Snoop Dogg’s “So Many Pros” turns into a tribute to a host of blaxploitation film trailers co-starring Pharrell, Felicia Pearson and a troupe of women. The Pharrell-produced Bush album is coming out May 12th.
Daily Archives: April 14, 2015
Southern soul singer Percy Sledge, who became famous for his eternal torch song, When A Man Loves A Woman died today of liver cancer in hospice care at the age of 74. Sledge became a soul star in 1966 when the song became a hit and the first Gold record for Atlantic. Sledge was the frontman of The Esquires in his Alabama hometown and together with co-members Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright “When A Man Loves A Woman” was born. Sledge later revealed that he made the mistake of not taking songwriting credit for the song to ensure a better future for his kids. He’s been famously quoted oftentimes for placing the origins of the song back to a melody he hummed when he worked in the cotton fields. Sledge transitioned from a job as a hospital attendant into singing professionally after a patient introduced him to producer Quin Ivy who took him to Atlantic Records. He had other hits during the ’60’s but nothing with the emotional expanse of “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Sledge convincingly conveyed the tender rawness of a brokenhearted man because his own girlfriend had left him by the time he co-wrote the song. Bette Midler and Michael Bolton would later record their own versions and the song would appear on movies like The Big Chill and Platoon. Sledge received a Grammy nomination in 1994 for his Blue Night album and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2005.
British R&B singer Monique has returned to music with her single “The Gift.” Her last release was her 2011 debut album Unbroken. “The Gift” is the lead single from her upcoming EP of the same name. The title is inspired by the impending birth of her child and it is co-produced by longtime collaborator Tony Bean and Daniel Hutchinson. You can visit her website and pre-order the EP on her baby’s April 28th due date and get the single free.