's dressed way down in purple stretch ...

Charles & Eddie, En Vogue: Harmony Singing: You Have A Lovely Singing Voice

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1993

Three years ago it had all but disappeared beneath the deluge of hard rap and technological beats. Now, from the choreographed trouser arousal of En ...

Prince: Birmingham National Indoor Arena

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, August 1993

THE TINY FIGURE in silky lemon and black trouser-suit and Spanish heels is talking. ...

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 ...

Tony Toni Toné: Sons of Soul

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sunday Times, December 1993

SAN FRANCISCO'S Oakland area has a history of producing great, energetic groups - from Sly & The Family Stone and The Pointer Sisters to Hammer ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: The Jazzy Funkateers: Life after James Brown and P-Funk

Report and Interview by Hank Bordowitz, American Visions, Winter 1993

AS THE SEVEN musicians on the stage at Tramps in New York launch into a instrumental version of 'Cold Sweat', six hundred voices in the ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Funky 54

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, February 1994

PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, P-Funk, The P -- Specially designed afronauts capable of funketizing entire galaxies. Their mothership long ago made its terrestrial connection and they are amongst ...

Darlene Love, The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley and Darlene Love: Righteous Brother and Sister

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Goldmine, March 1994

THERE'S A point during Darlene Love's one-woman show, Portrait Of A Singer, where she's talking about singing background vocals on the Righteous Brothers' 1966 #1 ...

Curtis Mayfield: No Sad Songs For Curtis Mayfield

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, March 1994

ANYONE CAN HAVE a paralyzing, life-diminishing accident at anytime - bad things happen to good people just as often as good things. You just accept ...

Level 42: The Most Famous Thumb in Rock

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, April 1994

NOW WHO would live in a house like this? one thinks, as the taxi traverses the length of the drive and passes between the ornamental ...

Rick James: The Untold Story

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Vibe, April 1994

While Rick James was ruling the charts with hits like 'Super Freak' and 'Give It To Me Baby', he was descending into the drug addiction ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: The Heartbreak Kid

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, June 1994

KURT COBAIN was a great success. He wrote, he sang, he played lead guitar for the new band of the '90s. He made millions of ...

Aretha Franklin: The Columbia Years

Discography by David Nathan, Goldmine, July 1994

IN AN EFFORT to glorify the outstanding work that she did at Atlantic Records (1967-1979), musicologists and music industry pundits frequently refer to Aretha Franklin's ...

Dan Penn: Southern Soul Rises Again : Dan Penn's Do Right Man Out on Top Label

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, July 1994

IF THE RACIAL history of the American South was a book, it would be a tragedy - but not without inspirational chapters about black and ...

Percy Sledge (1994)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1994

The sould legend from the Quad-cities, Tri-states area on Otis, Bobby Womack, his love of country music, and the making of the National Anthem of North-West Alabama, 'When A Man Loves A Woman'.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 74.8meg, total interview length: 1h 21' 39" sound quality: ***

Jamiroquai: Lost In Space

Interview by Andrew Smith, Face, The, November 1994

JAY KAY shouldn't really be telling me shit like this. He and his band for — make no mistake, it is his band — have ...

Teena Marie: Teena In Wonderland

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Vibe, November 1994

R&B's honorary soul sister, Teena Marie, has a new album, her own label, and a beautiful daughter — it must be magic. ...

Jamiroquai: Cardiff University, Wales

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, November 1994

Champignon, The (Stevie) Wonder Hoarse ...

Jamiroquai: The Return Of The Space Cowboy

Review by David Sinclair, Q, December 1994

ONLY JAY Kay could come up with as naff a title as The Return Of The Space Cowboy and make it sound about right. A ...

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Charles Wright Expresses Himself

Interview by R.J. Smith, Grand Royal, 1995

YOU COULD see the 8x11 flyers when you got off the freeway north of downtown, or drove down Melrose, or about 100 other locations. Block ...

Faith Evans: Faith

Review by Carol Cooper, Newsday, 1995

TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Faith Evans was already a successful songwriter before mini-mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs signed her as a solo act to his Bad Boy label. This ...

Freddie Jackson: Private Party/Christopher Williams: Not a Perfect Man

Review by Carol Cooper, Newsday, 1995

FREDDIE JACKSON and Christopher Williams are mature, polished performers with superb voices. Both were signed to their respective labels at a time when each record ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Terence Trent D’Arby Vibrates

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone (Germany), 1995

SITTING ON a four-poster bed framed by blood-red curtains, Terence Trent D’Arby sucks on a huge bottle of Evian water and talks. And talks and ...

Sam Dees: Whaddya Mean, You've Never Heard Of... Sam Dees?

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, 1995

AT SIX FOOT FOUR and two-hundred-plus pounds, Sam Dees is a soul giant in more ways than one. One of black America’s premier songsmiths, he ...

Barry White: The Q 100 interview

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, January 1995

HOW THE devil are you?I'm fine. I couldn't be happier. Everything is beautiful in my life. I got a hit album and hit single. I'm ...

Sam Cooke: The Soul Stirrer: Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1995

FEW ENTERTAINERS have fallen quite so far from grace as Sam Cooke did when he died, 30 years ago, at the Hacienda Motel in south-central ...

Blackstreet: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1995

MODESTY might not be Teddy Riley's strongest suit, but he's certainly earned the right to project himself as a streetwise megalomaniac from the forgotten projects ...

R Kelly: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, January 1995

"IF YOU'RE 16 or under, don't try this at home." ...

Barry White: Blackberry Jam

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1995

VIBE: You write a lot about — Barry White: Love. VIBE: Love — BW: Always. ...

Darlene Love: Love Affair

Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Reader, February 1995

VOCALIST DARLENE Love's career is filled with ironies. She is most closely identified with Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" recordings, made in Los Angeles in ...

Prince: Slave To The Rhythm

Report by Pete Paphides, Time Out, March 1995

Prince has always been a bit weird, but lately he seems to have lost it completely. He's changed his name to 0+>, declared war on ...

Candi Staton: Journey From Sensuality to Salvation

Discography by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, March 1995

When you get that old yearningTo come around knocking on my doorYou know I'm gonna let you inBaby just as sure as sin, as sure ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: That's Entertainment: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Retrospective by Bill Millar, MOJO, May 1995

Psst. Hey, bud, you want "cryptic tales of mojo-bones, constipation, the Mau Mau, cunnilingus and flannel lipped, bald-headed women"? You got it! Ladeez and gennelmen, ...

Van Morrison: Days Like This (Polydor)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, July 1995

Although Van Morrison has enjoyed unprecedented commercial success since signing to Polydor in 1989, in creative terms it has been an uncertain period for him. ...

TLC: Pretty Young Things

Interview by Carol Cooper, Rolling Stone, August 1995

The women of TLC stay cool under fire ...

Don Cornelius: The Don

Profile by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1995

JUICE? YOU want juice? Bust this: Long before Arsenio or BET, Don Cornelius single-handedly brought black music into living rooms nationwide. And he's kept it ...

Lenny Williams, Tower of Power: Lenny Williams

Sleevenotes by David Nathan, Ichiban Soul Classics LP, September 1995

These liner notes were originally written for the now out-of-print 1995 Ichiban Soul Classics CD Lenny Williams: 'Cause I Love You: The Best of Lenny ...

Pebbles: Straight From The Heart

Review by Carol Cooper, Fanfare, September 1995

PEBBLES IS one of the shrewdest women in show business. In 1987, this Bay area femme fatale exploded on the scene with the hit single ...

War: Delivering the Ghetto: War

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, November 1995

GIVEN THE CHOICE that exists in the Golden Earring department, it's scandalous that we've been forced to wait this long to hear War on CD. ...

The Stylistics: In Praise of the Falsetto

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, November 1995

The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men continue to sing like women. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high ...

Arthur Alexander: No Direction Home

Retrospective by Richard Younger, MOJO, December 1995

The Beatles, Stones and Dylan covered his songs. As a singer he was rated alongside Otis and Orbison. So whatever happened to Arthur Alexander? ...

Clarence Carter: I Caught You Making Love: The ABC Years

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Ichiban Soul Classics//Sony Music, 1996

SELF-TAUGHT ON guitar, formally trained on piano, a gospel church-bred singer, Clarence Carter combined a bluesman's flair for storytelling with a frankly lusty take on ...

The Braxtons' Right Risks: So Many Ways

Review by Carol Cooper, Newsday, 1996

THE STORY goes that The Braxtons originally were a quartet. Producers L.A. and Babyface pulled Toni Braxton out of the bunch, because, at the time, ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: The Story Of The Funk: George Clinton

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Murphy, Hot Press, 1996

IN THE BEGINNING was the word, and the word was Funk. Deep in the prehistoric bog, two microbes rubbed together, caused some friction, got frisky ...

ZZ Hill: Z.Z. Hill: Love Is Good When You're Stealing It

Sleevenotes by Don Snowden, Ichiban Soul Classics/Sony Music, 1996

Z.Z. HILL WORE many hats during a career that was cut tragically short by a heart attack in 1984. A songwriter who enjoyed early hits ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker 1931-1995

Obituary by Geoffrey Himes, Rolling Stone, January 1996

IN EARLY 1965, a new single lit up American radio. It began with a gunshot, echoed by the snare drum that followed. Then a tenor ...

Curtis Mayfield: People Get Ready!

Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, March 1996

THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE SEEN THE BOX-setting of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Marley and a fair few other giants of black ...

The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield: Mighty Mighty

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, April 1996

From the Impressions to Superfly, he's left an indelible mark on American music. Now, six years after a paralyzing accident, Curtis Mayfield is down but not out. ...

Chic: Bernard Edwards 1952-1996

Obituary by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1996

BERNARD EDWARDS of CHIC died last week. Paul Lester celebrates the life and work of a massively influential musician, producer and songwriter ...

Aretha Franklin: Return Of Soul Sister Number One

Comment by Carol Cooper, Pulse!, June 1996

ARETHA – a name so singularly musical that it rolls off the tongue like an incantation. Almost four decades after 1967’s ‘I Never Loved ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Various Artists: Royal Memphis Soul – Hi Records

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

When Muscle Shoals went flabby and Stax couldn't pay their taxes, Hi Records took up the soul baton. Barney Hoskyns says hello to a collection ...

Prince

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1996

THE MAN WITH the most celebrated identity crisis in pop is installed on the 48th floor of a Manhattan hotel. The lift goes up so ...

Mark Morrison: Have You Paid For That, Sir?

Interview by David Quantick, Q, August 1996

I have actually – for I am Number 1 swingster Mark Morrison, former lodger at Her Majesty's pleasure, Leicester's most wanted and fully qualified (and, ...

Mavis Staples, Pop Staples, The Staple Singers: The Staple Singers: God's Greatest Hitmakers

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, August 1996

THERE'S NO question about it. Forget the Winans or the Hawkins Family, the Staple Singers are the most widely known, best-selling gospel group of all ...

Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., TLC, Whitney Houston: Clive Davis: Big Poppa

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

The VIBE Q: CLIVE DAVIS, ARISTA RECORDS' LEGENDARY PRESIDENT AND CEO, IS TRULY RUNNING THINGS. THINK NOT? ASK WHITNEY HOUSTON, PUFFY COMBS, TLC, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., OR L.A. AND ...

Blackstreet: Another Level (Interscope)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1996

IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to remember the way R&B sounded before producer Teddy Riley created the urban-jungle grooves that became known as new jack swing. ...

Norman Jay: Chop Chop!

Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, November 1996

Chopper fanatic, sound system supremo, founder member of Kiss FM, former Talkin' Loud A&R guru, all-round celebrity and man of the people... What more do ...

