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JOEL DORN PASSES

Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:31 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

JOEL DORN PASSES

JOEL DORN, the Grammy-winning, Philly-born record producer who rose to fame alongside such backroom luminaries as Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and Nesuhi Ertegun while at Atlantic Records in the late-'60s, died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday 17th December. He was 65.
Dorn fell under the spell of Atlantic Records as a teenager and began corresponding by letter with the label's jazz department head, Nesuhi Ertegun, making suggestions as to which artists the label should sign. In 1961, aged 18, Dorn worked as a DJ at the Philadelphia radio station, WHAT-FM, and eventually got to meet Ertegun, who was suitably impressed and hired him as a production assistant in 1967. At Atlantic, where he stayed until 1974, Dorn mainly worked in the jazz and R&B domain, producing records by ROBERTA FLACK (he masterminded her first three LPs), DONNY HATHAWAY, LES McCANN, EDDIE HARRIS, YUSEF LATEEF, RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK and numerous others.
In recent years, Dorn continued to work with new artists (he was responsible for jazz singer Jane Monheit's early success) but mainly focused his energies on his own label, Hyena, as well as producing critically acclaimed reissues and compilations. At the time of his death, Dorn was working on a 5-CD box set for Rhino Handmade entitled 'Homage To Nesuhi.'

(CW)


 

IKE TURNER DIES...

Thursday, 13 December 2007 13:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

IKE TURNER DIES...

IKE TURNER - one of black music's most controversial figures - died on Wednesday December 12th at this home in California. Cause of death was not revealed.
For all kinds of reasons TURNER was one of the most dehumanized figures in popular music - hopefully history will show him as the true pioneer which he always claimed he was.
IZEAR LUSTER TURNER Jr. was born on November 5th 1931 in Clarksdale Mississippi. Seeing his father beaten to death by a white mob and subsequent traumas hardened the young man who drifted into a musical career, inspired by people like PINETOP PERKINS and LOUIS JORDAN. He formed his own band - the Kings Of Rhythm and in 1951 they went to Memphis to record with SAM PHILIPS at the Sun Studios. The resulting single - 'Rocket 88', credited to the sax player who took vocals JACKIE BRENSTON, zoomed to the top of the R&B charts and it's generally accepted as the first authentic rock 'n' roll record. In 1956 vocalist ANNIE MAE BULLOCK was recruited to the band; with subsequent marriage to IKE and a name change to TINA, the rest, of course is history.
It's well-documented that IKE TURNER'S career and personal life were turbulent and chequered but his contribution to the developments of popular music is unquestionable. He was an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Grammy in 2006 for his album 'Risin' With the Blues'.

 

VAN - NOW IN THE CAN!

Saturday, 08 December 2007 11:40 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

VAN - NOW IN THE CAN!


There have been some strange goings-on at Blue Note recently. On Friday 8th December VAN HUNT'S P.R. people issued a terse statement to the unsuspecting British music press in relation to the Ohio musician's forthcoming album. It read: 'I am sorry to inform you that Van Hunt's new album Popular originally scheduled for release on Blue Note Records in April 2008 will now be released on a different label at a later date.' It appears that Hunt's contract with Blue Note-EMI has been terminated - whether he jumped or was pushed is open to conjecture, though it looks like he's been allowed to take his master tapes with him in order to find a new recording contract.

(CW)

 

MOTOWN MEMORIES. . .

Saturday, 24 November 2007 08:39 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

MOTOWN MEMORIES. . .

Singers Louvain Demps, Marlene Barrow and Jackie Hicks aren't exactly household names - even to many seasoned soul fans who think they know their stuff - but as THE ANDANTES, the trio contributed their honey-toned background harmonies to myriad Motown records in the 1960s. Author, VICKIE WRIGHT - who recently collaborated with Ludie Montgomery on a book about her tragic songbird sister, Tammi Terrell - sheds valuable new light on the shadowy vocal group in a new tome called 'Motown From The Background.' It's published by Bank House Books at £14.99 (it should be available at all good book shops but if you have trouble locating it, try www.bankhousebooks.com).

(CW)

 

SOUL ON DVD

Thursday, 25 October 2007 11:53 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL ON DVD

Soul music fans should keep their eyes peeled for a clutch of forthcoming DVDs dedicated to vintage soul artists. The 50th anniversary of the legendary STAX record label is marked by the release of a new 2-disc DVD entitled 'Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story.' This is the same newly-commissioned two-hour documentary movie that was shown to critical acclaim at selected UK cinemas back in August and September. The film features rare archive footage of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MGs, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, Don Covay and The Emotions.

Another must-see DVD from Universal Music is 'Dreams To Remember: The Legacy Of Otis Redding.' Released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Redding's death, the documentary is the product of David Peck's Reelin' In The Years production company (also responsible for acclaimed DVDs focusing on TV performances by Marvin Gaye and The Temptations) and is packed with rare live footage of the raspy-throated soul man.

Stax fans should also check out the first official ISAAC HAYES in concert DVD, 'Live At Montreux 2005,' on Eagle Vision, containing versions of the deep-voiced singer's hits 'Theme From Shaft,' 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' and 'Walk On By.'

Another resonant-voiced soul man is SOLOMON BURKE, who's still wowing audiences in his seventies. Burke's recent sojourn into country music is represented by the Snapper Music DVD 'Live In Nashville,' featuring cameos from country queens Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch. The liner notes feature a recent interview with the so-called King of Rock'n'Soul.

(CW)

 

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