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7 More French Vocal Groups

Back on February 1, I posted seven videos of French vocalese groups from the 1950s and early '60s. As readers know by now, I love French vocal harmony groups. For me, they're like catnip. Fortunately, Rémi Carémel in Paris hosts In the Shadow of Studios, a terrific site devoted to these groups and French pop singers. His posts are in French (no translation button, sadly), but Rémi also stages a Facebook page with videos (go here). Since it's Friday, the day of the week I typically succumb to w...
Tags: Paris, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Rémi, Gerry Mulligan, Marc Myers, Henri Salvador, Neal Hefti, Les Blue Stars, Rémi Carémel, Le Quatre de Coeur, Les Angels, Les Blues Stars, Les Double Six Les Fiz, Lil Darlin, Westwood Walk

Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For those of you who didn’t enjoy Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wants you to have several seats and stop being a hater because you’re clearly missing the point of Motown. WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at least two days removed from the Grammys, Smokey said in a lengthy statement (via Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s performance are “trying to set us back a hu...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Instagram, Smokey Robinson, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Grammys, Diana Ross, Don, Jennifer, J Lo, Motown, Smokey, Gordy

WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance

When Jennifer Lopez was announced as the headlining performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, folks naturally scratched their heads and collectively asked: “How Sway?!?”When she finally took the stage Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to perform, she did her thing, yet, something was still… missing. Twitter took notice and basically said, “Nah, sis, that wasn’t it” as they roasted the hell out of her for “Jentrifying” a Motown tribute.Maybe it was the fac...
Tags: Videos, Music, Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Chile, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Mary J Blige, Grammys, Jlo, Jenny

Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys

Jennifer Lopez’s presence alone just about guarantees a solid, show-stopping performance at any show, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate choice, especially when Motown is involved. She’s received hefty criticism as the choice performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, in which she sang “My Girl,” alongside Smokey Robinson, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with … Continue reading "Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys" The post Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings...
Tags: Music, Religion, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Jlo, Motown, The Grammys, Grammys Motown, Rollin Stone

Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Aretha Franklin, List, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ne-yo, Grammys, St. Vincent, Diana Ross

Why the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Telecast Was the Queerest, Fiercest, and the Best Yet

None Even if you didn't watch it, you knew that this year's Grammys were like any other's year's Grammy Award telecast: it was simply far, far too long.Yet that wasn't the only negative to be noted on the ceremony's 61st iteration. This time around, there were far too few awards were given out during the televised portion, several acceptance speech winners were played off (and twice abruptly cut off), one of the night's big winners wasn't even there (Childish Gambino/Donald Glover), and Recordi...
Tags: Feature, Music, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Motown records, St. Vincent, James Corden, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Staples Center

Grammys 2019: Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo celebrate Motown

With label founder Berry Gordy sitting front and center at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Smokey Robinson paid tribute to the legendary Motown Records. It’s the 60th anniversary of the label, which was home to artists such as the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Tempations, Gladys Knight and many, many more. Lopez, who has been busy performing in Las Vegas, was a solid choice to pull of a Motown medley as she blasted through...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Las Vegas, Will Smith, Jackson, Rolling Stone, Grammy Awards, Diana Ross, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Robinson

Don, Oscar and Aretha

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Don Chadwick, co-designer of the Aeron chair, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). The ergonomic Aeron was first introduced in the late 1990s. Instead of upholstery, the chair's seat and back are constructed of a tightly woven two-way suspension system. It feels like you're sitting in a taut net. Don started out as a kid building model planes.  Here's Don on the Aeron... SiriusXM. If you missed me on SiriusXM'...
Tags: Japan, New York, Aretha Franklin, House, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, Baker, Kenton, Chet Baker, Don, Charlie Parker, Smokey, Kenny Rogers

The Number Ones: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “The Tears Of A Clown”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Number Ones

In Two Small Steps For Womankind, The Rock Hall Inducts Janet Jackson & Stevie Nicks

Thursday morning, I woke up to a miracle: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has had an embarrassing dearth of female honorees in recent years, has managed to induct not one but two highly deserving women in its 2019 class. That’s right, y’all, Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson are in!This was Jackson’s third nomination (she became eligible in 2007), and the first nomination for Nicks as a solo artist (she became eligible in 2006). Jackson has faced an unfair uphill climb in music since her...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Radiohead, Mtv, Smokey Robinson, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson, Khan, Stevie Nicks, Justin Timberlake, Pete Davidson, Janet Jackson, Carole King, Tina Turner, Gerry Goffin

Tommy Orange's Debut, 'There There', Signals an Exciting New Era for Native American Fiction

Tommy Orange's There There is an intensively penetrating debut novel. Informed by generations of genocide and subjugation, Orange sets the novel in present-day Oakland. A multigenerational saga centered around 12 interconnected characters, Orange uses their stories to contextualize the urban Indian. Orange details their lives down to the quotidian then flawlessly threads in the legacies of violence and the historical struggle against subjugation. For Orange and his characters, predecessor famili...
Tags: Music, Review, Wikipedia, Fiction, Book Review, Radiohead, Smokey Robinson, Oakland, Orange, Gertrude Stein, Stein, Dene, Knopf, Thomas Frank, Orvil, Tommy Orange

