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John Abbey

John Abbey

John Abbey founded Blues & Soul magazine in 1967 and was its editor into the 1980s. John is still active in the industry, booking numerous R&B artists around the world and managing the Three Degrees.

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Charley Pride — America's Coloured Cowboy

Profile by John Abbey, Record Mirror, 5 August 1967

ASK ANYBODY who knows anything about Country Music to name an artiste with a bright future in this field and you'll hear the name Charley ...

Billy Preston

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

DISCOVERED IN our own backyard! ...

Roy Hamilton

Retrospective by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

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

Shorty Long

Retrospective by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1969

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

The Temptations Came, Saw And Almost Conquered

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

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

The Temptations: The Talk Of The Town, London

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

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

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

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

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

The Miracles: Thank The Beatles

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

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

Jimmy Ruffin: I Nearly Became A Temptation

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

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

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

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 29 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 ...

Isaac Hayes: The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1010 — U.S.), (Stax 1032 — U.K.)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 May 1970

THE ISAAC HAYES MOVEMENT IN DEPTH ...

Inez Foxx Speaks Frankly To B and S

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1970

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

Isaac Hayes: The Most Important Soul Man Of Today

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1970

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

The Flirtations: In Pursuit Of That Elusive Hit

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

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

Diana Ross: Reflections on Diana's solo debut

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 July 1970

TOURING late June, Diana Ross passed through London during a holiday period and E.M.I. Records held a reception in her honour. ...

Sam & Dave: The Split — The Story

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 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 ...

Syreeta, Stevie Wonder: Stevie & Syreeta: A Perfect Marriage Of Musical Ideas

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 July 1970

THIS YEAR, 1970, Motown are celebrating their 10th anniversary. During their ten very successful years, Stevie Wonder has been virtually an ever present. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

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

Otis Leavill

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1970

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

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

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

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

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

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (Curtom) ...

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

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

Freda Payne: The Story Behind Band Of Gold

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

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

R.B. Greaves

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

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

Chairmen Of The Board: The Chairmen of the Board

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

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

The Isley Brothers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1970

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

Esther Marrow: Newport News Virginia

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

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

Percy Sledge

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1970

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

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 ...

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

Comment by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 October 1970

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

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

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

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

David Porter: Gritty Groovy Now He's Got It

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

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

The Edwin Hawkins Singers: Edwin Hawkins

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1970

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

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

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

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

Roberta Flack: The Real Roberta Flack

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

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

Tom Dowd: The Reluctant Master

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 8 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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Deutches Museum Hall, Munich

Live Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 19 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, 19 February 1971

Part One ...

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 ...

Joe Simon

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

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

Vicki Anderson: Ready To Quit Unless Something Big Comes Along

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1971

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

Ike & Tina Turner: Workin' Together #2

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 5 March 1971

Part Two: The Ike Turner Story ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 14 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 ...

Arthur Conley

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

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

B.B. King: Background To A Living Legend

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

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

Carol Woods

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

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

Chairmen Of The Board

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

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

Garnet Mimms: In Search Of A Record Outlet

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

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

The Dixie Flyers: The Guys Behind The Hits

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

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

Curtis Mayfield: The Gentle Genius

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

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

Jean Knight

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

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

Bettye LaVette, Esther Phillips: Lelan Rogers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

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

The Beginning Of The End

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

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

Curtis Mayfield, The Fascinations: The Fascinations

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

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

Harold Battiste, Sam Cooke, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, Barbara George, Tami Lynn, Prince La La, Sonny & Cher, Allen Toussaint: Behind the Scenes with Harold Battiste

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 July 1971

FREQUENTLY, we receive letters from readers' asking us to write about the people behind the scenes in our music. For example, the features we did ...

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 ...

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

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

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

Simtec & Wylie

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

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

The Five Stairsteps

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

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

8th Day

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

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

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

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

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

Carla Thomas: The Memphis Queen

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

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

David Ruffin, The Temptations: David Ruffin

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

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

Detroit Emeralds

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

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

Hugh Masekela

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

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

Leroy Hutson

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

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

Mable John

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

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

Oscar Toney Jr

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

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

The Impressions: Live

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

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

The Intruders

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1971

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

The Tams

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

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

Troy Keyes

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

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

Willie Mitchell

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

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

Ann Peebles

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

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

Freddie North

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

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

Fugi

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

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

Jimmy Ruffin

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

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

The Platters

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1971

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

The Temptations: Introducing Damon Harris and Richard Street

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

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

William Bell: The Real William Bell

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

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

Denise LaSalle: Denise La Salle

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

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

The Main Ingredient

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

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

Brenda & The Tabulations: Brenda and The Tabulations

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1972

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

Chocolate Syrup

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

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

Honey & The Bees: Honey and The Bees

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

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

Millie Jackson

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

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

People's Choice

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

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

Rufus Thomas

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

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

The Staple Singers

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

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

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 ...

Curtis Mayfield

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 4 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 ...

The Chi-Lites: Eugene Record: Today's Genius

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 4 February 1972

IT WAS in February 1970 that my eyes were first really opened to the Chi-Lites. Until then. I had only been able to hear a ...

Betty Wright

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

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

Chairmen Of The Board

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

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

Don Gardner

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

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

Honey Cone

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

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

James Brown: Talking Loud And Saying Something

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1972

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

The Persuasions

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

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

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

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

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

The Stylistics: Four Releases, Four Hits!

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 March 1972

FOR SO LONG, the Delfonics were acclaimed as the leading exponents of the Philadelphia Sound and that was the way it stayed until only a ...

Bill Withers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

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

Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack: Donny Hathaway: Aiming High

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

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

The Temptations: Temptations Special: Damon Harris and Richard Street

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

Rappin' with Damon Harris... ...

