Gwen McCrae

Jamie Fox
Welcome, in the R&B news this week...Jamie Foxx made his return to Saturday Night Live last night as the guest host for a second time. The multi-talented star opened the show with a “How Black Is That” monologue impersonating President Barack Obama’s dance moves, and was joined by 2 Chainz for a impromptu musical performance.

During the show Jamie played a karate dojo owner in the J-Pop Christmas skit, the host of ‘Bitch Game Show,’ impersonated Terry Perry playing himself and Madena in ‘Alex Cross 2,’ a rapping Ding Dong in the wake of the Hostess bankruptcy, a court officer in a Maine civil case and a former porn star.

The late Teena Marie had a voice that was truly one of a kind and the new single “Luv Letter” proves that her legacy will always live on. This is the first single from her upcoming posthumous album, ‘Beautiful’, due January 15, 2013.

John Legend
Ohhh this is crazy. Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated film Django Unchained will hit theaters on Christmas Day, while the soundtrack will be available December 18. One of the many featured cuts is this new offering from John Legend and Paul Epworth (Adele “Rolling in the Deep”), entitled “Who Did That To You.” The R&B singer-songwriter really takes the story to heart on the sinister track, looking to avenge the woman he loves.

“Quentin Tarantino’s movies have such a specific sound to them, where the music plays such an important role,” said Legend. “When I first learned that Quentin was making ‘Django Unchained,’ a film set in the South two years before the Civil War, I felt a strong connection to the story, and I knew that I wanted to write a song for it.”
Dee Harvey

“The scene where the song plays is such a powerful moment in the film, a moment of redemption,” Legend continues, “and we wrote a triumphant and heroic song that underscores Django’s mission.” John is currently finalizing his new album Love in the Future, which is due out next year. (thisisr&b.com)

Finally again some sad news this week, this guy, soul singer born Dee Harvey, 1965, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. has died on the 1st. December 2012, California, U.S.A. The former Motown recording artist Dee Harvey has died at age 47. He was suffering from an undisclosed illness. At Motown, Dee recorded the self-penned ballad hit ‘Leave Well Enough Alone’ in 1991.

On to this weeks show that's including Andy Hamilton's Notebenders live & a Courtney Pine interview....

Playlist for 9th. December 2012
The New Album
Hour One
Keni Stevens - You
Quincy Jones/John Legend - Tomorrow
Courtney Pine at Andy Hamilton's Tribute Show
The Notebenders - Mas Que Nada
Gwen Paltrow/Babyface - Just My Imagination
Angie Stone - Do What U Gotta Do
The Notebenders - The Nearness Of You (bed)
Bilal - Soul Sista
S.W.V. - If Only You Knew
The Notebenders - Blue Bossa (bed)
Betty Wright/Joss Stone Whisper In The Wind
The Notebenders

Hour Two 
'Three-inna-row' Gwen McCrae
1 Maybe I'll Find Somebody New
2 I Can Only Think Of You
3 For Your Love

Lamont Dozier - You Make Me A Believer
A Few Good Men - Tonight
Mary J. Blige - Before I Let Go
Maze feat: Frankie Beverly -  Before I Let Go
Teddy Pendergrass - Joy
Dwele - Frankly My Dear
Rahsaan Patterson - I'll Go
Luther Vandross - My Sensitivities

Gwen McCrae
Gwen McCrae Bio
Born 21 December 1943, Pensacola, Florida, USA. The wife of George McCrae, Gwen made her mark in the mid-70s with a delightful series of southern-style soul numbers produced by Steve Alaimo and Clarence Reid for Henry Stone's Miami-based TK operation. She first found success with a remarkable remake of the old Bobby Bland gospel blues, "Lead Me On" (R&B number 32, 1970). The record was recorded for TK Records, but leased to Columbia Records. The following year, now on TK's subsidiary label Cat, she followed with an equally remarkable remake of the Ed Townsend oldie, "For Your Love" (R&B number 17). McCrae had her only pop hit with "Rockin' Chair" in 1975, when the number 1 R&B hit crossed over to reach the US Top 10. "Love Insurance" (R&B number 16) was a respectable follow-up in 1975.

TK collapsed in 1980, and McCrae moved to New Jersey, and while there signed with Atlantic Records, after which she entered the charts with "Funky Sensation" (number 22 R&B) in 1981. McCrae's last US chart record was in 1984, but in the UK she had a hit with "All This Love That I'm Giving' (number 63, 1988), an old single taken from 1979"s Melody Of Life. Her status on the UK's northern soul scene led to a new recording contract with the Homegrown label, who released McCrae's Girlfriend's Boyfriend in 1996. Further recordings followed for the revived Goldwax Records label in the USA, and in 2004 McCrae released her first gospel album.

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