Any serious discussion about Philadelphia International Records has to include songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the label’s founders. But they had plenty of help (i.e., Earl Young, above) in making PIR, which marks its 40th anniversary in 2011, a hotbed of sophisticated soul.
The third part of this four-part series continues with the author’s interviews with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Leonard Cohen, and others.
A “pod” (display case) filled with artifacts associated with the life and career of the late Sam Cooke is now on display at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles in recognition of what would have been the late artist’s 80th birthday.
Forty-five years ago Gaye released *A Tribute To the Great Nat King Cole*. Prompted by Cole’s death, it showcased a unique side of the soul singer’s ambitions.
On March 15, 2011, Lost Highway Records will release “Scandalous,” the sophomore album from Austin, TX-based garage soul ensemble Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.
Plagued by health issues, Phil Collins avoids the drums and doesn’t do much to further his musical legacy with “Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC.”
Soul queen reflects on her days with Motown, The Jacksons and Marc Bolan
Otis Redding’s “Live On The Sunset Strip,” culled from three full sets of his Whisky A Go Go shows in 1966, is a definitive live statement from Redding and songs are sequenced exactly as they went down.
Loaded with Beatles collectibles, including a Ringo Starr RIAA Gold Record Award for “Rubber Soul,” The Rockin’ Hot Summer Auction hosted by Backstage Auctions will feature items from the collection of radio and television industry veteran Denny Somach. Other highlights include a rare Sex Pistols single and several thousand promo sings.
Holy grails don’t get any holier than this, especially for Northern Soul acolytes. Going up for auction, starting March 14, is one of only two known copies — and the only one in acceptable playing condition — of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” considered by many to be the most valuable ultra-rare 45 record in the world.