Curtis Mayfield: New World Order

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, December 1996

SIX YEARS AFTER the freak onstage accident that paralyzed him from the neck down, Curtis Mayfield, one of soul music's true titans, makes his debut ...

The Rebirth of Soul

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1996

"WHAT IS Soul?" sang Ben E. King in 1967, a year that began with Aretha Franklin’s first Atlantic session and ended with the death of ...

Etta James

Sleevenotes by Pete Grendysa, MCA Records, 1997

ETTA JAMES WAS just 21 years old when she came to Chess Records in 1960, but she was a seasoned show business veteran with six ...

Sam Cooke: Live at the Harlem Square Club

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 1997

MOST OF SAM Cooke's pop hits were sugary, blanched affairs. This album was the real deal, giving us the church-reared R&B singer who liked to ...

The Jackson 5

Profile by Ben Fong-Torres, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1997

CALL THEM what you want – the Jackson 5, the J5, the Jacksons – they were, in the end, Michael and four of his brothers. ...

Prince: Liberated: Prince: Emancipation ****

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, January 1997

: new label, old work rate ...

Puff Daddy: Sean 'Puffy' Combs: Multi-Million Dollar Man

Profile and Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, January 1997

At 26, SEAN 'PUFFY' COMBS is reputed to be worth some $170 million. But that's not all the East Coast hip hop mogul has a ...

The Fugees: Runaway Success

Report and Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, January 1997

From healthy US hip hop act to global superstars in under twelve months, you could say 1996 has been a remarkable year for the FUGEES. ...

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown: Denver Show Starts Celebration of 50th-anniversary Recording

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, January 1997

THIS YEAR is Clarence 'Gatemouth'' Brown's 50th as a recording artist, and virtually everyone is preparing to honor the blues musician. ...

Curtis Mayfield: New World Order (Warner Bros/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, January 1997

HE SAW his people endure hard times and dedicated his life to evangelising alternative paths. He was a soul singer, a streetwise prophet, one of ...

Swamp Dogg

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, February 1997

"If you know the extension of the party with whom you wish to speak, dial it and stop wasting our time! If you have money ...

Erykah Badu: Baduizm (Kedar Entertainment/Universal)

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Rolling Stone, February 1997

PERHAPS THE first thing you notice about Erykah Badu is her uncanny vocal similarity to Billie Holiday – from the very beginning of Baduizm, Badu's ...

Dorothy Moore: Giving It Straight To You

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, March 1997

MISSISSIPPI HAS probably been trashed more than any other darn state in the union. It's been called the poorest state (which sho' ain't a crime, ...

The Supremes: Mary Wilson on The Supremes

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, April 1997

"ONE DAY IN mid-April we were all summoned to berry’s home on Outer Drive," remembers Mary Wilson of The Supremes. "As I drove there, I ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Material World

Interview by Angus Batey, Vox, June 1997

WHAT'S THE most embarrassing item of clothing you've ever bought? ...

Toni Braxton: Toni's Secret: Miss Braxton Lets It All Hang Out

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1997

"YOU'RE KILLING me," says Toni Braxton breathily when I tell her I want to talk about sex. A heartbeat later, though, the shyness falls away ...

Sly & The Family Stone: On The Record: Sly & the Family Stone

Book Excerpt by Joel Selvin, Simon & Schuster, July 1997

Chapter 11: Only Kidding ...

En Vogue: Girl Power!

Interview by David Quantick, Q, July 1997

They are the quite spicy girls. A long time ago, they were manufactured by a pair of svengalis. Since then, they've had lorryloads of hits, ...

Lewis Taylor: Sweet Insanity

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

"I'M FASCINATED WITH THE IDEA OF ART born of a disintegrated mind," says Lewis Taylor, all coal-black curls and kohl-kissed eyes, crouched in the semi-darkness ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1997

All You Need Is Glove ...

Inez & Charlie Foxx: Inez and Charlie Foxx: A Family Affair

Profile and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, August 1997

A LOT of recording artists can say they've had hits, but few can say they've had a hit almost everyone knows the words to even ...

Dr. John: Funky Business

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, September 1997

FUNK IS one of those words, like cool or hip, that is difficult to define. In music, it's an amorphous thing, an attitude, a looseness, ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

NO ONE levitates tonight. Nor are there any Sphinxes. And the sequinned Egyptological-spaceman costumes are conspicuous by their absence. But we do get 12 instrumentalists ...

Michael Jackson: The Starman Who Fell To Earth: Michael Jackson: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield *****

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

THE MOST FAMOUS performer on Earth has just been introduced, as per protocol, as "the King Of Pop", by the Chief Barker of the Variety ...

Dave Godin and Deep Soul Treasures

Profile and Interview by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, September 1997

IN POP'S millenial time travel, the compilation has become an art form in itself: a highly practical method of mapping a history that is still ...

Mariah Carey: Butterfly Kisses... Or In Bed With Mariah!

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1997

Jeff Lorez flies to LA, does a spot of celeb-spotting and then spends a couple of hours interviewing Mariah Carey in bed on the subject ...

Mariah Carey: Butterfly

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rolling Stone, October 1997

ON WHAT IS something of a transitional album, the recently separated Mariah Carey moves still further away from the warmed-over Whitney Houston of Carey's early ...

Janet Jackson: Brave Heart: Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, November 1997

ACCORDING TO Ralph Ellison in Shadow and Act, no jazz musician struggled harder to escape the role of grinning minstrel than Charlie Parker, with the ...

Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

THIS TIME, it's raining the spectrum of starfish and streaming with tiger snakes. The last Jacksoness album, 93's janet, was a slink-fest of extraordinary ambition ...

Booker T & The MGs: Memphis Sunset: The Mysterious Death of Stax Heartbeat Al Jackson, Jr.

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, Grand Royal, Fall 1997

July 31, 1975 – Booker T & the MGs drummer and Stax session musician Al Jackson, Jr. is shot in the chest with a .22-caliber ...

Grace Jones: Private Life - The Compass Point Sessions (Island)

Review by Amy Linden, Fi, 1998

OF ALL THE words that are over and misused, diva is surely at the top of the heap. Once an adjective related to describing the ...

Solomon Burke: Music To Make Love By

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Chess Records, 1998

SOLOMON BURKE'S ultimate triumph is that he's almost as great as he says he is, and has almost accomplished everything he says he has. He ...

Steve Cropper (1998)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1998

On Otis and the making of 'Dock of the Bay', the disputed history of 'Green Onions', and on touring with Neil Young: the Memphis guitar-slinger gives the lowdown.

File format: mp3; total file size: 31.4mb, total interview length: 34' 16" sound quality: * (phone interview)

Dr. John: The Return Of The Native: A Conversation With Dr John, The Night Tripper

Interview by Joss Hutton, Bucketfull of Brains, 1998

NEW ORLEANS-bred musician Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr John, has seen a lot hair-curling sights during his forty year career on the fringes. ...

Mary J. Blige: Amager Bio, Copenhagen ****

Live Review by David Quantick, Q, January 1998

Once grumpy and so hopeless live she'd get booed offstage. Now... Nice Girl ...

Isaac Hayes: Spread The Word

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 1998

AN INSURANCE salesman, David Porter, visited a Memphis meat-packing factory in 1965. He tried to sell a policy to one of the meat-packers, a big ...

Terry Callier: Look At Me Now: The Return Of Terry Callier

Profile and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, February 1998

DEFINING THE "soul" part of soul music is a tricky issue – it's one of the bigger questions. The music's intangible qualities are often the ...

Aretha Franklin: Queen Aretha Holds Court

Report and Interview by Jeff Apter, nyrock.com, March 1998

THERE ARE few performers for whom one name is sufficient (and no, this list does not include Yanni). Think Bruce, Garth, Iggy, Janis. And, of ...

Bert Berns: The Soul Man with a Huckster's Heart

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

HE WAS, said Jerry Wexler, "a paunchy, nervous cat with a shock of unruly black hair". He looked like a vaguely disreputable cross between Gene ...

Isaac Hayes: Who Is the Man? Isaac Hayes

Interview by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, March 1998

IT'S 11:30 A.M. in New York City, nearly lunchtime for most people, but Isaac Hayes sounds like he just rolled out of bed. At first, ...

Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, James Brown: Bootsy Collins on Bootsy Collins

Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, April 1998

‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’James Brown (King single, 1970) ...

Bobby Bland: Love Throat: Bobby "Blue" Bland

Interview by Robert Gordon, Rolling Stone, May 1998

BOBBY BLAND'S people seat me at a table, make sure I'm comfortable. An effective entrance demands the proper set-up. ...

Down-home delights: The soulful blues of Malaco Records

Report by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, June 1998

THIRTY OR 40 YEARS AGO, the Jackson-based Malaco Records would have been called a "race" label. That was the tag for outfits like Specialty, King, ...

Bobby Womack: 10 Questions for Bobby Womack

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, July 1998

What were you up to in the studio last night? ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Voodoo Lounge

Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

MAC REBENNACK, IS SLUMPED ON A chaise longue in an elegant London hotel suite, the ubiquitous walking cane by his side, a straw Homburg tilted ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: Lee Dorsey: Why Isn't This Man in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Retrospective by Geoffrey Himes, Oxford American, July 1998

NO SINGER in the Big Easy had a more easygoing manner than Lee Dorsey. The rhythms behind him could be wickedly syncopated (they usually were), ...

Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (Two-CD Special Edition)

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

ORIGINALLY RELEASED in 1972, Curtis Mayfield's album of music for one of the most notorious blaxploitation films of the Seventies is typically compassionate, melancholic, and ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As Successful

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1998

He wriggled away From Warners and the quality control went West. He swopped Prince for Victor for Slave for O(+>) and the fans just couldn't ...

Booker T & The MGs, Eddie Floyd, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave: Various Artists: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-68

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, September 1998

Epic set of Sixties soul classics, formerly import-only ...

Brook Benton

Retrospective by Pete Grendysa, DISCoveries, October 1998

A MUSICAL SAGE once quipped, "If you write music, you're a composer. If you write words, you're a lyricist. If you do both, you're Cole ...

Gerald Levert, L.S.G., O'Jays: Gerald Levert: Daddy, I Wanna Sing

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 1998

SECOND-GENERATION LEVERT SINGER AND LSG GURU GERALD HAS SONGS FOR DAYS — ASK HIS POPS, EDDIE ...

Aretha Franklin: The 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time: #1 Aretha Franklin

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1998

 "She has all the Olympian leaps and trills, plus what's so often missing from others — believability." Eddi Reader "The essence of human spirit." Vic Chesnutt "I'm ...

Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Ed Townsend Remembers Marvin Gaye

Profile and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, October 1998

MOTOWN'S MARVIN GAYE more so than any other male soul singer, represented the essence of the seventies. ...

Millie Jackson: Talk Talk

Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, October 1998

MILLIE JACKSON'S name means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Pioneer or profiteer? ...

Curtis Mayfield - A Gently Sensitive Observer

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

SIX MAYFIELD albums on three CDs, from the great to the grottyCurtisGot To Find A WayRootsSweet ExorcistBack To The WorldLove ...

Dru Hill: Enter The Dru

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, December 1998

THERE ARE TWO WAYS to consider Dru Hill. One is that the Baltimore quartet is methadone for those experiencing a serious Jodeci jones. Not the ...

Nina Simone

Interview by Precious Williams, Big Issue, The, December 1998

NINA SIMONE is furious that there is no alcohol left in the house. It's not even 11 o'clock in the morning and yet the 65-year-old ...