The Temptations: Temptations Special: Dennis Edwards

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1972

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

The Moments

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

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

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

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

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

Al Green: Superstar

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

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

Bettye Swann

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

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

Bobby Womack

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

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

Candi Staton

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

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

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

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

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

Frederick Knight: Success From Out Of Left Field

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

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

George Perkins

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

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

Love Unlimited

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

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

Major Lance

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

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

The Manhattans

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

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

The Nite-Liters

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

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

The Stylistics

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

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

Gladys Knight and The Pips

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

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

Laura Lee

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

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

Little Royal

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

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

The Jimmy Castor Bunch

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1972

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

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 ...

The Ohio Players

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 25 August 1972

THE OHIO Players started life a decade ago as the Ohio Untouchables and their first real claim to fame is that they were featured vocalists ...

Chakachas

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

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

Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again

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

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

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

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

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

Roberta Flack: Sounds for Saturday (BBC-2)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 8 September 1972

Roberta Flack TV Special... deliberately brilliant? ...

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'. ...

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 ...

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. ...

Rev. James Cleveland, Aretha Franklin: Rev James Cleveland

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

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

Billy Paul

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 19 January 1973

WITH THE current and phenominal success of the production and songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is only right that Billy Paul ...

Millie Jackson: Millie Jackson (Mojo Select 2918.005 £2.00)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 16 February 1973

'If This Is Love'; 'I Ain't Giving Up'; 'I Miss You Baby'; 'A Child Of God'; 'Ask Me What You Want'; 'My Man A Sweet Man'; ...

Timmy Thomas: 'Why Can't We Live Together'/'Funky Me' (Glades 2027.012)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 16 February 1973

SOMEBODY RECENTLY described this record as the 'I've Been Lonely For So Long' of 1973 and there are certainly similarities. It is completely out of ...

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 ...

Ronnie Dyson

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

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

Timmy Thomas: The One Man Band

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 2 March 1973

MOST PEOPLE probably figure that 'Why Can't We Live Together' is the first time they have heard the hypnotic and highly individualistic style of organ ...

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 ...

The Artistics

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

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

Barbara Jean English

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

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

Billy Paul: The Age Old Problem Of The Follow Up

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

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

Bunny Sigler: On To A Winning Streak

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

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

Dobie Gray

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

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

First Choice: Everybody's First Choice

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

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

Gladys Knight And The Pips

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

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

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

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

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

The Lost Generation: Lost Generation

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

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

The Stylistics

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

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

Al Green, Syl Johnson, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1973

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

Sly & The Family Stone: White City, London

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

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

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1973

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

Willie Hutch: This Brother's Worked It Out

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

MOTOWN'S PRESS release on Willie Hutch proudly quotes what Cash Box — the influential American music trade paper — said about his soundtrack to The ...

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

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 28 September 1973

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

Bobby "Blue" 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 ...

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. ...

The Dramatics: A Dramatic Experience

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1974

OVER THE past two years, the Dramatics have become established as one of the most consistently successful vocal groups in America. The success streak began ...

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 ...

Ann Peebles: Learning To Cope With The Rain

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

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

Carol Douglas

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

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

Choice Four

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

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

Dooley Silverspoon

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

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

Grover Washington Jr: Grover Washington: Mister Magic

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

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

Jim Gilstrap: Wonder Man

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

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

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 ...

Sam Dees: The Show Goes On

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

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

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 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 ...

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 ...

War: War and Peace

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1975

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

Carl Graves

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Valentino

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

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

Barrett Strong: Stronghold

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

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

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 ...

Ronnie McNeir

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

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

Rufus: Today and Tomorrow

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

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

The Brecker Brothers

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

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

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 ...

Betty Davis: Filthy But Funky

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

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

Bobby Moore

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

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

Charlie Whitehead

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

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

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 ...

Joneses, The (soul): Keeping Up With The Joneses

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1975

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

The Rimshots

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

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

B.T. Express

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

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

Jackie Moore: More Precious the Second Time Around

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

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

Smokey Robinson: Building A Quiet Storm

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

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

The Fantastic Four

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

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

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

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

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

Gloria Gaynor: Experience

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1975

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

Johnny Guitar Watson

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

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

Lonnie Liston Smith: Visions Of A New World

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

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

People's Choice: The People's Choice

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

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

The Temptations

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

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

Van McCoy: The Real McCoy

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

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

The Trammps: Can't Hold Back Trammps

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1975

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

Natalie Cole: Whatever Will Be Will Be

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

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

Ramsey Lewis: Don't It Feel Good

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

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

The Impressions

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

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

The Undisputed Truth: Their Aim Is Higher Than High

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

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

Chuck Jackson

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

Betty Wright

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

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

David Ruffin, The Temptations: David Ruffin

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

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

The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd

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

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

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. ...

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 ...

The Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd

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

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

Donna Summer

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bobby Womack

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

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

Detroit Emeralds

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1976

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

Esther Phillips

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tina Charles

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

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

Doris Jones

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1976

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

Dorothy Moore

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

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

Edwin Starr

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

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

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 ...

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?" Well, they ought to. Yep, you guessed it ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Bohannon Boogies Into Phase Two

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

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

Eddie Floyd: Malaco Is The Stax Of Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1976

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

Lou Rawls And The Philly Pay Off

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Real Thing: The Naked Truth About Survival

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

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

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 ...

Heatwave: All Set To Burn Ya

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

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

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

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

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

Tata Vega: Tata For Now

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

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

Tavares: The Supergroup Of All Time

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

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

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

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

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

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 ...

Country Joe McDonald: Country Joe: 69 years young, an' the fire's still burnin'!

