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The Classic Soul R&B Music Jam
November 15, 2006

This issue includes...

1) Win Brunswick's Top 40 R&B Singles 1966 - 1975
2) Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, Beyonce'
3) Music News: Kelly Rowland, Michael Jackson
4) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?
5) Teddy Pendergrass Flashback
6) Is the Chatty Ms. Dewey the new Queen of Search Engines?
7) Your Feedback via email to King at Powerhouse Radio

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1) Win Brunswick's Top 40 R&B Singles 1966 - 1975

Some hard to find gems are included on the double-CD release "Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966 - 1975, The Classic Years."

We have several copies to give away.

As a special bonus, you'll also received the brand new CD from Ray Parker Jr.

Keep them both, or give one away as a holiday gift.


(We have our winners. Thank you!)

Special thanks to Brunswick Records and RayParkerjr.com for donating these CD's for PowerhouserRadio.com Newsletter subscribers.

2) Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson, Beyonce'


Natalie Cole: Leavin'

CD cover sticker hype: "Natalie Cole Makes a soulful return to her roots."

The reality: A surprising excellent collection featuring several standout songs, including the title track "Leavin," the Isley Brothers "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love)," and a nice remake of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming."

There isn't a weak track here. Natalie sings with confidence. She expands her appeal with convincing interpretations of songs by Fiona Apple, "Criminal," and Neil Young's "Old Man."


Lionel Richie: Comin' Home

CD cover sticker hype: "The stunning new album from one of the most acclaimed artists of our time."

The reality: Much better than 2004's "Just for You."

Lots of young producers take Richie in new directions without compromising his style.

"I Call It Love," "Sweet Vacation," and the title track "I'm Comin' Home" all evoke fond memories of Richie's best solo work and his output with the Commodores.

A good comeback.


Janet jackson: 20 Y.O.

CD cover sticker hype: "All new music."

The reality: I was very disappointed on my first listen. Did I miss something?

It's been 20 years since Ms. Jackson released her first album. 20 Years Old sounds pretty stale.

The CD has a split personality. Half of it tries to capture modernity with contributions from contemporaries Nelly and Khia.

The Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced half of 20 Y.O. recycles approaches Janet might be better off leaving in the time capsule for historians to savor.

The lyrics to the trollopy track "So Excited" sum it up...

"Act Bad, Dont' Hurt Me
Look Sexy, Talk Dirty."

We have lots of style on 20 Y.O. It's light on artistic substance.


Beyonce': B'Day

CD cover sticker hype: none

The reality: Released in September 2006 to coincide with her 25th Birthday.

In fairness to Beyonce', she is very talented. "Listen," the new song from the Dreamgirls movie, included as an unlisted bonus track, proves it.

I question the selection of material on B'Day, because it's not as good as her CD "Dangerously in Love."

Some of B'Day is experimentally adventurous, although uneven.

You WILL find some pleasing moments on B'Day. "Irreplaceable" is a nice medium-uptempo track featuring Beyonce's charming voice.

The ballad "Resentment" samples Curtis Mayfield's "Think" (From Superfly) as the supporting rhythmic melody.

Eye candy alert. On the back of the internal CD booklet, there's a great picture of scantily clad Beyonce' leading two alligators around on leashes. Are they her pets?



Best overall: Natalie Cole
Best technical recording: Natalie Cole
Broadest Appeal: Natalie Cole

Written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter https://powerhouseradio.com

3) Music News: Kelly Rowland, Michael Jackson

Kelly Rowland
Who starts all of these bogus Internet rumors? Not us.

Here's a note that recently appeared on Kelly Rowland's official website...


"Kelly Rowland -- one of the founding members of the pop music super group Destiny's Child -- is safe and sound and currently in Los Angeles."

"A rumor circulating last weekend that Kelly was in involved in a tragic accident in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is simply not true."