Macy Gray, Shelby Lynne: Blue-Eyed Soul and Brown-Eyed Rock: Macy Gray and Shelby Lynne

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), 1999

TEN YEARS AGO I found myself sitting in a London hotel with Tommy Couch, boss of Malaco Records, a Mississippi label which was busy resuscitating ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham #1: "Spend A Little Time With The Old Folks"

Interview by Joss Hutton, Bucketfull of Brains, 1999

Joss Hutton shoots the breeze with the living legends behind some of Soul's greatest, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham #2: Memphis Women And Chicken

Interview by Joss Hutton, Bucketfull of Brains, 1999

The concluding part of Joss Hutton's marathon interview with rhythm & soul legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. ...

Ivory Joe Hunter

Sleevenotes by Bill Millar, Ace Records, 1999

ANY ONE ALBUM BY IVORY JOE HUNTER can only hint at the depth and breadth of a career which spanned five decades of entertainment experience. ...

Eric Benet: Reluctant Love Man: Eric Benet

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1999

RUNDOWN AND slightly seamy, Venice Beach is teeming with rastas, hippies ,and muscle men pumping up at a beachfront gym. ...

Shola Ama: Soul Satisfaction

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

The girl who was discovered singing on a tube station at the age of 15, picked up 2 MOBOs and 1 Brit award, and scored ...

Destiny's Child

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, March 1999

This Houston teen foursome are produced by Timbaland for Missy Misdemeanour's label but it's not going to their heads. ...

Donny Hathaway: Half-life in the Bush of Ghosts: Come back, Donny

Retrospective by Kandia Crazy Horse, Creative Loafing, April 1999

MY RECENT THEORY is that if the late soulman/scribe Donny Hathaway had been white he would be as (cult) famous as Cosmic American Gram Parsons; ...

Destiny's Child: The Writing's On The Wall (Columbia) ***

Review by Lucy O'Brien, Q, August 1999

En Vogue-esque girl power R&B From Texas' latest export. ...

Aretha Franklin: Jerry Wexler: Aretha And Me

Interview by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, August 1999

JERRY WEXLER, co-founder of Atlantic Records and in-house producer, was picking himself up off the floor of Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama when he received ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: The Ultimate Collection/Gratitude/All ‘N’ All/That’s The Way Of The World (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1999

THE SNAZZIEST, JAZZIEST dance crew of the period. Their ‘one world’ spirituality, sunny mysticism and conspicuous musicality makes them a real genre one-off. Never as ...

Wilson Pickett: Still Wicked: Wilson Pickett's Raw Return

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1999

THE HOWL is unmistakable. Raw as fresh meat, gritty and powerful as sandblasting. That's Wilson Pickett shouting thunder over the fatback grooves of a new ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: Penn & Oldham: Good Ol' Boys In The Hood

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 1999

DAN PENN'S writing credits read like a soul jukebox. Often working with his friend Spooner Oldham, Penn was behind many of the defining songs from ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers (Epic) *****

Review by Tom Cox, Guardian, The, November 1999

THE MOST DEFINITIVE summation of The Isley Brothers' career so far begins not with a song but a real, live shriek. ...

Nappy Brown: Savoy Blues Legends: Nappy Brown

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Savoy Records, 2000

INCIPIENT SOUL. There's no other way to describe Nappy Brown. It's true that he gets into the statistic books for a couple of numbers that ...

Aaliyah: The M Factor (Movies, Music, Motivation)

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 2000

Major record and movie success could just be the ingredients for an ego problem. However, the Native New Yorker singer/actress remains firmly rooted in reality. ...

Ike Turner: Beneath All That Tarnish

Retrospective by Bill Wasserzieher, musicblitz.com, 2000

IKE TURNER – Tina’s ex-bad half – has a reputation for being the wicked prince of the blues. His former missus in her as-told-to/tell-all book, ...

D'Angelo: Voodoo

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Village Voice, The, January 2000

I WAS FOREWARNED, and chose not to take heed. You know, how prophecy can get mofos all wound up like Chicken Little with the sky ...

Jimmy Smith’s Hammond Organ Revolution

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Independent, The, January 2000

BEFORE JIMMY SMITH revolutionized the archaic Hammond organ, the lethargic sound this bulky, brown instrument emitted was frequently described, like an ailing patient, as "wheezing." ...

Prince: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Guest star-filled major label return for the man who may yet be regal again. ...

The Isley Brothers, Isley Jasper Isley: The Isley Brothers: "We-e-e-e-e-e-elll!"

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 2000

Their cry was first heard in 1959. The Isley Brothers are about to enter their sixth decade of pop stardom. They inspired The Beatles, employed Hendrix, funked-up Neil Young and ...

The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing – The Story Of The Isley Brothers

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2000

A COLOSSAL, combustible funk-fest; enough for a throbbing theme-night in your very own living room. Furry kaftans and diamante-encrusted bomber jackets optional. Emerging from Lincoln ...

20 Classic Love Songs: Nuthin' But Love

Guide by Michael A. Gonzales, Amy Linden, Vibe, February 2000

Turn the lights down low, put the champagne on ice, and load your CD player with these modern romance classics ...

Kelis: Kaleidoscope

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, April 2000

Captivating Macy-worrying debut remarries hip hop and soul ...

Chic: The Very Best Of Chic

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

Another Chic anthology — why buy? An intelligent sleevenote with participation from Nile Rodgers, full-length album cuts where applicable. La musique elle-meme. ...

Stevie Wonder: The Electrification Of Soul

Overview by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 2000

"THERE'S NEVER BEEN a time when Stevie Wonder hasn't been relevant," said an associate of Wonder's on Channel 4's recent Top 10 Seventies Soul run-down. ...

Barry White: The Big Cheese

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Sleazenation, September 2000

Barry White invited us to join him poolside at his San Diego mansion so we could place a hand on his chest and feel that ...

Lewis Taylor: Lewis II

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

Long-awaited second album from R&B retro whiz in lovelorn mode. ...

Nelly: Country Grammarian: Nelly

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, September 2000

THIS IS WHAT pop music is all about. A radio single with a sing-along hook so catchy and so danceable you can't resist it. A ...

Jill Scott Identifies Herself

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Telegraph Magazine, November 2000

THE SOUND OF DISTANT laughter echoes up the corridor. As it comes closer - suffusing the chilly corporate air of Sony's West Soho HQ with ...

Swamp Dogg: Cover Story: A Dogg with Attitude

Special Feature by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

How a pint-sized pooch danced for his record label ...

D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Kelis: D’Angelo: Voodoo/Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun/Kelis: Kaleidoscope

Review by Cleothus Hardcastle, Rock's Backpages, December 2000

SOMEHOW "SOUL" music lives on, clinging to life in the midst of the coldest, meanest materialism. Straight outta Brooklyn came two of the heirs to ...

Deep Soul

Guide by Dave Godin, MOJO, December 2000

He’s helped turn on a new generation of fans to previously neglected soul stirrers. Now Dave Godin selects 20 of his favourite Deep Soul singers, ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 2000

FIRST RELEASE on CD for Chic-album-in-all-but-name from 1978 ...

Irma Thomas: An Audience With The Soul Queen Of New Orleans

Interview by John Sinclair, Blues Access, Spring 2000

AS HER lengthy reign as the Soul Queen of New Orleans extends into the 21st century, the great Irma Thomas continues to grow as an ...

Big Maybelle: Candy! On Savoy 1956-59

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Savoy Jazz Records, 2001

RECORD COMPANY files tell the story in a haunting, elliptical way. Let's take 1957, for instance: January 8, fifteen dollar advance; same day, another fifty ...

Billy Ocean

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

b. Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Trinidad ...

Jamiroquai: A Funk Odyssey

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

JAMIROQUAI/JAY KAY has shrugged off many a jibe about his disco-funk devotion – not to mention hats, dancing... But if 16 million album sales haven't ...

Jamiroquai: Jay Kay: The Esquire Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, 2001

THERE ARE DOGS and there are dogs. The two German Shepherds growling and baring teeth on the drive of Jay Kay's Buckinghamshire estate, are the ...

Jennifer Lopez: J.Lo

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2001

R&B’s ALL THE rage, yet memorable tunes like Sisqo's 'Thong Song' are few and far between. First single, 'Love Don't Cost A Thing', with its ...

Bootsy Collins, Funkadelic, James Brown: Looking Back with Bootsy

Retrospective and Interview by Martin Herron, unpublished, 2001

'SEX MACHINE'; 'Superbad'; 'One Nation Under A Groove'; 'Tear The Roof Of Tha Sucker' – Bootsy Collins' bass is the foundation stone of the House ...

Macy Gray’s Flying Circus

Profile and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 2001

HARBOUR NO ILLUSIONS, stardom screws you up. Don’t get used to the luxury and attention, it could leave as quickly as it came. No matter ...

The Contours

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'The Faber Companion to 20th C. Popular Music', 2001

Joe Billingslea; Billy Gordon; Billy Hoggs; Hubert Johnson; Sylvester Potts; Huey Davis; Dennis Edwards; Joe Stubbs ...

Erykah Badu: Brave Heart: Erykah Badu

Profile and Interview by Miles Marshall Lewis, Oneworld, January 2001

THE BEIGE, NONDESCRIPT couches at New York's LaGuardia Airport are surprisingly comfortable. Seven Sirius Benjamin-the adorably precocious three-year-old son of Erykah Badu and André Benjamin ...

Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 3

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2001

"DEEP SOUL Records will be just what their name implies," the manifesto for Dave Godin's Deep Soul label declared when it launched in 1969. "Non-commercial ...

Steve Cropper

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, January 2001

GUITAR HEROES come cloaked in the mystique of the iconic loner. We call them guitar-slingers because they are like western heroes who ride into town ...

Johnnie Taylor: Lifetime: A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues And Gospel 1956-1999

Review by Richard Williams, MOJO, February 2001

LIKE MANY soul singers, Johnnie Taylor was only as good as the songs he was given. But when those songs were good – and most ...

The Mighty Imperials: Keepers of the Flame, or a Retro-step too far?

Review and Interview by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

The Mighty Imperials: Jazz Café, London The Mighty Imperials – four white 18-year-olds from New York – blew into town this week ...

Albert King, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, William Bell: Stax: The Stax Story

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2001

Four-disc overview for the label that brought you sweet soul music ...

Jaheim: Soul Boy Not Short On Confidence

Interview by Precious Williams, Evening Standard, The, March 2001

Jaheim Hoagland's smooth, soulful vocals have been likened to those of music legends Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross – but he's not too happy about ...

Michael Jackson: Greatest Hits – History Volume 1

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

ONCE UPON a time, wise critics dubbed Michael Jackson pop's Peter Pan. ...

Black Eyed Peas: Mean Fiddler, London WC2

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, April 2001

NOW THAT hip-hop is a global lingua franca, anyone with the slimmest of credentials can lay claim to authenticity. ...

Destiny's Child: The Joys Of Child-ish Behaviour

Interview by Precious Williams, Evening Standard, The, April 2001

THE SASSIEST girl group in the world are slumped on a sofa lamenting the "awfulness" of how they look. Destiny's Child – Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly ...

Destiny's Child: Survivor (Columbia)

Review by Simon Warner, PopMatters, May 2001

POP HISTORY IS as slippery as a Tom Parker, as mysterious as a Brian Epstein, as mercurial as a Malcolm McLaren. Like its great managerial ...

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2001

SOME YEARS ago I interviewed Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile for MOJO. A musician known for his restless lifestyle, I asked him if there ...

Various Artists: Back To Black (Universal)

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, May 2001

Ten-CD, 220-track History Of Black Music behemoth put together by Morgan 'Streetsounds' Khan in tandem with 35-strong industry committee ...

