Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Timeless - Its hard to believe that Phyllis Hyman took her life 22 years ago. The troubled vibrant beauty, had vocal range for the GODS. Hyman sang of pain, love, loss, desperation and depression. Battling Record companies executives, booze, drugs and food dependency. She attempted suicide several times in her life, but on June 30, 1995 a week before her 46th Birthday, she succeeded. The world mourned her life, seemingly on upswing, of conquering her depression, she relapsed. She always felt that her life was hers to take.
Phyllis Linda Hyman born July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995, was an American singer and actress. She is best known for her singles from the late 1970s to the early 1990s: "You Know How to Love Me", "Living All Alone" and "Don't Wanna Change the World". Hyman also performed on Broadway in the 1981 musical based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies, which ran from 1981 to 1983. The musical earned her a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
The 'You Know How To Love Me' project is one of my all time favorites, by Hyman, that long extended note that producer James Mtume, forced her to hold, gets me HIGH, It's STILL makes me smile and feel good. I was fortunate to see her perform LIVE on many occasions, her wit, charm, sense of humor, charisma, crass and class, are things that I will always remember about her. The vocals were always the featured delight, with and occasional whistle here and there.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Supreme Radiating - Legend-Trailblazer-Icon Mother-Producer-Singer-Actress-Divine-Class Royalty all things that easily define the dynamic Diana Ross. Currently on tour and Headlining this years Essence Festival in New Orleans. The mother of five with a Net worth of over 300 million dollars. This class act, shows NO signs of slowing down. Paving the way for girl groups like The Emotions, En Vogue, Destiny's Child, SWV, Xscape, The Jones Girls, Three Degrees, Wild Orchid. and female singers like Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu and countless others.
Diane Ernestine Earle Ross was born March 26, 1944. Ross was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act, and is to this day the United States' most successful vocal group, as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Ross' success as lead singer of The Supremes made it possible for future African-American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Child", and "Someday We'll Be Together".
After going solo in 1970, Ross went on to solo success and film acclaim starring in the Billie Holiday story 'Lady Sings The Blues' which earned her an academy award nomination for Best Actress
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Untimely - Within a blinking of an eye, the life of Selena, Aaliyah and Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes. The untimely tragic passing of these three young ladies, whose star was on the rise. So much promise, so much hard work and dedication. Their smiles, beauty, laughter, brought us all to tears when the news hit of their tragic ending, a young life interrupted.
I often wonder if they were still here ... if Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles and Nicki Minaj would be the mega stars that they are today. Clearly that absence open doors. Talk about Super Nova's lights that shine so brightly, the wattage, bound to fizzle out. The grace that they left us with, continues to live on, in our hearts ,minds, and memories.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Classy, Hot or Tainted - American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert, which one do you find to be either. Underwood has beauty and powerful vocals. Taylor Swift is a singing songwriter dynamo and Miranda Lambert is Country America's sweetheart, especially with The world witnessing her heartbreak and divorce from Blake Shelton. All three ladies have found their niche and are competing in the same market places. All are competing to be the 'it' factor country/pop singer. Their audiences are loyal, radio seems to adore all three. Seemingly are are media darlings, some loving the attention more than others, when it's all said and done who is the Classy one, The Hot one and the Tainted one???