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Today 09:01 AM

Stoney and Meatloaf..Every Thing Under The Sun drops today.

Wish us luck gang. Been a long time coming. All you arm chair producers out there that buy the package, please give me a review on your thoughts of the CDs.
Yesterday 07:49 PM

Motown hitmaker Charlene returns 40 years after breakout hit

From SoulTracks.com-
Back in 1982, one of the most unlikely hits shot to the top of the pop and R&B charts. “I’ve Never Been To Me” was a sensitive, introspective ballad from the female perspective that had been released five years earlier and stiffed, only to return as a smash due to some perceptive disc jockeys around the US and Europe who knew a hit when they heard one. The singer was Charlene Oliver [aka Charlene], and “I’ve Never Been To Me” became her signature song and lone Top 40 hit.
Fast forward forty years, and Charlene, now living in Texas, is back, teamed with UK-based singer, songwriter and producer Paul Stuart Davies, who has shown a penchant for recreating the vibe of early soul and doo wop classics, all brought forward to a new generation of listeners.

The result of their collaboration is “Fairytale Life,” a tale of love gone sour, and the plan by the singer to shake that love off, and find a new life on the other side of the country. The song has a definite early Motown vibe with even a touch of 50s pop, and the two artists blend nicely to provide a single with a nostalgic charm to it.

Listen to 'Fairytale Life' at SoulTracks.com-
Motown hitmaker Charlene returns 40 years after breakout hit | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews
Today 07:15 AM

Michael McDonald returns powerfully on "Tears To Come"

From SoulTracks.com-

A half decade ago, legendary singer and songwriter Michael McDonald broke a seventeen year break between albums when he issued the critically acclaimed Wide Open. Since then he’s been busy, touring regularly and guesting on songs by a number of other artists.
But it is a particular treat to see him back out in front with brand new music of his own in the form of today’s release of “Tears To Come,” which we hope will be a preview of more solo work from the 70 year old former [and sometimes current] Doobie Brother.
Written with John Berry, “Tears to Come” is an acoustic guitar-driven ballad that is an interesting mix of folk and singer-songwriter rock, but with a mournfully soulful lead and layered backing vocals by McDonald. In a time when often frenetic, beat-driven music dominates popular music, it is even more impactful hearing a song simply take its time to deliver its melancholy message about the end of relationship.
Check out “Tears to Come” and listen to a master at his craft.

Today 08:19 AM

Unexpected Motown Mention: TMZ on TV"

About a week ago, there was a story about Nike's phenomenally unexpected growth from a small company to the behemoth it has since become. Host Harvey Levin made a few comments on how the company has loyally remained near Beaverton, Oregon all these years. Then, for comparison, he cited Motown Records and how the company moved from Detroit to L.A. He didn't necessarily say the move hurt the company, but he did observe the lack of loyalty to Detroit, that something was lost and it became like any other record company. I was really pleasantly surprised to hear this from him and on a show as celebrity-driven as TMZ. As a bonus, none of the younger cast said anything like "Motown? Who???"

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