Git Down!! The 50 Funkiest Records Ever Made!!

Guide by Various Writers, Rock's Backpages, June 2001

Once upon a time there was Funk. THE Funk. The Rhythm of the One. Now it's all four-on-the-floor hard-house and techy trance, dance-muzik devoid of ...

Tales From The Funky Side Of Town: “Soul” and “Funk”, Then and Now

Essay by James Maycock, Independent, The, June 2001

"YOU'D BE SURPRISED how time can change the meaning of a word," rasped black comedian, Redd Foxx, during a performance at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in ...

Shuggie Otis: The Resurrection of Shuggie Otis

Retrospective and Interview by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, June 2001

INSPIRATION INFORMATION disappeared shortly after its 1974 release, and the world soon forgot about Shuggie Otis, the promising young rock musician who made the record. ...

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Soul Man

Review by Kit Aiken, Uncut, July 2001

13 of the 30-odd albums released in the his lifetime: five twofers from the Sixties, an expanded 30th anniversary edition of his 1971 classic and ...

Usher: Rise of the House of Usher

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Telegraph Magazine, July 2001

APPEARING ON Channel 4's Richard Blackwood Show during his last visit to Britain, clean-cut US R&B star Usher Raymond IV startled the crowd with the ...

Erykah Badu: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2001

I HAVE SEEN Bowie atop a giant glass spider and U2 stuck inside a lemon, but I cannot recall an entrance like Erykah Badu's. ...

Destiny's Child, Missy Elliott: Destiny's Child: Survivor (Columbia)***; Missy Elliott: Miss E…So Addictive (Elektra)*****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2001

Two blasts of future freak-funk ...

Usher: From Usher With Love

Interview by Ian Gittins, Q, August 2001

He was discovered at 14 by Puff Daddy, wants to move like Fred Astaire, sing like Michael Jackson and talk like the Fonz. He sold ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Backroom Boys: Booker T & the MGs

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2001

IF EVER THERE WAS a piece of music that deserved the epithet "timeless", it’s Booker T. & the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’. The most basic of ...

Aaliyah: The Highest, Most Exalted One: Aaliyah, 1979-2001

Obituary by Miles Marshall Lewis, Village Voice, The, August 2001

THREE WEEKS BACK, I lay in a sea-salted bathtub with candles, bubbles, and headphones, listening to Aaliyah. Lamenting the state of my love life during ...

N*E*R*D": In Search Of...

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, September 2001

R&B production team turn out politically-infused black rock'n'soul album ...

Maxwell: Now's the Time? Maxwell's Now

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, LA Weekly, September 2001

MAXWELL. Not D'Angelo-Maxwell. Not Bilal-Maxwell. Not Musiq Soulchild, even. Maxwell. ...

Aaliyah, Singer/Actress

Obituary by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON was just 22 when she died last Saturday in a plane crash in The Bahamas, but she'd already been famous for seven ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Ike Turner: Ike Turner

Interview by Precious Williams, Scotland on Sunday, September 2001

"IF YOU KNOW ME, you love me," boasts Ike Turner, reclining in the sizzling sunshine and sipping a glass of water. An interesting claim ...

Gabrielle

Profile and Interview by Ian Watson, Sunday Herald, October 2001

SHE DOESN'T SHUT UP. Present Gabrielle with a simple query and her mouth goes into overdrive. She hits the ground sprinting, talking so quickly she ...

Alicia Keys: "I love Chopin… He's my dawg": Alicia Keys

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, November 2001

Stevie loves her, Oprah's after her and Prince is always on the phone. As Alicia Keys prepares to storm the UK charts, Ian Gittins meets ...

Bootsy Collins, Outkast: Funk: Bootsy Collins & OutKast

Interview by Angus Batey, Dazed & Confused, December 2001

What is funk anyway? A type of music? A sound? An attitude, a style, a feeling? ...

Fontella Bass

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, Spring 2001

SOMETIMES, IT really, really pays to listen to your colleagues. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Where Are They Now: Terence Trent D'Arby

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, Summer 2001

ONCE THE snake-hipped future of soul, Terence Trent D'Arby never quite capitalized on the enormous publicity that greeted his arrival in the mid-'80's, nor the ...

Cymande

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Mojo Collections, 2002

STEVE SCIPIO pauses. The bass player and songwriter with Cymande is trying to recall what exactly his band's biggest hit, the reggae-funk masterpiece 'The Message', ...

Johnny Otis at 80

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, 2002

JOHNNY OTIS, the renaissance man of rhythm and blues, is somewhat ambivalent about entering his ninth decade. "I have two kinds of feelings," he concedes. ...

P.P. Arnold (2002)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2002

On the road with Ike & Tina Turner; supporting the Rolling Stones; 'Tin Soldier' and The Small Faces; meeting Jimi; going out with Rod Stewart, plus countless superstar sessions: P.P. Arnold takes us on a trip back to Swinging London!

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 56.7mb, total interview length: 1h 1' 57" sound quality: ****

Michael Jackson: Invincible (Epic)**

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

Distressingly dull comeback from disputed King Of Pop ...

Ray Charles: The Definitive Ray Charles

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, January 2002

Forty-six tracks from 48 years – 40 of which are from the '50s and '60s, but them's the breaks – a definitive encapsulation of a ...

Mary J. Blige: "My Boyfriend Was Trying To Kill Me. There Were Weapons."

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2002

THE WORLD LOVES a troubled diva, and for 10 years Mary Jane Blige has provided her public with a continuous flow of what her friend, ...

Smokey Robinson: 10 Questions for Smokey Robinson

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, April 2002

Bill DeMain speaks to Motown's legendary songwriter and singer about Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, school plays and positive rap. ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2002

IT WAS FOOLISH to think that the first lady of hip hop soul would abide by the title of her latest, and greatest-selling, album, No ...

'80s Soul: Never Too Much

Overview by Lulu Le Vay, Sleazenation, May 2002

80s soul: Black men and silky suits and silkier voices. White Essex casuals. Weekends at windswept holiday resorts. Luther Vandross. While the rest of the ...

Aretha Franklin: The Queen's Greatest Tracks

Review by Martin Colyer, Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

"THEY USED to call me a jazz singer," Aretha told Val Wilmer in 1968. "Now I think what I sing is closer to R&B and ...

Joi, Kelis, Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Joi/Ndégeocello/Kelis: Walk on Gilded Splinters

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, May 2002

Joi: Star Kitty's Revenge; Me'Shell Ndégeocello: Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape; Kelis: Wanderland ...

Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, May 2002

THERE'S A popular mythology out there that says that certain things–like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies–never die. ...

Nina Simone: To Love Somebody/Here Comes The Sun/Emergency Ward/Black Gold/It Is Finished

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, June 2002

EUNICE WAYMON never intended to be a pop singer. Her ambition was to be the first great black female classical pianist. She took up playing ...

Solomon Burke: Go On Back To Him

Report by Don Waller, MOJO, June 2002

BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! "What's that noise in my earphones?" soul giant Solomon Burke calls into the studio control roost from the vocal isolation booth. "That's ...

Solomon Burke: The Bishop of Soul returns

Special Feature by Dave Schulps, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

MICK JAGGER may have insisted once upon a time that "it’s the singer not the song," but that doesn’t necessarily mean that even the greatest ...

Take 6: Beautiful World

Review by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, June 2002

WHEN TAKE 6 dropped their self-titled debut in 1988, contemporary R&B and gospel were both at crossroads and the idea of an a cappella gospel ...

Nelly: Nellyville

Review by Marc Weingarten, slate.com, June 2002

Nelly's Confusion: Is the rapper a preacher or a party animal? Don't ask him. ...

Solomon Burke: King Solomon

Interview by Chris Bourke, Real Groove, July 2002

WHEN SOLOMON BURKE makes an entrance, it's obvious that royalty has arrived. I once witnessed the self-proclaimed King of Rock'n'Soul take the stage. It was ...

Ashanti: Saviour Of The Ballad

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Q, August 2002

"LEAVE!" Ashanti Douglas is not amused. ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole: Calypso Facto

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2002

OFF THE COAST OF ME***FRESH FRUIT IN FOREIGN PLACES*****TROPICAL GANGSTERS***DOPPELGANGER**(All Universal) ...

Jay Z, Kelis, N*E*R*D: N*E*R*D: Irving Plaza, New York City

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, September 2002

WHAT do you do when you're a studio rat who's passed the Courvoisier with Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy and logged hits for 'N Sync, ...

Rick James: Anthology

Review and Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, September 2002

CATEGORISING RICK James isn't as easy as one might think. Sure, he's the bad boy of black pop, a groove-minded funkster with a nasty attitude, ...

Soul II Soul: Timmy Regisford

Interview by Marc Rowlands, Southport Weekender Programme, September 2002

I'VE NEVER seen an interview with Timmy Regisford before. I don't know if he seldom does them. I know he doesn't enjoy them, not that ...

The Liberation of Detroit: The Motor City after Motown

Retrospective by Phil Mershon, Perfect Sound Forever, November 2002

WHEN BERRY GORDY JR. moved the Motown empire to Los Angeles in 1971, his plan was for the world’s premier record company to go into ...

Etta James: I'm Only Sleeping

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, MOJO, December 2002

"SOMETHING TOLD ME IT WAS OVER/When I saw you and here talking/Something deep down in my soul said, 'Cry, girl'/When I saw you and that ...

Solomon Burke: Solomon In All His Glory

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2002

The greatest male soul singers are Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Solomon Burke. But, unlike the others, Burke is very much alive, as ...

Isaac Hayes: 10 Questions for Isaac Hayes

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, 2003

DO YOU remember your first week at Stax? ...

Aaliyah: I Care 4 U

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2003

THE GRIEF and shock that gripped the R&B fraternity after Aaliyah Houghton's death in a plane crash in 2001 was more than just sorrow for ...

Bothered Blue Once More: The Barrett Rude Jr. and the Subtle Distinctions Story

Sleevenotes by D. Ebdus, Motherless Records, 2003

"The singer’s role is deceptive; in identifying and exploring disintegration and other potentially destructive aspects of black American life he or she is performing an ...

Howard Tate: Rediscovered

Sleevenotes by Andy Schwartz, Private Music/RCA, 2003

NOTE: I was surprised and very saddened to learn that the great soul singer Howard Tate had died 12.2.11 at age 72, reportedly from complications ...

Kelis: Tasty

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

SHE'S THE NEPTUNES' fave session chick, critics dug her 2000 debut Kaleidoscope and the fashion world (and Nas) thinks she's the shit. ...

Patrice Rushen

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, 2003

AS I HAVE often commented, one of the wonders of the modern age was the invention of the compact disc. Not only has it revolutionized ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: Beacon Theater, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, 2003

MY TRAGEDY AS a music fanatic has always been one of being a spirit out of time. I have spent a goodly portion of my ...

Ray Charles: 10 Questions for Ray Charles

Interview by Bill DeMain, MOJO, January 2003

Meeting Nat Cole, crafting genius songs on the spot and tips on sartorial cool. Bill DeMain gets the word from the emperor of soul. ...

TLC: 3D

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2003

Atlanta R&B trio's ill fated fourth album ...

James Brown: The Making Of James Brown Live At The Apollo

Retrospective by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, February 2003

"ARE YOU READY for Star Time?" exclaimed MC Lucas "Fats" Gonder from the stage of Harlem’s Apollo on 24th October, 1962. The eager crowd ...

India.Arie: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, March 2003

WHERE India.Arie is concerned, the journey to enlightenment will stop at nothing – not even hair. Shorn of her customary dreadlocks since her last British ...

