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    Talented Jimmy Soul

    Talented Jimmy Soul

    Talented Jimmy Soul

    If You Wanna Be Happy“, then read Talented Jimmy Soul, and listen to his album. 

    Jimmy Soul (August 24, 1942 June 25, 1988) was an American vocalist. He is best remembered for his 1963 number one hit, If You Wanna Be Happy.

    Jimmy Soul

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    Background Information



    Birth Name

    James Louis McCleese

    Born

    August 24, 1942
    Weldon, North Carolina, United States

    Died

    June 25, 1988 (aged 45).
    Spring Valley, New York, United States.

    Genres

    Pop, soul.

    Occupations

    Singer.


    Background

    Born James Louis McCleese in Weldon, North Carolina, he became a preacher at the age of seven and performed gospel music as a teenager. He acquired his performing name, Soul, from his congregation.
    Soul took to the road and toured the southern United State...

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    Bobby Vee Part One

    Bobby Vee Part One

    Bobby Vee Part One

    I’m in a new year, but Bobby Vee Part One, is worth doing. I have heard “Rubber Ball” all my life, so I’m happy to have him here on my website. 


    Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 October 24, 2016), known professionally as Bobby Vee, was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was a teen idol in the early 1960s and also appeared in films. According to Billboard magazine, he had thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits, ten of which reached the Top 20. He had six gold singles in his career.


    Bobby Vee

    Bobby Vee Part One



    Vee in 1962


    Background Information



    Birth Name

    Robert Thomas Velline

    Born

    April 30, 1943

    Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.

    Died

    October 24, 2016 (aged 73).

    Rogers, Minnesota, U.S.

    Genres

    Pop rock and roll soft rock.

    Occu...

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    Talented Bobby Patterson

    Talented Bobby Patterson

    Talented Bobby Patterson

    Bobby Patterson (born March 13, 1944, Dallas, Texas, United States) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer.

    Patterson produced records for Fontella Bass, Chuck Jackson, Ted Taylor, ShayHoliday, Roscoe Robinson, The Montclairs, Tommie Young, and Little Johnny TaylorAlbert King recorded the song That‘s What the Blues is All About,

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    Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

    Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

    Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

    Happy Birthday Mick Jagger, You’ll always be my favorite Rolling Stones member, which is my second favorite band (the first is naturally The Beatles). I got a lot of “Satisfaction” from listening to your songs, and I know that “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, but I wish The Rolling Stones would come here, and do a Rock concert. However with “Mother’s Little Helper”, I know you can think about it. “I’m So Hot For You (And Your So Cold)”, for coming over, with your band, that I’ll be waiting for your answer.

    “Some Girls” will be here and “Some Girls” will be “Brown Sugar”, but all would say “I Want To Be Your Wo(Man)” (please have a heart, I’m not going to type “I Want To Be Your Man” for I’m straight...

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    Gee Whiz Carla Thomas

    Gee Whiz Carla Thomas

    Gee Whiz Carla Thomas

    My new blog is calling Gee Whiz Carla Thomas, and it’s all about her and her music.

    Carla Thomas


    Carla Venita Thomas (born December 21, 1942) is an American singer, who is oftenreferred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. She is the daughter of Rufus Thomas

    Carla Thomas.

    Carla Thomas c. 1960s

    Background information

    Birth name

    Carla Venita Thomas

    Born

    December 21, 1942 (age 76).

    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

    Genres.

    Memphis soul Southern soul soul.

    Occupation.

    Vocalist.

    Instruments.

    Vocals.

    Years active.

    1960 present.

    Labels.

    Stax.

    Associated acts.

    Rufus Thomas Otis Redding.

    Biography

    Childhood

    Thomas was born and raised in the Foote Homes Projects in Memphis, Tennessee.Along with her siblings, Marvell and Vaneese, she was one o...

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    Happy Birthday Little Eva

    Happy Birthday Little Eva

    Happy Birthday Little Eva

    Happy Birthday Little Eva, and I hope you are remembered. For her hit song “Locomotive”, hasn’t left my head and mind, since I first heard it. For the few (four, or more) that never heard of it, and said we weren’t born then...

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    Happy Birthday Ray Davis

    Happy Birthday Ray Davis

    Happy Birthday Ray Davis

    Wow another birthday this month and the month isn’t over, and I’m glad it’s not. You may not know of The Kinks, but I grew up with them. for their songs are great, and timeless. Songs like “You Really Got Me”, “Low Budget”, “Around The Dial”, “Father Christmas” (I’ll be playing that, for Christmas), “Sunny Afternoon”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “All Day and All Night” and let’s not forget “Lola”, their biggest hit to date. The Kinks may not be part of the 1960’s movement, but that’s because of them being banned from The USA. The Musicians Unions , stopped them from coming over to the USA, which I think was political...

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    Roy Ayers Part One

    Roy Ayers Part One

    Roy Ayers Part One

    I been a fan ever since I saw Coffy, so that’s why I’m doing Roy Ayers Part One.

    Roy Ayers (born September 10, 1940) is an American funk, soul, and jazz composervibraphone player, and music producer. Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. He is a key figure in the acid jazz movement, and has been dubbed The Godfather of Neo Soul. He is best known for his compositions Everybody Loves The Sunshine, Searchin and Running Away. and at one time was said to have more sampled hits by rappers than any other artist.

    Roy Ayers

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    Roy Ayers Part One

    Ayers performing in Perth (201...

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    Happy Birthday Tom Jones

    Happy Birthday Tom Jones

    Happy Birthday Tom Jones

    Happy Birthday Tom Jones, for you were born June 7, 1940, which makes you79 years old today. The first time, I heard him, was in 1971, were I was ten, and I thought he was Snoopy Sales. I was still a Bobby Sherman fan, but I like the cover of his album, so I bought, and still have it. The vinyl album is called It’s Not Unusual, but today, I found the British version is called Along Came Jones (which is also a name of a song, but he never sang it). I have never done this before, but since I’m carried away with this album, I’m first going to type about it and then you can hear Along Came Jones (the album and not the song), because It‘s Not Unusual (the album with the song, of the same name), isn’t in The iTunes Store (obviously a oversight).

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    Al Jarreau Part Two

    Al Jarreau Part Two

    Al Jarreau Part Two

    Al Jarreau Part Two

    I’m doing Al Jarreau Part Two, which I promise while I did Part One, I hope you enjoy it.

    Personal life


    Jarreau was married twice. Jarreau and Phyllis Hall were married from 1964 untiltheir divorce in 1968. Jarreau‘s second wife was model Susan Elaine Player, whowas fourteen years his junior. They were married from 1977 until his death in 2017and had a son. In 2009, children‘s author Carmen Rubin published the story AshtiMeets Birdman Al, inspired by Jarreau‘s music. He wrote the foreword for the bookand read from it across the world. Al and Carmen worked together to promoteliteracy and the importance of keeping music alive in children.


    Illness And Death


    It was reported on July 23, 2010, that Jarreau was critically ill at a hospital inFrance,

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