Today 08:20 AM

Missed Opportunities with the Marvelettes

I especially love Gladys' voice. and i like Wanda's a lot too, aside from when she gets too much into her head voice.

the Pink Album is just an amazing collection. really not a bad track on it. Here I Am is also very strong.

what do you think are some of the missed opportunities with the group?

I think Strange I Know was a little too "strange" to be a hit single. After Beechwood they should have issued Locking Up My Heart and NOT done a double sided single. Forever should have been saved as an A side to follow up Locking

And after Magician, they probably should have gone with Destination Anywhere. I like Here I Am - it's funky cool. But that smokey sound was getting a bit old

What others songs should have been released? or what other missteps?
Today 01:23 AM

Linda Ronstadt Confronts Mike Pompeo, Says He Should “Stop Enabling Donald Trump”

https://www.spin.com/2019/12/linda-ronstadt-confronts-mike-pompeo-stop-enabling-donald-trump-at-kennedy-honors-dinner/?fbclid=IwAR0w3KSG_jLQbIRlvUS52YstCROXR18YGB5i4BEd xMXMVZ9UKi5pIs1wyBI

Linda Ronstadt is set to receive one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, and in the hours before the ceremony Sunday night—which also airs on CBS on December 15— the vocalist had some strong words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Ronstadt confronted Pompeo at a State Department reception for Kennedy Center Honorees on Saturday night, asking when he plans to “stop enabling Donald Trump,” as Variety reports.
Pompeo started the night with a pre-dinner welcoming address, where in an attempted homage to Ronstadt, he quoted her 1975 cover of the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” “As I travel the world, I wonder when I will be loved,” he told the crowd.
After the dinner, Ronstadt approached the microphone to make her optional address, where she chided Pompeo for his support for the current sitting president. “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” she said, returning to her seat. Attendees reportedly gasped, applauded, and eventually cheered for Ronstadt following the remark.
The Kennedy Center Honors take place Sunday night at the building of their namesake in Washington, D.C. Ronstadt is one of a number of renowned entertainers set to receive awards that night including Sally Field, Earth, Wind, and Fire, conductor Michael Wilson Thomas, and the creators of the long-running TV show Sesame Street. President Donald Trump will reportedly not be in attendance, and also skipped the last two iterations of the annual ceremony.

Today 06:25 AM

Blinky "Heart Full Of Soul: The Motown Anthology" 2CD set (Real Gone) (11/01/2019)

The story of Sondra "Blinky" Williams has long been shrouded in mystery. The soulful singer came to Motown Records in 1967 following stints at Vee-Jay and Atlantic, bringing her passionate and powerful deep soul sound to Hitsville, USA. Despite recording dozens of tracks between 1968 and 1973, only a small handful saw release: a mere four 45s plus an album of duets with Edwin Starr, two live cuts, and a couple of one-off recordings, including a key moment on the best-selling soundtrack of Lady Sings the Blues. Over the years, Blinky tracks would emerge on compilation releases, prompting fans worldwide to clamor for more and even launch a "Free Blinky from the Vaults" campaign. Now, Blinky is free at last—and her full story can be told. Heart Full of Soul—--The Motown Anthology is the ultimate collection dedicated to Motown's great lost superstar. Over two CDs and almost 50 songs, Blinky's Motown journey is chronicled with songs written and produced for her by the label's greatest talents including Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Clay McMurray, Frank Wilson, Hal Davis, Gil Askey, Deke Richards, Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, Don Hunter, and Stevie Wonder. The first disc presents her 1970 album Sunny and Warm in complete form for the very first time along with all of her released singles plus rarities and live tracks. The second disc premieres over 20 never-before-heard recordings, both in original Motown stereo mixes and brand-new mixes by Kevin Reeves, that showcase the depth and breadth of Blinky's remarkable voice. Released with the full cooperation of the artist, Heart Full of Soul: The Motown Anthology has been produced and annotated by the team of Joe Marchese and Andrew Skurow (Bobby Darin's Go Ahead and Back Up: The Lost Motown Masters, The Supremes' The Ultimate Merry Christmas), and mastered by Kevin Reeves (The Supremes' Expanded Editions) from the original tapes. The deluxe booklet (housed inside a 6-panel digipak) features rare photographs and extensive liner notes drawing on a new interview with Blinky. Gospel, jazz, R&B, and the classic Motown Sound all come together with the distinctive voice of Motown's greatest "lost" artist, Blinky. Heart Full of Soul has to be heard to be believed.

