Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
What's up! Welcome to Soul Sunday's today's pick is "Love Jones" & "I Owe you love" by a Brighter Side of Darkness. They were a short-lived American R&B/soul group. They were formed in 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. Their lead singer was only 12yrs old, Darryl Lamont; the other members were Ralph Eskridge, Randolph Murph and Larry Washington. They released the single "Love Jones" in December 1972. It was a hit in the US and was certified gold by February 9, 1973 by the RIAA. In 1973 they released their first album called Love Jones. Their second single, "I Owe You Love", was less successful, and the group disbanded in 1974. Too bad talented groups like them didn't survive the music business that deserved more recognition. Hopefully, they remained on the right path and didn't turn gangster & rob their nearest liquor store.... HAHA I found an animated clip created in 1974 by Cheech & Chong called "Basketball Jones" this was a parody of "Love Jones" from Brighter side of Darkness, this film features Tyrone Shoelaces from their album Los Cochinos. The cartoon was created to promote the song's release in the United States. It's about a teenager named Tyrone Shoelaces and his love of basketball. It's a trip... Thanks for "Tooning In" Mrs. Toons
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Today's selection for Soul Sunday's is "At Last" & "I'd Rather go blind" A tribute to the Legendary Soul Diva Etta James. She passed away this Friday the 20th of Jan.
due to complications of leukemia at the age of 73. Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as "Dance With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album The Seven Year Itch. She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on
their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of
the 100 Greatest Artists. I'm including a clip from the movie Cadillac Records made in 2008. Written & Directed by Darnell Martin.
Featuring Beyonce Knowles as Etta James & Adrien Brody as Chess. This film
explored the musical era in the early 1940's to the late 1960's. Beyonce sings I'd rather go Blind in this clip & She kills it.. I highly recommend you see this movie. The world lost another true legend but her legacy will continue. I walked down the aisle to "At last" playing so I will forever remember & treasure this song. RIP- Etta James Thanks for "Tooning" in! Stay humbled & embrace every moment.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Welcome to Soul Sundays, it's that time again to share with you my favorite songs... Today's selection is "You've got the makings of a lover" by The Festivals -featuring Vaughn Price, Earl Moss, Woody Price, and Leon Thomas --" The festivals" never got the break they needed to succeed, but not for lack of trying and not because they recorded for mom and pop companies. They debuted on Smash Records with "I'll Always Love You" in the fall of 1966, which produced some mild rumblings in a few cities. Momentum increased in the spring of 1967 when Smash records released their best-known and best recording "You've Got the Makings of a Lover," a Earl Moss composition that highlights their vocal blend. The band (Sly, Slick & Wicked) from Los Angeles re-did the song in the '90s; that version inspired many to seek out the original by "The Festivals" that most listeners never heard when it was released because Smash records only promoted The record in select cities. I'm including Sly, Slick & Wicked's version too so you can check it out..... There was also another re-make done by one of our favorite singers Mayer Hawthorne many props to him. 40 yrs later to hear the younger generation like Mayer Hawthorne re-do this song is not only amazing Mayer Hawthorne adds his touch with retro soul & a contemporary twist. This young man is from Detroit & full of soul. In the music world he's built an impressive reputation for himself. He keeps the old sound alive. Check his music out. You won't regret that you did!! Hope you like today's selection, stay humbled & always embrace every moment. Love, peace & soul -- Mrs. Toons
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Hip-Hop Gives Back to Skid Row with Free 1/15 Concert feat. Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Kurupt, King T, Kid Frost, Egyptian Lover + more.
January 7th, 2012
Dubbed as both the Operation Skid Row Music Festival and the Occupy Skid Row Music Festival, on January 15th Chuck D and Public Enemy along with a dozen or more (mostly old school LA) hip-hop acts will put on a free concert for the down-on-their-luck residents of Los Angeles’ desolate Skid Row district. The list of other performers for this wonderful free all afternoon event, that will also be open for free to anyone from anywhere who wishes to attend, includes Cypress Hill, Kurupt from the Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, King T, Rapper’s Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover. What makes this concert significant is that all of these artists have agreed to perform for free as a an unselfish token in this new year for the homeless population of LA’s famed Skid Row area which contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless persons in the USA. A 2011 study estimated that Skid Row’s population was at over 4300 people!More
As with so many of the worthy events and happenings associated with Skid Row that I hear about this one too is also linked directly back to General Jeff – the longtime LA hip-hop figure, friend of Amoeba, hip-hop golden age recording artist, & community activist/tireless supporter of the rights of LA’s Skid Rowcommunity. General Jeff (real name Jeff Page) is Resident Director for Central City East/ Skid Row & is on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council as well as being VP of Outreach and Communications and is always down to volunteer his time, skills, and endless energy to the worthy residents of Skid Row with whom he has worked on behalf of for years. This morning I caught with General Jeff, who was up early busy at work while listening (he informed me) to the late great LA hip-hop artist Mausberg’s Non-Fiction album. I asked General Jeff whose idea it was for this wonderful festival and how it all came about? “The “Occupy Skid Row” Music Festival came to me from Chuck D of Public Enemy. He was already working on a book with another great Skid Row activist Pete White of LA CAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network). Chuck D came to Skid Row last year on that project and he and I re-connected after all these years. The last time I saw Chuck D was when I was with Rodney-O and Joe Cooley and we did a couple of shows in Denver as P.E.’s opening act,” he said continuing, “We exchanged contact numbers again and Chuck mentioned that he was feeling the positive energy coming out of Skid Row but felt that it needed to be bigger. He offered to use his “rep” in order to shed more light on our community’s issues. He felt that the best way to do this was via a concert. We initially choose the summer of 2012. Obviously, we couldn’t wait that long!”
