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What the hell ever happened to Ce Ce Peniston? It seems as though she really stepped off the face of the earth (well, at least I have not heard anything from her recently, I could be wrong). For some reason, I kept thinking she was an 80's dance queen, but in actuality her career really shot up in the 90's with a string of hits, including "We Got A Love Thang (1992)," which happens to be one of my favorites. When I watched her perform, it just seemed like her voice never quite matched her face. On television I saw this homely looking girl, but when she opened her mouth, their was so much power! However, she changed her looks considerably when she came out with her hit "Keep On Walking (1992). The last of my favorite songs from Peniston is called "Finally (1992)."

What the hell ever happened to Ce Ce Peniston? It seems as though she really stepped off the face of the earth (well, at least I have not heard anything from her recently, I could be wrong). For some reason, I kept thinking she was an 80's dance queen, but in actuality her career really shot up in the 90's with a string of hits, including "We Got A Love Thang (1992)," which happens to be one of my favorites. When I watched her perform, it just seemed like her voice never quite matched her face. On television I saw this homely looking girl, but when she opened her mouth, their was so much power! However, she changed her looks considerably when she came out with her hit "Keep On Walking (1992)". The last of my favorite songs from Peniston is called "Finally (1992)."

The Spinners was one of my favorite groups back in the seventies. They were truly talented, and cranked out sooo many hits it was unbelievable! I'm not sure how many are still alive today. The only death I could find was Bobbie Smith; which I believe was the lead singer. He had such a unique and smooth voice. I loved hearing him sing, because he was one of the very few "falsetto" singers that never tried to "over compensate" when he'd perform. I don't know how to explain their music. I suppose by today's standard their music would simply be plopped in R&B. However, their music is actually a little bit of funk, a little bit of  jazz, a little bid of dance, and even some disco.  Most of their music are mid-tempo in my opinion; in other words, you can either sit down and relax listen to it, or you can do a little moderate dance. My favorite tunes from The Spinners are, I'll Be Around (1973)," "It's A Shame (1970)," "Rubber Band Man (1976)," and "One Of A Kind (1973)."

The Spinners was one of my favorite groups back in the seventies. They were truly talented, and cranked out sooo many hits it was unbelievable! I'm not sure how many are still alive today. The only death I could find was Bobbie Smith; which I believe was the lead singer. He had such a unique and smooth voice. I loved hearing him sing, because he was one of the very few "falsetto" singers that never tried to "over compensate" when he'd perform. I don't know how to explain their music. I suppose by today's standard their music would simply be plopped in R&B. However, their music is actually a little bit of funk, a little bit of jazz, a little bid of dance, and even some disco. Most of their music are mid-tempo in my opinion; in other words, you can either sit down and relax listen to it, or you can do a little moderate dance. My favorite tunes from The Spinners are, "I'll Be Around (1973)," "It's A Shame (1970)," "Rubberband Man (1976)," and "One Of A Kind Love A Fair (1973)."

You know, I didn't realize until the last 5 years or so, that a lot of my most favorite entertainers happen to be Jewish; I find that kind of interesting. From Barbara Streisand, to Bette Midler, Jackie Mason, and Joan Rivers (R.I.P.) right off the top of my head. However, in this article I'd like to share another talented Jewish performer named Barry Manilow. My grandfather always used to play his music all the time! I remember singing just about all his tunes as a child. When I was young, there was really only two artist I used to listen to quite often, that was Donna Summer, and then there was Barry Manilow. I don't know was it about Barry that gave me such a strong connection to him. His music just captivated me; then again, I love that kind of mellow music anyway.  Barry has had a really long career, and when he had a hit, it was usually a powerful one. Most people may best remember him for his hit "Copacabana (1979)." My favorite tunes are, "Can't Smile Without You (1978)," "Mandy (1974)," "I Write The Songs (1975)," "Could It Be Magic (1973)," and "I've Made It Through The Rain (1980)."

You know, I didn't realize until the last 5 years or so, that a lot of my most favorite entertainers happen to be Jewish; I find that kind of interesting. From Barbara Streisand, to Bette Midler, Jackie Mason, and Joan Rivers (R.I.P.) right off the top of my head. However, in this article I'd like to share another talented Jewish performer named Barry Manilow. My grandfather always used to play his music all the time! I remember singing just about all his tunes as a child. When I was young, there was really only two artist I used to listen to quite often, that was Donna Summer, and then there was Barry Manilow. I don't know was it about Barry that gave me such a strong connection to him. His music just captivated me; then again, I love that kind of mellow music anyway. Barry has had a really long career, and when he had a hit, it was usually a powerful one. Most people may best remember him for his hit "Copacabana (1979)." My favorite tunes are, "Can't Smile Without You (1978)," "Mandy (1974)," "I Write The Songs (1975)," "Could It Be Magic (1973)," and "I've Made It Through The Rain (1980)."

Oh Boy, what the hell ever happened to Terence Trent D'arby? I don't know what was it about him that every time I saw him on TV, he reminded me of Millie Vanilli. I don't know why, because Terance has much more talent than they did, sorry to say (especially after they used their real voices, yuk)!. At the same time, Terence only had two big hits I really liked throughout his career. The first song I think really put him on the map, was called "Wishing Well (1987)," and the next one was called "Sign Your Name (1987)." Terance has a really raspy, raunchy texture in his voice. I've observed that when I've listened to some of his other music, it almost sounds like listening to a mixture of Macy Gray & Janis Joplin all rapped up in to one.

