Tag: Soul

In Memoriam: Coolio (1963 – 2022)

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 – September 28, 2022), known professionally as Coolio, was an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997). He was best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise”, as well as other singles “Fantastic Voyage” (1994), “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” (1996), and “C U When U Get There” (1997).

He was also known for having provided the opening track “Aw, Here It Goes!” for the 1996 Nickelodeon television series Kenan & Kel. Since 1996, Coolio released albums independently and also became a chef and therein created a web series titled Cookin’ with Coolio and released a cookbook. Ivey originally rose to fame as a member of the Gangsta rap group WC and the Maad Circle alongside WC and his brother, Crazy Toones.

While at a friend’s house on September 28, 2022, Coolio was discovered unresponsive on a bathroom floor. First responders pronounced him dead on their arrival. Police have opened an investigation into his death.

Monday 9/26/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Boyz II Men – Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection (2001)

Boyz II Men also known as B2M, is an American vocal harmony group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet, including bass Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to back spasms that were eventually diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. This began with the release of the top 5 singles “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in 1991, followed by the number one single “End of the Road” in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. “End of the Road” set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks. Boyz II Men broke this record with the subsequent releases of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks, respectively, each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the charts in Australia (for four weeks) and garnered international success.

Consequently, Boyz II Men is among the music industry’s elite with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history with 50 cumulative weeks, ranking sixth behind Drake, the Beatles, Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Carey. Furthermore, when “On Bended Knee” took the number one spot away from “I’ll Make Love to You”, Boyz II Men became only the third artists ever (after the Beatles and Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine’s biggest boy band during the period of 1987 to 2012. Boyz II Men has received four Grammy Awards.

Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio. Their most recent studio album, Under the Streetlight, was released in 2017.

Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection is a 2001 greatest hits LP for R&B group Boyz II Men, released by Universal Records.

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
“End of the Road”
“In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)”
“Hey Lover” (LL Cool J featuring Boyz II Men)
“I’ll Make Love to You”
“On Bended Knee
“Water Runs Dry”
“One Sweet Day” (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men)
“Doin’ Just Fine”
“4 Seasons of Loneliness”
“A Song for Mama”
“Pass You By”

Wednesday 9/21/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Billy Ocean – Love Zone (1986)

Love Zone is the sixth album recorded by British R&B singer and songwriter Billy Ocean, released in April 1986 through Jive Records. Three singles were released from the project including Ocean’s second US #1 hit “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” and the US top ten hit “Love Zone”. It also features the UK #1 and US #2 single “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”, which had originally been released as a single from the soundtrack to the 1985 film The Jewel of the Nile.

A critical and commercial success, it became his highest charting album in both the UK and the US, where it peaked at number two and number six respectively, and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over 2 million copies.

  1. “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” 5:45
  2. “Love Zone” 5:37
  3. “Without You” 5:03
  4. “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” 4:55
  5. “Bittersweet” 4:58
  6. “It’s Never Too Late to Try” 4:54
  7. “Showdown” 4:58
  8. “Promise Me” 4:36
  9. “Love Is Forever” 4:15

Wednesday 9/21/22 11am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Jason Derulo – Platinum Hits (2016)

Jason Joel Desrouleaux (born September 21, 1989), known professionally as Jason Derulo, is an American singer and songwriter. Since the start of his solo recording career in 2009, he has sold over 30 million singles and has achieved eleven platinum singles including “Wiggle”, “Talk Dirty”, “Want to Want Me”, “Trumpets”, “It Girl”, “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo”, and “Whatcha Say”.

Platinum Hits is the first greatest hits album by American singer Jason Derulo, released on July 29, 2016, by Beluga Heights Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album contains 11 previously released singles from Jason Derulo (2010), Future History (2011), Tattoos (2013), Talk Dirty (2014) and Everything Is 4 (2015) along with a new song titled “Kiss the Sky” from the movie Storks (2016).

