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Frequently dubbed “the Holy Grail of modern soul,” Alice Clark’s self-titled 1972 debut album has received some serious overdue recognition in recent years. Clark – whose whereabouts following these recordings seem to be shrouded in a bit of mystery – only recorded three sessions that produced two singles and the one album. The record – highly prized among hardcore R&B enthusiasts – is an amazing soul collection that matches Clark’s distinctive powerhouse voice with impeccable song selection.
Recently this masterpiece has been lovingly re-released on vinyl, cd and digitally, and is finding her a much-deserved international cult audience. Bobby Hebb had three of his tunes cut on this disc, including “Don’t You Care”, which is one of our favorite grooves on the record. The album has often been compared to the best work of such diverse legends as Gil Scott-Heron, Janis Joplin, Billie Holliday, and Donny Hathaway. “The best R&B you’ve probably never heard,” hails one critic – we couldn’t agree more. Dig yourself some Alice Clark!
Contact & Licensing info: Master (Alice Clark) controlled by Mainstream/TIme Records / contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Portable Music Inc. (BMI), contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 17 2016
This week’s Top Tune (written by Cy Coleman and Peggy Lee) was recorded in 1972 by what most musicologists regard as the greatest vocal group of the twentieth century, the internationally renowned Mills Brothers. The brothers from Piqua, Ohio went from singing in church and in supper clubs and music halls on the Midwest theater circuit, to being the first African American performing artists to attract a white audience, breaking down racial barriers. Their meteoric rise to stardom began in 1931 after being signed by radio and television magnate, William S. Paley in New York City. The group were the first black musicians to land a commercially-sponsored national radio program.
In the late 1960s, Dean Martin asked his producer Greg Garrison to book the Mills Brothers on The Dean Martin Show, explaining that Harry Mills was his greatest musical influence. The Bee Gees have also cited the brothers as an early influence. Whitburn in his Pop Music, 1890-1954: The History of American Poplular Music, writes that “no other vocal group in history turned out hit records over a longer period of time (1931-1970) than the Mills Brothers”.
This week’s tune appeared on the groups most popular album among the Charlotte North Carolina Rhythm ‘n Beach revival set, A Donut and a Dream, peaking as high as number four during its 13-month chart ride in 1972-1973.
The Mills Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998, the same year the Recording Academy recognized the Mills family’s contributions to popular music with a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Mills Brothers had an incredible five-decade run of more than 2,000 recordings that sold a combined 50 million copies worldwide.
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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP)(Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishing controlled by Denslow Music, Inc. Inc (Peggy Lee) / Administered by Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP) / contact: http://www.umusicpub.com/licensingrequests.aspx
Master controlled by Paramount Records/Universal Music Group.
Aug 13 2014