Oh Boy, what the hell ever happened to Terence Trent D'arby? I don't know what was it about him that every time I saw him on TV, he reminded me of Millie Vanilli Terance . I don't know why, because he has much more talent than they did, sorry to say (especially even after they used their real voices, yuk)!. At the same time, Terence only had two big hits I really liked throughout his career. The first song I think really put him on the map, was called "Wishing Well (1987)," and the next one was called "Sign Your Name (1987)." Terance has a really raspy, raunchy texture in his voice. I've observed that when I've listened to some of his other music, it almost sounds like listening to a mixture of Macy Gray & Janis Joplin all rapped up in to one.

I was grooving to a real oldie today. It was from an eighties group called "Two Without Hats," and the song was called "Try Yazz (1989)." I remember shaking my booty to this song in a many of clubs when I was a teenager. This was such a big hit, everybody was doing some serious sweating when they DJ played this.  I think this was about the time Latin club music blew up (just when freestyle was dying out). I really to miss this kind of Latin club music. Club music has changed so much since then.

I was grooving to a real oldie today. It was from an eighties group called "Two Without Hats," and the song was called "Try Yazz (1989)." I remember shaking my booty to this song in a many of clubs when I was a teenager. This was such a big hit, everybody was doing some serious sweating when they DJ played this. I think this was about the time Latin club music blew up (just when freestyle was dying out). I really to miss this kind of Latin club music. Club music has changed so much since then.

Did you know that Taylor Dayne was originally trained to sing classical opera music? As I listened to her voice over and over, I say to myself "no way." But according to what I've read it's true. I couldn't believe it because quite a few of her sounds are a little nasally. No way would I have guessed that, that grunge sound could come out of her! Dayne was really big in the 80's, and I think the song called "Tell It To My Heart (1988)" was one of her most popular hits. My favorites are also, "Love Will Lead You Back (1989)," "I'll Always Love You (1988)," and "Prove Your Love (198)." Although I don't remember her to be a dancer, put her popularity was up-there with Paula Abdul.

Did you know that Taylor Dayne was originally trained to sing classical opera music? As I listened to her voice over and over, I say to myself "no way." But according to what I've read it's true. I couldn't believe it because quite a few of her sounds are a little nasally. No way would I have guessed that, that grunge sound could come out of her! Dayne was really big in the 80's, and I think the song called "Tell It To My Heart (1988)" was one of her most popular hits. My favorites are also, "Love Will Lead You Back (1989)," by the way, in that video, I can't believe how much she looked like Milla Jovovich. We can't forget about the song called "I'll Always Love You (1988)," and "Prove Your Love (1988)." Although I don't remember her to be a dancer, put her popularity was up-there along with Paula Abdul.

Sinead O'Connor is one crazy bitch! Let me refresh your memory. She was the crazy bald headed chick, that caused that huge controversy, by ripping up a picture of the Pope, live and on stage. Next thing I read, she is not only an "ordained catholic priest," she is also a lesbian. There is no question in my mind that she has big time issues. But then again, you never can tell with celebrities, they will do almost any publicity stunt to gain attention when their career is about to tank. Unfortunately, I never really liked her music one bit. It was just way too weird for my tastes; with the exception of one song called "Nothing Compares To You."

Sinead O'Connor is one crazy bitch! Let me refresh your memory. She was the crazy bald headed chick, that caused that huge controversy, by ripping up a picture of the Pope, live and on stage. Next thing I read, she is not only an "ordained catholic priest," she is also a lesbian. There is no question in my mind that she has big time issues. But then again, you never can tell with celebrities, they will do almost any publicity stunt to gain attention when their career is about to tank. Unfortunately, I never really liked her music one bit. It was just way too weird for my tastes; with the exception of one song called "Nothing Compares To You (1990)."

I love the musical group called "M People." They are a group of 4, 1 girl and three guys. They did primarily dance and club music. The biggest time of their career was during the 90's. Heather Small (Lead Singer), reminded me of a very young Oleta Adams a lot in some way. However, when Heather opened her mouth to sing, she sounded like she had a mouth full of hot french fries. LOL. I gotta be honest, her voice had to grow on me at first, however, the group had made some great dance beats. Probably the biggest was a song called "Moving On Up (1993)." Other great songs were "One Night In Heaven (1993)," Open Your Heart (1994)," Sight For Sore Eyes (1994)," and "Search For The Hero (1994)."

I love the musical group called "M People." They are a group of 4, 1 girl and three guys. They did primarily dance and club music. The biggest time of their career was during the 90's. Heather Small (Lead Singer), reminded me of a very young Oleta Adams a lot in some way. However, when Heather opened her mouth to sing, she sounded like she had a mouth full of hot french fries. LOL. I gotta be honest, her voice had to grow on me at first, however, the group had made some great dance beats. Probably the biggest was a song called "Moving On Up (1993)." A lot of their tunes were very catchy and danceable. Other great songs were "One Night In Heaven (1993)," "Open Your Heart (1994)," "Sight For Sore Eyes (1994)," and "Search For The Hero (1994)."

I'm not sure why I was particularly drawn to Carly Simon's music back then. Sometimes I find that her singing voice used to be kind of bland, yet, some of her music somewhat hypnotized me. I think it was the uniqueness in her voice that did it. The texture of her voice kind of sounds like a tamed Stevie Nicks on volume LOL. Carly had a long singing career between the 70's and the 80's. However, Carly is still relevant. If I am not mistaken, I saw a commercial for a play, which featured all of her old hits. She's made quite a few albums, but I only love about 4-5 of them throughout her career. They are the following: "Your So Vain (1974)," theme from the James Bond 007 movie called "The Spy Who Loved Me" "Nobody Does It Better (1977)," and lastly "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be (1971)."