1. I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is
2. Rescue Me
3. How You Gonna Keep It
4. This Man of Mine
5. It's Gonna Be Always
6. How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
7. Shine on Me
8. For Once in My Life
9. I'll Always Love You
10. Is There a Place (in His Heart for Me)
11. This Time Last Summer
12. Your Love Is Worth Waiting For
13. God Bless the Child
14. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
15. Can I Get a Witness
16. T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (Lady Sings the Blues Version)
17. Money (That's What I Want) (Single Version)
18. For Your Precious Love (Single Version)
19. T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do (Single Version)
20. What More Can I Do
21. You Get A Tangle in Your Lifeline
22. I Can't Turn You Loose
23. I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is
24. God Bless the Child (Previously unreleased)

1. Heart Full of Soul
2. Don't Leave Your Baby
3. I'd Feel a Lot Better
4. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5. Let's Stay Together
6. Mr. Soul Brother
7. Thank You God
8. It's Been a Long Time Happenin'
9. I've Gotta Get You Back
10. The Fool on the Hill
11. A Little Bit of Heaven (on A Little Patch of Earth)
12. How Can I Go On
13. Inside
14. You'll Never Cherish a Love So True ('Til You Lose It)
15. I'm Just a Woman (Not Strong)
16. You're the Loser Now
17. You Keep Telling Me Lies
18. One Half of Love
19. I'll Make It Up to You
20. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
21. You're My Morning Light
22. People Make the World Go Round


12-11-2019 09:53 PM

Part K - Phil Spector - "56th Anniversary Of The Philles Christmas LP - Part 2"

Here are some much-improved photos of my Philles Christmas 45 Collection:

Original 1963 Philles Release:

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Today 02:15 AM

For those who were around "Back In The Day": The Marvelettes- "I'll Keep Holding On"

On the Soulful Detroit Forum I had asked for opinions from members who were record buyers/radio listeners when Major Lance's "Too Hot To Hold" was first released. Another couple of songs I've always wanted to know more about are The Marvelettes' "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead". As with Major Lance's record, I'm not looking for general opinions from everyone, but specifically member who were there when the songs were originally released.

When the songs first came out, did listeners feel the songs were too radically different from the group's earlier records or were the songs viewed with excitement? I listen to a lot of old radio broadcasts from the 60's and it genuinely seems "Don't Mess With Bill" was THE Marvelettes record that everyone jumped all over. I have yet to hear anything pop up from 1964 up to "Bill" by the group.

I guess "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Danger" did well enough to get midway up the charts at least. Many girl groups weren't getting anything much in the way of chart action during the British Invasion. In that regard, I really stand in awe of Motown's ability to keep their girl groups consistently on the charts during the initial wave of British groups. Still, I'd love to hear what folks reactions were to these songs when they were new in '65
Today 05:31 AM

Happy Birthday Dionne and Connie

Today (12th) two of our favorites, Dionne Warwick and Connie Francis, celebrate their birthdays. Best wishes to each.

Although you will occasionally see different numbers (a common occurrence in the celebrity world) most sources say this will be number 79 for Dionne and number 81 for Connie. The late Frank Sinatra also shared the same birthday and I was told he would be 104 if he were still with us.

Not too far from that milestone is popular game show host Bob Barker, who IS still with us and reportedly turns 96 today. Must be some good genes in those three families. Have a good day one and all!


Ralph Terrana

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