Earl King 1934-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

NEW ORLEANS bluesman Earl King (69) died from diabetes related complications on April 17 at St. Charles General Hospital in New Orleans. He was ...

Edwin Starr 1942-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

SOUL SINGER Edwin Starr (61) died of a heart attack at his home in central England on April 2. Edwin Starr was one of Soul ...

Homer Banks 1941-2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

SOUL SINGER and songwriter Homer Banks (61) died of cancer in Memphis on April 4. Banks achieved most of his fame from writing songs ...

Solomon Burke, Van Morrison: Van Morrison/Solomon Burke: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Independent, The, April 2003

THE POTENTIAL that the double bill offered for a soulman super summit was certainly enticing – Solomon Burke, the veteran preacherman from Philadelphia, and George ...

Holland-Dozier-Holland: They Wrote The Songs

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, May 2003

An exclusive HITS dialogue with Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland by Roy Trakin ...

The Fugees: 'Killing Me Softly'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2003

Vital statistics 

on The Fugees' 'Killing Me Softly' ...

Macy Gray: Shepherds Bush Empire, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, May 2003

HER RECORD COMPANY had spent the day warning everybody that she would be on stage at 9pm, not 9.15pm as advertised, but in the end ...

Macy Gray: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

MACY GRAY'S RECORDS rarely seem to match up to her image: the flaky, funky, erratic, but traditional soul sister. This was the kind of entertainer ...

Marvin Gaye: Marvellous Marvin Reconsidered

Book Excerpt by Ian MacDonald, 'The People's Music' (Pimlico), July 2003

RARELY DID AN artistic persona run more counter to the truth than in the case of Marvin Gaye. Onstage, he was the quintessence of urbanity: ...

Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton, Tony Joe White: Sumpn' Funky Goin' On: True Tales of Blue-Eyed Backwoods Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'Country Got Soul' (Casual Records), July 2003

THERE WAS SOMETHING funky happening in the American South in the late ‘60s and you didn’t know what it was, did you, Mr Jones? ...

Donnie: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2003

The Love Manifesto ...

Barry White 1944-2003

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2003

FEW ARTISTS CAPTURED the aspirational glamour of the 70s better than Barry White. ...

Beyoncé: Pop the Question, Jigga – Miss Fat Booty Gets Some, Gives Some Up Without Shame

Comment by Amy Linden, Village Voice, The, August 2003

UNLIKE THE B.Lo affair (so ubiquitous it practically has its own action figures), whatever is going on between Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z is under the ...

Mary J. Blige: The Ballad Of Mary J

Interview by Precious Williams, Scotland on Sunday, August 2003

MARY J BLIGE'S daunting reputation as a volatile, prickly diva has always threatened to eclipse her extraordinary vocal talent. Legend has it that her record ...

Stevie Wonder: 'Higher Ground'

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, September 2003

Vital statistics 

on Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Motor Booty

Retrospective and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, October 2003

In 1963 George Clinton took a first step toward funk overlordship. He shut his East Coast barbershop and flew to Motown. Lloyd Bradley finds out ...

Mis-Teeq

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Evening Standard, The, October 2003

"WHEN WE WERE younger, we were always entertaining people," says Su-Elise Nash, at 22 the youngest member of the UK's most urban girl group, Mis-Teeq. ...

Mis-Teeq: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, October 2003

THE BEST bits, as with their often startling appearances on daytime radio, are when they mutate suddenly. ...

Macy Gray, Mya: Macy Gray: The Trouble With Being Myself/Mya
: Moodring


Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, October 2003

BOTH WOMEN crouch nearly nude on their album covers, gazing with feral yet somehow fetal reproach at potential consumers, like naughty fairy changelings who've had ...

Lemar

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Touch, November 2003

SONY HQ, Great Marlborourgh Street, London. The glorious June afternoon teasingly leaks out its golden rays through all the building's nooks, crooks and capacious office ...

Chic, Tony Thompson: Tony Thompson

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Guardian, The, November 2003

TONY THOMPSON, WHO has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the ...

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson: Brothers In Arms

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, December 2003

IN THE LATE afternoon of 4th April, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot through the neck on the balcony of Memphis' Lorraine Motel. Pronounced ...

James Brown (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

James Brown talks about survival, mistrust, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Invention of Funk.

File format: mp3 File size: 28.5mb Interview length: 31 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ***

Michael Jackson: Thrills Before The Spills

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, December 2003

IT'S THAT PHOTO, the official police mugshot taken when Michael Jackson finally turned himself in to answer charges of child molestation, which looks so scary. ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2004

BILLIE HOLIDAY crossed with ball-busting rapper Eve, Camden’s Amy Winehouse is easily the most entertaining product of the Sylvia Young stage school – admittedly she ...

Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 2004

BY 1969 BLACK artists were following rock's lead and recording very long tracks. At the forefront of such experimentation was big bad Isaac Hayes, co-author ...

Teena Marie

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, 2004

SHE IS quite simply, one of a kind, a phenomenon of sorts in the world of soul music. For an amazing twenty-five years – since ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank (Island) ****

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, January 2004

Stunning, hilarious debut album from UK soul chanteuse. ...

Bill Withers (2004)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, January 2004

A masterclass in songwrting from a master songwriter: how his songs came into being, collaborations with others and how his life experiences are reflected in his lyrics.

File format: mp3; file size: 27.4mb, interview length: 29' 59" sound quality: ** (phone)

James Brown: Beat The Devil: James Brown's Demons

Profile by James Maycock, Observer Music Monthly, February 2004

DAMN! LIFE WAS sweet and dandy for the Godfather of Soul in the last few years. But James Brown's slippin' and slidin' once again – ...

James Brown: Super Bad: James Brown

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2004

JAMES BROWN’S road manager Charles Bobbitt takes me to one side and places a friendly paw on my forearm. ...

Jamelia: Some Kind Of Superstar

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2004

WHEN JAMELIA disappeared four years ago, it seemed her coronation as Britain's R&B queen might be postponed for ever. Four hit singles, including the Top ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: The Hit Man: Pharrell Williams

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, February 2004

He co-produced nearly 20% of tracks currently being played on British radio. But he is also a star in his own right - as a ...

Joss Stone

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), March 2004

HOW OLD do you have to be to sing the blues? ...

Van Hunt: Van Hunt

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, April 2004

PREENING, CONFESSING, aloof Atlanta R&B phenom falls short ...

The Chi-Lites: Legends of Songwriting: Eugene Record of The Chi-Lites

Profile and Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, May 2004

IN 1969, WHEN The Chi-Lites scored their first hit with 'Give It Away', it was a well-earned triumph. ...

The Chi-Lites: The Complete Chi-Lites on Brunswick, Vols. 1 and 2 (Edsel)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, May 2004

Definitive comp of Windy City vocal-group soulsters beloved of Tony Soprano. ...

Howard Tate (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2004

The great lost voice of soul recounts his career, from childhood gospel in Philadelphia, through his '60s hits with Jerry Ragavoy, his leaving music behind and the dark years, right up to his recent rediscovery and revival.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 50mb, total interview length: 54' 36" sound quality: ****

Howard Tate: Fate?

Profile and Interview by Gavin Martin, Record Collector, June 2004

HOWARD TATE is sitting opposite me sipping black coffee in the bar of a West End Hotel and I can hardly believe it. Until recently ...

Ray Charles: 'As Frank Sinatra Said, He Was The Only True Genius In Our Business'

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, June 2004

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Ray Charles invented modern soul music. By fusing the sensual and secular preoccupations of the blues and the galvanic fervour of ...

Amy Winehouse: Concorde 2, Brighton ****

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Q, July 2004

Meet the hotshot jazz chanteuse you couldn't take home to mum. ...

Angie Stone

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Evening Standard, The, July 2004

ANGIE STONE breezes into the bar at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester apologising for the burger in her hand and explaining that she's just flown ...

Bill Withers: Legends of Songwriting: Bill Withers

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, July 2004

A BLACK MAN wearing faded jeans and an orange turtleneck sweater sits on a stool. He's hunched over his acoustic guitar. Eyes closed, sweat glistening ...

Ray Charles: The Great Ray Charles Needed No Justifying

Retrospective by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Journalist, The, July 2004

Ronald Reagan arrived at the Pearly Gates this week, and was met by St. Peter. Reagan was stunned for a moment. ...

Dan Penn: Muscle Shoals: Soul of the South

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, unpublished, September 2004

Muscle Shoals and Fame Studios are synonymous with the golden era of soul music. But the musicians who wrote and played on the songs that ...

Nelly: Sweat/Suit

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2004

ANYONE WHO bought Guns 'N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I and II knows that an artist releasing two albums at the same time is rarely ...

Ray Charles: I Believe to My Soul

Essay by Dave Marsh, Harp, September 2004

One of these days, and it won't be longYou gonna look for me, and I'll be gone ...

Aretha Franklin Getting Plenty Of Respect

Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News, September 2004

Soul Survivor On Her First Tour In 21 Years ...

Jay Z, R Kelly: R. Kelly & Jay-Z: Unfinished Business

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, October 2004

R. KELLY AND JAY-Z. Whichever way you cut it, it's an odd pairing. ...

Rick James: The Super Freak

Obituary by Andria Lisle, MOJO, October 2004

Rick James died on August 6, after last month's MOJO went to press. Andria Lisle pays belated tribute. ...

Dave Godin: Champion of Black Music who coined the term "Northern Soul"

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, October 2004

WHEN THE MUSICIANS and singers of the first Motown Revue – the Miracles, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, "Little" Stevie Wonder and Earl Van ...

Gwen McCrae: I'm Not Worried

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2004

ALTHOUGH OFTEN in the shadow of former hubby George, Gwen McCrae is still a much revered name in deep soul circles almost 30 years after ...

Bettye LaVette: Finally...

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, 2005

THERE ARE any number of R&B songs we could use as a cliché for the title of this article on the super-soulful Ms. Bettye Lavette. ...

Faith Evans: The First Lady (Capitol/EMI)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2005

UNFORTUNATELY FOR Faith Evans, no matter what she does nor how well she does it, her career will never be able to hold a candle ...

Mary J. Blige (2005)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

Mary J. speaks frankly about her life: drink and drugs, domestic abuse, marriage, tattoos, clothes and wearing fur!

File format: mp3; file size: 28.6mb; Interview length: 31 16"; sound quality: ****

Loleatta Holloway

Interview by Bill Brewster, djhistory.com, January 2005

LOLEATTA WAS born in Chicago in 1946 and, like most of her peers, began singing in gospel groups before striking out on a solo career ...

Betty Davis: She's Gotta Have It

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, MOJO, February 2005

ONE EVENING during the high summer of 1967, the fragrant Miss Mabry left her Greenwich Village apartment situated in the S&M area of Bedford Street. ...

Solomon Burke

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

ON A RAINY FRIDAY afternoon Solomon Burke is holding court in the living room of his San Fernando Valley home. The man who has claimed ...

Al Green: Green's Day

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, March 2005

AL GREEN'S genius spans four decades, and during those often tumultuous years the man who is routinely referred to as the last great Southern soul ...

Joss Stone

Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Express, March 2005

WHEN YOU'RE a pop star, life rushes by at a furious pace. And things are so hectic for Joss Stone right now that the only ...

Ray Charles: O-Genio: Live In Brazil 1963

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, March 2005

AFTER LAST YEAR'S duets album became the best-selling release of his career, coupled with the Oscar buzz surrounding the new biopic, it was inevitable that ...

Stevie Wonder: The Backpages Interview: Stevie Wonder

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2005

RBP: You're working these long all-night stretches in the studio. How different is it from when you worked in the early '70s? ...