I'm not sure why I was particularly drawn to Carly Simon's music back then. Sometimes I find that her singing voice used to be kind of bland, yet, some of her music somewhat hypnotized me. I think it was the uniqueness in her voice that did it. The texture of her voice kind of sounds like a tamed Stevie Nicks on volume LOL. Carly had a long singing career between the 70's and the 80's. However, Carly is still relevant. If I am not mistaken, I saw a commercial for a play, which featured all of her old hits. Correction: I was mistaken, I saw the commercial again, and it was a play on Carol King life. She's made quite a few albums, but I only love about 3-4 songs throughout her career. They are the following: "Your So Vain (1974)," theme from the James Bond 007 movie called "The Spy Who Loved Me" "Nobody Does It Better (1977)," and lastly "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be (1971)."

I love the above album cover, it looks like one of those home made photos used for karaoke cassette types. Remember those? LOL.  What the hell ever happened to Stacy Lattisaw? Anybody born after 1990 definitely won't know who she is. She was about a 3-4 hit wonder, but the hits she did have were HUGE! If I remember correctly, she had a lot of problems in school during her career. She got in to lots of fights with her peers. However, it was rumored that she was not a nice person. However, we all should know the value of a rumor by now. So, as far as I can remember, she only really had approximately 4 big hits, and that was it! They're the following; "Let Me Be Your Angel ((1980)," the remake of "Love On A Two Way Street (1981),"  the duet she had with Johnny Gill called "Perfect Combination (1984)," and lastly "Miracles (1983)."

I love the above album cover, it looks like one of those home made photos used for karaoke cassette types sold in the 80's. Remember those? LOL. What the hell ever happened to Stacy Lattisaw? Anybody born after 1990 most likely won't know who she is. The people born before 1990 is probably saying, damn, I forgot about her! She was a 4 hit wonder, but those hits she had were HUGE! Sometimes I surprise myself with the kinds of artists I still remember from way back when. I'm kind of sad that Stacy's career did not continue But then again, when hip hop came on the seen, a lot of great artist seemed to have faded away after the 80's era. If I remember correctly, she had a lot of problems in school during her career. She got in to lots of fights with her peers. However, it was rumored that she was not a nice person. However, we all should know the value of a rumor by now. So, as far as I can remember, she only really had approximately 4 big hits, and that was it! They're the following; "Let Me Be Your Angel ((1980)," the remake of "Love On A Two Way Street (1981)," the duet she had with Johnny Gill called "Perfect Combination (1984)," and lastly "Miracles (1983)."

Another forgotten about legends. Peaches & Herb not only had a long lasting musical career, they've been married since FOREVER! Their real names are/were Herbert Feemster & Francine Barker. When they sang, the love they had for each other definitely should in both their performances and their music. If there was ever a such thing as a model relationship, it would have been them. Peaches & Herb stayed married "till death do they part." Peaches died in 2005. As far as I'm aware, Herb is still alive. The biggest hits they've been known for were "Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)," which I think was their first and only disco smash! Other hits were "Reunited (1978)," "Just One Look (1967)," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (1967)." However, there was one last song, which is really rare, and I love very much, it's called "Close Your Eyes (1967)."

Another forgotten about legends. Peaches & Herb not only had a long lasting musical career, they've been married since FOREVER! Their real names are/were Herbert Feemster & Francine Barker. When they sang, the love they had for each other definitely should in both their performances and their music. If there was ever a such thing as a model relationship, it would have been them. Peaches & Herb stayed married "till death do they part." Peaches died in 2005. As far as I'm aware, Herb is still alive. The biggest hits they've been known for were "Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)," which I think was their first and only disco smash! I used to love to watch my uncle and aunt dance the hustle to that song. Other hits were "Reunited (1978)," "Just One Look (1967)," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (1967)." However, there was one last song, which is really rare, and I love very much, it's called "Close Your Eyes (1967)."

How many of you actually remember Billy Ocean? Man....  Billy Ocean had a huge career  in the 80's. There was a time when all you heard was predominantly two people; Michael Jackson, and then there was Billy Ocean. If you were to see Billy now, you would never believe he was the same person. He doesn't look anything like he did in the 80's! I mean, I know we all change as we get older, but most of the time we can still recognize a that person; however in Billy's case, all I can say is.. WOW... Probably the biggest hit Billy Ocean had of his career was a song called "Caribbean Queen (1984). I remember EVERYBODY dancing to that tune; and I do mean everybody! That song seem to have broken all age barriers, race barriers, and culture barriers. Almost every loved that song, and was dancing to it each time we heard it. The song was played so much, that the only song that I can think of (that my younger readers can relate) would be Macarena (1996). My other favorites are, "Suddenly (1984)," "There"ll Be Sad Songs (1986)," and "Love Zone (1986)."

