The Meyers Music Report sends congrats to one of your favorites, Kelly Clarkson on the birth of a daughter she named River Rose. Clarkson and hubby Brandon Blackstock welcomed the addition to their family on Thursday, June 12. It is the first child for Clarkson who skyrocketed to fame as the winner of American Idol’s first season. Blackstock, the stepson of country legend Reba McEntire, has two other daughters from a previous marriage.
Happy Birthday Boy George!
The Meyers Music Report sends Happy Birthday love out to the one and only Boy George.
George showed up on our radar in a huge way back in the early ‘80s as the front man for the group Culture Club when their third single “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” became a global radio hit.
A long list of hits would follow for the group but George’s drug addiction, as well as his reported (and initially denied) failed romance with drummer Jon Moss were contributing factors to the band’s demise.
After many legal woes, including a conviction for falsely imprisoning and beating a male companion in 2009, George emerged last year with a new solo album, KING OF EVERYTHING.
Here is a track from that offering, “My Star”.
On Her Own! (This Day In Music History)
On this day in music history, June 14, 1986 Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald hit the top of the charts with their break-up ballad “On My Own”, featured on Patti’s album WINNER IN YOU. The tune, written by the legendary Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager, helped propel Patti’s album to platinum status. It would stay at #1 for three weeks!
For your listening pleasure, here is Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald with “On My Own”.
RIP…Little Jimmy Scott!
When I interviewed jazz great Nancy Wilson many years ago, she wanted to set the record straight on two things. First, she never considered herself a jazz singer, but instead a pop singer. Secondly, contrary to popular belief she was not vocally influenced by Dinah Washington, but by Little Jimmy Scott.
Little Jimmy Scott was born James Victor Scott in July 1925. A rare hormonal condition left him short in stature, 4’11”. However, by the time he was 23 years old, his big voice had him on the road with Lionel Hampton’s band. He reached initial success with Hampton in 1950 with an uncredited vocal on “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”.
Other recordings would follow, but came with one contract dispute after another. By the ‘70s, Scott, who was once a promising rising star, found himself back in his hometown of Cleveland, OH working 9-to-5 average joe gigs just to pay the rent. His musical career would sit on the back burner for over 15 years. And then joy emerged from pain.
In 1991 when Scott sang at the funeral of a longtime friend, a record label executive was in attendance and shortly thereafter signed Scott a deal. The following year Scott released his exquisite album, ALL THE WAY. And just like that Scott’s recording career was reborn. Several albums would follow as well as notable appearances in film, television and books.
On Thursday, June 14, 2014, Scott passed away of cardiac arrest. He was 88. May he rest in peace.
Kindly give a listen to Scott’s interpretation of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” from his 1998 album HOLDING BACK THE YEARS.
Happy Birthday Sybil!
The Meyers Music Report sends a big Happy Birthday shout out to New Jersey’s own Sybil Lynch, known professionally in music as simply Sybil.
She arrived on the scene in the late 80s and made a huge impact with a couple of Dionne Warwick covers: “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk On By”.
While she still records, Sybil is currently a Program Coordinator at a community college in North Carolina.
This show features music from Adeva, Brainstorm, Al B. Sure, The Commodores, Crystal Waters, Diana Ross, Donald Byrd & 125th Street, Janet Jackson, Jody Watley, Junior, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Regina Belle, Rufus feat. Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Taana Gardner, Teena Marie and Whitney Houston.
Throwback Thursday Jamz - January 16, 2014!
Here is the debut of my new radio show “Throwback Thursday Jamz” heard exclusively here on The Meyers Music Report.
Today’s show features music from Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Starr, Chaka Khan, Chante Moore, Diana Ross, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Hall & Oates, Heatwave, The Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang, McFadden & Whitehead, The O’Jays, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, A Taste of Honey, Tavares, Teddy Pendergrass, and Teena Marie.
In the 20-Minute Spotlight: Glady’s Knight & The Pips.
NEW MUSIC! / “Where Did We Go Wrong” by Toni Braxton & Babyface!
Here’s the second single from Toni Braxton & Babyface’s upcoming cd. ”Where Did We Go Wrong” was written by the pair for their album LOVE, MARRIAGE & DIVORCE, scheduled for release on February 4, 2014.
Happy Birthday Stacy Lattisaw!
The Meyers Music Reports sends Happy Birthday wishes out to our Facebook friend and R&B legend Stacy Lattisaw who turns 47 today.
At the tender age of 13, with one album already under her belt, Stacy made a huge impact on the R&B charts with her second album, 1980’s LET ME BE YOUR ANGEL. The singles “Dynamite” and the title track cracked the Top Ten (R&B), while “Just To The Beat” became a number one dance track.
For the next ten years Stacy would have a string of hits including covers of the classic soul tunes “Love On A Two Way Street” and “Hey There Lonely Boy”.
In 1984 she recorded PERFECT COMBINATION, a duet album with her childhood friend Johnny Gill. The two were enjoying a number one hit, “Where Do We Go From Here” in 1990 when Stacy voluntarily walked away the spotlight.
Since then she has married, become the mother of two and travels around ministering the love of God in word and song.
To learn more about what Stacy is doing today, feel free to visit her website www.stacylattisaw.net or “The Official Stacy Lattisaw Page” on Facebook.
For your pleasure, here is Stacy’s breakthrough hit “Let Me Be Your Angel”.
Olivia Gets “Physical”! (This Day In Music History)
On this day in music history, November 21, 1981 Olivia Newton-John began a 10-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with her song “Physical” from the album of the same name. ”Physical” was produced by John Farrar whose long list of credits included previous Newton-John hits “Have You Never Been Mellow”, “Please Mr. Please”, as well as her work on the movie soundtracks GREASE and XANADU. Farrar also produced Newton-John’s subsequent hits “Heart Attack” and “Twist Of Fate”.
"Physical" sold two million copies and was also a considerable hit on the R&B charts. Newton-John was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance along with Kim Carnes for "Bette Davis Eyes", Sheena Easton for "For Your Eyes Only" and Juice Newton for "Angel Of The Morning". They would each lose to Lena Horne for the cast album to her one woman Broadway musical, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music".
For your Thursday Throwback listening pleasure, here is Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”.
Lady Sarahdonna Did It First!
While Madonna and Lady Gaga continue to bicker over who stole whose style game, The Meyers Music Report would like to kindly remind them that Sarah Dash of Labelle did it first.
We hope this settles that debate once and for all. :-)