Today 06:14 PM

Charlie Thomas, longtime member of The Drifters, dies at 85

From SoulTracks.com-

He was part of one of the most iconic R&B groups of all time, and today we mourn the passing of Charlie Thomas, longtime member of The Drifters. He was 85 and passed after a battle with hepatocarcinoma.

Thomas was leading a vocal group called The Five Crowns [which also included the late, great Ben E. King] when fate came calling. The Drifters had a falling out among the members in 1958, and group leader George Treadwell recruited The Five Crowns to become the new Drifters. This version of the group released the smash "There Goes My Baby," working for the first time with legendary songwriter/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and followed with a string of hits including the top 10 "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "This Magic Moment." Thomas took his share of leads over the next few years on a few of the group's charters, including "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" and "Sweets For My Sweet."

Thomas remained in the group until 1967, a relatively long period for a group known for its many personnel changes. He returned to a new version of the group a few years later and was involved in a longstanding legal dispute over the rights of the group name.

Later, Thomas formed his own version of the group, Charlie Thomas' Drifters, performing in multi-artist nostalgia shows around the world for two decades until illness sidelined him in the past few years. Thomas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1988 along with several other former members of The Drifters.

Today 03:59 PM

RIP Barrett Strong

From BestClassicBands.com-

Barrett Strong, whose recording of “Money [That’s What I Want]” became the first hit single for the new Motown Records complex in 1960, has died, according to multiple sources. The song was at first credited to Strong, then, three years later, authorship was changed to that of label founder Berry Gordy Jr. and Janie Bradford [Berry’s secretary at the time].

“Money” was later covered by the Beatles in 1963, and many other artists in subsequent years. Recorded in late 1959, it actually appeared first on Gordy’s Tamla label and was re-released on his Anna label, named after Anna Gordy [Berry’s sister]. The single’s brisk sales gave the businessman the impetus [and capital] he needed to continue releasing recordings from the company’s headquarters in Detroit.

Strong was 81. Details on cause and place of death have not been announced.

“Money” reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 but jumped to #2 on the trade magazine’s R&B chart. Strong never placed another single on the pop chart but he did place two further singles on the R&B chart in his post-Motown career, 1973’s “Stand Up and Cheer for the Preacher,” on Epic Records [#78] and ’75’s “Is It True,” on Capitol [#41].

Although Strong was a one-hit wonder under his own name, he subsequently maintained a substantial career as a lyricist for the Motown empire. Teamed with Norman Whitfield, Strong co-wrote such enduring classics as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” a massive hit for both Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips; Edwin Starr’s “War”; the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes”; and a string of classic soul hits cut by the Temptations, including “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” [which won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1973], “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Ball of Confusion,” “Psychedelic Shack” and “Just My Imagination.” The latter became a #1 hit for the Temptations and was later covered by the Rolling Stones.

Barrett Strong was born Feb. 5, 1941, in West Point, Miss. He left the Motown operation in 1971 when the company shifted its base of operations to Los Angeles. He continued writing and recording into the 1980s, but met with little success. Strong was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Yesterday 03:45 PM

Tommy Good Protest!

A re-enactment of a Tommy Good fan protest from 1964; his fans wanted his record released!
Today 10:43 AM

Darlene Love "Live 1982" CD and DVD [4/7/2023-Liberation Hall]

Details from Liberation Hall-

This 1982 Darlene Love performance highlights her triumphant re-emergence as a solo artist and features many of her best-known hits from the 1960s.

In her early career, Darlene Love was one of pop music's all-time busiest and most respected backup singers. But by the 1980s had emerged under her own name as an accomplished actress and concert performer. After being out of circulation for over thirty years, this remastered collection is once again available, documenting the last of a series of shows that effected that transition. Darlene was heard on countless 1960's hit recordings, ranging from Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" to Frank Sinatra's "That's Life," and performed live with headliners on the scale of Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, and Dionne Warwick. In the studio with producer Phil Spector, she lent her voice to a series of hits, [including the Crystals' "He's A Rebel" and "Da Doo Ron Ron," The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans' "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"], as well as releasing singles under her own name. After appearing in 1981 at Righteous Brother Bill Medley's club, Darlene was invited to perform at a private Hollywood New Year's Eve party, with a band, the Monte Carlos, formed specifically to back her. Hearing the buzz independent producer Bob Lasiewicz arranged for an engagement on April 21, 1982, at the prestigious L.A. area jazz club Hop Singh's, from which this set is taken. Shortly after, Love moved to NYC, to star in the jukebox musical "Leader of the Pack," followed by Broadway musical productions of "Carrie," "Grease," and "Hairspray." She appeared as Danny Glover's wife in the "Lethal Weapon" film series and performed annually to great acclaim on "Late Night with David Letterman," singing her holiday classic "Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]." Darlene has continued working into the 2000's, with her appearance in the 2013 Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," and her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. More than sixty years after her recording debut, Love continues to perform on concert stages throughout the country.

1. Da Doo Ron Ron
2. Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home
3. [Today I] Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
4. We Can Work It Out
5. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
6. He's A Rebel
7. Not Too Young To Get Married
8. Sometimes When We Touch
9. Hungry Heart
10. He's Sure The Boy I Love
11. Gospel Medley: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Oh Happy Day; When The Saints Go Marching In

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Today 04:01 PM

1963 Concert Ad

I saw this ad today on Facebook and thought I'd share here.
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Today 04:12 PM

Is ann bogan still performing?

Just wondering about the one time marvelette, how is she?


Ralph Terrana

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