Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1051

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

AUGUST 9, 1963 - FEBRUARY 11, 2012

Editorial STUFF

Probably one of the saddest editorials I have had to write, just a day or so after poor Whitney Houston passes away... This unfortunate event, along with a spate of other untimely losses, has prompted a commemorative online issue (unfortunately, our bi-monthly is at the printers) to some of our greatest legends. It was somewhat of a relief to get 2011 over, as myself and our contributors, were growing weary of reporting such events - with the loss of Amy et al. We, rather innocently thought (and hoped) there would be rest bite in this particular area of our reporting. Alas, with a heavy heart and a huge amount of sadness, this was not meant to be - life does NOT go on. We hope you can join us in our appreciation/commemoration of these true greats and celebrate the fact that we could all enjoy them at their peak - they lived their lives whilst negotiating many obstacles, but what shone out more than anything was their talent. Here's to those artists who have now departed to attend bookings in the sky - thank you for all you have given to us. R.I.P. Amen.B&S

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Gregory Porter tours the UK in 2012

Gregory Porter UK Tour news

Much talked about rising Jazz/soul-star Gregory Porter is due back for more UK concert dates in May, June and July. Fresh from a string of sell-out London gigs and his "masterpiece" 2nd CD release, "Be Good."

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Adele setting records

Adele Sets Yet More Records

Golden girl Adele is the first artist to chalk up two million downloads to earn double platinum status on iTunes in the USA. Her album "21" also becomes the longest running US number one by any female artist in Billboard history...

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V Festival 2012 line-up announced

V Festival 2012 latest news and line-up info

This year’s V festival line-up has been announced. After last year’s smorgasbord of delights for fans of rap, urban and R&B – headliners included Rhianna and Eminem – this year the bookers went for...

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Plan B tour, film and album news (PHOTO: SIMON REDLEY)

Plan B to go wild in the country

If you go down to the woods will probably bump into rapper and chart star Plan B, who has announced plans to play a string of gigs in UK forests this summer. 

Plan B, aka Ben Drew, will play seven shows...

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Bobby Womack to perform at the Lovebox Weekender 2012

Bobby Womack to play Lovebox

Soul God Bobby Womack is due in for one UK show in June. The vocal and guitar legend plays the Lovebox 2012 Festival in London’s Victoria Park on 16th June. The festival staged on 15th – 17th June, an earlier than usual...

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Whitney Houston R.I.P. August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston R.I.P. August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012

“One of the greatest singers that ever lived.” The feeling of many artists and VIPs, after hearing the shock news that Whitney Houston has been found dead on Saturday afternoon, US time, (11th Feb 2012) in a Beverley Hills hotel room...

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Etta James R.I.P. January 25th 1938 ~ January 20th 2012

Etta James R.I.P. (January 25th 1938 - January 20th 2012)

Etta James, the undisputed Queen of female blues singers, lost her battle with Leukaemia on 20th January. The word “legend” is bandied about far too often in the music world; but it was justified for sure when speaking about Etta...

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Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson: Soulful reflections

Known nationwide for her authentically-soulful vocals, saw her finish runner-up in the 2010 series of UK TV talent show ‘The X-Factor’, singer/songwriter Rebecca Ferguson this month releases her highly-anticipated debut album Heaven

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Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas: This Years Must Havas

Some say Lianne La Havas is the next Erykah Badou. A more soulful version of Amy Winehouse perhaps. I don’t agree. She ain’t the next anybody… She is the first Lianne La Havas. A sensation, and she’s one of ours.

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T-Pain (Photo: Derek Blanks)

T-Pain: The Pleasure Principle

Double-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/rapper/producer T-Pain returns with his long-awaited fourth album "rEVOLVEr" and with recent tune "5'Oclock" featuring Lily Allen does the business chart-wise, this can only mean one thing -

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Gamble & Huff

Gamble & Huff: That Philly feelin'

Pete Lewis meets Kenny Gamble - one half of the legendary Philadelphia songwriting/production duo Gamble & Huff, who are currently celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their equally-iconic Philadelphia International label...

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Rebecca Ferguson Royal Centre, Nottingham, 27/2/12 Rebecca Ferguson Royal Centre, Nottingham, 27/2/12 Rebecca Ferguson Royal Centre, Nottingham, 27/2/12 Rebecca Ferguson Royal Centre, Nottingham, 27/2/12

Rebecca Ferguson: Royal Centre, Nottingham 27/02/12

The 2,000-strong audience cheered and clapped loudly. I think they would have reacted the same, even if she’d have forgotten the words and hummed for four minutes. But she didn’t. She gave us that voice. As it is on record...

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Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 (SONY CMG )

What Berry Gordy and mega songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland did for Detroit and Motown, Gamble, Huff and Bell did for Philadelphia. Creating an entire sound that defined a City, a decade and for me, as fresh today as it was then. Timeless...

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Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro: Look Around The Corner

Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro : Look Around The Corner

It is lush. It is retro. It is sexy. It oozes charm and sophistication. Soul with a capital 'S,' and a very chilled out vibe. It harks back to the days of The 5th Dimension and the musical Hair...

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