The Producers: Tom Dowd

New York City native Thomas J. Dowd was born and raised in Manhattan.  His mother was an opera singer and his father, a concertmaster, so a love for music was naturally encouraged.  In his teen years Dowd excelled in math […]

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Aretha Franklin: ‘Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)’

Aretha Franklin’s 1973 album Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) captures not one but two musical giants at a very precise time

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Diary of an Ex-Soul Train Dancer: Wanda Fuller Robinson

Anyone who watched Soul Train in its early days could not take their eyes off one of the program’s most dynamic dance couples, Wanda Fuller

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The Apollo Theater: 80 Years of History

After 80 years, Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater is still making history for their innovative work and performers who’ve graced the stage and rubbed the iconic


Patti Labelle and the Word “Diva”

In a recent interview with, R&B legend, Patti Labelle said the word “diva” is being used too freely in the music


Will R&B Survive Its Evolution?

The year 2013 was a great one for R&B. The genre has spent the last 5 years slowly working its way back to the top


Remixed! Top Ten Remakes That Surpassed The Original

For some songs, it’s almost a cardinal sin to say that the remake was better than the original, but every now and then one comes

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Her Royal Highness: Aretha Franklin Reigns in New York

All hail the Queen! Her majesty, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, poured plenty of soul, blues, gospel, jazz and even some humor on audiences


Aretha Franklin Earns GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction

Aretha Franklin holds a Grammy Legend Award and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and now she adds the induction to the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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Classic Soul Train Album Spotlight: Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You

The all-time undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin had recorded a number of albums on the Columbia label from 1960 to 1965, but those recordings never showcased the

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