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After that whole scandal/tragedy of Jam Master Jay’s murder, for some reason, I haven’t thought much of Run DMC. Not that I felt some kind of way… Perhaps we all sort of neglected them. I mean, when you listen all these hip hop documentaries talk about who was a GOAT, I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention Run DMC. This was a damn shame, because Run DMC actually made history, as they were the first hip hop artists to merge hip hop and rock with their hit “Walk This Way,” featuring Aerosmith. Young people today don’t know how huge that song actually was in the 80s. Also, another rock inspired hit they had was a song called “Rock Box.” Just before Jam Master Jay’s murder, Run DMC recorded an album called “Crown Royal” some time in 2001. It was around that time I stopped listening to mainstream radio and got more into music streaming, so I can’t recall if this album was promoted or not. This has some really good tracks in it. I love the fact that they continued to kept their same distinct Run-DMC style. It’s old school yet their sound is modern. Same flow, yet relevant. Check out “Queens Day” feat. Nas & Prodigy, “Ay Papi” feat. Fat Joe, ” and “Simmons Incorporated” feat. Method Man.

 

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Well, I don’t know if this was Teddy’s greatest album, but certainly no doubt it was one of his popular ones. One of the biggest songs I remember from this album is “Love T.K.O.,” this song was almost anthem like in the Black Community. This was a song that almost everyone enjoyed listening to when I was growing up. It’s a shame, we lost an incredibly talented voice at a young age. This is why it’s important to keep our Black music history alive. Oh, yeah, check out “Feel The Fire,” another huge hit for Teddy.

 

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Aaliyah, Spotify, Aliyah's Death, classic music, music streaming

You know, I hadn’t realized just how stunningly beautiful Aaliyah was until after her death. The media showed lots of candid photos I never seen before. We tragically lost an artist that could have been just as large as the late Whitney Houston maybe? But, because this is of a different generation from mine, a lot of her music I didn’t connect with. However, there are a few songs I feel are worthy mentions. I really liked the song she did for the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack called “Are You That Somebody,” and I also liked “More Than A Woman.”

 

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I remember listening to this album quite a bit growing up. As I’ve said before, Al Green had an incredible unique musical style. When we hear the first note of one of his instruments on his record, we instantly know it’s Al Green. Been listening to this album a bit recently. My favorite is “Tired Of Being Alone,” and “I Stand Accused.”

 

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I really apologize to my small fans for not posting any articles. I was having a really hard time deciding whether to keep this site or not. So much has changed in terms of social media, and it’s really discouraging when you’re trying to do something awesome, and because of politics and cancel culture, it’s really made it difficult to not only be seen on social media, but the control within politics and social media has shifted people attention greatly. On the other hand, I said to myself, I did so much effff-innn work on my site, I’d feel upset to let it go too. Next thing I knew I was billed for another year.

I said to myself….. Well?? Eff it!! I might as well keep the site and see what happens in the future. But, just to keep the work manageable, I’ll have to write smaller articles. I guess I love music too much. My site is so personal and it means so much to me. I will do my best to continue to write more articles, as sharing our Black American classic music I feel is still incredibly important. My heart breaks that there are so little bloggers of color out here, and on top of that even less of those bloggers who are writing about our classic music. Like I’ve always said, shame on the parents who dropped the ball on this. What a effin shame. Shame!!!

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Snap Out Of It! Homophobia Is A Mental Illness!

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Hi guys! I’m happy to announce that I’m finally a new first time author. I’ve completed writing my first book called “Snap Out Of It! Homophobia Is A Mental Illness! It’s been a long journey through this writing process, but I finally did it. Homophobia is still an incredibly serious issue, and we need to have a sense of urgency to talk about it, while America is going through a forced cultural change right now. The last four years has been literally chaos, and I suspect it will get a lot worse before Americans are forced to understand the problems we’ve caused by our divisions. If the American people do not set aside egos, and if we don’t work together (that includes both politicians and American citizens), we’re gonna be in deep trouble.

Whether you choose to admit it or not, people who are double minorities (meaning being of both color and gay), this can destroy the gay Black community in ways you can’t fathom. We need to put aside our beliefs and look at reality. No matter what you believe and how much you believe what you believe, your beliefs doesn’t take the place of real-time realities. Hopefully, my book can open your hard-heart just a little bit, enough for you to understand our struggles. As always, I feel the major political upset takes away the focus of LGBTQ Americans and LGBTQ immigrants rights. Despite our progress in the queer community, a significant part of our community continues to be left on the back burner. We must not forget our histories and become complacent. Otherwise, before you know it, everything we’ve worked for can easily be revoked with a stroke of a pen (as we seen with Joe Bidden undoing more than 90% of Trump’s policies. Please pickup a copy of my book, it is now available on Amazon.com

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Song: Star Search

Artist: Various

Album: CBS Productions (1983-2003)

Genre: TV Show

Hi guys!!! Today, I thought it would be fun to write a little ’bout a forgotten talent show called “Star Search.” To be honest, I forgot what channel I used to watch it on, but, it had to have been either channel 5 or 7 in NYC. This show was on way longer than I realized. I remember watching it in the early 80s, however, the show lasted until about 2003. Star Search was a show similar to the Apollo; the only difference was that Star Search’s format was a lot more formal, and appeared to be more structured. The show was hosted by a number of people throughout the seasons, including Arsenio Hall (believe it or not). But the host I remembered the most was the late Ed McMahon. Mr. McMahon literally became a house hold name back then; in fact, I dare to say his popularity could be compared to the legendary sports announcer, the late Howard Cosell. They both had very distinctive voices. You knew immediately who they were the second you heard their voices. In fact, Ed McMahon was so popular, he often appeared on the late Johnny Carson Show just to hangout.

