Today 09:48 AM

The Commodores and The Pointer Sisters Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Info from UDiscoverMusic.com:

The Commodores and The Pointer Sisters have announced their co-headlining tour entitled “An Evening of Icons.”

With a combined legacy that spans across decades with over 100 million albums sold, 20 No.1 hits, and 10 Top 10 albums, these iconic artists are set to take audiences on a journey through the very best of funk, soul, R&B, and pop with support from special guests The Spinners and El DeBarge on select dates.

The first tour leg kicks off on July 11 at Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL making stops in Wantagh, Raleigh, Tuscaloosa, Tampa, and more before wrapping up in Primm, NV on November 30

The Commodores, renowned for chart-toppers like “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Nightshift,” and “Three Times a Lady,” reflected on the announcement. They said: “Motown was the place where our dreams took flight. Sharing the stage with another legend like The Pointer Sisters as Motown celebrates their 65th anniversary is truly special. We’re proud to continue to celebrate the music that brought us all together!”

The Pointer Sisters, the dynamic group known for their chart-topping hits like “I’m So Excited,” “Jump [For My Love],” and “Neutron Dance,” added: “65 years of Motown and timeless hits! What a milestone. It’s a joy to be touring with a true Motown treasure, The Commodores. Here’s to the music that continues to move generations!”

Visit The Commodores’ official website for more information.

The Commodores and Pointer Sisters’ “An Evening of Icons” Tour Dates:
Thu July 11 Tinley Park, IL Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre ^
Thu Jul 25 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater ^
Fri Jul 26 Oxon Hill, MD The Theater at MGM National Harbor ^
Fri Sep 20 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater *
Sat Sep 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion *
Thu Oct 03 Tuscaloosa, AL Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater ^
Sat Oct 05 Durant, OK Choctaw Casino ^
Thu Nov 14 Tampa, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ^
Fri Nov 15 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. ^
Sat Nov 30 Primm, NV Star Of The Desert Arena ^#

^ special guests The Spinners
* special guest El DeBarge
# non Live Nation show
Today 09:44 AM

Tavares founding member Arthur "Pooch" Tavares dies after ALS battle

Info from SoulTracks.com:

Today we say a sad goodbye to Arther "Pooch" Tavares of the legendary group Tavares, who has died of ALS at age 74. Pooch's deep baritone anchored a decade of hits for the family group Tavares and made their brotherly harmonies so special.

Pooch's wife Gini posted on social media: To all our friends and family. After a courageous battle with ALS, Pooch passed this Monday night [4/15/24]. I feel peace in my heart knowing he no longer suffers. I want to thank family and friends for their love and visits while he was able to enjoy them. The funeral information will be published when it's ready, so please respect my private grieving time at home. A ringing phone 24/7 is overwhelming now. Thank you. -Gini

Longtime SoulTrackers know that Tavares was the first act we ever profiled on SoulTracks, in large part because of my personal affection for the group. And I've had the chance to speak with Pooch several times, including when I interviewed him for the liner notes of the reissue of the group's second album, Hard Core Poetry. More casual fans will recognize Pooch for his leads on a few Tavares songs, such as "Penny For Your Thoughts," "Love Calls," "Right Back In Your Arms," and "Never Say Never Again."

In my interactions with Pooch, he was always been both kind and humble about his accomplishments. And those accomplishments are many. The five brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts - Ralph, Tiny, Chubby, Butch and Pooch - arguably created the most consistently high quality soul music of the 70s and early 80s.

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04-30-2023 05:08 PM

Bobby Darin - Motown Years 1970 to 1973

In the late 60s and early 70s Motown signed several well established acts but then sort of took their eye off the ball resulting in frustration. True that a lot was happening at once with the move to LA and entering the film industry with "Lady Sings The Blues". Nevertheless there were some fantastic tracks from artists such as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Bobby Darin and to a lesser extent Sammy Davis Jr and Lesley Gore.

Thankfully, in the case of Bobby Darin, material that had long been vaulted has been made available over the years - mainly thanks to Joe Marchesse & co [[e.g. Andy Skurrow) who've made it possible for these tracks to see release on CD. The Real Gone CDs have wonderful liner notes as well and are well worth looking up. In particular, "Another Song On My Mind" includes a great resume of Darin's Motown career - much of this can still be seen on the Real Gone website -


You can see the full CD artwork here -


And here are the covers for Darin's Motown albums / CDs


Please advise of any errors


Recorded - 6 February 1971 Live at The Desert Inn [[Renamed “Finally” but still unreleased at the time)

M1183 – 17 April 1971
A Melodie
B Someday We'll Be Together

M1193 – November 1971
A Simple Song Of Freedom
B I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

M1203 – 2 June 1972
A Sail Away
B Hard Headed Woman

M753 ALBUM AUGUST 1972 – Bobby Darin

M1212 – Promo 3 November 1972 [[withdrawn)
A Average People [[mono)
B Average People [[stereo)

M1212 – 3 November 1972 [[probably a bootleg)
A Average People
B Something In Her Love

M1217 – 20 November 1972
A Happy [[Love Theme From "Lady Sings The Blues")
B Something In Her Love

Bobby Darin died 20 December 1973

M813 ALBUM February 1974 – Darin 1936-1973

PR4 [[PROMO EP) - 1974
A1 If I Were A Carpenter
A2 Moritat [[Mack The Knife)
B1 Blue Monday
B2 Happy [[Love Theme From "Lady Sings The Blues")

MW3014 – 1974 [[UK & EU)
A Blue Monday
B Moritat [[Mack The Knife)

M5185 ALBUM July 1981 – Darin 1936–1973 re-issued with 5 tracks having different mixes.

