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Black Music

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

Don Covay: Super Dude!

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Black Music, December 1973

DON COVAY is a permanent fixture in the music of this era. ...

Grover Washington Jr: Grover's Bringing Jazz Back to the Charts

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1973

"IT ALL HAPPENED so fast. One day people weren't listening to jazz — they'd look at an album and say 'This is jazz, this is ...

The Isley Brothers

Retrospective and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1973

Beginning a series of definitive studies of the giants of black music. This month: Tony Cummings traces the astonishing 15-year history of the brothers Isley... ...

The Spinners: From Ghetto to Gold

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1973

Tony Cummings talks to the DETROIT SPINNERS ...

Thom Bell, The Delfonics, The Spinners, The Stylistics: Philly Special: The Thom Bell Story

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

THOM BELL smiles a lot. And it isn't only his natural good humour which creases his handsome, bearded face into another explosion of laughter. Over ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool & The Gang: Street Gang

Profile and Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Black Music, February 1974

KOOL & THE GANG got that jitterbug move, got the spirit. Got that easy ride, got that cool energy. Got that diddley/daddy chenka chenk guitar ...

The Intruders, O'Jays, Billy Paul: The O'Jays, Billy Paul, the Intruders: Philly Tour, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, and Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1974

THE GEOGRAPHICAL luck of being able to catch the Philly package twice (at Croydon's Fairfield Hall and Hammersmith's Odeon) had its disadvantages too. Large chunks ...

Stevie Wonder: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1974

THE RETURN of the magus. Stevie Wonder at the first house at London's Rainbow. Squint and you can see the aura of genius glowing from ...

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

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1974

IT WAS great, but then we knew it would be. Linda Lewis won the cool crowd first, soft and gentle, then hard and funky, a ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1974

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

War: War Games

Profile and Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Black Music, April 1974

Vernon Gibbs in New York reports on the band who hit Britain in April ...

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

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Black Music, May 1974

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

Arthur Alexander: Remembering

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, August 1974

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

The Drifters

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

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

The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, KC & the Sunshine Band, Paul Kelly, King Sporty, Latimore, Little Beaver, George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Robert Moore, Clarence Reid (aka Blowfly), J.P. Robinson, Helene Smith, Timmy Thomas, Betty Wright: The Miami Sound

Special Feature by Tony Cummings, Black Music, November 1974

George McCrae, KC And The Sunshine Band, Little Beaver, Latimore, Betty Wright, Clarence Reid... They're all hot and they're all from Miami, the city that's ...

Ann Peebles: Rain and Shine

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

THREE ENCOUNTERS with Ann Peebles: the first painful, the second enjoyable, the third revealing. ...

Syreeta: In Her Own Wright

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

BACK IN 1967 Motown decided to give a break to one of their secretaries who was busting for a recording break. Nick Ashford and Val ...

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 ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles: Willie Mitchell: Memphis Maestro

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1975

Tony Cummings talks to WILLIE MITCHELL, man behind Al Green and that Memphis sound... ...

The Ohio Players: The Funk Masters #1: The Ohio Players

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1975

The Ohio Players and Kool & the Gang hit town last month, and suddenly dreary ol' London town became Bump City. Tony Cummings reports... ...

Kool and the Gang: The Funk Masters #2: Kool & the Gang

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1975

The Ohio Players and Kool & the Gang hit town last month, and suddenly dreary ol' London town became Bump City. Tony Cummings reports... ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Brother To Brother, Dave "Baby" Cortez, Donnie Elbert, Linda Jones, George Kerr, The Moments, Ponderosa Twins Plus One, The Rimshots, Sylvia Robinson, Shirley & Company, The Whatnauts, Lonnie Youngblood: The All Platinum Sound

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, May 1975

Moments, Whatnauts, Shirley And Company, Sylvia... the chartbusting music they're calling the "New Jersey Sound" comes from just one source: All Platinum Records. Tony Cummings ...

Gloria Gaynor & the Disco Boom

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, June 1975

"WE'RE PRODUCTION-orientated sure, but I can't agree that we're cynical in our approach. We simply carry our production techniques one stage further than the competition. ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Bohannon: Have a Good Day…

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1975

Hamilton Bohannon has words with Tony Cummings... ...

Charlie & Ray, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Valentino: Gay Soul

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1975

Valentino's 'I Was Born This Way' is probably the most upfront "gay" record ever to get played in the discos (where it's a big hit). ...

Average White Band, Biddu, The Olympic Runners, Pete Wingfield: Blue-eyed Soul

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, September 1975

Once it was just a pale imitation of the real thing. But now, with the Average White Band, Kokomo and Pete Wingfield high in the ...

