With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on! (10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>
I have sat through jukebox shows with music by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Beach Boys while wondering, "When's there going to be a Motown one already?" And now there's finally one coming for next March, and it's actually more than just a jukebox show; it mixes in the songs while telling the stor ... More >>
In my column about theater last year, I bemoaned the fact that there have been jukebox musicals about everything except the one I want to see--Motown! Well, it's finally coming. Berry Gordy Jr. is planning a show called Motown which will tell his story while sprinkling in the Motown hits of the da ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
The Rent. . . Is. . . Too Damn High "Jimmy Mack" is a well-circulated name in R&B. There was a Holland/Dozier/Holland song, recorded by Martha and the Vandellas, James Brown, and Sheena Easton among others, and at least two or three dudes who cut singles under that moniker, for Motown and elsewhere ... More >>
You'd be hard pressed to find a drummer who covered more stylistic ground in his career than Bronx-born drummer Steve Reid, who died in his sleep last night after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
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With the Brit avant-garde, rust-belt saxophone, Braxton standards, Dylan standards
Dusty Springfield, 19391999