Marcus B (cover II)

Crier (right)
 Reports from American press agencies reveal that KEITH 'SABU' CRIER, bassist with 70's disco band, G. Q died last Sunday, 29th September. He was aged just 58. Crier grew up in the Bronx, son of the well-known R&B singer (he was a member of doo-wop group, The Halos) and community activist Arthur Crier. He was also the uncle of Keith Sweat. Keith formed his first band in 1968, Sabu and the Survivors. They evolved into a funk band called the Rhythm Makers in the 1970s, with Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc, Herb Lane and Kenny Banks. The Rhythm Makers recorded their first album in 1976, 'Soul on Your Side'; then in '78 they changed their name to G. Q ("Good Quality"). They later reworked the title track of their LP into 'Disco Nights' which became their biggest hits. The band continued until the early 1990s and reunited in 1999 to record a tribute to Billy Stewart and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed minor hits with covers of Stewart's 'I Do Love You' and 'Sitting In The Park'. (soulandjazzandfunk)

The new logo
Choice FM/Smooth 70's will disappear today (Sunday) to make way for Global Radio’s latest brand extension – Capital XTRA – on national DAB and in London on FM. The new station will launch this Monday with “Kojo & Jade with XTRA in the morning” at 6am. Carrying the strapline, DANCE.URBAN.UK., the new station will play new music and break urban dance acts.  New Choice signing Tim Westwood will be on the station, along with Capital’s Craig David and Avicii from a recently refurbished studio in London’s Leicester Square. Ashley Tabor, founder and executive president at Global said: “The launch of Capital XTRA is a great moment for listeners, for commercial radio, for the DAB platform and for our team here at Global. People right across the UK will now get to enjoy a truly national station in Capital XTRA – the only commercial station to play urban dance music nationwide. We’re taking the best presenters and shows and building on that by adding even more new talent to the line up and we believe Capital XTRA has a very bright future.” Charity appeals, partnerships and events will continue under the Capital XTRA banner and a new marketing campaign will start today. (radio today)

Sunday 6th. October 2013