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Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (Pub. Hodder and Stoughton 2001).

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Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (Pub. Hodder and Stoughton 2001).

  Guest reviewer: Toby Broom  August  2020. Quincy Jones, giant of 20th century popular culture. Quincy Jones, the polymath: trumpeter, bandsman, arranger, scorer, orchestrator, song writer, musical writer, writer, band leader, tour empresario, A & R, record label executive, record label owner, music publisher, publisher, conductor, film scorer, record producer, film producer, TV producer, media mogul, educator, mentor, talent scout, philanthropist, not-for-profit director, political activist… Q: The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones does not just leave the reader marvelling at the accomplishments or shaking their head in wonder at the who’s who of 20th century popular culture Quincy Jones worked with...

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Bobby Womack - My Story 1944-2014. Review by Toby Broom

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Bobby Womack - My Story 1944-2014. Review by Toby Broom

Even by the standards of his peer group, soul man Bobby Womack led a turbulent, dramatic and complex life. Telling the story in his own words, the book’s opening pages set the tone for the torrid ride ahead. Caught in bed with his teenage step-daughter, Womack is chased down by his wife Barbara who gives him a new side-parting with a bullet from her gun. That Barbara is Sam Cooke’s widow and step-daughter Linda goes on to marry Bobby Womack’s brother Cecil sets a high bar for tortuous relationship dynamics among musical folk. Cooke is pivotal to Womack’s story and...

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True Souls. Introducing North Broad St. Records

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True Souls. Introducing North Broad St. Records

OK folks, be sure to look out for some fantastic upcoming soul releases from the new Scotland-based North Broad St Records, launched this month. Project manager Colin Law and director John Buckley are familiar names on the soul scene. The aim of the label is to present an extensive catalogue of previously unreleased material, sourced from acetates and master-tape, alongside very selective reissues of rare or hard to find 45s from the soul arena. Let's be clear, there are strictly no pigeon-holing or restrictions on sub-genres here, just damn fine soul music. Whether deep, modern, sweet, northern, crossover, dancers or ballads are...

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The Lost Supreme. The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard (Peter Benjaminson) - a review by Toby Broom.

The Lost Supreme. The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard (Peter Benjaminson)  - a review by Toby Broom.

The bare bones of the tragic story of the lost Supreme, Florence Ballard, will be known to most music fans; the founder-member elbowed aside by Diana Ross, sacked by Berry Gordy, ripped off by Motown, and, on welfare and with a  drink problem, dead before her 33rd birthday. Peter Benjaminson’s book, centred on extensive interviews with Florence Ballard (always ‘Flo’ in his narrative) in the year before her death puts the flesh on the bones with insight, conciseness, and empathy. Growing up in Detroit in a large family with southern roots, Florence Ballard’s church-soaked teenage voice came to the attention...

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Cry, Cry, Cry: The Tommy Ray Tucker Story - E. Mark Windle.

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Cry, Cry, Cry: The Tommy Ray Tucker Story - E. Mark Windle.

 In Memphis, there was a period when country and rockabilly prevailed at Hi records, before the label became synonymous with Willie Mitchell, and all things soulful and funky. Producers Quinton Claunch and Bill Cantrell had just left Sam Phillips’ Sun in 1957. They joined forces with country singer Ray Harris and some financial backers to set up Hi. Within a couple years, just before Claunch had left to set up Goldwax and prior to Willie Mitchell joining Hi (initially as a recording artist and then president), a young country / rockabilly singer called Tommy Ray Tucker appeared at the studio...

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