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

THE ONLY reason that the Blues is dying out is that the young folk simply don't want to know about the Blues. Even Blues legends ...

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 ...

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, ...

Boney M: The Newest Darlings Of Euro Disco

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

FRANCE: No. 1. West Germany: No. 1. Sweden: No. 3. Switzerland: No 1. ...

D.C LaRue: DC LaRue: Gay Clubs Give Birth To Hetero Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

PERHAPS THE final bolt in the ages old controversy about soul and colour was nailed in just a month back when D.C. LaRue's 'Cathedrals' topped ...

Rose Royce Clean Up With Car Wash

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

With Norman Whitfield in the driving seat, the 10-piece outfit currently have two titles in the UK chart, both from the Car Wash movie. ...

Carl Douglas

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

Pssst! Didja hear th' one 'bout th' Polish Kung Fu fans?With 'Kung Fu Fighting', Carl Douglas scored one of the best-selling singles of all time, ...

The Cate Brothers: Cate Bros' Blue Eyed Soul

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

ALTHOUGH SCOTLAND'S Average White Band are credited mostly for the pulling down of that old colour barrier that used to segregate white soul acts away ...

Odia Coates: Coates Of Many Colours

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

IT'S FUNNY how some people look much better in real life than on photo. To date, I really haven't seen a good, accurate photograph of ...

The Bar-Kays: Euro Rumpshakers Get Hip To The Bar-Kays

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

The group so nearly made the big Euro breakthrough a decade ago with their 'Soul Finger' anthem. Now 'Shake Your Rump To The Funk' has ...

Leon Ware: Motown's Musical Masseur

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

Some guys get all the best album sleeve sessions! With his Musical Massage set, Leon Ware has come to the fore of Motown's influx on ...

Rose Royce, The Temptations: Norman Whitfield

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

With three of his productions currently in the top four singles in this country, the timing could not have been better for this exclusive interview ...

The Blackbyrds: Awright, we're back to settle some unfinished business!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

The Blackbyrds' keyboards ace, Kevin Toney, explains the delay in getting their new album together, and the new directions they're heading in... ...

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" ...

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 ...

Average White Band: AWB: Danger This Band Blows Superstars Off Stage

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Chart toppers, gold and platinum discs, SRO crowds, the Average White Band are accepted by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. And they've been ...

Billy Paul: It's The New Billy Paul, Let 'Im In

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

Billy's bubblin' over about his new recordings. He tells B&S about his hopes for them, and about his new act, his production plans, and his ...

Bobby Caldwell: The Final Breakthrough

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1977

IF PATIENCE is a virtue, then TK's Bobby Caldwell is a virtuous being. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

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 ...

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'. ...

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... ...

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, ...

Detroit Emeralds: The Detroit Emeralds: Resurrection

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

Abe, James and Ivory are back in harness and the Detroit Emeralds are riding high again. B&S gets together with the guys and catches up ...

The Jacksons

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1977

The brothers have graduated with honours from their teeny bopper image. They still retain the respect and adulation of their younger fans but now the ...

The Floaters: "We're Floating along on the crest of a wave…"

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

'Float On', the Floaters' disco monster was planned as an instrumental. But James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds dreamed the guys should ad-lib some vocals. ...

Archie Bell and the Drells

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

John Abbey talks to the man who was making disco records before Disco was even invented... ...

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 ...

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. ...

Hamilton Bohannon: This Smile Belongs To Hamilton Bohannon

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

The Disco Man has the fastest-moving album of the day; that's why he's radiating happiness and joie de vie. ...

Tony Etoria And The 'X' Factor

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Tony's currently climbing both pop and Soul charts and seems to have that certain somethin' which could establish him as the first Black British Superstar... ...

Brainstorm: UK Soulcharts Have A Brainstorm

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

Although Brainstorm did well enough in the States with their debut single, Britain woke up to them first and they established themselves to a greater ...

The Platters: When Is A Platter Not A Platter

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1977

When he leaves the group, it seems Herb Reed says he's been unable to use the name even though he first thought of it. But ...

Maze: A Maze In Grace

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1977

Maze are recognised as Capitol's premier jazz band; but they really cut right across the board and sell to disco, funk, pop and rock fans ...

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 ...

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. ...

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… ...

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 ...

Boney M

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

That risque sleeve: "I hadn't even thought of it that way," says Boney M's Marcia! ...

Meco Has Lift Off

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1977

Exclusive inter-galactic communication with the Star Wars victor ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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? ...

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 ...

Barry White: Look Out For Barry In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Barry White struck gold with his last single and album but he's set to surpass himself with his plans for next year ...

Sylvester

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

How an ex-Cockette named Ruby Blue became Sylvester... ...

The Temptations: The Revitalised Temptations

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

Some felt that the Temps wouldn't survive outside of Motown but the guys are happy with their initial tracks for Atlantic and plan to fight ...

Eleanor Grant: Look Out For Eleanor In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

ALTHOUGH AT present, the name of Eleanor Grant is barely known around the record buying brotherhood of the world, you only have to speak to ...

Fat Larry's Band

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

FAT LARRY'S SLIMMING DOWN (BUT GETTING BIGGER!)Larry's losing weight, so he may be fronting Not-So-Fat-Larry's Band soon! Bat with their new Stax affiliation, he and ...

The Fatback Band: Fatback Band: The Master Dance Combo

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

John Abbey talks to Bill Curtis about the band that's not strictly a 'band' anymore ...

Pockets: Gold Lined Pockets

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

VIRTUALLY everything that Earth, Wind & Fire touches turns to gold. One of the group's latest protegees consists of an eight-man aggregation known as Pockets. ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: The Ups And Downs Of Success

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1978

Johnny has come up with 3 gold albums in little more than a year but it seems that life at the top isn't always one ...