  1. “Want to Want Me” 3:27
  2. “Talk Dirty” (featuring 2 Chainz) 2:57
  3. “Wiggle” (featuring Snoop Dogg) 3:13
  4. “Trumpets” 3:37
  5. “Whatcha Say 3:42
  6. “Ridin’ Solo” 3:36
  7. “It Girl” 3:12
  8. “Marry Me” 3:45
  9. “The Other Side” 3:47
  10. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” 3:26
  11. “In My Head” 3:18
  12. “Kiss the Sky” 3:42

Jason Derulo – lead vocals (all tracks)
2 Chainz – vocals (track 2)
Snoop Dogg – vocals (track 3)

Monday 9/19/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – The Wanderer (1980)

The Wanderer is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on October 20, 1980. The inaugural release of the Geffen Records label, it became a Top 20 album in the United States, with the title track reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. “The Wanderer” 3:47
  2. “Looking Up” 3:57
  3. “Breakdown” 4:08
  4. “Grand Illusion” 3:54
  5. “Running for Cover” 4:01
  6. “Cold Love” 3:38
  7. “Who Do You Think You’re Foolin'” 4:18
  8. “Nightlife” 4:00
  9. “Stop Me 3:44
  10. “I Believe in Jesus” 3:37

Donna Summer – lead vocals
Harold Faltermeyer, Sylvester Levay – keyboards,
Steve Lukather, Jeff Baxter, Tim May – guitar
Les Hurdle, John Pierce, Lee Sklar – bass
Keith Forsey – drums, percussion
Gary Herbig – Sax Solo
Trevor Veitch – Musical Contractor
Bill Champlin, Tom Kelley, Carmen Grillo background vocals

Monday 9/19/22 10am ET: Feature Artist – Freda Payne

Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American singer and actress. Payne is best known for her career in music during the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. Her most notable record is her 1970 hit single “Band of Gold”. Payne was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Payne is the older sister of Scherrie Payne, a former singer with the American vocal group the Supremes.

Payne was married to American singer Gregory Abbott from 1976 until 1979. Payne and Abbott had a son, Gregory Abbott, Jr., who was born on September 19, 1977, Payne’s 35th birthday. Payne later had a relationship with American musician Edmund Sylvers (lead singer of the Sylvers) from 1979 until January 1983. Sylvers wrote and produced her 1982 single “In Motion”.

In 1974, she made the cover of Jet magazine after she was appointed a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem by the Prince of Rumania.

In 2017, Payne was inducted into the 2017 class of the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, in her hometown of Detroit.

Tuesday 9/13/22 11am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Ray Charles – Genius Love Company (2004)

Ray Charles Robinson Sr. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and saxophonist. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers in history, and was often referred to by contemporaries as “The Genius”. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called “Brother Ray”. Charles was blinded during childhood, possibly due to glaucoma.

Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

Genius Loves Company is the final studio album by rhythm and blues and soul musician Ray Charles, posthumously released August 31, 2004, on Concord Records. Recording sessions for the album took place between June 2003 and March 2004. The album consists of rhythm and blues, soul, country, blues, jazz and pop standards performed by Charles and several guest musicians, such as Natalie Cole, Elton John, James Taylor, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt. Genius Loves Company was the last album recorded and completed by Charles before his death in June 2004.

The album was produced by Concord A&R man, John Burk, who approached Charles with the concept of a duets album for a collaboration of Concord Records and Hear Music, the record label owned by the coffee chain Starbucks. It served as the first original non-compilation release by Hear Music, as well as one of Ray Charles’ most commercially successful albums. On February 2, 2005, Genius Loves Company was certified triple-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America following sales of over three million copies in the United States. It also became Charles’ second to reach number one on the Billboard 200, after Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962). On February 13, 2005, the album was awarded eight Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

