Southern Stones!

If you’re a huge Rolling Stones fan and will be in New Orleans next month, this is the event for you.

Stones Fest, part of The Best Fest concert series, will be rolling through the south’s favorite party city on July 17.  

On board to help celebrate the music of The Rolling Stones will be Ann Wilson of Heart, Vanessa Carlton and members of Wilco, among others.

For ticket info, go here: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5119595&pl=tipitinas 

For more about The Best Fest concert series, go here: http://www.thebestfest.com 

Enjoy! :-)

The Donatella/Mariah Connection!

Were you ever curious about how Donatella Versace and Mariah Carey became close friends?  Me either.

Were you aching to know Donatella’s favorite tracks from Mariah’s new album ME. I AM MARIAH…THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE?  Me either.

But for anyone interested, Donatella shared this info with the current edition of British Vogue online.  You can check it out here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/06/24/donatella-versace-reviews-mariah-carey-you-dont-know-what-to-do 

Enjoy! :-)

River Of Life!

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.

:-)

Kelly Clarkson

  • Track Name

    My Star

  • Album

    This Is What I Do

  • Artist

    Boy George

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”.

Enjoy! :-)

  • Track Name

    On My Own

  • Album

    Winner in You

  • Artist

    Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

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”.

Enjoy! :-)

  • Track Name

    Nothing Compares 2 U

  • Album

    Holding Back The Years

  • Artist

    Jimmy Scott

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.

Enjoy! :-)

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.

Feel free to revisit some of her work by checking out her YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/sybilsings2

Enjoy! :-)

Thursday Throwback Jamz - January 23, 2014!

I felt like having a party with this one!  :-)

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. 

Enjoy! :-)

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. 

Enjoy! :-)
  • Track Name

    Where Did We Go Wrong

  • Album

    Love, Marriage‎ & Divorce

  • Artist

    Toni Braxton & Babyface

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.

Enjoy! :-)

  • Track Name

    Let Me Be Your Angel

  • Album

    Let Me Be Your Angel

  • Artist

    Stacy Lattisaw

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”.

Enjoy! :-)

  • Track Name

    Physical

  • Album

    Physical

  • Artist

    Olivia Newton-John

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”.

Enjoy! :-)

  • Track Name

    Away In A Manger / Little Drummer Boy

  • Album

    Winter Loversland

  • Artist

    Tamar Braxton

My Review of Tamar Braxton’s WINTER LOVERSLAND!

Kindly visit our friends over at The Urban Music Scene to read my review of Tamar Braxton’s first holiday effort which dropped today: http://reviews.theurbanmusicscene.com/2013/11/11/tamar-braxton—winter-loversland.aspx

And for you right here is one of the tracks not mentioned in the review, her medley of “Away In A Manger/Little Drummer Boy”.

The season for holiday music has officially begun.

Enjoy! :-)

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Ruben Exits “The Biggest Loser”!

Back in July we told you that American Idol champion Ruben Studdard would compete on the next season of “The Biggest Loser”, which began airing last month: http://themeyersmusicreport.tumblr.com/search/ruben+studdard

Unfortunately, Ruben’s run on the show was short lived as he became the second person this season to be booted off this week in an elimination some are calling “shocking”.

Fortunately for us music lovers, Ruben has a talent that’s greater than reality television and we look forward to his next musical effort.

For anyone who missed it, feel free to revisit my 2012 interview with Ruben Studdard for SoulMusic.com: http://www.soulmusic.com/index.asp?S=1&T=1&ART=2350

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