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.



LINKS/CONTACT US


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HEADLINES




CHARLES BRADLEY, JERRY ROSS, BUNNY SIGLER...  THE R.I.P. LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON


Charles Bradley, the old school soulster who had to wait until his advancing years to find his well-deserved fame, passed away on September 23, 2017 in New York, of cancer which had spread from a previously-arrested stomach attack to his liver.  He was 68.


A detailed obituary was published in the Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/24/charles-bradley-obituary -and another in Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/charles-bradley-acclaimed-soul-singer-dead-at-68-w505141.


Songwriter/producer, Jerry Ross, famed in soul circles for, in particular, the song, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’, died at the Holy Redeemer Hospital hospice unit in Meadowbrook, PA, on October 4, 2017.  He had been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.


An obituary has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer - http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/philly-hitmaker-jerry-j-ross-84-co-writer-of-soul-hit-im-gonna-make-you-love-me-20171006.html.


Singer/songwriter/producer, (Walter) ‘Bunny’ Sigler died at home in his native Philadelphia on October 6, 2017, following a heart attack.  He was 76.


A feature on Bunny appeared in ‘In The Basement’ #40, which included the words of a full-length interview - the text of the feature may be obtained via the ‘contact us’ link above - and, although obituaries have not been as fulsome as might have been expected, despite such a broad career, the best could be found in the Philadelphia Tribune - http://www.phillytrib.com/obituaries/tsop-icon-bunny-sigler-dies-at/article_5315bc32-0838-5a0f-b7dc-26d1db7baae8.html.



BOBBY TAYLOR, RIP


Bobby Taylor, singer/songwriter/producer and the person who really discovered the Jackson 5 and took them to Motown, has died at the age of 83.  He had been living in Hong Kong for the last several years and passed in hospital there (on July 22, 2017), where he was being treated for leukaemia and tumours in his spine.


A feature on Bobby appeared in ‘In The Basement’ #41, which included the words of a full-length interview - the text of the feature may be obtained via the ‘contact us’ link above. - and a full obituary has been published on the Rolling Stone website and can be found at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bobby-taylor-singer-who-discovered-jackson-5-dead-at-83-w493643.



MOTOWN LEGENDS AMONG 2017 RHYTHM & BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES


2017 inductees to the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame included several legendary Motown acts: the Marvelettes, Valadiers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Dennis Coffey and, posthumously, Mary Wells, together with Mitch Ryder, Freda Payne, the Impressions, Gerald Austin, Carl Carlton and, again posthumously, James Brown and Isaac Hayes.  ‘Unsung Heroes’ inductees included Sylvia Moy, Carolyn Crawford, Skip Mahoney & the Casuals and Barbara Acklin, while special awards were presented to, among others, Martha Reeves and the Chi-Lites.


The four-hour ceremony opened with Berry Gordy’s ‘Hello Detroit’, delivered by the Contours and other performances included a Temptations’ medley from the Dramatics, ‘Gypsy Woman’ by the Fantastic Four and an à cappella rendition of Mary Wells’ ‘Bye Bye Baby’ from her daughter, Stacy.



CURTIS WOMACK, SECOND OLDEST WOMACK BROTHER PASSES, AGED 74.


Curtis Womack, second oldest of the Womack Brothers/Valentinos’ clan passed away at the Bluefield Regional Medical Centre in Mercer County, West Virginia on May 21, 2017.  He was 74 and had been treated for respiratory heart failure.


An obituary has been published on the Soul Tracks website and can be found at https://www.soultracks.com/story-curtis-womack-dies.



BLUE-EYED SOULSTER, JOHNNY DAYE DIES, AGED 69


Pittsburgh, PA native, Johnny Daye, one of the finest of blue-eyed soul singers, mentored by OtisRedding, has passed away [on May 6, 2017].  He was 69.


A full obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and can be found at http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2017/05/16/Johnny-Daye-obituary-Pittsburgh-singer-John-DiBucci-Otis-Redding-Stax-Records-What-ll-I-Do-for-Satisfaction/stories/201705160146.