Emanuel (“E.J.”) Johnson, lead singer of Enchantment (“Gloria,” “It’s You That I Need,” etc.) sends word that he will be honored for “40 Years of Music Ministry” on Sunday, Nov. 8, at The Church of the New Covenant. Those interested should call (313) 387-8419.
TEENA MARIE was described on one popular magazine’s website as “the Ivory Queen of Soul.” Sounds a bit silly, but it’s a lot better than what Ike Turner had in mind. After Tina left him, he got in touch with Teena Marie to discuss the possibility of them working together as “Ike and Teena.” She wisely declined.
One of our readers, Tony Tsar, is among those greatly disappointed with WVMV, aka V98.7 FM Smooth Jazz, for switching to a pop music format. “No one saw this coming,” said Tsar in his e-mail. “It’s ironic that Detroit has the world’s largest free jazz festival, yet doesn’t have a jazz radio station.”
Chubby Checker continues to be offended by not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Apparently, most of those who do the voting believe that Checker’s contributions (“The Twist,” “Pony Time,” “Limbo Rock,” etc.) were important as far as dancing in the 1960s is concerned, but have to be designated as fads rather than real contributions to rock ’n’ roll history.
I think Checker should be voted in.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW …that singer/actress Darlene Love and Edna Wright, lead singer of the Honey Cone (“Want Ads” and “Stick-Up,” among others) are sisters.
MEMORIES: “I Wanna Know Your Name” (the Intruders), “Get Here” (Oleta Adams), “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)” (the O’Jays), “If You Want Me to Stay” (Sly & the Family Stone), “Hey Lover” (LL Cool J, featuring Boyz II Men), “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Whitney Houston), “Make It Like It Was” (Regina Belle), “Atomic Dog” (George Clinton), “In and Out of Love” (Diana Ross & the Supremes), “Don’t Be Afraid” (Aaron Hall).
BLESSINGS to Cheryl Myhand, Claudreen Jackson, Donald Phillips, Brenda Franklin, Artemesha Charleston, Marie Bryant, Edward Phillips, Sandra Woodall, Patrice Gordy and Joe Harris.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Harrison Kennedy (who sang with the Chairmen of the Board): “People created society, but God created you. Accept who you are and live the way you want to.”
Let the music play!
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