Bobby Womack

June has been a sad month for music lovers with the loses of; Ralph Pruit (Fantastic Four), Don Davis (producer) Horrace Silver (jazz musician), Gerry Goffin (songwriter), Maebon Hodges (Hi label bass player) and Thursday Bobby Womack. A couple of them were no saints and lived a difficult life''s, but nonetheless they all gave us some wonderful music and will all be remembered for that.

When news broke that Angela Bassett will direct the biopic on Whitney Houston, fans and critics alike wondered how the late pop icon’s life would be portrayed in the movie. Bassett recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the project, including her choice of casting and the family’s involvement in the film. The 55-year-old director says the film is a personal project for her. Bassett worked with Houston on the set of the 1995 film ‘Waiting to Exhale.’ Much like the world, she was deeply affected by the tragic news of the singer’s death in 2012. “I obviously had worked with Whitney and, you know, just fell in love with her as the rest of the world did,” she said. “And when this opportunity was brought my way, it really was something I couldn’t say no to. I felt that if I said no and let it pass, I could imagine having a great deal of regret, you know? I wanted to tell a story about a beautiful sista, which is of course an opportunity for me to grow as a woman and as an artist in many expected and unexpected ways.”

The Lifetime Network is behind an upcoming film about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Unlike the former productions mentioned which come with a slew of resistance, Franklin is happily on board to have a movie made about her life and career, and offer much insight and input. All that’s needed are the signatures on the paper. Franklin told Billboard.com, “We’re very, very close to signatures on one agreement. It’s just a matter of our coming to terms and agreeing about what we’re doing to do.” According to reports, she’s also involved with the cast selection, especially who she wants to portray her. She’s been vocal in the past about wanting Halle Berry for the role, but rumor has it she’s eyeing Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Jennifer Hudson. “Audra’s got a great voice to work with, but she’s very Broadway oriented,” Franklin notes, “but that doesn’t mean she cannot perform in the arena of soul, so that’s why I’m interested in hearing how she would sing my things. The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it.”

Playlist for Sunday 29-06-14 (sorry hour two missin')

Isley-Jasper-Isley - Caravan Of Love
Gary Taylor - In Search Of
St. Germain - Sure Thing
Dee Robinson - I Like It
Kindered The Family Soul - Call Me Crazy
Hill St Soul - Smile
Joe - Future Teller
Joe - Love & Sex (Part 2) feat: Kell
Maryann Ito - You Get Me Feeling
Rene & Angela - Imaginary Playmates
Barry White - It's Only Love Doing It's Thing

Bobby Womack x3 (RIP 4/3/44-27/6/14)
1 I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much
2 We've Only Just Begun (+ Brotherhood)
3 How Could You Break My Heart

Active Force - Give Me Your Love
Chaka Khan - Make It Last
Bloodstone - My Kinda Woman
Eddie Harris - It's Alright Now
Stevie Wonder - All I Do
Betty Wright - Share My Love
Co-Ed - Sumthin' On U
Raphael Saadiq/Teedra Moses - Chic
Charlie Wilson I Still Have You

Bobby Womack's Biography:

Born 4 March 1944, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. A founder member of the Valentinos, this accomplished musician also worked as a guitarist in Sam Cooke's touring band. He scandalized the music fraternity by marrying Barbara Campbell, Cooke's widow, barely three months after the ill-fated singer's death. Womack's early solo singles, "Nothing You Can Do" and the superb "I Found A True Love", were all but shunned and, with the Valentinos now in disarray, he reverted to session work. Womack became a fixture at Chips Moman's American Recording Studio, but although he appeared on many recordings, this period is best recalled for his work with Wilson Pickett. "I'm In Love" and "I'm A Midnight Mover" are two of the 17 Womack songs that particular artist would record. Bobby meanwhile resurrected his solo career with singles on Keymen and Atlantic Records. Signing with Minit Records, he began a string of R&B hits, including "It's Gonna Rain", "How I Miss You Baby" (both 1969) and "More Than I Can Stand (1970).

