Music Birthday: Darrel Walls

Today, February 8, 1991, Darrel Walls of sibling gospel group The Walls Group was born in Houston, Texas. Effortlessly adding to the divine harmonies of the group’s debut album, “Fast Forward,” Darrel and his siblings maximized their opportunity to work with Brandy and her 90’ hit, ‘Always on My Mind.’   The group sampled ‘Always on…

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: Lou Rawls

Today, January 6, 2006, Lou Rawls passed away in Los Angeles, California. For their 1969 “Cloud Nine” album, The Temptations included their psychedelic soul cover of Rawls’ ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.’ Norman Whitfield produced The Temptations’ version, while David Axelrod handled Lou’s three years prior.  On November 4, 1966, ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing’…

Music Birthday: Tank

Today, January 1, 1976, Tank was born Durrell Babbs, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before his R&B hits like ‘Please Don’t Go’ and ‘Your One,’ Tank lent those lush vocals to Aaliyah’s posthumous single, ‘Come Over.’  The song was written by Johnta Austin, and produced by Jazze Pha, Bryan-Micahael Cox and Kevin Hicks – it’s included on…

Tamar Braxton: “Love and War”

Today, December 21, 2012, ‘Love and War’ by Tamar Braxton peaked at no. 13 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song is a DJ Camper production, included on Tamar’s sophomore studio album of the same name.  The following year, on December 20, ‘All the Way Home,’ another single from the album peaked…

Tyrese: “I Wanna Go There”

Today, December 17, 2002, Tyrese released his third studio album, “I Wanna Go There.” This relationships album reached no. 16 on the US Billboard 200. His first album for J Records, “I Wanna Go There” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on Valentine’s Day 2003.  This sensual album’s lead single, ‘How…

Beyoncé: “BEYONCÉ”

Today, December 13, 2013, Beyoncé released her double platinum-selling eponymous fifth studio album. This album peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 1 on iTunes. Most recently on international itunes charts, “BEYONCE” is still in heavy rotation, peaking at nos. 39, 93 and 74 in Brazil, Spain and Australia in November…

Avant: “Private Room”

Today, December 9, 2003, Avant released his first studio album with Geffen Records, “Private Room.” Executively produced by the seasoned Steve Huff, “Private Room” is passionate, intimate contemporary soul on the same high levels of R. Kelly’s “Chocolate Factory.” On the US Billboard 200, “Private Room” peaked at no. 18, while on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop…