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Surely one of the best albums, ever.
On this day in music history: February 23, 1985 - “Diamond Life”, the debut album by Sade is released (UK release date is on July 16, 1984). Produced by Robin Millar, it is recorded at Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North West London from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. Formed out of the remanants of the Latin soul band Pride, Sade will center around its Nigerian born (and British raised) lead singer and lyricist Helen Folasade Adu along with guitarist and saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, bassist Paul Spencer Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale. The band will sign with the UK division of Epic Records and US subsidiary Portrait Records in the Fall of 1983. The album is issued in the US following its success in the UK, it will spin off three singles including “Smooth Operator” (#5 Pop and R&B), “Hang On To Your Love” (#5 Club Play, #14 R&B), and “Your Love Is King” (#35 R&B, #54 Pop, #8 AC). US and UK versions of the album will differ slightly, with the original UK release containing an earlier version of “Smooth Operator”. The US version will contain the second recording of the track, first issued as a UK single, which will be come the common version around the world. First editions of the US vinyl LP will come packaged in a gatefold jacket, which will be discontinued briefly after its release, being replaced with a single pocket sleeve with the inner gatefold contents regulated to the inner sleeve. “Diamond Life” will peak at #3 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #5 on the Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
February 19 1940 Detroit Michigan US
William “Smokey” Robinson Jr.http://open.spotify.com/track/7yvrrOVENPmfz8qGFSm70T
January 22 birthdays.
Dierks Bentley singing Pearl Jam’s “Alive” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Happy happy happy, sir. x
Tonight in London, Siouxsie will take the stage for the first time in five years
Happy 96th Birthday Dean!!
Ella Fitzgerald: It’s All Right With Me (Cole Porter) - from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, 1956
Happy birthday to one of the very-greatest vocalists, EVER.
RIP to legendary Tanzanian Taarab singer Fatma binti Baraka, popularly known as Bi Kidude, who passed away on April 17th, 2013, at her home on the island of Zanzibar. She is believed to have surpassed 100 years of age.
As a child, she was singled out for her fine voice and, in the 1920s, sang locally with popular cultural troupes, combining an understanding of music with an equally important initiation into traditional medicine.
At age 13, after a forced marriage she fled Zanzibar to mainland Tanzania. Bi Kidude toured mainland East Africa with a taarab ensemble, visiting the major coastal towns and inland as far west as Lake Victoria and Tanganyika.
She walked the length and the breadth of the country barefoot in the early 1930s fleeing another unhappy marriage. In the 1930s she ended up in Dar es Salaam where she sang with Egyptian Taarab group for many years. In the 1940s she returned to Zanzibar where she acquired a small mud hut to be her home.
She is known for her role in the Unyago movement which prepares young Swahili women for their transition through puberty. She is one of the experts of this ancient ritual, performed only to teenage girls, which uses traditional rhythms to teach women to pleasure their husbands, while lecturing against the dangers of sexual abuse and oppression.
Studien - Der Mensch [Hands of a Tenor], 1928 (August Sander)