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JAMES BROWN’S BAND QUITS; BOOTSY COLLINS HIRED

Mar. 9, 2014 by

Members of James Brown’s backing band were fired today (March 9, 1970), after they threatened to quit on the godfather of soul over back wages. The dispute began after a performance the night before, in Jacksonville, Florida. Members of the

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RARESOUL.COM PRESENTS: THE COON SONG AND THE ORIGINS OF RAGTIME

Feb. 8, 2014 by

THE COON SONG AND THE ORIGINS OF RAGTIME By G.C. Watkins Before there was Jazz, which is accepted as the first American style of music to influence artists worldwide, there was another unique form of music created in the United

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5 ROYALES SUE “ROYALS” FOR STEALING NAME; CONCERT PROCEEDS

Feb. 7, 2014 by

Doo-Wop/R&B group The 5 Royales won a court injunction today (February 7, 1953), over a dispute involving their name. The 5 Royales were #1 on the charts today with their hit single, “Baby Dont’ Do It.” But the fellows had

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WILSON PICKETT INDICTED FOR SHOOTING UP THE ISLEY BROTHER’S HOTEL ROOM

Feb. 6, 2014 by

Soul singer Wilson Pickett was indicted today (February 6, 1975), over a shooting incident involving The Isley Brothers. Wilson Pickett and The Isley Brothers had gone on a hunting trip in Andes, New York, when the incident occurred in December

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NEW EDITION DEBUTS AT THE COPACABANA

Feb. 5, 2014 by

New Edition hosted their breakthrough performance today (February 5, 1983), at the legendary Copacabana Theater in New York. The origins of New Edition go back to 1978, when Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell formed what would become the