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MOTOWN SPOTLIGHT – September 2019

Photo credits: Gerry Constable) (Photo: Sharon Davis, Chris Clark, Gloria Jones, Brenda Holloway) As you know, some months ago, founder and organiser Russ Winstanley invited me to the “Northern Soul Survivors Weekender: Celebrating 60 Years Of Motown” in Skegness last weekend, and to take part in a question/answer session with a trio of Motown ladies …

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – August/September 2019

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES: BE FOR REAL:THE P.I.R. RECORDINGS (1972-1975) (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) Without wishing to go into a lengthy history lesson because 1) soul fans don’t need reminding and 2) I’d soon run out of space, suffice to say these guys were originally known as The Charlemagnes, and unsuccessfully recorded for several labels before …

P.P. ARNOLD: 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

Embodying the true essence of what it is to be a ‘soul survivor,’ P.P. Arnold’s triumphant return with what is essentially her third full album in 51 years is a testament to her resilience, endurance and ‘against-all-odds’-perseverance. From her arrival in London as an Ikette with Ike & Tina Turner in 1966 through two classic …

Motown Spotlight – July 2019

I thought it was about time we lent space to another of Motown’s unsung heroes, who rightly deserved their own special niche in the company’s history, but about whom, little or nothing was known at the time, let alone acknowledged. Thankfully, as time passed, company rules were relaxed, with the result that musicians, session singers …

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – July 2019

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: SACRED KIND OF LOVE:THE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS  (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) A saxophonist of many talents in the soul/jazz and jazz/funk field and considered by many to be one of the founders of jazz fusion, this cracking 5-CD package focuses on Grover Washington Jr’s Columbia tenure. Already established in his field, he signed with the …

Motown Spotlight – June 2019

Well, if you’d asked me a year ago would I attend a Northern Soul Weekend I’d have given a negative response, sighing that those days were over for me. But no, here I am going to an event “The Northern Soul Survivors” in Skegness, Lincolnshire, kicking off on 20 September for three nights. I’ll give …