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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 its peak of Clarence “Satch” Satchell (vocals, sax), Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner (vocals, guitar), Billy […]

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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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Q&A: Martha High

“Goddess of Soul” Martha High was the longest-running female vocalist in James Brown’s band—36 years to be exact—but she had a career in

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Classic Soul Album: ‘Teddy Pendergrass’

When Marvin Gaye cooled off for a while after his huge 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up,” a new soul prince took over the

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Q&A: Joe

Grammy-nominated singer Joe is back with his new album Bridges, which was released on June 23. The album features his sultry duet with Kelly Rowland,


Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing:’ 25th Anniversary Block Party

The street block where the iconic film Do the Right Thing was filmed turned into a festive party atmosphere on Saturday, June 28th. The occasion was

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In Memory of Michael Jackson: The King of Pop’s Top Songs of All Time

Michael Jackson’s death left a huge void in millions of his fans around the world and in the music industry at large. Jackson left a

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Diary of an Ex-Soul Train Dancer: Carole Creekmore

In the mid-seventies, there was a stylishly dressed and effervescent young lady on Soul Train by the name of Carole Creekmore. She and her dance

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Celebrating 35 Years of Black Music Month: The Top 10 Soul Songs of All Time

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared the month of June as Black Music Month. Carter was a soul music lover himself, having had

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Soul Train History Book: Barry White & Isaac Hayes

With June being Black Music Month, I can’t think of a better subject for this month’s edition of the Soul Train History Book than to

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