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Today 12:33 PM

Why So Many Temptations???

I was thinking today ( I know, scary huh? LOL!) why were there so many Temptations, replacement members or what have you? I think there were something like 300 Temptations and counting. Well, maybe not quite that many, but there were a lot of them.

Why do think there were so many individual Temptation members?
Today 12:00 PM

A compilation of BIG ballads

Hi!

Please find my review of a very recommended Kent CD filled with big 1960s soul ballads:

https://www.soulexpress.net/va_soulvoices.htm

Best regards
Heikki
Today 12:02 PM

Matrix "Fire and Rain" RARE EARTH

Those Big Pink CDs containing Rare Earth label albums have been a revelation for me.

There is some great stuff, not just on the Big Pink releases either - I really enjoy The Pretty Things albums (never thought I would) released on Repertoire and Snapper.

This is one of my favourite tracks from Matrix, and it's my go to version of the song which I love to hear through my headphones. A beautiful rendition of the James Taylor composition.

Matrix were Dino Fekaris, Nick Zesses and Tom Baird and their Rare Earth released self titled album is from 1972. I think the Big Pink CD is great!

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Today 06:24 AM

25 Years Ago Today We Lost Phyllis Hyman

On June 30, 1995 the terrible news came out that the incomparable Phyllis Hyman had died in New York City shortly before she was scheduled to take the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater. She had suffered from bi-polar issues for quite some time but of course no one will ever know exactly what happened that day.

For those of you who were fans and already have her in your collection, I hope you will salute her today by listening to some of her music and remembering where you may have been in your life back then. For me, I can remember it just like yesterday, right down to where I was living at the time and even which room I was in when I read the news.

As for those of you who may have never heard of her either back then or now, I would encourage you through the clip I have attached or the many others that you can find on YouTube, to take some time and explore her extraordinary talent.

Phyllis was very difficult to categorize. I have seen her of course in R & B sections on the shelves, I have seen her in the Jazz bins, or she was equally adept at pop songs. But the most consistent thing about her was that she sang about pain and heartache as well or better than anyone who has ever come along before or since. (In my day, we called them "torch singers.)"

If I had to recommend specific songs in that vein, it would be "I Refuse to Be Lonely" (the title song of her posthumous album), as well as "Just Another Face in the Crowd", "Give Me One Good Reason to Stay," "Living All Alone," and of course the real tearjerker that I have linked for you today. (I won't name it just to make you listen but it was in my opinion the CONSUMMATE Phyllis Hyman song about lost love.)

However, she was by no means one-dimensional in her music, and she could also deliver a foot-stomping good time and sing of joy and celebration. So if and when you want to hear that side of her, check out songs like "You Know How to Love Me," "You Sure Look Good to Me," and her number one R & B dance hit "Don't Wanna Change the World."

Any way you slice it, she was a remarkable singer and it was so sad that her demons overtook her that day. One week from today would have been her 71st birthday if she were still with us, and considering what some of her peers (Dionne, Gladys, Patti, etc.) have continued to give us all these years, it makes it that much sadder to realize how much more Phyllis might have had to offer.

I know I have overdone it with this tribute, especially considering how much other trouble and heartache we have going on in the world at the moment. But maybe someday we can put all of that behind us. For now I felt as if I just HAD to post this memory of this incredible songstress.

And now, here is Phyllis at her best.............


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whE7tUGOBrs
Today 11:36 AM

Philadelphia, PA., June 1, 1991, 27 years ago.

We lost the most famous Temptation singer ever: David Ruffin.

This was truly a major loss and his legacy lives on forever and forever.

Play something today and listen to David. He was fabulous.

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