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 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... ...

Slave and the Freedom of Musical Expression

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 January 1978

The group are young and impatient to show their total musical prowess. Their second album shows a change of approach and is another attempt at ...

Brass Construction: Brass Construction III (United Artists UAS 30124)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

WELL, THE question in hand for this album is simply this — are you fed up with the Brass Construction sound yet? If so, you'll ...

Dee Dee Sharp: Dee-Dee Sharp Gamble: What Color Is Love (Philadelphia Int. PIR 82433)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

DEE DEE'S second album since coming out of retirement and the biggest puzzle in my mind is simply why this superlative set didn't make the ...

Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: All 'N' All (CBS 86051)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

ANY ALBUM that can go straight into the American charts at No. 1 and sell more than two million in its first month can't be ...

Fat Larry's Band: Fat Larry's Slimming Down (But Getting Bigger!)

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 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 ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Bridges (Arista SPARTY 1031)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

'Hello Sunday, Hello Road'; 'Song Of The Wind'; 'Racetrack In France'; 'Vildgolia'; 'Under The Hammer'; 'We Almost Lost Detroit'; 'Tuskegee'; 'Delta Man'; '95 South'. ...

Michael Henderson: Goin' Places (Buddah BDLH 5018)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

BEST KNOWN for his work with Norman Connors — he sang lead on 'You Are My Starship' — Michael is vocally similar to Marvin Gaye ...

The Commodores: Live (Motown TMSP 6007)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

'Won't You Come Dance With Me'; 'Slippery When Wet'; 'Come Inside'; 'Just To Be Close To You'; 'Funny Feelings'; 'Fancy Dancer'; 'Sweet Love'; 'Zoom'; 'Easy'; ...

Village People: Village People (DJM DJF20524)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 January 1978

'San Francisco'; 'In Hollywood'; 'Fire Island'; 'Village People' ...

Deniece Williams, Earth Wind and Fire, The Emotions: Earth Wind & Fire: Maurice White

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

WITHOUT A shadow of doubt, Earth Wind & Fire is the most successful group that our music has ever given the world. In fact, after ...

Mandrill Plan Operation World

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1978

Following a highly successful tour of major American cities, Mandrill are now anxious to become a truly international act. Plans are underway for them to ...

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 ...

Al Green: The King Is Dead Long Live The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Al Green: the Logical successor to the title of King of Memphis... ...

Biddu's Planning For The Future

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

WHEREAS MOST producers and artists are satisfied with concentrating on today, our old buddy. Biddu, is firmly trying to forge a new sound for the ...

Confunkshun: Memphians With California Bloodlines

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The Magnificent Seven hail from the West Coast, but the band was born in Memphis ...

Freda Payne

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

"Success can be the emptiest place in the world," says Freda..."Having a husband and now a son makes me realise just how empty my life ...

Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela: Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela: Herb and Hugh Fusion

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela explain their Tijuana Meets Africa project ...

Joe Simon: Mr Consistency That's Joe Simon

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

"I may not make more than one gold record a year," he says, "but every release sells about 300,000...and that's what keeps me going to ...

Pleasure Is Their Business

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Pleasure by name and pleasing to the ear, the guys look set to become one of the hot new acts of '78 ...

The Bar-Kays

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The Bar-Kays put the city back on the world's musical map..."Shake your rump to the funk", the guys suggested, and the world tuned in to ...

The Blue Notes wanna be the black Beatles!

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The original Blue Notes, having endured the splits with Harold Melvin and Teddy Pendergrass, are aiming for versatility and the kind of musical freedom that ...

Judd Phillips: The Memphis Mercury Connection

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

NO, IT ISN'T a devious underworld operation; rather, it is the efforts of the Chicago-based Mercury organisation to be the first major to capitalise on ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Gettin' Hi High Again

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Willie Mitchell has virtually forsaken his own career in favour of running Hi Records and putting the label back up there... ...

The Blackbyrds: You can't put a price on education, say the Blackbyrds…

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

The guys have always restricted their working schedule in order to further their education. This has cost them a lot of dollars but they figure ...

Bootsy Collins

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

IN THE two years of 'its' acceptance, Bootsy's Rubber Band has become established as one of America's leading progressive R&B bands. Each of their three ...

Kellee Patterson: Kellee Gets Fitted With Gold

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

WELL, IT has taken a full six month cycle but Kellee Patterson has finally won her Gold disc for the interestingly titled 'If It Don't ...

Larkin Arnold: A Capitol Investment

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

LET'S BE honest. A couple of years or so back and if you mentioned the name of Capitol Records, you thought of Glen Campbell, the ...

Maze: The Golden Days Of Maze

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

It took Maze around nine months to go gold with their debut album but their second set has equalled that feat in just six weeks ...

Ralph MacDonald: The Percussive Roots Of Ralph McDonald

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Ralph's new album traces his musical roots from Africa to the Islands and America. Here he talks about his dual roles as artist and producer, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Faze-O Repay Ohio Player's Faith In Them

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

...and get SHE label off the ground! ...

Idris Muhammad: Idris Boogies On Up

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Idris Muhammad's new album is a deliberate attempt to widen his horizons and is set to surpass all that his Mutha album achieved. B&S examines ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: Bertha Butt Meets Darth Vader

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

WHEN IT comes to novelty disco tunes, Jimmy Castor has proven himself to be irresistible. ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves: Martha's Happier Than Ever Before

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

WE MEET AGAIN is the apt title for Martha Reeves stunning debut album for Fantasy Records because it reunites her with one of the men ...

Millie Jackson Rings The Changes

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Millie's new album is far more uptempo than any album she's ever done. Ironically, the track that most people are picking up on is a ...

