Tag: Rhythm and Blues (Music)

Raphael Saadiq Finally Put His Past on the Record

LOS ANGELES — “My first funeral, I was 7 years old,” Raphael Saadiq said. “They called my name: ‘Charlie Ray Wiggins, limousine three!’ I never liked limousines after that.” He was sitting in a control room at his studio, Blakeslee Recording, surrounded by totems of the past — a trophy from the first talent show […]

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Donny Hathaway’s Daughter Lalah Is Finally Ready to Honor Him in Concert

“I used to listen to Donny Hathaway records, and I would cry,” Lalah Hathaway said in a recent interview, and the reason wasn’t hard to discern — her father died in 1979, when he was 33 years old and she was just 10. What was mysterious to her was how his symphonic soul music and […]

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Kennedy Center Honors Go to ‘Sesame Street’ and Earth, Wind & Fire

The R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, the actress Sally Field, the singer Linda Ronstadt and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will receive Kennedy Center Honors in December for their lifetime achievements in the arts, the cultural center announced on Thursday. “Sesame Street,” which is celebrating 50 years on the air this year, will also […]

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Mark Ronson, a Party Boy No More, Tries on Melancholy After a Parade of Hits

For going on five years now, the record producer Mark Ronson says he has been known by no small number of casual music fans, if they can identify him at all, as “the white guy from the Bruno Mars video.” The fact that “Uptown Funk,” one of the most successful and recognizable pop smashes of […]

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