His authoritative early album, The Womack Live, then introduced the freer, more personal direction he would undertake in the 70s. The final catalyst for change was There's A Riot Going On, Sly And The Family Stone's 1971 collection on which Womack played guitar. Its influence was most clearly heard on "Communication", the title track to Womack's first album for United Artists Records. Part of a prolific period, the follow-up album, Understanding, was equally strong, and both yielded impressive singles, which achieved high positions in the R&B charts. "That's The Way I Feel About Cha" (number 2), "Woman's Gotta Have It" (number 1) and "Harry Hippie" (number 8), which confirmed his new found status. Successive albums from Facts Of Life, Looking For A Love Again and I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To, consolidated the accustomed mixture of original songs, slow raps and cover versions. BW Goes C&W (1976), a self-explanatory experiment, closed his United Artists contract, but subsequent work for CBS Records and Arista Records was undistinguished. In 1981 Womack signed with Beverly Glen, a small Los Angeles independent, where he recorded The Poet. This powerful set re-established his career while a single, "If You Think You're Lonely Now", reached number 3 on the R&B chart. The Poet II (1984) featured three duets with Patti LaBelle, one of which, "Love Has Finally Come At Last", was another hit single. Womack moved to MCA Records in 1985, debuting with So Many Rivers. A long-standing friendship with the Rolling Stones was emphasized that year when he sang back-up on their version of "Harlem Shuffle". Womack remained fairly quiet during the 90s, although he returned to the recording studio in 1999 with his first ever gospel set, Back To My Roots. An expressive, emotional singer, his best work stands among black music's finest moments.  

Bobby's death appears to have been caused by a combination of factors, including diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer and pneumonia.


J.P. Cooper

PART OF inner city Birmingham came to a standstill today (June 19) as thousands of people queued to pay tribute to one of the African Caribbean community’s most respected sons.Nearly 3,000 mourners, some who had flown in from America, gathered to say farewell to solicitor Jeff Atkinson, who died suddenly at the age of 53 after a gym session on May 26.It was standing room only in the 2,000-capacity New Testament Church of God in Lozells, with hundreds more listening patiently to the special community service out on the street as African drums played before Jeff’s coffin arrived. More @ The Voice

Aliyah's family releases official statement on 'Lifetime Movie'
The plot HAS thickened…
Last we reported, the family of the late R&B star Aaliyah Haughton was not pleased with a movie being made, despite actress Zendaya Coleman's confirmation that it's moving full steam ahead. And now they’ve made an official statement about their dissatisfaction about the film being made without their consent, and well as the way it’s being made (TV vs. the big screen).

On behalf of the entire family, Aaliyah's uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson released a statement yesterday (June 20), urging fans to bombard Lifetime Network with calls and letters to stop the film's production.

The statement reads:
"Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash.
Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.
Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!
Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.
We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine."
There’s soooooo many factors surrounding the making (or not making) of this movie, we're already exausted with the entire thing! But it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out.

Jerry & Wife Carol King, 1959
Gerry Goffin, US lyricist, dies at 75. Goffin penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Savin' All My Love for You. The Oscar-nominated songwriter Gerry Goffin, whose hits included Will You Love Me Tomorrow and (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman, has died aged 75, his wife Michelle said. Goffin, who was previously married to his writing partner Carole King, was also behind Up on the Roof and Savin' All My Love for You. In all, Goffin was responsible for more than 50 top 40 songs in the US. He and King married in 1959 when they were teenagers. They divorced in 1968, but their productive partnership led them to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. More @ here

Sundays playlist 22-06-14

Hour One
Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman
Donny Osmand - Breeze On By
Gabor Szabo/Bobby Womack - Breezin
Jaheim - Hush
No-Kin - Hush
Marqueal Jordan _ Between The Sheets
R. Kelly - Love For Me (NR)
George Howard - Steppin' Out
Angie Stone - More Than A Woman
Tracy Carter =- Everyday
Marvin Gaye - Le's Get It On (remix)
Noel Gourdin - Foxy

