Daily Archives: May 1, 2015

Larry Wilmore Talks To Baltimore Gang Members

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore went to Baltimore where the host sat down to talk and eat pie with rival gang members. They discussed the gangs’ new truce and the rioting after the Freddie Gray death police custody death.

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R.I.P. Ben E. King

Ben E. King, who became famous for singing “Stand By Me” passed today at the age of 76. King started his career in the ’50’s as a member of the doo-wop group The Drifters. He was a co-writer and the lead singer of their big hit “There Goes My Baby” and he was also “This Magic Moment’s” lead vocalist. After two years and 13 songs King left The Drifters and started his solo career on Atlantic’s Atco imprint. “Stand By Me” was co-written by King and the legendary Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller songwriting team with whom he had written “There Goes My Baby” two years earlier. The title of the 1986 movie Stand By Me was inspired by the song and this year it was entered into the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress. King, who hailed from North Carolina and moved to Harlem at age 9, was a constant presence in the ’60’s. His entry into the popular imagination came from other songs as well including “Spanish Harlem,” “Amor,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” and “Supernatural Thing, Part I” from the ’70’s. King’s contribution to ’60’s R&B made him a pioneer of rock and the singer of some of the most important songs in the American songbook. The RIAA called “Stand By Me” one of the most relevant songs of the century. Everyone from Bobby Womack to Tracy Chapman coverd “Stand By Me” and The Isley Brothers and De La Soul are just two of many artists to sample it. King made his last concert appearances in 2014.

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Louise Golbey-See How Far Our Love Can Go (Live Acoustic)

Emerging R&B singer Louise Golbey just released her debut album, Novel which is an offering of soulful and melodic songs. The U.K. native has already appeared at Glastonbury and regularly gigged at Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Cafe. Above in her live acoustic video for “See How Far Our Love Go” she performs for a cozy audience at The Lab Studios in London.

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