Soul and gospel singer Fontella Bass, whose 1965 hit "Rescue Me" endures as one of the most recognizable soul records of the '60s, died last week on the day after Christmas. She was 72 years old. Despite the success of "Rescue Me," it was the number one R&B single for four weeks, it took years of litigation before Bass could claim her share of songwriting credit and royalties. In 1993, she sued American Express for using the song in a commercial and received what she said was a significant settlement.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 12:25 pm
In its annual December feature called "The Music They Made" commemorating artists who have died in the preceding year, the New York Times Magazine once again neglected to include a single classical musician.
The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' <em>What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.</em>
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Music journalist Laina Dawes is a contributing editor at <a href="http://www.blogher.com/">BlogHer</a>. She has also written for <a href="http://exclaim.ca/">Exclaim! Canada</a> and <a href="http://www.hellbound.ca/">Hellbound</a>.
Each month, I report the top twenty albums played on Galactic Travels to Zone Music Reporter, formerly New Age Reporter. This report covers shows #818 to #821; 6-December-2012 to 27-December-2012, reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order. The
Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 9:17 am
In high season, as many as two dozen albums appear in my mail bin each week. But in the first weeks of any new year, new releases are a rarity. That means patiently waiting for 2013's first intriguing albums to arrive. As a sort of appetizer, we offer three tracks from albums I'm really looking forward to. These artists (and their record companies) have generously allowed us these tantalizing tastes of what's to come.
Any releases you're impatiently awaiting? Let us know in the comments section.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:58 pm
Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith recently led his trio through a soulful set before a sold-out house at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. The good doctor turns 70 this year, and he's still a leader and innovator on his instrument. He's also gaining a whole new audience, as young musicians and producers sample his deep, relentless grooves.
Rosi Golan makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Born in Israel, Golan learned to speak French, English and Hebrew during her travels. But she didn't pick up a guitar until she was 19, after hearing a radio commercial advertising a sale at a local Guitar Center. Golan hasn't looked back, writing and singing songs for more than 10 years and cultivating her ear for dark, haunting melodies.