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  • John Legend's spiritual cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

     
    Right around the two-minute mark in John Legend's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," his voice breaks and cracks a few times, sounding like it might break permanently, a messenger finally worn out from delivering such heightened emotions. Adele's.......
  • Obama takes a day off from diplomatic warnings, praises Algeria, then celebrates the Motown Sound

     
    Democrat quicker to praise Algeria for lifting restrictions, than some other countries for imposing them....
  • Remembering Teena Marie: A few choice jams from the '80s funk singer-songwriter-producer [Updated]

     
    CNN is reporting that Grammy-nominated singer and Rick James protegée Teena Marie has died at age 54. The multi-talented vocalist, who was born in Santa Monica, got her break at Motown Records in 1979, and went on to be one......
  • Appreciating Teena Marie: 'The Ivory Queen of Soul' made R&B colorless

     
    It’s impossible to lend an ear to today’s crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie. Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers (Patti Labelle,......
  • Nelly on his chart profile: 'I’m still looked at as the underdog'

     
    Nelly is struggling to comprehend one particular title bestowed upon him in his 10-year career: the underdog. Despite selling more than 20 million albums in the U.S., having nearly a dozen top 10 singles, being ranked as the third top......
  • Album reviews: Eric Clapton's 'Clapton' and Phil Collins' 'Going Back'

     
    What a difference six years make — the small but significant difference in years between when Eric Clapton was born in 1945, near the end of World War II, and the birth of Phil Collins in 1951, shortly before rock......
  • New tribute album celebrates unsung Detroit R&B star Nolan Strong

     
    Music legends as diverse as Lou Reed and Smokey Robinson have sung the praises of Detroit vocalist Nolan Strong, and yet his star remains tarnished and dusty 33 years after his death. Next Tuesday's release of "Daddy Rockin' Strong: A......
  • A Remembrance: Teena Marie

    A Remembrance: Teena Marie
    Long before she became an '80s funk-pop infanta, or Rick James' protégé and lover, Teena Marie was a Motown-enamored schoolgirl in one of L.A.'s last historic black enclaves. The singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at her Pasadena home at age 54, grew...
  • This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor

    This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor
    Sitting in the hall that she operates in Leimert Park on a recent afternoon, Barbara Morrison is uncharacteristically sedentary. She recently lost a leg to diabetes. While she speaks with customary grace and cheer, the jazz vocalist is in a period of...
  • Jheryl Busby dies at 59; music executive led revival of Motown Records

    Jheryl Busby, a music executive who led a revival of Motown Records while president and chief executive of the company from 1988 to 1995, was found dead Tuesday in a hot tub at his home in Malibu. He was 59. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Jheryl...
  • Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, dies at 72

    Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, dies at 72
    Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops whose tough yet soulful voice was showcased on dozens of singles, including "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," has died. He was 72. Stubbs...