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  • Grammys: Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ Should Be Recognized - February 12, 2016
    The past year has been a rocket ride for singer/songwriter Ashley Frangipane, aka Halsey. Prior to the release of her full-length debut, Badlands, she... The post Grammys: Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ Should Be Recognized appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Chris Stapleton’s Soulful Country - February 12, 2016
    Unless you live in Nashville, or called yourself a fan of progressive bluegrass group The SteelDrivers, you probably didn’t know who Chris Stapleton was... The post Grammys: Chris Stapleton’s Soulful Country appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Why Fetty Wap Deserves an Award - February 11, 2016
    When Fetty Wap aims to win two awards for his ubiquitous smash hit “Trap Queen” at the 2016 Grammy Awards on February 15, he’ll... The post Grammys: Why Fetty Wap Deserves an Award appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Diiv Evokes a Bygone Alt-Rock Era - February 9, 2016
    Is the Is Are, the second album from Zachary Cole Smith’s band DIIV is a music box of blurry guitar pop, evoking bygone alt-rock... The post Diiv Evokes a Bygone Alt-Rock Era appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Courtney Barnett, the Reluctant Star - February 9, 2016
    Eccentric, wordy and spontaneous, confessional and sometimes inappropriate, charming and self-effacing, singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett seems the sort of artist who wouldn’t be up for... The post Grammys: Courtney Barnett, the Reluctant Star appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
Recommendations: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

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Recommendation: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

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Recommendations: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

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Recommendations: Rhap.
My preferred source of music streaming.  One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library; tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

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Missy Elliot: WTF
It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring  Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans my not know what to think at first. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

[November 13, 2015] It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans may not know what to think the first time you see something from her. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video.The video was extremely innovative and unique. I absolutely love the puppets! Way cool. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

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  • Two-Dozen Four Freshmen - February 12, 2016
    Before the Beach Boys, there were the Four Freshmen. Here's Brian Wilson's favorite vocal harmony group—one long YouTube clip with about two dozen songs, a video produced by Ray Anthony...             
  • Half-Dozen Rosemary Clooneys - February 11, 2016
    Rosemary Clooney was a bandleader's singer. On record, she could swing, she had intonation and she sounded extraordinarily relaxed and comfortable with herself, which is partly why Bing Crosby loved her so much. The other part is she seemed fun...            Related Stories Julie London: A Good Cry  
  • Bill Watrous: In Love Again - February 10, 2016
    After spending the early 1960s as a top New York studio trombonist, Bill Watrous caught a break in 1967 and recorded his first leadership album—In Love Again, for MTA Records. Given Watrous's beautiful tone, which was akin to Urbie Green's,...             
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Starting January 2016, I will be creating web streaming tutorials for my YouTube channel. I had taken a very long vacation away from YouTube; but I will be back soon with a new idea and focus.  Many of you may not realize it, but sometimes it takes awhile trying out numerous things before some YouTubers “find our focus/purpose.” One thing’s for sure, I didn’t want to just jump on the bandwagon, and do all the same type of videos everybody else is doing. There is enough YouTubers doing game reviews, or acting crazy and doing insane things hurting themselves (or others) in order to make viewers laugh; or perhaps incite anger, or spew propaganda. Sometimes it’s kind of discouraging, when we consider the fact that this is what most YouTube users want to see (or look for). Although not impossible, this fact does make it harder to promote classic music and history, when the majority’s attention is somewhere else.

However, I can’t deny the power, influence, and importance YouTube has for bloggers. So I’m coming back to YouTube with a new idea and focus for my YouTube Channel. We don’t talk about it much, but one of YouTube’s biggest asset is it’s educational content. Therefore I will be creating very short tutorials on various subjects that deal with music streaming, and perhaps movie streaming too. Since the only way to obtain our classics now-a-days without spending a crap load of money for “original collector’s items,” is to stream them or buy them digitally; it’s about time we start talking more about it now. I may also talk about album recommendations rather than reviews. Hopefully by doing this, I can indirectly get more people interested in the classics again; or at least inspire parents to start sharing with their children. I will be starting up my iTunes channel again as well, so you can subscribe and download, or share my videos if you wish.

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Have you noticed that despite access to literally millions of songs being made available through internet streaming services, you still don’t have all your classics? Why are they so hard to find? Just airing out some thoughts to you guys.



I actually had to split this video because I felt it was too long. I may post the other portion as an article later on. Since technically, people are still shopping for the holidays until about Jan 1st. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give my personal tips on shopping online safely.



