Sunday, April 14, 2024

Classic R&B News: Smokey’s Working a New Album, Gladys Knight Welcomes Sam Moore, The O’Jays Keep Doin’ It


This is the most important news you’ll get this week!

On Saturday night, Miss Gladys Knight killed at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. After the show she welcomed “Soul Man” Sam Moore and his wife Joyce backstage. Sam and Gladys caught up on their 50 year friendship. Here’s hoping they will work together soon. Each of them has a timeless voice that never grows old, just richer…

Smokey Robinson posted this video to Facebook. One of the most successful songwriters in the world and beyond, Smokey says he’s working on an album of new material. God bless. Smokey turns 78 on February 19th. I kid you not. Amazing.

The O’Jays were featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Eddie Levert and Walter Williams have fronted the group since 1958. From “Backstabbers” to “Love Train” to “Stairway to Heaven,” they are unequaled.
Jim Axelrod had a great visit with them.

SiriusXM 49 and 50 are so good, every day, consistently. Sometimes I think they’re programming shows just for me. A big shout out to them for giving us The Dells on a regular basis. I am still overwhelmed by their late great legendary singer Marvin Junior. He was Chicago’s answer to Detroit’s Levi Stubbs, one of a kind. “Stay in My Corner” is one of the lost classics of all time. Watch from the beginning. But at 4:30 Marvin begins his famous sustained solo note. It never gets old.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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