the Soul Basement website is the successor to ‘In The Basement’ magazine’.



‘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.



MARKETPLACE


For up-to-date lists of cds, vinyl lps, 45s, dvds and books & magazines for sale, plus how to purchase, please click on the header or in the lead box above.



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HEADLINES




SISTER SLEDGE’S JONI PASSES AT JUST 60.


Sister Sledge group member, Joni Sledge, died at her home in Phoenix, AZ, on March 10, 2017.  A founding member of the group, she was 60 year of age.  Cause of death has subsequently been described as from ‘a preexisting medical condition’.


A full obituary, written by Adam Sweeting has been published in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/12/joni-sledge-obituary.



LEON WARE CLAIMED BY CANCER


Singer/writer/producer, Leon Ware, died on February 23, 2017, aged 77.  He had been treated for prostate cancer in 2009 and subsequent complications in the recovery process were cited as cause of death.


An obituary published in the New York Times can be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/arts/music/leon-ware-dead-soul-singer-and-producer.html?_r=0.  In addition, a feature following an interview in June 2003, can be found in ‘In The Basement’ #31.



AL JARREAU ANOTHER GRIM REAPER VICTIM


Predominantly associated with the jazz market, seven times Grammy Award winner, Al Jarreau died in Los Angeles, CA on February 12, 2017, after being hospitalised for exhaustion.  He was 76.


The most notable obituary is currently being carried in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/12/al-jarreau-grammy-winning-jazz-pop-rb-singer-dies.



WALTER ‘JUNIE’ MORRISON... 2017 CONTINUES 2016’s SAD LEGACY


Walter ‘Junie’ Morrion, singer/songwriter/producer and formerly of the Ohio Players and Parliament/Funkadelic, died on February 11, 2017 at the age of just 62.


An obituary was published immediately in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/17/junie-morrison-dead-ohio-players-parliament-funkadelic-dies.



BOBBY FREEMAN DIES


Singer/songwriter/producer, Bobby Freeman, best known for his hits, ‘Do You Want To Dance’ and ‘C’mon And Swim’ died on January 28, 2017 in Anson, TX.  He was 76.


Detailed obituaries can be found on the Soul Tracks website at www.soultracks.com/story-bobby-freeman-dies and on the Best Classic Bands website at http://bestclassicbands.com/singer-bobby-freeman-obituary-1-30-17/.



MARVELL THOMAS R.I.P.


Keyboardist/songwriter/arranger/producer, Marvell Thomas son of Rufus Thomas and brother to sisters Carla and Vaneese, died on January 23, 2017 in Memphis, TN, following a brief (but undisclosed) illness  He was 75.


A lengthy obituary can be found on the ‘Commercial Appeal’ website at www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/01/24/member-staxs-first-family-marvell-thomas-dead-75/96989338/.



TOMMY TATE PASSES


Singer/songwriter, Tommy Tate died on January 20, 2017 in Jackson, MS.  He was 71 and had been in failing health throughout the new millennium, following a (second) heart attack in 2001.


An excellent tribute article by Heikki Suosalo, based on an earlier interview, can be found at www.soulexpress.net/tommytate_tribute.htm.