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  • The Boundary-Breaking Success Of Edwin Hawkins' 'Oh Happy Day'

    Enlarge this image Gospel singer and four-time Grammy Award winner Edwin Hawkins died Monday at the age of 74. Joel Clifton/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Joel Clifton/Courtesy of the artist Edwin Hawkins' "Oh Happy Day" was an accidental hit. The song, a gospel-style rework of an 18th century hymn, starts with a jazzy drum beat and a kind of blues pop piano groove. Dorothy Morrison, who sings lead on the recording, remembers at first, the pop feel got a lukewarm reception from the church."At first the reaction was, 'Well, we're not sure,' " Morrison says.Hawkins wasn't sure about it either. It wasn't even his favorite song on the album. Only 500 copies were made and sold, but one those copies ended up in the hands of a San Francisco DJ who spread it. By 1969, the song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, "Oh Happy Day" won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance.Singer Donald ...

  • Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

    Enlarge this image Dolores O'Riordan Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist "Linger""Ordinary Day""When We Were Young""Dreams"We were so shocked and so sad to hear the news that Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, died suddenly at the age of 46 on Monday morning.Dolores had a way of drawing you in through her voice, with Irish accent fully and proudly displayed. The way she would flip between the ethereal float of her higher notes and the dignified depth of her lower register; in those breaks you could hear a measured power and a vulnerability that set The Cranberries apart from other '90s rock bands. But what really gets to the heart of O'Riordan as an artist is the story of her audition for The Cranberries — she was just 18 years old when she heard about a loud band of guys looking to replace their lead singer. The day of her audition, one of the band's founders, guitarist ...

  • Vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, Of The Cranberries, Dies At 46

    Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish rock band The Cranberries died on Monday at 46. The vocalist became internationally known in '90s with her band's hits such as "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie." Jim Sullivan a former, longtime music critic for The Boston Globe, remembers her life, music and legacy.Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • Black Eyed Peas Trade Pop For Politics In Powerful Visual On American Racism

    When you sell 40 million records and enjoy the kind of crossover appeal Black Eyed Peas have, it usually comes at the cost of street cred. But in "Street Livin'," a dark, haunting new visual, the hip-hop group trades pop success for political commentary on the systemic ills plaguing the streets today."Street niggas, caught in the trap / guns or books, sell crack or rap?" will.i.am starts over a bluesy horn riff in the first verse. "Be like kings or be like pawns / they called us coons now they call us cons."Directed by will.i.am, the video uses iconographic photography — including shots of civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X — to indict the systemic racism behind mass incarceration, from the Jim Crow era to the crack era, and prohibitive immigration policies. Released the same week that President Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries," its truths speak volumes."'Street Livin'" was written to show that today's struggles in the inner city is no different from Jim Crow, civil rights issues, heroin and jazz, crack and ...

  • Longtime Record Producer Joe Boyd On Albanian 'Saze' Music

    Record producer Joe Boyd recorded his new album with a group of southern Albanian singers and musicians. It's a record of polyphonic Albanian music that reminds him of his rock 'n' roll youth.Let's block ads! (Why?)

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