Stevie Wonder (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2005

From 'Fingertips' to the 21st Century, and everything in between: his classic albums; Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Prince; race, religion and blindness; recording and technology then and now... and he sings! he preaches! he does your horoscope!

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 100.3meg, total interview length: 1h 49' 29" sound quality: ***

Mariah Carey: The Emancipation Of Mimi

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, April 2005

IN TRUTH, there's nothing more entertaining than watching a celebrity having a breakdown. ...

Arrow Brown: The Godfather of King Drive

Retrospective by Bob Mehr, Chicago Reader, April 2005

Arrow Brown wanted badly to be a player-he wore a black hat, packed heat even in church, and exploited a houseful of wives and concubines ...

Faith Evans: Time To Try Again

Interview by Angus Batey, Times, The, April 2005

Two UK No 1s have not made the former Mrs BIG a household name in this country. Faith Evan's new album might just do it ...

Stevie Wonder Takes His Time

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2005

BY THE SMALL HOURS of Saturday morning, L.A.'s Koreatown district is hushed and still. The odd car rattles along Western Avenue, but most of the ...

Destiny's Child: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2005

FOR THE "INDEPENDENT WOMEN" of one of their biggest hits, Destiny's Child have a tendency to do what they are told. The middleclass work ethic ...

Bobby Womack, Jim Ford: Bobby Womack on Jim Ford (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2005

The Last Soul Man talks about his friend and collaborator Jim Ford: being introduced by Ford to Sly Stone, such great songs as 'Harry Hippie' and 'Point Of No Return', and writing songs with the man.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.8mb, interview length: 21' 35" sound quality: * (phoner)

Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson: Winter in America (Charly)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

A MASTERWORK of ghetto melancholia and stark political gravitas, Winter in America showcases Scott-Heron and Jackson at their most witheringly unsentimental but also their most ...

Curtis Mayfield: Soul Brother No. 1

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2005

Ghetto-funk pioneer, civil rights activist, blaxploitation soundtrack master — the late Curits Mayfield is one of the all-time soul greats ...

Bettye LaVette: Betty LaVette: I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, September 2005

PREVIOUSLY KNOWN only to fanatical followers of obscure deep soul, the legendary Ms LaVette belatedly comes in for a Joe Henry tune-up on this feisty, ...

Luther Vandross

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2005

THERE WAS SOMETHING special about Luther Vandross (who died 1st July). Free of the brashness of the other male soul performers of the 80s; here ...

New Orleans: The Heart of the Matter

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, LA Weekly, September 2005

"I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans."–Ernie K-Doe, 1979 * ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: Relighting the Fire

Report and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, September 2005

MAYBE IT'S AN effect of the baking late-August heat, but the concert scene in Houston, Texas has gone all topsy-turvy. ...

Black Merda: It's a Detroit Rock Thing

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, November 2005

THEY RUBBED shoulders with the cream of the Motor City, including Funkadelic, the Temptations, Edwin Starr, Bob Seger and the MC5. They recorded for the ...

Mary J. Blige: The Drama of Being Mary J. Blige

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, November 2005

"WE LOVE YOU, MARY!" The shouts float up from isolated pockets in the plush auditorium housed within Columbus Circle's glitzy Time Warner building. Mary J. ...

Jamie Lidell: King's Cross Scala, London

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, November 2005

JAMIE LIDELL'S live show at the King's Cross Scala offers a number of delightfully incongruous spectacles. Looming large among them is the sight of a ...

Marvin Gaye: Seaside Healing

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, November 2005

IN SPRING 1981, in an act akin to James Brown relocating to Hull, a 42-year-old cash-strapped Marvin Gaye took the Southampton ferry to the Belgian ...

Marvin Gaye: Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

Book Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY of the Trouble Man ...

Angie Stone

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Touch, December 2005

THE GLAMOUROUS surroundings of the Sofitel hotel in Pall Mall are dazzling – handsome door staff oozing charisma and flirtatious winks, impressive pieces of classic-yet-modern ...

Stevie Wonder: A Time To Love

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

Long overdue reminder of what the great man does best ...

Al Green

Profile by Terry Staunton, Notes for Live in '72 DVD, 2006

Terry Staunton profiles the life of Al Green for the sleevenotes for Revolver Entertainment's Live in '72 DVD ...

Booker T & The MGs, Booker T. Jones: Booker T. Jones (2006)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, 2006

The Booker T & The MGs mainman talks about the Stax years, working with the likes of Otis Redding and Albert King, making 'Green Onions', and on to later projects with Santana, Neil Young and Boz Scaggs.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.5mb; Interview length: 27' 5"; sound quality: *****

Deon Jackson: Love Makes the World Go Round

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice, 2006

IF YOU HAVE TO BE remembered as a one-hit wonder, it helps if the hit was a wonderful one, a unique-sounding record from what was ...

Teena Marie

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, 2006

IT TAKES a certain 'something' to maintain a career with any sort of longevity in the music industry – more now than ever. Long gone ...

The 5th Dimension: Up, Up and Away/Magic Garden

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2006

IT'S NO SECRET that time has a way of erasing details and leaving our memories with only the broadest contours of our shared experience. Most ...

Dr. John: Wade In The Water: Dr. John Weathers the Flood

Interview by John Sinclair, Honest Tune, 2006

THERE IS no native son of New Orleans more fiercely native than Mac Rebennack, known professionally now for almost 40 years as Dr. John. ...

Ray Charles: Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings, 1952-1959 (Atlantic/Rhino)

Review by John Morthland, No Depression, January 2006

LIKE THE TITLE SAYS, here's everything Ray Charles recorded for Atlantic — six CDs containing 119 tracks (including one LP he produced for his tenor ...

Lewis Taylor: Soul Enigma: Lewis Taylor Comes to America

Report and Interview by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, February 2006

FOR MUCH OF THE LAST DECADE, arguably the most brilliant R&B artist of this generation has toiled in relative obscurity in Britain. ...

Candi Staton Comes Home to Country Soul

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Honest Jon's Records, March 2006

THERE ARE southern soul voices and there are southern soul voices. Raw and ravaged, Candi Staton's is one of the signature sounds of that particular ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Looking at the Devil: Sly Stone and There's a Riot Goin' On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, March 2006

DICK CAVETT didn't know what had hit him. The mild-mannered, impeccably liberal TV host had had some far-out guests on his ABC talk show, but ...

Candi Staton (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 2006

Starting with her collaboration with The Source on the dancefloor classic 'You Got The Love', this fascinating interview takes us back to racist Alabama, gospel, her marriage to Clarence Carter and her time at Rick Hall's Fame, and takes in the years of abuse and drink, and her return to the church.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 64.7mb, total interview length: 1h 10' 40" sound quality: ****

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

Live Review by Fred Mills, Harp, April 2006

"THIS IS rock 'n' roll for the older set – we're all sitting down, reading the lyrics..." ...

Prince: 3121

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, May 2006

IN HIS LONG-AGO heyday Prince complimented Kid Creole's backup girls by admiring how Adriana Kaegi "used every beat of the music in her choreography." Evidence ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire: The Way of the World

Profile and Interview by Bill DeYoung, Goldmine, July 2006

WITHOUT MAURICE WHITE, the 1970s wouldn't have been nearly as interesting. ...

Gnarls Barkley: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, July 2006

DRESSED IN red knee socks, black shorts and untucked white school shirt and glistening from fifty minutes of belting out melted funk anthems at full ...

Janet Jackson

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Grazia, August 2006

THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE is unmistakable. With her high cheekbones and big brown eyes, Janet Jackson looks eerily like her brother Michael before he began his ...

Teena Marie

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, August 2006

THERE'S NEVER been a funkier white girl than Teena Marie. With hits like 'Lovergirl', 'Square Biz' and 'Fire and Desire' – a duet with former ...

Dennis Coffey: Big City Funk

Sleevenotes by James Maycock, Vampi Soul, November 2006

Dennis Coffey: Original Old School Breaks & Heavy Guitar Soul (Vampi Soul) ...

Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Cometh/Ice On Ice

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collectors Choice Music, November 2006

As well as being two classic albums of '60s pop-soul, The Ice Man Cometh and Ice on Ice comprise a tale of two cities – ...

Allen Toussaint: The Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, Daily Telegraph, November 2006

THOUGH HE IS the greatest living exponent of the extraordinary New Orleans piano tradition that produced Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Huey Smith, James Booker, Dr ...

James Brown: Caught in The Act: James Brown's Soul on Top

Live Review by Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat, December 2006

WHEN SOUL shouter James Brown released his big band album – Soul on Top – in 1970, it was received as neither fish nor fowl ...

James Brown 1933-2006

Obituary by James Maycock, Independent, The, December 2006

JAMES BROWN was one of the most extraordinary Afro-Americans of the 2nd half of the 20th century. A raw, emotional singer, electric performer and tough ...

James Brown: The Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, January 2007

JAMES BROWN was of a generation of black men—mythological in many ways—who helped define the contours of freedom and possibility for black folk in the ...

Amy Winehouse: Joe's Pub, NYC

Live Review by Amy Linden, Village Voice, The, January 2007

WITH HYPE justified by her soon come (and already #1 in the UK) sophomore CD Back To Black), and a Ghostface remix of the slurred, ...

Joss Stone: The Undoctored Ms Stone, I Presume: Joss Stone

Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, February 2007

MEETING JOSS STONE in the Electric Lady recording suite in downtown Manhattan feels curiously appropriate. Set up in 1968 by Jimi Hendrix, who named his ...

Lewis Taylor: Lost and Found: Lewis Taylor's Pop-Rock Masterpiece

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, March 2007

IF LOS ANGELES is the perfect place to fall in love with an album-as-road-soundtrack – as aural companion to the zen ebb and flow of ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers: Blow Your Whistle: Original Old School Breaks & Classic Funk Bombs

Sleevenotes by James Maycock, Vampi Soul Records, March 2007

JANUARY 2003. AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. A documentary crew are filming James Brown outside the house his aunt operated as a brothel in the 1940s. It was ...

War: The War Story: An Interview with War's Original Drummer Harold Brown

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, March 2007

AS DRUMMER FOR THE BAND WAR, Harold Brown was part of the vibrant music scene of the late-'60s and early-'70s that included Jim Morrison, Jimi ...

Allen Toussaint: Toussaint Explores Life Outside Big Easy

Profile and Interview by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2007

ALLEN TOUSSAINT never left New Orleans. He spent virtually his entire distinguished career playing piano, singing, writing songs and making records with other people in ...

Amy Winehouse

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL Hip Hop Soul, June 2007

UNDER LOS ANGELES' sparkly surface there lies a noir beauty, and nowhere is that gritty glamour more present than at the legendary Chateau Marmont. Nestled ...

Amy Winehouse: Hip-Hop Junkies: Amy Winehouse

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, June 2007

23-YEAR-OLD UK soul/jazz chanteuse Amy Winehouse has taken music by storm with her American debut Back To Black. Already huge overseas, Amy first got US ...

Swamp Dogg Bites Back

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, June 2007

"WHEN I FELT like I needed profanity, I used profanity," Swamp Dogg begins. And as he cheerfully swears his way through his 50 years in ...

Al Green: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2007

AL GREEN IS the last of the American southern soul giants of the 1960s and 70s, a survivor where Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam ...

Amy Winehouse: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, July 2007

THE LAST TIME I had a ticket for Amy Winehouse was back in March, at Spaceland in LA. She'd played the Roxy the night before ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: I Want To Take You... Lower

Report by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, July 2007

Sly Stone was the funkadelic pioneer who made the world dance, broke racial boundaries, raised hell and set Woodstock alight. Last week, in Italy, after ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly and the Family Stone: Bournemouth Opera House

Live Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, August 2007

YOU'RE A LIFE-LONG fan of a band that fell apart long before you were old enough to see them play. Suddenly, you hear that the ...

