Daily Archives: May 9, 2010

Reflection Eternal-Midnight Hour Featuring Estelle


Hopefully the addition of Estelle will spread the gospel of Reflection Eternal to a wider audience.

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Jay-Z On Saturday Night Live


Here is Jay-Z’s performance from SNL last night introduced by Betty White.

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The Dramatics At Ron Bank’s Memorial Service




Ron’s group gave him an appropriate send-off in song. Of course LJ Reynolds speaks on his best friend and singing buddy. Some of you remember seeing The Dramatics in Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Dogg World” video from 1994. And others may remember 9th Wonder’s sampling of “Oceans Of Thought And Dreams” for Destiny Child’s “Girl” from 2005.

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Anita Baker At Ron Banks’s Memorial Service


Here is Anita Baker giving a wonderful acapella performance at Ron Banks’s memorial service at Greater Grace Temple on March 13th in Detroit. She also shares her memories of him from her Chapter 8 days.

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Throwback:Shannon-Let The Music Play


Brenda Shannon Greene is a jazz trained Washington, D.C. born singer who grew-up in Brooklyn. In the early ’80’s she joined the New York Jazz Ensemble which led to a meeting with Lenny White. She had some recording sessions with White and one of the songs became “Let The Music Play” which was released in 1983. The song quickly became a dance classic and took Shannon’s talent around the world. “Let The Music Play” is also considered the first proper Latin freestyle song that led the way for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, La India, The Cover Girls and others. Her debut album with the same name as her hot signature song would come out in 1984 and have two more hits with “Give Me Tonight” and “My Heart’s Divided.” A second album Do You Wanna Get Away would come out on the Mirage label in 1985. “Stronger Together,” “Stop The Noise” and a cover of Foreigner’s “Urgent” were the singles from the collection but the title song would be the only one to make the Billboard charts. The next year in 1986 her third album Love Goes All The Way that had three singles “Criminal” for the “Fatal Beauty” soundtrack “Dancin'” and “Prove Me Right.” Shannon wouldn’t release another album until 1999’s The Best Is Yet To Come laden with a bunch of unnecessary remixes to promote the new material 50 percent of which she wrote. Shannon still tours regularly, is an active voting member of the Grammy’s academy and keeps a Myspace page.

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