Quincy Jones: Feelin' Great In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

Quincy Jones finds that the ideas and his music are just flowing these days, he feels like a man on the sea, just going with ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

John Abbey talks to lead singer Eddie Levert and newest member Sammy Strain, and reports on just why and how the O'Jays have remained in ...

The Soul Children: Back On A Good Thing

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1978

The threesome are back in business with David Porter and their 'Can't Give Up A Good Thing' single is lighting the way for the Stax ...

Taste Of Honey: A Taste Of Honey: Funky Unky Unky

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

Boogie Oogie Oogie has shot A Taste Of Honey to international stardom, but John Abbey discovers they are more than just pretty faces! ...

Hodges, James & Smith: Hodges, James and Smith: The Time Is Now

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

WE AT B&S have always acknowledged the significance of timing. The right record at the right time and with the right company and suddenly a ...

Margie Joseph: Margie's Feeling Her Way To The Very Top

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

Margie Joseph is using her God-given talent to the full. "My dream is to be a superstar," she says, "and I just don't want anyone ...

The Ohio Players: Ohio Players Come Out Of Hibernation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

John Abbey talks to Satch Satchell, the Ohio Players' spiritual leader. ...

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... ...

Candi Staton: Disco Confuses Candi

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

As long as she can remember, people have been dancing to Candi Staton's records. "It's just a new word for an old style," she says ...

Etta James: Betta Than Evva

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

Having licked a serious drug problem, Etta is climbing to the top again and has been delighting audiences on the road with the Rolling Stones, ...

Foxy Get Off On That Groove

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The all-white chart-toppers don't try to sound black – it's their natural way. "We just want to play that groove,'' they say. "If there isn't ...

Grace Jones: Amazing Grace

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The Queen of the Dancefloors, the inimitable Grace Jones ...

Johnny Bristol: Still Hangin' In There

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

'HANG ON In There Baby' remains to this day one of the best selling R&B based records of all time. It carried its creator, Johnny ...

Atlantic Starr: Meet Atlantic Starr

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

John Abbey talks to the 9-piece outfit who are storming the U.S singles and albums charts ...

Prince Phillip Mitchell: Prince Phillip's Makin' It But Good

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

As a songwriter, Phillip Mitchell has penned hits for such diverse talents as Millie Jackson, Candi Staton, Ben E. King and Joe Simon. Now he's ...

Rick James: The Punk Funk Of Rick James

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

Rick's style has been dubbed Punk Funk in some quarters. He himself agrees the term might be apt as it signifies the rebellious aspect of ...

Rose Royce: The Golden Success Story

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1978

The band's three albums have all gone gold, and then platinum – some achievement! Percussionist Terry Santiel tells B&S of the debt they owe to ...

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 ...

Crown Heights Affair: Crown Princes of Disco!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 September 1978

WHEN IT comes to disco acceptance, few groups have attained the peaks that New York's Crown Heights Affair have managed over the past three years. ...

Charo: Disco Comedienne

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

The lady's natural wit made her a runaway success on America's chat shows and her debut album was an international winner. Now she feels she's ...

KC & the Sunshine Band

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

WHENEVER you think of the Miama Sound, the name of K.C. & the Sunshine Band immediately springs to mind. Via a long string of golden ...

Randy Jackson: Solo Randy Will Always Be Part Of The Jacksons

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

THIS MONTH sees the release of the debut single by the latest of the super-talented children of Joe Jackson. Collectively, they are known to the ...

The Impressions: The Impresssions

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1978

After more than 20 years as a group, the guys are now bigger than ever in Europe. Recordwise, plans are afoot for them to record ...

B.B. King: An Audience With The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The King in question is Mr. B.B. King and in this exclusive interview he talks to John Abbey about the future of the blues as ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: Back To Their Roots

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The rumours are that Harold Melvin and the group are set to return to Philadelphia International. Harold himself tells B&S how it is.... ...

Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Returneth Home

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

Jerry talks to B&S about his reunion with Gamble and Huff and his plans for the future... ...

Timmy Thomas: The Gospel Freak

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The 'Why Can't We Live Together' man now has a dual role – as head of TK's Gospel division and leader of the Freak dancefloor ...

Eddie Henderson

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Eddie Henderson: I didn't get where I am today by not being danceable... ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: George Clinton

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1978

Coinciding with the arrival of the whole Parliafunk-adelicment entourage in Britain for concert dates, B&S concludes its exclusive interview with the mastermind of the whole ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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! ...

Grover Washington Jr: Grover's Motown 'Seed' Is Bearing Fruit A Plenty

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

ALTHOUGH on odd occasions they have varied their musical direction – notably into Country & Western for a minute and via the Rare Earth Rock-Pop ...

Heatwave

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

LONDON, England, is hardly renowned for its temperate climate but it can boast one long and consistent Heatwave because it is – and probably always ...

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. ...

The Temptations: Temptations Thrive On Their New Found Freedom

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

AFTER A rather disappointing first year with Atlantic Records, it looks as though 1979 will see the mighty Temptations searching in earnest to regain their ...

The Staple Singers: Muscle Shoals Revisited

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

IT CAN'T be coincidence that the minute the Staples return to Muscle Shoals, they come away with their best selling album since the last time ...

Celi Bee Spreads Her Wings

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

WE GOT the opportunity to spear with Celi Bee (of Celi Bee & the Buzzy Bunch disco fame) on one of the lady's rare stopovers ...

Chaka Khan

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

B&S award is more meaningful, says Chaka... ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers: Bustin' Loose

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

1979 HAS been acclaimed as the year that Funk would fight back. Proof of the truth of that statement can be found by simply looking ...

Gene Chandler: The Duke Is Back

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

RIGHT NOW, Gene Chandler's 'Get Down' is just about the biggest disco record in the country. Presently, Gene is touring the country promoting his biggest ...

