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I love Stevie Wonder, and he is most definitely one of the greatest living performers of our time. It is such a pleasure to hear him sing, he always gave us his all, and has always projected his voice. This was a young man that definitely was not scared to sing. Every time I think of Stevie, I can’t help but to think if Stevie and Jose Feliciano were young today, and if Ray Charles was still with us as a kid, the way that the music industry is now, I’d doubt that these phenomenal artists would have ever been given a chance at stardom. What do you think? Today’s musical culture is so lost, that in the next few decades, kids will probably tell you there were no such thing as successful blind performers!

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But, let’s talk about this particular album released by Stevie. The Complete Stevie Wonder (2015), is truly the MOST complete musical album of any artist I’ve ever seen. This will make you realize just how much he has contributed to the music community. The album has a whopping 48 disc collection! Starting from his earliest work to his present. It has just about all of his greatest hits, and some never heard before recordings. When I saw this collection, I thought to myself, Damn, maybe Stevie Wonder was the hardest working man in show business?! I don’t ever recall even James Brown label releasing an album trilogy this huge! You Stevie fans will definitely enjoy this album. He sings all kinds of music, jazz, R&B, his music label even included some of his christmas singles. This collection is jaw dropping. I don’t think the average person would have been able to afford this collection if we saw it in a store. Do you see why music streaming like Spotify and Napster are so important? The average cost of a single CD today is about $18.99 x 48 = $911.52, but you can download and listen to all of these songs for just $10 a month (and everything else in it’s 36m+ library and additional access to their international around the world music) with @320 highest quality. That’s 9 years worth of unlimited Napster for the full value of Stevie’s collection. Or you can sign up for a FREE Spotify account, and listen to the entire collection FREE on your PC (and in random shuffle mode on your Smartphone). I don’t remember if the free version of Spotify has a limit on skips for on-demand listening; or they may hit you with more commercials; but who cares, your getting it free! Honestly, I’m not going to go in to all the songs I like because they’re just too many; and I’m sure true Stevie fans feel the same way. Check out the album on Napster.

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Hello classic family! I’m taking you REALLY back to day! I know a LOT of people have forgotten about my girl Sheena Easton! Sheena was one of Prince’s many protégé(s), and has had many, many number one hits. Now, yesterday a couple of people took issue with me using the word “protégé.” Although I don’t need to explain myself, I just want to take a moment to remind the passerby, and or my small blog fans; please keep in mind that blogs by definition are pretty much journals. That said, this means that blogs reflect the personal OPINIONS of the blogger(s); irrespective of the opinions of the reader. Bottom line, in my opinion, protégé is an appropriate word because no one really knew who she was until Prince got involved and influenced her career. Not only that, Entertainment Weekly who’s an authority on celebrity news also agrees with my assertion, click here. Some readers may think differently, that’s ok. If I didn’t know at least a little bit of what I was talking about, I wouldn’t have busted my butt creating this blog. You can start a blog and talk about what YOU think/believe is “true” for you. Anyway, do something constructive, other than being an internet troll. She’s had so many hits scattered all over the place, that if you’re not a member of a streaming service, I recommend searching for her greatest hits album. Sorry to my gay people, but, I think Sheena was waaaay more talented than even Vanity6! Vanity used sex to sell her records, whereas Sheena actually could sing. If I understand correctly, according to Billboard, Sheena has had several top 10 hits on Billboard’s “Hot 100” list. One of them happens to be my ultimate favorite (and in my opinion I think most old school people remember her most by) “Sugar Walls” released in 1984. “Sugar Walls” was such a naughty song, yet it was very danceable and tasteful. You can definitely hear elements of prince in this particular song (well, he wrote it). Another huge she had was “Morning Train.” Since a reader complained about accuracy (because bloggers are supposed to remember every single minute detail, of every celebrity we write about), but doesn’t have a forum/blog of his own with HIS own links to reference the accuracy of what HE writes about; celebrities that can say and do anything for the expressed purpose of gaining publicity; and a passerby that obviously must automatically believe that no large news organization has ever made a mistake, or never shape what they want the public to think; and since they are lazy to just do a google search; the following statement is true: The song was originally named “9-5,” but the British songwriter Florrie Palmer,  changed the name to “Morning Train” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s “9-5.” There are many more favorites I have; including “Strut,” and “Wings Beneath My Wings.” Oh my goodness, “Wings Beneath My Wings,” is a sad song, BUT she sang the shit out of that song. She had a lot more power in her voice than I realized. Although I love the way Bette Midler sang it, I think I like Sheena Easton’s version a tad better. There is one last favorite that is not on this album, It is called “For Your Eyes Only,” which is the soundtrack to 007’s “For Your Eyes Only (1981).” Trust me, this was one bad bitch, and deserves homage. Listen with Rhapsody.