Popdose Q&A: Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. But if you can’t always make ’em understand that your music lives and breathes beyond the borders of one particular genre, create your own: Tahiti 80’s self-described “fusion of sunshine pop, blue-eyed soul, and beat music” for their seventh album, The Sunshine Beat Vol. 1, has resulted in yet another stellar collection of songs, the band’s first full-length since 2014’s Ballroom. A quarter-century after forming Tahiti 80 as college students in Rouen, France, fro...
Tags: Music, Japan, France, Chicago, Smokey Robinson, Grace Jones, Prince, Pedro, Spinners, Andy, The Beach Boys, Centre Pompidou, Philly, Popdose Interviews, Chicago Tribune, Tony

The Ultimate Guide to Diana Ross's Style

A Supreme's approach to elegance.Over the past month, we've been breaking down our list of 16 classic fashion icons everyone should know. Last week, we covered Jane Birkin — a symbol of effortless European fashion. This week, we'll be talking about the American icon, influence, and hero that is Diana Ross.She's known to many as the most successful female entertainer ever. With countless awards to her name and a string of chart-topping hits, Diana is a stunning example of a powerful woman who has...
Tags: Music, Taylor Swift, College, Inspiration, Smokey Robinson, Diana, Rolling Stone, Detroit, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Diana Ross, Rca Records, 1960s, Supremes, 1970s, Jane Birkin, Golden Globe

Assert Your Independence: Contact Your Senator To Support Music Modernization Act

In this piece William Glanz reviews the current state of the Music Modernization Act, what progress it still has to make, relevant commentary being made about the bill, and more, as well as encouraging artists to advocate for copyright law by calling their senator. __________________________ Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange America just turned 242. Some of our copyright laws are almost as old as our nation. That’s why the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) has gained so...
Tags: Music, Congress, Senate, Guest Post, House, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Smokey Robinson, Nashville, Capitol Hill, MMA, Music Business, Senate Judiciary Committee, William Howard Taft, SoundExchange, LA New York

Keith, Luciano and Jan

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez for my "House Call" column (go here). Keith grew up near San Francisco in the 1960s. His dad was a fireman in San Francisco, so Keith's family had a different perspective on the civic dangers posed by the youth culture than romantics reading about hippies in Life magazine. Here's Keith on Seinfeld... SiriusXM. If you missed me on SiriusXM last week with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, co-hosts ...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Sweden, San Francisco, Rome, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Evans, Berkeley, Coca Cola, Random House, Wall Street Journal, Sicily, Keith, Don, Anne

Senators Back Music Modernization Act

A bipartisan wave of support from the Senate Judiciary Committee washed over the Music Modernization Act, legislation introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, raising hope of bringing the laws surrounding music and music rights into the 21st Century. __________________________ Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday expressed broad bipartisan support for the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823), a comprehensive music reform pack...
Tags: Utah, Music, Congress, Senate, Guest Post, House, Smokey Robinson, Dianne Feinstein, Committee, Bernie Sanders, Music Business, Music Tech, Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein, Robinson

Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act. _____________________________ Guest post Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy Smokey Robinson is one of the best witnesses for artist rights.  Mr. Robinson was on stage yesterday in the clinch at the Senate Judiciary...
Tags: Music, Congress, America, Guest Post, Smokey Robinson, Bernie Sanders, Music Business, Digital Music, Major Labels, Chris Harrison, Senate Judiciary Committee, U S Senate, Robinson, Cardi, FERRICK, Chris Castle

Listen to Marvin Gaye sing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" in an isolated vocal track

Most songs aren't as good when the instrumentals are stripped out, but Marvin Gaye's vocals in "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" are so powerful and haunting that they don't need accompaniment. From Open Culture: Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," turns 50 this year. Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight got the first cracks at the now iconic Barrett Strong-Norman Whitfield tune, but Gaye’s 1968 rendition is the famous one, the bestselling Motown single of the decade....
Tags: Video, Music, News, Smokey Robinson, Motown records, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Berry Gordy, Gaye, Norman Whitfield

Dozens Of Musicians Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King’s Death In “The Dream Still Lives” Video

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. To honor his memory and his work, which is still as relevant as ever, Stevie Wonder has assembled a mind-bogglingly vast lineup of musicians, celebrities, and public figures to share their hopes for the future in a video entitled "The Dream Still Lives." … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Jonas, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Mccartney, Smokey Robinson, Mark Ronson, Harry Styles, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Cher, Bette Midler, Martin Luther King

Hear Marvin Gaye Sing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” A Capella: The Haunting Isolated Vocal Track

Marvin Gaye’s mega-hit, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," turns 50 this year. Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight got the first cracks at the now iconic Barrett Strong-Norman Whitfield tune, but Gaye’s 1968 rendition is the famous one, the bestselling Motown single of the decade. Gaye’s former brother-in-law, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, is perhaps the only one who wasn’t impressed, refusing to believe it could be a viable single until its enthusiastic reception by radio DJs and t...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Marvin, David Bowie, Smokey Robinson, Time Magazine, Motown records, Rolling Stone, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Facebook Twitter, Lawrence Kasdan, Berry Gordy, Pavarotti, New York Society Library

