Los Angeles & West Coast

Benjamin Wright Jr. Part 2

The year 1980 was a very good one for Benjamin Wright, starting with an important recognition of work that he had done in 1979. Benjamin’s string arrangement on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” contributed to the award of a Grammy  to Michael Jackson for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 3

The third feature film starring Diana Ross was released in 1978. It is a reworking of L. Frank Baum’s story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, with an all-black cast, loosely based on the Broadway musical version of 1974. It was produced by Rob Cohen for Motown Productions and directed by Sidney Lumet, with […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 2

After the success of her first film “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972, Diana Ross returned to the day job. Three Diana Ross albums were released in 1973, “Touch Me in the Morning”, “Diana & Marvin” (with Marvin Gaye) and “Last Time I Saw Him”. The second of Ross’ three […]

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Gene Page & Barry White

In the late Sixties, Gene Page met the young singer Barry White, who was doing odd jobs to make ends meet between recording dates. To this day, the soul superstar remembers the arranger’s generosity.  According to Barry White, during several Motown recording sessions on the West Coast at Motown Recording Studios, […]

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Barry White

Barry White exerted incredible influence as a cultural icon, famous all over the world for his romantic and sexual themes: many parents around the world claim that they were influenced by his songs in terms of their love-making and no doubt babies have been born due to the effects of the […]

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Maurice White

Maurice White started his music career as a session musician playing drums at Chess Records as part of the label’s studio band and was also a member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. While at Chess Records he played on the classic hit “Rescue Me”, performed by Fontella Bass in 1965, […]

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