Hour Two
J.P. Cooper x3
1 Stay 'x' Factor
3 I Wish I Didn't Miss You

Keni Burke - Hang Tight
Gwen McCrae - Stop Holding Back
Emotions - The Feeling Is
Dramatics - Key To The World
ZZ Hill - Cheatin' In The Next Room
Phyliss Hyman - You Know How To Love Me
Donnell JOnes - The Finer Things In Life
Faith Evans - I Just Can't Wait
Michael Coop - Steppin To A Groove Song

J.P. Cooper Biography:
JP Cooper was born in Manchester into a family of artists and spent his formative years writing and playing rock music but his sound also draws on his love for gospel music. With influences as diverse as Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder, his spine-tingling and utterly brilliant voice marries up with his captivating, life affirming lyrics which touch on friends, lovers, society and spirituality, to leave you spellbound, heart-warmed and inspired every time.


Fathers Day 2014

My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black? 

- Langston Hughes 

A real daddy

I am only three
I've learned so many things that you've taught me me
the things I have learn will help me grow
the things you've taught me surely show
I know that blue and yellow make green
I know one comes first then two then three
I know how to say thank you and ask
for things by saying pretty please
I know that you love me unconditionally
I know you are are my daddy even if you didn't help mommy make me
because you have have been there no matter what and you'd never for sake me
you give me kisses and hold me tight
you calm my fears when I wake frighten at night
you kiss my boos boos and make the pain go away
only real daddy's and mommy's I have that gift Id say
your are my daddy and I love you with all my heart
because of you me and mommy no longer have a hole in our hearts
Author: Carrie Mcstoots 

Playlist for Sunday 15-06-14

Ron Parks - Daddies Need Huggin'
Sade 2010
Jaheim - Daddy Thing
Kenny G - If I Ain't Got You
The Winstons - Colour Him Father
Jill Scott - Family Reunion
Tashan - Thank You Father
Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop,Shoop)
Kool & The Gang - Father, Father
Kindred Family Soul - Drop The Bomb On Me
Sade - Baby Father
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Keith Sweat - Day Dreamin'

Mary J Blige - Father In You
Springfield Smooth Group Dance With My Father
Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father
Bar-Kays - Feel Like I'm Falling In Love
Tyrone Davis - In The Mood
Jean Carn - My Love Don't Come Easy
Bobby Womack How Could You Break My Heart
LaToya Jackson - Camp Kuch Kaia
Wornell Jones - Must Have Been Love
Eddie Towns - Magic In The Air
Maze - We Are One

Can you Father dance?


Gerald LeVert

Well done to the organizers of this year’s FREE Caribbean Festival, bigger and better than ever before. Victoria and Chamberlain Squares, two of Birmingham’s prime city centre venues, will once again be holding the colourful, vibrant, and entertaining Caribbean Festival. Sponsored in 2012 by Levi Roots of “Reggae, Reggae Sauce”, the event attracted over 150,000 people and generated thousands of pounds in trade for local businesses. This year’s festival ran from Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 June 2014 and  music and dance and a focus on Caribbean culture, arts and crafts. There’s Calypso, Soca, Jazz, R’n’B, Reggae, Hip Hop and Soul flavours all mixed in over the 3 days. Many young up-and-coming local artists, comedians, dancers and poets, with guest appearances by national and international stars including: Musical Youth, Legends, Pulse Beat, Reggae Magic, Peter Spence, Tenna Star, Claire Angle, Tru Street Dance & More .Music over the 3 days will be provided by: Wassifa Showcase.

Toni Braxton releases her book. Since she's been a part of R&B's musical landscape and a recognizable part of pop culture for practically 20 years, it's hard to imagine us not hearing Toni Braxton. But before she became that signature sultry voice, a cautionary tale for bad business deals and a darling of reality TV (via WE TV's Braxton Family Values), Toni Michele was actually the oldest of six sanctified siblings hailing from the decidedly-unglamorous Severn, Maryland, a journey chronicled in Braxton's revealing and reflective memoir,Unbreak My Heart.  In this heartfelt memoir, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of WE TV’s reality hitBraxton Family Values, Toni Braxton writes about her personal life decisions and their impact on her health, family and career.

