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Back in the day: JUNE 1988 (Issue 510)

Back In The Day with Sharon Davis - JUNE 1982 (Issue 510)
Back In The Day with Sharon Davis - JUNE 1982 (Issue 510)

Ah, I remember this edition because, believe it or not, Jackie Collins (yes, the author) was pictured on the back cover reading a copy of the magazine. Or at least, holding an open copy.

Roger St Pierreâs interview was a real gem for us, and under the heading Jackie Collins Bares Her Soul she spoke about her latest tome Rock Star and sang the praises of Blues & Soul, saying she purchased it in Tower Records in Los Angeles â âItâs amazing but there is nothing like B&S in the States and, if you want to keep abreast of whatâs happening Stateside then you have to rely on a British magazine to give you the low down.â â¦â¦.Hah, but I got the middle pages with an another exclusive interview with Motownâs Magic Lady, which, according to the text, took a lot of doing. The duoâs first single Betcha Canât Lose (With My Love) had just hit the national charts and everyone suddenly wanted a piece of the action. We managed to corner Linda Stokes, one half of the act for a quick chinwagâ¦.

Tyka Nelson graced the front cover and she was interviewed across two pages by Malu Halasa..⦠..news of the month included Anita Bakerâs plans for a British autumn tour with dates in London during October. Ticket prices were £15 and £12.50 (I kid you not!), while her new US single was âNo One In The Worldââ¦â¦ Brass Constructionâs classic club hit from their debut eponymous album of 1975, Movinâ, was given a new lease of life with a brand new mix and 12â release on the Syncopate labelâ¦.

Beatbox Recordings, a new Stevenage-based independent label was formed as a specific vehicle for new, young British talent, by two members of the group Touchdown. The first release was Jaktrappâs Sample This Houseâ¦..Top Manchester soul band 52nd Street returned to the singles market with a double-sided 45 featuring I Will Wait and Say You Willâ¦..

Michael Jackson was due in July for dates in London, Cardiff, Cork and Leedsâ¦...New Orleans born blues guitarist Kenny Neal arrived in the UK to promote his debut album Bio On The Bayou ,released on Bedrock Recordsâ¦.Whitneyâs (as in Houston) track Love Will Save The Day was being considered as a remixed singleâ¦..Carolyn Franklin, sister of Aretha and Erma, died from cancer on 25 April. She was 43 and was survived by her two sisters, two brothers and a grandmotherâ¦. Shanice Wilson followed her Iâll Bet Sheâs Got A Boyfriend single with The Way You Love Me coupled with her US single No Half Steppinâ. Both tracks were from the 14 year oldâs debut album titled Discoveryâ¦â¦

The legendary Bo Diddley teamed up with the notorious Ronnie Wood for a concert in Londonâ¦...Best selling UK soul singles: Prince â Alphabet Street at one, followed by Narada - Divine Emotions and S-Express â Theme From S-Express, while the top three albums were: Various Artists â House Hits, Sade â Stronger Than Pride and Prince - Lovesexyâ¦â¦Roberta Flack was in the studio recording a long overdue albumâ¦..

My Motown Trackinâ column kicked off with details of the Marvin Gaye album A Musical Testament 1964 â 1984. Unfortunately the gremlins bit the printer and the album was re-titled Musical Treatment. Naturally, a very special album but even more so because it contained Marvinâs heart-wrenching version of The Star Spangled Banner which he sang at the NBA All-Star Game during 1984. Mention was also made of, among other things, Stevie Wonderâs hour long tv special titled after his album Characters, the news that my book Motown:The History was finally finished, and once again, I took up the challenge of âfakeâ Supremes performing over here. It didnât stop it happening but it did make fans stop and think before buying tickets for these showsâ¦. David Nathan spoke to Evelyn âChampagneâ King, while Will Downing, wearing a B&S t-shirt, printed his personal top ten titles. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathawayâs Donât Make Me Wait Too Long was in the pole position, followed by Marvin Gayeâs Whatâs Going On and Stevie Wonderâs Inner Visions â¦.

And finally, thereâs two bare arsed pictures this time. One of Prince, sitting in his altogether with one hand covering one breast, and the other is a picture of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers walking across the Abbey Road zebra crossing. Nothing strange there I hear you say. But, hey, theyâve each got a sock dangling from âyou know whereâ! Itâs all too much for meâ¦..

Til next time..
SHARON DAVIS

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