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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




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.



BRENDA JONES, SYLVIA MOY AND CUBA GOODING [SR.] JOIN SOUL HEAVEN’S EVER-GROWING CHOIR


Brenda Jones, one-third of sister trio, the Jones Girls died as a result of being struck by cars while visiting her daughter in Wilmington, DE on April 3, 2017.  She was 62.


A report  has appeared on the Ebony magazine website - http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/brenda-jones-jones-girls-died#axzz4ezUs5wgW.


Motown songwriter, Sylvia Moy, responsible for penning several early hits for Stevie Wonder, most notably ‘My Cherie Amour’, passed away at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, MI on April 15, 2017, following complications from pneumonia.  She was 78.


An obituary has been published in the New York Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/arts/music/sylvia-moy-songwriter-who-worked-with-stevie-wonder-dies-at-78.html?_r=1.


Former Main Ingredient lead singer and later soloist, Cuba Gooding, was found dead in his car in Woodland Hills, CA on April 20, 2017.  He was 72 and, in more recent years, his name has been eclipsed by his award-winning actor son, Cuba Gooding Jr.  Cause of death has not yet been confirmed but current rumours suggest the possibility of a drug overdose.


A report has appeared in the Calfornia-based, The Mercury News - http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/21/singer-cuba-gooding-sr-found-dead-in-car-in-los-angeles/.



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.