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Diary of an Ex-Soul Train Dancer: Thyais Walsh

Thyais Walsh, that “pretty girl with the model looks and pretty smile,” was one of the most often seen faces on Soul Train in the early to mid-seventies. She was one of several dancers who comprised the “Pasadena Crew,” a  […]

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The Producers: Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley was not only one of the premier producers in the disco era, but was known for his reputation as a synthesizer master and


The 80s: The Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed To Ill’

In 1986, The Beastie Boys, comprised of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, released their debut album Licensed to Ill. 

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Q&A: The Cast of ‘Get on Up’

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New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel was the backdrop for the recent press conference for

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Soul Train History Book: The Ohio Players

Funk music was at its zenith in the seventies, and one group that epitomized funk was The Ohio Players. Hailing from Dayton, OH, the group—comprised at

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Coming Attractions: Biopics We Can’t Wait To See

As summer movie season chugs along, anticipation continues to build for a slew of upcoming biopics chronicling the lives of some of music’s most influential,

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Recap: Common Ground Music Festival

Music lovers become fans of recording artists by listening to their singles and albums. It’s during live performances that bonds are formed, when personal connections


Q&A: Michel’le—An R&B Diva

In the eyes of many, for female singers, Michel’le pioneered the popular fusion of R&B and hip- hop; before Mariah [Carey] had


Soul Retrospective: Tower of Power

For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been the favorite of those who loved hard-driving, high- powered R&B. While the band is often known


Classic Soul Cinema: ‘Purple Rain’

Thirty years ago in the summer of 1984, when Walter Mondale, Ronald Reagan and Rev. Jesse Jackson battled it out in the presidential campaign; the

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