July 19, 2015 |
At the close of his 20-minute one-man show, former heavyweight champion of the world Larry Holmes had a message. "People say Muhammad Ali was the greatest," Holmes said. "They said that Rocky Marciano was the greatest, and they said that Joe Louis was the greatest. I'm here to tell you that I'm the greatest. " Widely recognized as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Holmes, 65, delivered that statement from a ring inside Harrah's Philadelphia Casino, where he was debuting his one-man show in front of about 200 spectators.
January 17, 2015 |
Toward the end of a thoroughly enjoyable interview, saxophonist Maceo Parker, who brings his show to the Merriam Theater, wishes to say his mission is all about one thing: "Love, love, love, and love . You're in Philly, right? That's all about brotherly love, so you know what I'm talking about. " Parker first became famous as James Brown's most soulful and credited sideman (how many times have you heard the Godfather of Soul shout for "Maceo"?). The saxophonist got his start in his hometown of Kinston, N.C. "My older brother Kellis played trombone, the other, younger one - Melvin - drums.
January 14, 2015
TEDDY PENDERGRASS has been gone five long years, but his widow, Joan, still tears up when she talks about how the late soul singer died in her arms. "The past five years have been a bittersweet time," she told me yesterday. "A lot has gone on. " That's an understatement. A judge only recently settled a years-long, bitter dispute between Teddy's son and his wife over the soul singer's estate. Both presented wills, but it took until October for a Montgomery County judge to finally rule in Joan's favor.
January 15, 2014 |
Joan Pendergrass, widow of the famed musician Teddy Pendergrass, sat on the witness stand in Montgomery Court Court on Monday and wiped tears from the corners of her eyes. It wasn't so much the questions that Theodore "Ted" Pendergrass II's attorney was asking as he tried to poke holes in her story. It was the hearing's timing. "Do you know what today is?" she asked Timothy Holman, attorney for her late husband's son. Holman seemed to know. Pendergrass died on Jan. 13, 2010 - four years before, to the day. On Monday, Montgomery County Court Judge Stanley Ott continued the legal tussle over dueling wills that claim to give either the son or the widow control over Pendergrass' estate.
August 30, 2012
The Hon. Michael A. Nutter, also known as Mixmaster Mike, is a BlackBerry/Microsoft guy, not an iPhone/iPod guy. Here are some of the 2,005 songs on his Microsoft Zune. For a playlist of his music, go to Dan DeLuca's "In the Mix" blog at www.philly.com/inthemix : The Jackson Five, "I Want You Back" Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Otis" Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes feat. Teddy Pendergrass, "Wake Up Everybody," "Don't Leave Me This Way" Laura Izibor, "From My Heart to Yours" Chiddy Bang, "Ray Charles" DJ Kool, "Let Me Clear My Throat" R. Kelly, "I Believe I Can Fly" Patti LaBelle, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Marvin Gaye, "What's Goin' On" Public Enemy, "Fight the Power" Gil Scott-Heron, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
January 21, 2011
A funeral for musician Bernard Shaw Wilson, 64, who died Sunday, Dec. 26, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Open Door Baptist Church, 1632 N. 26th St. Friends may call from 9. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Feasterville. Mr. Wilson helped define the Sound of Philadelphia as a longtime member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.
December 28, 2010 |
Bernard "Bernie" Wilson, baritone vocalist for the soulful R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, died Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N.J., said his cousin, Faith Peace-Mazzccua. Wilson, 64, had suffered a stroke in 2009 and a heart attack this year. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wilson joined Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, Lawrence Brown and Lloyd Parks - the last surviving member - to create the fabled lineup that was signed to Philadelphia International Records in 1972.
December 28, 2010 |
Bernard Wilson, 64, who helped define the Sound of Philadelphia as a longtime member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, died Sunday. Mr. Wilson, a North Philadelphia native, was part of the classic lineup during the early and mid-1970s that was responsible for such hits as "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "The Love I Lost," "Don't Leave Me This Way," and "Bad Luck. " He was the flashiest member, recalled Lloyd Parks, at 61 the last surviving member of the group that rose to fame under the legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
October 6, 2010 |
Teddy Pendergrass left an indelible music legacy when he died in January. He didn't leave much else. A bank foreclosed on his Penn Valley home over the summer - the property is slated for sheriff's sale next month. There's also an outstanding car loan and a lawsuit by a former songwriting partner. But none of that has squelched a bitter battle over the famed singer's will. For months, Pendergrass' second wife, whom he married in 2008, has been quietly warring with his son over the remnants of his estate.
September 21, 2010 |
Are today's younger listeners sorely lacking knowledge of soul music, especially the protest classics of the 1960s and '70s? So suggests Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of English and Africana Studies, in her scene-setting liner notes for the vital (and in all ways Philly-connected) John Legend and the Roots collaborative project "Wake Up!" (Columbia, A-) , focused on period anthems of the Civil Rights Movement and leading our new releases parade today.