Jul 122020
 

from SWEET MEMORIES
Music by David Foster Lyrics by John Sperling

The Stylistics were a legendary American vocal group and one of the Philly Soul movement’s most successful acts in the Seventies. Their hits included staples like “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Break Up To Make Up,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “People Make The World Go Round.” The group’s impeccable vocal harmonies presented a trademark falsetto sung by Russell Allen Thompkins, Jr. that’s one of the most recognizable in popular music.

Continue reading »

Jun 282020
 

from An Old Flame
Written by Diane Warren

Miki Howard was a talented soul/R&B singer who started her career in 1980 as lead vocalist for the popular R&B group, Side Effect. Together they released three good albums as a group before Howard went solo. Howard eventually delivered a string of R&B hits between the late eighties and early nineties including “Come Share My Love,” “Ain’t Nuthin’ In The World” and “Ain’t Nobody Like You.” Howard successfully ventured into the jazz repertoire portraying the late, great Billie Holiday (1915-1959) in Spike Lee’s 1992 Malcolm X  movie. 

Continue reading »

Jun 142020
 

from UNFORGETTABLE…WITH LOVE
Written by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston

“Mona Lisa” has been hailed as an American pop evergreen. It was written by the songwriting team of Ray Evans (1915-2007) and Jay Livingston (1915-2001) for the 1950 movie Captain Carey, USA, starring the late Alan Ladd (1913-1964). “Mona Lisa” was sung by the renowned Nat “King” Cole (1919-1965) and won the Academy Award as “Best Original Song.”

Continue reading »

May 312020
 

from MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION (single)
Written by David Foster, Brian & Brenda Russell

In the late fifties, brothers Joey and Edmund Ankrah were members of the UK vocal group, The Chants. The Chants never made it big despite their talent. They were buddies with The Beatles who even backed them on a legendary concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool around 1962.

Continue reading »

May 172020
 

from HARD CANDY
Written by Ned Doheny

Los Angeles-native Ned Doheny started his career in the blossoming Laurel Canyon music scene of the late sixties/early seventies alongside soon-to-be global stars like Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey (1948-2016) and the late Mama Cass Elliot (1941-1974). Developing his own style, Doheny mixed those artists’ acoustic, country-flavored, soft-rock style with strong R&B accents and irresistible grooves.

Continue reading »