Truthfully, I Only Remembered Two Performers On The Show That Became Mega Famous!





To be honest, despite the fact that I did enjoy the show most of the time, I was an occasional watcher. Thinking back, I hadn’t realized just how many people Star Search has made famous! One guy that stuck in my head was a guy named Sam Harris. No disrespect, but…… If the late Patrick Swayze was gay, I think he’d look something like Sam Harris ? ?! Come on, you know it’s true! LOLOL.. The audience appeared to have fallen completely in love with Harris. The song that put him on the map, was his rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” You know, it’s funny, back then I thought he tore the shit out of this song. Now, 30+ years later, I think he put a lot of stress on his vocal chords. Then again, Star Search was the first of it’s kind, and perhaps that was what it meant for contestants to “give it their all.”

Some Of The Biggest Celebrities That Started Off On Star Search Didn’t Perform All That Well!





One of my all-time favorite contestant of the show was a woman named Linda Eder. She left such a huge impression on me. Listen to Linda sing her rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” My jaw completely dropped to the floor when I heard her sing on the show for the first time. This was one woman I wish I could have saw perform live. Linda performs mostly Broadway tunes, and music standards. If you’re into this kind of thing, I definitely recommend you check her albums out. Sam Harris and Linda Eder are the only two performers that were prominent in my memory. However, below is a list of just a few contestants that became big names in their profession.

SINGERS:

Beyonce, performed with a group called “Girls Tyme.”

Justin Timberlake

Britney Spears

Christina Aguilera

User

LeAnn Rimes

Alanis Morissette

Jessica Simpson

Aaliyah

Billy Porter

COMEDIANS:

Martin Lawrence

Jenny Jones

Norm Macdonald

Sinbad

Carlos Mencia

Bill Engvall

Loni Love

Ray Romano

Rosie O’Donnell

Dave Chappelle

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Three Dog Night, spotify,spotifythrowbacks, streaming, classic music, soft rock

Song: An Old Fashioned Love Song

Artist: Three Dog Night

Album: Celebrate TTDN Story 1965-1975

Genre: Soft Rock

Unless your preferred music listening has always been rock, you most likely forgot about this group, or never heard of them at all. I don’t think they’re necessarily an obscured band, but I definitely think so among general music fans (especially 30 and younger). When I look at their streaming numbers, relatively speaking they’re not really that high. However, this doesn’t mean they didn’t do great music in the rock genre. To be honest, I hadn’t listened to their music for a really longtime. There are so much great classic music that exist, neglect of our old favorite classics is just bound to happen. It wasn’t until I started lookin’, that I actually realized how many songs they’ve done that turned out to be some of my favorites.

If There Is A Such Thing As Quality Rock Music





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You know, I still don’t consider myself a “rock expert.” However, I’ve always said to myself, if there is a such thing as “quality rock music,” I think Three Dog Night’s name would be on that list. They’re one of the very few rock bands that create real love songs that actually borderline between soft and hard rock. I can’t think of too many bands that make these kinds of music. Surprisingly, one of my most favorite songs by them was one of the least played on music streaming. “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” for some reason was one of my favorites. Thinking back, the song sort of reminded me of one of those early eighties travel commercials. You know, one of those vacation resorts ?. However, their biggest hit of their career was actually a song called “Joy To The World.” You know, I still couldn’t figure out the meaning of this song. I think what threw me off was the title. It automatically sends a message that this is a xtian song, but it’s not. Perhaps the lyrics in the song were cryptic. Then again, maybe it was just one of those quicky songs where random sentences were put together. We had a lot of those in the 70s & 80s. America’s “Horse With No Name,” was another annoying song I couldn’t figure out. WTF?? Anywayz…… Although I can’t figure out what the hell the song meant, it had an awesome tune that made it popular.

Joy To The World – The Lyrics Didn’t Make Sense To Me!





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Throughout the band’s existence, they’ve gone through a heavy turnaround rate. It’s amazing how many members they’ve gone through, and yet they still managed to pump out hits. Today, the band is unrecognizable. If it were not for their brand name, and the consistency in their music, I wonder if they’d still have that faithful fan base? Checkout some of their other awesome hits. Such as, “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “One” (I always mistaken “One,” for a Beatles song), and “Black and White.” Lastly, I want you guys to check out a cover that was first made popular by Otis Redding. It’s called “Try A Little Tenderness.” Wow!! They sounded amazing! In my opinion, they tore this song up! I really appreciated that they kept Otis’s spirit in the song. Very nicely done for all you old Otis fans out there!

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