Monthly Archives: February 2008

Bumpy Johnson’s Widow Releases Her Tell-All Book About Harlem’s Original American Gangster


Harlem, NY – Finally! Harlem Godfather: The Rap on my Husband, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Oshun Publishing Paperback) is now available. The first complete biography of the most well-known African-American gangster of all time, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, this gripping life history is written by the person who knew Bumpy Johnson best, his 93-year-old widow, Mayme Johnson.


Buddy Miles Passes


Buddy Miles, the rock and R&B drummer, singer and songwriter whose eclectic career included stints playing with Jimi Hendrix and as the lead voice of the California Raisins, the animated clay figures that became an advertising phenomenon in the late 1980s, has died. He was 60.


VH1 Soul “Soulstage: Erykah Badu Presented By Infiniti Premiering Tuesday, February 26th At 9PM


NEW YORK, NY, February 21, 2008 – When VH1 Soul “SoulStage” made its debut in August 2007 with R&B songstress Jill Scott, it was clear that the soul was about to become unstoppable. Wyclef Jean continued to stir up the soul as the featured artist of the second presentation of VH1 Soul “SoulStage,” where he performed new music from his “Carnivale” album. Now, Grammy Award-winning, R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter Erykah Badu takes her place among the elite artists in the VH1 Soul “SoulStage” franchise. Shot in front of a live studio audience, VH1 Soul “SoulStage,” provides viewers with exclusive world premiere performances of songs from Erykah’s brand new album, providing viewers with an inside look into the heart and soul of her eclectic and cerebral musical stylings.


Darryl Hall And John Oates To Be Named BMI Icons


LOS ANGELES, February 20, 2008 – BMI will salute duo Daryl Hall & John Oates as BMI Icons at its 56th annual Pop Awards, slated for Tuesday, May 20 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane, the invitation-only event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States. The evening’s capstone will take the form of a stirring musical tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates.


Chaka’s Travels


1973: Rufus
First female leader of a funk band.
Rufus proudly explores the dimensions of rock and soul via Ike and Tina Turner in their sound.

1974: Rags To Rufus
Stevie Wonder writes their first hit “Tell Me Something Good” and the song wins a Grammy.


1974: Rufusized
Records party anthems “Once You Get Started,”
Covers Bobby Womack’s “Stop On By” and writes “Packed My Bags” with Tony Maiden and Ray Parker Jr.