How many of you actually remember Billy Ocean? Man.... Billy Ocean had a huge career in the 80's. There was a time when all you heard was predominantly two people; Michael Jackson, and then there was Billy Ocean. If you were to see Billy now, you would never believe he was the same person. He doesn't look anything like he did in the 80's! I mean, I know we all change as we get older, but most of the time we can still recognize a that person; however in Billy's case, all I can say is.. WOW... I guess I didn't realize how old he actually was when I started getting in to his music. Probably the biggest hit Billy Ocean had of his career was a song called "Caribbean Queen (1984)." I remember EVERYBODY dancing to that tune; and I do mean everybody! That song seem to have broken all age barriers, race barriers, and culture barriers. Almost every loved that song, and was dancing to it each time we heard it. The song was played so much, that the only song that I can think of (that my younger readers can relate) would be Macarena (1996). My other favorites are, "Suddenly (1984)," I also loved the guitar version as well in 2009, "There"ll Be Sad Songs (1986)," and "Love Zone (1986)."

Unfortunately, Ta Mara and The Seen, was one of those "two hit wonders" of the 80's. I used to sworn they were produced by Prince. They dressed similar to Price, and they all had that "Minneapolis sound." They quickly zipped through the 80's so fast that there isn't a whole lot of material written about them. You just kinda gotta know them, or you don't. Although my tastes are really picky when it comes to dance-rock-funk combinations; I really loved the song called "Affection (1985)." In a weird kind of way, it was sort of romantic in a way. It's not easy to blend all three types of genres like this and yet still be a romantic  song. I also like "Everybody Dance (1985)". After that, I had no more interest in their music unfortunately. It's a shame, because I really think they had real potential, since they were just as successful as "The Time" at one point.

Unfortunately, Ta Mara and The Seen, was one of those "two hit wonders" of the 80's. I used to swore they were produced by Prince. They dressed similar to Price, and they all had that "Minneapolis sound." They quickly zipped through the 80's so fast that there isn't a whole lot of material written about them. You just kinda gotta know them, or you don't. Although my tastes are really picky when it comes to dance-rock-funk combinations; I really loved the song called "Affection (1985)." In a weird kind of way, it was sort of romantic in a way. It's not easy to blend all three types of genres like this and yet still be a romantic song. I also like "Everybody Dance (1985)". After that, I had no more interest in their music unfortunately. It's a shame, because I really think they had real potential, since they were just as successful as "The Time" at one point (who was produced by Prince, if I remembered correctly).

I loved me some Eurythmics. They've been together since forever. I heard that David Stewart tried to marry Annie Lennox for the longest time. I'm not sure if they actually did, but I thought they would have made a great couple. The chemistry they had together came out on their music. They've had so many hits, it is best to just get their greatest hits album. My favorites are "Sweet Dreams," "Here Comes The Rain Again," and "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves (Duet w/ Aretha Franklyn)."

I loved me some Eurythmics. They've been together since forever. I heard that David Stewart tried to marry Annie Lennox for the longest time. I'm not sure if they actually did, but I thought they would have made a great couple. The chemistry they had together came out on their music. They've had so many hits, it is best to just get their greatest hits album. My favorites are "Sweet Dreams," "Here Comes The Rain Again," and "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves (Duet w/ Aretha Franklin)."

Yes, believe it or not, I like quite a few of Willie Nelson's music. I really don't like today's country music much. Then again, for some reason, I didn't really consider his music country at all. Most of it seemed closer to "easy listening" in my opinion. I'd say I stopped listening to newer country before Randy Travis came out with that song "I'm Digging Up Bones (1986)." Well, probably even before that actually. I really admired Willie Nelson, because he was one of the few musical artists, who has tirelessly help the farming communities; particularly during the 80's. During the eighties decade, it appeared that the farmers were plagued with bad Weather and spoiled Crops. He sang along side many artists, including the legendary Ray Charles. The songs I like from Willie borderlines folk music. But if your in to very slow easy listening music, check him out. My favorite songs are "You Were Always On My Mind ()".

Yes, believe it or not, I like quite a few of Willie Nelson's music. I really don't like today's country music much. Then again, for some reason, I didn't really consider his music country at all. Most of it seemed closer to "easy listening" in my opinion. I'd say I stopped listening to newer country before Randy Travis came out with that song "I'm Digging Up Bones (1986)." Well, probably even before that actually. I really admired Willie Nelson, because he was one of the few musical artists, who has tirelessly help the farming communities; particularly during the 80's. During the eighties decade, it appeared that the farmers were plagued with bad Weather and spoiled Crops. He sang along side many artists, including the legendary Ray Charles. The songs I like from Willie borderlines folk music. But if your in to very slow easy listening music, check him out. My favorite songs are "You Were Always On My Mind (1982)", "On The Road Again (1980)", and "To All The Girls I've Loved Before/featuring Julio Iglesias (1984)". By the way, now that I think about it, doesn't Julio sound just like Andrea Bocelli? © 2014 VintageNewscast

The group called "The Fifth Dimension" had a harmonic sound equivalent to "The Mama's and The Papa's." The only real difference between them was that "The Fifth Dimension" had more soul in their music (in my opinion). One reason I loved The Fifth Dimensions, was the fact that they sang a range of different types of music; including jazz. The lead singer was Marilyn McCoo. She had one of those distinct voices; when she sang, you knew immediately who it was. To my understanding, McCoo left the group in the mid 1970s. Interesting that all of my favorite hits seem to all have Marilyn McCoo in them. My number one favorite is "Aquarius (1969)," "Up Up and Away (1967)," "Wedding Bell Blues (1969)," "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All (1972)," and "Go Where You Wanna Go (1969)".