Joell Ortiz – “Start To Fade” Ft. Raekwon, Smokey Robinson

Brooklyn veteran lyricist and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz drops an early XMas present for his fans “Start To Fade”.  The street love story features Wu-Tang’s Raekwon and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Tags: Brooklyn, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Wu Tang, Singles, Raekwon, Joell Ortiz, Raekwon Smokey Robinson

Listen to Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in One Streamable Playlist

Whatever value one places in “best of” or “greatest” lists, it’s hard to deny they can be virtuoso exercises in critical concision. When running through 10, 50, 100 films, albums, novels etc. one can’t wander through the wildflowers but must make sparkly, punchy statements and move on. Rolling Stone's writers have excelled at this form, and expanded the list size to 500, first releasing a book compiling their “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2003 then following up the next year with the “50...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Jay Z, Wikipedia, Boston, Smokey Robinson, Rolling Stone, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Tom Petty, Josh Jones, Smokey, Punk Rock, Durham NC Follow, Rolling Stone lt

Pete Moore, an Original Miracle and Co-Writer of Hits, Dies at 79

As an integral member of the group led by his childhood friend Smokey Robinson, Mr. Moore played an important role in Motown Records’ origin story.
Tags: Music, News, Smokey Robinson, Motown records, Robinson, Moore, Smokey, Pete Moore, Deaths (Obituaries, Warren Thomas (Pete) (1938-2017, Miracles (Music Group

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in pics: The Roots, Common, Wyclef, more

The 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through two and a half miles of Manhattan, from Central Park West to Herald Square, on Thursday (9/22) morning. The annual tradition unfolded under tight security following the bike lane truck attack less than a month ago, on Halloween. Continue reading… [Author: Sachyn Mital]
Tags: Music, Thanksgiving, Jimmy Fallon, NYC, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan, Wyclef Jean, Patti Labelle, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Questlove, Music News, Common, The Roots, Flo Rida, Macy

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in pics: The Roots, Questlove, Wyclef, more

The 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made its way through two and a half miles of Manhattan, from Central Park West to Herald Square, on Thursday (9/22) morning. The annual tradition unfolded under tight security following the bike lane truck attack less than a month ago, on Halloween. Continue reading… [Author: Sachyn Mital]
Tags: Music, Thanksgiving, Jimmy Fallon, NYC, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan, Wyclef Jean, Patti Labelle, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Questlove, Music News, Common, The Roots, Flo Rida, Macy

Can Sam Smith Put Up Adele Numbers This Holiday Season?

Ever since he made the leap from golden-throated Disclosure associate to sulking adult-contemporary torch singer extraordinaire, Sam Smith has caught the same comparison over and over again: He's the male Adele. More »
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Future, Jay-z, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Charli Xcx, One Direction, Sam Smith, Smokey Robinson, Hugh Hefner, Simon Cowell, Pharrell

PBS to honor Tony Bennett in music special with star-studded performances

WASHINGTON , D.C. — Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., today announced the talent and broadcast plans for “Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song,” a PBS music special honoring Tony Bennett’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The program will premiere Friday, January 12, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). The program will also be broadcast at a later date...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Paul Simon, America, San Francisco, World, Selma, Mtv, United Nations, Paul Mccartney, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Manhattan, Jazz, John

Before Halloween Is Even Over, ‘Tis The Season For Christmas Albums

Sorry to spook you, but: You'd better put on an ugly sweater over your Halloween costume because it's Christmas time again! It must be, or else all these musicians wouldn't be releasing Christmas albums already. That's the only explanation for such a phenomenon, really. Perhaps you can't yet feel the Christmas spirit in the air … More »
Tags: Music, Alabama, Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Journey, US The Duo, Reo Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Tav Falco, Rupaul's Drag Race, Sounding Board, Fantasia, Lindsey Stirling, Hanson

Dizzy Heights #26, 9/14/2017: Mom

This week’s show (after the first two songs) is a love letter to my mom (her birthday was this week), who instilled in me a love of music at a very early age. This show will pay tribute to the artists that I love because she loved them first. Which means that LOTS of artists are making their Dizzy Heights debut here, including The Beatles, Elton John, Al Green, Billy Joel, Marvin Gaye, Space, Lisa Stansfield, Smokey Robinson, The Moody Blues, and The Spinners. Emily Haines makes her solo debut ...
Tags: Space, Podcast, Music, Featured, The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Duran Duran, Marvin Gaye, Spinners, Featured - Frontpage, Moody Blues, Keane, Emily Haines

Book Notes - Suzanne Burns "The Veneration of Monsters"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Suzanne Burns' The Veneration of Monstersis a stellar short fiction collection featuring unforgettable characters. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Burns is an unmissable heir to ...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, Roald Dahl, Disney, America, Rome, David, Pandora, Paris, Italy, Smokey Robinson, Beethoven, Harry, Starbucks, Jack, Nina Simone

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