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Happy Birthday, Marvin Gaye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdcLwm-RCv8 This Day in Music reports that The Prince of Motown would have turned 76 today. It also says that on this day in 2006, Watts Branch Park in Washington, DC, was...
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The Odd Genius Currently Known as Prince

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF49nZ1ydJg It's challenging to write about Prince. He has been around for so long and has released a mountain of music in multiple genres, all of which he's mastered. But...
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Soul/Funk/R&B

James Brown     James Brown: Night Train The Capitols: Cool Jerk (featuring Bob Babbitt) Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia/I Heard It Through the Grapevine The...
War: Low Rider and Cisco Kid

War: Low Rider and Cisco Kid

Low Rider, above, doesn't start until about a minute and half into the clip. It is interesting to watch Don Cornelius hold court, however. War has a long, complex and interesting history. Here is the...
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Pedal Steel Funk

Thanks to my friend Tim for letting me know about Robert Randolph and the Family Band. A couple of paragraphs about the band's new album, We Walk This Road, provides good insight into what the band...
Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?

Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?

Something had been missing from this site. I finally figured out what it was: Falco. Here are the words of Der Kommissar in English. See if you can make sense of...
Still Funky

Still Funky

I look for any rationale for playing great tunes. So, happy 58th birthday, Mark Avsec. Avsec was the keyboardist in Wild Cherry, whose Play that Funky Music reached number 1 in the U.S. in 1976. Avec is a...