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The ‘80s: Kool & the Gang’s ‘Emergency’

1984 marked twenty years since Kool & the Gang’s formation as the Jazziacs.  Over the course of a couple of decades, the group had gone through various musical transformations with jazz and funk hits like “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and […]

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Sound Check: Edwin Briscoe

Edwin Briscoe is a Dallas, Texas native who, for the past 13 years, has called New York his home.  He’s a musician who

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The ‘80s: Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science”

In 1982, Thomas Dolby released his debut album The Golden Age of Wireless in the U.K.  The album, now considered an ‘80s synth-pop classic,

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Sample This: Leon Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You”

*Editor’s Note: SoulTrain.com contributor Montrose Cunningham’s new weekly column bridges the ol’ school with the new as he explores the original songs sampled in

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The 80s: Shalamar’s ‘Friends’

Although this group had more than one line-up of members throughout the years, true fans will always consider the trio of Jody Watley, Jeffrey

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The 80s: The Bar-Kays’ ‘Propositions’

The Bar-Kays released the album Propositions in 1982. Now, one might think that with a host of hits since the late 1960s, the

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The 80s: The Top Ten of 1989

It was 1989, the end of the decade but definitely not the end of some incredible music.  The end of the year charts boasted

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The Producers: Phil Spector

One can’t talk music producers without mentioning one of the most notable producers in the history of popular music, the somewhat eccentric yet legendary

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The 80s: Vanity’s ‘Wild Animal’

Vanity was already well known to 80s music fans as the camisole-clad vixen and lead vocalist of the Prince-formed

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The 80s: Adam and the Ants’ ‘Prince Charming’

Fans of 80s music may not know the name Stuart Leslie Goddard, but mention the Marylebone, London native’s stage name, Adam Ant, and images



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