The group called "The Fifth Dimension" had a harmonic sound equivalent to "The Mama's and The Papa's." The only real difference between them was that "The Fifth Dimension" had more soul in their music (in my opinion). One reason I loved The Fifth Dimensions, was the fact that they sang a range of different types of music; including jazz. The lead singer was Marilyn McCoo. She had one of those distinct voices; when she sang, you knew immediately who it was. To my understanding, McCoo left the group in the mid 1970s. Interesting that all of my favorite hits seem to all have Marilyn McCoo in them. My favorite number one hits are the following: "Aquarius (1969)," "Up Up and Away (1967)," "Wedding Bell Blues (1969)," "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All (1972)," and "Go Where You Wanna Go (1969)".

Though Joe Simon had quite a few hits in the 70's, I only liked very few of them. His rhythm is the same for almost all his music it seemed.  I used to confuse him a lot with Percy Sledge, because both of their voices sounded so much a like. The only difference between them I think is, when Percy tries to hit those high notes, he sounds like he is singing from the back of his neck (I hated that). However, Joe Simon actually sings, and he doesn't necessarily try to over do it for his audience; and that is the kind of performance I can appreciate. My favorite songs are "Chok'n Kind (1969)," and the theme song for the movie "Cleopatra Jones (1973)." I really love Cleopatra Jones I guess it's because it came from the blaxploitation era. There also was a song called "Music In My Bones (1975)."

Though Joe Simon had quite a few hits in the 70's, I only liked very few of them. His rhythm is the same for almost all his music it seemed. I used to confuse him a lot with Percy Sledge, because both of their voices sounded so much a like. The only difference between them I think is, when Percy tries to hit those high notes, he sounds like he is singing from the back of his neck (I hated that). However, Joe Simon actually sings, and he doesn't necessarily try to over do it for his audience; and that is the kind of performance I can appreciate. My favorite songs are "Chok'n Kind (1969)," and the theme song for the movie "Cleopatra Jones (1973)." I really love Cleopatra Jones I guess it's because it came from the blaxploitation era. There also was a song called "Music In My Bones (1975)." © 2014 / Yogi

I loved Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Actually, I should say, I loved Teddy Pendergrass in HM & TBN. Having said that, I realized two things I took issue with concerning this group. First, whilst the group was officially called "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes", Teddy Pendergrass has always been the lead singer for 90% of all their hit songs.  Second, They never really acknowledged him in any of their albums (that I'm aware of); they didn't at least print the words "featured Teddy P" on any of the albums I own. I guess that's one of the reasons Teddy went solo. Not that the entire group wasn't talented, but, let's be serious here, after Teddy left the group, it was curtains for the group entirely. I shouldn't be surprised. The Commodores career died the same way after Lionel Ritchie left the group. Thank goodness they have all those royalties to  fall back on. My most favorite, and probably the their biggest hit is called "Bad Luck (1975)" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)" and "The Love I Lost (1973).

I loved Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Actually, I should say, I loved Teddy Pendergrass in HM & TBN. Having said that, I realized two things I took issue with concerning this group. First, whilst the group was officially called "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes", Teddy Pendergrass has always been the lead singer for 90% of all their hit songs. Second, They never really acknowledged him in any of their albums (that I'm aware of); they didn't at least print the words "featured Teddy P" on any of the original albums I own (not including the best of). I guess that's one of the reasons Teddy went solo. Not that the entire group wasn't talented, but, let's be serious here, after Teddy left the group, it was curtains for the group entirely. I shouldn't be surprised. The Commodores career died the same way after Lionel Ritchie left the group. Thank goodness they have all those royalties to fall back on. My most favorite, and probably the their biggest hit is called "Bad Luck (1975)" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)" and "The Love I Lost (1973)". © 2014

To be honest, I've never really been a Nat King Cole fan, his music just wasn't my cup of tea. His style of singing was more like a Black version of Lawrence Welk. Although I was listening to one song today I forgot he sang, and it appears to be the only song from him I really like, and it's called Unforgettable (1954). This song "unforgettable is clearly nostalgic, and each time I hear it I go through childhood flash backs when my grandpa used to listen to it. The only other music I used to like from him was his xmas music. Come to think about it, that may have been the problem as to why I didn't like his music; I've always associated his voice with xmas. He could have sang a song about a bicycle  and it would still sound like xmas.

To be honest, I've never really been a Nat King Cole fan, his music just wasn't my cup of tea. His style of singing was more like a Black version of Lawrence Welk. Although I was listening to one song today I forgot he sang, and it appears to be the only song from him I really like, and it's called "Unforgettable (1954)". This song "unforgettable" is clearly nostalgic, and each time I hear the song it invokes childhood flash backs when my grandpa used to listen to it. The only other music I used to like from him was his xmas music. Come to think about it, that may have been the problem as to why I didn't like his music; I've always associated his voice with xmas. He could have sang a song about a bicycle and it would still sound like xmas. ©2014/VintageNewscast

I absolutely love James Taylor's music. His music is the kind of music you would listen to, to relax your mind from a ruff day. I consider his genre of music "easy listening/modern folk". The mood of his music and tempo is similar to Jim Croce.  James Taylor is another artist that looks nothing like himself as he got older. However, he still has that same smooth soothing voice. James has been around musically for a very long time, and continues to have a long successful  career. If you're not a member of Rhapsody or Spotify, your better off finding one of his greatest albums. My favorite hits are "Carolina In My Mind (1968)", "Fire And Rain (1970)", "You've Got A Friend (1971)" (I also like Carole Kings Version too), "Handyman (1977)", "Shower The People (1976)", and "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1975)"