Instant Funk: The Return Of Funk

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

Into the winner's circle with a three year old recording, Instant Funk now look set to become 79's major funk success. Read on... ...

Rance Allen

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THE RELEASE of Straight From The Heart marks the return home of the Rance Allen Group. After a gap of four years – during which ...

Brass Construction: Randy Muller: Dance To The Music

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

"The new Brass Construction album will have the same kind of rhythm pulse and good groove as the first one..." ...

Rose Royce: A Very Satisfying Year

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

UNDOUBTEDLY, 1978 was The Year Of The Groups. Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores and Rose Royce almost held a monopoly on the awards. Though ...

T-Connection: Out To Kill

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

AFTER TWO rather varied albums, T-Connection have made up their minds that their about-to-be-released third album will be the one to kill the discos. ...

The Dixie Hummingbirds: Flyin' High

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THERE HAS been a whole lot of publicity about the fact that fifty years ago, Walt Disney was introducing Mickey Mouse to the world over ...

The Jackson 5, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons: Ten Golden Years

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

The guys recently celebrated ten years as a headlining act and B&S took the opportunity to talk to them individually and gather their thoughts on ...

The Neville Brothers: A Family Affair

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

THE NAME of Neville is synonymous with the whole New Orleans sound. The eldest brother, Art, has invested more than twenty years into the music ...

Van McCoy Comes Out Of Retreat

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

Having now emerged from a somewhat less fruitful period, following his huge international smash, 'The Hustle', Van McCoy talks of his recent creative and emotional ...

Evelyn "Champagne" King: Evelyn Champagne King: A Bubbling Bundle Of Talent

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

From office cleaning to record stardom, the 'champagne' lady uncorks her story...and cites producer T. Life as the Rat in her life!!! ...

Switch: Talent In Depth

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

Lead vocalist Greg Williams explains how a chance meeting with Jermaine Jackson led to the guys achieving their big breakthrough. Now they're readying their second ...

Sylvester: Step Three

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

The man triumphed in both Disco sections of the annual B&S Poll but, surprisingly, tells us that his next album might actually be his last ...

ADC Band: The ADC Band: All Fired Up

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

THEIR BIOGRAPHY calls them a "funky renaissance band" and I guess that does just about sum up the ADC Band, Detroit's own band who have ...

The Commodores: 3 Times a Winner

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1979

Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores triumphed in 3 sections of the recent B&S Poll. Here Lionel, who won the award as Best Songwriter, tells why ...

Bloodstone: Shining Brightly Six Years On

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

WOULD YOU believe that it's six years since Bloodstone hit the world's record charts with their haunting 'Natural High' ballad – probably one of the ...

Bunny Sigler: A Disco Believer

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

After 12 years, writer, producer, singer Bunny Sigler finally has the creative freedom to pursue all avenues to his own satisfaction. ...

Chaka Khan, Rufus: Chaka Khan: Chaka Really Is Every Woman

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

OVER THE years, we have covered just about every possible facet of Chaka Khan's career. So, during a break whilst recording a new album with ...

Creme D'Cocoa: Philly Versatility

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

VENTURE RECORDS was launched last fall and immediately attained its initial breakthrough with 'Do What You Feel', the debut release on a new quartet from ...

Edwin Starr Makes Contact

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

After a lengthy absence from the charts, Edwin's back with a vengeance. And he's well tuned in to disco as some folks acclaim 'Twenty Five ...

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 ...

Sister Sledge: Family Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

WHOEVER CAME up with the idea of putting that beautiful family quartet, Sister Sledge, together with platinum Chic hitmakers, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, is ...

Tasha Thomas: Title Doubt

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

ALTHOUGH 'Shoot Me' has been the vehicle for the world to become acquainted with Ms. Tasha Thomas, it is a somewhat unlikely source. 'Shoot Me ...

LaBelle, Patti LaBelle: The Real Raw Patti LaBelle

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

Patti is happier with her latest album than with anything she has ever done before, and feels that producer Skip Scarbrough has captured the real, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Eddie Henderson: Doctor At The Crossroads

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

With the music world making so many demands on his time, Eddie feels he may have to phase out his medical practice completely... ...

Gene Chandler: Number One

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

ENCOUNTERED Gene Chandler, fresh from his European trek, where he was awarded a Silver Disc in London for sales exceeding 250,000 in the U.K. ...

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! ...

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 ...

Narada Michael Walden: The Disco Awakening

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

ALTHOUGH he has just come off of one of Atlantic's biggest ever disco records – 'I Don't Want Nobody Else' – Narada Michael Walden wants ...

Prince Phillip Mitchell: Atlantic Crossing

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

AFTER TEN years of giving his best songs to other acts – notably 'Starting All Over Again' for Mel & Tim, 'Hurt So Good' for ...

Sister Sledge: We Really Are Family

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

THERE IS a certain closeness, a certain warmth about a family unit that is totally indestructible. It positively glows and when you are lucky enough ...

Tasha Thomas: The Glamor of Disco

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

AS WE have so often said, one of the great things about the disco boom is that it has brought to the surface a whole ...

Taste Of Honey Chase More Sweet Success

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

It ain't easy emulating the huge success of a record like 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' but the hit group are setting out to do just that. ...

The Beck Family

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

The family group explain how the Jacksons inspired them to switch from gospel to contemporary music. ...

The Crusaders, Randy Crawford: The Crusaders' Stix Hooper

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

B&S catches up with the Crusaders who have campaigned for jazz all over the world and whose new album is centred around 'street life'... ...

The Ohio Players: Up An' Dancin'

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1979

"Arista are famous for their pre-programming scheme and they could afford us!" ...

