Rest in Paradise: Maurice White

Today, February 4, 2016, Maurice White passed away in Los Angeles, California. At the 18th Annual Grammy Awards, White won Best R&B Vocal Performance, By A Duo, Group or Chorus for his production on ‘Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. The song comes from the funk band’s sixth studio album, “That’s the Way of…

Rest in Paradise: Norman Whitfield

Today, September 16, 2008, Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Norman Jesse Whitfield passed away in Los Angeles, California. Whitfield co-wrote and produced several Motown hits, including ‘You’re My Everything,’ by The Temptations.  Yesterday, September 15/67, the song peaked at no. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘You’re My Everything’ was released as a single…

Music Birthday: Barry White

Today, September 12, 1944, Barry White was born Barry Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas. Barry’s beautiful baritone blends amiably with those of El Debarge, James Ingram and Al B. Sure!, on Quincy Jones’ ‘The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite).’  The song was written by El Debarge, Quincy Jones, Siedah Garrett (also provided backing vocals), and…

Music Birthday: Gladys Knight

🔊🥳 Today, May 28, 1944, Gladys Maria Knight was born in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1994, Knight covered Boys II Men’s signature single ‘End of the Road’ in her medley called ‘End of the Road Medley: If You Don’t Know Me By Now/Love Don’t….’ The song is the final track on Knight’s “Just for You” album….

Chanté Moore: “This Moment is Mine”

🔊💜Today, May 25, 1999, Chanté Moore released her third studio album “This Moment Is Mine.” This album peaked at no. 31 on the US Billboard 200, spawned the hit single ‘Chanté’s Got a Man.’ The song was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis—on the Hot 100, it reached no. 10. Mac Miller sampled ‘Chanté’s…

Music Birthday: Patti LaBelle

🔊🥳 Today, May 24, 1944, Patti LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Patti has a soulful song called ‘More Than Material,’ and it has backing vocals from gospel icon J. Moss. ‘More Than Material’ comes from Patti’s 15th studio album “Timeless Journey,” released in 2004. This album peaked at no. 18 on…

Music Birthday: Rachelle Ferrell

🔊🥳 Today, May 21, 1964, Rachelle Ferrell was born Rachelle Stephanie Ferrel in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Ferrell’s 1990 debut studio album, “Somethin’ Else” was re-issued in 1995, and dubbed “First Instrument.” This album reached no. 151 on the US Billboard 200, and has these three Apple Music fan favorite-starred tracks: ‘You Send Me,’ ‘Bye Bye Blackbird,’…

Music Birthday: Mr. Biggs

🔊🥳 Today, May 21, 1941, Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Isley and Rod Stewart have a song together called ‘This Old Heart of Mine,’ and it reached no. 10 on the US Hot 100 on May 25, 1990. The song, an original by The Isley Brothers, comes from The Isley Brothers’…