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Ben E. King

Possessing one of the most elegant baritone voices ever, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alumnus Ben E. King’s imprint on the musical landscape is so indelible that an optimum barometer has been set for countless aspiring performers. From a youngster in Harlem to an embraceable solo artist, Ben E. King’s contributions to the pop music spectrum are incalculable.  Born Benjamin Earl Nelson, in Henderson, North Carolina, young Ben’s family relocated to New York City when he was at the tender age of nine. While attending Jr. High School, he discovered a unique talent: singing harmony in a group with other gifted youngsters

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

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Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

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Leading a quintet whose debut recording, Be Still (Greenleaf Music, 2012) was an elegiac song cycle dedicated to his late mother, Dave Douglas' Brazen Heart, sadly, finds the trumpeter / composer in mourning once again. Damon Douglas, Dave's brother, passed away in June 2015. Yet, the overall tenor of Brazen Heart is completely different than Be ...

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Linda Tillery at Freight and Salvage

Read "Linda Tillery  at Freight and Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Linda Tillery Freight and Salvage Coffee House Birthday Celebration Berkeley CA September 4, 2015 Seasoned San Francisco Bay Area vocalist Linda Tillery assembled a fine lineup of local musicians, including some decades old friends and a recent new one, to help celebrate her birthday and musical life. Tillery presented a ...

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John Kelly, musician, actor, performer

Read "John Kelly, musician, actor, performer" reviewed by Sammy Stein

John Kelly is a musician who, with his band 'Rockinpaddy' performs in pubs and clubs around the London area. He is also an actor, campaigner for disability rights and in grave danger of becoming something of a national treasure. He is a freelance performer with Graeae Theatre Company, has performed on major stages around the globe ...

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Billy Vera: Still In The Game

Read "Billy Vera: Still In The Game" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

It might be safe to say that a lot of people may know a little bit about Billy Vera but only a few people know a lot about Billy Vera. Billy is a singer, writer, producer, actor, Grammy winner, and music historian. He has performed with big bands, Billy And The Beaters, solo, and everything in ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

"Stand By Me," Written By Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Ben E. King, To Receive Towering Song Award at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Event

“Stand By Me,” the song written by Leiber & Stoller and Ben E. King will receive the Towering Song Award at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Gala Event to be held at the Marriott Marquee Hotel in New York City on Thursday, June 14, 2012, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today. ...

Shades of Blue

Label: Half Note Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Little Mama; You're Drivin' Me Crazy; Just for a Thrill; They Can't Take That Away from Me**; Hallelujah, I Love Her So; Song for Jennie; There'll Be Some Changes Made; Stairway to the Stars; You'd Be so Nice to Come Home to#; I Want a Little Girl; Baby, Won't You Please Come Home; Cry*; Learnin' the Blues

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Ben E. King: Shades of Blue

Read "Shades of Blue" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Ben E. King cut his teeth on music singing in gospel groups as a youngster before becoming a member of the consummate R & B, soul packed group, the Drifters. After going out on his own he had a slew of big hits including “Spanish Harlem" and “Stand by Me". Over the years, he has become ...


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