  1. “Here We Go Again” (with Norah Jones) 3:59
  2. “Sweet Potato Pie” (with James Taylor) 3:47
  3. “You Don’t Know Me” (with Diana Krall) 3:55
  4. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (with Elton John) 3:59
  5. “Fever” (with Natalie Cole) 3:30
  6. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” (with Bonnie Raitt) 4:34
  7. “It Was a Very Good Year” (with Willie Nelson) 4:59
  8. “Hey Girl” (with Michael McDonald) 5:15
  9. “Sinner’s Prayer” (with B.B. King) 4:25
  10. “Heaven Help Us All” (with Gladys Knight) 4:32
  11. “Over the Rainbow” (with Johnny Mathis) 4:54
  12. “Crazy Love” (with Van Morrison) 3:42

John Acevedo – Viola
John Acosta – Cello
Sai Ly Acosta – Violin
Tawatha Agee – Vocals, Singer
Abbey Anna – Design, Design Consultant
Miguel Atwood – Ferguson Viola
Briana Bandy – Viola
Rick Baptist – Trumpet
Michael Bearden – Keyboards
Leanne Becknell- Oboe
Brian Benning – Violin
Brian Bennison – Copyist
Robert Berg – Viola
Wayne Bergeron – Trumpet
David Blumberg – Arranger, String Arrangements
Charles Boito – Clarinet
Reverend Dave Boruff – Saxophone
Ray Brinker – Drums
Leslie Brown – Violin
John Burk – Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
James Chip Burney – Choir, Chorus
Rosemary Butler – Choir, Chorus
Kristy Cameron – Design
Ray Charles – Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Author
Daphne Chen – Violin
Elenore Choate – Harp
Tim Christensen – Double Bass
Ronald Clark – Violin
Janey Clewer – Choir, Chorus
Reginald Clews – Violin
Natalie Cole – Author, Guest Appearance
Mark Converse – Percussion
Larry Corbett – Cello
Franklyn d’Antonio – Violin
Charlie Davis – Trumpet
Jill Dell’Abate – Production Coordination
Greg Dennon – Assistant Engineer
Joel Derouin – Violin
Ken Desantis – Assistant Engineer
Steve Deutsch – Digital Editing
George Doering – Guitar
Assa Dori – Concert Master
Kevin Dorsey – Choir, Chorus
Assa Drori – Concert Master
DeAnte Duckett – Choir, Chorus
Chris Dunn – A&R
Clydene Jackson Edwards – Choir, Chorus
Michael Eleopoulos – Assistant Engineer
Alan Ellsworth – Violin
Alicia Engley – Violin
Charles Everett – Violin
Dennis Farias – Trumpet
Charles Fearing – Guitar
Andrew Felluss – Assistant Engineer
Robert Fernandez – Engineer
Brandon Fields – Baritone Saxophone
Kirstin Fife – Violin
Stefanie Fife – Cello
Mark Fleming – Engineer
Ronald Folsom – Violin
Samuel Formicola – Viola
Bruce Fowler – Trombone
Tom Fowler – Bass
Walt Fowler – Trumpet
James Gadson – Drums
Armen Garabedian – Violin
Berj Garabedian – Violin
Steve Genewick – Assistant Engineer
Jim Gilstrap – Choir, Chorus
Suzanna Giordono – Viola
Gary Grant – Trumpet
Nick Grant – Violin
Keith Gretlein – Assistant Engineer
Ken Gruberman – Copyist
Amy Wickman Guerra – Violin
Robert Hadley – Mastering
Larry Hall – Trumpet
Trevor Handy – Cello
John Harris – Engineer
David Hayes – Bass
Xiao Niu He – Violin
Trey Henry – Bass, Double Bass
Scott Higgins – Timpani
Gerry Hilera – Violin
Mary Hogan – A&R
Matt Holland – Trumpet
Terry Howard – Producer, Engineer
Greg Huckins – Flute
Alexander Isles – Trombone
Danny Jacob – Guitar
John Jennings – Photography
Elton John – Author, Guest Appearance
Bashiri Johnson – Percussion
Norah Jones – Piano, Author, Guest Appearance
Tony Kadleck – Trumpet
Hardi Kamsani – Assistant Engineer
Pete Karam – Engineer
Suzie Katayama – Cello
Leslie Brown Katz – Violin
Bill Kaylor – Assistant Engineer
Jim Keltner – Drums
Jaroslav Kettner – Violin
Jeff Kievit – Trumpet
David Kilbride – Violin
B.B. King – Guitar, Author, Guest Appearance
Gladys Knight – Author, Guest Appearance
Raymond Kobler – Violin
