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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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Please keep in mind that I am NOT a lawyer, nor do I hold any degrees within the law profession. The information shared in this article are only MY personal opinions and interpretations, through years of personal research in to the subject of  expired copyrights. My opinion should not be substituted for real legal advise. This article will give you a basic idea and understanding as to what is free media and PD & Creative Commons.

Public domain by definition, are in essence expired copyrights. Most original works/intellectual property, created before the year 1923 (95%), and about (60-75%) intellectual property between 1923 through 1963 (if not renewed); such as movies, music, books, music sheets, photos etc.; are now copyright free. Thus, making it legal for us to freely share, copy, and distribute expired works. In addition, all Federal Government materials, such as graphics, documents, etc., created by government employees & offices are public domain (Please note, sometimes the government contracts outside companies to create works for them, which can be copyrighted. Always check each site’s “terms of use” before you use. If you are unsure always ask and send an e-mail to the webmaster/legal department of THAT site).

However, one should never assume.. Just because something was created in a certain era, does not mean it is automatically public domain. Each creative work must be treated on an individual basis. There are a few exceptions. For example, a movie such as “Miracle on 34th street” is public domain, but the soundtrack in the movie is not, it is still copyrighted, therefore you cannot use without prior permission (other than personal use). Second example, is to be aware that a DVD movie may be public domain, however, the DVD cover is usually copyrighted. Why? Because it’s a new creation by it’s other. Last example, are huge companies such as Disney, renew almost all of their vintage works, & cannot be used without permission. A good point I should make is;  do not assume because something is available on the internet, that it is free for the taking, to used without permission. It is equally important to understand that, the internet itself, is NOT public domain.

With all the time & money invested, researching works believed to be public domain, it is equally important to posses the year, names of producers, co-producers, actors, vendors, etc.. Without this information, you may, or may not accurately receive the correct copyright information. The more information you have about the work in question, the better you’ll be in determining whether something is public domain or not. There are various reasons why a work goes into public domain, a few of them are as follows:

  • Some authors forgot to renew.
  • Some authors died before they got a chance to.
  • Some authors could not afford the (in bulk) copyright costs.
  • Some movie studios gone out of business.
  • Failure to embed copyright notices on work when published etc..
  • Many could not foresee the impact of the Internet.
  • The copyright holder donates to public domain (some rights still reserved).
  • The copyright holder donates to Creative commons (with some rights reserved).
  • Some have even given works to the Library of Congress for historic preservation.

There are lots of confusion surrounding public domain & copyrights. Public Domain research can become extremely complicated,  in addition to copyright’s in itself.  Debates will forever continue on the subject of Public Domain. It can get just as intense, as religion or politics amongst those in the legal profession. At times, it’s as though there is a huge fight, between good & evil. However, it is not entirely impossible to learn the basics.

Public domain sharing, has grown to become an immense community of people on the web, made up of historians, hobbyist, and all other lovers of film nostalgia; who come together to share memories, or educate each other. Public domain is still growing more and more every day. Thanks to the internet, it is now possible to share these forgotten treasures. I think the entertainment industry realized this early on, and saw a huge market for vintage media. This ultimately resulted in the courts granting copyright extensions for 70+ years. Thus restoring copyrights to a huge chunk of works between 1964 – 1978, many of what would have been free legal sharing.

Public domain is extremely important, because they help to preserve history. Public domain  also prevents the stagnation of starving film makers; that will not be able to make historic films, and documentaries, because they can’t afford the outlandish costs, of copyright & license fees. In my opinion, this can have a catastrophic affect, on our ability to learn about history; if the independent film makers can’t afford to produce it.

There’s also another dark-side to Public Domain… Too many corrupt companies, both within & outside the USA, are charging customers astronomical prices, for DVD movies that are in the public domain. Grossly abusing customer’s lack of awareness. I guess this is a lesson that, every collector should own a computer huh??

In my humble opinion, it is very important for other public domain webmasters to rise up, and be seen on the web; so that genuine collectors of vintage movies, music, etc., are not continuously cheated, and we do not continue to pay outlandish, unfair prices.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do understand the packaging costs, production costs, distribution costs, employees, etc… I have no problem paying for a hard to find, classic public domain movie on DVD. However, I have seen movies for 0.99 cents, in one store, and seen the same movie somewhere else, for $14.99; that’s 14 times MORE then it’s market value!!!! Old Time Radio are even more, as high as $22 dollars a CD for free audio. This is unacceptable to the consumer. However, also keep in mind that not all vintage movie between 1923 & 1963 are PD, but most are. I have posted a few resource links at the end of this document, that can help you make better estimates as to the likelihood of a work possibly being in the public domain. Please note: Anyone searching for public domain material to be used for profit, should always contact a “copyright lawyer” (someone who specializes in the area of copyright law) before you use the desired work. This goes especially in regards to film. Sometimes copyright lawyers can obtain documents from such places as The Library Of Congress, that would give clues as to a work’s possible public domain status. In my opinion, it is exponentially more difficult when it comes to art. We have many techniques and technologies that allow us to take new works and turn them into  vintage/Victorian art. Try to obtain as much information about that art work as possible, even if the work was published on a public domain site. Also note that, if someone creates a new/transformative work, from an original public domain work, that new work is now copyrighted, and you MUST seek permission, and or purchase a license to use work.

