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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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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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Reflection Sound Studios (excerpt from "The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story) - E. Mark Windle.

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Reflection Sound Studios (excerpt from "The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story) - E. Mark Windle.

  “Looking back, I’m really proud of what we achieved in the 1960s” reflected the late Nelson Lemmond of The Tempests. “We made some great R&B. And played with some great talent too. We never performed with Otis or Wilson. But pretty much everybody else in between. At the end of the day though, things started to change. Otis had died, Martin Luther King had been assassinated. Civil unrest was everywhere and there was a militant atmosphere, even in the more progressive areas of the south. People ended up taking sides.” This feeling echoes previous comments made by various session...

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part Two) - E. Mark Windle.

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part Two) - E. Mark Windle.

The DJs, producers and label owners WLAC DJs Gene Nobles and Herman Grizzard are often cited as the first who braved plugging black music in Nashville in the 1940s, largely through playing jazz records. Individual DJs pivotal to the story of the development of R&B and soul included Morgan Babb and Ted Jarrett at WSOK through the 1950s, then Bill “Hoss” Allen and John “R” Richbourg at WLAC in the 1960s and early 1970s. These DJs extended their role to other related industry activities, including record promotion, label ownership and production, cementing the R&B sound in Nashville’s music history.  ...

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