Tag Archives: Black Music

The FUNK of CHESS Records by Elise LeGrow

The FUNK of CHESS Records by Elise LeGrow

The Grammy Award wining team that gave us Joss Stone’s “Soul Sessions,” has stepped back into the fray, with Elise LeGrow. Her debut album “Playing CHESS,” produced by Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Betty Wright, features 12 hits from the vintage label.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN IS A LEGEND!

ARETHA FRANKLIN IS A LEGEND!

There’s not a lot I can say about “The Queen of Soul,” that a myriad of writers and multiple media outlets, have not already professed. Services for the girl that began singing in her father C. L. Franklin’s church, who amazingly managed to kick the ass of “pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type” (according to her publicist) for the past several years, will take place at 10 a.m. (EDT) this Friday in Detroit. She was 76.

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A Little of My BLACK HISTORY: 28 Contemporaries that Inspire(d) Me

A Little of My BLACK HISTORY: 28 Contemporaries that Inspire(d) Me

In celebration of Black History Month I’m paying tribute to 28 contemporary history makers. These people have inspired me throughout my life, as well as today, and are making a positive impact on our world.

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Black History: REMEMBERING GARY HARRIS – A “RECORD MAN” TRIBUTE

Black History: REMEMBERING GARY HARRIS – A “RECORD MAN” TRIBUTE

Gary Harris was a self-proclaimed “Record Man.” One who worked in radio, at the beginning and the end of his illustrious life and career, he touched the lives of many – mine was one.

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GEORGE CLINTON LIVE! AN NPR TINY DESK CONCERT

GEORGE CLINTON LIVE! AN NPR TINY DESK CONCERT

I just had to drop this link as an earmark in time…

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DANIEL CAESAR – R&B’s Newest Canadian Prince

DANIEL CAESAR – R&B’s Newest Canadian Prince

Daniel Caesar is nominated for Best R&B Album at next year’s Grammy ceremony. One of several R&B talents that have emerged out of Canada, Caesar is an independent artist, in this streaming age of music. Liken to fellow Canadians, Justin Beiber and The Weeknd, his fan base spawned from the Internet.

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NEW BLUE EYED SOUL: RAG’N’BONE 2 POST MALONE feat. ZZ Ward

NEW BLUE EYED SOUL: RAG’N’BONE 2 POST MALONE feat. ZZ Ward

Racism is alive and casting lots of un-wellness among the people of our nation. While millions find it hard to believe… “Stay Woke,” as it’s when one is blind that ye suffers most. Through it all – racism then and now – multi-millions come together through music…

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PURPLE MONUMENT TRIBUTES 4 PRINCE!

PURPLE MONUMENT TRIBUTES 4 PRINCE!

Rest In Power Brother Prince Rogers Nelson… On April 21st last year when Prince passed away, the loss was felt around the world for days afterwards, as exemplified by these photos below:

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THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  A couple months ago, I wrote about a few artists I believed were worthy of recognition, and they’re all among the artists nominated…

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THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

I like to drop my FUNKIEST MUSIC list of the year prior to the Grammy nominations.  As the announcements are this morning, I’m always curious, to see how the academy will measure up – Yeah I said it!  The eighth year for a FUNKALICIOUS Top Album list it’s varied from 10 to 25.

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A PASSION 4 PRINCE – “HIT n RUN”

A PASSION 4 PRINCE – “HIT n RUN”

All true Prince friends, fans and admirers don’t believe he makes any bad music, we just like some of his albums more than others.  I honestly have not heard all of his releases, in their entirety over the past several years, but his latest CD “HIT n RUN” is FUN!

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Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

According to CBS’s website: 25-time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder will be honored in a star-studded musical primetime special “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.” It airs on CBS next Monday, February 16th at 9pm/8pm central.

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insideplaya LOVES D’Angelo

insideplaya LOVES D’Angelo

Earlier this year, I posted portions of an article originally published ‎through the blog insideplaya, about D’Angelo.  A tough love piece, it rendered facts about the business of the music industry, the legacy of FUNK, and Michael “D’Angelo” Archer’s career.

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NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

Prince is releasing not one, but 2 new albums this fall.  Expected for release on September 30th, “Art Official Age,” is a solo project and “Plectrumelectrum,” is the long anticipated project that features 3rdEyeGirl.  Friends and fans may already have seen the video for the previously released single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which features Dave Chapelle on the cover art – if not, go here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbyNrGXpAA

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Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Charlie Wilson is without a doubt one of the best return to music stories in R&B.  I won’t call it a comeback, cause he’s been here for years, with one of the FUNKIEST bands in the ‘80s – The GAP Band.  Lionel Richie was down with the Commodores before his solo success, and today they both have songs, backing major brands.

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FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

James Brown’s biopic “Get On Up” hits theaters today.  In the spirit of FUNK, I wanted to share an interview I did with him for those who might want to hear the actual voice, of “The Godfather of Soul.”  Then I figured, why not include three other masters, of the FUNK genre.  Having the honor to speak with these men were not only a highlight of my career in music, but in life, as they provided the soundtrack to it (click on photo above for full view).

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FUNK Ad(d)s Up 2 $ – Part 5 / Exploiting “The King of Pop”

FUNK Ad(d)s Up 2 $ – Part 5 / Exploiting “The King of Pop”

Five years ago at the inception of this Funkalicious blog, I talked about the value and use of FUNK in advertising.  My intent was to show how influential FUNK still is today, although the epitome of the essence of FUNK, was 40 years ago.

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An Open Letter to D’Angelo – insideplaya

An Open Letter to D’Angelo – insideplaya

Recently my friend Gary Harris, who happens to be a former EMI A&R exec, has been criticized and bashed by several fans and other outlets on the web.  One who introduced me to the music of D’Angelo back in 1992 prior to it’s release while I was at WBLS, he wrote an open letter to the artist, expressing a personal point of view.

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Music Favorites (so far) for 2014

Music Favorites (so far) for 2014

The year is half-way over as summer is upon us.  The first five months flew by to me, but since 2012, my thinking has been that 2013 & 14 are merely set-up and transitional for 2015.  I don’t even know why I’ve thought that way, “it’s just a feeling I’ve got.”  I personally moved to Boston this year and graduated from college last year, so perhaps it was just the transitions of my life that I foresaw.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Review all of the press coverage received to date for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour.

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