MCD09070MD CD 1987 – Live At The Desert Inn [[first ever issue)

MOTD -5185 CD 1989 – Darin 1936–1973 first issue on CD.

3746351852 CD 1991 – Darin 1936-1973 CD re-issue

NTD-6509-2 CD 2005 – Live At The Desert Inn [[re-issue / remaster / 2 extra tracks “Work Song” and “Beyond The Sea”.

RGM-0440 2xCD 6 May 2016 – Another Song On My Mind [[Real Gone Music)

RGM-0714 CD 13 July 2018 – Go Ahead And Back Up [[Real one Music)
Yesterday 11:41 PM

VA-Didn't I Blow Your Mind-Thom Bell: Philadelphia Soul 1969-1983 [5/31/2024-Kent UK]

Description from Kent/Ace Records UK:

Thom Bell, along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, was part of the holy trinity of Philly soul. Reaching an apogee in the early to mid-70s with records for the Delfonics [‘Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time’], The Stylistics [‘Betcha By Golly, Wow’], the Detroit Spinners [‘The Rubberband Man’], and Dionne Warwick [‘Then Came You’], Bell was the classically trained arranger who introduced the celeste, the French horn and the harpsichord to soul music.

This is the sequel to “Ready Or Not”, Ace’s first acclaimed compilation of the late Thom Bell’s productions and arrangements. Put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind?” combines some of Bell’s biggest and best loved 70s hits with rarities and 80s quiet storm classics such as Deniece Williams’ ‘Silly’ and Phyllis Hyman’s seductive ‘Let Somebody Love You’. Elton John lines up alongside soul legends like Lou Rawls and Eloise Laws.

This collection will appeal to Northern Soul collectors as well as pulling in lovers of smooth 70s and 80s soul. Bob Stanley’s sleeve-notes – with a rare interview with Bell himself – and a wealth of rare photos are icing on the cake.

Bell’s unique and instantly identifiable Philly sound has proved timeless.

1. Didn't I [Blow Your Mind This Time] - The Delfonics
2. You Gotta Be A Lady - The Chargers
3. The Rubberband Man - Spinners
4. Got You Into My Life - Eloise Laws
5. You Are Everything - The Stylistics
6. Give In To Love - Ronnie Dyson
7. Nice And Slow - Elton John
8. Take My Hand - New York City
9. Silly - Deneice Williams
10. Then Came You - Dionne Warwick & The Spinners
11. Will You Kiss Me One More Time - Lou Rawls
12. Lazy Susan - Little Anthony & The Imperials
13. Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
14. Joe - Nancy Wilson
15. Loving You - Johnny Mathis
16. Walking Around In Teardrops - Jerry Butler
17. Nobody Knows It - Bell & James
18. Let Somebody Love Me - Phyllis Hyman
19. One In A Million [Guy] - Dee Dee Bridgewater
20. Brandy - The O'Jays

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04-16-2024 07:22 PM

Glladys Knight & The Pips "Standing Ovation" lp revisited

I bought this lp in its first release, in fact it was the first GK&TP album I ever bought. I enjoyed it immensely then and it still holds up 52 years later. Their debut Motown album is also excellent but for me this set was their best Motown lp.

Starting with Clay McMurray's glorious Make Me The Woman You Go Home To, the album is off and running. I never understood why this great record didn't do better as I feel it is superior to If I Were Your Woman. Deep bass with chimes and swirling strings just make this song a standout. The guitar work here is outstanding. At one point in the middle Gladys is put in reverb behind some clever guitar licks. This deserved to be a bigger hit.

Johnny Bristol continues the quality with Can You Give Me Love With A Guarantee. Another beautifully orchestrated track with knockout family vocals, this was scheduled to follow Help Me Make It as the third single from the album that had several single possibilities. Apparently Motown waited for Neither One Of Us.

McMurray is back with another winner, Master of My Mind, featuring better backing vocals by the Pips. An interesting medley of He Ain't Heavy and Bridge Over Troubled Water closes Side 1 with a rather maudlin Gladys Knight monologue that maybe doesn't fit the mood, but the idea of combining these two songs worked well.

It Takes A Whole Lotta Man For A Woman Like Me starts off Side 2 with some soulful colorings. Motown chose the outstanding Gladys Knight solo of Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through The Night as the second single. Gladys was at her emotive best, again with a bit of a corny opening monologue segueing into her soft vocals that crescendo after about 3 minutes into a powerful vocal worthy of a grammy. Johnny Bristol was in his element here backing Gladys with a soft guitar and soaring strings.

If You Gonna Leave [[Just Leave), a track done by other Motown artists is highly listenable but the best track on this album and an overlooked obvious hit record was Johnny Bristol's No One Could Love You More. The Funk Brothers are on fire and backed again by the Detroit Symphony with great interplay between Gladys and her Pips [[you said I do..TOOO) just make this song a real standout. I just assumed it would be a single.

Some covers are here, a nice version of Fire and Rain and a rare vocal by a Pip [[don't know which one) on the Beatles Long and Winding Road.

Although there are two producers here, their sounds were so similar that one would think the whole lp was done by a single producer. It is one of the best early 70s Motown albums, done not long before the company vacated Detroit.

If you don't have this album, get it!
04-16-2024 07:37 AM

Raynard Miner - Deceased ?


I've seen a post elsewhere notifying us of the death of Motown /Chess songwriter Raynard Minor.
Can anybody confirm this please?


Ralph Terrana

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