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Reba

This was a real hard one for me, because both Reba McEntire and Jennifer Shepard (NCIS) are like chameleons, they’re constantly changing their looks all the time. These are the best photos I could find that show some resemblance. Although, there are times were I’ve seen Jennifer look more like Marlene Dietrich.

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Tons

“Two Tons O’ Fun,” also known as “The Weather Girls,” first album (pictured above) was in 1980 I believe. A two woman group consisted of Martha Wash and Izora Armstead. Their music was mostly disco, club, and high energy dance music. I remember my mom playing this album all the time. I know I’ve written about this album before I think, but I wanted to post it again because it’s one of my favorite albums from them, and if you’re a true old school person like I am, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this album. On the original album there’s only 8 tracks. Rhapsody has three additional tracks for this album (not sure why, maybe they are bonus tracks). My favorite songs are “Do You Wanna Boogie, Hunh?” “Just Us,” “Got The Feeling.” Martha Wash is still performing, however,  Izora Armstead was sick and past away in 2004. Listen on Spotify.

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HaroldBrian

That o’l saying “we all have a twin” is soooo true! Comedian and director Harold Lloyd looks like splitting image of actor Brian Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer on NCIS (or should I say the other way around?). I’m just stunned at the coincidence. Even the contours of their dimples, the shape of their lips, even their noses appear to be almost exactly proportioned. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that these handsome men were father and son.

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Joan

LOL.. Ok. Last one 😀 You can’t tell me that as both Anjelica Huston and Joan Jett get older, they are not starting to look like each other. Either that, they both must have the same make up artist.

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boy

I just realized, I haven’t done a look alike in ages. Here are two I thought of a couple of weeks ago.  Demi Moore and the infamous 80’s pop diva Boy George; they really could actually be sisters! LOL. I don’t know what it is, I think its their piercing eyes that done it for me.

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Jean

I absolutely loved this song back in the day. But unfortunately, this was the only song I ever liked from Jean Knight.  Mr. Big Stuff  shot up to number 1 for about 5 weeks, according to Billboards “Soul Singles” in 1971.” This was one of many songs that always played in family gatherings. In a way, the song almost became somewhat of an anthem, always played when a guy got on a woman’s nerve. She had a couple more hits since then, however, none achieved the same success as “Mr. Big Stuff.” Personally, I just didn’t care for her music much. Her music wasn’t bad; she obviously had a great voice; I think maybe it had something to do with how the overall sound was produced on her album. I’ve heard a couple of her songs that kind of sounded like she was singing inside a karaoke bar, or saloon.  Hear her hit on Spotify.

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500x500Although, the subtitle of this album states “Greatest Hits,” this isn’t her best greatest hits album. I suggest visitors doing a search for Dionne Warwick’s music, she has actually produced quite a number of hits, and I don’t think they’re all on one album yet (at least I don’t recall/noticed one that exists yet). I selected this particular album because there is a song on here that I don’t think has gotten enough “old school credit.” The song is called “Heartbreaker (1982),” and if I remember correctly, it was written by the Bee Gees; however, only Barry’s voice was used for background vocals. According to Billboard, the songs was on the charts for 22 weeks, and peaked at #10 on January 15, 1983. This was a huge hit, it boggles my mind how even a lot of the major radio stations don’t even play this song anymore. Another phenomenal hit that was lost in old school history was “I’ll Never Love This Way Again (1979);” the song peaked at #5 and stayed on the charts for a total of 24 weeks. There wasn’t a radio station that wasn’t playing “I’ll Never Love This Way Again.” I also enjoyed “Deja Vu,” which is a very laid back romantic song. Again, search for her music, there doesn’t appear to be one album with all her greatest hits, they are all scattered unfortunately. But you can listen to THIS album here on Spotify.

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PinkFinished

I know there exist a lot of people who love to feed the propaganda monster; and will probably dislike me for this article. But, what the hell, It’s my blog. Do you really think there’s a White conspiracy in the music industry, to “steal Black music” away from Black culture? I’ve heard this talk over and over for quite some time now. As someone who has always had music in my blood since I was extremely young, I have a very different opinion on this matter. You know when I was little, there were many performers I listened to, that I never knew they were actually White. One of those people I distinctly remembered was Tom Jones; and apparently I wasn’t the only person who thought so; many people thought he was back then. I also thought that Michael McDonald was also Black for awhile until I actually saw him on TV. The reverse has also happened. I thought Chuck Berry was White until I saw him on TV. So, what exactly is the point of my two previous statements? The point is music influences all cultures regardless of where you come from. Second, despite what people think, (or want to believe), I don’t think we can put a color on music. The color of a person’s skin doesn’t denote their culture, neither should music.

Now I know a lot of you may think I am plum off my rocker! Yes it is true that Black music has literally influenced the world, I don’t think any music historian, or any average music lover would try and challenge this. However, understand that it is because Black music has been such an influence, it is only natural that other groups of people will try to mimic it because it’s so great! This is another reason why I suggested a few posts ago, to listen to intentional radio. If you listen to current music from India, Japan, Africa, and yes even Arabian countries, almost all of them sound American. Many Asian countries are very heavily in to hip hop. If it were not for the different language, you’d think that all of their music was produced by Pharrell, or Dr. Dre. No one is bitching that Japan is trying to “take Black music away.” I’ve heard some Arab artists that can drop lyrics better than some American artists! No one is trying to proclaim or take away anything, it’s just the nature of good music, everybody wants to do the same. The reality is, other cultures fought a long time to try and keep their traditional music, but it is fading away, just like American classic music. I think trying to take ownership of a style of music that was once ours, is like the military yelling and screaming on television that the internet was started by them, and they want to be acknowledged. The internet is so huge, and has been etched in to the fabric of our lives, does it really matter?

I think what’s important is to try and focus on keeping the memories of our dying music, rather than spending a pointless life time of pointing fingers, of an issue that really makes no sense.

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