The Drifters: I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing (Collectors' Choice Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collectors' Choice Music, August 2007

IF THE MID-'60s "Brill Building era" – when teams like Goffin-King, Bacharach-David and Mann-Weil wrote like what seemed two-thirds of the hits in Top 40 ...

Bettye LaVette: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Harp, September 2007

WAKING UP every morning now with the Blues, so catching the divine Lady Bettye LaVette's recent Manhattan show at the Highline was a foregone conclusion. ...

Chaka Khan: Back...From Back In The Day

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, October 2007

LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2007: I've been talking to Chaka Khan since 1974. Through the years, I've been a witness to her through-the-fire-days, her almost-have-it-together-days, ...

DeBarge, El DeBarge: The Rise and Fall of The DeBarge Family

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, October 2007

The DeBarge family – El, Marty, Randy, Bunny and James, not to mention Thomas, Bobby, and baby brother Chico – were supposed to be Motown's ...

The Stylistics, Thom Bell: Sweet Soul Symphonics: Thom Bell and the Stylistics

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2007

THE STYLISTICS were a permanent fixture on the British pop charts of the early '70s. Every tenth record that came out of my tinny transistor ...

Chris Brown: Exclusive

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

IN THE ABSENCE of an identity of his own, 16-year-old Chris Brown borrowed Usher's for his self-titled 2005 debut. ...

Alicia Keys: As I Am

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

THERE HAS to be a point where the wheels come off Alicia Keys' wagon. No one can be that good at everything. ...

Adele: Move Over, Amy…

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2007

... and Lily, and Kate: there's a new star in town. Adele Adkins is only 19, but her voice has bewitched everyone from Jools Holland ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly and the Family Stone: Stand!

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Sony Legacy, Spring 2007

IT'S A MEASURE of our fascination with the darker side of pop culture that Stand! now tends to take second stage to 1971's claustrophobic, coke-fuelled ...

James Brown: I Got The Feelin': James Brown In The '60s (Shout! Factory)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, unpublished, 2008

NOTE: previously unpublished; banned after having "been labeled 'offensive' by most of the editorial department here" at Detroit Metro Times. ...

Joss Stone: Joss Stick: Joss Stone

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, 2008

JOSS STONE is smoking a fag. Crouched on the pavement outside the BBC's Maida Vale studio, a grey cardigan pulled around her, a skinny roll-up ...

The Dells: Originals: The Dells

Retrospective by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2008

THE RAYS, formed by five youngsters from Harvey, Illinois in 1952, were just one of the thousands of doo-wop groups springing up in America's cities ...

Gnarls Barkley

Interview by Angus Batey, unpublished, January 2008

N.B. This piece was going to run in the Mail on Sunday's Live section, but due to problems with photos — or, perhaps, a fear ...

Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear: Deal Me Out

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, February 2008

At the age of 39, Marvin Gaye's marriage hit the rocks, and he was forced into the studio to pay the divorce fees. Reissued 30 ...

Janet Jackson: Discipline

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, February 2008

SURE, MADONNA repeatedly toyed with BDSM in her videos, but she never publicly admitted to breast and genital piercings like Miss Jackson did. So, in ...

Buddy Miles 1947-2008

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2008

Rock drummer who graced the stage with Hendrix in his heyday ...

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, March 2008

IN 1997, from out of nowhere, Erykah Badu delivered one of the most significant albums of modern R&B. ...

Adele: The Great White Hype: Adele's 19

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2008

SOME DAYS it feels like we've time-traveled back to the early Eighties, when every other month coughed up a new BEST WHITE SOUL VOICE YOU'VE ...

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 ...

Pop Staples, The Staple Singers: Freedom Song

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, May 2008

David Burke talks to the indefatigable Mavis Staples ...

Rihanna: Sweetness and Steel: Rihanna

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, May 2008

ON A HOT spring day, inside a large, airy studio in the town of Castaic, California, a group of men and women are watching paint ...

Al Green Is Still in Love With You

Profile and Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, TONEaudio, June 2008

WHEN THE REVEREND Al Green decided to return to singing love songs, he did more than revive his pop music career. He may have saved ...

Ne-Yo: 'Do I Have To Sell My Soul?'

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, July 2008

He's an R&B singer, and songwriter to the stars. But when the music stops, Ne-Yo vanishes from the spotlight. He tells Angus Batey why that's ...

Miami Sound Machine: The Hit Factory Criteria Studio

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, July 2008

MIAMI – On any given night, as the fabled moon rises over Miami, the densest concentration of pop stars per square foot is likely to ...

Isaac Hayes: Remembering Isaac Hayes

Obituary by David Nathan, Stax 50th Online Blog, August 2008

IT MIGHT be easy to simply consider Isaac Hayes as Black Moses, as the distinguished winner of an Oscar for 'Theme For Shaft', as the ...

Allen Toussaint: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2008

ALLEN TOUSSAINT talks of his sporadic, unbought solo work and the royalties from the hits he's created for others with equal affection. ...

Aretha Franklin, Jerry Wexler: Remembering Jerry Wexler…

Comment by David Nathan, Stax 50th Online Blog, September 2008

I'M NOT sure the first time I saw Gerald Wexler's name on an album. ...

Natalie Cole: The Unforgettable Ms Cole

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Guardian, The, September 2008

Natalie Cole is the superstar's daughter who became a Black Panther, a cocaine addict – and a huge success in her own right. As she ...

The Four Tops: The Great Levi Stubbs

Memoir by Dave Marsh, Rock and Rap Confidential, October 2008

WHEN I WAS 15, I met the Four Tops on a downtown Detroit street, where they were doing a photo shoot with the Supremes. ...

Estelle, John Legend: John Legend: Why His Name Is Legend

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, October 2008

Barack Obama is a fan of soul star John Legend, and Estelle was his protégée. Jude Rogers speaks to him in the UK for the ...

The Temptations: The Band That Took Motown Higher

Retrospective and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2008

FORTY YEARS ago this month, the Temptations released a single that would change the face of Motown. Martin Luther King Jr had been gunned down ...

Al Green: Soul Deep

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 2008

IT'S A TOUGH CALL for most legendary soul music artists: how do you make a new album that will appeal to a contemporary audience while ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Sasha Fierce (Music World/Columbia)

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2008

BEYONCÉ'S third album doesn't start well. Or end well. Or do much well in between. ...

Darlene Love: All You Need Is Love

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2008

'Tis the season to be jolly, and to dig out a yuletide classic by DARLENE LOVE. Phil Spector's secret weapon gets festive with TERRY STAUNTON ...

Aretha Franklin: Some Things Are Sacred: A Jubilant Appreciation of The Music Of Aretha Franklin

Overview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, December 2008

YOU JUST have to know that some things are sacred. ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural and Benny And Us

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2009

BY NOW IT'S A TRUISM that F. Scott Fitzgerald got it wrong when he said, "There are no second acts in American lives." Sure, lots ...

Candi Staton: We Want Candi

Profile and Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, February 2009

CANDI STATON is, to put it simply, one of the most consistently underrated female vocalists ever. This is not to say that she hasn't had ...

Motown's Guitarists

Retrospective by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, April 2009

Jon Stewart celebrates the magic of Motown’s multiple guitarists ...

Dusty Springfield: The Legacy of Dusty Springfield

Retrospective by Bob Stanley, Times, The, April 2009

The greatest girl singer of the Sixties would be 70 this month, but her legacy is evergreen ...

Booker T. Jones: Booker T Jones: The King Of Stax Picks Up His Axe

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, April 2009

With his band the MGs, Booker T was the resident genius at one of America's great soul labels. Now, with a bit of help from ...

Michael Jackson: Ever-So-Slightly Wacko: The Day I Interviewed Michael Jackson (via little sister Janet)

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

IN JANUARY 1980, the gates of 4641 Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino were open, unguarded. As I parked, an Alsatian bounded to the car and bared ...

Michael Jackson: Blame it On the Good Times: The Life and Living Death of Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, July 2009

IN SEPTEMBER 1979, my friend Davitt Sigerson – then a very good white writer on black music; later the chairman of Island Records in America; ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Reinvents Pop

Retrospective by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, August 2009

Recorded before he turned 21, Off The Wall made him a superstar — and the most important young R&B artist in America. ...

Chris Clark: Motown's Great White Hope: Chris Clark

Retrospective and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, August 2009

CHRIS CLARK was a 17-year-old, 6-foot platinum blond when she arrived at Motown's Detroit headquarters in 1963 -- demo in hand -- to audition for ...

Obituary: Consummate Nashville record man Shelby Singleton, of Mercury and Sun

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, November 2009

SHELBY SINGLETON, the consummate record man who was the most capable latter-day custodian of Sun Records, died of brain cancer in a Nashville, Tennessee hospice ...

Chipmunk, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder: N-Dubz and The Second Coming of Brit Pop

Overview by Ben Thompson, Observer Music Monthly, November 2009

It has been a long, rocky road for homegrown urban music in the UK, but this year N-Dubz and a close-knit group of stars have ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

Rather than treating them like national treasures, let's hope musicians stretch their prejudices about what older artists can do ...

Curtis Mayfield: Gangster Boogie

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, December 2009

Curtis Mayfield injected his own cultural commentary into the Super Fly legacy ...

Lee Dorsey: The New Lee Dorsey

Sleevenotes by Tim Tooher, Rev-Ola Records, December 2009

"Lee Dorsey's voice has a smile to it. If you listen to Lee Dorsey, you can see a smile and something in you can feel ...

Percy Sledge: Out Of Left Cotton Field: The Brokenhearted Country Soul Of Percy Sledge

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Complete Atlantic Recordings' (Rhino), 2010

PERCY SLEDGE IS as prone to romanticizing Muscle Shoals as the many music writers who rhapsodize about the area in pieces about local luminaries like ...

Teena Marie (2010)

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, January 2010

Teena picks her favourite seven tracks from her own back catalogue, and selects three by other artists that mean the most to her.

File format: mp3; file size: 72mb; Interview length: 1h 18' 39"; sound quality: ***

Teddy Pendergrass: Life Was a Song Worth Singing

Retrospective by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, January 2010

HEARING THE SOOTHING voice of the late Teddy Pendergrass singing lead on the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes classic, 'If You Don't Know Me ...

Gil Scott-Heron: The Vulture

Book Review by Leyla Sanai, Rock's Backpages, January 2010

FATHER OF hip–hop, granddaddy of rap, articulate polemicist and early pioneer of the fusion of black politics with poetry and music, Gil Scott–Heron has been ...

Usher: "The fans want my soul"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, April 2010

Baring his soul is second nature to R&B superstar Usher, but although he has documented his recent divorce on a new album, he's got to ...

Millie Jackson: An Interview

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, May 2010

"LET WHITE FOLKS cross over to me..." An R&B star with a stunning voice, Millie Jackson was close to breaking into the mainstream like her ...

Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick: Déjà Vu: The Unstoppable Dionne Warwick

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Arroyo Monthly, June 2010

You could be a good singer from now 'til hell and back and if you haven't got material, you're just standing there with your mouth ...

Steve Cropper: Rock Climbing: Steve Cropper

Retrospective by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, June 2010

GUITARIST, A&R MAN, engineer, producer, songwriter, promoter and founder member of Booker T & the MGs, Steve Cropper’s playing defines southern soul music.  Cropper listened to ...

Barry White: Big Love

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, July 2010

Barry White's unlimited passion took him to the heights of music ...

