Category: 2000’s

Damon Albarn presents the Mojo Legend Award to…

Damon Albarn presents the Mojo Legend Award to Ike Turner in 2007.

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas D…

Actor and comedian Tim Conway (born Thomas Daniel Conway in Willoughby, OH) – December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019, RIP

Actress, model and singer Peggy Lipton (born…

Actress, model and singer Peggy Lipton (born Margaret Ann Lipton in Los Angeles, CA) – August 30, 1946 – May 11, 2019, RIP

On this day in music history: May 2, 2009 – …

On this day in music history: May 2, 2009 – A world record is set for the highest amount paid for a single record when a copy the ultra rare Motown 45 “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” by Frank Wilson goes for £25,742, ($38,378) to an anonymous collector. Previously owned by Kenny Burrell of Fife, Scotland, the unreleased 45 is one of only two original copies known to exist. The song is recorded in 1965, while Wilson is a staff songwriter and producer at Motown, running the label’s west coast division. The track is cut in Los Angeles backed by The Funk Brothers, and co-produced by Hal Davis (The Jackson 5) and future 5th Dimension manager Marc Gordon. Berry Gordy hears the record, but is not entirely impressed by Wilson’s vocals. Wanting to discourage producers from becoming recording artists also, Gordy asks Wilson what he wants to do more. When Wilson chooses songwriting and producing, the release is canceled. The single is originally scheduled as S-35019 on Motown’s Soul Records imprint on December 23, 1965. Prior to this, the label presses 250 white label promotional copies, and a handful of test pressings manufactured by American Record Pressing in Owosso, MI. When the commercial release is nixed, all but a few copies are destroyed, and the remainders are stored in Motown’s archives. The track is reassigned to singer Chris Clark, whose version is scheduled for release on Motown’s V.I.P. imprint in August of 1967, but it too is canceled. Two different mixes of Clark’s version are released on the compilation albums “Tamla Motown Connoisseurs” and “A Cellarful Of Motown” in the early 2000’s. A copy of Wilson’s original version surfaces in the late 70’s, becoming a huge underground hit on the British Northern Soul club scene. It is briefly reissued on the Tamla/Motown label in 1979, again in 2004, and a bootleg repress in 2014 with an instrumental version on the B-side. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” comes to be regarded as the “holy grail” by Northern Soul collectors. Wilson’s version is finally released on CD on the compilations “The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 5: 1965” (mono mix), and “This Is Northern Soul: The Motown Sound Volume 1” (stereo mix). In 2018, musician Jack White purchases one of only three known surviving original test pressings of “Do I Love You” (b/w “Sweeter As The Days Go By”), from the Melodies & Memories record store in Eastpointe, MI. The white label 45 sports handwritten labels (believed to have been penned by producer Norman Whitfield), and is rubber stamped with the familiar “Quality Control” markers used on 60’s Motown test pressings, is given a limited reissue by White’s Third Man Records. Pressed on translucent purple vinyl, the single quickly sells out of its 6,000 unit pressing when it is reissued for Record Store Day on April 21, 2018.

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Director, screenwriter and producer John Sin…

Director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton (born John Daniel Singleton in Los Angeles, CA) – January 6, 1968 – April 29, 2019, RIP

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurenc…

71-year-old Ike Turner and 42-year-old Laurence Fishburne at John Singleton’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony on August 26, 2003

At age 19 in 1951, Ike Turner released “Rocket 88,” which many consider to be the first rock and roll record. Laurence Fishburne best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy

was nominated for an

Academy Award in 1994 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993). He also starred in Boyz n the Hood (1991), directed by John Singleton. At age 24 in 1992, John was the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director, and the first African-American to be nominated for the award.

On this day in music history: April 25, 2000 -…

On this day in music history: April 25, 2000 – “The Heat”, the third album by Toni Braxton is released. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Bryan-Michael Cox, David Foster, Keith Crouch, Teddy Bishop, Jazze Pha and Kevin Hicks, it is recorded at Various Studios from Mid 1999 – February 2000. Following a four year hiatus from making music that sees the R&B diva having to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in spite of having sold over 20 million records since the release of her debut album in 1993. She is able to regroup from the setback and resume her career. Braxtons’ third release sees her moving away from the pop/R&B ballad based material in favor of a more hard edged urban sound. It spins off four singles including “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (#2 Pop, #1 R&B) winning her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001. “The Heat” debuts in its chart peak position of #2 on the Billboard Top 200, spending one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 24, 2001 -…

On this day in music history: April 24, 2001 – “This Is Where I Came In”, the twenty second studio album by the Bee Gees is released. Produced by the Bee Gees and Peter-John Vettese, it is recorded at Middle Ear Studio in Miami Beach, FL and Area 21 in London circa 1999 – 2000. The groups first album since “Still Waters” four years before, it features lead vocals by all three brothers, and is the final Bee Gees album before Maurice Gibb’s death in 2003. A critical and commercial success in both the US and UK, it is further bolstered by a memorable live performance on the A&E concert series “Live By Request”. “This Is Where I Came In” peaks at number six on the UK album chart, number sixteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 -…

On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 – “Musicology”, the thirtieth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN, Metal Works in Mississauga, Ontario, and The Hit Factory in New York City in Mid – Late 2003. After experimenting with distributing his music through his own NPG Music Club website, Prince decides to realign himself with the more traditional form of issuing his work. Released in cooperation with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, it is the artists’ first major label release in over five years. The album also features guest appearances from musicians such as Candy Dulfer, Maceo Parker, Sheila E. and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. Part of its commercial success is due to the unique method of selling it by including a copy of the CD along with the price of a concert ticket, during the “Musicology Tour”. It spins off two singles (three in the UK) including “Call My Name” (#75 Pop) and the title track (#3 R&B). It wins two Grammy Awards including Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Call My Name” in 2005. Originally released only on CD and cassette, the album makes its long awaited vinyl LP debut in February of 2019. The double vinyl set is pressed purple vinyl. “Musicology” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: April 20, 1951 – Legendary R…

Born on this day: April 20, 1951 – Legendary R&B singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 68th Birthday.

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