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  • PASSINGS: Deke Richards

    Deke Richards, 68, who as part of the songwriting and producing team known as the Corporation was responsible for many of the Jackson 5's early hit songs for Motown Records, died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., of esophageal cancer, according to...
  • Fifth Dimension singer Florence LaRue says good songs gave group success

     
    Motown Records was a hit factory for black musicians in the early 1960s, churning out smash after smash R&B song. So hoping to follow that same path to success, the fledgling vocal group that singer Florence LaRue joined in 1965......
  • VOD Spotlight: “Sparkle,” with Whitney Houston’s final role

     
    It would be difficult to say anything about the 2012 remake of the 1976 film Sparkle without mentioning the truth for which it’s probably best known and for which it will be remembered — as Whitney Houston’s final screen performance. The...
  • Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's 'Motown'

    Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's  'Motown'
    In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?" "I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
  • REVIEW: Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes come to party -- until the end

     
    Let’s say this up front: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes is what it is: a glorified Jersey bar band – actually, a hell of a bar band. But front man Johnny Lyon’s singing voice is that of an everyman......
  • MMMBop interview: Hanson talks about new albm 'Anthem,' single 'Get the Girl Back' and future

     
    The song starts with a thumping hook of a baseline, soon joined by funky percussion, then fiery horns and a full chorus that fills in behind the singer pouring out his heart about getting the girl back. Hanson brothers (from......
  • Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days

    Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days
    TUCSON —Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park." Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her...
  • Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review

    Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review
    It's common to see legendary artists sleepwalk through their concerts. After all, what do they have to prove? They earned their reputations decades ago. Now, all that's necessary is to show up, sing a few hits, smile and get out of town. Smokey...
  • Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., Temptations singer

    Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., Temptations singer
    Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at...
  • Gladys Horton dies at 65; 'Please Mr. Postman' singer with the Marvelettes

    Gladys Horton dies at 65; 'Please Mr. Postman' singer with the Marvelettes
    When a record label's female vocal groups include the Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas, it's easy to see why the Marvelettes are often relegated to footnote status. But the Detroit group has a unique distinction in the saga of Motown Records —...
  • Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies at 70; bassist for Booker T. & the MG's

    As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and...