Alton McClain & Destiny: Alton Meets Her Destiny

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

ONE OF this year's giant left field records comes from three absolutely beautiful young ladies, Alton McClain and Destiny (D'Marie Warren and Robyrda Stiger). ...

B.B. King: B.B King: Reds and Blues

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

"I learnt the true meaning of freedom...But I also believe that music is the international denominator for bringing people together" ...

The Spinners: Eternal Spinners

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

TIMING AND distinctive sound are two of our favourite comments when it comes to reviewing music in B&S. Timing (and the inborn knowledge when to ...

The Commodores

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

THE COMMODORES have attained a peak that no black group before them has ever been able to attain. For 1978, they were the fourth best ...

The Floaters: Floating Into The Future

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

WE'VE MADE this point on numerous occasions before – sometimes, a blockbuster hit can be the worst thing that can happen to a new act. ...

The Jones Girls: Keeping Up With The Jones Girls

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

Diana Ross and Gamble & Huff are useful people to have in your corner, and the talented trio openly acknowledge their gratitude and the belief ...

Van McCoy: In Memory of

Obituary by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

JULY HAS been a devastating month for our music because of the tragic, sad deaths of Minnie Riperton and Van McCoy. Both were highly creative ...

Barry White: The Message Really Is Love

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

IT'S an old criticism that so few people practice what they preach. But, in the case of Barry White, the title of his new album ...

Doris Jones And The British Link

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

BECAUSE OF the nature of the music business, situations occasionally arise that go totally against the usual course of events. ...

Double Exposure: Secrets From The Locker Room

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

B&S investigator probes behind the scenes and unearths the concept of the quartet's startling new album... ...

Carol Douglas: Get Into Carol's Life

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

WITH THE release of her fifth album for Midsong International, Carol Douglas has reached a new stage in her career. ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's Peacock Music

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

INTERVIEWS with Michael Jackson are few and far between. However, after the Jacksons' Platinum Party, at which the whole family was presented with platinum awards ...

Shirley Brown

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

After her huge success with 'Woman To Woman', people expected Shirley to carry on rapping. Now she's resigned with Stax and her new album gives ...

Linda Evans: Solo Linda Scores Group Success

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

HAVING TRIED on three occasions to establish herself within a group – on each occasion, a trio, by the way – Linda Evans decided that ...

Sun Destination Superstardom

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

Pax Amantis?...the Custos Warriors?...Sun spokesman Byron Byrd explains all and then some... ...

Taka Boom: An Undisputed Talent

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

Taka spent a year and a half with Undisputed Truth and now she's capitalising on that experience with her solo career... ...

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 ...

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 ...

Billy Preston: No Longer Going Round In Circles!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

B&S talks to Billy about his early days with Little Richard and Ray Charles, his development as a solo talent and his recent pacting with ...

Bootsy Collins: Nothing Will Stop The Funk

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

B&S drops in on Bootsy who says it out loud... ...

Candido: Technicolor Yul Brynner

Profile by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1979

IT TOOK the advent of disco to allow percussionists to come to the fore, and challenging Ralph McDonald for the leading role in commercial percussionists ...

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. ...

Fern Kinney: Fern's In The Right Groove

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

POPPY SEEDS have been the source of at least one good thing in this world. In the 60's there was a group called the Poppies ...

Kilo: Worth Their Weight In Gold

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

THOUGH KILO may be a new name to you their first album is only just on the streets now, their debut for Stax – the ...

Lenny Williams: Mr Consistency

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

"It isn't time to start abandoning disco or anything as drastic as that. It's just that people want their music more varied these days." ...

Nature's Divine

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

TAKE A tip from me...Nature's Divine are going to be a supergroup! This ten-piece ensemble from Detroit are already well on their way with their ...

Rick James

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

"TO ME, a punk is someone who says what's on his mind and who doesn't take no shit!" So says Rick James, one of our ...

Ronn Matlock

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

RONN MATLOCK is the latest in an endless line of new talents who seem to be constantly emerging again from Detroit. Though his Hot City ...

Sylvester: The Living Proof Of Disco's Heat

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

'MIGHTY REAL' was, of course, one of Sylvester's biggest hits – his biggest in Europe, in fact. However, it is more than just the title ...

Tamiko Jones: Tamiko's Intercity Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

New York, Detroit, Atlanta, back to Detroit, on to Nashville. Those were the ports of call for Tamiko Jones. ...

Dynasty: Piece Of The Rock

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1979

CURRENTLY ENJOYING their first major taste of success with 'I Don't Want To Be A Freak' is Dynasty, two young ladies and a young man ...

War Effort

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1980

John Abbey talks to the Music Band's harmonica ace, Lee Oskar ...

Stacy Lattisaw, Narada Michael Walden: Narada's Awakening Continues...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 29 January 1980

Narada's 1979 chartbusting Awakening album paved the way for 1980 success. Now, the talented performer reveals his plans for continued acceptance and his aspirations for ...

Chaka Khan, Rufus: Chaka Khan: Chaka's Naughty Bits

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 April 1980

Naughty is the title of Chaka Khan's new album, but she denies trying to project a 'naughty' image. However, she confesses to being naturally impish ...

Chic, Diana Ross: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown 8033)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 17 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, 17 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 ...

Con Funk Shun's Golden Spirit...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 15 July 1980

"It's a cold business," claim Con Funk Shun, but the seven piece funk aggregation couldn't be hotter right now... ...

Millie Jackson: For Men Only (Polydor 2391460)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 15 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 ...

Randy Crawford: Now We May Begin (Warner Bros.)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 15 July 1980

'Last Night At Danceland'; 'Tender Falls The Rain'; 'My Heart Is Not As Young As It Used To Be'; 'Now We May Begin'; 'Blue Flame'; ...