Initially, I wasn’t going to do a video on streaming services, ’cause I’ve already touched a little bit on them in my earlier blog posts. However, the way technology is going, I feel that the “vintage” community needs to talk about this more. Yes, I understand the whole nostalgic feeling of buying an actual album in the stores, etc., etc., but these experiences are slowly fading away. They’re not gone, just moving in to the digital world (we’re the belong, archived and preserved). As physical resources for vintage nostalgia seems to dwindle before our eyes at a rapid pace, they’ve thankfully found a new home in the cyber-sphere. Where do you buy your classic music? Are you utilizing all of the various digital services that now have a growing library of vintage films and movies? Which one of these services are the best? I go over just a couple of today’s popular music services, and discuss why I have chosen Rhapsody to be my primary music service.

© 2013 Yogi / Vintagenewscast.com



Hey guys, been a long time since I’ve made a video. This weekend, I am paying tribute to Booker T. Washington.[correction: I was tired when I made the video; it’s Hampton Institute, not Hamston..LOL

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Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of music. Summer was trained as a gospel singer prior to her introduction to the music industry and has always been known for her “Powerhouse” Vocal delivery. Though she is most notable for her disco hits, Summer’s repertoire has expanded to include contemporary R&B, Rock, Mainstream pop, and Gospel. Summer is one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts. She also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a thirteen-month period. Billboard magazine has noted that Summer’s extensive career has landed her as the “Eighth” most succesful career by a female. Summer’s website reports an estimate that she has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

Born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, she was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. She sang in church, and in her teens joined a funk group called The Crow, so named because Donna was the only black member of the group. At eighteen, Gaines left home and school to audition for a role in the cast of the Broadway musical, Hair. Unsuccessful in getting the part in the Broadway show (Melba Moore got the role), she was offered the European Tour when the show moved to Germany, where Summer also performed in the German versions of several musicals including Godspell and Show Boat. She settled in Munich and also performed with the Viennese Folk Opera and the pop band Munich Machine.

In 1971, Gaines released a single in Europe entitled “Sally Go ‘Round The Roses”, her first solo recording. The single was unsuccessful, however, and she had to wait until 1974 to launch a solo career. Gaines married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer (“Summer” is an Anglicization of his last name) in 1972 and gave birth to daughter Mimi the following year. Summer did various musical jobs in studios and theaters for several years, including the pop group FamilyTree from 1974-75.

After her divorce from Sommer, she married her second husband, American musician Bruce Sudano, in 1980. They have two daughters named Brooklyn and Amanda. Sudano was a member of the ’70s groups Alive N Kickin’ and The Brooklyn Dreams. You can read the rest on Wikipedia.  Click Download to listen to short podcast.

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Interview with Alice Gaston, Gee’s Bend, Alabama, 1941

Alice Gaston: We was talking about in the old war time, the old slavery time. I can remember when, uh, I can remember when the Yankees come through and, uh, they carried my father away and carried away, my si, two sisters and one brother. And, uh, they left me. And I can remember when my missus used to run in the garden, from the Yankees and tell us if they come, don’t tell them where they at. Told, don’t tell nobody where they at when they come and they all come and they told me, don’t get scared now and tell them, where they is, where they is. I told them no, we told them no. And uh, when they come and ask for them I told them I didn’t know there they was, and they was in the woods. And this was at the house. And my father, when my father left, he carried with the, he went away with the Yankees, and carried two, carried two, two girls and one son, the oldest one. Carried them with him. And he with the Yankees. And I can remember that. And uh, my old missus was named Mrs. M., and the master was name Mr. F. I. [pause]? Mr. F. I

Robert Sonkin: They treat you pretty good?

Alice Gaston: Yes sir, they treat me nice. They treat me nice as they could treat me. And then after they left, after they died, then I heard, still here and am here until yet. And the white folks all been treating me mighty nice ever since they? knowed me. They treating me all now, that knows me, they treating me nice. I’s came up here over here from Mr. Y., from over to [unintelligible] and come to Mr. Y.’s place up here. And he kept me there until he, he died, him and his wife. And then I come on then from that, on down here, and I’m here yet. An’ they all treating me mighty nice, all the white folks that know me, they treats me nice. And if I want anything, I’ll ask for it. I was taught in that a way by my old master. Don’t steal, don’t lie, and if you want anything, ask for it. Be honest in what you get. That was what I was raised up with. And I’m that a way today.

Robert Sonkin: What’s the government been doing for you here?

Alice Gaston: They been treating me fine. Ever since I been, ever since I been here with the government they treat me nice. I was in a old house down there, took me out the old house and put me up there in a good house where they could take care of me. And I’m in there yet. I don’t find no fault. Give me enough food to eat, give me clothes to wear. They been treating me just as nice as they can. I can’t find no fault.

Robert Sonkin: Pretty, pretty happy then.

Alice Gaston: Yes sir, yeh.

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