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Today 04:07 PM

Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters' Family Story

I read all the show biz memoirs, even those about artists I'm not particularly into, and thanks to recommendations by several of you on this forum, I am now reading Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters' Family Story. I have to say this is one of the best memoirs I've ever read and that is saying something. I had no idea any of this stuff happened!! Spoiler alert: the girls got their first really momentous gig opening in Vegas for Paul Anka. The Pointers were already exploding in popularity at that time in the early 70's, having put out Yes We Can Can, which got them the dates with Anka. Unfortunately, Paul Anka's fans were not Pointer Sisters' fans. They hated the Pointer Sisters, which was crazy since at all their previous gigs they had gotten rave, ecstatic reviews--they were the "next big thing." To make things worse, June, who had suffered an extremely violent group rape when she was in her teens, had a nervous breakdown before the shows with Anka, and wouldn't speak to anybody nor would she come out of her hotel room. So on top of all the stress, the group had to perform most of the shows without June, they had to rearrange everything, shuffle vocals around, and even change what songs they performed. Ugh. I'll write more as I read more, but man keeping a group together through all this garbage must have been stressful as hell. Even the smaller stuff, like hiring roadies and other personnel was always volatile, especially when you're on a strict schedule with touring, recording dates etc. It is a miracle any group like the Pointers ever stayed together as long as they did.
Today 02:47 PM

R&B/Jazz Fusion Keyboardist/Vocalist Bernard Wright Dies at 58

Just in from Soultracks. His "Who Do You Love" will forever be one of the great bops of my teen years:

https://www.soultracks.com/story-bernard-wright-dies
Today 02:22 PM

Silk sonic performs "love train" on billboard awards

I love that Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars are keeping the classics and the classic sound alive.
Today 04:21 PM

How the hell did Donny Hathaway and Aretha Franklin not release a duet?

I've long wondered if there are any recordings of these two incomparable singers duetting. We're all aware that Donny played on some of her tracks, but it seems quite inconceivable [[at least to me) that they wouldn't have sung alongside each other in the studio at some point. Seems like an immense missed opportunity...

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