Don Davis - RIP
Detroit musician, producer and businessman Don Davis had died at age 75. Davis was a true "Renaissance Man" of music and business who started as a Motown guitarist, went on to write and produce a slew of hits, and even led the empowerment movement as the founder of a bank aimed at African American citizens.

Music fans first heard Davis playing on several early Motown hits such as Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)." He went on to write and produce for R&B artists around the US, and scored a huge hit with his composition for Johnny Taylor, "Who's Makin' Love." Davis bought and operated the legendary United Sound Studio in Detroit and produced projects with for the Dramatics, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis and even the late David Ruffin (So Soon We Change). He also wrote and produced the #1 smash "Disco Lady" for Taylor. All told, Davis reportedly was a part of over 3,000 recordings during his long career. While continuing to be relevant in the music industry, Davis became the founder and President of First Independence Bank, a downtown Detroit bank that aimed to better serve the area's African American community. Don Davis was a giant of a man in both the music and business worlds, and he will be missed. (Soutracks)

Luther Vandross although gone he is defiantly not forgotten. He has received a well deserved star on the Hollywood walk of fame, along with Ellen Degenerus, Backstreet Boys, Usher, and Janis Joplin! Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a huge honor for any celebrity to receive. It’s an honor that stars who have stood the test of time have had bestowed upon them, such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.In 2013, the Walk of Fame will welcome 24 new stars to its prestigious sidewalk. The lineup for the year is as diverse as the stars that already line the streets of Hollywood.The committee for the Hollywood Walk of Fame picks celebrities who are eligible to receive a star. If those stars choose to accept the honor, they will pay a fee of $30,000.

This Weeks Playlist 08-06-14

Hour One: (10-11am)
Zara McFarland - Police & Thieves
Teddy Pendergrass - Love Is The Power
G. Womack - Groove Wit You
Tracy Carter - Everyday
Kindred The Family Soul - Call Me Crazy
Keith Sweat - Think (Mama Used To Tell Me)
Brian Owens - Let's Get It On (Japan CD)
Betty Crutcher - Up For A Let Down
Pulpacio Jones - Your Eyes
Ca$e - Love 2 Love
Rosie Gaines - Good Times

Hour Two: (11-12pm)
Gerald LeVert x 3
1 That's The Way I Feel About You
2 Grater Later 3 Strings, Strings

Ch-Lites - Running Around
The Gap Band - Keep Holding On
Stephanie Mills - Keep Away Girls
Valentine Bros. - This Kind Of Love
Chocolate Milk - How About Love
Phyllis Hyman - Don't Tell Me, Tell Her
Johnson & Helen Lowe - SOS

Gerald LeVert Biography:
Born 13 July 1966, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The son of O'Jays founder Eddie LeVert. Bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary R&B, Gerald LeVert has a fine vocal technique first heard in 1985 with the release of the debut album by LeVert. By the time 1988's Just Coolin' had become a major US success, Gerald had already taken time off from the parent group to produce a number of artists with Marc Gordon, including Stephanie Mills, James Ingram, Miki Howard, the O'Jays and Troop. He also wrote "Whatever It Takes" for Anita Baker's platinum-selling 1990 set, Compositions. The same year, LeVert's Rope-A-Dope went gold. As head of Atlantic Records' Trevel Productions, Gerald also worked with new vocal groups Rude Boy and Men At Large. All these endeavours preceded the announcement of his solo career in 1991. The timing had been carefully planned, and paid rewards when "School Me", "Can You Handle It", "Baby Hold On To Me' (featuring his father) and the title track of the parent album Private Line achieved major success. The songs, written in conjunction with new partner Tony Nicholas, established him as a major force in contemporary R&B, with an equal emphasis on up-tempo dance numbers and balladeering. Afterwards, Gerald returned to work with LeVert (the band), and their fifth album, 1992's For Real Tho", earned another gold disc.

