Rebbie Jackson

In the news this week ... Eric Benet is giving the world a photogenic view into his personal life.
The R&B veteran shares his beautiful family in a new portrait, which was shot as a Valentine’s Day surprise to his wife, Manuela Testolini. The gorgeous photo includes Benet, Manuela, and their three daughters Amoura Luna (born July 2014; left), Lucia Bella (3 years old; middle), and India Benet (23 years old; right). "I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such smart, fearless females like my beautiful wife and daughters,” Benet told Us Weekly. “Each day, they enlighten me, challenge me and make me a better person, husband, father, and friend." Lovely! (singersroom)

Well done to the Notebenders Big Band (local Birmingham group, that Mr, Merry supports) the good news they beat 40 pus bands, and have now won Jazzlines: Free Gig Band Of the Year 2014. The group was set up by the late jazz musician Andy Hamilton and is still supported by his Trust that celebrated 10 years of age in 2014 - well done to them!

The Jazz trumpeter, Clark Terry, died yesterday (22-2-15). Clark was 94. Clark died surrounded by his family, students and friends. Earlier this month, Clark entered hospice care for treatment concerning his advanced diabetes. Clark had played with some of the great jazz musicians of the last century, including the likes of Charlie Barnett, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones. 

Kenneth ‘Wally’ Kelley, the last surviving founding member of the Manhattans, has died. Kenneth was 72. Kenneth passed away, only 2 months after the passing's of two other group members, Winfred ‘Blue’ Lovett (9th December 2014) and Edward ‘Sonny’ Bivins (3rd December 2014).

Sunday's Playlist 22-02-2015

from Brighton?
Dina Carroll - So Close
Sam Salter - Your Face
Gerald Albright - Bermuda Nights
Millie Jackson - I Need To Be By Myself
Bobby Glover - It's My Turn
Vivian Green - Sweet Memory
Algebra Blessett - U Do It For Me
Phyliss Hyman - Under Your Spell
Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find..
Dangerfield Newbies - Heaven Sent
Black Grass/Okou - So Many Ways
Victor Haynes - Feel

Rebbie Jackson x3
1 Always Wanting Something
2 Sweetest Dreams
3 Friendship Song

Ned Deheny - To Prove My Love
Joe - Future Teller
Charlie Wilson - Unforgettable
Mica Paris - I Should've Known Better
Billy Paul - Bring The Family Back
Light Of The World - London Town
Linda Clifford - I Can't Let This Good Thing Get Away
Oliver Cheatham - Saturday Night

Rebbie Jackson's Biography:
Maureen Reillette "Rebbie" Brown (née Jackson; born May 29, 1950) is an American singer professionally known as Rebbie Jackson /ˈriːbi. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, she is the eldest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her siblings during shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in 1974, before subsequently appearing in the television series The Jacksons. Her sister La Toya was born on Jackson's 6th birthday. At age 34, Jackson released her debut album Centipede (1984). The album featured songs written by Smokey Robinson, Prince, and Jackson's younger brother Michael, whose contribution (the title track "Centipede") became Rebbie's most successful single release. By the end of the 1980s, the singer had released two more albums in quick succession: Reaction (1986) and R U Tuff Enuff (1988).

Following a 10-year hiatus in her musical career, Jackson returned with the 1998 album Yours Faithfully. The production of the album, her last to date, was a collaboration with artists and producers such as Men of Vizion's Spanky Williams, Keith Thomas, and Eliot Kennedy. It also featured contributions from her children. In 2011, Rebbie embarked on the "Pick Up the Phone Tour," which is dedicated to teens who have committed suicide all over the U.S. (wiki-15)


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