Slyvia Striplin, Marva Hicks, Susan Beaubian, Vivian Prince and Denie Corbett were The Eighties Ladies. Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong produced their album Ladies Of The Eighties which was recorded with Ayers’ band. The group was an all-woman version of Ayers’ style much like Prince and Vanity 6 and Rick James’s Mary Jane Girls. None of the songs were charted hits but the album became a collector’s item and very popular among DJs. “Turned On To You” is considered a classic on London’s rare groove scene and a throwback for R&B fans who remember it. Marva Hicks had success as a backup vocalist and Striplin’s “Give Me Your Love” and “You Can’t Turn Me Away” were also recognized by rare groove fans and sampled by hip-hop producers. Erykah Badu covered “You Can’t Turn Me Away” on her New Amerykah Part Two album.
Monthly Archives: December 2017
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 perform “Black Times” and “Bad Man Lighter” during a live set for KEXP. The youngest son of Fela Kuti is releasing his Black Times album in March.
Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, Black Thought, DMC and DJ Z-Trip pay tribute to LL Cool J at the Kennedy Center Honors. They performed a medley of songs including “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “I’m Bad,” “It Gets No Rougher” and “Rock The Bells.” Questlove gave an introduction about LL’s iconic moves and Queen Latifah talked about LL’s accomplishments an admiration for her longtime friend and colleague.
Murs says that the past two years of his life have been difficult because of a divorce and the death of a newborn child. “Melancholy” is part of new song collection about getting through those times to embrace the new. A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable will be released on his birthday March 16 and he describes it as his most personal album ever.