Daily Archives: June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Prince!

It’s been 31 years since Prince let us know that he is the heir apparent to James, Little Richard, Sly, Jimi and George. The son of jazz musicians Prince grew-up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started playing at a young age and by the time he was a teen he was living in Andre Cymone’s basement because of trouble at home. They played together in their band Grand Central. By the time Prince was 19 he had a deal with Warner Brothers. For You produced the delicious synth funk single “Soft And Wet” and introduced the public to his trademark falsetto. Through the years he took pop music captive and released it in his Purple androgynous vision of multi-racial, co-ed, funky R&B and managed to do what Jimi never did; he was able to be heard on Black radio and white radio in limited doses. The multi-instrumentalist created songs like “Sugar Walls,” “Manic Monday” and “Yo Mista” for Sheena Easton, The Bangles and Patti Labelle. He was the mastermind behind The Time, Vanity Six and Apollonia Six. At the height of his career he received the blessing from Miles Davis that Wynton Marsalis would never get for being the freshest thing in music. Few artists can command the need to buy all of their music for the first ten years of their career. Prince really didn’t fall off hard until the uneveness of Emancipation. The thiness was beginning to show on Graffiti Bridge but later albums had a lot of unsung songs that most people refused to pick through the confusion to find. The current Lotusflow3r release is a bad joke he won’t stop telling but his live shows are still the best the industry has to offer. In gratitude that he did not get caught-up in drugs or a scandal despite his dubious stature as a Jehvoah’s Witness we will always love him. We are forever grateful for his contributions and the magic he gives it live on stage. By now any writer who claims that so and so is the next Prince should have their pen revoked. Here’s to Prince Rogers Nelson
and 3 decades of D.M.S.R.

Pheremone (LP Version) – PRINCE

Controversy – Prince


Throwback:Bobby Womack-You’re Welcome, Stop On By

Bobby Womack is from Cleveland, Ohio and he started his career in the early ’60’s singing with his siblings in their gospel group The Womack Brothers. When Sam Cooke discovered them he convinced them to do secular music something he also encouraged Aretha Franklin to do as well. The band was renamed The Valentinos and they had a hit song in ’62 with “Lookin’ For A Love” on Cooke’s SAR label. He wrote their second hit song “It’s All Over Now” which became the first UK hit for the Rolling Stones when they covered it the same year The Valentinos released it in ’64. The group dissipated after Sam Cooke’s death that year in December and Womack worked as a session guitarist notably with Sly Stone on There’s A Riot Going On, Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul and Janis Joplin’s Pearl. He started having success as an artist with his first single release “California Dreamin” in ’68. His reputation as a solo artist responsible for some of the most important gritty grown man soul anthems crystallized with ’71’s “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha.” From there Womack kept producing illustrious R&B writing and performing songs that were recognized as his solo victories and portals to the highest levels of soul power. “You’re Welcome, Stop On By” comes from his ’74 album Lookin’ For A Love titled after his first hit with The Valentinos and redone. Rufus and Vicki Anderson covered the song not long after its release and both versions rightfully compliment Womack’s feverish original. His subsequent output of music reaffirmed over and over again his mastery of gospel gone secular grooves. “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” “I Can Understand It,” “Across 110th Street” “Harry Hippie,” his version of “Fire And Rain,” “A Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Love Has Finally Come At Last,” “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much” and “Daylight” which was covered by Kelly Rowland are some of his most preeminent songs that established his reputation. This year he made it into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and thanks to the convincing of his daughter he will be working with The Gorillaz on their next release due this year.


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