Divas Bassey and Warwick offer up comeback albums

Boogie pianist Sugar Chile Robinson, who had 1949 R&B smashes with “Numbers Boogie” and “Caldonia” for Capitol when his pint-sized legs were barely long enough to hit the pedals, is making a comeback at age 69.

Robinson recently headlined the Rhythm Riot Festival in Camber, England, his first British concert appearance in more than 50 years. He retired from secular musical pursuits in 1954.

The French Classics label has released a comprehensive CD, 1949-1952, of Robinson’s Capitol catalog.




The anthologies Stax Does the Beatles and Stax Sings Songs of Motown Records will hit the streets Feb. 26 on Stax Records, now owned by Concord Music Group.

Freshly compiled from the Memphis label’s archives, The Beatles disc draws from the Booker T. & the MG’s McLemore Avenue album as well as performances by Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, David Porter, the Mar-Keys and Carla Thomas.

Hayes’ mellow treatment of the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” is joined on the Motown set by sides from Margie Joseph, the Staple Singers, Barbara Lewis and the Soul Children.


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