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Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1937 or 1938. He moved to Chicago in 1959 and began working as a chauffeur for Blues legend Freddie King. He also starting singing in local clubs, where he was noticed by Harold Burrage, who helped him record some early tracks for small Chicago record labels, […]

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The Chi-Lites

The group that became the Chi-Lites in 1964 was originally made up of four school friends from Hyde Park High School in Chicago plus a young singer who attended Englewood High School. They were Robert “Squirrel” Lester, Clarence Johnson, Burt Bowen, and Eddie Reed, plus Eugene Record. By 1960 a few […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 4

Following the commercial failure of her third film “The Wiz”, Diana Ross returned to making music. “The Boss” album was released in 1979, becoming the first album by Diana Ross as a solo artist to receive a gold certification from the RIAA, awarded on 17th July 1980. The album was the […]

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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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Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson was born in Detroit in 1934. He left school at fifteen, joined a gospel group, got into trouble with the police, started drinking and got married by the age of seventeen. Not a great start to his career in music. Fortunately, he really could sing! His first taste […]

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Brunswick Records

The association of the Brunswick name with popular music goes back a long way. Brunswick-Balke-Collender, a company based in Iowa, was a manufacturer of pianos and sports equipment, that began trading in 1845. In 1916 they began making phonographs and then records too. In 1930, they sold their record business to […]

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