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Today 05:22 AM

Bill Randle of The Science of Soul has passed

Bill Randle of The Science of Soul program was known to soul fans all over the world for his enthusiastic and powerful promotion of soul music. For many many years, Bill had pursued his passion for soul music and personally knew a host of soul music artists, many of whom became close friends. In addition to giving airplay to records from artists across the soul spectrum, both famous and little known, Bill also interviewed many artists over the years, including Ivy Joe Hunter, C.P. Spencer of The Originals and Lorraine Chandler. These recordings made over the years are a treasure trove and all are available on The Science of Soul website.

When our own Ralph and I were attempting to get visibility for Ralph's artist Teddie Morrow, Bill kindly responded and gave airplay of Teddie's records on the Tera Shirma lable.

Bill will be sorely missed. My sympathies go to Mickey Nold who worked with his great friend Bill Randle and was responsible for producing and broadcasting soul music for more than thirty years.

Mike
Yesterday 07:41 PM

New Book - "Come And Get These Memories"

On October 3, 2019, "Come And Get These Memories: The Genius Of Holland-Dozier-Holland", co-authored by Eddie Holland and Brian Holland with Dave Thompson, will be available from Amazon (U.S.). The current price is quoted as $28.99. (Hardcover)

Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland https://www.amazon.com/dp/1785588672..._C2dIDbY395ST8

The book's description is as follows:

Brian Holland, Edward Holland, and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland or H-D-H, were the greatest songwriting team in American pop music history. Seventy of the songs they wrote reached the Billboard Top 40, with 15 of these reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. No other songwriting team or individual has come close to equaling, let alone surpassing, this record. They’ve been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As tunesmiths for the legendary Motown Record Corporation, and for their own corporations, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, they wrote and produced hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “Come See About Me,” “Back in My Arms Again” and “Reflections.” Now the legendary composers are ready to reveal the inspirations and stories behind their chart-topping hits, providing millions of fans with the first complete history of their songwriting process, and detail the real-life experiences that led them to write each of their most famous tunes. They will also reveal their creative and intimate relationships with Motown’s biggest stars.
Today 03:09 AM

Dionne Warwick Deja Vu The Arista Years

I know she's not Detroit, but she is of the same vintage and recorded enough motown songs, and did release an album produced by the HDH or the Hollands at least.
I just got this 12 disc box set, and it is incredibly great. David Nathan went to great lengths to bring this about and he did incredible work. For example on her Live and Otherwise album, he moved to studio songs from the original and put them on another CD, so that he could add Touch Me in the Morning and another song from the original playlist, but not on the albums.
The booklet is detailed and a lovely piece of work.
I'm working my way through them and appreciating them more than I had..they are timeless.
Heartbreaker was her biggest selling album with huge international sales. No Night So Long was a disappointment to Clive Davis because it didn't do as well as he expected. It was a great song and album, and should have sold better.
Well worth the price. Cudos to David Nathan.
Today 04:41 AM

Alan Hardy, long standing SD member, sad news.

It is with deep sadness I must report some news to you that Alan passed away on the 20th March 2020.

I met Alan through good friends of mine from my 'hospital radio' and broadcast television days at Sky TV, London in the 1990's. This was a total shock to us here in the UK. He was such a knowledgable individual and good fun to be around. We only met up occasionally, but it was the same gang talking about pirate radio in the UK, radio & radio jingles, television, soul, Motown and northern soul. It was a time warp away from politics and change which we always enjoyed. Here is a lovely three page tribute to him on the 'Radio London' website by his good friend Mary Payne. The 'next page' link is right at the bottom:

https://www.radiolondon.co.uk/kneesf.../alanobit.html

It will never be the same without you Alan, rest in peace.
Today 02:29 AM

Donna Summer "Encore: The Complete Album Collection" 33CD box set 3/27/2020

For the first time in history, Donna Summer's iconic studio albums are presented in one box set. This exquisitely packaged 33CD box set (within 24 individual 'albums'), features 329 tracks and collates all of Donna Summer's 17 studio albums, from her debut 'Lady Of The Night' up to 2008's 'Crayons'. Also included are 1978's 'Live And More', 1980's 'On The Radio' and 1999's 'Live & More Encore!', along with four bonus double-CDs of '7" Single Versions', '12" Single Versions', 'Remixes' and 'Non-Studio Album Singles & Extended Mixes', that include one-off recordings, which have been considered rarities over the years. The box set includes the debut official commercial release of 'My Life' [Junior Vasquez Private Collection Mix]. the individual re-mastered albums are packaged in mini replica sleeves, with inner wallets. A 40-page 12"x12" hardback book includes the album label copy information, as well as a newly commissioned 25,000+ word essay by noted US writer, Christian John Wikane, which starts with a foreword by long-term friend, collaborator and producer Giorgio Mororder. The essay features new interviews with many of Donna's collaborators, including Giorgio Moroder's production partner Pete Bellotte. Also included are special new personal tributes from twenty-five industry legends, including Nile Rodgers, Philip Bailey, George Benson, Liza Minnelli and Bootsy Collins. Donna Summer gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre's global popularity, rightly earning the title "Queen Of Disco" and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade. Her catalogue has sold more than 130 million units worldwide and this special edition proves that she was able to accommodate new musical and production styles. Donna was the first artist to have three consecutive double-albums, reach No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles in a thirteen month period. Donna worked with legendary producers Giorgio Mororder, Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, John Barry, Quincy Jones, Richard Perry, Stock Aitken Waterman, Michael Omartian and Keith Diamond. Her records have also been remixed by many of the great club producers, including Tony Moran, Junior Vasquez, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Kupper, Masters At work and Jason Nevins amongst others. The most comprehensive collection ever!


Amazon USA
Available for pre-order soon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083ZT9YFC/?tag=imwan-20

Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083ZT9YFC/?tag=imwan-21

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