On the same date as the concert, January 15th aka Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, that book that Chuck D and Pete White were working on titled Freedom Now will have a book launch event at LA’s Grammy Museum (across from the STAPLES Center) from 10am until 1pm. “Chuck contacted me and said that immediately after the book launch, he wanted to come to Skid Row and do the concert. Keep in mind that he told me this only two days before Christmas. That meant that we only had two good weeks to put this thing together,” said Jeff of the impressive work that went into this last minute event. “Luckily, my name is still good in the rap game. As I reached out to the talent, all of whom I consider good friends, not one of them hesitated after I told them what we were trying to do. They all wanted in! As a matter of fact, we’re expecting more acts than we have time for. Some of the groups are flying in from out of town just for this. Spending their own money on plane tickets, knowing that they aren’t making anything. Simply wanting to give back. This event is about hip-hop giving back. We’ve had interest from other big name stars, but they haven’t confirmed yet but by the time the show happens they’ll probably be right there.”
What is even more impressive is that none of these acts expect to or asked to get paid when Jeff told them that it would a 100% non-fiscal event (no money at all being exchanged – just goodness & good vibes). Everybody performing agreed that it should be a free concert for all the old school hip-hop fans, as well as the homeless folks that will be in attendance happily reported Jeff. “One big happy family, from all walks of life. Led by a true pioneer, Chuck D, who said “With all the ‘Occupying’ going on all over the world, it’s important that Hip-Hop use our collective voice and join in the worldwide movement. That’s why Hip-Hop will ‘Occupy’ Skid Row on January 15th!” Following a half hour press conference the talent packed music festival will run from 1:30pm until 5:30pm on Sunday January 15th in downtown LA’s Skid Row district (follow the crowd and the sound of the music to find the stage). For more exact information follow @GoSkidRowGo on Twitter. As Jeff added, before getting back to work this morning, “So imagine, free concert, big names, positive energy and a good cause- what more can a person ask for?” Indeed!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Welcome back to Soul Sunday's! Today's selection is Linda Jones "Hypnotized" Linda Jones has an amazing voice. Both Aretha Franklin & Gladys knight have made it clear that she was one of the greatest female artists they have heard. I read something interesting after doing research on this song that when Linda Jones Recorded "Hypnotized" which was given to her by George Kerr. They were in the studio and she said lets run it down. She was still learning the song. George Kerr told the engineer to hit the record button, One take was all it took and that was it. He said she sang it so good it gave him goosebumps. She wanted to re-do it because she was saying "Hypnotized" with an "M" instead of "Hypnotized" with an "N". George Kerr wanted to keep it the way it was & didn't change it. He said Linda Jones was so upset she cursed him out. Amazingly that single take, mistake & all was one of the greatest singles of the sixties. Released on Loma records in 1967. Many re-makes were made of "Hypnotized" by Bloodstone, The Elegants etc... but my favorite version of this song is by Ms. Lady T , Teena Marie. She kills it. Sadly, that both of these talented woman were taken too soon and are no longer here but their music continues to live on. Please check out other songs by Linda Jones, "That's when I'll stop loving you, " I'll be sweeter tomorrow" & "I Do" Hope you like my selection! Thanks, for checking in. Stay humbled...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Today's Soul Sunday's selection is "The Madlads" They were once known as "The Emeralds" after Discovering that another group had the rights to the name Deanie Parker came up with the name "The Mad Lads." The Mad Lads (members John Gary Williams, William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Phillips - who replaced Harold Thomas on the day of the session after his father forced him to do a paper route rather than go down to the studio) The Mad Lads (members John Gary Williams, William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Phillips) Julius Green and Robert Phillips did not want John Gary Williams to rejoin group after he had completed his military service claiming he was too bossy. William Brown and STAX co-owner Jim Stewart made them reinstate him. Later on one of the members of the group had been imprisoned for cheque fraud. After all the trials this group has been through. The legacy of the music still inspires people today. I found this old school crazy footage of The Mad lads singing acapella to "Don't have to shop around" it's a Bizarre sequence from a 1975 slapstick exploitation film called "The Down town Strutters". Directed by William Witney. If you ever get a chance check this movie out. Happy New year, wishing you all love, peace & soul for 2012!!
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