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James Brown … Give The Drummer Some!

As a Drummer, I listened to every song I could find by James Brown. He was not only the Godfather of Soul but the creator of Funk! The more I listened to James Brown, the more I wanted to play drums and the more I wanted to be SOULIFIED! Drop the needle on a James … Read more

My Transistor Radio and Porky Chedwick

Let’s go back to the early 60’s, before the Beatles … I had a paper route on the Northside of Pittsburgh. I didn’t make a lot of money, but I did make enough expendable cash to purchase my first musical instrument … my turquoise transistor radio with an ear plug! My second real musical discovery … Read more

National DJ Day!

What is National DJ Day? Better Yet, what is a DJ? A person who spins records? Well, sort of? Here is my definition of a real DJ! One who creates a memory by sharing music. One who verbally paints pictures in your mind through hearing. One who tells stories that interests others. One who teaches … Read more

Ruffin … My Girl…Temps!

Today, January 18, is the great David Ruffin’s Birthday! “MY GIRL”, my favorite song in all the world! Sung by one of the greatest Soul Singers of our time … David Ruffin! Performed by my favorite group of all time … the Classic Five … “Temptations”! Mr. Ruffin was born this day in 1941, in … Read more

The “Louie, Louie” Phenom!

Today, January 11th back in 1964, the Kingsmen had the number one song on the US Cash Box music chart. However, it was not a new song! It was a song written by an old friend and Rock n’ Roll legend and pioneer … Mr. Richard Berry. The record was originally banned by some US … Read more

Mo’ Music Monday: Blues Cruise with Uncle Al

Good Afternoon Ginchers, It’s Mo’ Music Monday … the Blues Cruise with Uncle Al!  I will be the first to say that 2020 has not been one of my favorite years.  This covid crisis has taken a serious toll on small business, live music, people’s sanity and public gatherings.  There have been some who have … Read more