July 18, 1993
Moses Dillard, 46, Grammy-winning gospel music producer and former disco singer. A minister, Dillard was a disco singer in the 1970s, but achieved his greatest mark as a record producer. In 1983, he won a Grammy and a Gospel Music Assn. Dove Award for producing Al Green's "Precious Lord." He was associate producer of "March On," an album in tribute to Martin Luther King scheduled for release next month. On Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., of a heart attack.
February 21, 2012 |
That Al Green tune was just the beginning. Weeks after President Obama sang a snippet of the soul hit “Let's Stay Together” during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, he ventured into the blues Tuesday night. Maybe he was emboldened by the man who offered him the microphone: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Maybe it was because Buddy Guy brought up Al Green, telling the president, “You done started something and you gotta keep it up now.” Next thing you know, Obama took the mic in hand and crooned, “Come on, baby, don't you want to go” - twice.
September 8, 1996 |
Between 2 and 6 every weekday afternoon, female callers from teens to thirty-somethings overwhelm the request lines of radio station KKBT-FM (92.3)--popularly known as the Beat--all hoping for an encounter with Theo, the disc jockey with the most alluring bedroom voice on Los Angeles radio. That voice has the kind comforting bass growl that soul men from Barry White to Isaac Hayes have used to entrance listeners for decades.
March 4, 1995 |
So what was Lyle Lovett doing riding a motorcycle in Mexico last weekend--a ride that resulted in the broken collarbone that caused him to miss accepting two awards at Wednesday's Grammy ceremony? It turns out Lovett, a motorcycle fan since his teens, was in Mexico with his father and friends last Saturday preparing for a segment of ESPN's "Moto World," to have been taped in March. Because of the injury, that taping is now postponed until the end of May.
October 7, 1994 |
It is a voice of unconstrained power and authority, a rampaging storm so forceful, so full of raw emotion and energy that it charges a room with unshakable electricity. It is a voice possessed of such muscle and abandon that it can actually frighten with its intensity, as if the sounds being produced were something a bit more than merely human. Joe Ligon is not a name that frequently comes up when discussing the great vocalists of the 20th Century, and this is an injustice.