Further production work with Barry White, Little Joe (lead singer of Rude Boy), Drama and Men At Large interrupted preparations for a second solo set, which finally followed in 1994. Groove On was envisaged by the artist as "a 90s version of a 60s soul show, with a band, a whole horn section, the works". Once more working with Nicholas, this time the ballads included "I'd Give Anything" (produced by the Grammy award-winning David Foster), which became the album's first hit single, and the "issue" song "How Many Times", which dealt with a woman suffering physical and emotional abuse. The reconstruction of a traditional soul dynamic was enshrined by the presence of his father as co-producer on "Same Time, Same Place", while "Can't Help Myself" was originally written for the Forest Whitaker movie Strapped. In 1995, he enjoyed further international success with "Answering Service", confirming Gerald as one of the leading lights of modern soul and vocal R&Born The same year also produced a well-received collection of duets performed with his father (as Gerald And Eddie LeVert), titled Father And Son. In 1997, Gerald teamed-up with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill for the "soul supergroup" album, Levert Sweat Gill. His new solo album, Love & Consequences featured the Top 20 singles, "Thinkin' Bout It" and "Taking Everything". The follow-ups G and Gerald's World, though lesser works, maintained LeVert's commercial presence.


Robin Thicke

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A Baker & K Michelle
K. Michelle is currently in the studio working on her sophomore album and she got a surprise studio visit from the legendary Anita Baker. She shared her special moment via Instagram, “Last night was life changing for me as an artist. The legend @iamanitabaker came to check on me in the studio and hear my new music. She reminded me what music was all about. I pray that I grow as an artist and become as wise and humble as u are! Thank u for extending ur hand to me. I will FOREVER remember this. God sends u the right people at the right time. I needed to hear the words u spoke!” Thus far K. Michelle has been in the studio with Ne-Yo, Stacy Barthe, Sevyn, Eric Hudson, and Pop & Oak for her new album. (blenderss.com)

A leading Birmingham lawyer has died of a suspected heart attack just weeks after appearing in court charged with financial offences. Former bankrupt Jeff Atkinson, 50, made his name by largely defending people caught up in gun and gang cases. The Handsworth-born Rastafarian reportedly suffered a heart attack after a gym workout on Monday. Mr Atkinson was recently in the dock himself, accused of hiding £57,000 during the course of his bankruptcy in 2011. more at: Birmingham mail

Sunday 1st. June 2014

Intro - Come Inside
Maxwell - Pretty Wings
Gerald Albright - So Amaising
Randy Crawford - Endlessly
Michael Jackson - She Was LOving Me
HIl St. Soul - Strictly A Vibe Thang
Ron Parks - The Game
Runen Studdard - Close The Door
Arnold Blair - Trying To Get Next To You
Staples - Love Me x3
Paris I Chose You
Ashfrord & Simpson - Love Or Physical

Robin Thicke x3:
1 For The Rest Of My Life 2 All Tied Up
3 You're My Baby

Angie Stone - Pissed Off
Donell Jones - Finer Things In Life
Chaka Khan - Everywhare
Siani - Get On The Floor
Roy Ayers - Love Will Bring Us Back
Lo-Key - Good Old Fashioned Love
Randy Brown - We Oughta To Be Doing It
Millie Jackson - Love Is A Dangerous Game

Ronin Thicke Biography:
Born in Los Angeles, Robin taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for artists like Brandy, Color Me Badd, and Brian McKnight. By the age of 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera and others.
One year later he signed with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope records. Soon after he met AndrĂ© Harrell (former CEO of Uptown Records and mentor to Mary J. Blige, Sean “Puffy” Combs and countless others). It didn’t take much time for Robin to realize he found the creative partner he needed to make A Beautiful World, his critically acclaimed debut album released in 2003 under the name “Thicke.” After A Beautiful World, Thicke continued to work hard and went on to write and produce songs for Usher’s Grammy winning album Confessions, Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter 2, and Mary J Blige. more at: robinthicke.com