Monday, February 13, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

Rock On, Sistahs! pays tribute to Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) who passed away this past weekend.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rock On, Sistahs! pays tribute to Sistah of Rock pioneer Etta James who passed away today.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mikey Welsh RIP

Rock On, Sistahs! pays tribute to musician and artist Mikey Welsh (April 20, 1971 – October 8, 2011).

Adele, "Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast," To Borrow A Phrase

This blog post is long overdue. Let me clarify, a post on Adele on this blog is embarrassingly overdue but better late than never, right?! Adele. Wow! Where do I begin? She marks the return of true talent, which has been in frighteningly short supply in the '00s and '10s. Hearing that magnificent voice for the first time in her song Chasing Pavements from her album 19 literally made the hairs on my neck stand to attention and put a lump in my throat. Sonically, it was the equivalent of watching Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. Overreaction? Hell no! You know how dreadfully fake and gimmicky the music of the new millennium has been and I don't even have to name the names of repeat offenders. Following the path paved by fellow Brit the late Amy Winehouse, Adele brought back real music and folks took notice and embraced her. This woman can saang! With the release of her second album 21 and the songs Someone Like You and the masterpiece Rolling In the Deep, Adele became a phenomena. These songs, which she wrote about a breakup, have become THE anthems for the brokenhearted - Sorry Since You've Been Gone, LOL. With the power of her angel-kissed pipes, Adele did something pretty miraculous: she got me listening to the radio again. Sistah Adele brought me out of my cocoon of retro Rock and classic R&B and Adele has restored my faith in today's music. May she continue to bless us with her talent, which is truly music for the heart and soul.

Because one tune from Adele is never enough, here is her masterpiece, Rolling In the Deep.

The Remarkable Billy Preston

Remember Billy Preston? A lot of folks do not. If you don't here are the facts: He was a child prodigy, lighting up the world since age 10 with his signature gap-tooth smile. He was the Fifth Beatle, who played on their landmark final album Let It Be. He released three albums on the Fab Four's Apple record label. During the '70's, he toured with the Rolling Stones and George Harrison while wearing the freakiest 'fro wig this side of Sly Stone and dropped such classics as Will It Go Round In Circles and Nothing from Nothing. He appeared with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton in 1976 classic film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the 80's, he brought his magic to the lovely ballad, With You I'm Born Again, the lovely duet that features him with the beautiful R&B soprano Syretta. Unfortunately, the 90's brought Preston more time in the courtroom than on the music charts due to drug charges. But it is his talent and his musical collaborations that endears Brother Billy to music fans. If you love music, Brother Billy will live in your heart forever.

The Beatles with Billy Preston performing the legendary song, Long and Winding Road.

Billy Preston and Syretta singing With You I'm Born Again.

Happy Birthday John and Sean Lennon!

Rock On, Sistahs! wishes a Happy Birthday to John and Sean Lennon!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sylvia Robinson RIP

Rock On, Sistahs! pays tribute to Sylvia Robinson (March 6, 1936 – September 29, 2011). Sistah Sylvia was not only a bonafide Rock 'N' Roll goddess with her hit song "Love Is Strange"...

...She will forever be known as the Mother of Hip Hop who produced the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight."