Coast Soul Turns 1! Celebrating 50 Years Of The Greatest Soul & R&B

My soul and R&B iHeartRadio station and Coast FM radio show, Coast Soul, turned one last week. To celebrate, all the featured artists were the greatest of the great – think Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, the Temptations, Diana Ross, the Commodores, Aretha Franklin etc. One of the joys of creating this station is the balance between…

Funk Bass Pioneer Louis Johnson Dead, Aged 60

Louis Johnson. It’s been a tough few weeks for fans of classic soul and R&B with the deaths of Ben E. King, then Hot Chocolate’s Errol Brown, followed by blues giant B.B. King and now Brothers Johnson bassist Louis Johnson. Johnson has died at the age of 60 and he leaves this world widely regarded…

The Barry Gibb Interview – 2009

Bee Gees with their Saturday Night Fever Album Of The Year Grammy, 1979. Celebrating the Bee Gees Lifetime Achievement Grammy from earlier this month, I thought it might be nice to provide a transcription of highlights from one of my interviews with Barry Gibb over the years. Add to that the news that Barry will…

Diana Ross Turns 70 – 3 Of Her Best Superstar-Written Songs

For Diana Ross who turned 70 today, here are three of her biggest hits. For a full tribute to her towering role in 20th Century popular music, click here to link to a piece in the British paper The Telegraph written to mark her 70th. But for now, I want to focus on just three…