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.

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Alligator Records Signs Anders Osborne

Alligator Records is proud to announce the signing of award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Anders Osborne. Osborne’s Alligator Records debut album, American Patchwork, is a moving collection of soul-baring roots rock, blues and ballads. Many of the songs on American Patchwork deal with healing and redemption, spirituality and acceptance. Often compared to Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, Osborne is an exceptional and singular talent.Paste Magazine says, “Osborne has an impossibly great voice and the songs to match.” American Patchwork will be released on April 27, 2010.

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The Soul of John Black New EP & Video Spotlight From Delta Groove Music

The Soul of John Black is back with “Black John – Acoustic EP” where he masterfully reinterprets his favorite songs from the full length album “Black John” by creating acoustic versions which expose their deep emotional roots and his soulful song writing.

The Soul of John Black continues to make a huge impact world wide. The music video for his hit song “Betty Jean” is currently being featured on the home page of the “Celebrity” section on MySpace. The video which was directed, written, and produced by Clifton Collins Jr. has been selected as the MySpace Celebrity Video pick and will be featured all week long.

In addition to the video being spotlighted on MySpace, the “Betty Jean” music video is also being featured on the home page of http “SHOCKYA.com” which is a website that gets roughly 274,000+ hits per month! There is also an interview with director Clifton Collins Jr. on the site which is worth checking out.

http://www.shockya.com/news/2010/01/25/exclusive-interview-with-clifton-collins-jr/

Eclecto Groove Records proudly presents the first commercially available video single for purchase by The Soul of John Black. The song “Betty Jean” is taken from The Soul of John Black’s latest album “Black John,” which the Los Angles Times hails as “simmering, groove-heavy modern blues that belongs on a bass-heavy dance floor as much as a rickety porch in the Delta.” The video single is directed by actor Clifton Collins Jr. who recently won a Country Music Award for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” for the song “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. In addition to his directing/producing talents Clifton has also appeared in over 70 film and television shows including most recently the landmark blockbuster movie franchise Star Trek. “Betty Jean” (the video single) is being sold as a digital release only and is now available on iTunes.

The Soul of John Black “Betty Jean” – EPK Video

Check out the The Soul of John Black “Betty Jean” (EPK Promotional Video) which highlights the production and gives a behind the sense glimpse into the making of the music video. It features interviews with both John Black and director Clifton Collins Jr..

What Others Are Saying About Black John – Acoustic EP

“Retro soul tinged in country, funk and blues.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“A testament to the strength of African American music and the undeniable influence of the blues… Bigham’s anguished wail will grab your gut and turn it inside out.” – Esquire Magazine

What Others Are Saying About

On “Black John,” JB masterfully combines soul, gospel, funk and hip-hop, while tracing its roots all the way back to its humble origins – the blues. JB infuses his uniquely crafted music with contemporary urban rhythms and hauntingly earthy acoustic slide guitar which at once pays tribute to a bygone era of such legendary figures as Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, while boldly crossing over into new innovative territories and sonic frontiers.The Soul of John Black has reached a new plateau; transcending the crossroads and arriving upon an unexplored intersection on the aural highway. It’s soul music for a whole new generation.

“He seamlessly merges influences and eras, and the results can be heard on his fine new album Black John…The groove is, indeed, the thing. It’s relentless…what matters is the soul and funk, and Bigham brings it on every track.”– Paste Magazine Online

“…TSOJB have created a distinctive collection of polished, very hip tunes.” – Billboard Magazine

“…a crisp, confident collection of soul, hip hop and rock that’s redefined by right between the eyes vocals and guitar as well as, superb musicianship.” – Wall Street Journal

For more on this and other Delta Groove releases:
http://www.deltagroove.com

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TEDDY PENDERGRASS – PUBLIC VIEWING AND MEMORIAL

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

March 26, 1950-January 13, 2010

PUBLIC VIEWING AND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LEGENDARY SOUL SINGER AND HUMANITARIAN TO BE HELD IN PHILADELPHIA

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 AND SATURDAY, JAN. 23

DIGNITARIES AND CELEBRITIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

TO JOIN FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FANS IN REMEMBERING R&B SUPERSTAR

WHAT: PUBLIC VIEWING AND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR TEDDY PENDERGRASS. Teddy Pendergrass, one of the leading soul singers of all time and R&B’s reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and ’80s, to be remembered with family by friends, dignitaries, celebrities and fans from around the world. The legendary, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, whose powerful vocals helped define The Sound of Philadelphia, first with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (“I Miss You,” “Bad Luck,” “Wake Up Everybody,” and the two million seller “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”) and later with an incendiary solo career as an international R&B superstar (“Close the Door,” “Turn Off the Lights,” “I Don’t Love You Anymore” “Love T.K.O.”), was an inspirational figure to millions through the charitable Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA) and his partnership with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

WHEN: OFFICIAL PUBLIC VIEWING – Friday, January 22, 2010

Noon to 8:00 p.m.

MEMORIAL SERVICE – Saturday, January 23, 2010

9:00 to 10:00am – PRIVATE VIEWING FOR INVITED GUESTS AND FAMILY

10:00 a.m. to Noon – MEMORIAL SERVICE

Private interment for friends and family only will immediately follow.

WHERE: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19150

PARKING: Limited Media parking on Vernon Road (between Pickering and Michener)

CREDENTIALS: Media must check in and show press credentials and/or personal identification to access media areas.

Credential Pick Up Hours:

Friday, January 22 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 23 – 8:30 a.m.to 10:00 a.m.

**Please note: Credential is valid for public viewing and memorial service coverage**

MEDIA: Designated media area available for photo and TV crews outside the church and in church foyer area.

· NO CAMERAS OR RECORDING DEVICES OF ANY KIND (TV, PHOTO, AUDIO) WILL BE PERMITTED INSIDE THE SANCTUARY.

· LIMITED MEDIA SEATING AVAILABLE DURING MEMORIAL ON FIRST-COME BASIS

CONTACTS: JL Media Relations /Jalila Larsuel (family and media)

jlmediapr@gmail.com / (213) 369-4362 cell

Randex Communications /Randy Alexander (media only)

randex@randexpr.com / (609) 280-6140 cell

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Funeral Arrangements for Teddy Pendergrass Announced

TEDDY PENDERGRASS, one of the leading soul singers of all time and R&B’s reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and ‘80s, died last night following a prolonged illness.

The legendary, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, whose powerful vocals helped define The Sound of Philadelphia, first with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before breaking out with an incendiary solo career, passed away at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized since August. He was 59.

Pendergrass is survived by his mother, Ida Pendergrass; his wife Joan; his children, Teddy Pendergrass II, Trisha Pendergrass and La Donna Pendergrass; daughters from his marriage to Joan, Sherilla Lestrade and Jessica Avila; and grandchildren Montaurius Driane, Desaray Drane, Teddy Pendergrass III, Alana Nida Sky Pendergrass, Gabriel Gomes, Jasmine Lestrade and Jeremiah Sanford. Additionally, Pendergrass is survived by his daughter-in-law, Felicia Pendergrass, as well as relatives Francine Pendergrass, Georger Mouzon and Neverland Dent.

The official public viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m., also at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Internment will follow at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Joan & Teddy Pendergrass Memorial, P.O. Box 382, Gladwyne, PA 19035.

More information on Teddy Pendergrass and all Philadelphia International Records artists at http://www.Gamble-Huffmusic.com

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