Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:50

A Short Biog of Wilson Pickett on ZANI

Wilson Pickett was born in 1941, in Prattville, Alabama and the fourth of 11 children. The family moved to Detroit in his mid-teens and he sang in several Baptist church choirs. His forceful, passionate style of singing was developed between the sacred and the secular whilst singing on the streets with the other kids.
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Last year I was presented with a revelation. Just as I was bemoaning the lack of big budget, string-laden, 24 karat gold 70s style soul in the mainstream, solace arrived in the form of Love & Hate, the second album from Michael Kiwanuka.
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Monday, 21 August 2017 18:50

A Short Biog of Sam Cook

Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931. One of five boys and three girls, his father was Rev. Charles and mother, Annie Mae Cook. In 1933 the Cook family joined the great migration and moved to Chicago. Young Samuel featured as vocalist in his church choir before teaming up with three of his siblings in a quartet dubbed the Soul Children. Sam became a member of the gospel group the Highway QCs. In 1950, he joined the gospel group, Soul Stirrers and stayed with them for the next six years. During this time they recorded "Nearer to Thee" and "Touch the Hem of His Garment."
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Do we ever arrive? Does the train, one day hit the buffers, and if so, what do we do once it has?
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:00

A Short History of The Supremes on ZANI

Florence Ballard was a student at junior high school in the Detroit housing projects and became friends with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks,
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‘Na na-na-na-na na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na I need somebody to help me say it one time’
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:56

A Close Encounter with Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen 'Nina Simone' Waymon (Born: February 21, 1933, Tryon, North Carolina, United States - Died: April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France), was one of the most original and unique singers of any race to come out of the USA.
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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:11

The Ram Jam Club

It wasn't just the record business that thrived in the sixties, the live music scene was lively, to say the least, and not just in Central London.
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Sunday, 08 January 2017 14:26

Marvin Gaye Remembered (1939 – 1984)

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. was born in 1939, in Washington, D.C., to church minister Marvin Gay Sr., and domestic worker Alberta Gay (née Cooper).
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Lamont Dozier and brothers, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. were a song writing and production partnership who wrote and arranged many of the Motown hits from 1962–1967.
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