Get Arp And Get Down!

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

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

Profile by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

Millie Jackson: Gettin' Her Piece

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, November 1975

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

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

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

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

B.T. Express, Gloria Gaynor: Tom Moulton, Father of the Disco Mix

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, January 1976

TOM MOULTON is the behind-the-scenes figure of disco music. His name has appeared on the credits of discs by Gloria Gaynor, B.T. Express, Bobby Moore, ...

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

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1976

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

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

Profile by Cliff White, Black Music, April 1976

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

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

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1976

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

The Blackbyrds: Get Off Your Ass and Jam!!!

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1976

"SHIT! GODDAMN! Get off your ass and jam!! Shit! Goddamn! Get off your ass and jam!!" Four hundred voices ball into the steaming heat of ...

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 ...

Candi Staton: I'd Rather be a Disco Sweetheart than a Southern Soul Fool

Profile and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1976

"NO... 'YOUNG Hearts Run Free' wasn't cut with no discos in mind. I just did it, and when it came out we found the clubs ...

Stuff et al: The 'Citteh'

Report and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1976

Davitt Sigerson investigates New York's soul music underground ...

George Chandler: Anatomy of a Soul Record

Report by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1976

George Chandler in the studio at Chipping Norton ...

Brass Construction: Brass Construction II (United Artists) ****

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, January 1977

JEFF LANE'S BC passed the BTs in sales with their first, platinum, album. They did it with compulsive, highly syncopated and relentless disco music which ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

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

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

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

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

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

Archie Bell and the Drells: Archie Bell & the Drells: Where Will You Go When The Party's Over (Philadelphia International PIR 81567) ****

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, February 1977

ALTHOUGH IT doesn't scale the polyrhythmic peaks of their last perpetual player, Archie's guys' second set for PIR is far more consistent than their first. ...

The Pointer Sisters, Rose Royce: Rose Royce (and guests): Car Wash (MCA MCSP278) ****

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, February 1977

WRITTEN AND produced for the film by Norman Whitfield, arranged by Paul Riser, performed by Rose Royce with some help from Wah Wah Watson, The ...

The Salsoul Orchestra: Salsoul Orchestra: Christmas Jollies (Salsoul SZS 5507) ****

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, February 1977

AFTER THE disappointing Nice & Naasty album, Vince Montana has come through with an uncompromisingly vulgar yuletide commercialisation, and it's simply splendid. On the first ...

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 ...

George Benson, The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd, Norman Connors, Hank Crawford, The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Lou Donaldson, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Ahmad Jamal, Earl Klugh, Ramsey Lewis, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Stuff, Stanley Turrentine, Miroslav Vitous, Grover Washington Jr, Weather Report, Reuben Wilson: Blow for Love and Money: Crossover Jazz in the Seventies

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1977

In the first part of a detailed investigation Davitt Sigerson chronicles how "jazz" found its way back to the commercial big league. ...

Roy Ayers, Gato Barbieri, Brothers Johnson, Norman Connors, Eumir Deodato, John Handy, Michael Henderson, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Ronnie Laws, Herbie Mann, Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Lalo Schifrin, Lonnie Liston Smith, Gabor Szabo, Grover Washington Jr, Wah-Wah Watson: Blow for Love and Money part 2: Since The Explosion

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, April 1977

In part two of his analysis of crossover jazz, Davitt Sigerson looks at developments during the last three years. ...

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

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

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

The Isley Brothers: Ernie Isley: Pride of the Isleys

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, September 1977

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

Ben E. King: The Chimes of Big Ben

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1977

An album and a successful tour with the Average White Band has lifted soul veteran Ben E. King back to the top. He tells Davitt ...

Betty Wright: This Time For Real…

Interview by John Morthland, Black Music, January 1978

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

Etta James: James The First

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

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

Ashford & Simpson, Michael Henderson: Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, December 1978

NICKOLAS AND Valerie were the head-liners at this elegant gig (and deservedly so, after years of writing hits for others they're riding their second consecutive ...

Latimore: Benny Latimore: Diggin' Deeper

Interview by Cliff White, Black Music, December 1978

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

Millie Jackson - Rappin' with Millie J

Interview by Gary Sperrazza!, Black Music, September 1980

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

Michael Jackson: Thrills, Spills & Dollar Bills: Making Michael Jackson's Thriller

Film/DVD/TV Review by Lloyd Bradley, Black Music, May 1984

LLOYD BRADLEY drops a dissenting opinion into the torrent of hyperbole surrounding Making Michael Jackson's Thriller ...

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