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… and the band played on (Remembering one of the greatest psychedelic-soul songs of all time)

As I post this on the third of September, I realize how much I miss hearing the ads and trailers for the latest Spike Lee Joint (BlacKkKlansman) because they featured one of my all-time favorite psychedelic-soul songs — from the … Continue reading

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… on a cloudy day (The Temptations top the singles charts)

On March 6, 1965, “My Girl” became the Temptations’ first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first of four chart-topping singles for the Motown supergroup. I have written about the Temptations before. Their songs transcended pop music. … Continue reading

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It was the third of September, a day I’ll always remember … (The Temptations and The Funk Brothers hit #1)

On Dec. 2, 1972, The Temptations’ single “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100—the group’s fourth time at the top spot. The single was almost seven minutes in length, edited down from its original 12-minute … Continue reading

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The amazing Dennis Coffey (guitarist for the Funk Brothers)

On this day, Nov. 11, 1940, Dennis Coffey was born in Detroit. Coffey was a guitarist for the Funk Brothers, the house band for Motown Records. His first recording session was on “Cloud Nine” for the Temptations (that’s Coffey using … Continue reading

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“War?” What is it good for? (apparently a Grammy)

In keeping with the recent theme of protest songs, “War” by Edwin Starr is one of the more popular ones. On Aug. 29,1970, “War” became the top tune on Billboard‘s Top 100 singles chart, and remained #1 for three weeks. … Continue reading

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