Chic, Diana Ross: Chic Speak

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 August 1980

Chic's Bernard Edwards talks about the frustrations of being underestimated outside of the disco sphere; about the problems of producing the Diana Ross album; and ...

Odyssey: Hang Together (RCA 13526)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 August 1980

'Hang Together'; 'Never Had It At All'; 'Don't Tell Me, Tell Her'; 'Down Boy'; 'Follow Me'; 'Use It Up And Wear It Out'; 'If You're ...

Tom Browne: Love Approach (Arista/GRP 5008)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 August 1980

'Funkin' For Jamaica (N.Y.)'; 'Her Silent Smile'; 'Forever More'; 'Dreams Of Loving You'; 'Nocturne'; 'Martha'; 'Moon Rise'; 'Weak In The Knees' ...

David Ruffin: Gentleman Ruffin (Warner Bros. K3416)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 October 1980

'I Wanna Be With You'; 'All I Need'; 'Love Supply'; 'Still In Love With You'; 'I Got A Thing For You'; 'Can We Make Love ...

Larry Graham's Maui Manoeuvres...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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, 7 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' ...

Teena Marie: Irons In The Fire (STML)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 21 October 1980

'I Need Your Lovin''; 'Young Love'; 'First Class Love'; 'Irons In The Fire'; 'Chains'; 'You Make Love Like Springtime'; 'Tune In Tomorrow'; 'You Make Love ...

The Jacksons: Triumph (Epic)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 21 October 1980

'Can You Feel It'; 'Lovely One'; 'Your Ways'; 'Everybody'; 'Heartbreak Hotel'; 'Time Waits For No One'; 'Walk Right Now'; 'Give It Up'; 'Wondering Who' ...

The Pointer Sisters: Special Things (Planet K 52242)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 21 October 1980

'Could I Be Dreaming'; 'He's So Shy'; 'The Love Too Good To Last'; 'Evil'; 'Save This Night For Love'; 'We've Got The Power'; 'Where Did ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy Sweats it Out

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

Bootsy Collins explains his foolosophy and talks about his long lay-off and the legal hassles surrounding The Rubber Band... ...

Diana Ross: To Love Again (Motown STML 12152)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

AFTER THE massive success of the Chic produced Diana album, the chic Ms. Ross reverts back to her sophisticated approach for this set of nine ...

T.S. Monk's House of Music...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

ONE OF the year's first really big records is not only the debut release by a new group but it also gives birth to a ...

Maceo Parker, The Sweat Band: The P-Funk New Doo Crew… No Sweat, it's Bootsy's Banned Band!

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

Maceo Parker explains that the Sweat Band is virtually a continuation of the Rubber Band ...

George Clinton, Funkadelic, Parliament: The P-Funk Noo Doo Crew: the Man with the Key to Funk

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 7 April 1981

George Clinton takes the lid off R&B... Rhythm and Business, that is! ...

Cheryl Lynn, Luther Vandross: Cheryl Lynn: Cheryl & Luther's Instant Love Affair...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 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 ...

Gwen McCrae: Gwen's Return Trip

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 November 1982

WITH THE release of her second Atlantic album, On My Way, it looks as if the Florida born Capricorn, Gwen McCrae — born December 21 ...

Klymaxx: The Feminine Touch

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 November 1982

IN AN INDUSTRY that is male-oriented, the arrival of the eight-piece, self-contained and all girl group, Klymaxx is a welcome addition. The lovely ladies are ...

Aurra: Live And Let Live (Salsoul SA 8559)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 May 1983

'Such A Feeling'; 'Coming To Get You'; 'Live And Let Live'; 'Undercover Lover'; 'Baby Love'; 'You Can't Keep On Walking'; 'One More Time'; 'Positive' ...

Debarge: The New First Family Of Motown

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 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 ...

Prince Charles & The City Beat Band: Lock Up Yer Women... Prince Charles Is Comin'

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 May 1983

IN DAYS of yore, it was not uncommon for plundering royalty to ravage the land and have their evil way with local wenches. But we ...

Lonnie Liston Smith: Escape From Limbo...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 May 1983

It's been almost three years since Lonnie Liston Smith came across with new product. But with his new Dreams Of Tomorrow set he's escaped from ...

The Whispers: Love For Love (Solar 60216)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 May 1983

ALTHOUGH SIDE one is sub-titled the "dancin' side" (and side two is the "romantic side"), that is somewhat misleading because to be truthful, only the ...

Cherrelle's Sound Investment

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 July 1984

Despite a frustrating and depressing stint in Los Angeles, Cherrelle stuck to her guns and is now enjoying the success she fought for. ...

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson, The Jacksons: The Jacksons: Victory — Tour de Force or Tour de Farce?

Report by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 31 July 1984

John Abbey reports from backstage at the opening of The Jacksons' Victory Tour, the most eagerly awaited tour for many a long year. The organisation, ...

Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Luther Vandross: Marcus Miller: Bassline Return

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 14 August 1984

B&S EXCLUSIVE WITH MARCUS MILLER In this interview direct from the USA, the poll-winning bassman talks to John Abbey about his sparkling new album, the people ...

Midnight Star: Star Attraction

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 5 February 1985

NOW HERE'S a trivia question I couldn't answer immediately! Which was the only group to have a Platinum album during 1984? ...

Stanley Clarke: Ace of Bass

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 February 1987

"In a lot of ways, I guess I've taken the bass as far as it can be taken", says Stanley Clarke ...

Sylvester: Mutual Admiration Time

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 3 February 1987

For his new Mutual Attraction album, Sylvester has cut his version of Stevie Wonder's 'Living For The City', which he first heard at a club ...

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