I absolutely love James Taylor's music. His music is the kind of music you would listen to, to relax your mind from a ruff day. I consider his genre of music "easy listening/modern folk". The mood of his music and tempo is similar to Jim Croce. James Taylor is another artist that looks nothing like himself as he got older. However, he still has that same smooth soothing voice. James has been around musically for a very long time, and continues to have a long successful career.
If you're not a member of Rhapsody or Spotify, your better off finding one of his greatest hits albums.Please note, if you're not in to folk music, chances are you will not like James Taylor's music. My favorite hits are "Fire And Rain (1970)", "You've Got A Friend (1971)" (I also like Carole Kings Version too), "Handyman (1977)", "Shower The People (1976)", and "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1975)"

I could be wrong about this but, I'm going to be bold enough and say, anybody younger than 20 years of age probably never heard of the Osmonds. According to Wikipedia, the Osmonds started performing around 1958, and still continues to perform today. To be honest, I only like 3 songs out of their entire career, but I think these songs are great enough to mention on my blog. When they started performing, they started off with "Lawrence Welk" type of music (which I find very BORING unfortunately), but when Donny Osmond was added to the group, they obviously became the "Jackson 5 sound-a-likes". When they released a song called "One Bad Apple (1971)", every single person (even till today) mistaken them for The Jackson 5. Later on, I guys as Donny grow older and passed puberty, he no longer had that same "Jackson 5 magic", then the next thing we new, the Osmonds were singing country (and pretty much been their type of music ever since). I remember as a young kid, I used to watch their TV show called "Donny & Marie" in the late 70's. Unfortunately, thi show was boring as all hell. This show was so boring, I would not even tell you to rented on Netflix, it's that boring. I've noticed that Marie is like a male version of Dick Clark, this bitch will not grow old for nothing LOL! She still looks fabulous after all these years, and I don't remember reading about any plastic surgeries either click here. Well, after they gone country, there were only two other songs I liked from them, and they were "I'm leaving It Up To You", and "Love Me For A Reason".

I could be wrong about this but, I'm going to be bold enough and say, anybody younger than 20 years of age probably never heard of the Osmonds. According to Wikipedia, the Osmonds started performing around 1958, and still continues to perform today. To be honest, I only like 3 songs out of their entire career, but I think these songs are great enough to mention on my blog. When they started performing, they started off with "Lawrence Welk" type of music (which I find very BORING unfortunately), but when Donny Osmond was added to the group, they obviously became the "Jackson 5 sound-a-likes". Yet when we watched them perform on TV they looked more like the first Menudo. When they released a song called "One Bad Apple (1971)", every single person (even till today) mistaken them for The Jackson 5. Later on, I guys as Donny grow older and passed puberty, he no longer had that same "Jackson 5 magic", then the next thing we knew, the Osmonds transitioned to singing country (and pretty much stayed with that genre of music ever since). I remember as a young kid, I used to watch their TV show called "Donny & Marie" in the late 70's. Unfortunately, this show was boring as all hell. This show was so boring, I would not even tell you to rented on Netflix, it's that boring. I've noticed that Marie is like a male version of Dick Clark, this bitch will not grow old for nothing LOL! She still looks absolutely fabulous after all these years (better than all her brothers), and I don't remember reading about any plastic surgeries either click here, in fact she almost looks like Valerie Bertinelli (from One Day At A Time). Well, after they gone country, there were only two other songs I liked from them, and they were "I'm leaving It Up To You", and "Love Me For A Reason". Update: I couldn't find any official news on Youtube so far about any work done to her face, but I read a few articles on the net about face lifts. I'm skeptical because a lot of them came from gossip sites and "plastic surgery sites" which are notorious for making celebrities appear to endorse something. The other thing is, she had a tremendous weight loss, which can alter facial features significantly, as well as make you look younger. I did see a video that stated she had an obsession with trying to look younger, so I guess it is likely she had something done. If she did have something done, thank goodness she didn't go overboard. there are some celebs that have faces that look like plastic now. ©2014

Yes guys! Believe it or not, I like Paul Anka's music too! Like I've said I'm musically diverse. I bet my younger blog fans probably have never heard of Paul Anka (unless you've heard your grand parents play his songs). Mr. Anka was one of those teen heartthrobs that girls used to scream their heads off for. Personally, I didn't think he was all that handsome, but I did and still do like some of his music. If you see the way he looks now you would never think he was the same person. Growing up, I remembered my grandfather  jamming to a long called "Diana". This was a very catchy and infectious tone back then; and even as a small child, I remember singing this all over the place. There were two more favorites of mine, the first is called "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", which was a huge hit in 1968. The other song is "Puppy love". © 2014

Yes guys! Believe it or not, I like Paul Anka's music too! Like I've said before I'm musically diverse. But how many of my younger blog fans actually heard of Paul Anka (unless you've heard your grand parents play his songs maybe)? Mr. Anka was one of those teen heartthrobs that girls used to scream their heads off for. Personally, I didn't think he was all that handsome, but I did and still do like some of his music. If you see the way Mr. Anka looks now you would never think he was the same person. Growing up, I remembered my grandfather jamming to one of his songs called "Diana". Here is the first original version, however, I like his remake better when he was older. This was a very catchy and infectious tone back then; and even as a small child, I remember singing this all over the place. There were three more favorites of mine, the first is called "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", which was a huge hit in 1968. Also song "Puppy love" and "Lonely Boy". I liked only boy, because it was one of the few sad songs you heard that had an up beat tempo. © 2014

I really love the temp of many of Gregory Isaacs's music. R.I.P. Although his sometimes nasally voice in some of his music gets a little annoying at times. However, one of his biggest hits called "Night Nurse (1982) was the exception to the rule. I love this song so much. I also think he did a remake with Lady Saw. I don't like Lady Saw's music at all, but I loved the collaboration with this particular song. Gregory has been around musically for a long time, and has had a long healthy music career before his passing a few years back. Some of these hits were "No Speech (1991)", "Each Day (2001)", and "Willow Tree (1995)" just to name a few. Just to give you a fair warning, a lot of his very early 70's reggae albums tend to sound a lot a like. However, I think my older Caribbean blog members can appreciate his music.

