In a difficult year filled with the passing of many great artists, another talent can be sadly added to the roster: Billy Paul, best known for his 1972 Philly Soul classic "Me and Mrs. Jones." His passionate reading of the lyrics, conveying the torment of an extramarital love affair, became his signature tune. Few may know that Paul's career dated back to the 1950s, and that he was steeply rooted in jazz. It wasn't until the 1970s that Paul reached a wider audience with his silky smooth voice and soulful delivery. Along with "Me and Mrs. Jones," one of his
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Best known for "Me and Mrs. Jones," the Philly Soul singer's recent death reminds listeners of his distinctive voice and artistic courage.
The final live show from the Graham Bonnet era of Rainbow is a good one.
1980 was a year of transition for Rainbow. Touring in support of Down To Earth, their sole album with singer Graham Bonnet, it found the band shifting from the lengthier songs and mystical lyrics of the Ronnie James Dio era to a more radio-friendly sound, which would be carried even further by Bonnet's successor, Joe Lynn Turner. That year the band headlined the first-ever festival at Castle Donington in England. The performance was filmed and recorded and makes up the DVD/CD Rainbow - Monsters Of Rock: Donington 1980. While footage from this show had been available as a bootleg for
Prince may be gone, but he left a vast legacy, including this underrated 1984 B-side.
Prince's untimely death deals yet another blow to music. His creativity and ability to blend various genres is unsurpassed. As several friends and colleagues have reported, Prince was constantly writing and recording, amassing a treasure trove of unreleased tracks that will hopefully see the light of day. Until then, we must savor his albums and numerous singles. Amazingly, Prince would often reward fans with stellar B-sides that should have been hits, including "17 Days," the flip side to the 1984 "When Doves Cry" single. Featuring a hypnotic groove with looping electronic drums, the track exudes pure, simple funk. The origins