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 01:21 AM

Edwin Starr - "Stop Her On Sight [[SOS)"

Edwin makes everything seem better again.

Yesterday 10:43 AM

Chris Clark 2012 P&C EP

Thought I would share with you guys the three new [[in 2012) tracks from Chris for her P&C EP.
Personally I love them and it's so good to hear Chris exploring her love of the blues for a change.

Yesterday 05:59 PM

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???"


Ralph Terrana

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