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


And to find links to our friends on the web, or to contact us, please click on the header or in the lead box above.

 
 

HEADLINES




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//.



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.