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Tony Cummings

Tony Cummings

Tony Cummings' journalistic career started in 1963 when he started a black music fanzine originally called Soul, then Soul Music Monthly and finally Shout. By 1971 he was writing occasionally for Record Mirror and then in 1973 joined Black Music magazine as Staff Writer, eventually becoming Editor. Over the next few years he interviewed such artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and hundreds more. He stopped writing for the magazine in 1976 and converted to Christianity in 1980. Within a year he was married and began to write for the Christian magazine Buzz who soon offered him the position of assistant editorship, where he interviewed people such as Rev Ian Paisley and Cliff Richard. He later became the editor of Christian music magazine Cross Rhythms.

Cross Rhythms

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

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, September 1975

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

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

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, May 1975

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

The Bar-Kays, The Fatback Band, Funkadelic, The Ohio Players, Skull Snaps: The Sound of the Streets

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1974

IN A HAPPIER world, pigeon-holes would be strictly for pigeons. Yet the fact remains that terms like "R and B" and "Soul" are no longer ...

Archie Bell and the Drells, People's Choice: Philly's Dance Masters

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, October 1975

People's Choice and Archie Bell are disco hot! Tony Cummings reports… ...

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

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

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1976

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

Bobby Bland: This Time He's Here for Good

Retrospective by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

"HE'S HAD more Hot 100 entries than the Beatles." That's the claim — a totally accurate one — in the Bobby Bland adverts being scattered ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Bohannon: Have a Good Day…

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1975

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

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Castor's Last Stand? No Way!

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, May 1975

From 50s doowop to 70s superfunk... this man has done it all. And he's still doin' it. TONY CUMMINGS on the rise of Jimmy Castor ...

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

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1975

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

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

Special Feature by Tony Cummings, Black Music, November 1974

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

Faith Hope & Charity, Van McCoy, The Stylistics: Van McCoy: The World's Oldest Disco Kid

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1976

VAN McCOY has crossed the ten million sales mark with 'The Hustle', a dance tune which will rank in influence with 'The Twist'. Yet the ...

The Fatback Band: Fatback Band: Keepin' it Rootsy

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1976

"Through that door". A grinning Charlie Mullen is standing in the dressing room of the Burlesque club, Farnborough, and gesticulating towards the end of a ...

Gloria Gaynor & the Disco Boom

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, June 1975

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

Larry Graham: Graham Central Station: Release Yourself (Warner Bros. K 56062). ****

Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

AN ANOMALY: a funky band which is difficult, often impossible, to dance to. The extraordinary spiralling rhythms produced by the Arps, synthesizers and funk-boxes of ...

Dobie Gray: The Country Soul of Dobie Gray

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1974

CAN A WHITE man sing the blues? Now there's a cliché guaranteed to remove the enamel from a purist's teeth. Would say a purist: how ...

Al Green: The Al Green Story

Profile and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1974

AROUND THE time 'Let's Stay Together' was becoming the biggest selling single of all time for London Records in the USA (beating the Stones' 'Satisfaction') ...

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1975

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

Herbie Hancock: "I've already broken down a lot of barriers. Now I'm stamping them into the ground..."

Profile and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1975

Herbie Hancock — voted top jazz artist of 1974 by Black Music readers — talks to Tony Cummings ...

Eddie Holman: Natural High: The second coming of Eddie Holman

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

WHEN EDDIE Holman sings his voice soars from a rich, vibrant tenor into one of the most heart-stopping falsettos in black music. But when the ...

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

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1974

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

The Isley Brothers

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

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

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1975

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

Denise LaSalle: Doin' it Right

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

DENISE LASALLE is a mass of contradictions. She prefers her music "mean, down-home and funky" but would "like to do a session in Philadelphia". She ...

Latimore: More More More Latimore (President 1062) ****

Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

'Ain't Nothin' You Can Do'/'Snap Your Fingers'/'That's How It Is'/'Let's Straighten It Out'/'Ain't Nobody Gonna Make Me Change My Mind'/'I Don't Know'/'Put Pride Aside'/'Everyday'. ...

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

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1974

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

Love Unlimited: In Heat (20th Century)***

Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

YOU'D BE hard put to find a music journalist who'd ADMIT to liking this album. Those insecure defenders of "integrity" obviously view the plastic Love ...

Van McCoy, The Stylistics: Van McCoy: The Hustler

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, July 1975

Disco hero of 'Hustle' fame... man behind the Stylistics' current success... and writer, producer, arranger whose hits go back 15 years. The legendary VAN McCOY ...

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, April 1975

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

Ann Peebles: Rain and Shine

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

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

The Spinners: From Ghetto to Gold

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1973

Tony Cummings talks to the DETROIT SPINNERS ...

The Staple Singers: The Staples Story

Retrospective and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1974

IT ISN'T hard to imagine. A concert hall staging an "Authentic Blues Festival". Paul Oliver would make the introduction for the adoring crowd of earnest ...

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

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

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

The Stylistics: You Are Beautiful (Avco 9109 00S) **

Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, February 1976

OLD LOYALTIES die hard. As one whose heart still flutters when recalling an onstage version of 'You Are Everything' done in the purest a cappella, ...

Syreeta: In Her Own Wright

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1974

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

Dionne Warwicke: I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself...

Retrospective by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1975

Dionne Warwicke is one of the great voices of black music. Back in the 60s she and maestro Burt Bacharach pioneered the sophisticated soul sounds ...

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

Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, December 1973

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

Stevie Wonder: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Cummings, Black Music, March 1974

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

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Black Gospel Music: A white fan considers a hundred-year musical history

Memoir by Tony Cummings, Contemporary Musicians, 25 February 2016

White journalist Tony Cummings muses on his decades-long fascination with black gospel music. ...

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