Today 06:57 PM

Aretha in the UK

Has she been as successful in UK as in USA?
Today 06:56 PM

My Sound Of Philadelphia Blog

Hi! I have started a blog on the music of my birthplace: Philadelphia, PA. So far I have written four entries (The Volcanos' "Storm Warning", The Soul Survivors' "Expressway To Your Heart", The Formations' "At The Top Of The Stairs", and "The Horse" which was credited to Cliff Nobles). The entries so far are in date order, and will continue in that manner until I get to Back Stabbers in 1972 and the Philadelphia International label really takes off.
The recordings that I am discussing are all favorites from my youth and each recording contributed greatly to the evolution of The Sound Of Philadelphia in a different way. If a recording that you love has been omitted, it is not intended as a slight.
I would greatly appreciate feedback, and would love to hear about the singles you would like to see discussed in the future. Thank you for your time and if enjoy the blog, I hope you will subscribe. Jim.

Today 06:33 PM

Dr. Dre Is Making a Movie About Marvin Gaye

Dr. Dre is working on a movie about the late singer Marvin Gaye, Variety has learned. The rapper, whose film credits include 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” on which he served as producer and inspiration for the film, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. And rights to use Gaye’s music have been secured, according to sources. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is home to Gaye’s songwriting credits.
There have been multiple attempts to give Gaye the biopic treatment. The soul singer behind such hits as “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Let’s Get It On” became one of Motown’s most successful artists before he was fatally shot in 1984 at age 44 by his father following a family dispute in their Los Angeles home. F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to the screen, but until now, none had been authorized by Gaye’s family.

The most recent project to get the sign off from the Gaye estate was with Jamie Foxx who landed the rights for a limited series in 2016 but that project has seen no movement in the years since.
As for Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, the hip-hop legend has dabbled in feature projects both in front of the camera, in films like “Training Day” and “Car Wash,” as well as producing. His most recent film credit was “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicled the rise of his hip-hop group N.W.A and was produced by Dre and fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube. The pic was a massive hit and also scored an Oscar nomination for original screenplay.
In a curious twist of fate, Dre is represented by King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, the same legal firm which defended Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams against the Gaye estate in the closely-monitored “Blurred Lines” trial in 2015. The verdict found in favor of the Gaye family, which contended that “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and ordered Thicke and Williams to pay millions in statutory damages.
Today 04:30 PM

So What Do You Know About Barrett Strong?

He recorded the first hit for Motown, "Money (That's What I Want)". He also co-wrote some of the most successful and critically acclaimed soul songs ever to be released by Motown! Here's a great opportunity to learn more about this great legend right here :

Today 12:25 PM

Four Tops Program Repertoire from Steel Pier Book - Atlantic City - 1967

I recently obtained from a friend an excellent program book that was available during a Four Tops performance in summer 1967 at the Atlantic City Steel Pier. The book includes a "Program Repertoire." The listing shows --

Medley: I Can't Help Myself; It's the Same Old Song; Bernadette; Baby, I Need Your Loving; 7 Rooms of Gloom; Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever; and Something About You

Reach Out I'll Be There
Standing In The Shadows of Love
Quiet Nights
The Look of Love
Up, Up, and Away

Medley (Academy Aware Nominees): Alfie, Georgy Girl, Born Free, Impossible Dream

The Girl From Ipanema
If I Had a Hammer
Stranger on the Shore
It's Not Unusual
Climb Every Mountain
Last Train to Clarksville

What a concert. I wish I had been in attendance. Was anyone else ever at the Steel Pier to see any Motown artists?

This program includes tons of pictures and discographies. A letter is included from the Program Director of KILT-KOST FM in Houston. It is
interesting to read the following abstraction from the letter:

". . . These guys are far and away the greatest on stage performers we have ever had on our stage. The show we had Sunday [letter written 2/16/66] broke every existing record for a Coliseum show. It even topped the Beatles Show. Our coliseum will seat 11,962 people . We somehow jammed 13,000 in for the afternoon show and 12,000 for the night show. We would have put in more but the Fire Marshall was ready to stop the show. We turned around 2500 away from this show. . . ."

I also obtained a comparable booklet for the Supremes.

Does anyone know if there was a booklet produced for any Marvelettes performances in the early 1960's?

This is quite an accomplishment for the fabulous Four Tops.
Yesterday 01:09 PM

Was There Ever a Female Pip?

My cable music channel was playing a Gladys song tonight and during the songs they always show fun facts about the artists. However, my partner and I have often caught mistakes in the things they post.

Tonight they said that Gladys' Pips included her sister Brenda. I have never once seen a performance or an album jacket or anything showing anyone other than the three guys backing Gladys. So was her sister ever a Pip?


Ralph Terrana

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