Janelle Monáe: Sister From Another Planet

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, August 2010

Inspired by sci-fi novels and Afro-futurists, Janelle Monáe is a cyber diva taking R&B into far-out places. Dorian Lynskey meets the most compelling new character ...

Sam Cooke: Soul and Inspiration

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, August 2010

Possessed of a purity of voice and an unerring sense of pop metaphysics, the incomparable Sam Cooke was a singer of soul and inspiration who ...

D'Angelo: In the Raw

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, September 2010

D'Angelo's organic sweet soul shook up modern R&B ...

Kelis

Interview by Ian Gittins, Wonderland, September 2010

THE SINGER ON BALANCING MUSIC, MOTHERHOOD, CLUBBING AND COOKING ...

P.P. Arnold (2010)

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, September 2010

From Ike & Tina Turner to Roger Waters, via Immediate Records, 'The First Cut Is The Deepest, jammin' with Jimi, theatrical work, and putting the soul into late-'80s Brit dance music: the fantastic P.P. Arnold reveals all.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 85.3mb, total interview length: 1h 33' 14" sound quality: ***

El DeBarge (2010)

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, September 2010

El DeBarge on the post-prison come-back trail with Second Chance album, talking about where he's at today(ish – he's fallen off the wagon again since this was taped), and recording with Jam & Lewis et al.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.1mb, interview length: 25' 15" sound quality: ** (phoner)

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: "I'd do a lot more damage if I could"

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2010

There aren't many musicians who would consider releasing an expletive-laden viral hit to be selling out in some way. Angus Batey meets the remarkable pop-soulster ...

John Legend, The Roots: John Legend and the Roots: Hearts, Minds and Soul

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, October 2010

John Legend and the Roots' album of '60s and '70s protest songs is no mere history lesson – it's an open letter to a divided ...

Janet Jackson: 'I Eat To Fill The Void'

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Daily Telegraph, November 2010

With an Oscar-tipped role in Tyler Perry's new film and a handsome young billionaire in her life, Janet Jackson is, finally, 'in a good place'. ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: Pharrell Williams: Neptune Rising

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Man About Town, Winter 2010

PHARRELL Vs THE FASHIONISTAS ...

The Tymes: So Much In Love (Real Gone Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2011

IT SEEMS only appropriate that this noteworthy debut be discussed in the context of several other "firsts" associated with the Tymes. This package represents the ...

Sam Cooke: Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 (ABKCO Records)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, Rock's Backpages, February 2011

MOST EVERY single time the 20th century's greatest singer-songwriters find themselves getting lionized or even litanized, it seems one towering figure is strangely, sorrowfully AWOL. ...

Tim Brown: The Wigan Casino Years (Outta Sight)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, February 2011

THE TITLE of this striking new book is carefully chosen. Of course there was Northern Soul before the Wigan Casino and, almost 30 years after ...

Jennifer Holliday (2011)

Interview by David Nathan, SoulMusic.com, March 2011

The Dream Girls star on her relocation to Atlanta, AIDS awareness, the reissue of her I'm On Your Side album and her breakthrough single, 'And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going'.

File format: mp3; file size: 58.7mb, interview length: 1h 04' 04" sound quality: * (phoner)

Kenny Gamble: "Philadelphia was the party with a tormented soul"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2011

Philly Soul's sweet sound hid masked warnings about growing chasms in 1970s American society ...

Smokey Robinson: My Date With Smokey

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times, March 2011

On his seventieth birthday William "Smokey" Robinson grants exclusive access to Jon Wilde to talk cocaine, the roots of Motown and why The Stones still ...

R Kelly: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2011

IT HAS been more than a decade since R Kelly, the self-proclaimed King of R&B, last passed through London – time enough for his original ...

Beyoncé Is Too Good For Glastonbury

Comment by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, June 2011

Glastonbury's complacent Pyramid Stage crowd just doesn't deserve the great Beyoncé ...

Beyoncé: 4 (Columbia) **

Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, June 2011

THERE COMES a certain point in mass pop culture when it ceases being primarily about the music and simply becomes a matter of numbers, whether ...

Benny Spellman: New Orleans R&B stalwart Benny Spellman

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2011

BENNY SPELLMAN, the New Orleans R&B singer, died of respiratory failure on June 3, 2011, in Pensacola, Fla., at the age of 79. He was ...

Bobby Bland: Charles Farley: Soul of the Man – Bobby "Blue" Bland

Book Review by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 2011

I HAVE TWO REASONS to vividly remember the first occasion I saw Bobby "Blue" Bland perform in a Los Angeles nightclub 35 years ago. ...

Jerry Ragovoy: Old Music for New People: A Tribute to Jerry Ragovoy

Memoir by Al Kooper, Morton Report, The, July 2011

MY DEAR FRIEND Jerry Ragovoy, legendary songwriter, producer, and arranger, passed away on July 13 of complications from a stroke. ...

Amy Winehouse: A Rock Star Dead Again at 27

Comment by Wayne Robins, Rock's Backpages, July 2011

THE OTHER DAY I was listening to Amy Winehouse sing "You Know I'm No Good" on WFUV, and thought about how authentic she sounded. Not ...

Chic: Raymond Jones, 1958-2011

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2011

ALTHOUGH A NAME that doesn't readily trip off the tongue, most of RC's readers have danced at some point or another to the understated beauty ...

Nina Simone: Between the Keys

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, September 2011

"White people had Judy Garland. We had Nina." — Richard Pryor ...

James Brown: Behold the Human Hurricane: Grammy Museum exhibit proves why James Brown was the Hardest Working Man in Show Business

Report by Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Downtown News, October 2011

JAMES BROWN HAD a signature piece of stagecraft that he honed over the years, beginning in the 1950s when he worked his way up through ...

Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Meshell Ndegeocello: Weather

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, November 2011

'WEATHER' ISN'T the first Meshell Ndegeocello single to fall into the category of "freak folk," but the album of the same name is her first ...

Jill Scott: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 2011

"I HAD AN album out this year," Jill Scott informs a chokingly full Brixton Academy. The congratulatory bellows have hardly faded before she tartly adds: ...

Various Artists: For Northern Soul Collectors Volume 1 (EMI)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

OVER THE YEARS, the mighty EMI company has come to control many American catalogues, from giants like Capitol, Liberty and United Artists to smaller and ...

Etta James, R.I.P.

Retrospective by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, January 2012

ETTA JAMES used to tell a story about meeting Billie Holiday in which Holiday told her — fatherless wild child to fatherless wild child — ...

Boyz II Men: Brixton Academy, London ****

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian Unlimited, January 2012

"I'VE NEVER HAD to say this to a crowd before," says Shawn Stockman, the tenor who puts a great deal of the quivering oomph into ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, February 2012

Superstar singer credited as the first 'pop diva', whose compelling talent was lost to drug addiction ...

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded

Review by Kate Allen, idolmag.co.uk, April 2012

TENACIOUS, AMUSING AND, ABOVE ALL, "the best" – make no mistake, with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj is here to reaffirm her rap territory ...

Cypress Hill, D'Angelo, Snoop Doggy Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G., Tricky: Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown And The Out-Of-Air Go-Go Experience

Comment by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

THE ONLY TIME I saw Chuck Brown live made a deep, deep, indelible impression on me in an altogether unexpected way. ...

Donna Summer: 
Last Dance... and Gone

Memoir by Holly Gleason, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

IN THAT FLOOD of ebony hair, there was always that one gardenia. Floating on top of the satiny waves of almost-porn star mane, it spoke ...

Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Blue-Singing Gospel Girls: Aretha and her Forebears

Book Excerpt by Anthony Heilbut, 'The Fan Who Knew Too Much' (Knopf), June 2012

AMONG THE SEVERAL MYTHS Aretha's father Reverend C. L. Franklin incarnated was a familiar type, Reverend Eatemup, the man with pastoral appetites in food ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

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Frank Ocean: The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, July 2012

John Calvert heads along to a London studio for a first listen to the forthcoming album (much anticipated round these parts) from Frank Ocean ...

Rihanna: A Sorry State — Pop Marketing & Rihanna's Unapologetic

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2012

Provocation for Profit? Assault as a Marketing Accessory? Why the Rihanna PR Machine show sad signs of our times ...

Bobby Womack: The Soundtrack of My Life

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, November 2012

BOBBY WOMACK'S career began in his teens in Cleveland, Ohio, when Sam Cooke mentored his family band, the Valentinos. In 1964 he wrote 'It's All ...

Bobby Womack: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, November 2012

YOU WAIT YEARS for a Bobby Womack show, and two turn up at once. Unfortunately, that is not as good as it sounds. The 68-year-old ...

Bettye LaVette: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2012

"WE HAVE just finished the 8-year Who the Hell Is She? Tour," Bettye LaVette jokes, with a smile which could be the definition of rueful. ...

Alabama Shakes: Shakin' All Over: Alabama Shakes

Profile and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, Summer 2012

They've already created more buzz than a swarm of angry bees and, good news, they're returning to the UK later this year. Brittany Howard of ...

Larry Williams: That Larry Williams (Real Gone Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2013

IT'S NOT JUST because he has such a common name. A quick Google search turns up a Larry Williams who's "an American author and commodity ...

Various Artists: Behind Closed Doors (Kent)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2013

AARON NEVILLE is a remarkable bloke. Muscular and tattooed, he looks like a bodybuilder or a bouncer, until he opens his mouth and sings: the ...

Frank Ocean: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans

Live Review by Geoffrey Himes, Paste, May 2013

FRANK OCEAN has not only created a new kind of R&B album for the hip-hop era, but he's also creating a new kind of R&B ...

Eddy Grant: Eddy Come Back: Eddy Grant and the Equals

Book Excerpt by Lloyd Bradley, Serpent's Tail Books, August 2013

AS THE 1970S progressed, the keys to the buoyant Afro- funk recording industry were two of black London's biggest music-business movers-and-shakers, Eddy Grant and Aki ...

Janelle Monáe: Imagining Her Own Future

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Paste, September 2013

CINDI MAYWEATHER is the central character in Janelle Monáe's last three recordings: the 2008 EP Metropolis, the 2010 album The ArchAndroid, and this month's album, ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Sunday Telegraph, October 2013

Funk Pop's most durable act are still as interested in theatrics as music ...

O.V. Wright: The Wright Stuff: O.V. Wright

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Oxford American, December 2013

NOTE: This is the original, previously unpublished version of Bill's article.  ...

Fats Domino

Retrospective by David Burke, Vintage Rock, Spring 2013

WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA devastated New Orleans in 2005, resulting in the deaths of some 1,833 people and causing property damage estimated at £1,300 billion, a ...

Bert Berns, Solomon Burke: Cry to Him: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns

Book Excerpt by Joel Selvin, 'Here Comes The Night' (Counterpoint Books), April 2014

In these two excerpts from Joel Selvin's splendid new biography of Bert Berns, the soul hustler from the Bronx oversees the 1961 session for Solomon ...

Miriam Bienstock: The First Lady of Atlantic

Memoir by Loraine Alterman, Rock's Backpages, April 2014

FOR MONTHS I had noticed an immaculately coiffed and beautifully dressed older woman at my manicure place on Manhattan's Upper East Side.   ...

Bobby Womack: It's All Over Now: Remembering Bobby Womack

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2014

[This is the original – and very slightly different – version of a piece that appeared in the Observer on 29 June, 2014.] ...

Bert Berns: Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues by Joel Selvin

Book Review by Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat, July 2014

AMERICAN POP MUSIC from the no-man's-land after The Day The Music Died (Buddy Holly's fatal 1959 plane crash) and before the arrival of the Beatles ...

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