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Back in the 70’s, one of the things that I absolutely loved about Sylvester’s music, was the fact that when we heard it back in the day, no one was thinking about “is that guy gay?” “Get that faggot off my turntable, I don’t want to hear that sh**!” Think for a moment how powerful that is; considering the very fierce anti-gay climate in the 70’s (especially for an artist of color). The only other artist or group that kind of had that same effect in the disco era was “The Village People.” Although not everyone was gay in that group, The Village People had (and still has) the kind of timeless music that no one thinks about their sexuality when it is being plaid. They created the kind of music where our minds immediately shifted to dance mode, no questions asked! I think it’s safe to say that in the disco era, Sylvester was one of the greatest dance artists of his time, and we have truly lost a legend way too early. The Original Hits (1989), just about has all his big hits; including, “Dance (Disco Heat) (I have to do some research, because the background singer sounds exactly like Martha Wash),” “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real,” and a song he dedicated to all his fans called “You Are My Friend.” Patti Labelle has made this song her anthem, and has sang the song at the end of every performance. There is another hit that’s not on this album though, and it’s called “Do You Wanna Funk” on his self titled album “Sylvester.” Please Listen with Rhapsody.

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Did you guys know that handsome Sal Mineo had an album? Actually quite a few albums. I happen to stumble upon this whilst I was googling. Well, let me say this, I was so excited to listen to this particular album at first; but let me tell you, I think he was a much better actor then he was a singer. This album sounded like he had a voice coach for one week; before he then put out this album. After listening closely, I could tell right away that he did not have a well trained voice. However, according to a video I was watching, he had a lot of number 1’s; but which ones I have no idea, cause what I heard on this album were not #1’s in my onion. “Baby Face” was a very famous song, sung by so many classic artists; but when Sal Mineo sang it, he actually sounded angry; like “they made him sing it.” LOL. The only 2 songs that I felt was kind of cute to listen to was called “Cuttin’ In” and “Down By The Riverside.” Maybe some of you guys would like to listen to his music and hear for yourself? You be the judge!

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I love “easy listening” type music, but I find much of Roberta Flack’s music to be way too slow, even for me. Actually, to be quite honest, I think that a lot of her music is very boring and depressing (and I am as open minded (musically) as they come). She has only had one hit every couple of albums that really struck my fancy; such as “Feel Like Making Love,” and “The Closer I Get To You.” However, “Killing Me Softly,” was the song that put her on the map! I think Roberta is probably best remembered for “Killing Me Softly,” than any of her songs. When Lauren Hill was with the Fugees, she made the song a big hit once more with her rendition. However, the album I wanted to write about is what I believe to be her first album called “First Take (1969).” This album contains another huge hit from Roberta called, “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” The song was number one for 6 weeks, and to my understanding, it became a hit by word of mouth only! There is another song from the album that has a really thick jazzy funk rhythm to it, it’s called “Compared To What.” It has a sick beat to it, and it has become one of my favorites that few people remember. I enjoyed the song called “Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” again, very heavy rhythms with the use of base violins, very nicely done. Lastly, I thought the song called “Angelitos Negritos” was interesting. It was the one and only time actually heard her sing Spanish. Anyone who loves traditional jazz, I think you’ll like the song entitled “Tryin’ Times.”

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Here is a perfect example of how our classics are fading away forever (just like our libraries). Regina, made a song called “Baby Love (1986).” It’s a very nice danceable pop/dance song that was huge in the 80’s. It actually was one of my many favorite club songs back in the day. Now, I can’t find it anywhere! I can’t even locate a full album for this artist. I’ve tried GooglePlay, iTunes, and Amazon. I found no new digital copies available for sale; but I did find a used vinyl copy available for purchase here. Please help save our musical history and culture, by rating your music on any streaming service you use! Request any music favorite music you do not see in your streaming service library. Thank you.

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This 80’s dance queen has a nice remix album available. I have really enjoyed this entire album, with the exception of two songs I have not heard before; one song song called “The Best Is Yet To Come,” and the other “Follow Your heart.”  They were really slow tempo, and I really was expecting the album to be all dance. The two songs really changed the entire mood of the album. However, I think the album is still worth listening to. Having said that, I really do think that Shannon fans would really like this album. It has two of her biggest hits (also my favorites) “Let The Music Play,” and the hot remix “Give Me Tonight!”

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