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Today 07:07 AM

Part K - Phil Spector - "56th Anniversary Of The Philles Christmas LP - Part 2"


Here are some much-improved photos of my Philles Christmas 45 Collection:


Original 1963 Philles Release:

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Today 05:24 AM

What 1980 Disco Song ReIntroduced The Five Stairsteps Under A New Name?

Just a fun trivia challenge ---

The Chicago based family group , The Five Stairsteps , would've basically been a one (big) hit wonder with the success of their O-O-H CHILD song in 1970. (#8 Hot 100, #14 Soul)




Except they reemerged in 1980 , enjoying success with a new sound using a different group name.

That Top 10 R&B ( #45 Hot 100) song was: ______?? by _____ ???


( And yes they also did have their first Top Ten Soul hit , FROM US TO YOU in 1976 as The StairSteps)
Today 03:10 AM

Linda Ronstadt Confronts Mike Pompeo, Says He Should “Stop Enabling Donald Trump”

https://www.spin.com/2019/12/linda-ronstadt-confronts-mike-pompeo-stop-enabling-donald-trump-at-kennedy-honors-dinner/?fbclid=IwAR0w3KSG_jLQbIRlvUS52YstCROXR18YGB5i4BEd xMXMVZ9UKi5pIs1wyBI

Linda Ronstadt is set to receive one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, and in the hours before the ceremony Sunday night—which also airs on CBS on December 15— the vocalist had some strong words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Ronstadt confronted Pompeo at a State Department reception for Kennedy Center Honorees on Saturday night, asking when he plans to “stop enabling Donald Trump,” as Variety reports.
Pompeo started the night with a pre-dinner welcoming address, where in an attempted homage to Ronstadt, he quoted her 1975 cover of the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” “As I travel the world, I wonder when I will be loved,” he told the crowd.
After the dinner, Ronstadt approached the microphone to make her optional address, where she chided Pompeo for his support for the current sitting president. “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” she said, returning to her seat. Attendees reportedly gasped, applauded, and eventually cheered for Ronstadt following the remark.
The Kennedy Center Honors take place Sunday night at the building of their namesake in Washington, D.C. Ronstadt is one of a number of renowned entertainers set to receive awards that night including Sally Field, Earth, Wind, and Fire, conductor Michael Wilson Thomas, and the creators of the long-running TV show Sesame Street. President Donald Trump will reportedly not be in attendance, and also skipped the last two iterations of the annual ceremony.


Yesterday 01:15 PM

For those who were around "Back In The Day": The Marvelettes- "I'll Keep Holding On"

On the Soulful Detroit Forum I had asked for opinions from members who were record buyers/radio listeners when Major Lance's "Too Hot To Hold" was first released. Another couple of songs I've always wanted to know more about are The Marvelettes' "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead". As with Major Lance's record, I'm not looking for general opinions from everyone, but specifically member who were there when the songs were originally released.

When the songs first came out, did listeners feel the songs were too radically different from the group's earlier records or were the songs viewed with excitement? I listen to a lot of old radio broadcasts from the 60's and it genuinely seems "Don't Mess With Bill" was THE Marvelettes record that everyone jumped all over. I have yet to hear anything pop up from 1964 up to "Bill" by the group.

I guess "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Danger" did well enough to get midway up the charts at least. Many girl groups weren't getting anything much in the way of chart action during the British Invasion. In that regard, I really stand in awe of Motown's ability to keep their girl groups consistently on the charts during the initial wave of British groups. Still, I'd love to hear what folks reactions were to these songs when they were new in '65
Yesterday 02:23 PM

Missed Opportunities with the Marvelettes

I especially love Gladys' voice. and i like Wanda's a lot too, aside from when she gets too much into her head voice.

the Pink Album is just an amazing collection. really not a bad track on it. Here I Am is also very strong.

what do you think are some of the missed opportunities with the group?

I think Strange I Know was a little too "strange" to be a hit single. After Beechwood they should have issued Locking Up My Heart and NOT done a double sided single. Forever should have been saved as an A side to follow up Locking

And after Magician, they probably should have gone with Destination Anywhere. I like Here I Am - it's funky cool. But that smokey sound was getting a bit old

What others songs should have been released? or what other missteps?
Today 01:39 AM

Motown Promos etc....

Does anyone know why there are so many versions of promos issued for each single ...ie..normal white label promo with original Bside...white label promo with the same song on both sides mono and stereo in some cases...audition copy....red wax with the same song on both sides....one sided promo with a blank B side...and theres prob more i have missed...its always puzzled me.

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