I really love the temp of many of Gregory Isaacs's music. R.I.P. Although his sometimes nasally voice in some of his music gets a little annoying at times. However, one of his biggest hits called "Night Nurse (1982)" was the exception to the rule. I love this song so much. I also think he did a remake with Lady Saw. I don't like Lady Saw's music at all, but I loved the collaboration with this particular song. Gregory has been around musically for a long time, and has had a long healthy music career before his passing a few years back. Some of these hits were "No Speech (1991)", "Each Day (2001)", and "Willow Tree (1995)" just to name a few. The "Willow Tree" has been remade by so many reggae artists, but I think the original singer was Elton Ellis. Just to give you a fair warning, a lot of his very early 70's reggae albums tend to sound a lot a like. However, I think my older Caribbean blog members can appreciate his music.

Rap is one type of music I rarely listen to know-a-days, because the quality of rap has really tanked over the last 20+ or so years. We've gone from "saying no to drugs" to glorifying anything that degrades women, and total disregard for respect, and a host of other things. I will say this, I will not get in to a long winded speech as to whether or not rap is an art form or not. I think this is a separate issue in terms of the quality of rap being played to day, and the o' so willing record companies willing to promote negative rap. I digress. Now, don't get wrong, rap was always about the rappers telling their story about the streets, however, it was very different in the 80's. In terms of rap, I don't really listen to anything else past bubble gum 80's, and maybe a few 90's stuff. Lately, I have been grooving to a old 2 man group called EPMD. One of the two named Erik Sermon wasn't particularly handsome, but he had beautiful eyes. It kinda kept me watching their videos, because his facial features were so unique. I kinda forget just how long they've been around. The first rap they did that drove me crazy was a song called "It's My Thing (1988)". This song had a sick beat, and most importantly, I understood what he was saying! It had a funk/James Brown kinda beat that I absolutely loved. Other favorites are "You Gots To Chill (1988)", "The Big Payback (1991)" and Your A Customer (1991)"

Rap is one type of music I rarely listen to now-a-days, because the quality of rap has really tanked over the last 20+ or so years. We've gone from "saying no to drugs" to glorifying anything that degrades women, and total disregard for respect, and a host of other things. I will say this, I will not get in to a long winded speech as to whether or not rap is an art form or not. I think this is a separate issue in terms of the quality of rap being played to day, and the o' so willing record companies willing to promote negative rap. I digress. Now, don't get wrong, rap was always about the rappers telling their story about the streets, however, it was very different in the 80's. In terms of rap, I don't really listen to anything else past bubble gum 80's, and maybe a few 90's stuff. Lately, I have been grooving to a old 2 man group called EPMD. One of the two named Erik Sermon wasn't particularly handsome, but he had beautiful eyes. It kinda kept me watching their videos, because his facial features were so unique. I used to mistaken Parrish Smith for Coolio a lot. I kinda forget just how long they've been around. The first rap they did that drove me crazy was a song called "It's My Thing (1988)". This song had a sick beat, and most importantly, I understood what he was saying! Other favorites are "You Gots To Chill (1988)", "The Big Payback (1991)" this song had a funk/James Brown kinda beat which I loved, and everyone could dance to this rap too, and "Your A Customer (1991)".

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Do you remember when guys used to wear feather earrings? I do. In fact, I remember an old hip-hop movie that helped made feather earrings so popular. It was called Breakin2 (1984)/Electric Boogalo. One of the actors in the movie, played a character named B-boy Bozo (or something like that). Quinones character wore all kinds of feather earrings. Actually his whole style was very different and unique from all the other actors in the movie. The movie has changed 80’s fashion in such a huge way; if you pay very close attention to the movie, you’ll notice that Adolfo’s style of dress appear in Michael Jackson’s Bad video. I also remember guys wearing ear cuff links too. Ear cuff links were more like ornaments than earrings. They only sold them as singles in stead of pairs. I was not fond of those ear cuff links, mostly because they hurt like bloody murder :-) . They always felt like there were coming off my ear, and I would continue to squeeze and the edges of the earring wind up digging my skin, causing bruises. At that point, I realize it was just best to pierce my ears. The last really popular earrings I remember was the “T-spoon” earrings. Many High schools band these earrings because a lot of people used them to snort coke. So the earrings made you an easy target whether you were on drugs or not.

