Richard Street, Ex-Temptations Singer, Dead at 70

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LAS VEGAS— Former Motown vocalist Richard Allen Street (born October 5, 1942) a member of the Temptations from 1971 to 1993, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown’s namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, Calif.

She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

Published in: on February 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM  Leave a Comment  
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2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Phil Collins’ “Going Back” First New Studio Album in Eight Years

Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has announced the forthcoming release of “GOING BACK,” a deeply personal labor of love that finds the eight-time Grammy winner faithfully recreating the Motown and soul music that played such an influential role in his creative life. Due in September, “GOING BACK” marks the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first new studio album in eight years.

To celebrate “GOING BACK,” Collins will play a string of very special live concerts at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom from June 22-25. Billed as UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: PHIL COLLINS PLAYS 60’S MOTOWN & SOUL, the shows will be exclusively devoted to the music from “GOING BACK” and other classic R&B/pop gems. The concerts will be presented as an “old school” style, standing-room-only dance concert.

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Founding Member of the Legendary Chi-Lites Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester Passes–Havoc Da Mouthpiece Mourns the Loss of his Father

Los Angeles -For most hip hop aficionados, Havoc Da Mouthpiece’s claim to fame goes back to the pioneer days of the west coast’s gangsta’ hip hop era when he was the frontman for the rap crew South Central Cartel, and west coast rap duo Havoc and Prodeje. Few realized that the Chicago native actually had roots that nestled deep in the foundation of R&B, as his father, Robert “Squirrel” Lester was one of the founding members of the legendary soul group the Chi-Lites.

When Robert Lester passed away on Thursday, January 21 from cancer (more…)

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 5:56 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Rhythm & Blues Foundation Speaks for R&B Community in Remembering Former Board Member Teddy Pendergrass

PHILADELPHIA – As R&B and Soul legend Teddy Pendergrass was laid to rest this weekend, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation – the pre-eminent non-profit organization dedicated to Rhythm & Blues music – spoke for the entire R&B community in not only expressing its sympathy to the Pendergrass family, but its love and appreciation for the lasting impact its former Board member continues to have on the lives and careers of countless artists for generations to come.

Damon Williams, newly elected Chairman of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, joined several Board members in citing Teddy’s overall contribution as a musician and humanitarian who helped others with spinal cord injuries through his own foundation, as an outstanding example of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s vision.

“Teddy Pendergrass was a one-of-a-kind voice and a one-of-a kind person whose contributions and impact on R&B music cannot be measured,” said Williams. “His dynamic voice, impeccable style, and warm personality were truly a gift to the world. Teddy was a dear friend and colleague of the R&B Foundation, who served diligently on our Board of Directors for several years. We’re especially proud that his home town of Philadelphia is our home as well, and we applaud and cheer Teddy for his life’s work. He was truly, as one his many hit songs reminds us, one of our ‘greatest inspirations.’”

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation provides financial and medical assistance, educational outreach, performance opportunities and archival activities. Its programs recognize artistic contributions and excellence. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation continues to be the pre-eminent non-profit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of Rhythm & Blues music, and the recognition of participants in its community, by providing services and programs to Rhythm & Blues artists and their fans.

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Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 1:05 PM  Comments (1)  
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Charlie Apicella & Iron City Release New Album Sparks In March 2010

New York, New York-January 6, 2010- After the success of the 2009 release Put The Flavor On It you would think guitarist and band leader Charlie Apicella would be hard pressed to duplicate such an outstanding recording.

With Sparks due to drop in March, listeners and critics alike will be heaping the praise upon the Iron City ensemble as if they were the second coming of the great funky organ bands such as Booker T. and the MGs.

This is a high standard to adhere to although Apicella and his mates seem to have no difficulty in aspiring to these great heights once thought improbable to attain after the classic period of the 70s became history.

Their second release is sure to start the Sparks flying in the jazz, R & B and blues corners throughout the world. The eclectic instrumental takes on classic tracks such as “Sookie Sookie” and “Billie Jean” will be raising eyebrows and soon find their way into many different radio friendly crossover broadcasters in brick and mortar settings and internet portals. The original compositions “Sparks”, “A Decade in the Making” and “Sweet and Sounded” are proof positive of the band’s wherewithal and respect for their forefathers while paying close attention to the foundation of the music and offering something new and fresh to satisfy the critics and pull in new listeners.