Diana Krall – Author, Guest Appearance
Irvin “Magic” Kramer – Rhythm Guitar
Johana Krejci – Violin
John Krovoza – Cello
Armen Ksadjikian – Cello
Steve Kujala – Flute
Lisa Laarman – Creative Director
Abraham Laboriel – Bass
Michael Landau – Guitar
Timothy Landauer – Cello
Songa Lee – Violin
Tricia Lee – Violin
David R. Legry – Liner Notes
Martha Lippi – Cello
Irene Madison – Choir, Chorus
Paul Manaster – Violin
Shawn Mann – Viola
George Marinelli – Guitar, Photography
Don Markese – Clarinet
Edith Markman – Violin
Michael Markman – Violin
Andrew Martin – Trombone
Fred Martin & the Levite Camp – Choir, Chorus
Rob Mathes – Conductor
Johnny Mathis – Author, Guest Appearance
Robert Matsuda – Violin
Bob McChesney – Trombone
Clarence McDonald – Piano, Arranger
Michael McDonald – Keyboards, Author, Guest Appearance
Joe Meyer – French Horn
Alethea Mills – Choir, Chorus
Jeff Mironov – Guitar
John Mitchell – Bassoon
Don Mizell – Producer
Dennis Molchan – Violin
Suzette Moriarty – French Horn
Charlie Morillas – Trombone
Horia Moroaica – Violin
Chavonne Morris – Choir, Chorus
Seven Morris – Choir, Chorus
Van Morrison – Author, Guest Appearance
Joel Moss – Engineer
Jennifer Munday – Violin
Vitaliano Napolitano – Photography
Willie Nelson – Guitar, Author, Guest Appearance
Maria Newman – Viola
Aminah Ofumbi – Choir, Chorus
Igor Pandurski – Violin
Alan Pasqua – Piano
Todor Pelev – Violin
Shawn Pelton – Drums
Edward Persi – Viola
Robert Peterson – Concert Master
Casey Phariss – Assistant Engineer
Darryl Phinnessee – Choir, Chorus
Andrew Picken – Viola
Charles Pillow – Tenor Saxophone
Vladimir Polimatidi – Violin
Seth Presant – Digital Editing
Billy Preston – Hammond Organ
Bonnie Raitt – Slide Guitar, Author, Guest Appearance
Phil Ramone – Producer
Shanti Randall – Viola
Michele Richards – Violin
Steve Richards – Cello
David Riddles – Bassoon
Carolyn Riley – Viola
Kathleen Robertson – Violin
John “4 Daddman” Robinson – Drums
Julie Rogers – Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky – Violin
Nancy Roth – Violin
Robert Sanders – Trombone
Tom Saviano – Saxophone
Doug Sax – Mastering
Kenny Scharf – Trumpet
Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing, String Engineer
Norman Seeff – Photography
Richard Shaw – Double Bass
Bob Shepard – Saxophone
Dennis Shirley – Photography
Jaime Sickora – Assistant Engineer
Joel Singer – Assistant Engineer
Jamie Siskkora – Assistant Engineer
Patricia Skye – French Horn
Bill Airey Smith – Assistant
Wally Snow – Percussion
Kurt Snyder – French Horn
Joe Soldo – Contractor
Jay Spears – Assistant Engineer
Edmund Stein- Violin
Rudolph Stein – Cello
David Stenske – Violin, Viola
Dave Stone – Double Bass
Joseph Stone – Horn (English), Oboe
James Taylor – Author, Guest Appearance
Ed Thacker – Engineer
Vaneese Thomas – Vocals, Singer
Michael Thompson – Guitar
Fonzi Thornton – Vocals, Singer
Darrell Thorp – Assistant Engineer
Raymond Tischer – Viola
Richard Todd – French Horn
Kevan Torfeh – Cello
Francisco Torres – trombone
Mike Vaccaro – Contractor
David Vanacore – Score Assistance
Victor Vanacore – Arranger, Score Assistance
Karl Vincent – Double Bass
Irina Voloshina – Violin
Randy Waldman – Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements
David F. Walther – Viola
Herbert Waltl – Producer
Jennifer Walton – Violin
Zheng Wang – Violin
Clarissa Watkins – Choir, Chorus
Dynell Weber – Violin
John West – Choir, Chorus
Ken Wild – Double Bass
Martin Winning – Tenor Saxophone
North Wood – Violin
Terry Woods – Choir, Chorus
Margaret Wooten – Violin
Alwyn Wright – Violin
Phil Yao – French Horn
Ken Yerke – Violin
Yang-Qin Zhao – Cello