"Kelly's scheduled concert in Jakarta was canceled following a bombing in the capital city. Kelly was in Singapore at the time and flew from there to Los Angeles."

"Kelly extends her warm thank you to her fans for their concern but wants everyone to know she is well and doing fine."

Michael Jackson
M-J receives a "Diamond Award," for selling over 100 million records internationally, Wednesday evening, November 15th, at the World Music Awards in London, UK.

Michael will perform "We are the World."

Jackson is also trying to get some hot producers involved in collaborating with him for a new album.

Will.I.Am, the producer who energized the Black Eyed Peas, has been courted by M-J to work some magic.

4) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?

Dionne Warwick and Peabo Bryson
Benefit for Love Our Children USA
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, NY

Cameo and Angie Stone
Friday, November 24, 2006
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR

Lionel Richie
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

John Legend
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Anita Baker
Friday, December 8, 2006
The Orpheum Theatre
Minneapolis, MN

Lionel Richie
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Monday, December 11, 2006
Oslo Spektrum
Oslo, Norway

Stevie Wonder
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk
Universal City, CA

KC & The Sunshine Band
Saturday and Sunday, December 30 - 31, 2006
Atlantic City Hilton
Atlantic City, NJ
8pm Saturday, 10:30pm Sunday

Johnny Gill
Saturday, January 13, 2007
The Railhead, Boulder Station Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

Isaac Hayes
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Birchmere Music Hall
Alexandria, VA

5) Teddy Pendergrass Flashback

From Teddy Pendergrass' official biography:

"Teddy has been singing since the age of two; he was an ordained minister at 10 and a self-taught drummer by age 13.

Later Teddy sang in the citywide McIntyre Elementary School Choir and the All-City Stetson Junior High School Choir in Northern Philadelphia.

As a teenager, Teddy was lead singer for a local Philadelphia group, but decided not to pursue a singing career after being "taken" by a local record-producing slickster who, claiming to be James Brown's brother, promised him an illustrious recording career that never materialized.

Disillusioned, Teddy turned to performing as a drummer with another local singing group, the Cadillacs.

It was as a drummer that Teddy first met Harold Melvin, lead singer with a group called the Blue Notes.

Having lost their back-up band, the Blue Notes recruited the Cadillacs, and with them came drummer Teddy Pendergrass.

In 1970, during a tour with the French West Indies, Teddy got the opportunity he had waited for. The Blue Notes broke up and several new people joined the band.

Teddy was a natural lead vocalist of the newly restructured group, and so the Blue Notes were reborn."


See the special program brochure from the night Philadelphia saluted Teddy for his platinum selling success, and...

Check out the rest of the complete Teddy Pendergrass story from his official biography:


6) Is the Chatty Ms. Dewey the new Queen of Search Engines?

Are you bored using Google, Yahoo, or MSN search?

Who says search engines have to be dreadfully dull?

There's a new player in town, and her name is Ms. Dewey. Entertainment is job one for this diva. Ms. Dewey "interacts" with you as you search for information.

She's a little flirty with the one-liners. Make sure your speakers are on. Right now, you must have Flash version 8 on you pc to enjoy the Ms. Dewey Show.

Thank goodness she has a mute button, because you'll probably want to control her motor mouth.

I can't stop laughing as Ms. Dewey gyrates on the screen and playfully pouts. She looks like a provocatively dressed 2nd grade teacher.

Is there a wardrobe upgrade in Ms. Dewey's future?

Unfortunately, as a search engine, Ms. Dewey is as slow as molasses. Flash technology has a lot to do with her delay in serving up search results.

To scroll through results, place your mouse at the top or bottom of the citations.

Ms. Dewey is the brainchild of Microsoft Live Search. Enjoy the show!

Update 2021: Ms. Dewey didn't last. The link is removed.

Written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter


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Editor: King
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September - Musicians from New Orleans
June - Live 8 Around The World
January - How to Sell Old Records

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