“I feel Charlie’s compositions capture the flavor of our music in the 1970s where you put the groove first.” -John Blake Jr. Violinist and recording artist with McCoy Tyner and Grover Washington Jr.

More information on Charlie Apicella & Iron City and their upcoming release Sparks is available on the bands website.

Published in: on January 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Cyril Neville & Galactic Together On Tour

Northport NY – M.C. Records is proud to announce that Cyril Neville will be the featured vocalist for the New Orleans funk band Galactic for their upcoming tour. Look for shows in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Japan & Australia. z

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Also, a slew of of dates with Cyril and his band Tribe 13.

Please get in touch for interviews, photos, etc…

* Cyril Neville may be the youngest of the Neville Brothers, the first family of New Orleans rock and R&B, but he has just made his best album.
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* a refreshingly original approach to the music (*** 1/2) Chicago Sun-Times

Cyril Neville On The Road
Jan 10-17 – The Delbert McClinton Cruise Tampa, Florida
Jan 23 – 30 – The Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Feb 3 – Paradise w/ Galactic Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 4 – TLA w/ Galactic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 5 – Terminal 5 w/ Galactic New York, New York
Feb 6 – Club w/ Galactic Washington, Washington DC
Feb 9 – Lincoln Theatre w/ Galactic Raleigh, North Carolina
Feb 10 – The Music Farm w/ Galactic Charleston, North Carolina
Feb 11 – The Visulite w/ Galactic Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb 12 – Variety Playhouse w/ Galactic Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 13 – The Blue Nille w/ Tribe 13 New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 18 – Bryant University w/ George Porter Jr, Ivan Neville Providence, R.I.
Feb 19 – The Space w/ Tribe 13 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 21 – CALLAHANS w/ Tribe 13 Auburn Hills, Michigan
Feb 24 – RED FOX INN w/ Tribe 13 Bondville, Vermont
Feb 25 – FTC STAGE ONE w/ Tribe 13 Fairfield, Connecticut
Feb 26 – INFINITY HALL w/ Tribe 13 Norfolk, Connecticut
Feb 27 – Private w/ Tribe 13 VENTNOR, New Jersey
Mar 3 – Belly Up w/ Galactic Solana Beach, California
Mar 4 – The Elray Theater w/ Galactic Los Angeles, California
Mar 5 – The Fillmore w/ Galactic San Francisco, California
Mar 6 – Fillmore w/ Galactic San Francisco, California
Mar 6 – Wasted Space Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 26 – Club Quattro w/ Galactic Osaka Japan
Mar 27 – Club Quattro w/ Galactic Nagoya Japan
Mar 28 – Club Quattro w/ Galactic Tokyo Japan
Mar 29 – Club Quattro w/ Galactic Tokyo
Apr 1-4 Byron Bay Fest w/ Galactic Byron Bay Australia
May 1 – NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST w/ Tribe 13 New Orleans, Louisiana
May 1 – FRENCH QUATER TIPITINAS w/ Tribe 13 – Night Show New Orleans, LA

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM  Leave a Comment  
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The York Theatre Company and Documentary Arts In Association with Central Track Productions Presents Blind Lemon Blues a New Musical by Alan Govenar & Akin Babatunde

Blind Lemon Blues pays homage to Blind Lemon Jefferson, America’s best-selling country blues singer of the 1920s.

The New York Times called this new musical “lively and intelligent . . . an inspiration.”Briefly at the York in 2007, Blind Lemon Blues combines blues, gospel, R&B, soul, doo-wop and rap to evoke the enduring legacy of Blind Lemon and his contemporaries.

Prepare to “go weak at the knees” as Variety said, “Blind Lemon Jefferson’s voice emerges with full force.”

Special Offer for Members of NY Blues and Jazz Society!

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To purchase tickets visit http://www.yorktheatre.orgor call the York’s Box Office at 212-935-5820 and use code: NYBLUES. You can also bring a printout of this page to the York Theatre Box Office. (Hours are Monday through Friday 12 Noon to 6 PM.)

Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY in Saint Peter’s Theatre
54th Street Just East of Lexington
E or V train to Lexington Avenue or 6 train to 51st Street

Offer valid for all performances through 10/04/09 (excluding 9/15/09). Tickets must be purchased by 9/29/09. Normal service charges apply to phone and Internet orders. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice. Offer Expires 9/29/09.