Category Archives: Music

70s music, 80s music

Carole King

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“I feel the earth move” performance

I just saw a Carole King performance at the Whitehouse tonight, on PBS. Although she looked totally different from the 70s hippie singer I remember when growing up, the songs she sang were just as memorable as they ever were. Listening to her and James Taylor tonight made me want to step back in time. Those truly were the days of singer songwriters.

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The Jacksons at Montengo Casino CA

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Marlon Jackson image

The Jacksons concert at Montengo Casino in Cabazon was again, an awesome performance. These guys are still as great as they ever were. All the brothers in sync, just like years ago. Although I saw the same performance last month in Saratoga, I enjoyed myself at this concert just the same. The Montengo Ballroom isn’t the greatest for sound, but it didn’t matter. The concert was a non stop party from the get go. Opening with “Can You Feel It” then keeping it going with a bunch of uptempo hits, the audience was alive and partying.

This time around I used my photo press pass to get in, and although there wasn’t a “pit” near the stage, I managed to get a couple of good shots of the performance when they opened up the area at the front of the stage. (PR was supposed to tell photographers that we would be shooting from the back of the room.) Another highlight of the evening was meeting a former BET photographer who wowed me with a wealth of stories.

Back to the performance … Marlon once again stole the show. He had a lot of energy and danced up a storm, while also playing host. He really looked in his element, and I can only guess that he has probably missed not performing at times. He and Michael were always my favorites, so it was magical for me to see Marlon up close twice in the last four weeks.

Jermaine put on a great show also and performed some of his solo hits, namely Dynamite, Do What You Do and Let’s Get Serious. Jermaine has such a beautiful voice and he sounded great. I also noticed his wife Halim in the audience. She looked beautiful in a very pretty fuschia colored dress.

Tito was Tito, and funked it up on guitar. I would love to see him perform with his blues band one day. Jackie did his job also, singing, dancing and on occasion taking the lead. He strikes me as a very nice person and was very personable.

All in all, it was another stellar performance by the Jacksons. Michael may not have been there, but his spirit definitely was. His brothers not only performed Jackson Five/Jacksons songs, but sang numerous MJ numbers as well. They did him proud. It looks like the Unity Tour is heading overseas soon, and who knows, if they make another stop in CA, I might just be there too.

The Jacksons Unity Tour, Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA

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I drove up to Saratoga CA last Friday to see the Jacksons in concert. OMG it was totally awesome! It was as if they never left. In my opinion, Marlon stole the show. He announced, sang and danced up a storm. Brought tears to my eyes and sure brought back memories. I was totally crazy over Marlon and Michael, and for years, bought every picture, magazine clipping etc I could find on them. Those were the days of “Right On” magazine and the exclusive pictures and interviews they were privy to. I remember the magazine edition that had a double spread picture of Michael laying by the pool. I remember that picture like it was yesterday. We didn’t always appreciate those days, but I am glad I grew up in the 70s. Musicians had to have talent. The Jacksons were no exception, and they proved that they still have “it” so many years later. Jackie Jackson mentioned in an interview that they might have a permanent home for the show in Vegas. I say yea to that. You know who’ll be sitting in the front row!

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Ashford and Simpson

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Ashford and Simpson were one of my favorite groups of the 70s. Their songs were so good. Writing music was their forte, and they wrote hit songs for many big name artists. I particularly remember this blue album cover of “Gimme something Real”. I used to play this LP over and over in my room, on my little Sanyo turntable. I loved the way Valerie wore her hair and wished I could duplicate her style. With the death of Nick Ashford, we lost a brilliant singer/songwriter.

Check out – Something Real: In Memory of Nickolas Ashford.

Billboard number one songs of the 70s

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The 70s era produced great music. Artists really had to be able to “sing” to get a recording contract. They had to be able to perform live and exhibit raw talent, whether singing or dancing, or both. “Billboard #1s: The ‘70s” is a two CD set featuring songs that made it to number one on the Billboard charts in the 70s. Although some of my favorite artists are excluded from this collection, it represents a wide selection of material. Some of my favorites are “Your so vain” by Carly Simon, “Good Times” by Chic, “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer and “Heart of Glass” by Blondie. Whether you grew up listening to these songs, or are just curious to listen to music from another era, this album is worth a listen.

Sparkle

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When I heard that they were remaking the movie Sparkle, it made me think back to the musical soundtrack that accompanied the original movie. Aretha Franklin sang the songs and Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack. It remains one of my favorite albums to date, and I can honestly say that I love every song. The movie cast included names such as Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, and Dwan Smith. I am not a big fan of movie remakes so I have a hard time believing that it will top the original, but that remains to be seen.

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