"Let It Whip" songwriter and producer Reggie Andrews dies
(June 24, 2022) The last 24 hours have been devastating for soul music fans, with multiple notable passings. And now we have found out that noted songwriter, producer and pianist Reggie Andrews has passed, causes undisclosed. Andrews is most noted for co-writing and producing the Grammy Award winning smash hit "Let It Whip" for The Dazz Band. He later became a music teacher at Locke High School in Los Angeles, California, where he served until 2010.
Ray Charles classic reissued for 50th anniversary
June 24, 2022: Ray Charles’ Tangerine Records is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of Charles most important and impactful albums; A Message from The People. This special remastered 50th Anniversary edition of the landmark recording, is now available on Vinyl, CD and all streaming services for the first time in more than 10 years. Order / Download A Message From The People
First Listen: A Temptations classic gets "slenderbodied"
(June 24, 2022) There aren't many songs more iconic than The Temptations 1971 #1 hit, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)." The ballad became the incredible swan song for falsetto lead Eddie Kendricks, and, after "My Girl," perhaps the group's most revered cut.
Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Bernard Belle, brother of Regina Belle-Battle, dies
(June 24, 2022) We are sad to inform SoulTrackers of the passing of Bernard Belle, Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, and brother of soul singer supreme Regina Belle-Battle. Bernard died of congestive heart failure. He was 57. Regina posted today on social media:
The smartest part of me has passed on. My brother, Bernard Belle was brilliant. Please help me to shine from heaven! I love you Bernie. #RIH
First Listen: St. Jaimz pours out his heart on "You Shoulda Told Me"
(June 23, 2022) Occasionally, you hear stories about how young children must survive in whatever way they can. For Stanley James, crafting music kept him afloat living in a hard knocks Chicago, Illinois neighborhood as a foster child. In his mid-teens, he found an apartment and eventually served in the military while furthering his music dreams.
First Listen: The Harlem Gospel Travelers deliver joyful hit
(June 22, 2022) The Harlem Gospel Travelers draw on two great musical traditions for their new song “Look Up.” One is the harmonies of the gospel trios, quartets and quintets that were a mainstay of that old-time religious music of the 1940s and 50s. Of course, secular and sacred musicians relentlessly borrow from each other, and so the tight harmonies used by gospel groups to sing the good news influenced generations of vocal groups from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
Disco and R&B pioneer Patrick Adams dies at age 72
(June 22, 2022) A generation (or two) of music fans danced the night away to his work, which never ceased to get us sweating. Today we say a sad goodbye to iconic songwriter, producer and arranger Patrick Adams, who has reportedly died at age 72, causes undisclosed.
First Listen: Marlon McClain and Nathaniel Star give us a "Gift"
(June 21, 2022) Guitarist and songwriter Marlon McClain knows music can be used to inspire. McClain is an original member of the band Pleasure and he’s been a solo artist and songwriter.
McClain played on Pleasure’s biggest hit, the 1979 funk anthem “Glide.” That song has become a key part of the funk music canon and serves the same role as a proving ground for funk bassist that “Giant Steps” does for hard box tenor saxophonists.
First Listen: L. Young "Ain't Gonna Waste Your Time"
(June 21, 2022) L. Young has demonstrated that he knows how to serenade a woman through music that combines old style romance with new school swagger. The Louisville native has the vocal chops to croon, as the viral videos of him performing acapella, four-part harmonies cover versions of popular songs proves. L. Young made a reputation as a songwriter who has penned songs for artists such as KeKe Wyatt.
Fans praying for recovery of Eddie Levert, who misses show with COVID
(June 20, 2022) Fans of The O'Jays are praying for longtime lead singer Eddie Levert, who contracted COVID-19 and was unable to perform with the group at this past weekend's concert in Columbus, Ohio, part of the initial leg of the O'Jays Farewell Tour.