Monday 9/12/22 10:15am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Barry White – All-Time Greatest Hits (1994)

Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer and songwriter. A two-time Grammy Award winner known for his bass-baritone voice and romantic image, his greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits: “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”.

White recorded 20 studio albums during the course of his career, but multiple versions and compilations were released worldwide that were certified gold, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million records, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His influences included James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye.

All-Time Greatest Hits is a compilation of Barry White’s songs, released July 7, 1994. The album includes an essay by David Ritz. The compilation was rereleased in 2018 under the name Love’s Theme : The Best of the 20th Century Records Singles in 2018 with replacing of Satin Soul by September When I First Met You and I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing at the end.

  1. “Love’s Theme” 4:08
  2. “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” 3:59
  3. “I’ve Got So Much to Give” 5:18
  4. “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” 4:07
  5. “Honey Please, Can’t Ya See” 3:13
  6. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” 3:52
  7. “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” 3:24
  8. “What Am I Gonna Do with You” 3:34
  9. “I’ll Do for You Anything You Want Me To” 4:10
  10. “Let the Music Play” 3:30
  11. “You See the Trouble with Me” 3:20
  12. “Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together” 4:36
  13. “Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long” 4:36
  14. “I’m Qualified to Satisfy You” 3:08
  15. “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me” 3:25
  16. “Playing Your Game, Baby” 3:36
  17. “Oh, What a Night for Dancing” 3:15
  18. “Your Sweetness Is My Weakness” 4:12
  19. “Just the Way You Are” 4:10
  20. “Satin Soul” 4:12

Friday 9/9/22 3pm ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Otis Redding – The History of Otis Redding (1968)

The History of Otis Redding is the first of numerous compilations of Otis Redding songs, featuring hits from 1962 to early 1967. Released one month prior to Redding’s death in December 1967, it was the final album (and only compilation album) issued during his lifetime.

  1. “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” 2:49
  2. “Try a Little Tenderness” 3:20
  3. “These Arms Of Mine” 2:30
  4. “Pain In My Heart” 2:22
  5. “My Lover’s Prayer” 3:00
  6. “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” 2:37
  7. Respect” 2:06
  8. “Satisfaction” 2:43
  9. “Mr. Pitiful” 2:28
  10. “Security” 2:30
  11. “I Can’t Turn You Loose” 2:35
  12. “Shake” 2:35

Friday 9/9/22 1pm ET: Across The Tracks Special: The Music of The 2020s A to Z (So Far) Part 2

All though this decade is in it’s infancy, there still has been lots of music added to the library. So we’ll distract you with that music A to Z. So Far with feature over 5,000 tracks. Enjoy the music from 2020, 2021 and 2022.