Archive for April, 2016

  • Billy Paul Dies

    By Chris Wells on April 25, 2016
    One of Philly soul’s best-known and most distinctive voices was stilled on April 24 when Billy Paul, the Me & Mrs Jones man, died as a result of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Born in North Philadelphia in December 1934, Paul – born Paul Williams – was influenced mainly by female jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday […]
  • Prince Dies

    By Chris Wells on April 21, 2016
    News has reached us that Prince has died aged 57 at his estate in Minnesota, just days after he was rushed to hospital from his private plane with flu. Paramedics were called out to his Paisley Park estate at 9.43am and Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there had been a fatality. Prince had been hospitalized six days ago with […]
  • Toussaint’s Final Album

    By Chris Wells on April 14, 2016
    American Tunes, the final studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, will be released by Nonesuch Records on June 10. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in […]
  • Bell Tolls

    By Chris Wells on April 13, 2016
    Legendary soul singer and songwriter William Bell has returned to his original home, Stax Records, for his first major release in almost four decades. This Is Where I Live will be released on June 3. Bell co-wrote most of the songs on This Is Where I Live with GRAMMY-winner John Leventhal, who also produced the album. Additional co-writing contributors are […]
  • Gaye Play Set For London Run

    By Chris Wells on April 12, 2016
    Opening at Northampton’s Derngate Theatre on Friday, May 20 and running until Sat, June 11, Soul, Roy Williams’ new play about the life and tragic early death of Marvin Gaye, will now also enjoy a summer season at London’s Hackney Empire between Wed, June 15 and Sun, July 3. It’s described as, ‘a searing dramatic thriller that will reveal what […]
  • MARCH 2016 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on April 8, 2016