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‘IN THE BASEMENT’ MAGAZINE


Pictured above is the final issue of ‘In The Basement’ in tangible format - #65, Spring 2012  - 80 pages packed, as ever, with artist features, news, reviews, gig reports, obituaries and much, much more.  A very limited number of copies of this and certain other back issues are still available.  For details of contents and how to purchase, please click on the header.



REVIEWS


All the latest ‘In The Basement’-style cd reviews of both ‘new recordings’ and ‘archive  material’ can be found by clicking on the header or in the lead box above.  (Reviews are often added several times a week, forming a huge back catalogue and also include coverage of books and dvds.)  This section also carries direct links to reports of gigs, concerts and events.



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HEADLINES




UNHAPPY NEW YEAR FOR SOUL MUSIC LOVERS


As if 2017 was not bad enough for passings, the first two weeks of 2018 have seen no less than five deaths of soul-related performers. 


Betty Willis, who recorded singles in the sixties for Rendezvous, Phi-an and Mojo, died in disturbing circumstances in the early hours of New Year’s Day, as reported by CBS News - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeless-man-charged-with-killing-60s-soul-singer-betty-jane-willis/.  Sir Shambling’s revered Deep Soul Heaven site carries a Betty Willis page at http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_2012/W/betty_willis/index.php.


Rick Hall, legendary southern soul songwriter/producer whose name has been synonymous with FAME Studios, continued the roll call on January 2, 2018, finally losing a fight with prostate cancer and dying at his home, aged 85.  An excellent set of tributes/remembrances can be found on Ace Records (UK) website at https://www.acerecords.co.uk/news/2018/rick-hall.


Southern soul lost another big name with the departure of singer/songwriter, Denise LaSalle on January 8, 2018, aged 78.  She was surrounded by friends and family in hospital in Jackson, TN.  Recently dogged by heart-related problems, she suffered a fall in October 2017, complications from which resulted in the necessity for a leg amputation.  A fulsome obituary was published in the New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/obituaries/denise-lasalle-singer-and-writer-of-earthy-songs-dies-at-78.html - while a lengthy feature on Denise appeared in issue #36 of ‘In The Basement’ magazine.


Danny Woods, Chairmen Of The Board member, solo artist and, more recently, the front-man for Danny Woods & the Board Of Directors, died on January 13, 2018, aged 73.  An obituary has appeared on the Soul Tracks website at https://www.soultracks.com/story-danny-woods-dies.


Edwin Hawkins, gospel star whose arrangement of ‘Oh Happy Day’, credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers, put the musical genre on the map worldwide, died, aged 74, at his home in Pleasanton, CA on January 15, 2018.  He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.  An obituary appeared on the UK ‘Independent’ website - http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/edwin-hawkins-dead-gospel-singer-oh-happy-day-dies-rb-religious-songs-hymns-christianity-a8161706.html.



FATS DOMINO, ROBERT KNIGHT, WARREN ‘PETE’ MOORE, DELLA REESE...  THE 2017 DEATH TOLL SEEMS NEVER-ENDING


Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino, New Orlens r&b singer/songwriter with the boogie-woogie piano, died of natural causes at his home in Harvey, LA, on October 24, aged 89.


A detailed obituary was published in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/25/fats-domino-obituary.


Robert Knight, best known as the original version singer of ‘Everlasting Love’, passed on November 5 at his home in Franklin, TN, following a short illness. 


An obituary has appeared in ‘Billboard’ - https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8023243/robert-knight-everlasting-love-singer-dies-72.


Bass singer and songwriter, Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, an original member of [Smokey Robinson &] the Miracles died in Los Vegas on his 78th birthday, November 19, 2017.  No cause of death has currently been reported.


An obituary can be found on the udiscovermusic website - https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/death-miracles-warren-pete-moore/,


Singer and actress star of ‘Touched By An Angel’, Della Reese died on November 19, 2017 at her home in Encino, Los Angeles, CA at the age of 86.  No cause has yet been given but she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002, following her collapse on the recording set of her long-running tv series.


A full obituary has been published in  ‘Variety’ - http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/della-reese-touched-by-an-angel-star-and-rb-singer-dies-at-86-1202619311//.