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jim-kelly_3Yes sexy *ss 70’s martial arts actor James Milton Kelly, also known as Jim Kelly has died a few days ago at the age of  67. Yup, it’s true. Many of you who are hardcore martial arts, and or blaxploitation fans should be familiar with Jim Kelly already. I didn’t even realize he died until a friend told me. Sigh. Not only did I think he was really handsome growing up; I also admired him because he was the only person of color (that I’ve seen/can remember) doing serious martial arts on film as part of his career. Well, at least as close to martial arts as he’d get. His style of fighting on film was more like, “trying not to get bruised for the ladies” type of fighting. However, I heard he used to like to do his own stunts, and film directors would normally cringe at the thought of a lead actor doing his or her stunts. I guess at the suggestions of most directors, the result of avoiding these stunts, gave Jim the appearance that he didn’t want to really fight in many of the films he made.  Unfortunately, this was especially true for blaxploitation film makers at the time. Although blaxploitation was huge in the 70’s, it wasn’t big enough to cover all the liability costs that can incur. Because Kelly performed most of his martial arts in blaxploitation movies, it kinda left many fans to interpret some of his acting as, pretty boy; yet masculine; karate/street fighter mixed; don’t want to injure himself type of fight.

Many of you also may remember him from his VERY short appearance in “Enter The Dragon (1973)”. I gotta say, I was disappointed when they killed him off so quickly in the movie, but then again, Bruce Lee was the star of the movie :-) . Then again, even Angela Mao had such a small part in the movie too, I didn’t even know she was in it, until one day I saw the cast names, and I had to watch the movie again. Now, you guys know how much I love Angela Mao, tumblr_m04mt9HYg61qcqtduo1_500she had to have had a REALLY small part for me to watch the movie again. LOL. John Saxon was also a big name in the movie, you may remember him from a couple of appearances on “The Bionic Woman”. “Enter The Dragon” is one of THE classic movies of all times, I think. But I do think it would have been an even bigger hit, if Bruce would have let Jim, Angela, and John fight just as hard as he did in the movie. In retrospect, I now think Bruce was only using their names to draw people to see the movie, just thought he made a big mistake by not capitalizing on their martial arts skills. Granted, Jim Kelly was no were near as good as Bruce, in terms of martial arts ability, but it would have made the movie all the more exciting :-) .

From what I’ve  read, Jim Kelly’s wife said that the cause of his death was cancer, however, she did not get in to more detail than that. Although Jim did not have a long filmography, he did make big contributions (along with many others) to the martial arts film community, and helped make martial arts the popular art form it is today. Jim Kelly is also best known for “The Tattoo Connection (1978)”, “Black Belt Jones (1974)”, and “Black Samurai(1977)”. He will be missed.

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AfroGrowing up in the mid seventies, I remember hair being one of the most important topics in black community. As a young kid, I was consistently told “boy, you got good hair; were you’re family from?” It was funny because another big thing I remember growing up was that, if you were considered to have “good hair”, it was then immediately assumed you had “Cherokee Indian” in your family (especially if you had naturally curly or wavy hair) ROTF! I remember being in grandma’s kitchen, and seeing for the first time, my aunt sporting a full on afro. I was such in awe, because I couldn’t believe how it was possible that one human being could get her hair so perfect! I mean, there was absolutely no imperfection with my aunt’s afro. No swerves, no dents, no loose strands, no nothing! It was just amazing to see. I realized then just how important having good hair really was to black folk in the 70’s. As I got older I also recognized something else, that the good hair/bad hair mentality further perpetuated the light skin/dark skin social issues we had at the time, which continued to about the mid 80’s I think. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve always had  these issues, but the good hair/bad hair seemed to have added a more complex level, the the already complex issue of light and dark skin. At one time, light skin and dark skin people were damn near segregated amongst each other. Everybody wanted a light skinned person, because there were seen as most likely to be educated and better looking. The only exception to that rule, is if you were a dark skinned person with good hair. I am not making this stuff up. All of my young readers, ask your parents, and grand parents, they will tell you.

I really hated this strong emphasis on hair a lot because, I guess ’cause I was a young kid, women in particular always had this thing where they MUST touch your hair to see how good it was! It was like women had this unofficial “good hair/bad hair test mechanism” using their four fingers. I’m not sure if it was different for girls, but speaking as a young boy, women (often times without even permission; it was like a calling) would proceed to dip their middle finger in my scalp, and work their way from the back to the front of my head. If their fingers could glide through my hair without finding any knots in my hair, I was deemed as having good hair LOL. Hair was so important back then that, you could party all night, go directly to work, smell funky as hell from all the dancing (Right Guard spray was huge in the seventies, and it made sweaty arms smell worse when an extra layer was applied.. LOL), but most did not care, so long as they’re hair and the rest of your appearance looked good, they were good.

I remember grandma’s house would to stay smelling of hot curling iron’s, hot combs, and Hot pics. I guess even today hair is still just as important. However, I think the difference today is, when a person sees someone with nice hair, they usually look at the whole package now, rather then using the hair to predict or prejudge someone’s intellectual, genetic, or even how successful they may be, solely on the basis of hair.

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The Negro Digest” was first published during WW2 around 1942-43 by John H. Johnson. He was born in 1918 and died around 2005. Johnson was the son of 2 slaves, and eventually grew up to be the founder of both Jet & Ebony Magazines, as well as Fashion Fair. What’s interesting is that, I read somewhere that he repeated the 8th grade, and this was not because he was left back, but because there were no negro high school were he was living at the time. Who would have ever thought that his publishing company, would become the number one African American publishing company in the world! They say he was most remembered for his 1955 decision to publish pictures of Emmett Till’s open casket. For those who do not know, Emmett was a 14 year old boy who was visiting Mississippi to see some relatives. A Caucasian woman accused Emmett of whistling at her (which was a big no no at that time), and as a result, he was beaten beyond recognition by the KKK (if I am not mistaken).  If you want to read more on Emmett (warning… photo is graphic! However, it is the unfortunate truth of what it was to be black in the not so long ago 1950’s) click here.

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