Because public domain is free to use, it also allows webmaster to create content on their websites; allows artists to gain new inspirations; hobbyist/graphic professionals can create new desktop themes derived from public domain art; business owners to create fliers for advertisement their business; Small film makers can create documentaries, without the fear of spending royalty costs; writers and blogsters, can share written PD works; Political sites can share government documents, and full presidential speeches for discussion. The possibilities are endless.

Please make sure that you stop and check, all documentation relating to a particular works BEFORE YOU USE (except under conditions of fair use)!!! Sometimes even Public Domain & Creative Commons still have restrictions!!! When ever your not sure, always e-mail the author/creator, and ask permission; not only is this legally safer, but it is common sense!! If are a blogger, amazon has great books to further your knowledge of Public Domain such as this one.. Public Domain, The: How to Find and Use Copyright Free Writings, Music, Art & More

Best e-books.com talks about some of the pitfalls in dealing with  Public Domain works. They offer priceless information on what to look for. “It is important to emphasize that copyright protection is not the only form of legal protection for creative works. Although a work may be in the public domain for copyright purposes, rights to the material may be protected under various legal theories such as trademark or unfair competition laws (which protect against confusingly similar usage by another); an individual’s right of privacy (the right to be left alone); or a person’s right of publicity (an individual’s exclusive right to benefit commercially from his or her name, voice, photograph or likeness)”. Read more of what they have to say on the subject on their website… Best e-books.com.  E How also offers basic tips on their website on to get, and estimate when a work is in the public domain.  Check them out here.

TRADEMARK

An exception to the rule are trademarks. Trademarks are in essence a company or an entity’s “brand”, this includes a logo, a company’s slogan, a word/phrase, a stylish image, a movie character, or fictitious drawing. A trademark is what unequivocally identifies a company, person or entity. A trademark is a different kind of copyright, and should be taken just as serious as any other kind of copyright ©. A trademark ® symbol means that the logo etc., has been approved and officially registered. A trademark ™ symbol means that copyright is awaiting approval. Trade must go through an approval process, this is to ensure that there is not a similar trademark in existence.

Having said the above paragraph, you should be aware of on of the few exceptions to the public domain rule. If a public domain movie contain a registered trademark ie., a recognizable brand name, you may need to get permission to use that portion of the movie with the copyrighted trademark. If an image (printed or digital) has a trademark with an ®, or ™ symbol next to a logo, you MUST get permission. It is safer in my opinion to assume that, any obvious logos with out any trademarked symbols are already trademarked.  Do not confuse a copyrighted image with a trademarked image.

A perfect example of this is Mickey Mouse; although many of it’s works should have naturally fell in to the public domain, Mickey Mouse is a trademark. Nothing from Mickey Mouse can be reused without permission. A second example is King Kong. The 1923 version of King Kong has not fell in to the public domain, because King Kong itself is a trademark. Same is true for “the Wizard of Oz”. Be very careful and be aware of trademarks that may be contained in a film, magazine, photo, etc., before you use a public domain work.

Trademarks are extremely important to understand especially if you re-sell public domain works. When you are not sure……. Ask…  Obtain as much information as possible about the image/work in question, then attempt to contact the owner.  Depending on who owns the trademark, and depending on the nature of your use; most times it’s ok to use. However, be aware that some trademark owner’s may require you to pay a small copyright/license fee.

CREATIVE COMMONS

Creative commons, is a special license that lets authors, allow the public to use their copyrighted works without direct permission. Each individual author has his or her own set of guidelines, and conditions that YOU MUST follow, in order to use their works. Example, “for non-commercial use”, or “no derivatives”, and “must credit author/attribution” are the most popular. The website where you are downloading your file, has an attribution logo, that tells you exactly, what you can and cannot do. See bottom for an example. The key thing to remember is, that all creative commons works is STILL COPYRIGHTED. For most Creative Commons means “Some Rights Reserved!! Just because an author allows you to share the work, it doesn’t mean you can just do whatever you want with the work. The author 100% protected by the fullest extent of the law. You must follow the artist guide lines. Whenever you are not sure of something….. ASK!! It will never hurt to shoot an e-mail out to the copyright owner. People who create for Creative Commons are usually very accessible. There is so much talent out on the internet that no one has ever seen before.

The Creative Commons has become a powerful and essential force, in terms of web content, freedom of expression, and education. Another good point I should mention is that, there are many works that may appear to be Public Domain, but are actually Creative Commons. It is extremely important to do your research! Employ a lawyer, and or employ the copyright office to do the research for you! There are also many websites that have legitimate free public domain content.

People who offer there hard work to the public are a God sent. Whenever you see an awesome work, or if you listen to a particular podcaster everyday; tell him or her thank you for all the work that you do. For more information on creative commons works, visit creative commons website.

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Additional Public Domain and Creative Common Resource Links


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International Guidelines

Public Domain Torrents

Open Content Alliance (ACA)

Reel Media International

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